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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 (1685-1732) English poet and dramatist.

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.

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

English proverb

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 and humorist.