Francis Bacon quote about men from The Essays of Francis Bacon - Wives are young men's mistresses; companions for middle age; and old men's nurses.
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Wives are young men's mistresses; companions for middle age; and old men's nurses.
 Francis Bacon, The Essays of Francis Bacon (1597). copy citation

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Author Francis Bacon
Source The Essays of Francis Bacon
Topic men women age
Date 1597
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/575/575-h/575-h.htm

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“Chaste women are often proud and froward, as presuming upon the merit of their chastity. It is one of the best bonds, both of chastity and obedience, in the wife, if she think her husband wise; which she will never do, if she find him jealous. Wives are young men's mistresses; companions for middle age; and old men's nurses. So as a man may have a quarrel to marry, when he will. But yet he was reputed one of the wise men, that made answer to the question, when a man should marry,—A young man not yet, an elder man not at all.” source

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