"Since 1970, relationships can be more volatile, jobs more ephemeral, geographical mobility more intensified, stability of marriage weaker."
"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person."Mary Douglas 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."Mary Douglas on Socrates
"It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages."Mary Douglas 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."Mary Douglas 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."Mary Douglas on James C. Dobson
"I am convinced that living in an enclave shapes the personality, and living alone shapes the personality too."
"If you want to change the culture, you will have to start by changing the organization."
"Real equality is immensely difficult to achieve, it needs continual revision and monitoring of distributions. And it does not provide buffers between members, so they are continually colliding or frustrating each other."
"Mormons... are so strong, they can handle wealth, they are confident. I think it is because they are not bogged down by rules for equality, but have a firmly defined system of relative status and responsible command."
"Inequality can have a bad downside, but equality, for its part, sure does get in the way of coordination."