Quotations About / On:
Whoever, fleeing marriage and the sorrows that women cause, does not wish to wed comes to a deadly old age.
(Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Theogony, 603.)
Marriage brings one into fatal connection with custom and tradition, and traditions and customs are like the wind and weather, altogether incalculable.
(Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), Danish philosopher. "The Rotation Method," vol. 1, Either/Or (1843).)
Whenever a husband and wife begin to discuss their marriage they are giving evidence at a coroner's inquest.
(H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. "Sententiæ: Masculum et Feminam Creavit Eos," A Mencken Chrestomathy (1949).)
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.)
A bride at her second marriage does not wear a veil. She wants to see what she is getting.
(Helen Rowland (1875-1950), U.S. journalist. "Second Marriages," A Guide to Men (1922).)
Celibacy and suicide are a similar levels of understanding, suicide and a martyr's death not so by any means, perhaps marriage and a martyr's death.
(Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. The Third Notebook, November 24, 1917. 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).)
Marriage is the only actual bondage known to our law. There remain no legal slaves, except the mistress of every house.
(John Stuart Mill (1806-1873), British philosopher, economist. The Subjection of Women, ch. 4 (1869).
See Mill on wives.)
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 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).)
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).)