Quotations About / On: MARRIAGE

  • 51.
    Marriage is one long conversation, chequered by disputes.
    (Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), Scottish novelist, essayist, poet. (Originally published 1882). Talk and Talkers, paper 2, Memories and Portraits (1887).)
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  • 52.
    Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Feste, in Twelfth Night, act 1, sc. 5, l. 18 (1623).)
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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    The sweet silent hours of marriage joys.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Richard, in Richard III, act 4, sc. 4, l. 330. Trying to persuade Queen Elizabeth that he is a fit suitor for her daughter's hand.)
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  • 58.
    Marriage enlarges the Scene of our Happiness and Miseries.
    (Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British author. The Spectator, No. 261 (1711).)
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  • 59.
    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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  • 60.
    Those marriages generally abound most with love and constancy, that are preceded by a long courtship.
    (Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British author. The Spectator, No. 261 (1711).)
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