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Quotes of the Day for 22 December 2000 – Marriage and Constant Affection

In the issue of 20 December I mentioned that I, too, had felt the pain of a marriage ending. After that was in the mail I feared that some might have thought that my wife Larkin had left me, and wanted to set the record straight. I was referring to the end of my previous marriage, in 1983. By way of correction, perhaps, as well as a salute to Larkin who celebrates her birthday today, I offer these quotes on Marriage and Constant Affection.

(Like Winston Churchill I rarely break my fast with my wife - not because we don't enjoy it but because I'm rarely awake in the morning.)

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The quotes:

We should measure affection, not like youngsters by the ardor of its passion, but by its strength and constancy.
     - Cicero

Marriage should be a duet — when one sings, the other claps.
     - Joe Murray

The ritual of marriage is not simply a social event; it is a crossing of threads in the fabric of fate. Many strands bring the couple and their families together and spin their lives into a fabric that is woven on their children.
     - Portuguese-Jewish Wedding Ceremony

There is no greater excitement than to support an intellectual wife and have her support you. Marriage is a partnership in which each inspires the other, and brings fruition to both of you.
     - Millicent Carey McIntosh

My wife and I tried to breakfast together, but we had to stop or our marriage would have been wrecked.
     - Winston Churchill

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