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The three rings of marriage

ring

“There are three rings involved with marriage. The engagement ring, the wedding ring, and the suffering.”

Woody Allen (1935-) American actor, comedian and director

Wordchecker
ring (noun): a small, round, metal band that you wear on your finger
involved with: connected to
engagement ring (noun): a ring that a man gives to a woman when they decide to marry
wedding ring (noun): a ring that a married person wears
suffering (noun): a bad and painful feeling

The chain of marriage

chain

Marriage is a chain so heavy that it takes two people to carry it - sometimes three.

Variously attributed to Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870) French writer and Alexandre Dumas (son) (1824-1879) French writer

Original: Les chaînes du mariage sont si lourdes qu’il faut être deux pour les porter; quelquefois trois.

Wordchecker
chain (noun): a series of connected metal links (used, for example, for pulling heavy objects or confining prisoners)

Manners

“It is possible to be born an aristocrat without ever becoming a gentleman.”

(Nicholas Ridley)

Life

“Life is what happens while you are making other plans.”

(John Lennon)

Divorce

“Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little.”

(Dr Johnson on divorce laws)

The Oxford Secret

“It is a secret in the Oxford sense. You may tell it to only one person at a time.”

(Lord Franks)

Meeting the eye

“There is less to him than meets the eye.”

(Tallulah Bankhead)

The normal expression is “there is more to something/somebody than meets the eye”, meaning that the thing or person is deeper than surface appearances suggest.

Arguing with a woman

“Arguing with a woman is like trying to fold the airmail edition of The Times in a high wind.”

(Lord Mancroft)

The Times is a newspaper. It used to be large format (ie, it had very large pages). The airmail edition was printed on very thin, light-weight paper.

Advice on reviewing books

“I never read a book before reviewing it. It prejudices a man so.”

(Sydney Smith)

Do come again

“You must come again when you have less time.”

(Walter Sickert to Denton Welch)

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