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An Unhappy Marriage Quotes


"I find to my astonishment that an unhappy marriage goes on being unhappy when it is over." - Rebecca West

"So many pleasing episodes of one's life are spoiled by shouting. You never heard of an unhappy marriage unless the neighbors have heard it first." - Lillian Russell

"But I had not quite fixed whether to make him [Don Juan] end in Hell-or in an unhappy marriage,-not knowing which would be the severest." - Lord Byron

"Divorce isn't such a tragedy. A tragedy's staying in an unhappy marriage, teaching your children the wrong things about love. Nobody ever died of divorce." - Jennifer Weiner

"An angry skipper makes an unhappy crew." - Rudyard Kipling

"Every artist is an unhappy lover." - Iris Murdoch

"I've had an unhappy life, thank God." - Russell Baker

"Divorce Myths: 1. When love has gone out of a marriage, it is better to get divorced. 2. It is better for the children for the unhappy couple to divorce than to raise their children in the atmosphere of an unhappy marriage. 3. Divorce is the lesser of two evils. 4. You owe it to yourself. 5. Everyone's entitled to one mistake. 6. God led me to this divorce." - R C Sproul

"If we must lose wife or husband when we live to our highest right, we lose an unhappy marriage as well, and we gain ourselves. But if a marriage is born between two already self-discovered, what a lovely adventure begins, hurricanes and all." - Richard Bach

"Every artist is an unhappy lover. And unhappy lovers want to tell their story." - Iris Murdoch

"All happy families are alike, but an unhappy family is unhappy after its own fashion." - Leo Tolstoy

"It is an unhappy lot which finds no enemies." - Publilius Syrus

"An unhappy life is a life not lived." - Dennis Prager

"I have known some quite good people who were unhappy, but never an interested person who was unhappy." - A C Benson

"Marriage is an institution very safely guarded." - Swami Vivekananda

"Progress of a marriage: There was a time when you couldn't make me happy. Now the time has come when you can make me unhappy." - Irving Layton

"A gentleman who had been very unhappy in marriage, married immediately after his wife died; it was the triumph of hope over experience." - Samuel Johnson

"Even if my marriage is falling apart and my children are unhappy, there is still a part of me that says, 'God, this is fascinating!'" - Jane Smiley

"The happy marriage, which is the only proper nursery, is indissoluble. The unhappy marriage, which perpetually tells the child a bogey-man story about life, ought to be dissolved." - Rebecca West

"Every divorce is the result of selfishness on the part of one or the other or both parties to a marriage contract. Someone is thinking of self comforts, conveniences, freedoms, luxuries, or ease. Sometimes the ceaseless pin pricking of an unhappy, discontented, and selfish spouse can finally add up to serious physical violence. Sometimes people are goaded to the point where they erringly feel justified in doing the things that are so wrong. Nothing of course justifies sin." - Spencer W. Kimball

"Marriage is not an institution, it is an intuition." - Dorothy Richardson

"Unhappy, but not unhappy enough." - Samuel Beckett

"Emotion in itself is not unhappiness. Only emotion plus an unhappy story is unhappiness" - Eckhart Tolle

"There's no way that a clear mind can live an unhappy life." - Byron Katie

"To exult over the miseries of an unhappy creature is inhuman." - Hugh Blair

"Why is it, do you suppose, that an Englishman is unhappy until he has explained America?" - E B White

"Money will never make you happy if you are an unhappy person." - Robert Kiyosaki

"A happy man has no past, while an unhappy man has nothing else." - Richard Flanagan

"Mice: What is the best early training for a writer? Y.C.: An unhappy childhood." - Ernest Hemingway

"This isn't just an unhappy planet. Sometimes very good things can happen." - Lisa Kudrow

"Marriage is an excercise in learning our flaws everyday" - Siddharth Katragadda

"Love is blind. Marriage is an eye-opener." - Leonard Ravenhill

"In marriage, as in chemistry, opposites have often an attraction." - Letitia Elizabeth Landon

