A whore may be naked, but a mistress is nude. We are talking class.
Nature meant me A wife, a silly, harmless, household dove, Fond without art, and kind without deceit; But Fortune, that has made a mistress of me, Has thrust me out to the wide world, unfurnish'd Of falsehood to be happy.john dryden
Music is my mistress, and she plays second fiddle to none.duke ellington
Chaste to her husband, frank to all beside, A teeming mistress, but a barren bride.Alexander Pope
So I wonder a woman, the mistress of Hearts, Should ascent to aspire to be Master of Arts; A Ministering Angel in Woman we see, And an Angel need cover no other Degree. O why should a Woman not get a Degree?
Simple Nature is the most harmless, inoffensive, and virtuous mistress.
Marriage, n. The state or condition of a community Billings consisting of a master, a mistress and two slaves, making in all, two.Ambrose Gwinett Bierce
But You know Landscape is my mistress — 'tis to her that I look for fame — and all that the warmth of the imagination renders dear to Man.john constable
[A]s for my prediction that [the iPhone] would be a bad idea for Apple to pursue, anything can still happen. Time is a cruel mistress.john c. dvorak
Plough not the seas, sow not the sands,Leave off your idle pain;Seek other mistress for your minds,Love's service is in vain.robert southwell
The untented Kosmos my abode,I pass, a wilful stranger:My mistress still the open roadAnd the bright eyes of danger.Robert Louis Stevenson
I will not say with Lord Hale, that "the law will admit of no rival, and nothing to go even with it;" but I will say, that it is a jealous mistress, and requires a long and constant courtship. It is not to be won by trifling favours, but by a lavish homage.joseph story
"Foote," (said lord Sandwich) "I have often wondered what catastrophe would bring you to your end; but I think, that you must either die of the p-x, or the halter." "My lord," (replied Foote instantaneously) "that will depend upon one of two contingencies; whether I embrace your lordship's mistress, or your lordship's principles."Samuel Foote
I so lively acted with my tears That my poor mistress, moved therewithal, Wept bitterly.william shakespeare
Then lady Cynthia, mistress of the shade, Goes, with the fashionable owls, to bed.Edward Young
Follow a shadow, it still flies you, Seem to fly, it will pursue: So court a mistress, she denies you; Let her alone, she will court you. Say are not women truly, then, Styled but the shadows of us men?Ben Jonson
[He was] delighted to be called the mistress, the wife, the Queen of Hierocles.
Ah, yet, e'er I descend to th' grave, May I a small House and a large Garden have. And a few Friends, and many Books both true, Both wise, and both delightful too. And since Love ne'er will from me flee, A mistress moderately fair, And good as Guardian angels are, Only belov'd and loving me.Abraham Cowley
O mistress of the kula, because it protects always from absolutely all dangers, such as Yama and (evil) spirits (bhuta), therefore it is called yantra.
* * * But while I breathe Heaven's air, and Heaven looks down on me, And smiles at my best meanings, I remain mistress of mine own self and mine own soul.