Quotations About / On: MARRIAGE

  • 51.
    For the marriage bed ordained by fate for men and women is stronger than an oath and guarded by Justice.
    (Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Eumenides, l. 217.)
  • 52.
    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.)
  • 53.
    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.)
  • 54.
    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).)
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  • 55.
    So often, as the septuagenarian reflects on life's rewards, we hear that, "in the final analysis" of money, power, prestige, and marriage, fathering alone was what "mattered."
    (Kyle D. Pruett (20th century), professor, child psychiatrist. The Nurturing Father, ch. 15 (1987).)
  • 56.
    Bring a wife home to your house when you are of the right age, not far short of 30 years, nor much above; this is the right time for marriage.
    (Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 395.)
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  • 57.
    To seduce a woman famous for strict morals, religious fervour and the happiness of her marriage: what could possibly be more prestigious?
    (Christopher Hampton (b. 1946), British playwright. Valmont, in Dangerous Liaisons (1989).)
  • 58.
    Marriage, for a woman at least, hampers the two things that made life to me glorious—friendship and learning.
    (Jane Harrison (1850-1928), British classical scholar, writer. "Conclusion," Reminiscences of a Student's Life (1925).)
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  • 59.
    Any intelligent woman who reads the marriage contract and then goes into it, deserves all the consequences.
    (Isadora Duncan (1878-1927), U.S. dancer. My Life, ch. 19 (1927).)
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  • 60.
    A man's love, till it has been chastened and fastened by the feeling of duty which marriage brings with it, is instigated mainly by the difficulty of pursuit.
    (Anthony Trollope (1815-1882), British novelist. The American Senator, vol. 3, ch. xl, London, Chapman and Hall (1877).)
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