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If you would have the nuptial union last,
  Let virtue be the bond that ties it fast.
      - Nicholas Rowe

It took great courage to ask a beautiful young woman to marry me. Believe me, it is easier to play the whole Petrushka on the piano.
      - Arthur Rubinstein

True it is, as society is instituted, marriage becomes somewhat of a lottery, for all its votaries are either the victims of Cupid or cupidity; in either instance, they are under the blinding influence of passion, and consequently but little subject to the control of reason.
      - Frederick Saunders

To be man's tender mate was woman born, and in obeying nature she best serves the purposes of heaven.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

From my experience, not one in twenty marries the first love; we build statues of snow and weep to see them melt.
      - Sir Walter Scott

Widowed life and wedded maid.
      - Sir Walter Scott, The Betrothed (ch. XV),
        part of the Tales of the Crusaders

Men should keep their eyes wide open before marriage, and half shut afterwards.
      - Mademoiselle Madeleine de Scuderi (Scudery)(known as Sapho)

Marriage is a desperate thing.
      - John Selden, Table Talk--Marriage

A young man married is a man that's marred.
      - William Shakespeare

But earthlier happy is the rose distilled than that which, withering on the virgin thorn, grows, lives, and dies in single blessedness.
      - William Shakespeare

Hasty marriage seldom proveth well.
      - William Shakespeare

Her gentle spirit commits itself to yours to be directed, as from her lord, her governor, her king.
      - William Shakespeare

I am asham'd, that women are so simple
  To offer war, where they should kneel for peace
    Or seek for rule, supremacy, and sway,
      When they are bound to serve, love, and obey.
      - William Shakespeare

I will fasten on this sleeve of thine;
  Thou art an elm, my husband, I, a vine.
      - William Shakespeare

Look down, you gods,
  And on this couple drop a blessed crown.
      - William Shakespeare

Maids are may when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives.
      - William Shakespeare

She is mine own,
  And I as rich in having such a jewel
    As twenty seas, if all their sand were pearl,
      The water nectar and the rocks pure gold.
      - William Shakespeare

She shall watch all night:
  And if she chance to nod I'll rail and brawl
    And with the clamour keep her still awake.
      This is the way to kill a wife with kindness.
      - William Shakespeare

What is wedlock forced, but a hell,
  An age of discord and continual strife?
    Whereas the contrary bringeth forth bliss,
      And is a pattern of celestial peace.
      - William Shakespeare

Thrice blessed they that master so their blood
  To undergo such maiden pilgrimage;
    But earthlier happy is the rose distilled
      Than that which, withering on the virgin thorn,
        Grows, lives, and dies in single blessedness.
      - William Shakespeare,
        A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Theseus at I, i)

If you shall marry,
  You give away this hand, and this is mine;
    You give away heaven's vows, and those are mine;
      You give away myself, which is known mine;
        For I by vow am so embodied yours
          That she which marries you must marry me--
            Either both or none.
      - William Shakespeare,
        All's Well That Ends Well
         (Diana at V, iii)

Say 'a day,' without the 'ever.' No, no, Orlando; 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.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Rosalind at IV, i)

  Men's vows are women's traitors! All good seeming,
    By thy revolt, O husband, shall be thought
      Put on for villainy, not born where't grows,
        But worn a bait for ladies.
      - William Shakespeare, Cymbeline
         (Pisanio at III, iv)

Within a month,
  Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears
    Had left the flushing in her galled eyes,
      She married.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at I, ii)

The instances that second marriage move
  Are base respects of thrift, but none of love.
    A second time I kill my husband dead
      When second husband kisses me in bed.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Gertrude, Queen of Denmark at III, ii)

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