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Quotes of the Day for 9 March 2004 – Marriage

I'm in favor of marriage, and have spent the better part of my adult life married. Yes, I intend that in both senses of the word. But not everyone agrees. It was on this day in 1074 that an ambitious man named Hildebrand, who had become Pope Gregory VII under irregular terms the previous year, excommunicated all married priests. (The rules haven't been softened much, but it seems unlikely the Roman church will be able to maintain their stance on celibacy and still have priests to serve all their churches for much longer.) Our quotes today are on marriage, expressing opinions somewhere between the Papacy's and mine.

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The quotes:

The trouble with some women is they get all excited over nothing - and then they marry him!
     - Cher

Marrying a man is like buying something you've been admiring for a long time in a shop window. You may love it when you get it home, but it doesn't always go with everything in the house.
     - Jean Kerr

Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.
     - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749 - 1832

By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher...and that is a good thing for any man.
     - Socrates

Don't marry a man to reform him - that's what reform schools are for.
     - Mae West, 1892 - 1980

No man worth his salt, no man of spirit and spine, no man for whom I could have any respect, could rejoice in the identification of Tallulah's husband. It's tough enough to be bogged down in a legend. It would be even tougher to marry one.
     - Tallulah Bankhead, 1903 - 1968


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