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Marrying is easy, it's housework that's hard.


In almost every marriage there is a selfish and an unselfish partner. A pattern is set up and soon becomes inflexible, of one person always making the demands and one person always giving way.

Iris Murdoch (1919-1999) British novelist and philosopher.

Three things drive a man outdoors; smoke, a leaking roof and a scolding wife.


When two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal, and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.

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

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) British statesman and philosopher.


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

Thomas Fuller (1608-1661) British clergyman and author.

A marriage without conflicts is almost as inconceivable as a nation without crises.

André Maurois (1885-1967) French writer.

The problem with marriage is that it ends every night after making love, and it must be rebuilt every morning before breakfast.

Gabriel García Márquez (1928-?) Colombian writer.

Rituals are important. Nowadays it's hip not to be married. I'm not interested in being hip.

John Lennon (1940-1980) British musician.

I've had the boyhood thing of being Elvis. Now I want to be with my best friend, and my best friend's my wife. Who could ask for anything more?

John Lennon (1940-1980) British musician.