Quotations About / On: MARRIAGE

  • 21.
    A marriage is no amusement but a solemn act, and generally a sad one.
    (Victoria (1819-1901), British monarch, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland. letter, 9 Jan. 1879, to her daughter, Crown Princess Frederick William of Prussia. Quoted in Elizabeth Longford, Victoria R.I., ch. 28 (1964).)
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  • 22.
    Marriage, it seems, confines every man to his proper rank.
    (Jean De La Bruyère (1645-1696), French writer, moralist. "Of Personal Merit," aph. 25, Characters (1688).)
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  • 23.
    There is no subject on which more dangerous nonsense is talked and thought than marriage.
    (George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Preface, Getting Married (1908).)
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  • 24.
    Marriage always demands the greatest understanding of the art of insincerity possible between two human beings.
    (Vicki Baum (1888-1960), Austrian-born U.S. novelist. And Life Goes On, p. 141 (1932).)
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  • 25.
    Marriage is socialism among two people.
    (Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941), U.S. author, columnist. First published in Mother Jones (1987). "Socialism in One Household," The Worst Years of Our Lives (1991).)
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  • 26.
    Modern marriage has lost its meaning—consequently it is being abolished.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 6, p. 140, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980); Twilight of the Idols and The Anti-Christ, p. 94, trans. by R.J. Hollingdale, Baltimore, Penguin Books (1968). Twilight of the Idols, "Skirmishes of an Untimely Man," section 39 (prepared for publication 1888, published 1889).)
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  • 27.
    No person connected with me by blood or marriage will be appointed to office.
    (Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822-1893), U.S. president. Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States, vol. III, p. 429, ed. Charles Richard Williams, The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 vols. (1922-1926), Diary (24 March 1877). Hayes's predecessor, Ulysses S. Grant, was criticized for nepotism.)
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  • 28.
    The spirit of the marriage left the bedroom and took to living in the parlor.
    (Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Their Eyes Were Watching God, ch. 6, J.P. Lippincott (1937).)
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  • 29.
    The quality of a marriage is proven by its ability to tolerate an occasional "exception."
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 269, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Human, All-Too-Human, "Woman and Child," aphorism 402, "Test of a Good Marriage," (1878).)
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  • 30.
    Marriage is a bribe to make a housekeeper think she's a householder.
    (Thornton Wilder (1897-1975), U.S. novelist, dramatist. Vandergelder, in The Matchmaker, act 1.)
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