Famous Quotes

To say that you can love one person all your life is just like saying that one candle will continue burning as long as you live. Leo Tolstoy (1828 – 1910) Russian Writer

An affair now and then is good for a marriage. It adds spice, stops it from getting boring… I ought to know.Bette Davis (1908 – 1989) American Actress

Romantic love is an illusion. Most of us discover this truth at the end of a love affair or else when the sweet emotions of love lead us into marriage and then turn down their flames. Thomas Moore (1779 – 1852) Irish Poet, Singer, Entertainer

Promiscuity is like never reading past the first page. is like reading the same book over and over. Mason Cooley (1927 – 2002) American Aphorist

I think that is artificial. I do not think it’s something that comes naturally to us. Tom Ford (born 1961) American Fashion Designer

Love has been in perpetual strife with . A great poet has seldom sung of lawfully wedded happiness, but often of free and secret love; and in this respect, too, the time is coming when there will no longer be one standard of morality for poetry, and another for life. Ellen Key (1849 – 1926) Swedish Feminist, Writer

Hard work is damn near as overrated as monogamy. Huey Long (1893 – 1935) Louisiana Governor, US Senator

Marriage requires a special talent, like acting. Monogamy requires genius. Warren Beatty (born 1937) American Actor

I don’t think being monogamous is a natural instinct for human beings, but it doesn’t mean I don’t believe in monogamy or true love. I believe in finding a soul mate. Monogamy can be hard work for some people. I don’t think it applies to everybody, and I don’t think a lot of people can do it. Scarlett Johannson (born 1984) American Actress

Monogamy is impossible these days for both sexes. I don’t know anyone who’s faithful or wants to be. Goldie Hawn (born 1945) American Actress

Monogamy is like good crystal – beautiful – but once you get it, all it takes is one chip and it’s never the same again. Fred Barton (born 1958) American Composer, Director, Actor, Singer, Pianist

Personally I know nothing about sex because I’ve always been married. Zsa`Zsa Gabor (born 1917) Hungarian-born American Actress

If kissing and being engaged were this inflammatory, marriage must burn clear to the bone. I wondered how flesh and blood could endure the ecstasy. How did married couples manage to look so calm and unexcited? Jessamyn West (1902 – 1984) American Writer

If you want to sacrifice the admiration of many men for the criticism of one, go ahead, get married. Katharine Hepburn (1907 – 2003) American Actress

Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.Jane Austen (1775 – 1817) English Novelist

Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) Irish Playwright, Poet and Author

I said to this priest: ‘Am I expected to believe that if I went out and had an affair that Godwas really going to be upset? Okay, thou shalt not kill… steal… but thou shalt not commit adultery? If no one is any the wiser, what the hell difference does it make?’ He was lovely. He told me the Commandments were laid down for a lot of guys living in the desert’. Diana Dors (1931 – 1984) English actress and Sex Symbol

The sexual act cannot be reduced to a chapter on hygienics; it is an exciting, dark, sinful, diabolical experience… Sex multiplies the possibilities of desire. Luis Bunuel (1900 – 1983) Spanish Movie Maker

In her first passion woman loves her lover, In all the others all she loves is love. Lord Byron (1788 – 1824) English Poet

Adultery, without two persons to commit it, is not possible. Saint Jerome (c.340 – 420) Roman Theologian

Love knows no rule. Saint Jerome (c.340 – 420) Roman Theologian

The Tasmanians, who never committed adultery, are now extinct. Somerset Maugham (1874 – 1965) British Writer

The greatest tragedy of life is not that men parish, but that they cease to love. Somerset Maugham (1874 – 1965) British Writer

We think and name in one world, we live and feel in another. Marcel Proust (1871 – 1922) French Novelist

We love only what we do not completely possess. Marcel Proust (1871 – 1922) French Novelist

Adultery introduces spirit into what might otherwise have been the dead letter of marriage. Marcel Proust (1871 – 1922) French Novelist

It is hardly granted by God to love and to be wise. Publilius Syrus (1st century B.C.) Syria-born Latin Writer

To abandon the struggle for private happiness, to expel all eagerness of temporary desire, to burn with passion for eternal things – this is emancipation, and this is the free man’s worship. Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970) British Mathematician, Philosopher