"marriage was a calamity, but it was not an occupation." - Marthe Bibesco

"Love is an obsessive delusion that is cured by marriage." - Karl Bowman

"In every house of marriage there's room for an interpreter." - Stanley Kunitz

"The marriage vow is an absurdity imposed by society." - George Sand

"Anybody's marriage might benefit from an occasional embargo on talk." - Richard Yates

"Marriage is a plastic flower - marriage is an institution. And who wants to live in an institution?" - Rajneesh

"Many married women who have deliberately spurned the "hour" of childbearing are unhappy and frustrated. They never discovered the joys of marriage because they refused to surrender to the obligation of their state. In saving themselves, they lost themselves!" - Fulton J Sheen

"If there are quarrels between the parents or if their marriage is unhappy, the ground will be prepared in their children for the severest predisposition to a disturbance of sexual development or to neurotic illness." - Sigmund Freud

"Gender no longer forms an essential part of marriage; marriage under law is a union of equals." - Vaughn Walker

"People are realizing that what seemed important to them in their lives-materialism and consumerism-doesn't work at all to make a happy heart. It actually makes an unhappy heart. And an unhappy world." - Sylvia Boorstein

"Whenever there is polarization, there is an unhappy tendency to think the truth lies somewhere in between." - Gayle Rubin

"Contrary to what many may think, immortality is not a fairy tale invented to compensate for an unhappy life." - Stephen R. Lawhead

"The most beautiful of altars, he said, is the soul of an unhappy creature consoled and thankfing God." - Victor Hugo

"We must spoil our women, boy. A happy woman makes a happy home. An unhappy one makes us drink." - Sherrilyn Kenyon

"If there is nothing left to desire, there is everything to fear, an unhappy state of happiness." - Baltasar Gracian

"One of the greatest gifts you can get as a writer is to be born into an unhappy family." - Pat Conroy

"Who wakes up when they're worth 120million and says, 'I'm unhappy today but if only I had an extra 2million!'" - Moby

"Impersonal criticism?is like an impersonal fist fight or an impersonal marriage, and as successful." - George Jean Nathan

"Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see bird that had the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses." - Dale Carnegie

"She read and read and read, but she was stuffing herself with the letters on the page like an unhappy child stuffing itself with chocolate. They did' taste bad, but she was still unhappy." - Cornelia Funke

"Unhappy people are dangerous." - Rebecca West

"Oh, he was asking to have an open marriage and I refused." - Newt Gingrich

"Marriage is an institution and that's where a couple finishes up." - Les Dawson

"Marriage is the process by which a woman deprives herself of an escort." - Myrtle Reed

"Gay marriage acceptance is happening in the blink of an eye." - P. J. O'Rourke

"In marriage, everyday you love,and everyday you forgive.It is an ongoing sacrament, love and forgiveness" - Bill Moyers

"The quality of a marriage is proven by its ability to tolerate an occasional "exception." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"I'm an old-fashioned person and I happen to believe in traditional marriage." - John Kasich

"Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who wants to live in an institution?" - Anonymous

"Love in marriage is more than just a feeling or an emotion; it is a choice." - Myles Munroe

"Your work should be an act of love, not a marriage of convenience." - Haruki Murakami

"The concept of marriage must have been thought up by an unimaginative pig." - Albert Einstein

"A woman dictates before marriage in order that she may have an appetite for submission afterwards." - George Eliot

"Alas! many an enamored pair have courted in poetry, and after marriage lived in prose." - John Foster (essayist)

"That wife is an enemy to her husband who is given in marriage against her will." - Plautus

"Marriage is like pleading guilty to an indefinite sentence. Without parole." - John Mortimer

"Marriage is an investment which pays dividends if you pay interest." - Bob Monkhouse

"Marriage is an undertaking that requires focused time and attention to prepare effectively." - Laura M. Brotherson

