Wives are young men's mistresses; companions for middle age; and old men's nurses.
Listening is one of the lesser-known skills that mistresses offer.BettyJane Wylie
A good many causes tend to make good masters and mistresses quite as rare as good servants.... The large and rapid fortunes by which vulgar and ignorant people become possessed of splendid houses, splendidly furnished, do not, of course, give them the feelings and manners of gentle folks, or in any way really raise them above the servants they employ, who are quite aware of this fact, and that the possession of wealth is literally the only superiority their employers have over them.fanny kemble
I dare boldly conclude that the most valiant armie of the best approved soldiers, (yea though consisting of lovers themselves, and that giving battaile in the presence of their Ladies and mistresses) may easily even with a small band of ingenious scholars and Artists be utterly overthrown and vanquished.Hugh Platt A new, cheape and delicate Fire of Cole-balles (1603); As cited in: Hugh Plat: Renaissance Man of Early Modern England, at bloggingtherenaissance.blogspot.nl, June 2006.
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