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Molly Elliott Seawell

  • Until he is forty, a man is too young to marry; and after he is forty, he is too old.

  • Madame Schmid belonged to that large class of persons who believe that a man who engages in any form of art is necessarily a loafer.

  • As for myself, there are two things I dread, — death and marriage. I must die, but I need not marry. I have sworn I will never be taken alive.

  • A husband, Monsieur Marsac, is like a lobster salad. When it is good, it is very good, and when it is bad it is intolerable.

  • Proposals of marriage are always embarassing, and none the less so when, as the Breton peasants say, 'the haystack chases the cow.'

  • You have written a play which must command success; for I cannot understand it, nor can the public, and I presume no more can you. All you have to do, therefore, is to have it presented, and then sit down and wait for the critics to explain the play to you as to the rest of the world.

Molly Elliott Seawell, U.S. historian, writer

(1860 - 1916)