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Honour thy father and thy
mother: that thy days may be
long upon the land which the
LORD thy God giveth thee.

Exodus 20:12, King James Version
Holy Bible


Thou shalt not covet thy
neighbour's house, thou shalt not
covet thy neighbour's wife, nor
his manservant, nor his maid-
servant, nor his ox, nor his ass,
nor any thing that is thy neigh-
bour's.

Exodus 20:17, King James Version
Holy Bible

THE PROVERBS of
Solomon. A wise son
maketh a glad father: but a
foolish son is the heaviness of
his mother.

Proverbs 10:1, King James Version
Holy Bible

A man that hath friends
must shew himself friendly:
and there is a friend that
sticketh closer than a brother.

Proverbs 18:24, King James Version
Holy Bible

Wherefore they are no more
twain, but one flesh. What there-
fore God hath joined together,
let not man put asunder.

Matthew 19:6, King James Version
Holy Bible

  Family
God first, family second, career third.
Mary Kay Ash

Woe betide the man who dares to pay a woman a compliment today ... Forget the flowers, the chocolates, the soft word - rather woo her with a self-defence manual in one hand and a family planning leaflet in the other.
Alan Ayckbourn

Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter.
Francis Bacon

There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
Winston Churchill

Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls in the air. You name them - work, family, health, friends, and spirit - and you're keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls - family, health, friends, and spirit are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged, or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.
Brian Dyson

Having one child makes you a parent; having two you are a referee.
David Frost

There are no illegitimate children, only illegitimate parents.
Edna Gladney

My father was frightened of his mother; I was frightened of my father, and I am damned well going to see to it that my children are frightened of me.
George V

In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.
Alex Haley

At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
And then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel,
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school.

William Shakespeare

Family! ... the home of all social evil, a charitable institution for comfortable women, an anchorage for house-fathers, and a hell for children.
August Strindberg

All happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
Leo Tolstoy

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a family all wrapped up in each other.
William E. Vaughan

You will find as the children grow up that as a rule children are a bitter disappointment - their greatest object being to do precisely what their parents do not wish and have anxiously tried to prevent.
Victoria

After a good dinner, one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.
Oscar Wilde

  Brother
I grew up with a lot of brothers and sisters. I did all I could do to really stand out and that nurtured a lot of confidence and drive and ambition.
Madonna

  Sister
I grew up with a lot of brothers and sisters. I did all I could do to really stand out and that nurtured a lot of confidence and drive and ambition.
Madonna

  Children
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well.
Aristotle

Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter.
Francis Bacon

The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.
Henry Ward Beecher

My mother groan'd, my father wept,
Into the dangerous world I leapt;
Helpless, naked, piping loud,
Like a fiend hid in a cloud.

William Blake

It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature's gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever.
Jimmy Carter

There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
Winston Churchill

The thing that best defines a child is the total inability to receive information from anything not plugged in.
Bill Cosby

Girls scream, boys shout; dogs bark, school's out.
W. H. Davies

The value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults.
Peter De Vries

You are a human boy, my young friend.
A human boy. O glorious to be a human boy! ...
O running stream of sparkling joy
To be a soaring human boy!

Charles Dickens

A Father's Day would call attention to such constructive teachings from the pulpit as would naturally point out: The father's place in the home. The training of children. The safeguarding of the marriage tie. The protection of womanhood and childhood. The meaning of this, whether in the light of religion or of patriotism is so apparent as to need no argument in behalf of such a day.
Sonora Smart Dodd

Parents forgive their children least readily for the faults they themselves instilled in them.
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

We are willing to spend the least amount of money to keep a kid at home, more to put him in a foster home, and the most to institutionalize him.
Marian Edelman

The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children.
Edward VIII

The mother's yearning, that completest type of the life in another life which is the essence of real human love, feels the presence of the cherished child even in the debased, degraded man.
George Eliot

Man tell us our lives are free of danger. We stay at home. They go to war. Rubbish. I'd rather face three assaults. In line of battle, than bear one child.
Euripides

Problem children tend to grow up into problem adults and problem adults tend to produce more problem children.
David Farrington

The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
Anatole France

Having one child makes you a parent; having two you are a referee.
David Frost

My father was frightened of his mother; I was frightened of my father, and I am damned well going to see to it that my children are frightened of me.
George V

You may give them your love but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which
you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

Khalil Gibran

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They came through you but not from you
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

Khalil Gibran

There are no illegitimate children, only illegitimate parents.
Edna Gladney

Age does not make us childish, as they say. It only finds us true children still.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Alas, regardless of their doom,
The little victims play!
No sense have they of ills to come,
Nor care beyond to-day.

Thomas Gray

There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.
Graham Greene

What do we ever get nowadays from reading to equal the excitement and the revelation in those first fourteen years?
Graham Greene

Only a dad but he gives his all
To smooth the way for his children small,
Doing with courage stern and grim,
The deeds that his father did for him,
This is the line that for him I pen,
Only a dad, but the best of men.

