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Marriage Musings

I married beneath me - all women do - Nancy Astor.

Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance - Jane Austen.

Wives are young men's mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men's nurses - Francis Bacon.

He was reputed one of the wise men, that made answer to the question, when a man should marry? A young man not yet, an elder man not at all - Francis Bacon.

The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin - Honore de Balzac.

To have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part - The Book of Common Prayer.

Marriage is distinctly and repeatedly excluded from heaven. Is this because it is thought likely to mar the general felicity? - Samuel Butler.

The most happy marriage I can picture or imagine to myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman. Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Some by experience find those words misplaced: At leisure married, they repent in haste - William Congreve.

Every woman should marry - and no man - Benjamin Disraeli.

His designs were strictly honorable, as the phrase is; that is, to rob a lady of her fortune by way of marriage - Henry Fielding.

One fool at least in every married couple - Henry Fielding.

Then be not coy, but use your time; And while ye may, go marry: For having lost but once your prime, You may for ever tarry - Robert Herrick.

Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures - Samuel Johnson.

Strange to say what delight we married people have to see these poor fools decoyed into our condition - Samuel Pepys.

It doesn't much signify whom one marries, for one is sure to find next morning that it was someone else - Samuel Rogers.

For a light wife doth make a heavy husband - William Shakespeare.

Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage - William Shakespeare.

My definition of marriage: It resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated; often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes between them - Sydney Smith.

Marriage is like life in this - that it is a field of battle, and not a bed of roses - Robert Louis Stevenson.

This I set down as a positive truth. A woman with fair opportunities and without a positive hump, may marry whom she likes - William Makepeace Thackeray.

Marriage is the only adventure open to the cowardly - Voltaire.

Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution, yet - Mae West.

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