"It was an arranged marriage, put together by drugs and alcohol." - Tom Papa

"In Christian marriage, love is not an option. It is a duty." - R C Sproul

"[On marriage:] It is an institution committed to the dulling of the feelings." - Susan Sontag

"Marriage . . . is not a love affair; it is an ordeal. (92)" - Joseph Campbell

"I've never quite understood why people marry; marriage is just an invented structure" - Julie Christie

"As an actor, you travel so much. It isn't great for a marriage." - Mila Kunis

"Before marriage, when a woman speaks to a man in an undertone, he calls it "cooing"; after marriage, he calls it nagging." - Helen Rowland

"I told you once that [our marriage] was like an adolescent's dream of what marriage should be like. That hasn't changed." - Ronald Reagan

"What you discover on your own is always more exciting than what someone else discovers for you - it's like the marriage between romantic love and an arranged marriage." - Terrence Rafferty

"marriage is an extraordinary thing - and I doubt if any outsider - even a child of the marriage - has the right to judge." - Agatha Christie

"Giving up an addiction means re-programming that part of your brain that makes you restless and unhappy if a desire is not realized." - Ken Keyes Jr.

"Life for the unhappy is an endless search for 'the good parent,' one who will truly love him instead of making him afraid ..." - Lucy Freeman

"An ingenuous mind feels in unmerited praise the bitterest reproof. If you reject it, you are unhappy: if you accept it, you are undone." - Walter Savage Landor

"Sean's a better person when he's directing. He becomes a queen when he's an actor. And he's so unhappy when he's acting." - Robin Wright Penn

"Anything that you have imposed on yourself to be unhappy, to be bound, is a concept. It is an imaginary concept, so give it away." - H. W. L. Poonja

"Not curiosity, not vanity, not the consideration of expediency, not duty and conscientiousness, but an unquenchable, unhappy thirst that brooks no compromise leads us to truth." - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

"An ingenuous mind feels in unmerited praise the bitterest reproof. If you reject it you are unhappy, if you accept it you are undone." - Walter Savage Landor

"Life always has an unhappy ending, but you can have a lot of fun along the way, and everything doesn't have to be dripping in deep significance." - Roger Ebert

"Historically, a story about people inside impressive buildings ignoring or even taunting people standing outside shouting at them turns out to be a story with an unhappy ending." - Daniel Handler

"To say a person is a happy person or an unhappy person is ridiculous. We are a thousand different kinds of people every hour." - Anthony Doerr

"Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." - Jonathan Safran Foer

"Making the case (for same-sex marriage) from a conservative values perspective is an imperative, not an option." - Ken Mehlman

"Marriage is an honorable estate and should not be used simply as an excuse for legal intercourse." - Jasper Fforde

"The unhappy never want enemies." - Samuel Richardson

"Learn from your unhappy customers." - Bill Gates

"If you're unhappy, change something." - Sue Grafton

"Unhappy failures need not apply." - Kurt Vonnegut

"Marriage is tough, because it is woven of all these various elements, the weak and the strong. "In love-ness" is fragile for it is woven only with the gossamer threads of beauty. It seems to me absurd to talk about "happy" and "unhappy" marriages." - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

"Up to twenty-one, I hold a father to have power over his children as to marriage; after that age, authority and influence only. Show me one couple unhappy merely on account of their limited circumstances, and I will show you ten who are wretched from other causes." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"Married women are far more depressed than married men - in unhappy marriages, three times more; and - interestingly - in happy marriages, five times more. In truth, it is men who are thriving in marriage, now as always, and who show symptoms of psychological and physical distress outside it. Not only their emotional well-being but their very lives, some studies say, depend on being married!" - Dalma Heyn

"The best marriages, like the best lives, were both happy and unhappy. There was even a kind of necessary tension, a certain tautness between the partners that gave the marriage strength, like the tautness of a full sail. You went forward on it." - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

