"Well, marriage doesn't function in the way it used to in terms of deciding our fate, but it's in our heads, and it determines a lot of our actions. Like, right now, if you think about gay marriage - and they just started having the first gay marriages in New York - it shows what a potent idea marriage remains for people."
"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person."Jeffrey Eugenides 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."Jeffrey Eugenides on Socrates
"It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages."Jeffrey Eugenides 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."Jeffrey Eugenides 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."Jeffrey Eugenides on James C. Dobson
"The daily act of writing remains as demanding and maddening as it was before, and the pleasure you get from writing - rare but profound - remains at the true heart of the enterprise. On their best days, writers all over the world are winning Pulitzers, all alone in their studios, with no one watching."
"If you talk to geneticists they are constantly finding that your genes are being switched on and off because of the environment. Genes alone do not determine an exact path in your life."