Quotations About / On:
The quality of a marriage is proven by its ability to tolerate an occasional "exception."
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 269, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Human, All-Too-Human, "Woman and Child," aphorism 402, "Test of a Good Marriage," (1878).)
Marriage is a bribe to make a housekeeper think she's a householder.
(Thornton Wilder (1897-1975), U.S. novelist, dramatist. Vandergelder, in The Matchmaker, act 1.)
France may claim the happiest marriages in the world, but the happiest divorces in the world are "made in America."
(Helen Rowland (1875-1950), U.S. journalist. "What Every Woman Wonders," A Guide to Men (1922).)
The problem with marriage is that it ends every night after making love, and it must be rebuilt every morning before breakfast.
(Gabriel García Márquez (b. 1928), Colombian writer. repr. In Penguin edition (1988). Dr. Urbino, in Love in the Time of Cholera, p. 09 (1985).)
Marriage is the operation by which a woman's vanity and a man's egotism are extracted without an anaesthetic.
(Helen Rowland (1875-1950), U.S. journalist. "Third Interlude," A Guide to Men (1922).)
The most revolutionary invention of the Nineteenth Century was the artificial sterilization of marriage.
(George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. "Maxims for Revolutionists: Marriage," Man and Superman (1903).)
Divorce these days is a religious vow, as if the proper offspring of marriage.
(Tertullian (c. 150-230), Roman church father. Apologeticus, VI.6.)
A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day.
(André Maurois (1885-1967), French author, critic. "The Art of Marriage," The Art of Living (1940).)
Good marriages are made in heaven. Or some such place.
(Robert Bolt (1924-1995), British screenwriter, and David Lean. Nikolai (Ralph Richardson), Doctor Zhivago (1965).
Based on the novel by Bor.)
What is marriage but prostitution to one man instead of many?
(Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Penguin. Nights at the Circus, part 1, ch. 2, Chatto & Windus (1984).)