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MARRIAGE
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The good wife is none of our dainty dames, who love to appear in a variety of suits every day new; as if a good gown, like a stratagem in war, were to be used but once. But our good wife sets up a sail according to the keel of her husband's estate; and if of high parentage, she doth not so remember what she was by birth, that she forgets what she is by match.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

In marriage, the greater cuckold of the two is the lover.
      - Paul Gauguin

Marriage is a ghastly public confession of a strictly private intention.
      - Ian Hay (pseudonym of Major John Hay Beith)

Marriage is the torment of one, the felicity of two, the strife and enmity of three.
      - Washington Irving

Heaven will be no heaven to me if I do not meet my wife there.
      - Andrew Jackson

Such is the common process of marriage. A youth and maiden exchange meeting by chance, or brought together by artifice, exchange glances, reciprocate civilities, go home, and dream of one another.
  Having little to divert attention, or diversify thought, they find themselves uneasy when they are apart, and therefore conclude that they shall be happy together. They marry, and discover what nothing but voluntary blindness had before concealed; they wear out life in altercations, and charge nature with cruelty.
      - Charles Johnson (1), Rasselas

A man of sense and education should meet a suitable companion in a wife. It is a miserable thing when the conversation can only be such as whether the mutton should be boiled or roasted, and probably a dispute about that.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

A married man has many cares, but a bachelor no pleasures.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Marriage is the strictest tie of perpetual friendship, and there can be no friendship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity; and he must expect to be wretched, who pays to beauty, riches, or politeness that regard which only virtue and piety can claim.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Were a man not to marry a second time, it might be concluded that his first wife had given him a disgust for marriage; but by taking a second wife he pays the highest compliment to the first by showing that she made him so happy as a married man that he wishes to be so a second time.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Any woman who still thinks marriage is a fifty-fifty proposition is only proving that she doesn't understand either men or percentages.
      - Florynce Kennedy

Save the love we pay to heaven, there is none purer, holier, than that a virtuous woman feels for him she would cleave through life to. Sisters part from sisters, brothers from brothers, children from their parents, but such woman from the husband of her choice, never!
      - James Sheridan Knowles

Matrimony is the union of meanness and martyrdom.
      - Karl Kraus

Every effort is made in forming matrimonial alliances to reconcile matters relating to fortune, but very little is paid to the congeniality of dispositions, or to the accordance of hearts.
      - Jean Baptiste Massillon

A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.
      - Andre Maurois

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.
      - Mignon McLaughlin

He marries best who puts it off until it is too late.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

Strike an average between what a woman thinks of her husband a month before she marries him and what she thinks of him a year afterward, and you will have the truth about him.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

Whenever a husband and wife begin to discuss their marriage they are giving evidence at a coroner's inquest.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

If you wish to ruin yourself, marry a rich wife.
      - Jules Michelet

Let us no more contend, nor blame
  Each other, blamed enough elsewhere, but strive
    In offices of love, how we may lighten
      Each other's burden, in our share of woe.
      - John Milton

The only time that most women give their orating husbands undivided attention is when the old boys mumble in their sleep.
      - Wilson Mizner

Marriage is the alliance of two people, one of whom never remembers birthdays and the other never forgets them.
      - Ogden Nash

It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

No woman marries for money: they are all clever enough, before marrying a millionaire, to fall in love with him first.
      - Cesare Pavese,
        THe Business of Living: Diaries 1935-50


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