FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE HUMAN, ALL TOO HUMAN, 1878
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900) is often credited with planting the seeds of modern philosophical inquiry and sometimes assailed for providing—however unwittingly—the underpinnings of fascism. The prolific German philosopher was ill, either physically or mentally, for much of his life and never married. But he included maxims about many aspects of personal life in Human, All Too Human, one of his earliest works.
This was aphorism number 406, preceded by one called “Masks” and followed by one called “Girlish dreams.”
Marriage as a long conversation.—When entering into a marriage one ought to ask oneself: do you believe you are going to enjoy talking with this woman up into your old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory, but most of the time you are together will be devoted to conversation.