The psychology of adultery has been falsified by conventional morals, which assume, in Monogamous countries, that attraction to one person cannot coexist with a serious affection for another.  Everybody knows that this is untrue. Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970) British Mathematician, Philosopher

Marriage has, as you say, no natural relation to love. Marriage belongs to society; it is a social contract. Samuel Coleridge (1772 – 1834) British Poet, Philosopher

The man’s desire is for a woman; but the woman’s desire is rarely other than for the desire of the man. Samuel Coleridge (1772 – 1834) British Poet, Philosopher

That very name of wife and marriage Is poison to the dearest sweets of love. John Dryden (1631 – 1700) English Poet, Critic

By annihilating the desires, you annihilate the mind. Every man without passion has within him no principle of action, not motive to act. Claud-Adrian Helovetius (1715 – 1771) French Philosopher

Once a man’s married he’s absolutely bitched. Ernest Hemingway (1898 – 1961) American Writer

There is not man in a world who doth not look at another’s wife, if beautiful and young, with a degree of desire. The Hitopadesa – Collection of Hindu Writings

Much of our most highly valued cultured heritage has been acquired at the cost of our sexuality. Sigmund Freud (1856 – 1939) Austrian originator of phychoanalysis

The symptoms of neurosis, as we have learnt, are essentially substitute gratifications forunfulfilled sexual wishes. Sigmund Freud (1856 – 1939) Austrian originator of phychoanalysis

…most men seem (not without some ground) to identify the good, or happiness, with pleasure; which is the reason why they love the life of enjoyment. Aristotle (384 – 322) Greek Philosopher

How true is saying, “It is impossible to live with the tormentors [women], impossible to live without them.” Aristophanes (c.450 – 385 B.C.) Athenian Poet, Dramatist

I think that the pleasure is to be deemed natural which arises out of the intercourse between men and women… Plato (428 – 348 B.C.) Athenian Philosopher

Sex is the ersatz or substitute religion of the 20th Century. Malcolm Muggeridge (1903 – 1990) British Journalist, Satirist

Sex is the mysticism of materialism and the only possible religion in a materialistic society. Malcolm Muggeridge (1903 – 1990) British Journalist, Satirist

The orgasm has replaced the cross as the focus of longing and fulfillment. Malcolm Muggeridge (1903 – 1990) British Journalist, Satirist

Cherchez la femme. Look for the woman. Alexandre Dumas (1803 – 1870) French Writer

The substance of our lives is woman. All other things are irrelevancies, hypocrisies, subterfuges.  We sit talking about sports and politics, and all the whiles our hearts are filled with memories of women and capture of women. George Moore (1852 – 1933) Irish Novelist

Men of reason have endured; men of passion have lived. Sebastien Chamfort (1741 – 1794) French man of letters

A movement of the soul contrary to nature in the sense of disobedience to reason, that is what passions are. Clement of Alexandria (150? – 220?) Church Father

Only the passions, only great passions, can elevate the mind to great things. Denis Diderot (1713 – 1784) French Philosopher

Man is only great when he acts from the passions. Benjamin Disraeli (1804 – 1881) English Statesman, Novelist

One Year of Joy, another of Comfort, the rest of Contentment, make the married life happy. Thomas Fuller (1654 – 1734) English Cleric

The passions are the gates of the soul. Baltasar Gracian (1601 – 1658) Spanish Jesuit Writer

To burn always with this hard, gem-like flame, to maintain this ecstasy, is success in life. Walter Pater (1839 – 1894) English man of letters

Sexual pleasure, wisely used and not abused, may prove the stimulus and liberation of our finest and most exalted activities. Henry Ellis (1859 – 1939) British Psychologist, Writer

Sex is a biological fact which is hard to evaluate psychologically, although it is of extraordinary importance in mental life. Sigmund Freud (1856 – 1939) Austrian originator of phychoanalysis

Life without sex might be safer but it would be unbearably dull. It is the sex instinct which makes women seem beautiful, which they are once in a blue moon… Henry Mencken (1880 – 1956) American Critic, Editor

The sexual impulse next to the love of life shows itself the strongest and most powerful… Arthur Schopenhauer (1738 – 1860) German Philosopher

We all live, at any rate for a time, and most of us always, in poligamy. Arthur Schopenhauer (1738 – 1860) German Philosopher