Edgar Guest

One father is enough to govern one hundred sons, but not a hundred sons one father.
George Herbert

In peace, children inter their parents; war violates the order of nature and causes parents to inter their children.
Herodotus

Boys will be boys, and so will a lot of middle-aged men.
Kin Hubbard

Greatness of name in the father oft-times helps not forth but over-whelms the son; they stand too near one another, the shadow kills the growth. So much, that we see the grandchild come more and oftener to be heir.
Ben Jonson

If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.
Carl Jung

A child is owed the greatest respect; if you ever have something disgraceful in mind, don't ignore your son's tender years.
Juvenal

If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.
Florynce Kennedy

At every step the child should be allowed to meet the real experiences of life; the thorns should never be plucked from his roses.
Ellen Key

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
Martin Luther King Jr.

A child's a plaything for an hour.
Charles Lamb

Insanity is hereditary; you can get it from your children.
Sam Levenson

The simplest toy, on which even the youngest child can operate, is called a grandparent.
Sam Levenson

We are now at a point where we must educate our children in what no one knew yesterday, and prepare our schools for what no one knows yet.
Margaret Mead

A child's spirit is like a child, you cannot catch it by running after it; you must stand still, and, for love, it will soon itself come back.
Arthur Miller

Death and taxes and childbirth! There's never any convenient time for any of them.
Margaret Mitchell

I love children, especially when they cry, for then someone takes them away.
Nancy Mitford

It should be noted that children at play are not playing about; their games should be seen as their most serious-minded activity.
Michel de Montaigne

Children aren't happy with nothing to ignore, And that's what parents were created for.
Ogden Nash

Men are generally more careful of the breed of their horses and dogs than of their children.
William Penn

The child's first year of life is unfortunately still an abyss of mysteries for the psychologist.
Jean Piaget

When I was the age of these children I could draw like Raphael: it took me many years to learn how to draw like these children.
Pablo Picasso

Behold the child, by Nature's kindly law
Pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw.

Alexander Pope

I remember, I remember
How my childhood fleeted by, -
The mirth of its December
And the warmth of its July.

Winthrop Praed

I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill-treating a smaller boy. I expostulated, but he replied: The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies; that's fair. In these words he epitomized the history of the human race.
Bertrand Russell

The fundamental defect of fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them.
Bertrand Russell

Children are given us to discourage our better emotions.
Saki

Even children learn in growing up that both is not an admissible answer to a choice of which one?
Paul Samuelson

There is no good father, that's the rule. Don't lay the blame on men but on the bond of paternity, which is rotten. To beget children, nothing better; to have them, what iniquity!
Jean-Paul Sartre

While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.
Angela Schwindt

There's a time when you have to explain to your children why they're born, and it's a marvelous thing if you know the reason by then.
Hazel Scott

No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.
Florida Scott-Maxwell

At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
And then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel,
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school.

William Shakespeare

Fathers that wear rags
Do make their children blind,
But fathers that bear bags
Shall see their children kind.

William Shakespeare

It is a wise father that knows his own child.
William Shakespeare

Why, 'tis a happy thing
To be the father unto many sons.

William Shakespeare

If you strike a child, take care that you strike it in anger, even at the risk of maiming it for life. A blow in cold blood neither can nor should be forgiven.
George Bernard Shaw

The natural term of the affection of the human animal for its offspring is six years.
George Bernard Shaw

What if the child inherits my beauty and your brains?
George Bernard Shaw

If men had to have babies they would only ever have one each.
Diana Spencer

Family! ... the home of all social evil, a charitable institution for comfortable women, an anchorage for house-fathers, and a hell for children.
August Strindberg

A child becomes an adult when he realizes that he has a right not only to be right but also to be wrong.
Thomas Szasz

Boys are perhaps beyond the range of anybody's sure understanding, at least when they are between the ages of eighteen months and ninety years.
James Thurber

I have found that the best way to give advise to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.
Harry S. Truman

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
Mark Twain

You will find as the children grow up that as a rule children are a bitter disappointment - their greatest object being to do precisely what their parents do not wish and have anxiously tried to prevent.
Victoria

Never have children, only grandchildren.
Gore Vidal

Begin, baby boy: if you haven't had a smile for your parent, then neither will a god think you worth inviting to dinner, nor a goddess to bed.
Virgil

Lawyers should never marry other lawyers. This is called inbreeding, from which comes idiot children and more lawyers.
David Wayne

Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.
Oscar Wilde

Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; and now I have six children, and no theories.
John Wilmot

  Baby
You see, Wendy, when the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.
J. M. Barrie

My mother groan'd, my father wept,
Into the dangerous world I leapt;
Helpless, naked, piping loud,
Like a fiend hid in a cloud.

