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“I think we ought to live happily ever after, and she thought he meant it. Sophie knew that living happily ever after with Howl would be a good deal more hair-raising than any storybook made it sound, though she was determined to try. It should be hair-raising, added Howl. And you ll exploit me, Sophie said. And then you ll cut up all my suits to teach me.”

— Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle, Share via Whatsapp

“As a matter of fact it wouldn’t be safe to tell any man the truth about his wife! Funnily enough, I’d trust most women with the truth about their husbands. Women can accept the fact that a man is a rotter, a swindler, a drug taker, a confirmed liar, and a general swine, without batting an eyelash, and without its impairing their affection for the brute in the least. Women are wonderful realists.”

— Agatha Christie, Murder in Mesopotamia, Share via Whatsapp

“The question I ve asked more often during our marriage, if not out loud, if not to the person who could answer. I supposed these questions stormcloud over every marriage: What are you thinking how are you feeling? Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do?”

— Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl, Share via Whatsapp

“I have a theory about marriage, Monsieur Boustouler. And it s that nearly always you will know within two weeks if it s going to work. It s astonishing how many people remain shackled for years, decades even, in a protracted and mutual state of self-delusion and false hope when in fact they had their answer in those first two weeks.”

— Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed, Share via Whatsapp

“He held up his index finger. Rule one: in any dispute between mates, the male is always to blame, even when he is clearly blameless. Rule two —his middle finger joined the first— whenever in doubt, refer to rule one.”

— C.L. Wilson, Lord of the Fading Lands, Share via Whatsapp

“Nicasia said that as mortal power grows, land and sea ought to be united. And that they would be, either in the way she hoped or the way I should fear.” “Ominous,” I say. “It seems I have a singular taste for women who threaten me.”

— Holly Black, The Wicked King, Share via Whatsapp

“Something my dad says...He says you end up marrying the one you don t understand. Then you spend the rest of your life trying.”

— Fredrik Backman, Anxious People, Share via Whatsapp