Quotations About / On: MARRIAGE

  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    Marriage (in what is called the spiritual world) is impossible, because of the inequality between every subject and every object.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Experience," Essays, Second Series (1844).)
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  • 63.
    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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  • 64.
    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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  • 65.
    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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  • 66.
    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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  • 67.
    Marriage enlarges the Scene of our Happiness and Miseries.
    (Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British author. The Spectator, No. 261 (1711).)
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  • 68.
    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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  • 69.
    In marriage, a man becomes slack and selfish, and undergoes a fatty degeneration of his moral being.
    (Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), Scottish novelist, essayist, poet. Virginibus Puerisque, "Virginibus Puerisque," sct. 1 (1881).)
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  • 70.
    The Mormons make the marriage ring, like the ring of Saturn, fluid, not solid, and keep it in its place by numerous satellites.
    (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), U.S. poet. repr. In Complete Works, vol. 1 (1886). "Table-Talk," Drift-Wood (1857 edition).)
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