“Gathering Potatoes” by Jules Bastien-Lepage, 1879

One of my latest favorites quotes comes from Charles Bridges in his sermon,
“The Virtuous Woman Described”—

“Her personal habits are full of energy. . . .  Self-denial is here a main principle.  The virtuous woman goes before her servants in diligence, no less than in dignity, imposing nothing on them which she had not first bound upon herself, ruling her household most efficiently by the government of herself.”