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Henrietta Sperry Ripperger

  • ... a home is a source of energy, or should be, to the people who go in and out of it.

  • A well-run home is a microcosm of sanity in a world that is plainly mad. If a home doesn't make sense, nothing does.

  • Self-sacrifice is a boomerang; it comes back as self-pity.

  • You remember the man who said he had a little contrivance that shut the window and turned on the heat before he got up? It was called a wife.

  • The lecturer in a marriage course at one of the big Eastern colleges for women recently said that a woman, even if she earns money, must act as if her husband were the important member of the family financially. She said this was the right psychological approach. It's not only the right psychological approach, but it's a recognition of fact.

  • In a woman-dominated society like our own, it's a cinch for a successful wife to spotlight her work, in public. If she's too successful, that's something to avoid as a conversational topic, at least among her husband's friends.

Henrietta Sperry Ripperger, U.S. writer