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On Marriage

   Wisdom in the man, patience in the wife, bring peace to the 
   house, and a happy life.

   Some seek for discussion, and trouble, and strife; 
    Like a dog and cat live such a man and wife. 

   The man is made by gentleness, that meek and quiet spirit; The 
   holy conversation and obedience of the wife; The man is marred 
   by crossings and the nagging vixen temper. 

                                                      M. Tupper

   Who can guess the potency of woman's love and patience, her 
   precious influence, her sweet strength, to bless a husband's 
                                                     M. Tupper

   It is a sorry house in which the cock is silent and the hen 

   When the husband earns well the wife spins well.

   A good wife and health are a man's best wealth.

   He who has a good wife can bear any evil.

   A man's best fortune, or his worst, is a wife.

   An obedient wife commands her husband.

   Blessed is the man that hath a virtuous wife, for the number of 
   his days shall be double.

   Who has a bad wife, his hell begins on earth.

   A good husband makes a good wife.

   A bad husband cannot be a good man.

   What martyrdom for gentle wives --- once married to bad 

   Neither reproach nor flatter thy wife where anyone heareth or 
   seeth it.

   When the husband is fire, and the wife tow, the devil easily 
   sets them in a flame.

   Choose your love, and then love your choice.

   You may beat the devil into your wife, but you will never bang 
   him out again.

   A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband; 
    But she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones. 

                                                    Prov. 12:4

   Though men may fall in love with girls at play, there is 
   nothing to make them stand to their love like seeing them at 

   A virtuous woman is a splendid prize;  A bad --- the greatest 
   curse beneath the skies.

   He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his 

   Enmity, extravagance, contempt, wrath, strife, envy, opposition 
   --- these be the seven devils possessing the unholy hearth.

   Water, smoke and a vicious woman, drive men out of the house.

   Woe to the sensitive and gentle in their married lives!  
   Provocation, irritation, usurpation, iteration, vacillation, 
   accusation, every phase of malice in every note of harshness --
   Prejudices, jealousies and strifes, contention, hate, 
   confusion.  Every phase of ill from weakness up to wickedness, 
   --  All these have often cursed the home through ill-assorted 
   marriage, and many wives and husbands here will own they read 
   their fates. 

                                                 M. Tupper

   Never marry but for love;  but see that thou lovest what is 

   Two persons who have chosen each other out of all the species 
   with the design to be each other's mutual comfort and 
   entertainment, have, in that action, bound themselves to be 
   good-humored, affable, discreet, forgiving, patient and joyful, 
   with respect to each other's frailities and perfections, to the 
   end of their lives. 

   Marriage is the strictest tie of perpetual friendship, and 
   there can be no friendship without confidence, and no 
   confidence without integrity, and he must expect to be wretched 
   who pays to beauty, riches, or politeness that regard which 
   only virtue and piety can claim. 

   The happiness of married life depends on making small 
   sacrifices with readiness and cheerfulness. 


   When a man and a woman are married their romance ceases and 
   their history begins. 


   I believe marriages would in general be as happy, and often 
   more so, if they were all made by the Lord Chancellor, upon a 
   due consideration of the character and circumstances, without 
   the parties having any choice in the matter. 


   She that hath a wise husband must entice him to an eternal 
   dearness by the veil of modesty and the grave robes of 
   chastitiy, the ornament of meekness, and the jewels of faith 
   and charity.  She must have no painting but blushings;  her 
   brightness must be purity and she must shine round with 
   sweetness and friendship;  and she shall be pleasant while she 
   lives and desired when she dies. 

                                               Jeremy Taylor

   Men dream in courtship, but in wedlock wake. 


   If you would have the nuptial union last, 
     let virtue be the bond that ties it fast. 


   Marriage with a good woman is a harbor in the tempest of life;  
   with a bad woman, it is a tempest in the harbor. 

                                                J. P. Senn

   What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel 
   that they are joined for life --- to strengthen each other in 
   all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to 
   each other in all pain, to be one with the other in silent, 
   unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting. 

                                                   George Eliot


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