Marriage

Much marriage difficulty and unhappiness are due to the failure of the partners to accept the fact of their finiteness and its meaning. Instead, they hold themselves up to ideals of performance possible only to God.

Marriage is the only sacrament which transforms a human action into an instrument of the divine action, using a human act which up to then had been used for a natural end.

All ceremonies of transition, such as birth... marriage and death correspond very closely with each other in that on every occasion they repeat the drama of primeval creation.

The most important and the concluding stage in the life of a man is death. It does not mean passing away and extinction of life, but returning home to the divine world and being taken up again into the social and divine unity of mythical primeval time. Death is a passage into a new existence, the transition to a new and true life. It is thus an event of the same kind as birth, initiation, and marriage, and it is not only the most important of all of these stages of life, but receives the fullest and the most detailed ceremonial expression: all the other stages reach their culmination and final conclusion in this.

The true problems of living – in politics, economics, education, marriage, etc. – are always problems of overcoming or reconciling opposites. They are divergent problems and have no solution in the ordinary sense of the word. They demand of man not merely the employment of his reasoning powers but the commitment of his whole personality.

In marriage reverence is more important even than love… A steady awareness in each that the other has a kinship with the eternal.

Marriage must incessantly contend with a monster that devours everything: familiarity.

Inspirations never go in for long engagements; they demand immediate marriage to action.

Success in marriage requires continence as well as potency. In other words, character is indispensable in well-ordered sexual life.

All married couples should learn the art of battle as the should learn the art of making love. Good battle is objective and honest - never vicious or cruel. Good battle is healthy and constructive, and brings to a marriage the principle of equal partnership.

A happy marriage is a new beginning of life, a new starting-point for happiness and usefulness.

It is only in marriage with the world that our ideals can bear fruit: divorced from it, they remain barren.

Marriage is a great institution, and no family should be without it.

You can be cured in 14 days patients afflicted with melancholia if you follow this prescription. Try to think every day how you can please someone. It is the individual who is not interested in his fellow man who has the greatest difficulties in life and provides the greatest injury to others. It is from among such individuals that all human failures spring. All that we demand of a human being and the highest praise we can give him, is that he should be a good fellow worker, a friend to all other men, and a true partner in love and marriage.

There are six requisites in every happy marriage. The first is Faith and the remaining five are Confidence.

Love is moral even without legal marriage, but marriage is immoral without love.

The institution of marriage makes a parasite of woman, an absolute dependent. It incapacitates her for life’s struggle, annihilates her social consciousness, paralyzes her imagination, and then imposes its gracious protection , which is in reality a snare, a travesty on human character.

There is radicalism in all getting, and conservatism in all keeping. Lovemaking is radical, while marriage is conservative.

Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity.