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





Fidelity. A virtue peculiar to those who are about to be betrayed.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


Constancy... that small change of love, which people exact so rigidly, receive in such counterfeit coin, and repay in baser metal.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


Matrimonial devotion doesn't seem to suit her notion.


W. S. Gilbert (1836-1911, British librettist)


An ideal wife is one who remains faithful to you but tries to be just as charming as if she weren't.'


Sacha Guitry (1885-1957, Russian-born actor and playwright)


Not observation of a duty but liberty itself is the pledge that assures fidelity.


Ellen Key (1849-1926, Swedish author, feminist)


Men and women are not born inconstant: they are made so by their early amorous experiences.


Andre Maurois (1885-1967, French writer)


Constancy is the complement of all other human virtues.


Giuseppe Mazzini (1805-1872, Italian patriot, writer)


Fidelity is seven-tenths of business success.


James Parton


A woman one loves rarely suffices for all our needs, so we deceive her with another whom we do not love.


Marcel Proust (1871-1922, French novelist)


Every man wants a woman to appeal to his better side, his nobler instincts and his higher nature -- and another woman to help him forget them.


Helen Rowland (1875-1950, American journalist)


No lover, if he be of good faith, and sincere, will deny he would prefer to see his mistress dead than unfaithful.


Marquis De Sade (1740-1814, French author)


Constancy has nothing virtuous in itself, independently of the pleasure it confers, and partakes of the temporizing spirit of vice in proportion as it endures tamely moral defects of magnitude in the object of its indiscreet choice.


Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822, British poet)


The hood-winked husband shows his anger, and the word jealous is flung in his face. Jealous husband equals betrayed husband. And there are women who look upon jealousy as synonymous with impotence, so that the betrayed husband can only shut his eyes, powerless in the face of such accusations.


August J. Strindberg (1849-1912, Swedish dramatist, novelist, poet)


You may build castles in the air, and fume, and fret, and grow thin and lean, and pale and ugly, if you please. But I tell you, no man worth having is true to his wife, or can be true to his wife, or ever was, or will be so.


Sir John Vanbrugh (1664-1726, British playwright and baroque architect)


Another of our highly prized virtues is fidelity. We are immensely pleased with ourselves when we are faithful.


Ida R. Wylie


People who love only once in their lives are shallow people. What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or their lack of imagination. Faithfulness is to the emotional life what consistency is to the life of the intellect -- simply a confession of failures.


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


Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love: it is the faithless who know love's tragedies.


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


What a fuss people make about fidelity! Why, even in love it is purely a question for physiology. It has nothing to do with our own will. Young men want to be faithful, and are not; old men want to be faithless, and cannot: that is all one can say.


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


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