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





A woman seldom asks advice before she has bought her wedding clothes.


Joseph Addison (1672-1719, British essayist, poet, statesman)


When a match has equal partners then I fear not.


Aeschylus (525-456 BC, Greek dramatist)


Marriage is more than four bare legs in a bed.


Hoshang N. Akhtar


When two people marry they become in the eyes of the law one person, and that one person is the husband!


Shana Alexander (1925-, American writer, editor)


If a man works like a horse for his money, there are a lot of girls anxious to take him down the bridal path.


Marty Allen (American actor)


Marriage is the death of hope.


Woody Allen (1935-, American director, screenwriter, actor, comedian)


The lion and the calf will lay down together, but the calf won't get much sleep..


Woody Allen (1935-, American director, screenwriter, actor, comedian)


To marry unequally is to suffer equally.


Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


Marriage is not a noun; it's a verb. It isn't something you get. It's something you do. It's the way you love your partner every day.


Barbara De Angelis (American expert on relationship & love, author)


The real act of marriage takes place in the heart, not in the ballroom or church or synagogue. It's a choice you make -- not just on your wedding day, but over and over again -- and that choice is reflected in the way you treat your husband or wife.


Barbara De Angelis (American expert on relationship & love, author)


Marriage is that relation between man and woman in which the independence is equal, the dependence mutual, and the obligation reciprocal.


Louis K. Anspacher (1878–1947, Writer, director)


To marry a man out of pity is folly; and, if you think you are going to influence the kind of fellow who has "never had a chance, poor devil," you are profoundly mistaken. One can only influence the strong characters in life, not the weak; and it is the height of vanity to suppose that you can make an honest man of anyone.


Margot Asquith (1864-1945, British socialite)


I married beneath me. All women do.


Lady Nancy Astor (1897-1964, British politician)


Like everything which is not the involuntary result of fleeting emotion but the creation of time and will, any marriage, happy or unhappy, is infinitely more interesting than any romance, however passionate.


W. H. Auden (1907-1973, Anglo-American poet)


Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.


Jane Austen (1775-1817, British novelist)


It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage.


Jane Austen (1775-1817, British novelist)


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


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


In marriage there are no manners to keep up, and beneath the wildest accusations no real criticism. Each is familiar with that ancient child in the other who may erupt again. We are not ridiculous to ourselves. We are ageless. That is the luxury of the wedding ring.


Enid Bagnold (1889-1981, British novelist, playwright)


A woman must be a genius to create a good husband.


Honore De Balzac (1799-1850, French novelist)


A woman must be a genius to create a good husband.


Honore De Balzac (1799-1850, French novelist)


It is easier to be a lover than a husband for the simple reason that it is more difficult to be witty every day than to say pretty things from time to time.


Honore De Balzac (1799-1850, French novelist)


I am thinking of taking a fifth wife. Why not? Solomon had a thousand wives and he is a synonym for wisdom.


John Barrymore (1882-1942, American actor)


Marriage is our last, best chance to grow up.


Joseph Barth


Marriage always demands the greatest understanding of the art of insincerity possible between two human beings.


Vicki Baum (1888-1960, American writer)


The curse which lies upon marriage is that too often the individuals are joined in their weakness rather than in their strength -- each asking from the other instead of finding pleasure in giving. It is even more deceptive to dream of gaining through the child a plenitude, a warmth, a value, which one is unable to create for oneself; the child brings joy only to the woman who is capable of disinterestedly desiring the happiness of another, to one who without being wrapped up in self seeks to transcend her own existence.


Simone De Beauvoir (1908-1986, French novelist, essayist)


How many young hearts have revealed the fact that what they had been trained to imagine the highest earthly felicity was but the beginning of care, disappointment, and sorrow, and often led to the extremity of mental and physical suffering.


Catharine Esther Beecher (1800-1878, American educator, writer)


Never marry a man who hates his mother, because he'll end up hating you.


Jill Bennett (1931-, American actress)


Incompatibility. In matrimony a similarity of tastes, particularly the taste for domination.


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


The world has suffered more from the ravages of ill-advised marriages than from virginity.


