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The husband's sullen, dogged, shy,
  The wife grows flippant in reply;
    He loves command and due restriction,
      And she as well likes contradiction.
        She never slavishly submits;
          She'll have her way, or have her fits.
            He his way tugs, she t'other draws;
              The man grows jealous and with cause.
      - John Gay, Cupid, Hymen, and Plutus

For a brave man deserves a well-endowed girl.
  [Ger., Denn ein wackerer Mann verdient ein begutertes Madchen.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Hermann und Dorothea (III, 19)

So, with decorum all things carry'd;
  Miss frown'd, and blush'd, and then was--married.
      - Oliver Goldsmith,
        The Double Transformation (st. 3)

I . . . chose my wife, as she did her wedding gown, not for a fine glossy surface, but such qualities as would wear well.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield
         (ch. 1)

Divorce is the sacrament of adultery.
  [Fr., Le divorce est le sacrement de l'adultere.]
      - G.F. Guichard

An unhappy gentleman, resolving to wed nothing short of perfection, keeps his heart and hand till both get so old and withered that no tolerable woman will accept them.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne,
        Mosses from an Old Manse

He that marries is like the dogs who was married to the Adriatic. He knows not what there is in that which he marries; mayhap treasures and pearls, mayhap monsters and tempests, await him.
      - Heinrich Heine

Matrimony,--the high sea for which no compass has yet been invented.
      - Heinrich Heine

O marriage! marriage! what a curse is thine,
  Where hands alone consent and hearts abhor.
      - Aaron Hill

It is the most momentous question a woman is ever called upon to decide, whether the faults of the man she loves are beyond remedy and will drag her down, or whether she is competent to be his earthly redeemer and lift him to her own level.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

I should like to see any kind of a man, distinguishable from a gorilla, that some good and even pretty woman could not shape a husband out of.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
        Professor at the Breakfast Table

Yet while my Hector still survives, I see
  My father, mother, brethren, all in thee.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. VI, l. 544), (Pope's translation)

Andromache! my soul's far better part.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. VI, l. 624), (Pope's translation)

Oh, happy, happy, thrice happy state,
  When such a bright Planet governs the fate
    Of a pair of united lovers!
      'Tis theirs' in spite of the Serpent's hiss.
        To enjoy the pure primeval kiss
          With as much of the old original bliss
            As mortality ever recovers!
      - Thomas Hood

Happy and thrice happy are they who enjoy an uninterrupted union, and whose love, unbroken by any complaints, shall not dissolve until the last day.
  [Lat., Felices ter et amplius
    Quos irrupta tenet copula, nec malis
      Divulsus querimoniis
        Suprema citius solvet amor die.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (I, 13, 17)

A good wife is like the ivy which beautifies the building to which it clings, twining its tendrils more lovingly as time converts the ancient edifice into a ruin.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

I believe marriages would in general be as happy, and often more so, if they were all made by the lord chancellor, upon a due consideration of the characters and circumstances, without the parties having any choice in the matter.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Marriage is the best state for man in general; and every man is a worse man in proportion as he is unfit for the married state.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Marriages would in general be as happy, if not more so, if they were all made by the Lord Chancellor.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Boswell's Life of Johnson

I have met with women whom I really think would like to be married to a Poem, and to be given away by a Novel.
      - John Keats (1), Letter to Fanny Brawne
         (letter II)

Love in marriage should be the accomplishment of a beautiful dream, and not, as it too often proves, the end.
      - Alphonse Kerr

Ay, marriage is the life-long miracle,
  The self-begetting wonder, daily fresh.
      - Charles Kingsley, Saint's Tragedy
         (act II, sc. 9)

You should indeed have longer tarried
  By the roadside before you married.
      - Walter Savage Landor, To One Ill-mated

There are good marriages, but there are no delightful ones.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

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