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Quotations About / On: MARRIAGE

  • 31.
    Either marriage is a destiny, I believe, or there is no sense in it at all, it's a piece of humbug.
    (Max Frisch (1911-1991), Swiss author, critic. Originally published as Stiller, Suhrkamp (1954). I'm Not Stiller, sixth notebook, p. 249, trans. by Michael Bullock, Vintage (1958). Sybille's conclusion after her experimentation with an open marriage and a temporary separation from her husband.)
  • 32.
    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).)
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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    To seduce a woman famous for strict morals, religious fervour and the happiness of her marriage: what could possibly be more prestigious?
    (Christopher Hampton (b. 1946), British playwright. Valmont, in Dangerous Liaisons (1989).)
  • 35.
    Marriage, for a woman at least, hampers the two things that made life to me glorious—friendship and learning.
    (Jane Harrison (1850-1928), British classical scholar, writer. "Conclusion," Reminiscences of a Student's Life (1925).)
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  • 36.
    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).)
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  • 37.
    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).)
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  • 38.
    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).)
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  • 39.
    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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  • 40.
    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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