(Practically) Ancient Marriage Advice that Still Applies

Share the Love

Inevitably, love will be on your brain today.  So, here’s some (very old, but still very true) food for thought for all you married couples out there on Valentine’s Day.

“Let your love be stronger than your hate or anger. Learn the wisdom of compromise, for it is better to bend a little than to break. Believe the best rather than the worst. People have a way of living up or down to your opinion of them. Remember that true friendship is the basis for any lasting relationship. The person you choose to marry is deserving of the courtesies and kindnesses you bestow on your friends. Please hand this down to your children and your children’s children: the more things change, the more they are the same.” -- Jane Wells, Written in 1886

Never Marry But For Love Poem

” Never marry but for love;
but see that thou lovest what is lovely.
He that minds a body and not a soul
has not the better part of that relationship,
and will consequently lack
the noblest comfort of a married life.

Between a man and his wife nothing ought rule but love.
As love ought to bring them together, so it is the best way
to keep them well together.

A husband and wife that love one another
show their children that they should do so too.
Others visibly lose their authority in their families by
their contempt of one another, and teach their children to be
unnatural by their own examples.

Let not enjoyment lessen, but augment, affection;
it being the basest of passions to like
when we have not, what we slight when we possess.

Here it is we ought to search out our pleasure,
where the field is large and full of variety,
and of an enduring nature; sickness,
poverty or disgrace being not able to
shake it because it is not under
the moving influences of worldly contingencies.

Nothing can be more entire and without reserve;
nothing more zealous, affectionate and sincere;
nothing more contented than such a couple,
nor greater temporal felicity
than to be one of them.”

– William Penn (date unknown)

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8 Responses to (Practically) Ancient Marriage Advice that Still Applies

  1. Secora2010 says:

    This is indeed beautiful and the old lessons taught still apply today. Thanks for sharing and happy Valentine's day to you and your husband…and your dog :) You can tell I'm not the biggest dog lover eh? LOL

  2. Poppy says:

    Jane Wells gave great advice. Its sounds good even in 2011! I can only hope more and more people listen. It should be put on T-shirts and posters to keep the messages alive.Po

  3. This is indeed beautiful and the old lessons taught still apply today. Thanks for sharing and happy Valentine's day to you and your husband…and your dog You can tell I'm not the biggest dog lover eh? LOL

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