William Blake

There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
Winston Churchill

Every baby born into the world is a finer one than the last.
Charles Dickens

Any man who hates dogs and babies can't be all bad.
Leo Rosten

I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill-treating a smaller boy. I expostulated, but he replied: The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies; that's fair. In these words he epitomized the history of the human race.
Bertrand Russell

If men had to have babies they would only ever have one each.
Diana Spencer

Nothing grows in our garden, only washing. And babies.
Dylan Thomas

  Boy
Better build schoolrooms for the boy,
Than cells and gibbets for the man.

Eliza Cook

Girls scream, boys shout; dogs bark, school's out.
W. H. Davies

You are a human boy, my young friend.
A human boy. O glorious to be a human boy! ...
O running stream of sparkling joy
To be a soaring human boy!

Charles Dickens

I often think it's comical
How Nature always does contrive
That every boy and every gal
That's born into the world alive
Is either a little Liberal
Or else a little Conservative!

W. S. Gilbert

Boys will be boys, and so will a lot of middle-aged men.
Kin Hubbard

Few misfortunes can befall a boy which bring worse consequences than to have a really affectionate mother.
W. Somerset Maugham

A salesman has got to dream, boy, it comes with the territory.
Arthur Miller

I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill-treating a smaller boy. I expostulated, but he replied: The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies; that's fair. In these words he epitomized the history of the human race.
Bertrand Russell

Boys are perhaps beyond the range of anybody's sure understanding, at least when they are between the ages of eighteen months and ninety years.
James Thurber

  Girl
If you are ever in doubt as to whether or not you should kiss a pretty girl, always give her the benefit of the doubt.
Thomas Carlyle

Girls scream, boys shout; dogs bark, school's out.
W. H. Davies

I often think it's comical
How Nature always does contrive
That every boy and every gal
That's born into the world alive
Is either a little Liberal
Or else a little Conservative!

W. S. Gilbert

When a girl marries, she exchanges the attentions of many men for the inattention of one.
Helen Rowland

  Parents
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well.
Aristotle

The young always have the same problem - how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another.
Quentin Crisp

A Father's Day would call attention to such constructive teachings from the pulpit as would naturally point out: The father's place in the home. The training of children. The safeguarding of the marriage tie. The protection of womanhood and childhood. The meaning of this, whether in the light of religion or of patriotism is so apparent as to need no argument in behalf of such a day.
Sonora Smart Dodd

Parents forgive their children least readily for the faults they themselves instilled in them.
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children.
Edward VIII

The mother's yearning, that completest type of the life in another life which is the essence of real human love, feels the presence of the cherished child even in the debased, degraded man.
George Eliot

Problem children tend to grow up into problem adults and problem adults tend to produce more problem children.
David Farrington

Having one child makes you a parent; having two you are a referee.
David Frost

My father was frightened of his mother; I was frightened of my father, and I am damned well going to see to it that my children are frightened of me.
George V

You may give them your love but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which
you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

Khalil Gibran

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They came through you but not from you
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

Khalil Gibran

There are no illegitimate children, only illegitimate parents.
Edna Gladney

There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.
Graham Greene

What do we ever get nowadays from reading to equal the excitement and the revelation in those first fourteen years?
Graham Greene

Only a dad but he gives his all
To smooth the way for his children small,
Doing with courage stern and grim,
The deeds that his father did for him,
This is the line that for him I pen,
Only a dad, but the best of men.

Edgar Guest

One father is enough to govern one hundred sons, but not a hundred sons one father.
George Herbert

In peace, children inter their parents; war violates the order of nature and causes parents to inter their children.
Herodotus

Greatness of name in the father oft-times helps not forth but over-whelms the son; they stand too near one another, the shadow kills the growth. So much, that we see the grandchild come more and oftener to be heir.
Ben Jonson

If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.
Carl Jung

A child is owed the greatest respect; if you ever have something disgraceful in mind, don't ignore your son's tender years.
Juvenal

Insanity is hereditary; you can get it from your children.
Sam Levenson

The simplest toy, on which even the youngest child can operate, is called a grandparent.
Sam Levenson

Few misfortunes can befall a boy which bring worse consequences than to have a really affectionate mother.
W. Somerset Maugham

I love children, especially when they cry, for then someone takes them away.
Nancy Mitford

Children aren't happy with nothing to ignore, And that's what parents were created for.
Ogden Nash

Men are generally more careful of the breed of their horses and dogs than of their children.
William Penn

The fundamental defect of fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them.
Bertrand Russell

There is no good father, that's the rule. Don't lay the blame on men but on the bond of paternity, which is rotten. To beget children, nothing better; to have them, what iniquity!
Jean-Paul Sartre

While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.
Angela Schwindt

At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
And then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel,
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school.

William Shakespeare

Fathers that wear rags
Do make their children blind,
But fathers that bear bags
Shall see their children kind.

