Quotations About / On: MARRIAGE

  • 41.
    Unless the law of marriage were first made human, it could never become divine.
    (George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1908). The Bishop, in Getting Married, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 3, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1971).)
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  • 42.
    There is, hidden or flaunted, a sword between the sexes till an entire marriage reconciles them.
    (C.S. (Clive Staples) Lewis (1898-1963), British author. A Grief Observed, pt. 3 (1961).)
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  • 43.
    Marriage is one long conversation, chequered by disputes.
    (Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), Scottish novelist, essayist, poet. (Originally published 1882). Talk and Talkers, paper 2, Memories and Portraits (1887).)
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  • 44.
    Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Feste, in Twelfth Night, act 1, sc. 5, l. 18 (1623).)
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  • 45.
    There is a time for all things—Except Marriage my dear.
    (Thomas Chatterton (1752-1770), British poet. Reply, April 9, 1770, to a note from an admirer who bids him be patient, "for there is a time for all things." The Complete Works of Thomas Chatterton, vol. 1 (1971).)
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  • 46.
    Marriage may often be a stormy lake, but celibacy is almost always a muddy horsepond.
    (Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866), British author. Melincourt, ch. 7 (1817).)
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  • 47.
    The first breath of adultery is the freest; after it, constraints aping marriage develop.
    (John Updike (b. 1932), U.S. author, critic. Couples, ch. 5 (1968).)
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  • 48.
    There is more of good nature than of good sense at the bottom of most marriages.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Essay on "Love" in letter, September 1852, to Harrison Blake, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, pp. 199-200, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 49.
    Marriage enlarges the Scene of our Happiness and Miseries.
    (Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British author. The Spectator, No. 261 (1711).)
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  • 50.
    Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures.
    (Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Nekayah, in The History of Rasselas, ch. 26 (1759).)
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