"I've always been suspicious of TV, I've always found music and video to be an unhappy marriage." - Keith Richards

"Each of us owes it to our spouse, our children, our friends, to be as happy as we can be. And if you don't believe me, ask a child what it's like to grow up with an unhappy parent, or ask parents what they suffer if they have an unhappy child...." - Dennis Prager

"The Amateur Marriage grew out of the reflection that of all the opportunities to show differences in character, surely an unhappy marriage must be the richest." - Anne Tyler

"There is such pleasure in long-term marriage that I really would hate to be my age and not have had a long-term marriage. Remember, sustaining a pleasurable, long-term marriage takes effort, deliberateness and an intention to learn about one another. In other words, marriage is for grown-ups." - Cokie Roberts

"Whoever invented marriage was an ingenious tormentor. It is an institution committed to the dulling of the feelings. The whole point of marriage is repetition. The best it aims for is the creation of strong, mutual dependencies." - Susan Sontag

"Marriage is like war - an experience that no adventurous man would evade, and no sensible man repeat." - Ursula Parrott

"Pure love is an incomparable, potent power for good. Righteous love is the foundation of a successful marriage." - Richard G Scott

"Sometimes it was worth all the disadvantages of marriage just to have that: one friend in an indifferent world." - Erica Jong

"An untidy, badly run house will ruin any marriage and is a disgrace to any intelligent woman." - Rose Henniker Heaton

"I hold an old-fashioned notion that a happy marriage is the crown of a woman's life." - Beatrix Potter

"Marriage is an exclusive union between one man and one woman, publicly acknowledged, permanently sealed, and physically consummated." - Selwyn Hughes

"Staying in a marriage without love is like serving a life sentence with an incompatible cell mate." - Jeanne Phillips

"Marriage is the operation by which a woman's vanity and a man's egotism are extracted without an anaesthetic." - Helen Rowland

"The fact that same-sex marriage is still an issue is insane. Thinking love knows a sex is ridiculous." - Garret Dillahunt

"To be unwed and female was to succumb to an illness with only one known cure: marriage." - Susan Faludi

"Even with all its problems, I will support marriage as an institution until something better comes along." - David Blankenhorn

"Marriage is an institution necessary to the maintenance of society but contrary to the laws of nature." - Honore De Balzac

"For the marriage bed ordained by fate for men and women is stronger than an oath and guarded by Justice." - Aeschylus

"I suspect that marriage is like parenthood: every last one of us is an amateur at it ..." - Anne Tyler

"Marriage is just an elaborate game that allows two selfish people to periodically feel that they're not." - Paul Reiser

"I hold an old-fashioned notion that a happy marriage is the crown of a woman's life." - Beatrix Potter

"In this country we're unprecedentedly safe, comfortable, and well fed, with more and better venues for stimulation. And yet if you were asked, 'Is this a happy or unhappy country?' you'd check the 'unhappy' box. We're living in an era of emotional poverty, which is something that serious drug addicts feel most keenly." - David Foster Wallace

"The most unhappy people in the world are those who face the days without knowing what to do with their time. But if you have more projects than you have time for, you are not going to be an unhappy person. This is as much a question of having imagination and curiosity as it is of actually making plans." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"The man who is unhappy will, as a rule, adopt an unhappy creed, while the man who is happy will adopt a happy creed; each may attribute his happiness or unhappiness to his beliefs, while the real causation is the other way round." - Bertrand Russell

"It does not in the least concern me whether I shall have at the end of my life thirty people who understand or three hundred. I am like an artist who paints a picture because he must, otherwise he is unhappy - not unhappy, but he must obey that creative impulse." - Jiddu Krishnamurti

"Bad Influence, which is an early movie of mine that I'm very fond of. It was an unhappy experience when that picture got released, because it coincided with that ridiculous Rob Lowe videotape scandal." - Curtis Hanson