William Shakespeare

It is a wise father that knows his own child.
William Shakespeare

Why, 'tis a happy thing
To be the father unto many sons.

William Shakespeare

The natural term of the affection of the human animal for its offspring is six years.
George Bernard Shaw

I have found that the best way to give advise to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.
Harry S. Truman

You will find as the children grow up that as a rule children are a bitter disappointment - their greatest object being to do precisely what their parents do not wish and have anxiously tried to prevent.
Victoria

Begin, baby boy: if you haven't had a smile for your parent, then neither will a god think you worth inviting to dinner, nor a goddess to bed.
Virgil

Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.
Oscar Wilde

To lose one parent...may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.
Oscar Wilde

Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; and now I have six children, and no theories.
John Wilmot

  Father
My mother groan'd, my father wept,
Into the dangerous world I leapt;
Helpless, naked, piping loud,
Like a fiend hid in a cloud.

William Blake

Victory has a hundred fathers, but no one wants to recognise defeat as his own.
Galeazzo Ciano

A Father's Day would call attention to such constructive teachings from the pulpit as would naturally point out: The father's place in the home. The training of children. The safeguarding of the marriage tie. The protection of womanhood and childhood. The meaning of this, whether in the light of religion or of patriotism is so apparent as to need no argument in behalf of such a day.
Sonora Smart Dodd

My father was frightened of his mother; I was frightened of my father, and I am damned well going to see to it that my children are frightened of me.
George V

Only a dad but he gives his all
To smooth the way for his children small,
Doing with courage stern and grim,
The deeds that his father did for him,
This is the line that for him I pen,
Only a dad, but the best of men.

Edgar Guest

One father is enough to govern one hundred sons, but not a hundred sons one father.
George Herbert

Greatness of name in the father oft-times helps not forth but over-whelms the son; they stand too near one another, the shadow kills the growth. So much, that we see the grandchild come more and oftener to be heir.
Ben Jonson

The fundamental defect of fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them.
Bertrand Russell

There is no good father, that's the rule. Don't lay the blame on men but on the bond of paternity, which is rotten. To beget children, nothing better; to have them, what iniquity!
Jean-Paul Sartre

It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.
Anne Sexton

Fathers that wear rags
Do make their children blind,
But fathers that bear bags
Shall see their children kind.

William Shakespeare

It is a wise father that knows his own child.
William Shakespeare

Why, 'tis a happy thing
To be the father unto many sons.

William Shakespeare

Family! ... the home of all social evil, a charitable institution for comfortable women, an anchorage for house-fathers, and a hell for children.
August Strindberg

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
Mark Twain

  Mother
The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.
Henry Ward Beecher

My mother groan'd, my father wept,
Into the dangerous world I leapt;
Helpless, naked, piping loud,
Like a fiend hid in a cloud.

William Blake

Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness - its opposite - never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes.
Cervantes

The mother's yearning, that completest type of the life in another life which is the essence of real human love, feels the presence of the cherished child even in the debased, degraded man.
George Eliot

My father was frightened of his mother; I was frightened of my father, and I am damned well going to see to it that my children are frightened of me.
George V

The trouble with marriage is that, while every woman is at heart a mother, every man is at heart a bachelor.
E. V. Lucas

Few misfortunes can befall a boy which bring worse consequences than to have a really affectionate mother.
W. Somerset Maugham

No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.
Florida Scott-Maxwell

Family! ... the home of all social evil, a charitable institution for comfortable women, an anchorage for house-fathers, and a hell for children.
August Strindberg

  Husband
A dress that zips up the back will bring a husband and wife together.
James Boren

Allow me, then, Mademoiselle, to place today on the altar of your charms, the offering of my heart, which aspires to and strives after no other glory than for the rest of its life to be, Mademoiselle your very humble, very obedient and very faithful servant and husband.
Molière

Never trust a husband too far or a bachelor too near.
Helen Rowland

  Wife
It was partially my fault that we got divorced ... I tended to place my wife under a pedestal.
Woody Allen

No man has ever yet discovered the way to give friendly advice to any woman, not even to his own wife.
Honoré de Balzac

A dress that zips up the back will bring a husband and wife together.
James Boren

I would be married, but I'd have no wife, I would be married to a single life.
Richard Crashaw

To my mind, a man must choose a wife for himself, without advice from anybody. As I said to Tony before he ever proposed to this girl: Make sure that she's good, and a lady, and healthy, and intelligent, and that she's going to get on with your friends and relations, and you with hers - and then, my dear boy, if you feel that you can afford to marry - then I suppose there's no help for it.
E. M. Delafield

There are two powers at which men should never grumble - the weather and their wives.
Benjamin Disraeli

You are lonely; I love you; I want you to consent to be my wife; I will wait, but I want you to promise that you will marry me - no one else.
George Eliot

There is one thing more exasperating than a wife who can cook and won't, and that's the wife who can't cook and will.
Robert Frost

I am your wife, if you will marry me;
If not, I'll die your maid, To be your fellow
You may deny me, but I'll be your servant,
Whether you will or no.

