Character and the Conduct of Life: Practical Psychology for Everyman

By William McDougall | Go to book overview

CHAPTER XX
To Husbands

"L'Amour sublime, unique, invincible, même tout droit au bord du grand abîme, car il pane immédiatement d'infini et d'éternité. Il est éminemment religeux. Il peut mime devenir religion. Quand tout autour de l'homme chancelle, vacille, tremble et s'obscurcit dans les lontaines obscurités de l'inconnu, quand le monde n'est plus que fiction ou féerie et l'univers que chimère, quand tout l'édifice des ides s'evanouit en fumée et quand toutes les réalités se convertissent en doute, quel point fixe peut encore rester a l'homme. C'est le cœur fidèle d'une femme. C'est là qu'on peut appuyer sa tote, pour reprendre du courage à la vie, de la foi en la Providence, et, s'il faut, pour mourir en paix avec la bénédiction sur les lèvres. Qui sait si l'amour et sa béatitude, cette evidente manifestation d'une harmonie universelle des choses, n'est pas la meilleure démonstration d'un Dieu souverainement intelligent et paternel, comme elle est le plus court chemin pour aller à lui? " ( Amiel)

OF your own choice you have made yourself responsible for a most delicate and difficult task. As in courtship, so also in marriage, the initiative lies mainly with you and yours is, therefore, the greater responsibility. Innocence and ignorance of some of the darker facts of life are natural to your bride; probably in your eyes they are desirable qualities. It is, then, incumbent upon you to bring to your common resources some of that knowledge for lack of which so many marriages go astray. In this book I cannot go into details concerning the physical side of marriage. That topic requires

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