Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Quotes: Marriage (1)

Marriage 620 "As is frequently the case among the whalers of Martha’s Vineyard, so much of this storm-beaten widower’s life had been tossed away on distant seas, that out of twenty years of matrimony he had spent scarce three, and those at scattered intervals, beneath his own roof." Hawthorne: "Chippings with a Chisel." The sea-captain's marriage was to the sea.

Marriage 858 "A married couple had been invited, from a motive of bitter humor; it being well understood that they rendered each other unutterably miserable whenever they chanced to meet…." Hawthorne: "The Christmas Banquet." Marriage and misery.

Marriage 147 "Most people marry upon mingled motives, between convenience and inclination." Sam. Johnson. 1756. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

Marriage 148 "Love is blind, but marriage restores its sight." Lichtenberg. 1764-99. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

Marriage 150 "The fundamental trouble with marriage is that it shakes a man’s confidence in himself, and so greatly diminishes his general competence and effectiveness; his habit of mind becomes that of a commander who has lost a decisive and calamitous battle; he never quite trusts himself thereafter." H. L. Mencken. 1920. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms. The effects of marriage on men.

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