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).)
Woman, or more precisely put, perhaps, marriage, is the representative of life with which you are meant to come to terms.
(Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. The Fourth Notebook, February 23, 1918. The Blue Octavo Notebooks, ed. Max Brod, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins. Exact Change, Cambridge, MA (1991). Dearest Father: Stories and Other Writings, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins, New York, Schocken Books (1954).)