An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Take example by your father, my boy, and be very careful of vidders all your life, specially if they've kept a public house, Sammy.


Charles Dickens (1812-1870, British novelist)


The comfortable estate of widowhood is the only hope that keeps up a wife's spirits.


John Gay (1688-1732, British playwright, poet)


There is no lonelier man in death, except the suicide, than that man who has lived many years with a good wife and then outlived her. If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it.


Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961, American writer)


He that outlives a wife whom he has long loved, sees himself disjoined from the only mind that has the same hopes, and fears, and interest; from the only companion with whom he has shared much good and evil; and with whom he could set his mind at liberty, to retrace the past or anticipate the future. The continuity of being is lacerated; the settled course of sentiment and action is stopped; and life stands suspended and motionless.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Widow. The word consumes itself.


Sylvia Plath (1932-1963, American poet)


Sorrow for a husband is like a pain in the elbow, sharp and short.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


Widows are divided into two classes -- the bereaved and relieved.


Victor Robinson


I'm only upset that I'm not a widow. [On her ex-husband Tom Arnold]




A widow is a fascinating being with the flavor of maturity, the spice of experience, the piquancy of novelty, the tang of practiced coquetry, and the halo of one man's approval.


Helen Rowland (1875-1950, American journalist)


There is nothing on earth so easy as to forget, if a person chooses to set about it. I'm sure I have as much forgot your poor, dear uncle, as if he had never existed; and I thought it my duty to do so.


Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816, Anglo-Irish dramatist)


He first deceased; she for a little tried to live without him, liked it not, and died.


Sir Henry Wotton (1568-1639, British diplomat, traveler, scholar, and poet)


The poor fatherless baby of eight months is now the utterly broken-hearted and crushed widow of forty-two! My life as a happy one is ended! The world is gone for me! If I must live on (and I will do nothing to make me worse than I am), it is henceforth for our poor fatherless children -- for my unhappy country, which has lost all in losing him -- and in only doing what I know and feel he would wish.


Queen Victoria (1819-1901, British queen)


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