C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


The lover in the husband may be lost.

Lord Lyttleton.

  • And to thy husband’s will
  • Thine shall submit; he over thee shall rule.
  • Milton.

  • I will attend my husband, be his nurse,
  • Diet his sickness, for it is my office.
  • Shakespeare.

  • With thee goes
  • Thy husband, him to follow thou art bound;
  • Where he abides, think there thy native soil.
  • Milton.

  • To all married men, be this a caution,
  • Which they should duly tender as their life,
  • Neither to doat too much, nor doubt a wife.
  • Massinger.

  • As the husband is, the wife is:
  • Thou art mated with a clown,
  • And the grossness of his nature
  • Will have weight to drag thee down.
  • Tennyson.

  • The wife, where danger or dishonour lurks,
  • Safest and seemliest by her husband stays,
  • Who guards her, or with her the worst endures.
  • Milton.

    A good husband makes a good wife at any time.


  • Marry! no, faith; husbands are like lots in
  • The lottery, you may draw forty blanks
  • Before you find one that has any prize
  • In him; a husband generally is a
  • Careless domineering thing, that grows like
  • Coral; which as long as it is under water
  • Is soft and tender; but as soon
  • As it has got its branch above the waves
  • Is presently hard, stiff, not to be bow’d.
  • Marston.

  • Know then,
  • As women owe a duty—so do men.
  • Men must be like the branch and bark to trees,
  • Which doth defend them from tempestuous rage;—
  • Clothe them in winter, tender them in age,
  • Or as ewes’ love unto their eanlings lives;
  • Such should be husbands’ custom to their wives.
  • If it appears to them they’ve strayed amiss,
  • They only must rebuke them with a kiss;
  • Or cluck them as hens’ chickens, with kind call,
  • Cover them under their wing, and pardon all.
  • Wilkins.