A HAPPY MARRIAGE
by André Maurois
As a neglected garden is often invaded by weeds, so a love carelessly guarded is quickly submerged by unkind feelings. Everything threatens it: ennui (boredom), monotony, illness, the spitefulness of third parties. Against these I know of only two remedies. The first is that which makes the very essence of marriage -- the vow (covenant): "I will not give up; I will defend our union and happiness; I will tie again every broken thread; I will reconstruct untiringly, faithfully, each part of the broken wall."
The second is a sincerity without reserve. Mystery may be compatible with light and transient loves. Marriage must live in confidence and certitude. Treachery has no power against two who confide all. Thus only is it possible to form an admirable affection, incomprehensible to those who do not know by experience this strange mixture of love and friendship, of sensuality and respect, of indulgence and admiration; an amazing blending of human and the divine, which constitutes the true marriage
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