An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man is in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.


Jane Austen (1775-1817, British novelist)


Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried, or childless men.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


Show me a man who lives alone and has a perpetually clean kitchen, and 8 times out of 9 I'll show you a man with detestable spiritual qualities.


Charles Bukowski (1920-1994, German poet, short stories writer, novelist)


I would be married, but I'd have no wife, I would be married to a single life.


Richard Crashaw


The only good husbands stay bachelors: They're too considerate to get married.


Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936, American journalist, humorist)


A single man has not nearly the value he would have in a state of union. He is an incomplete animal. He resembles the odd half of a pair of scissors.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


I never put on a pair of shoes until I've worn them five years. A bachelor's life is no life for a single man.


Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974, American film producer, founder of MGM)


The most threatened group in human societies as in animal societies is the unmated male: the unmated male is more likely to wind up in prison or in an asylum or dead than his mated counterpart. He is less likely to be promoted at work and he is considered a poor credit risk.


Germaine Greer (1939-, Australian feminist writer)


They that have grown old in a single state are generally found to be morose, fretful and captious; tenacious of their own practices and maxims; soon offended by contradiction or negligence; and impatient of any association but with those that will watch t


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


A bachelor's life is a fine breakfast, a flat lunch, and a miserable dinner.


Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French classical writer)


Bachelors have consciences, married men have wives.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


Bachelors know more about women than married men; if they didn't, they'd be married too.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


It is impossible to believe that the same God who permitted His own son to die a bachelor regards celibacy as an actual sin.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


Let sinful bachelors their woes deplore; full well they merit all they feel, and more: unaw by precepts, human or divine, like birds and beasts, promiscuously they join.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


A bachelor never quite gets over the idea that he is a thing of beauty and a boy forever.


Helen Rowland (1875-1950, American journalist)


A 'Bachelor of Arts' is one who makes love to a lot of women, and yet has the art to remain a bachelor.


Helen Rowland (1875-1950, American journalist)


Marrying an old bachelor is like buying second-hand furniture.


Helen Rowland (1875-1950, American journalist)


Nowadays, all the married men live like bachelors, and all the bachelors like married men.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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