William Shakespeare

My wife wanted her face lifted. They couldn't do that. But for $80, they lowered her body.
Henny Youngman

Now she's on a diet. Coconuts and bananas. She hasn't lost any weight. But she can climb a tree!
Henny Youngman

  Relationship
We have a good time together, even when we're not together.
Yogi Berra

Too often we under estimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
Leo Buscaglia

Two may talk together under the same roof for many years, yet never really meet; and two others at first speech are old friends.
Mary Catherwood

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.
William Ellery Channing

A manufacturer is not through with his customer when a sale is completed. He has then only started with his customer.
Henry Ford

Every company has two organizational structures: The formal one is written on the charts; the other is the everyday relationships of the men and women in the organization.
Harold Geneen

If a man does not make new acquaintance as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, Sir, should keep his friendship in constant repair.
Samuel Johnson

The more you talk and listen to a bad character the more you lose your dislike for him.
Henry Lawson

Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing;
Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness;
So on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another,
Only a look and a voice; then darkness again and a silence.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Every great man has a woman behind him ... And every great woman has some man or other in front of her, tripping her up.
Dorothy L. Sayers

When two people decide to get a divorce, it isn't a sign that they don't understand one another, but a sign that they have, at last, begun to.
Helen Rowland

So we grew together,
Like to a double cherry, seeming parted,
But yet an union in partition,
Two lovely berries moulded on one stem;
So, with two seeming bodies, but one heart.

William Shakespeare

The successful person has unusual skill at dealing with conflict and ensuring the best outcome for all.
Sun Tzu

  Bachelors
A bachelor is one who enjoys the chase but does not eat the game.
Anonymous

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
Jane Austen

Home, Sweet Home must surely have been written by a bachelor.
Samuel Butler

A single man has not nearly the value he would have in a state of union. He is an incomplete animal. He resembles the odd half of a pair of scissors.
Benjamin Franklin

The trouble with marriage is that, while every woman is at heart a mother, every man is at heart a bachelor.
E. V. Lucas

A bachelor gets tangled up with a lot of women in order to avoid getting tied up by one.
Helen Rowland

A Bachelor of Arts is one who makes love to a lot of women, and yet has the art to remain a bachelor.
Helen Rowland

Never trust a husband too far or a bachelor too near.
Helen Rowland

Bachelors should be heavily taxed. It is not fair that some men should be happier than others.
Oscar Wilde

By persistently remaining single a man converts himself into a permanent public temptation.
Oscar Wilde

  Courtship
I'll love you, dear, I'll love you
Till China and Africa meet
And the river jumps over the mountain
And the salmon sing in the street,
I'll love you till the ocean
Is folded and hung up to dry
And the seven stars go squawking
Like geese about the sky.

W. H. Auden

Woe betide the man who dares to pay a woman a compliment today ... Forget the flowers, the chocolates, the soft word - rather woo her with a self-defence manual in one hand and a family planning leaflet in the other.
Alan Ayckbourn

Love is like some fresh spring, first a stream and then a river, changing its aspect and its nature as it flows to plunge itself in some boundless ocean, where restricted natures only find monotony, but where great souls are engulfed in endless contemplation.
Honoré de Balzac

Tell me how many beads there are
In a silver chain
Of evening rain,
Unravelled from the tumbling main,
And threading the eye of a yellow star: -
So many times do I love again.

Thomas Lovell Beddoes

All the pictures that hung in my memory before I knew you have faded and given place to our radiant moments together. Now I cannot live apart from you ... Your words are my food, your breath my wine. You are everything to me.
Sarah Bernhardt

Love seeketh only Self to please,
To bind another to its delight,
Joys in another's loss of ease,
And builds a Hell in Heaven's despite.

William Blake

Love seeketh not itself to please,
Nor for itself hath any care,
But for another gives its ease,
And builds a Heaven in Hell's despair.

William Blake

Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law.
Boethius

If thou must love me, let it be for nought
Except for love's sake only.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be.

Robert Browning

But to see her was to love her;
Love but her, and love for ever.

Robert Burns

O my Luve is like a red, red rose
That's newly sprung in June;
O my Luve is like the melodie
That's sweetly played in tune.

Robert Burns

Courtship is to marriage, as a very witty prologue to a very dull play.
William Congreve

I love you,
Not only for what you are,
But for what I am
When I am with you.

I love you,
Not only for what
You have made of yourself,
But for what
You are making of me.

I love you
For the part of me
That you bring out.

