{Of all lies, art is the least untrue - Flaubert}

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

On Marriage

From The Importance of Being Earnest

Jack: How utterly unromantic you are!

Algernon: I really don't see anything romantic in proposing. Its very romantic to be in love. But there is nothing romantic about a definite proposal. Why, one might be accepted. One usually is, I believe. Then the excitement is all over. The very essence of romance is uncertainty. If ever I get married, I'll certainly try to forget the fact.

From Dead Souls

Happy is the traveler, who after a long and wearisome journey with its cold and slush and mud, sleepy station masters, jingling bells, repairs, altercations, drivers, blacksmith, and all sorts of villains of the road, at last beholds the familiar roof, and the lights rushing to met him, and then the familiar rooms appear before him, he hears the joyful cries of the servants running out to meet him, the noise and the pattering footsteps of the children, and soothing, gentle words interspersed with passionate kisses that have the power to blot out all the sad thoughts from his memory. Happy the family who has a home of his own, but woe to a bachelor !

From Annie Hall

[Alvy addresses a pair of strangers on the street]
Alvy Singer: Here, you look like a very happy couple, um, are you?
Female street stranger: Yeah.
Alvy Singer: Yeah? So, so, how do you account for it?
Female street stranger: Uh, I'm very shallow and empty and I have no ideas
and nothing interesting to say.
Male street stranger: And I'm exactly the same way.
Alvy Singer: I see. Wow. That's very interesting. So you've managed to work
out something?


Alok said...

Haha. good ones... so should we prepare for the announcement :)

I didn't remember the quote from Dead Souls btw... woe to the bachelor hehe!!

km said...

great excerpts, all of them :)

anurag said...

alok, no... not yet :)

actually, in the following paras, Gogol give a bachelor some saving grace :)

km, thanks... I liked your 'font post', and thought I will comment with something funny but it didnt work out ;)

Swathi said...

two of my own favorites lines appear on this post - the one by Wilde and the one from Annie Hall.

and would like to add two more (from the same sources)

" The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Modern life would be very tedious if it were either, and modern literature a complete impossibility!" - from 'The Importance of Being Ernest'


Alvy Singer: "A relationship, I think, is like a shark. You know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark. "

anurag said...

Thanks for visiting !

yeah... I0BE and Annie Hall has so many quotable lines !

In Annie Hall, the riot starts from the opening lines :)

Alvy Singer: [addressing the camera] There's an old joke - um... two elderly women are at a Catskill mountain resort, and one of 'em says, "Boy, the food at this place is really terrible." The other one says, "Yeah, I know; and such small portions." Well, that's essentially how I feel about life - full of loneliness, and misery, and suffering, and unhappiness, and it's all over much too quickly. The... the other important joke, for me, is one that's usually attributed to Groucho Marx; but, I think it appears originally in Freud's "Wit and Its Relation to the Unconscious," and it goes like this - I'm paraphrasing - um, "I would never want to belong to any club that would have someone like me for a member." That's the key joke of my adult life, in terms of my relationships with women.