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MATRIMONY
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Thus grief still treads upon the heels of pleasure,
  Marry'd in haste, we may repent at leisure.
      - William Congreve, The Old Bachelor
         (act V, sc. 1)

Misses! the tale that I relate
  This lesson seems to carry--
    Choose not alone a proper mate,
      But proper time to marry.
      - William Cowper,
        Pairing Time Anticipated (Moral)

It is in vain for a man to be born fortunate, if he be unfortunate in his marriage.
      - Andre Dacier

Wedlock, indeed hath oft compared been
  To public feasts, where meet a public rout,
    Where they that are without would fain go in,
      And they that are within would fain go out.
      - Sir John Davies,
        Contention Betwixt a Wife, etc.

At length cried she, I'll marry:
  What should I tarry for?
    I may lead aped in hell forever.
      - Charles Dibdin, Tack and Tack

The wictim o' connubiality.
      - Charles Dickens,
        The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club
         (ch. XX)

Every woman should marry--and no man.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,
        Lothair (ch. XXX)

Marriage is a coming together for better or for worse, hopefully enduring, and intimate to the degree of being sacred.
      - William Orville Douglas

All of a tenor was their after-life,
  No day discolor'd with domestic strife;
    No jealousy, but mutual truth believed,
      Secure repose, and kindness undeceiv'd.
      - John Dryden

The Italians have this proverb: In buying houses and taking a wife, shut your eyes and commend yourself to God.
      - Charles Pineau Duclos

Marriage must be a relation either sympathy or of conquest.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

We are not very much to blame for our bad marriages. We live amid hallucinations, and especial trap is laid to trip up our feet with, and all are tripped up first or last. But the mighty mother, who had been so sly with us, as if she felt she owed us some indemnity, insinuates into the Pandora box of marriage some deep and serious benefits, and some great joys.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Is not marriage an open question, when it is alleged, from the beginning of the world, that such as are in the institution wish to get out, and such as are out wish to get in.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        Representative Men--Montaigne

As a looking-glass, if it is a true one, faithfully represents the face of him that looks in it, so a wife ought to fashion herself to the affection of her husband, not to be cheerful when he is sad, nor sad when he is cheerful.
      - Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus

The wedlock of minds will be greater than that of bodies.
  [Lat., Magis erit animorum quam corporum conjugium.]
      - Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus,
        Procus et Puella

As a great part of the uneasiness of matrimony arises from mere trifles,, it would be wise in every young married man to enter into an agreement with his wife, that in all disputes of this kind the party who was most convinced they were right should always surrender the victory. By which means both would be more forward to give up the cause.
      - Henry Fielding

For parents to restrain the inclinations of their children in marriage is an usurped power.
      - Henry Fielding

The joys of marriage are the heaven on earth,
  Life's paradise, great princess, the soul's quiet,
    Sinews of concord, earthly immortality,
      Eternity of pleasures.
      - John Ford, The Broken Heart
         (act II, sc. 2, l. 102)

A bachelor
  May thrive by observation on a little,
    A single life's no burthen: but to draw
      In yokes is chargeable, and will require
        A double maintenance.
      - John Ford, The Fancies Chaste and Noble
         (act I, sc. 3, l. 82)

He that takes a wife takes care.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Where there's marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.
      - Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard

Deceive not thyself by over-expecting happiness in the marriage state. Look not therein for contentment greater than God will give, or a creature in this world can receive, namely, to be free from all inconveniences. Marriage is not, like the hill of Olympus, wholly clear without clouds.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

It is to be feared that they who marry where they do not love will love where they do not marry.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

They that marry ancient people, merely in expectation to bury them, hang themselves, in hope that one will come and cut the halter.
      - Thomas Fuller (1), Holy and Profane States
         (bk. III, Of Marriage)

You are of the society of the wits and railers; . . . the surest sign is, you are an enemy to marriage, the common butt of every railer.
      - David Garrick, The Country Girl
         (act II, 1),
        play taken from Wycherly's "Country Wife"


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