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MARRIAGE
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[ Also see Adultery Affection Alimony Bachelors Children Courtship Divorce Dowry Faithfulness Family Fathers Home Husbands Infidelity Love Matrimony Mothers Sex Wedlock Wives ]

A married man falling into misfortune is more apt to retrieve his situation in the world than a single one, chiefly because his spirits are soothed and retrieved by domestic endearments, and his self-respect kept alive by finding that although all abroad be darkness and humiliation, yet there is a little world of love at home over which he is a monarch.
      - Jeremy Taylor

An obedient wife commands her husband.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

Remember, it's as easy to marry a rich woman as a poor woman.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

When thou choosest a wife, think not only of thyself, but of those God may give thee of her, that they reproach thee not for their being.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper

The following "marriage" maxims ( 1-10) are worthy of more than a hasty reading. Husbands should not pass them by, for they are designed for wives; and wives should not despise them, for they are addressed to husbands:--
  1. The very nearest approach to domestic happiness on earth is in the cultivation on both sides of absolute unselfishness.
    2. Never both be angry at once.
      3. Never talk at one another, either alone or in company.
        4. Never speak loud to one another unless the house is on fire.
          5. Let each one strive to yield oftenest to the wishes of the other.
            6. Let self-denial be the daily aim and practice of each.
              7. Never find fault unless it is perfectly certain that a fault has been committed, and always speak lovingly.
                8. Never taunt with a past mistake.
                  9. Neglect the whole world besides rather than one another.
                    10. Never allow a request to be repeated.
      - Unknown, Cottager and Artisan

The following "marriage" maxims (11-20) are worthy of more than a hasty reading. Husbands should not pass them by, for they are designed for wives; and wives should not despise them, for they are addressed to husbands:--
  11. Never make a remark at the expense of each other,--it is a meanness.
    12. Never part for a day without loving words to think of during absence.
      13. Never meet without a loving welcome.
        14. Never let the sun go down upon any anger or grievance.
          15. Never let any fault you have committed go by until you have frankly confessed it and asked forgiveness.
            16. Never forget the happy hours of early love.
              17. Never sigh over what might have been, but make the best of what is.
                18. Never forget that marriage is ordained of God, and that His blessing alone can make it what it should ever be.
                  19. Never be contented till you know you are both walking in the narrow way.
                    20. Never let your hopes stop short of the eternal home.
      - Unknown, Cottager and Artisan

One advantage of marriage, it seems to me, is that when you fall out of love with him, or he falls out of love with you, it keeps you together until you maybe fall in love again.
      - Judith Viorst

Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

In married life three is company and two none.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

Long engagements give people the opportunity of finding out each other's character before marriage, which is never advisable.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

Marriage is the one subject on which all women agree and all men disagree.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

Married men are horribly tedious when they are good husbands, and abominably conceited when they are not.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

The only charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception necessary for both parties.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

The only way a woman can ever reform her husband is by boring him so completely that he loses all possible interest in life.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

Twenty years of romance makes a woman look like a ruin; but twenty years of marriage make her something like a public building.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

Mothers who force their daughters into interested marriage, are worse than the Ammonites who sacrificed their children to Moloch--the latter undergoing a speedy death, the former suffering years of torture, but too frequently leading to the same result.
      - John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester


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