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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Widow
 
A buxom widow must be either married, buried, or shut up in a convent.  Spanish.  1
A good occasion for courtship is when the widow returns from the funeral.  2
A rich widow weeps with one eye and laughs with the other.  Portuguese.  3
Few persons turn gray because their husbands die.  4
He that marries a widow and three children marries four thieves.  5
He that marries a widow and two daughters has three back doors to his house.  6
He that marries a widow will often have a dead man’s head thrown in his dish.  Spanish.  7
He that woos a maid must seldom come in sight,
But he that woos a widow must woo her day and night.
  8
If a stock fish became a widow it would fatten.  9
In the widow’s house there’s no fat mouse.  Oriental.  10
Long a widow weds with shame.  11
Never marry a widow unless her first husband was hanged.  12
The rich widow’s tears soon dry.  Danish.  13
’Tis dangerous marrying a widow, because she has cast her rider.  14
To diminish his substance is not the part of a man but of a widow woman.  Cato.  15
Widows are always rich.  16
Woo the widow whilst she is in weeds.  German.  17
 
 
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