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Marriage and Love

Emma Goldman

Book Overview: 

The popular notion about marriage and love is that they are synonymous, that they spring from the same motives, and cover the same human needs. Like most popular notions this also rests not on actual facts, but on superstition.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .e, while it is true that some marriages are based on love, and while it is equally true that in some cases love continues in married life, I maintain that it does so regardless of marriage, and not because of it.

On the other hand, it is utterly false that love results from marriage. On rare occasions one does hear of a miraculous case of a married couple falling in love after marriage, but on close examination it[4] will be found that it is a mere adjustment to the inevitable. Certainly the growing-used to each other is far away from the spontaneity, the intensity, and beauty of love, without which the intimacy of marriage must prove degrading to both the woman and the man.

Marriage is primarily an economic arrangement, an insurance pact. It differs from the ordinary life insurance agreement only in that it is more binding, more exacting. Its returns are insignificantly small compared with the investments. In taking out an insurance policy one pays. . . Read More

Community Reviews

An elegant indictment of matrimony.

Goldman's feminist views on love and the marriage institution, also expressed in her book Anarchism and other essays...more

"Love needs no protection, it is its own protection."

Though I'd like to get married one day, I 100% agree with Goldman's notions.

*It's only 200 characters so I don't consider this one of my 75 books for the year but I do want to add it here since I did read the essay.

“Thus Dante's motto over Inferno applies with equal force to marriage. "Ye who enter here leave all hope behind.” ― Emma Goldman

We have not yet outgrown the theologic myth that woman has no soul, that she is a mere appendix to man, made out of his rib just for the convenience of the gentleman who was so strong that he was afraid of his own shadow.
Perchance the poor quality of the material whence woman comes is responsible

Beautiful and elegant, but so awkward to read if you're married, with kids.

Since everyone I know keeps talking of the 'right' marriageable age these days as I attend wedding ceremonies almost every other week, it seemed relevant to read a book titled, Marriage and Love by Emma Goldman, a well-known feminist from late 19th century written in 1911. I felt initially it read l

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