Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Quotes: Marriage (16)

Marriage 292 "You will have a sweet little wife, all gratitude and devotion." Austen, Mansfield Park. One stereotype of a wife.

Marriage 354 "She [Miss Crawford] meant to urge him [her brother[ to persevere in the hope of being loved in time, and of having his addresses most kindly received at the end of about ten years’ happy marriage." Austen, Mansfield Park. There is a lot more truth about real marriage to this than one at first perceives.

Marriage 92 Utopia. "For although some men are won by physical beauty alone, no one’s affection is kept except by virtue and obedience." Sir Thomas More, Utopia. There has to be more than beauty to maintain a relationship in marriage.

Marriage 249 Love, however, is defined in terms of this notion of shared growth. Toffler, Future Shock. Love defined.

Marriage 250 "…the mathematical odds are heavily stacked against any couple achieving this ideal of parallel growth; if, at the same time, average life expectancy rises from, say, fifty to seventy years, thereby lengthening the term during which this acrobatic feat of matched development is supposed to be maintained, the odds against success become absolutely astronomical." Toffler, Future Shock. The longer the life, the less likely the shared growth can be maintained. A Star is Born.

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