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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
Abroad one has a hundred eyes, at home not one.  German.  1
A good son makes a good husband.  2
A husband between two parrots is like a head between two sticks.  African.  3
A husband who fears his wife is foolish, but a woman who does not fear her husband, a thousand times more foolish.  Chinese.  4
A husband with one eye rather than with one son.  Spanish.  5
A husband without ability is like a house without a roof.  Spanish.  6
A husband’s cuffs leave no marks.  Russian.  7
A husband’s wrath spoils the best broth.  8
An Argus at home, a mole abroad.  9
At home an elephant, abroad a cat.  10
Be a good husband and you will get a penny to spend, a penny to lend and a penny for a friend.  11
I don’t count them to you, wife, but a hog makes twenty puddings.  Spanish.  12
In the husband, wisdom, in the wife, gentleness.  13
It is better to have a husband without love, than jealous.  Italian.  14
It is nothing, they are only thrashing (or killing) my husband.  Portuguese.  15
Let it be a husband though it be but a log.  Spanish.  16
Mother, I must have a husband or I shall set fire to the house.  German.  17
Observe the face of the wife to know the husband’s character.  Spanish.  18
Paint and patches give offence to the husband, hopes to the gallant.  19
Rather a husband with one eye than one son.  Portuguese.  20
She hangs out the broom; i.e., wants a husband.  Dutch.  21
Sorrow for a husband is like a pain in the elbow, sharp and short.  22
The bacon of paradise for the married man that does not repent.  Spanish.  23
The better workman, the worse husband.  24
The cry of the neglected husband:—Woman’s affection is best proved by the care she takes of your linen.  Punch.  25
The husband must not see and the wife must be blind.  26
The husband reigns but it’s the wife that governs.  Punch.  27
When the husband drinks to the wife all would be well; when the wife drinks to the husband, all is well.  28
The man has neither sense nor reason that leaves a young wife at home.  French.  29
The married man must turn his staff into a stake.  30
The more a husband loves his wife the more he increases her whims.  Chinese.  31
The more a wife loves her husband the more she corrects his faults.  Chinese.  32
The woman who has a bad husband makes a confidant of her maid.  Spanish.  33
Thus it is we are ruined, husband; you are good for little and I for less.  Spanish.  34
To make a happy couple the husband must be deaf and the wife blind.  French.  35
When the husband earns well
The wife spins well.  Dutch.
Where the gray mare is the better horse, there the horse is but an ass.  Fielding.  37

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