Quotations About / On:
Women hope men will change after marriage but they don't; men hope women won't change but they do.
(Bettina Arndt (20th century), Australian journalist. Private Lives, ch. 2 (1986).)
One doesn't have to get anywhere in a marriage. It's not a public conveyance.
(Iris Murdoch (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. Martin Lynch-Gibbon, in A Severed Head, ch. 3 (1961).)
Marriage is the highest state of friendship: If happy, it lessens our cares by dividing them, at the same time that it doubles our pleasures by mutual participation.
(Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1751). Clarissa, in Clarissa, vol. 3, p. 288, AMS Press (1990).)
The clearest explanation for the failure of any marriage is that the two people are incompatiblethat is, that one is male and the other female.
(Anna Quindlen (b. 1952), U.S. journalist, columnist, author. The New York Times. Living Out Loud, p. 78, Fawcett Columbine (1988).)
American couples have gone to such lengths to avoid the interference of in-laws that they have to pay marriage counselors to interfere between them.
(Florence King (b. 1936), U.S. author. "Does Your Child Taste Salty?" Reflections in a Jaundiced Eye (1989).)
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).)
Every married man is in danger of being cuckolded. Cuckoldry is naturally one of the prerogatives of marriage.
(François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Doctor Rondibilis to Panurge, in Third Book, ch. 32, p. 453, Pleiade edition (1995).)
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).)
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).)
Marriage, for a woman at least, hampers the two things that made life to me gloriousfriendship and learning.
(Jane Harrison (1850-1928), British classical scholar, writer. "Conclusion," Reminiscences of a Student's Life (1925).)