1. Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious; both are disappointed.

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  2. It is he who has broken the bond of marriage -- not I. I only break its bondage.

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  3. There is nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It is a thing no married man knows anything about.

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  4. They are horribly tedious when they are good husbands, and abominably conceited when they are not.

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  5. They flaunt their conjugal felicity in one's face, as if it were the most fascinating of sins.

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  6. Pardon me, you are not engaged to any one. When you do become engaged to some one, I, or your father, should his health permit him, will inform you of the fact. An engagement should come on a young girl as a surprise, pleasant or unpleasant, as the case may be. It is hardly a matter that she could be allowed to arrange for herself.

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  7. People who love only once in their lives are shallow people. What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or their lack of imagination. Faithfulness is to the emotional life what consistency is to the life of the intellect -- simply a confession of failures.

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  8. What a fuss people make about fidelity! Why, even in love it is purely a question for physiology. It has nothing to do with our own will. Young men want to be faithful, and are not; old men want to be faithless, and cannot: that is all one can say.

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  9. The husbands of very beautiful women belong to the criminal classes.

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  10. When a woman marries again it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck; men risk theirs.

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  11. Twenty years of romance make a woman look like a ruin, but twenty years of marriage make her something like a public building.

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  12. On the whole, the great success of marriage in the States is due partly to the fact that no American man is ever idle, and partly to the fact that no American wife is considered responsible for the quality of her husband's dinners.

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  13. Long engagements give people the opportunity of finding out each other's character before marriage, which is never advisable.

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  14. London is full of women who trust their husbands. One can always recognize them. They look so thoroughly unhappy.

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  15. How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being.

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  16. The one charm about marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.

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  17. How marriage ruins a man! It is as demoralizing as cigarettes, and far more expensive.

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