Genes are the privilege that dare not speak its name.
Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.
Our species owes its continued survival to the endowment effect.
Domestic sentiment is impossible to portray effectively in art, because it is universal, deeply felt, and always the same.
A woman is apt to confuse a man’s reluctance to marry with his reluctance to marry her.
Principles of Evolutionary Biology
1. It can be explained by natural selection.
2. If it cannot be explained by natural selection, it can be explained by sexual selection.
What makes a marriage is less common interests than complementary vices.
One flesh, in many marriages, is no mere metaphor: the vitality of husband and wife mix, and one waxes as the other wanes.
What do women want? Men who need not be told what women want.
Girls are wiser about sex than boys, and far wiser than men.
Men marry for looks, and women for money — it’s too easy to kid yourself about the rest.