References in classic literature ?
And now, when little more than a few weeks had passed since that first meeting, I had him by my side; he was mine for life! I lifted my head from his bosom to look at him.
"The qualifications I have already achieved are mine for life and I have gained them while travelling around the world, something that would never be possible in civilian life."
The Jesuits claimed: "Give me a boy for six years, and he is mine for life." On reflection this much-celebrated phrase is disturbing and sad as it acknowledges that indoctrination is possible and has been practised.
Had Jean Brodie been an arts-in-education director (which in some ways she was), she would have said, "Give me a child and she is mine for life; let her finish childhood without the arts, and she is lost to me forever."
It reminds me of Scottish schoolma'am Miss Jean Brodie who, in her prime, famously said: "Give me a girl at an impressionable age and she is mine for life."
* SIR - I can't be objective about the Queen, since I'm a victim of the alleged saying of the Jesuits: "Give me a child until he is seven, and he is mine for life!" My overriding memory of being seven is being on a Sunday school train trip to Barry Island.