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Behind every man is a good woman

Posted by ESC on February 08, 2004

In Reply to: Behind every man is a good woman posted by Henry on February 08, 2004

: : Who first made the above statement, "Behind every man is a good woman?" When?

: The source is elusive! The phrase has also been much imitated.
: The road to success is filled with women pushing their husbands along. Lord Dewar 1864-1930
: Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman. Sim York Soo
: Behind every successful man is a surprised mother-in-law. Hubert Humphrey 1911-1978

BEHIND EVERY GREAT MAN THERE IS A GREAT WOMAN - "Men often owe their success to women. It's women that make them tick. The word 'great' may be replaced by 'good,' 'successful,' etc. The proverb is listed in the 1992 'Dictionary of American Proverbs' by Wolfgang Mieder et al." From "Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings" by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996). The reference cited says that the "recorded distribution" is Mississippi. Meaning the "oral source" or sources for the proverb is from that state. "Dictionary of American Proverbs" edited by Wolfgang Mieder & Others (Oxford University Press, Oxford and New York, 1992).