"The Amateur Marriage grew out of the reflection that of all the opportunities to show differences in character, surely an unhappy marriage must be the richest."
"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person."Anne Tyler on Mignon McLaughlin
"By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you'll become happy if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher."Anne Tyler on Socrates
"It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages."Anne Tyler on Friedrich Nietzsche
"How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being."Anne Tyler on Oscar Wilde
"Don't marry the person you think you can live with marry only the individual you think you can't live without."Anne Tyler on James C. Dobson
"Time, in general, has always been a central obsession of mine - what it does to people, how it can constitute a plot all on its own. So naturally, I am interested in old age."
"Ever consider what pets must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul - chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth!"
"For my own family, I would always choose the makeshift, surrogate family formed by various characters unrelated by blood."
"My family can always tell when I'm well into a novel because the meals get very crummy."
"But what I hope for from a book - either one that I write or one that I read - is transparency. I want the story to shine through. I don't want to think of the writer."