Wise Women

From the Skidmore Standard (Skidmore, Missouri), August 5, 1904, page 4:

Wise Women Say

Don’t imagine that quantity of lovers makes up for quality of love.

Don’t take the heroine of fiction as a working model for every-day life.

Don’t trample on a faithful lover, or condone the faults of a neglectful one.

Don’t offer your love until it has been asked in all sincerity and reverence.

Don’t wander into the quagmire of a platonic friendship with a married man.

Don’t imagine that smart dressing will conceal an ill-groomed, badly carried person.

Don’t run down other girls to your men friends, or gush over them to your girl friends.

Don’t put anything on paper you would be ashamed to have read aloud in a court room.

Don’t fail to be pretty as you can be, through not exercising, bathing, and sleeping enough.

Don’t pour your confidence into your friends’ ears as though they were bottomless cisterns.

Don’t think that because you are engaged the entire family machinery should come to a standstill.

Don’t forget that men will discuss and criticize your actions just the same as you and the other girls do theirs.

Don’t lose sight of the fact that a gentlewoman is always more genuinely attractive than any other kind of a woman.

Don’t forget that the cook book and thimble are more important in the long run than the novel and the opera glasses.

Don’t think of your men acquaintances as anything but friends until they have unmistakably shown themselves as something more.

Don’t persuade yourself that those queer, melancholy feelings you are a prey to are anything more than “growing pains” of heart and mind.

Don’t disappoint your mother and father by treating home as a lodging house and themselves as persons to be worked for all you can get out of them, without any return in love or consideration or companionship.