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Quotes of the Day for 28 July 2003 – Marriage

I'm back, tired but refreshed from the break. (Now I'm really fatigued from taking the first pass though some 1200 incoming e-mails.) Yesterday was not only the last day of my retreat, but also the eighteenth anniversary of my marriage to Larkin, which calls for some quotes on that subject.

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The quotes:

A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.
     - Andre Maurois

Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate.
     - Barnett Brickner

What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility.
     - George Levinger

For it is mutual trust, even more than mutual interest that holds human associations together. Our friends seldom profit us but they make us feel safe... Marriage is a scheme to accomplish exactly that same end.
     - Henry Louis Mencken, 1880 - 1956

Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years.
     - Simone Signoret

Marriage resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated; often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes between them.
     - Sydney Smith

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