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Weekend Words: Marriage

by Weekend Editors on June 30, 2013

Albrecht Dürer, "The Small Triumphal Car or the Burgundian Marriage" (c. 1518), woodcut. British Museum, London. (Image via Web Gallery of Art)

Albrecht Dürer, “The Small Triumphal Car or the Burgundian Marriage” (c. 1518), woodcut. British Museum, London. (Image via Web Gallery of Art)

Declaring DOMA dead, (five out of nine members of) the Supreme Court also struck down Act 3, Scene 1 of Hamlet:

I say, we will have no more marriages:
those that are married already, all but one, shall
live; the rest shall keep as they are.

—William Shakespeare

“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, Getting Married

“Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.”

—Johann von Goethe

“All tragedies are finished by a death,
All comedies are ended by a marriage;
The future states of both are left to faith,
For authors fear description might disparage
The worlds to come of both. . . . ”

—Lord (George Gordon) Byron, Don Juan

“Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity.”

—George Bernard Shaw

“Marriage is socialism among two people.”

—Barbara Ehrenreich

“I’d marry again if I found a man who had 15 million and would sign over half of it to me before the marriage and guarantee he’d be dead within a year.”

—Bette Davis

“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

 

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