The term X “is a harsh mistress” is an aphorism. “Mistress” is the traditional title for a head “Teacher” in a boarding school… As in “Head Mistress.” It means X “is a hard teacher.” For example; Reality is a harsh mistress, means “Reality is a hard teacher, lesson, etc.
cruel mistress (plural cruel mistresses) (idiomatic) Something which has both positive and negative aspects. quotations ▼
mistress. noun [ C ] us. /ˈmɪs·trəs/ a woman who has a sexual relationship over a long period of time with a man who is not her husband.
adj changeable in purpose, affections, etc.; capricious.
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress is a 1966 science fiction novel by American writer Robert A. Heinlein about a lunar colony’s revolt against absentee rule from Earth. The novel illustrates and discusses libertarian ideals.
In modern times, the word “mistress” is used primarily to refer to the female lover of a man who is married to another woman; in the case of an unmarried man, it is usual to speak of a “girlfriend” or “partner”. The term “mistress” was originally used as a neutral feminine counterpart to “mister” or “master”.
destiny which includes suffering or failure.
Plenty of mistresses will feel remorse for their actions and feel sorry for the wife. Rather than try to vilify or blame the wife, they realize that she has done absolutely nothing wrong and is the innocent victim. Even when the other woman wants to continue the affair, she may still feel sorry for the wife.
“Misteress: A man who has an ongoing affair with another person outside of a relationship in return for financial support from this person, a male mistress.”
mistress. noun. a woman who is having a sexual relationship with a married man.
“But time is a cruel mistress, and it was not until much years later that she would learn the truth: that there is no such thing as salvation, an escape is only ever an illusion conjured up by the hopeful.”
“Power is a fickle mistress, easy to seduce, but even easier to lose. That’s how it works. One moment she is your closest confidant, whispering the secrets of the universe into your ear; the next, she is your vilest oppressor—and once her ears close to your plights you are well and truly screwed.”
The word ultimately comes from a French female form of maistre, meaning “master.” The title Mrs. is an abbreviation of mistress, first recorded in the early 17th century, as mistress was used as a respectful term of address for a married woman.
Japanese novelist Natsume Soseki (1868–1912) of the Meiji period produced the phrase “the moon is beautiful” to express the Japanese equivalent of “I love you.” I first discovered this on Jean’s blog and was strangely moved by the delicate, subtle, poetic expression of nuanced emotions.
The Moon is a planetary-mass object that formed a differentiated rocky body, making it a satellite planet under the geophysical definitions of the term.
1. New Moon Moon is almost directly between the sun and Earth (start of cycle). 2. Waxing Crescent Moon A bit of the sunlit side of the moon shows on the right side.