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


As a general thing, when the woman wears the pants in the family, she has a good right to them.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


The mere idea of marriage, as a strong possibility, if not always nowadays a reasonable likelihood, existing to weaken the will by distracting its straight aim in the life of practically every young girl, is the simple secret of their confessed inferiority in men's pursuits and professions today.


William Bolitho (1890-1930, British author)


When you get married you forget about kissing other women.


Pat Boone (1934-, American country singer)


I hate work. That's why I got married.


Peg Bundy (American TV character, Married with Children)


The aura of the theocratic death penalty for adultery still clings to America, even outside New England, and multiple divorce, which looks to the European like serial polygamy, is the moral solution to the problem of the itch. Love comes into it too, of course, but in Europe we tend to see marital love as an eternity which encompasses hate and also indifference: when we promise to love we really mean that we promise to honor a contract. Americans, seeming to take marriage with not enough seriousness, are really taking love and sex with too much.


Anthony Burgess (1917-1993, British writer, critic)


One was never married, and that's his hell; another is, and that's his plague.


Robert Burton (1576-1640, British clergyman, scholar)


I married the first man I ever kissed. When I tell this to my children they just about throw up.


Barbara Bush (1925-, American First Lady, wife of George H. Bush)


All tragedies are finished by a death, all comedies by a marriage.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


I have great hopes that we shall love each other all our lives as much as if we had never married at all.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


Though women are angels, yet wedlock's the devil.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


Love and marriage, love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage. Dad was told by mother. You can't have one without the other.


Sammy Cahn


The deep, deep peace of the double-bed after the hurly-burly of the chaise-lounge.


Patrick Campbell (1913-1980, Irish humorist)


There is a time for all things -- except marriage, my dear.


Thomas Chatterton (1752 -1770, British poet)


The trouble with some women is they get all excited about nothing, and then they marry him.


Cher (1946-, American singer, actress)


Marriage is an adventure, like going to war.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


There's nothing like a Catholic wedding to make you wish life had a fast forward button.


Daniel Chopin


Before marriage a man yearns for a woman. Afterward the "y" is silent.


W. A. Clarke


Never join with your friend when he abuses his horse or his wife, unless the one is to be sold and the other to be buried.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


Grief walks upon the heels of pleasure; married in haste, we repent at leisure.


William Congreve (1670-1729, British dramatist)


The dread of loneliness is greater than the fear of bondage, so we get married.


Cyril Connolly (1903-1974, British critic)


I never married because there was no need. I have three pets at home which answer the same purpose as a husband. I have a dog which growls every morning, a parrot which swears all afternoon and a cat that comes home late at night.


Marie Corelli


That married couples can live together day after day is a miracle the Vatican has overlooked.


Bill Cosby (1937-, American actor, comedian, producer)


I've sometimes thought of marrying, and then I've thought again.


Noel Coward (1899-1973, British writer)


My wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met!


Rodney Dangerfield (1921-, American comedian, actor)


My wife is always trying to get rid of me. The other day she told me to put the garbage out. I said to her I already did. She told me to go and keep an eye on it.


Rodney Dangerfield (1921-, American comedian, actor)


When you're a married man, Samivel, you'll understand a good many things as you don't understand now; but whether it's worth while, going through so much, to learn so little, as the charity-boy said when he got to the end of the alphabet, it’s a matter of taste.


Charles Dickens (1812-1870, British novelist)


Whatever you may look like, marry a man your own age -- as your beauty fades, so will his eyesight.


Phyllis Diller (1917-, American author, actor)


I'm certain that most couples expect to find intimacy in marriage, but it somehow eludes them.


Dr. James C. Dobson (American psychologist, author)


Any intelligent woman who reads the marriage contract and then goes into it, deserves all the consequences.


Isadora Duncan (1878-1927, American dancer)


So that ends my first experience of matrimony, which I always thought a highly over-rated performance.


Isadora Duncan (1878-1927, American dancer)


Men marry to make an end; women to make a beginning.


Alexis Dupuy


Marriage as an institution developed from rape as a practice. Rape, originally defined as abduction, became marriage by capture. Marriage meant the taking was to extend in time, to be not only use of but possession of, or ownership.


