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Khalil Gibran – Spaces in your togetherness

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Khalil GibranLet there be spaces in your togetherness, and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.

Khalil Gibran   (1883-1931)

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Pearl S. Buck – The bitterest creature under heaven

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Pearl BuckThe bitterest creature under heaven is the wife who discovers that her husband’s bravery is only bravado, that his strength is only a uniform, that his power is but a gun in the hands of a fool.

Pearl S. Buck   (1892-1973)

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Pearl S. Buck – A good marriage

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Pearl BuckA good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love.

Pearl S. Buck   (1892-1973)

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Madeleine L’Engle – If we commit ourselves to one person

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Madeleine L'EngleIf we commit ourselves to one person for life, this is not, as many people think, a rejection of freedom; rather, it demands the courage to move into all the risks of freedom, and the risk of love which is permanent; into that love which is not possession but participation.

Madeleine L’Engle  

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Samuel Johnson – State of being in marriage is not natural

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Samuel JohnsonIt is so far from being natural for a man and woman to live in a state of marriage, that we find all the motives which they have for remaining in that connection, and the restraints which civilized society imposes to prevent separation, are hardly sufficient to keep them together.

Samuel Johnson   (1709-1784)

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Carl Jung – Crisis in marriage

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Carl JungSeldom, or perhaps never, does a marriage develop into an individual relationship smoothly and without crises; there is no coming to consciousness without pain.

Carl Jung   (1875-1961)

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Horace – They who enjoy an uninterrupted union

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Horace Happy and thrice happy are they who enjoy an uninterrupted union, and whose love, unbroken by any complaints, shall not dissolve until the last day.

Horace   (65 BC-8 BC)

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Michel de Montaigne – Marriage has this peculiarity

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Michel de MontaigneThe land of marriage has this peculiarity: that strangers are desirous of inhabiting it, while its natural inhabitants would willingly be banished from thence.

Michel de Montaigne  

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Bertrand Russell – Marriage ought to be constituted by children

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Bertrand RussellIt seems clear to me that marriage ought to be constituted by children, and relations not involving children ought to be ignored by the law and treated as indifferent by public opinion. It is only through children that relations cease to be a purely private matter.

Bertrand Russell   (1872-1970)

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Madeleine L’Engle – Love of music, of sunsets and sea

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Madeleine L'EngleLove of music, of sunsets and sea; a liking for the same kind of people; political opinions that are not radically divergent; a similar stance as we look at the stars and think of the marvelous strangeness of the universe – these are what build a marriage. And it is never to be taken for granted.

Madeleine L’Engle  

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