BREMER, Fredrika Quotes
(1801-1865), Swedish novelist
Many a marriage has commenced, like the morning, red, and perished like a mushroom. Wherefore? Because the married pair neglected to be as agreeable to each other after their union as they were before it. Seek always to please each other, but in doing so keep heaven in mind. Lavish not your love today, remembering that marriage has a morrow and again a morrow. Bethink ye, my daughters, what the word housewife expresses. The married woman is her husband's domestic trust. On her he ought to be able to place his reliance in house and family; to her he should confide the key of his heart and the lock of his storeroom. His honor and his home are under her protection, his welfare in her hands. Ponder this! And you, my sons, be true men of honor, and good fathers of your families. Act in such wise that your wives respect and love you. And what more shall I say to you, my children? Peruse diligently the word of God; that will guide you out of storm and dead calm, and bring you safe into port. And as for the rest —do your best!
People who are arrogant on account of their wealth are about equal to the Laplanders, who measure a man's worth by the number of his reindeer.
There are words which sever hearts more than sharp swords; there are words the point of which sting the heart through the course of a whole life.