Jerry Hall Page

“My mother said it was simple to keep a man, you must be a maid in the living room, a cook in the kitchen and a whore in the bedroom. I said I'd hire the other two and take care of the bedroom bit.”

- Jerry Hall

Reinhard Heydrich Page

“It is natural that people do not want to be involved with us too much. There is no problem down to the smallest egotistical longing which the Gestapo cannot solve. Regarded in this way we are, if a joke is permitted, looked upon as a cross between a general maid and the dustbin of the Reich.”

- Reinhard Heydrich

Source/Notes: To his officers on German Police Day (February, 1941), as quoted in Gestapo : Instrument of Tyranny (1956) by Edward Crankshaw, p. 103
Rainer Maria Rilke Page

“The great renewal of the world will perhaps consist in this, that man and maid, freed of all false feelings and reluctances, will seek each other not as opposites, but as brother and sister, as neighbors, and will come together as human beings.”

- Rainer Maria Rilke

Source/Notes: Letter Four (16 July 1903) - Letters to a Young Poet (1934)
George S. Patton Page

“Through the travail of the ages, Midst the pomp and toil of war, Have I fought and strove and perished Countless times upon this star. In the form of many people In all panoplies of time Have I seen the luring vision Of the Victory Maid, sublime.”

- George S. Patton

Source/Notes: Through A Glass, Darkly (1918)
Winston Churchill Page

“Well, dinner would have been splendid if the wine had been as cold as the soup, the beef as rare as the service, the brandy as old as the fish, and the maid as willing as the Duchess.”

- Winston Churchill


William Shakespeare Page

“Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon, Who is already sick and pale with grief That thou her maid art far more fair than she. Be not her maid, since she is envious. Her vestal livery is but sick and green, And none but fools do wear it. Cast it off.”

- William Shakespeare

Alexander Pope Page

“Hence the fool's paradise, the statesman's scheme, The air-built castle, and the golden dream, The maid's romantic wish, the chemist's flame, And poet's vision of eternal fame.”

- Alexander Pope

William Shakespeare Page

“Come away, come away, death, And in sad cypress let me be laid. Fly away, fly away, breath; I am slain by a fair cruel maid. My shroud of white, stuck all with yew, O, prepare it. My part of death, no one so true Did share it.”

- William Shakespeare

Karen Black Page

“I am the least intimidating person. I think I would have done better in my career if I were a little more intimidating. Even the maid who comes to work for me once a week has found out that she can just trample over me... I'm a Cancer! We are not ferocious people.”

- Karen Black

William Blake Page

“Prudence is a rich, ugly, old maid courted by incapacity.”

- William Blake

Source/Notes: The Complete Poetry of William Blake (2011), p. 140


Edna Ferber Page

“Being an old maid is like death by drowning, a really delightful sensation after you cease to struggle.”

- Edna Ferber

Antonia Fraser Page

“Lives in previous centuries for women are largely a matter of class. It would have been fun to have been a rich, privileged woman in the 18th century, but no fun at all to be her maid.”

- Antonia Fraser

Matthew Green Page

“Talk of unusual swell of waist In maid of honor loosely laced.”

- Matthew Green

Lafcadio Hearn Page

“There is one type of ideal woman very seldom described in poetry - the old maid, the woman whom sorrow or misfortune prevents from fulfilling her natural destiny.”

- Lafcadio Hearn

Source/Notes: Books and habits, Lafcadio Hearn (1922 edition)
Shirley Jones Page

“After I won the Oscar, my salary doubled, my friends tripled, my children became more popular at school, my butcher made a pass at me, and my maid hit me up for a raise.”

- Shirley Jones


Charles Kingsley Page

“Be good, sweet maid, and let who will be clever.”

- Charles Kingsley

Source/Notes: Poems: Including The Saint's Tragedy, Andromeda, Songs, Ballads, Etc (1872 edition)
Daniel Morgan Page

“An offensive war, I believe to be wrong and would therefore have nothing to do with it, having no right to meddle with another man's property, his ox or his ass, his man servant or his maid servant or anything this is his.”

- Daniel Morgan