"People try much less hard to make a marriage work than they used to fifty years ago. Divorce is easier."
"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person."Mary Wesley 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 Wesley on Socrates
"It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages."Mary Wesley 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 Wesley 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 Wesley on James C. Dobson
"Twenty years ago, I was living in a lovely cottage on the edge of Dartmoor but I couldn't afford to run a car."
"Women's courage is rather different from men's. The fact that women have to bring up children and look after husbands makes them braver at facing long-term issues, such as illness. Men are more immediately courageous. Lots of people are brave in battle."
"I have deliberately left Sylvester and Julia's appearances to the reader's imagination."
"Imagination which comes into play in falling in love is different from any other. Certainly in my case, and I've fallen in love all my life, one imagines the person to be as you want them to be. They frequently turn out to be someone different, for better or worse."
"That image of the countryside being a threatening place still exists. People continue to resist the challenge of learning about aspects of life they don't understand."