Every man needs two women, a quiet home-maker, and a thrilling nymph.
—Iris Murdoch (1919–99) British Novelist, Playwright, Philosopher
Lovers should also have their days off.
—Natalie Clifford Barney (1876–1972) American Playwright, Poet, Novelist
One can be a soldier without dying, and a lover without sighing.
—Edwin Arnold (1832–1904) English Poet, Journalist, Editor
One seeks to make the loved one entirely happy, or, if that cannot be, entirely wretched.
—Jean de La Bruyere (1645–96) French Satiric Moralist, Author
Scratch a lover, and find a foe.
—Dorothy Parker (1893–1967) American Humorist, Journalist
Mistresses are like books; if you pore upon them too much, they doze you and make you unfit for company; but if used discreetly, you are the fitter for conversation by em.
—William Wycherley (c.1640–1716) English Dramatist