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Marry In Haste

Posted by Admin on June 7, 2010

Interestingly enough, things haven’t changed very much over the years since the phrase “marry in haste; repent in leisure” came into vogue.  Even today, it’s easier to get married than it is to get divorced and once divorced, that doesn’t mean the connection between the formerly married partners has also come to an end.  Just ask any divorced couple!

The phrase was first used in the comedy of manners “The Old Batchelour” written in 1693 by William Congreve.  In his book, the phrase that clearly outlines the folly of quick decisions — not just marital ones — is delivered in dead earnest.

Thus grief still treads upon the heels of pleasure:
Married in haste, we may repent at leisure.

Keep this in mind the next time you feel impulsive and capricious rather than logical and level-headed.

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