"Marriage is memory, marriage is time." - Joan Didion

"An agreement is never reached in love. The life of a wife and husband who love each other is never at rest. Whether the marriage is true or false, the marriage portion is the same: elemental discord." - Jean Giraudoux

"When you have a baby, you set off an explosion in your marriage, and when the dust settles, your marriage is different from what it was. Not better, necessarily; not worse, necessarily; but different." - Nora Ephron

"Friendship is also a vital and wonderful part of courtship and marriage. A relationship between a man and a woman that begins with friendship and then ripens into romance and eventually marriage will usually become an enduring, eternal friendship." - Marlin K. Jensen

"When observers look back 50 years from now, the arguments supporting Florida's ban on same-sex marriage, though just as sincerely held [as views of those who were opposed to interracial marriage], will again seem an obvious pretext for discrimination." - Robert Lewis Hinkle

"Writing lyrics with your wife does lead to talking about yourselves a lot. But this is not an autobiographical account of my personal marriage. It's almost about the marriage of the band." - Aaron Dessner

"I have gay friends in my life who are conservative. I have gay friends in my life who are for gay marriage and against gay marriage. I believe in an open and free debate." - Andrew Breitbart

"You would think, wouldn't you, that if you were the child of a happy marriage, then you ought to have a better than average marriage yourself - either through some genetic inheritance or because you'd learnt from example? But it doesn't seem to work like that. So perhaps you need the opposite example - to see mistakes in order not to make them yourself. Except this would mean that the best way for parents to ensure their children have happy marriages would be to have unhappy ones themselves. So what's the answer?" - Julian Barnes

"You would think, would' you, that if you were the child of a happy marriage, then you ought to have a better than average marriage yourself - either through some genetic inheritance or because you"d learnt from example? But it does' seem to work like that. So perhaps you need the opposite example - to see mistakes in order not to make them yourself. Except this would mean that the best way for parents to ensure their children have happy marriages would be to have unhappy ones themselves. So what's the answer?" - Julian Barnes

"I have frequently seen people become neurotic when they content themselves with inadequate or wrong answers to the questions of life. They seek position, marriage, reputation, outward success of money, and remain unhappy and neurotic even when they have attained what they were seeking. Such people are usually confined within too narrow a spiritual horizon. Their life has not sufficient content, sufficient meaning. If they are enabled to develop into more spacious personalities, the neurosis generally disappears." - Carl Jung

"I think it's quite common and realistic. There are many stories like this [in Waitress]. [Jenna, my character] marriage looks really horrible up on the screen but I think there are a lot of people in bad relationships who wake up and think to themselves: "Wow, how did I end up here? Why am I still here and so unhappy and not satisfied with my life?"" - Keri Russell

"The institution of marriage is just formalizing an emotion, an attempt to make it seem permanent. The emotion will last or it won't last; nothing can guarantee it." - Joyce Carol Oates

"Marriage is primarily an economic arrangement, an insurance pact. It differs from the ordinary life insurance agreement only in that it is more binding, more exacting." - Emma Goldman

"Bad luck for the young poet would be a rich father, an early marriage, an early success or the ability to do anything well." - Charles Bukowski

"I'd rather be alone than unhappy" - Whitney Houston

"three-fourths of all marriages are unhappy." - Francoise d'Aubigne, Marquise de Maintenon

"Tired of being unhappy? Fix it." - Demi Lovato

"Families without songs are unhappy families." - Pat Conroy

"A fair bargain leaves both sides unhappy." - George R R Martin

"I'm claiming the right to be unhappy." - Aldous Huxley

"The world will never be long without some good reason to hate the unhappy; their real faults are immediately detected; and if those are not sufficient to sink them into infamy, an individual weight of calumny will be super-added." - Samuel Johnson

"Civilization is perhaps approaching one of those long winters that overtake it from time to time. Romantic Christendom - picturesque, passionate, unhappy episode - may be coming to an end. Such a catastrophe would be no reason for despair." - George Santayana



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