Roy Croft

Running after women never hurt anybody - it's catching 'em that does the damage.
Jack Davies

To my mind, a man must choose a wife for himself, without advice from anybody. As I said to Tony before he ever proposed to this girl: Make sure that she's good, and a lady, and healthy, and intelligent, and that she's going to get on with your friends and relations, and you with hers - and then, my dear boy, if you feel that you can afford to marry - then I suppose there's no help for it.
E. M. Delafield

You could draw me to fire, you could draw me to water, you could draw me to the gallows, you could draw me to any death, you could draw me to anything I have most avoided, you could draw me to any exposure and disgrace. This and the confusion of my thoughts, so that I am fit for nothing, is what I mean by your being the ruin of me. But if you would return a favourable answer to my offer of marriage, you could draw me to any good - every good - with equal force.
Charles Dickens

Whoever loves, if he do not propose
The right true end of love, he's one that goes
To sea for nothing but to make him sick.

John Donne

Must, bid the Morn awake,
Sad Winter now declines,
Each Bird doth choose a mate,
This day's Saint Valentine's;
For that good Bishop's sake
Get up, and let us see
What Beauty it shall be
That Fortune us assigns.

Michael Drayton

My heart to thy heart,
My hand to thine,
My lips to thy lips,
Kisses are wine ...

Paul Dunbar

There are many kinds of love, as many kinds of light,
And every kind of love makes a glory in the night.
There is love that stirs the heart, and love that gives it rest,
But the love that leads life upward is the noblest and the best.

Henry van Dyke

Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.
Henry van Dyke

You are lonely; I love you; I want you to consent to be my wife; I will wait, but I want you to promise that you will marry me - no one else.
George Eliot

Infantile love follows the principle: I love because I am loved.
Mature love follows the principle: I am loved because I love.
Immature love says: I love you because I need you.
Mature love says: I need you because I love you.

Erich Fromm

For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.
Judy Garland

For, you see, each day I love you more, Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.
Rosemonde Gérard

Holding hands at midnight
'Neath a starry sky,
Nice work if you can get it,
And you can get it if you try.

Ira Gershwin

Oh, innocent victims of Cupid,
Remember this terse little verse;
To let a fool kiss you is stupid,
To let a kiss fool you is worse.

E. Y. Harburg

The sea has its pearls,
The heavens its stars,
I love you without question,
But my heart, my heart,
My heart has its love.

Heinrich Heine

Give me a kiss, and to that kiss a score;
Then to that twenty, add a hundred more:
A thousand to that hundred: so kiss on,
To make that thousand up a million.
Treble that million, and when that is done,
Let's kiss afresh, as when we first begun.

Robert Herrick

I love thee - I love thee,
'Tis all that I can say
It is my vision in the night,
My dreaming in the day.

Thomas Hood

Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine,
Love, thou art every day my Valentine!

Thomas Hood

When two souls, which have sought each other for however long in the throng, have finally found each other...there is then established for ever between them a union, fiery and pure as they themselves are, a union which begins on earth and continues for ever in heaven...This is the love which you inspire in me.
Victor Hugo

Drink to me only with thine eyes,
And I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kiss but in the cup
And I'll not look for wine.

Ben Jonson

Love in a hut, with water and a crust,
Is - Love, forgive us! - cinders, ashes, dust;
Love in a palace is perhaps at last
More grievous torment than a hermit's fast.

John Keats

Come live with me and be my Love,
And we will all the pleasures prove
That valleys, groves, hills and fields,
Woods, or steepy mountain yields.

Christopher Marlowe

Where both deliberate, the love is slight;
Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?

Christopher Marlowe

There's a feast undated, yet
Both our true lives hold it fast,
Even the day when first we met.
What a great day came and passed,
Unknown then but known at last.

Alice Meynell

Allow me, then, Mademoiselle, to place today on the altar of your charms, the offering of my heart, which aspires to and strives after no other glory than for the rest of its life to be, Mademoiselle your very humble, very obedient and very faithful servant and husband.
Molière

The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it. You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough.
George Moore

No, there's nothing half so sweet in life
As love's young dream.

Thomas Moore

Dating is a social engagement with the threat of sex at its conclusion.
P. J. O'Rourke

By the time you say you're his,
Shivering and sighing
And he vows his passion is
Infinite, undying -
Lady, make a note of this:
One of you is lying.

Dorothy Parker

We loved with a love that was more than love.
Edgar Allan Poe

For one man is my world of all the men
This wide world holds; O love, my world is you.

Christina Rossetti

Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!
For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.

William Shakespeare

Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.

William Shakespeare

I am your wife, if you will marry me;
If not, I'll die your maid, To be your fellow
You may deny me, but I'll be your servant,
Whether you will or no.

William Shakespeare

Men are April when they woo, December when they wed: maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives.
William Shakespeare

O, how this spring of love resembleth
The uncertain glory of an April day,

William Shakespeare

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
William Shakespeare

Then, must you speak
Of one that loved not wisely but too well.

William Shakespeare

Tomorrow is Saint Valentine's day,
All in the morning betime,
And I a maid at your window,
To be your Valentine.

