Either marriage is a destiny, I believe, or there is no sense in it at all, it's a piece of humbug.
(Max Frisch (1911-1991), Swiss author, critic. Originally published as Stiller, Suhrkamp (1954). I'm Not Stiller, sixth notebook, p. 249, trans. by Michael Bullock, Vintage (1958).
Sybille's conclusion after her experimentation with an open marriage and a temporary separation from her husband.)
As unmarried business women we must constantly use our opportunities in business in such a way that we are prepared for the marriage which may be ours tomorrow.
(Hortense Odlum (1892-?), U.S. businesswoman. A Woman's Place, ch. 16 (1939).
Although highly successful as president of Bonwit Teller, a New York City women's store, Odlum retained a traditional social perspective. She had a wealthy husband, three sons who were partly grown when she took the presidency (which was her first job), a luxurious home, and household help.)
Marriage is good enough for the lower classes: they have facilities for desertion that are denied to us.
(George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1908). Hotchkiss, in Getting Married, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 3, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1971).)