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Men are April when they woo, December when they wed. Maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives.
Old maids, having never bent their temper or their lives to other lives and other tempers, as woman's destiny requires, have for the most part a mania for making everything about them bend to them.
Honore de Balzac
I don't have maids or servants, and my husband and I love waking up early and going to the 24-hour supermarket when there is nobody else there.
Maids want nothing but husbands, and when they have them, they want everything.
As children, we looked up to our maids and our nannies, who were playing in some ways the role of our mothers. They were paid to be nice to us, to look after us, teach us things and take time out of their day to be with us. As a child you think of these people as an extension of your mother.
Old maids sweeten their tea with scandal.
When I was a kid, I'd wake up extraordinarily early every morning and turn on the television, scanning for episodes of 'The Jetsons.' For some reason, I loved the notion of a future where there would be flying cars, supercomputers, and most of all, robot maids to take care of the chores.
Listen, I didn't know how to make coffee when I came to the United States. Because in Colombia the maids do it.
Maids in India have egos. Big egos. They do not like being spoken to curtly, and they do not like to be abruptly instructed by a woman they do not know. They come with the feeling that they already know everything. So while training them to do things your way, speak gently, and when they do it right, appreciate it.
With 'Titanic,' you have all the first-class passengers interwoven with wonderful stories about the maids and the engineers, the people downstairs in the galleys.
Old maids do not mind giving people trouble.
Thomas Nelson Page
When I started, it was all meter maids or the sassy nurse, or the sassy receptionist in the hospital. And I felt like: Are those the only jobs that large, black women have?
To this day I clean better than most maids.
First of all, just knowing people who grew up in the movie business at that time, no one had Mexican maids.
In Hollywood through the 50s, there were black, English, and Middle European housekeepers and maids.
My sister and I used to act as maids and waitresses at my great aunt and uncle's cocktail parties, which were very much sort of retired, minor stars of the Yiddish theater and the Yiddish opera.
My nan was a nursery maid. Most people weren't in big houses. They were maids of all work.
I don't play Hollywood maids, the hee-hee kind of people who are so in love with their madam's children they have no time for their own.
'Hollywood maids' are so idiotic. They grin at everything. I told Norman Lear I didn't want to play a maid because of that 'hee-hee/grin-grin' attitude, and he said, 'Who said I wanted that?' He told me he wanted two strong women that are the black and white of the same coin. I said, 'Oh, well - in that case, I'll be right there!'
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