William Shakespeare

I have nothing to offer you but my strength for your defence, my honesty for your surety, my ability and industry for your livelihood, and my authority and position for your dignity. That is all it becomes a man to offer to a woman.
George Bernard Shaw

Nothing in the world is single;
All things by a law divine
In one another's being mingle;
Why not I with thine?

Percy Bysshe Shelley

And I shall dream both before and after I go to sleep, of the little flower that has sprung up in the desert beside me and shed its fragrance over my life and made its ways attractive with its beauty and turned its weariness to contentment with its sweet spirit. And I shall bless you, my darling, out of a fullness of a heart that knows your worth beyond the ken of any ... better than all others I can love you, and do love you, and shall always love you, always. Good night, darling - and peaceful slumbers refresh you and ministering angels attend you.
Mark Twain

I do love you...as the dew loves the flowers;
as the birds love the sunshine;
as the wavelets love the breeze...
as the angels love the pure in heart.

Mark Twain

I give you my love
More precious than money, I give you myself before preaching or law;
Will you give me yourself?
Will you come travel with me?
Shall we stick by each other
As long as we live?

Walt Whitman

To speak frankly, I am not in favour of long engagements. They give people the opportunity of finding out each other's character before marriage, which I think is never advisable.
Oscar Wilde

My deepest, strongest desire in marrying you, Darling, is to make you happy, and I would put into this some word of love which would seem to your heart a sort of sweet preface to the book of love which we are about to open together, to read new secrets of sympathy and companionship. I would have you catch a glimpse of my purpose for the future and of the joy which that future contains for me, of the gratitude I feel for your priceless gift of love, and of the infinite love and tenderness which is the gift of my whole heart to you.
Woodrow Wilson

  Divorce
Wherefore they are no more
twain, but one flesh. What there-
fore God hath joined together,
let not man put asunder.

Matthew 19:6, King James Version
Holy Bible

It was partially my fault that we got divorced ... I tended to place my wife under a pedestal.
Woody Allen

I am no good at love
I betray it with little sins
For I feel the misery of the end
In the moment that it begins
And the bitterness of the last goodbye
Is the bitterness that wins.

Noël Coward

When two people decide to get a divorce, it isn't a sign that they don't understand one another, but a sign that they have, at last, begun to.
Helen Rowland

What God hath joined together no man shall ever put asunder; God will take care of that.
George Bernard Shaw

Divorces are made in heaven.
Oscar Wilde

  Friendship
I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.

William Blake

Of all the horrid, hideous notes of woe,
Sadder than owl-songs or the midnight blast,
Is that portentous phrase, I told you so,
Uttered by friends, those prophets of the past.

George Byron

Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls in the air. You name them - work, family, health, friends, and spirit - and you're keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls - family, health, friends, and spirit are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged, or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.
Brian Dyson

He that lies down with dogs shall rise up with fleas.
Benjamin Franklin

Never explain - your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.
Elbert Hubbard

Whenever a man's friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old.
Washington Irving

When you choose your friends, don't be short-changed by choosing personality over character.
W. Somerset Maugham

I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.
Plutarch

Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.
Plutarch

A friend of mine was asked to a costume ball a short time ago. He slapped some egg on his face and went as a liberal economist.
Ronald Reagan

A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.
John D. Rockefeller Jr.

He that wants money, means, and content, is without three good friends.
William Shakespeare

A friendship that can end, never really began.
Publilius Syrus

Admonish your friends privately, but praise them openly.
Publilius Syrus

Count not him among your friends who will retail your privacies to the world.
Publilius Syrus

Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them.
Publilius Syrus

Reprove your friends in secret, praise them openly.
Publilius Syrus

Treat your friend as if he might become an enemy.
Publilius Syrus

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.
Mark Twain

Never burn bridges. Today's junior prick, tomorrow's senior partner.
Sigourney Weaver

Be careful to choose your enemies well. Friends don't much matter. But the choice of enemies is very important.
Oscar Wilde

Friendship is far more tragic than love. It lasts longer.
Oscar Wilde

I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies. I have not one who is a fool. They are all men of some intellectual power, and consequently they all appreciate me.
Oscar Wilde

Think where man's glory most begins and ends,
And say my glory was I had such friends.

William Butler Yeats

  Marriage
Wherefore they are no more
twain, but one flesh. What there-
fore God hath joined together,
let not man put asunder.

Matthew 19:6, King James Version
Holy Bible

All marriages are happy. It's the living together afterward that causes all the trouble.
Anonymous

Marriage is the price men pay for sex; sex is the price women pay for marriage.
Anonymous

Never marry for money, but marry where money is.
Anonymous

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
Jane Austen

All tragedies are finish'd by death,
All comedies are ended by a marriage.

