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MATRIMONY
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It resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated; often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing any one who comes between them.
      - Sydney Smith

From that day forth, in peace and joyous bliss
  They liv'd together long without debate;
    Nor private jars, nor spite of enemies,
      Could shake the safe assurance of their state.
      - Edmund Spenser

However old a conjugal union, it still garners some sweetness. Winter has some cloudless days, and under the snow a few flowers still bloom.
      - Madame de Stael (Baronne Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein)

Thou are mine, thou hast given thy word,
  Close, close in my arms thou are clinging;
    Alone for my ear thou art singing
      A song which no stranger hath heard:
        But afar from me yet, like a bird,
          Thy soul in some region unstirr'd
            On its mystical circuit is winging.
      - Edmund Clarence Stedman

The good husband keeps his wife in the wholesome ignorance of unnecessary secrets. They will not be starved with the ignorance, who perchance may surfeit with the knowledge of weighty counsels, too heavy for the weaker sex to bear. He knows little who will tell his wife all he knows.
      - Sir Richard Steele

Marriage is like life in this--that it is a field of battle, and not a bed of roses.
      - Robert Louis Stevenson

Lastly no woman should marry a teetotaller, or a man who does not smoke. It is not for nothing that this "ignoble tobagie" as Michelet calls it, spreads all over the world.
      - Robert Louis Stevenson,
        Virginibus Puerisque (pt. I)

Marriages on earth--because they are the seminaries of the human race and of the angels of heaven also; because, likewise, they proceed from a spiritual origin, that is, from the marriage of good and truth; and since, in addition, the Lord's divine proceeding principally flows into conjugal love--are most holy in the estimation of the angels.
      - Emanuel Swedenborg (Swedberg)

Two consorts in heaven are not two, but one angel.
      - Emanuel Swedenborg (Swedberg)

Under this window in stormy weather
  I marry this man and woman together;
    Let none but Him who rules the thunder
      Put this man and woman asunder.
      - Jonathan Swift,
        Marriage Service from His Chamber Window

The reason why so few marriages are happy is because young ladies spend their time in making nets, not in making cages.
      - Jonathan Swift,
        Thoughts on Various Subjects

Man and wife are equally concerned, to avoid all offence of each other, in the beginning of their conversation. Every little thing can blast an infant blossom.
      - Jeremy Taylor

Marriage is the mother of the world, and preserves kingdoms, and fills cities and churches, and heaven itself. * * * Marriage, like the useful bee, builds a house, and gathers sweetness from every flower, and labors and unites into societies and republics, and sends out colonies, and feeds the world with delicacies, and obeys their king, and keeps order, and exercises many virtues, and promotes the interest of mankind, and is that state of good things to which God hath designed the present constitution of the world.
      - Jeremy Taylor

Marriage is the nursery of heaven!
      - Jeremy Taylor

She that hath a wise husband must entice him to an eternal dearness by the veil of modesty and the grave robes of chastity, the ornament of meekness and the jewels of faith and charity. She must have no painting but blushings; her brightness must be purity, and she must shine round about with sweetness and friendship; and she shall be pleasant while she lives, and desired when she dies.
      - Jeremy Taylor

Celibate, like the fly in the heart of an apple, dwells in a perpetual sweetness, but sits along, and is confined and dies in singularity.
      - Jeremy Taylor, Sermon
         (XVII, The Marriage Ring, pt. I)

It is hard to wive and thrive both in a year.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

Marriages are made in Heaven.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Aylmer's Field
         (l. 188)

As the husband is the wife is; thou art mated with a clown,
  As the grossness of his nature will have weight to drag thee down.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Locksley Hall
         (st. 24)

If people only made prudent marriages, what a stop to population there would be!
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

Remember, it is as easy to marry a rich woman as a poor woman.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray, Pendennis
         (bk. I, ch. XXVIII)

This I set down as a positive truth. A woman with fair opportunities and without a positive hump, may marry whom she likes.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair
         (ch. IV)

What woman, however old, has not the bridal-favours and raiment stowed away, and packed in lavender, in the inmost cupboards of her heart?
      - William Makepeace Thackeray, Virginians
         (bk. I, ch. XXVIII)

But happy they, the happiest of their kind!
  Whom gentler stars unite, and in one fate
    Their Hearts, their Fortunes, and their Beings blend.
      - James Thomson (1), Seasons--Spring
         (l. 1,111)

There is more of good nature than of good sense at the bottom of most marriages.
      - Henry David Thoreau


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