Marriage: Will the future be a buffet instead of a set menu

The recently announced split of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt after two years of marriage raises, yet again, the question of what a couple signs up for when they tie the knot. The form & content of marriage – and relationships in general – have been in a state of flux since the 1960s. Presciently Richard Harris would sing MacArthur Park in 1968 about melting of the icing of the cake because 

 “Someone left the cake out in the rain….

And I’ll never have that recipe again”

(The meaning of these surreal lyrics by Jimmy Webb is available at the end of the blog)

 Custom, duty or need to procreate would no longer produce the ideal ingredients for marriage ever again. However, would the idealised sugary sweet ingredient “happy-ever-after” be an adequate substitute?

 If not, what would?

Main picture: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

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Superb Quotes on Marriage


David Bissonette: 

When a man steals your wife, there is no better revenge than to let him keep her.


Sacha Guitry 

After marriage, husband and wife become two sides of a coin; they just can’t face each other, but still they stay together.



By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll be happy. If you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.

Woman inspires us to great things, and prevents us from achieving them.

Sigmund Freud 

I had some words with my wife, and she had some paragraphs with me.



“Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays.”


Sam Kinison 

“There’s a way of transferring funds that is even faster than electronic banking. It’s called marriage.”


James Holt McGavran 

“I’ve had bad luck with both my wives. The first one left me, and the second one didn’t.”


Patrick Murray 

Two secrets to keep your marriage brimming
1. Whenever you’re wrong, admit it,
2. Whenever you’re right, shut up.



The most effective way to remember your wife’s birthday is to forget it once…



You know what I did before I married? Anything I wanted to.


Henny Youngman 

My wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met.



Rodney Dangerfield 

A good wife always forgives her husband when she’s wrong.



A man inserted an ‘ad’ in the classifieds: “Wife wanted”. Next day he received a hundred letters. They all said the same thing: “You can have mine.”



First Guy (proudly): “My wife’s an angel!”
Second Guy: “You’re lucky, mine’s still alive.”