George Byron

What is marriage but prostitution to one man instead of many?
Angela Carter

The success of the marriage comes after the failure of the honeymoon.
G. K. Chesterton

Marriage has got historic, religious and moral content that goes back to the beginning of time, and I think a marriage is as a marriage always has been, between a man and a woman.
Hillary Clinton

Courtship is to marriage, as a very witty prologue to a very dull play.
William Congreve

I would be married, but I'd have no wife, I would be married to a single life.
Richard Crashaw

Running after women never hurt anybody - it's catching 'em that does the damage.
Jack Davies

The value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults.
Peter De Vries

To my mind, a man must choose a wife for himself, without advice from anybody. As I said to Tony before he ever proposed to this girl: Make sure that she's good, and a lady, and healthy, and intelligent, and that she's going to get on with your friends and relations, and you with hers - and then, my dear boy, if you feel that you can afford to marry - then I suppose there's no help for it.
E. M. Delafield

You could draw me to fire, you could draw me to water, you could draw me to the gallows, you could draw me to any death, you could draw me to anything I have most avoided, you could draw me to any exposure and disgrace. This and the confusion of my thoughts, so that I am fit for nothing, is what I mean by your being the ruin of me. But if you would return a favourable answer to my offer of marriage, you could draw me to any good - every good - with equal force.
Charles Dickens

You are lonely; I love you; I want you to consent to be my wife; I will wait, but I want you to promise that you will marry me - no one else.
George Eliot

Some marry the first information they receive, and turn what comes later into their concubine. Since deceit is always first to arrive, there is no room left for truth.
Baltasar Gracián

Young women with ambitions should be very crafty and cautious, lest mayhap they be caught in the soft, silken mesh of a happy marriage, and go down to oblivion, dead to the world.
Elbert Hubbard

When two souls, which have sought each other for however long in the throng, have finally found each other...there is then established for ever between them a union, fiery and pure as they themselves are, a union which begins on earth and continues for ever in heaven...This is the love which you inspire in me.
Victor Hugo

Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures.
Samuel Johnson

The trouble with marriage is that, while every woman is at heart a mother, every man is at heart a bachelor.
E. V. Lucas

Men have a much better time of it than women; for one thing, they marry later; for another thing, they die earlier.
H. L. Mencken

Allow me, then, Mademoiselle, to place today on the altar of your charms, the offering of my heart, which aspires to and strives after no other glory than for the rest of its life to be, Mademoiselle your very humble, very obedient and very faithful servant and husband.
Molière

I do not support gay marriage. Marriage has religious and social connotations, and I consider marriage to be between a man and a woman.
Barack Obama

When a girl marries, she exchanges the attentions of many men for the inattention of one.
Helen Rowland

When two people decide to get a divorce, it isn't a sign that they don't understand one another, but a sign that they have, at last, begun to.
Helen Rowland

I am your wife, if you will marry me;
If not, I'll die your maid, To be your fellow
You may deny me, but I'll be your servant,
Whether you will or no.

William Shakespeare

Men are April when they woo, December when they wed: maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives.
William Shakespeare

I have nothing to offer you but my strength for your defence, my honesty for your surety, my ability and industry for your livelihood, and my authority and position for your dignity. That is all it becomes a man to offer to a woman.
George Bernard Shaw

Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity.
George Bernard Shaw

What God hath joined together no man shall ever put asunder; God will take care of that.
George Bernard Shaw

Going to marry her! Impossible! You mean a part of her; he could not marry her all himself ... There is enough of her to furnish wives for a whole parish ... You might people a colony with her; or give an assembly with her; or perhaps take your morning's walk round her, always provided there were frequent resting-places, and you were in rude health.
Sydney Smith

Marriage is one long conversation, chequered by disputes.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Lawyers should never marry other lawyers. This is called inbreeding, from which comes idiot children and more lawyers.
David Wayne

I give you my love
More precious than money, I give you myself before preaching or law;
Will you give me yourself?
Will you come travel with me?
Shall we stick by each other
As long as we live?

Walt Whitman

Divorces are made in heaven.
Oscar Wilde

I don't see anything romantic in proposing. It is very romantic to be in love. But there is nothing romantic about a definite proposal. Why, one may be accepted. One usually is, I believe. Then the excitement is all over. The very essence of romance is uncertainty.
Oscar Wilde

Men marry because they are tired; women because they are curious: both are disappointed.
Oscar Wilde

One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry.
Oscar Wilde

The one charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.
Oscar Wilde

To speak frankly, I am not in favour of long engagements. They give people the opportunity of finding out each other's character before marriage, which I think is never advisable.
Oscar Wilde

Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; and now I have six children, and no theories.
John Wilmot

My deepest, strongest desire in marrying you, Darling, is to make you happy, and I would put into this some word of love which would seem to your heart a sort of sweet preface to the book of love which we are about to open together, to read new secrets of sympathy and companionship. I would have you catch a glimpse of my purpose for the future and of the joy which that future contains for me, of the gratitude I feel for your priceless gift of love, and of the infinite love and tenderness which is the gift of my whole heart to you.
Woodrow Wilson