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Quotations for ESL/EFL learners: Marriage

Note #1: Marriage - the state or relationship of being husband and wife.
Note #2: The bold words are not contained in VOA Special English Word Book. You can click the bold words for additional information.

Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.
Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790), U.S. statesman and scientist.

Never get married in college; it's hard to get a start if a prospective employer finds you've already made one mistake.
Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915), U.S. writer

It is a woman's business to get married as soon as possible, and a man's to keep unmarried as long as he can.
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), Irish playwright.

Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity.
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), Irish playwright.

Marriage is the waste-paper basket of the emotions.
Sidney Webb (1859 - 1947), British economist, social reformer, and politician.

If men knew how women pass the time when they are alone, they'd never marry.
O. Henry (1862 - 1910), U.S. short-story writer.

Many a man in love with a dimple makes the mistake of marrying the whole girl.
Stephen Leacock (1869 - 1944), British-born Canadian writer and economist.

It takes two to make a marriage a success and only one a failure.
Herbert Samuel (1870 - 1963), British statesman and philosopher.

Bachelors have consciences, married men have wives.
H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956), U.S. journalist, critic, and editor.

In a happy marriage it is the wife who provides the climate, the husband the landscape.
Gerald Brenan (1894 - 1987), Maltese-born British writer and novelist.

The husband who wants a happy marriage should learn to keep his mouth shut and his checkbook open.
Groucho Marx (Julius, 1895-1977), U.S. comedian.

Marriage is the chief cause of divorce.
Groucho Marx (Julius, 1895-1977), U.S. comedian.

Marriage is a mistake every man should make.
George Jessel (1898 - 1981), U.S. comedian.

A simple enough pleasure, surely, to have breakfast alone with one's husband, but how seldom married people in the midst of life achieve it.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001), U.S. writer

Most marriages don't add two people together. They subtract one from the other.
Ian Fleming (1908 - 1964), British writer.

There's more to marriage than four bare legs in a blanket.
Robertson Davies (1913 - 1995), Canadian novelist and critic.

Personally I know nothing about sex because I've always been married.
Zsa Zsa Gabor, Hungarian-born U.S. film actor.

The surest way to be alone is to get married.
Gloria Steinem, U.S. writer and political activist.

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