"THE sanctity attached to all close relations, and, therefore, pre-eminently to the closest, is but the expression in outward law of that result towards which all human goodness and nobleness must spontaneously tend.... The light abandonment of ties, whether inherited or voluntary, because they have ceased to be pleasant, is the uprooting of social and personal virtue." ( George Eliot)
We may well adapt to marriage de Tocqueville's wise words on life in general and say: Marriage is neither a pleasure nor a burden, but a grave affair on which we enter of our own free will, and it is for us to conduct it to its inevitable end with honour. And the obligation to conduct marriage with honour is even greater than in regard to life; for we enter the latter without choice; the former is a road we choose for ourselves.
To marry is to undertake the gravest of all responsibilities, to assume a task that demands your utmost skill and strength, one in which, even if you play your part to perfection, disaster may nevertheless overtake you; for