There is no use arguing about poligamy; it must be taken as de facto existing everywhere, and the only question is how it shall be regulated. Arthur Schopenhauer (1738 – 1860) German Philosopher

The most revolutionary invention of the 19th century was the artificial sterilization of marriage. George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950) Irish Dramatist

Sex is the foundation of marriage. Yet, most of married couples do not know the A B C of sex. Theodore H. Van de Veld (1873 – ?) Dutch Physician

Lies are essential to humanity. They are perhaps as important as the pursuit of pleasure and moreover are dictated by that pursuit. Marcel Proust (1871 – 1923) French Novelist

There is nothing like sexual desire to keep our words from having anything to do with our thoughts. Marcel Proust (1871 – 1923) French Novelist

Puritan tradition, combined with Christian management of adolescence, has converted the sexual life of civilized men and women into a neurosis. Robert Briffault (1876 – 1948) British Surgeon, Novelist

Wives are young men’s mistresses; companions for middle age; and old men’s nurses… But yet he was reputed one of the wise men, that made answer to the question when a man should marry? A young man not yet, an older man not at all. Francis Bacon (1561 – 1626) English Essayist, Philosopher

In a wife I would desire what in whores is always found – The lineaments of gratified desire. William Blake (1757 – 1827) English Poet, Artist

Time, which strengthens friendship, weakens love. Jean de la Bruyre (1645 – 1696) French essayist, Moralist

A wife is a burden imposed by law. Petronius (c.66 A.D.) Roman Writer

Home life is no more natural to us than a cage is to a cockatoo. Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950) Irish Dramatist

marriage is a very alienating institution, for men as well as for women… It’s a very dangerous institution – dangerous for men who find themselves trapped, saddled with a wife and children to support, dangerous for women, who aren’t financially independent and end up depending on men who can throw them out when they are 40, and dangerous for children because their parents vent all their frustration on them. Simone de Beauvoir (1908 – 1986) French Writer

When the coin is tossed either Love or Lust will fall uppermost. But if the metal is right, under the one will always be other. Gerald Brenan (1894 – 1987) British Writer

Love, the strongest and deepest element in all lives, the harbinger of hope, of joy, of ecstasy; love, the defier of all laws; love, the freest, the most powerful moulder of human destiny, how can such an all-compelling force be synonymous with that poor little State and Church-begotten weed, marriage? Emma Goldman (1869 – 1940) Russian-born American Feminist, Writer

There is only one real tragedy in woman’s life. The fact that the past is always her lover, and her future invariably her husband. Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) Irish Playwright, Poet and Author

I can resist anything except temptation. Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) Irish Playwright, Poet and Author

The one charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties. Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) Irish Playwright, Poet and Author

One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry. Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) Irish Playwright, Poet and Author

Without passion man is mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark. Henry Amiel (1921 – 1991) Swiss Philosopher

She who has never loved, has never lived. John Gay (1688 – 1732) English Play-writer

What’s man’s first duty? The answer is brief: to be himself. Henrik Ibsen (1828 – 1906) Norwegian Dramatist

Marriage, if one will face the truth, is an evil, but a necessary evil. Menander (c. 342-c. 291 B.C.) Greek Comic Dramatist

Man is born to live and not to prepare to live. Boris Pasternak (1890 – 1960) Russian Writer

Where there is marriage without love, there will be love without marriage. Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790) American Scientist, Diplomat

The majority of the dreams of adult deal with sexual material and express erotic wishes. Sigmund Freud (1856 – 1939) Austrian originator of phychoanalysis

To make love the requirement of a lifelong marriage is exceedingly difficult, and only a very few people can achieve it. I don’t believe in setting up universal standards that a large proportion of people can’t reach. Margaret Mead (1901 – 1978) American Anthropologist

My candle burns at both ends; It will not last the night; But, ah, my foes, and oh, my friends – It gives a lovely light! Edna Millay (1892 – 1950) American Poet

Pure women are only those who have not been asked; and a man who is angry at his wife’s amours is mere rustic. Ovid (43 B.C. – 18 A.D.) Roman Poet

Love is free; to promise for ever to love the same woman is not less absurd that to promise to believe that same creed; such a vow in both cases excludes us from all inquiry. Percy Shelley (1792 – 1822) English Poet

It is impossible to repent of love. The sin of love doesn’t exist. Murial Spark (1918 – 2006) British Writer

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