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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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William Makepeace Thackeray. (1811–1863) (continued)
      Remember, it is as easy to marry a rich woman as a poor woman.
          Pendennis. Book i. Chap. xxviii.
      How hard it is to make an Englishman acknowledge that he is happy!
          Pendennis. Book ii. Chap. xxxi.
      ’T is strange what a man may do and a woman yet think him an angel.
          Henry Esmond. Book i. Chap. vii.
      The true pleasure of life is to live with your inferiors.
          The Newcomes. Book i. Chap. i.
      The wicked are wicked, no doubt, and they go astray and they fall, and they come by their deserts; but who can tell the mischief which the very virtuous do?
          The Newcomes. Book i. Chap. xx.
      This I set down as a positive truth. A woman with fair opportunities and without a positive hump, may marry whom she likes. 1 
          Vanity Fair. Chap. iv.
      Bravery never goes out of fashion.
          The Four Georges.
Horace Greeley. (1811–1872)
      The illusion that times that were are better than those that are, has probably pervaded all ages.
          The American Conflict.
      A widow of doubtful age will marry almost any sort of a white man.
          Letter to Dr. Rufus Wilmot Griswold.
      The masses of our countrymen, North and South, are eager to clasp hands across the bloody chasm which has so long divided them.
          Acceptance of Liberal Republican Nomination as President. May 29, 1872.
Note 1.
O. W. Holmes: The Professor at the Breakfast Table: I should like to see any kind of a man, distinguishable from a gorilla, that some good and even pretty woman could not shape a husband out of.

  Bernard Shaw: Epistle Dedicatory to Man and Superman: The whole world is strewn with snares, traps, gins and pitfalls for the capture of men by women. [back]