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Mariage has 27 principles
From a bookPhysiology of Marriage
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- Marriage is a science.
- A man cannot marry without studying anatomy and dissecting at least one woman.
- The fate of a household depends on the first night.
- A woman deprived of her free will can never be worthy of making a sacrifice.
- In love, all souls aside, a woman is like a lyre that only reveals its secrets to the one who knows how to play them well.
- Regardless of a repulsive movement, there exists in the soul of all women a feeling that tends to outlaw sooner or later pleasures devoid of passion.
- A husband's interest dictates to her at least as much as the honour of never indulging in a pleasure that he has not had the talent to make his wife desire. Since pleasure is caused by the combination of sensation and feeling, it may be boldly argued that pleasures are species of material ideas.
- Since ideas combine infinitely, so must pleasures.
- No more are there two moments of similar pleasures in the life of man than there are two exactly alike leaves on the same tree.
- If there are differences between one moment of pleasure and another, a man can always be happy with the same woman.
- Skillfully grasping the nuances of pleasure, developing them, giving them a new style, an original expression, is the genius of a husband.
- Between two people who do not love each other, this genius is libertine; but the caresses over which love presides are never lascivious.
- The most chaste married woman can also be the most voluptuous.
- The most virtuous woman can be indecent without her knowledge.
- When two beings are united by pleasure, all social conventions are asleep. This situation hides a pitfall on which many boats have broken. A husband is lost if he forgets once that there is a modesty independent of the sails. Marital love should never put on or take off its blindfold except in a timely manner.
- Power does not consist in hitting hard or often, but in hitting right.
- To give birth to a desire, to nourish it, to develop it, to grow it, to irritate it, to satisfy it, is a whole poem.
- The order of pleasures is from distic to quatrain, from quatrain to sonnet, from sonnet to ballad, from ballad to ode, from ode to cantata, from cantata to dithyramb. The husband who begins with the dithyrambe is a fool.
- Every night must have its menu.
- Marriage must incessantly fight a monster that devours everything: habit.
- If a man can't tell the difference between the pleasures of two nights in a row, he's married too soon.
- It is easier to be a lover than a husband, for the reason that it is harder to be witty every day than it is to say nice things every now and then.
- A husband should never fall asleep first or wake up last.
- The man who enters his wife's toilet is either a philosopher or a fool.
- The husband who leaves nothing to be desired is a lost man.
- The married woman is a slave who must know how to put on a throne.
- A man can only flatter himself for knowing his wife and making her happy when he sees her often at his knees.