. It is an institution
in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged in a variety of ways, depending on the culture
or subculture in which it is found. Such a union, often formalized via a wedding
ceremony, may also be called matrimony.
People marry for many reasons, including one or more of the following: legal, social, libidinal
, emotional, economic, spiritual, and religious.
Marriage is unusual in that the more I see of it, the less I believe in it.
A husband is what is left of a lover, after the nerve has been extracted.
Some marriages give bachelors a master's degree.
Marge: Homer, is this the way you pictured married life? Homer: Yup, pretty much. Except we drove around in a van solving mysteries.
A marriage so free, so spontaneous, that it would allow of wide excursions of the pair from each other, in common or even in separate objects of work and interest, and yet would hold them all the time in the bond of absolute sympathy, would by its very freedom be all the more poignantly attractive, and by its very scope and breadth all the richer and more vital -- would be in a sense indestructible.
Marriage is wonderful when it lasts forever, and I envy the old couples in When Harry Met Sally who reminisce tearfully about the day they met 50 years before. I no longer believe, however, that a marriage is a failure if it doesn't last forever. It may be a tragedy, but it is not necessarily a failure. And when a marriage does last forever with love alive, it is a miracle.
Marriage, n. A community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves, making in all, two.
A bad marriage is like an electrical thrilling machine: it makes you dance, but you can't let go.
There's nothing a woman hates more than her fiance's best friend. He knows all the secrets she's going to spend the rest of her life trying to find out.