Andrea Dworkin (1946-, American feminist critic)


Two such as you with such a master speed cannot be parted, nor be swept away from one another once you are agreed that life is only life forevermore together, wing to wing and oar to oar.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


Marriage must be a relation either of sympathy or of conquest.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


Is not marriage an open question, when it is alleged, from the beginning of the world, that such as are in the institution wish to get out, and such as are out wish to get in?


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


The betrothed and accepted lover has lost the wildest charms of his maiden by her acceptance. She was heaven while he pursued her, but she cannot be heaven if she stoops to one such as he!


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


When the blind lead the blind, no wonder they both fall into -- matrimony.


George Farquhar (c.1677-1707, Irish playwright)


Wasn't marriage, like life, unstimulating and unprofitable and somewhat empty when too well ordered and protected and guarded? Wasn't it finer, more splendid, more nourishing, when it was, like life itself, a mixture of the sordid and the magnificent; of mud and stars; of earth and flowers; of love and hate and laughter and tears and ugliness and beauty and hurt?


Edna Ferber (1887-1968, American author)


There’s one fool at least in every married couple.


Henry Fielding (1707-1754, British novelist, dramatist)


When widows exclaim loudly against second marriages, I would always lay a wager that the man, if not the wedding day, is absolutely fixed on.


Henry Fielding (1707-1754, British novelist, dramatist)


There is a French saying: "Love is the dawn of marriage, and marriage is the sunset of love."


De Finod


Married life requires shared mystery even when all the facts are known.


Richard Ford (1944-, American author)


I'm going to marry a Jewish woman because I like the idea of getting up Sunday morning and going to the deli.


Michael J. Fox (1961-, Canadian-born American actor)


An undutiful daughter will prove an unmanageable wife.


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


Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, and half-shut afterwards.


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


One good husband is worth two good wives, for the scarcer things are, the more they are valued.


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


Where there is marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.


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


A happy home is one in which each spouse grants the possibility that the other may be right, though neither believes it.


Don Fraser


Marriage accustomed one to the good things, so one came to take them for granted, but magnified the bad things, so they came to feel as painful as a grain in one's eye. An open window, a forgotten quart of milk, a TV set left blaring, socks on the bathroom floor could become occasions for incredible rage. And something happened sexually in marriage -- the swearing to forsake all others, despite its slight observance, had a profound effect. Some people felt trapped by it, impelled to assert what they called freedom. Some accepted it like a rein, and in the effort to avoid pain in the form of hopeless desire, cut off occasions of desire, avoided having long talks at parties with attractive members of the opposite sex. In time, all feeling for the opposite sex was cut off, and intercourse limited to the barest politesses. But something happened to you when you did that, a kind of death seeped up from the genitals to the rest of the body, till it showed in the eyes, the gestures, in a certain lifelessness.


Marilyn French (1929-, American author, critic)


Deceive not thyself by overexpecting happiness in the married estate. Remember the nightingales which sing only some months in the spring, but commonly are silent when they have hatched their eggs, as if their mirth were turned into care for their young


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


If you would have a good wife, marry one who has been a good daughter.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


A man in love is incomplete until he has married -- then he's finished.


Zsa Zsa Gabor (1918-, Hungarian-born American actress)


I never hate a man enough to give him his diamonds back.


Zsa Zsa Gabor (1918-, Hungarian-born American actress)


I first learned the concepts of non-violence in my marriage.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


Can you support the expense of a husband or hussy in gaming, drinking and whoring? Have you money enough to carry on the daily quarrels of man and wife about who shall squander most?


John Gay (1688-1732, British playwright, poet)


I hate to be a failure. I hate and regret the failure of my marriages. I would gladly give all my millions for just one lasting marital success.


J. Paul Getty (1892-1976, American oil tycoon, arts patron)


When a wife has a good husband it is easily seen in her face.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


In taking out an insurance policy one pays for it in dollars and cents, always at liberty to discontinue payments. If, however, a woman's premium is a husband, she pays for it with her name, her privacy, her self-respect, her very life, "until death doth part."


Emma Goldman (1869-1940, American anarchist)


Love, the strongest and deepest element in all life, the harbinger of hope, of joy, of ecstasy; love, the defier of all laws, of all conventions; love, the freest, the most powerful molder of human destiny; how can such an all-compelling force be synonymous with that poor little State and Church-begotten weed, marriage?


Emma Goldman (1869-1940, American anarchist)


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