„Wise children always choose a mother who was a shocking flirt in her maiden days, and so had several offers before she accepted their fortunate papa.“

—  Sir James Matthew Barrie, buch The Little White Bird

Quelle: The Little White Bird (1902), Ch. 22

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„The dead are free from Fortune; Mother Earth has room for all her children, and he who lacks an urn has the sky to cover him.“

—  Marcus Annaeus Lucanus, buch Pharsalia

Book VII, line 818 (tr. J. D. Duff).
Pharsalia
Original: (la) Libera fortunae mors est; capit omnia tellus
quae genuit; caelo tegitur qui non habet urnam.

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—  Ludovico Ariosto, buch Der rasende Roland

La verginella e simile alla rosa
Ch'in bel giardin' su la nativa spina
Mentre sola e sicura si riposa
Ne gregge ne pastor se le avvicina;
L'aura soave e l'alba rugiadosa,
L'acqua, la terra al suo favor s'inchina:
Gioveni vaghi e donne inamorate
Amano averne e seni e tempie ornate.<p>Ma no si tosto dal materno stelo
Rimossa viene, e dal suo ceppo verde
Che quato havea dagli huoi e dal cielo
Favor gratia e bellezza tutto perde.
Canto I, stanzas 42–43 (tr. G. Waldman)
Compare:
Ut flos in saeptis secretus nascitur hortis,
Ignotus pecori, nullo contusus aratro,
Quem mulcent aurae, firmat sol, educat imber;
Multi illum pueri, multae optavere puellae:
idem cum tenui carptus defloruit ungui,
nulli illum pueri, nullae optavere puellae:
sic virgo, dum intacta manet, dum cara suis est;
cum castum amisit polluto corpore florem,
nec pueris iucunda manet, nec cara puellis.
As a flower springs up secretly in a fenced garden, unknown to the cattle, torn up by no plough, which the winds caress, the sun strengthens, the shower draws forth, many boys, many girls, desire it: so a maiden, whilst she remains untouched, so long she is dear to her own; when she has lost her chaste flower with sullied body, she remains neither lovely to boys nor dear to girls.
Catullus, Carmina, LXII (tr. Francis Warre-Cornish)
Orlando Furioso (1532)

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—  Hillary Clinton American politician, senator, Secretary of State, First Lady 1947

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—  Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve French literary critic 1804 - 1869

L'injustice…est une mère qui n'est jamais sterile, et qui produit des enfants dignes d'elle.
Causeries du lundi (Paris: Garnier, 1857) vol. 1, p. 148; E. J. Trechmann (trans.) Causeries du Lundi (London: George Routledge, 1909) vol. 1, p. 117.
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