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MATRIMONY
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To keep your marriage brimming,
  With love in the loving cup,
    Whenever you're wrong, admit it;
      Whenever you're right, shut up.
      - Ogden Nash

She that weds well will wisely match her love,
  Nor be below her husband nor above.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

For this reason, if you believe proverbs, let me tell you the common one: "It is unlucky to marry in May."
  [Lat., Hac quoque de causa, si te proverbia tangunt,
    Mense malos Maio nubere vulgus ait.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Fasti
         (V, 489)

If thou wouldst marry wisely, marry thine equal.
  [Lat., Si qua voles apte nubere, nube pari.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Heroides
         (IX, 32)

Marriages are best of dissimilar material.
      - Theodore Parker

Such a large sweet fruit is a complete marriage, that it needs a very long summer to ripen in and then a long winter to mellow and season it.
      - Theodore Parker

Some dish more sharply spiced than this
  Milk-soup men call domestic bliss.
      - Coventry Kersey Dighton Patmore, Olympus

Wedlock's a saucy, sad, familiar state,
  Where folks are very apt to scold and hate:--
    Love keeps a modest distance, is divine,
      Obliging, and says ev'ry thing that's fine.
      - Peter Pindar (pseudonym of Dr. John Wolcot) (Wolcott)

The garlands fade, the vows are worn away;
  So dies her love, and so my hopes decay.
      - Alexander Pope, Autumn (l. 70)

Grave authors say, and witty poets sing,
  That honest wedlock is a glorious thing.
      - Alexander Pope, January and May (l. 21)

There swims no goose so gray, but soon or late
  She finds some honest gander for her mate.
      - Alexander Pope, Wife of Bath--Her Prologue,
        from Chaucer, l. 98

To tell the truth, however, family and poverty have done more to support me than I have to support them. They have compelled me to make exertions that I hardly thought myself capable of; and often when on the eve of despairing, they have forced me, like a coward in a corner, to fight like a hero, not for myself, but for my wife and little ones.
      - Power of Atherstone

And now your matrimonial Cupid,
  Lash'd on by time, grows tired and stupid.
    For story and experience tell us
      That man grows old and woman jealous.
        Both would their little ends secure;
          He sighs for freedom, she for power:
            His wishes tend abroad to roam,
              And hers to domineer at home.
      - Matthew Prior

Before I trust my Fate to thee,
  Or place my hand in thine,
    Before I let thy Future give
      Color and form to mine,
        Before I peril all for thee,
          Question thy soul to-night for me.
      - Adelaide Anne Procter, A Woman's Question

It is unlucky to marry in May.
      - Proverb

My son is my son till he have got him a wife,
  But my daughter's my daughter all the days of her life.
      - Proverb, from Fuller's "Gnomologica"

Marriage is like a beleaguered fortress; those who are without want to get in, and those within want to get out.
  [Fr., Le mariage est comme une forteresse assiegee; ceux qui sont dehors veulent y entrer et ceux qui sont dedans en sortir.]
      - Pierre-Marie Quitard,
        Etudes sue les Proverbes Francais
         (p. 102)

Have ever more care that thou be beloved of thy wife, rather than thyself besotted on her; and thou shalt judge of her love by these two observations: first, if thou perceive she have a care of thy estate, and exercise herself therein; the other, if she study to please thee, and be sweet unto thee in conversation, without thy instruction; for love needs no teaching nor precept.
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1)

The best time for marriage will be towards thirty, for as the younger times are unfit, either to choose or to govern a wife and family, so, if thou stay long, thou shalt hardly see the education of thy children, who, being left to strangers, are in effect lost; and better were it to be unborn than ill-bred; for thereby thy posterity shall either perish, or remain a shame to thy name.
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1)

There cannot be any great happiness in the married life except each in turn give up his or her own humors and lesser inclinations.
      - Samuel Richardson

It is a delightful thought, that, during the familiarity of constant proximity, the heart gathers up in silence the nutriment of love, as the diamond, even beneath water, imbibes the light it emits. Time, which deadens hatred, secretly strengthens love.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

To love early and marry late is to hear a lark singing at dawn, and at night to eat it roasted for supper.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

When a man and woman are married, their romance ceases and their history commences.
      - Abbe de Rochebrune

Across the threshold led,
  And every tear kissed off as soon as shed,
    His house she enters, there to be a light,
      Shining within, when all without is night;
        A guardian angel o'er his life presiding,
          Doubling his pleasures, and his cares dividing!
      - Samuel Rogers

Are we not one? are we not join'd by heav'n?
  Each interwoven with the other's fate?
    Are we not mix'd like streams of meeting rivers
      Whose blended waters are no more distinguish'd,
        But roll into the sea one common flood?
      - Nicholas Rowe


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