Selected Thoughts from the French; XV Century-XX Century, with English Translations

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General Books, Mar 6, 2012 - 56 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 Excerpt: ...married couple loves and that the other does not. But if neither of them loves, they may be very happy. Marriage. Marriage is a great burden, but it is also a way of retaining hope, "a fine invention," as has been said, " to interest us in the future as in the present." Marriage and celibacy both have their disadvantages; that condition is preferable in which the disadvantages are not irremediable. Men and women always ask from one another something different from what they either can or ought to give. Marriage is an enterprise which promises inestimable benefits, but there are various items of burdens and responsibilities. On ne devrait choisir pour pouse que la femme que l'on voudrait avoir pour ami si elle tait homme.--J. Joubert. A un homme d'esprit il ne faut qu'une femme de bon sens; c'est trop de deux esprits dans une maison.--De Bonald. Les m res s'associent plus volontiers aux r ves de leurs enfants qu'aux labeurs de leur mari.--Gustave Vafereau. C'est un mauvais signe dans le ciel conjugal quand la femme d'un fumeur s'aper oit qu'il sent le tabac.--Gustave Vafereau. Eh! oui, on s' pouse sans se conna tre. Vous voulez donc qu'il n'y ait plus de mariages?--Henry Becque. Rien ne fait plus d'honneur une femme que sa patience, et rien ne lui en fait aussi peu que la patience de son mari.--J. Joubert. Il y a de bons mariages, mais il n'y en a point de d licieux.--La Rochefoucauld. One ought only to choose for a wife the woman that one would wish to have for a friend if she were a man. For a man of genius a woman of common-sense is mate enough. Two geniuses under one roof are a superfluity. Mothers associate themselves more readily with their children's dreams than with their husband's ...

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