The Cowardly

"Marriage is the only adventure open to the cowardly."

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

It takes courage to love... or perhaps, recklessness.

Comments

*butterfly said…
...and how we wish our recklessness... could be reciprocated!
sigh.
this was a sad post Mr. Poet.
for me.
now how do you associate marriage with being a coward? Doesn't love always lead to marriage? Or shouldn't it lead to marriage?
Or do you not believe in the beauty of a relationship as pure as marriage?

Courage actually leads to marriage. There are a lot of people out there who love but they don't have the courage to bind themselves with a person for the rest of their lives.
I totally think the opposite is true. Its always courage that leads to marriage, whether it is with the person you love or you don't love.
Awais said…
Perhaps one would be better able to appreciate this quote if the context is consider.

Voltaire was a leading philosopher of French enlightenment, known for his ideals of social and religious liberty. And his literary writings are full of wit and satire.

I am not an expert on Voltaire, but i believe that this quote is a witty attack on the institution of marriage as it existed among the French bourgeoisie in the 18th century. Therefore, it represents marriage as a superficiality of affection, as more of a formal social institution than something which reveals real emotion.

The nature of marriage has changed with time and place. However, i feel that in certain social classes (in Pakistan), the nature of marriage is like that which existed in the time of Voltaire. And hence, i believe that there would be many people out there who can appreciate the "point" of this quote, because they can observe/experience this form of marriage.
Awais said…
Courage actually leads to marriage.

It is also very true, but, of course, in a very different social context.
Awais said…
@ butterfly

I can understand your frustration in this regard. And i sympathize.