Chaos Remembered in Tranquility

Long ago, Andrew Marvel wrote the best love poem in the English language, so it is futile to attempt to write another. Instead of poesy, I offer some well-known quotations and advice about love and marriage, some of which have been found in The Book of Quotes, (Barbara Rowes, 1979). After all, even love and marriage can be humorous, and sad …VMS

If love is the answer, could you rephrase the question? – Lily Tomlin

A great philosopher once said – I think it was Henry Kissinger – nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes. There’s just too much fraternizing with the enemy. – Robert Orben

Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable. – The Wizard of Oz to the Tin Man.

They’re not going to get married or anything. They’re only nine. – Lillian Carter about Amy’s boyfriend.

Si Non Oscillas Noli Tintinare. – Sign at door of Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion

Wanted – meaningful overnight relationship. – Mortimer B. Zuckerman

There are only two kinds of women – goddesses and doormats. – Pablo Picasso

All right, Edith, you go right ahead and do your thing, but just remember that your thing is eggs over easy and crisp bacon. – Archie Bunker

Having two bathrooms ruined the capacity to cooperate. – Margaret Mead

Mummy is the head of state, and I am boss in the house. – Prince Bernard

Your experience will be a lesson to all of us men to be careful not to marry ladies in very high positions. – Idi Amin to Lord Snowden upon the end of his marriage to Princess Margaret

You are a foul ball in the line drive of life. – Lucy to Charlie Brown

Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn. – Rhett Butler to Scarlett O’Hara

If his parents are alive, they have to help. It’s the rules. – Jack Nicholson in “As Good as it Gets”

Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in. – Robert Frost in “The Death of the Hired Man”

Quotes compiled by Virginia McConnell Simmons