Thursday, November 24, 2011

G.K. Chesterton on marriage

"Life is a real thing; it really matters whether you marry a good husband or a bad husband. And just as it is certainly to a woman's advantage to have a kind husband, it is certainly to a man's advantage to have a clever wife. What man ever does keep his wife in darkness and inferiority? Why should he? It is much jollier to have an intelligent wife than a stupid wife, considering the great amount of time that one has to pass in her company. I have met wives who were kept stupid because their husbands were stupid. But I have never met a wife who was kept stupid because her husband was clever." (1908)

1 comment:

  1. But I have known wives who wouldn't budge from stupidity despite every effort of their husbands to encourage them to be clever.