November 6, 2010

The Foundation of Happiness

. . . I have always thought Love the only Foundation of Happiness in a married State; as it can only produce that high and tender Friendship, which should always be the Cement of this Union; and, in my Opinion, all those Marriages which are contracted from other Motives, are greatly criminal; they are a Profanation of a most holy Ceremony, and generally end in Disquiet and Misery: for surely we may call it a Profanation, to convert this most sacred Institution into a wicked Sacrifice to Lust, or Avarice: and what better can be said of those Matches to which Men are induced merely by the Consideration of a beautiful Person, or a great Fortune!

Fielding: The History of Tom Jones, I xii

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