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If people only made prudent marriages, what a stop to population there would be! Options
Daemon
Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2013 12:00:00 AM
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If people only made prudent marriages, what a stop to population there would be!

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)
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You cannot trust a person who is too prudent, especially in that particular deal or rather ordeal as a marriage.
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Speaking of Captain Rawdon's marriage to Becky Sharp:

And who on earth, after the daily experience we have, can question the probability of a gentleman marrying anybody? How many of the wise and learned have married their cooks? Did not Lord Eldon himself, the most prudent of men, make a runaway match? Were not Achilles and Ajax both in love with their servant maids? And are we to expect a heavy dragoon with strong desires and small brains, who had never controlled a passion in his life, to become prudent all of a sudden, and to refuse to pay any price for an indulgence to which he had a mind? If people only made prudent marriages, what a stop to population there would be!

Ch 16, The Letter on the Pincushion, Vanity Fair

http://www.online-literature.com/thackeray/vanity-fair/16/

And think of the loss to daytime T.V!


FounDit
Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2013 12:01:45 PM

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*Stepping up onto soapbox*

And herein lies the problem with the human race: Humans do not live long enough to grow bored with stupidity and foolishness.
If we could only live for hundreds of years — perhaps we might.


*Dismounting*



We should look to the past to learn from it, not destroy our future because of it — FounDit
dusty
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the guy is telling a joke that has a tad of irony. Nothing puts a stop to a population like stupidity, and the Death that comes from it is in a race with that stupidity and the rest of the animal world would sigh in relief if Death won,

hopefully the number of responsible people can help turn it around and end the race to extinction

the fact that humans are such highly emotional creatures is what provides the potential for elevated intelligence.

It's not that Love is never prudent, it's that very rarely is your love and another's love going to be prudent AND both of you accepting each other's prudent love

So if there were laws that stated only people in a two way street who loved prudently, and accepted each others prudent love were allowed to have sex and such a law was enforceable, AND people were honest and didn't lie, then maybe, just maybe would the population stop

To be concerned of the fate of the world is not bad, but bearing false witness is to not be
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Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2013 3:32:00 PM
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Daemon wrote:
If people only made prudent marriages, what a stop to population there would be!

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)


It depends on how prudent a marriage. If too many gentlemen must postpone marriage at the risk of infertility of their oats,
hoping that the gamble will enhance the fecundity of their minds--a prudent move, eh?-- then yes, by all means, such prudent
marriages will stop a certain population dead in its tracks.
MTC
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dusty wrote:

the fact that humans are such highly emotional creatures is what provides the potential for elevated intelligence.

Intriguing thought.

Bully_rus
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Our best emotions spawn our best thoughts, our worst emotions... with some aberration and dissipation, of course. Which is themselves also productive to intelligence.
dirtydingusmcgee
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Daemon wrote:
If people only made prudent marriages, what a stop to population there would be!

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)


Who hears of marriage in today's world? A more appropriate saying would deal with the "baby daddy" mentality. That is the real reason for population explosions!

Dirty Dingus Mcgee
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Posted: Monday, September 23, 2013 6:34:57 PM
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dirtydingusmcgee wrote:
Daemon wrote:
If people only made prudent marriages, what a stop to population there would be!

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)


Who hears of marriage in today's world? A more appropriate saying would deal with the "baby daddy" mentality. That is the real reason for population explosions!


Welcome, dirtydingusmcgee.

Others have also suggested the quotations be more current. Some time ago TFD indicated they had heard our complaints , and indicated they were going to do something about it, but they never have. With few exceptions, people stopped being quotable about 100 years ago in their minds. Maybe your voice will make a difference.
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