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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.
      3. 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.
      - Unattributed Author, Cottager and Artisan,
        first part of 20 statements about matrimony, see "11. Never make . . ."

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 leave 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.
      - Unattributed Author, Cottager and Artisan,
        second part of 20 statements about matrimony, see "1. The very nearest . . ."

Marriage enlarges the scene of our happiness and miseries. A marriage of love is pleasant; a marriage of interest, easy; and a marriage where both meet, happy. A happy marriage has in it all the pleasures of friendship, all the enjoyments of sense and reason, and, indeed, all the sweets of life.
      - Joseph Addison

Humble wedlock is far better than proud virginity.
      - Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo)

Single Women have a dreadful propensity to being poor--which is one very strong argument in favor of Matrimony.
      - Jane Austen,
        in an 1817 letter to her niece, Fanny Knight

A man finds himself seven years older the day after his marriage.
      - Francis Bacon

He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune, for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief. * * * Certainly wife and children are a kind of discipline of humanity.
      - Francis Bacon

He that hath a wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.
      - Francis Bacon,
        Essays--Of Marriage and Single Life

No navigator has yet traced lines of latitude and longitude on the conjugal sea.
      - Honore de Balzac

No jealousy their dawn of love o'ercast,
  Nor blasted were their wedded days with strife;
    Each season looked delightful as it past,
      To the fond husband and the faithful wife.
      - James Beattie, The Minstrel
         (bk. I, st. 14)

Well-married, a man is winged: ill-matched, he is shackled.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

When men enter into the state of marriage, they stand nearest to God.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

And the Lord God said, It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
      - Bible, Genesis (ch. II, v. 18)

And Adam said, This is the bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
      - Bible, Genesis (ch. II, v. 23)

What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
      - Bible, Mark (ch. X, v. 9)

Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. XIX, v. 6)

House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the Lord.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XIX, v. 14)

Oh, the music and beauty of life lose their worth,
  When one heart only joys in their smile;
    But the union of hearts gives that pleasure its birth,
      Which beams on the darkest and coldest of earth
        Like the sun on his own chosen isle;
          It gives to the fireside of winter the light,
            The glow and the glitter of spring--
              O sweet are the hours, when two fond hearts unite,
                As softly they glide, in their innocent flight
                  Away on a motionless wing.
      - Henry G. Bohn

For years [my wedding ring] has done its job. It has led me not into temptation. It has reminded my husband numerous times at parties that it's time to go home. It has been a source of relief to a dinner companion. It has been a status symbol in the maternity ward.
      - Erma Bombeck

(Matrimony) is not by any to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly; but reverently, discreetly, advisedly, soberly, and in
  the fear of God.
      - Book of Common Prayer,
        Solemnization of Matrimony

To have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness, and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part.
      - Book of Common Prayer,
        Solemnization of Matrimony

To love, cherish, and to obey.
      - Book of Common Prayer,
        Solemnization of Matrimony

With this ring I thee wed, with my body I thee worship, and with all my worldly goods I thee endow.
      - Book of Common Prayer,
        Solemnization of Matrimony

Marriage, by making us more contented, causes us often to be less enterprising.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

He that said it was not good for man to be alone, placed the celibate amongst the inferior states of perfection.
      - Robert Boyle, Works
         (vol. VI, p. 292, Letter for Mr. Evelyn)

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