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The Conjugal Relation


We cannot look upon marriage in the light in which many seem to regard it--merely as a convenient arrangement in society. To persons of benevolence, intelligence, and refinement, it must be something more--the source of the greatest possible happiness or of the most abject misery-- no half-way felicity. You have not had the folly to discard common sense. You have endeavored to study charitably and carefully the peculiarities of each other's habits, dispositions, and principles, and to anticipate somewhat the inconveniences to which they may lead. And as you are determined to outdo each other in making personal sacrifices, and to live by the spirit of the Savior, you have laid a foundation for happiness , which it is not likely will be shaken by the joys or sorrows, the prosperity or adversity, the riches or poverty, or by the frowns or flattery, of the world. If there is a place on earth to which vice has no entrance--where the gloomy passions have no empire--where pleasure and innocence live constantly together-- where cares and labors are delightful--where every pain is forgotten in reciprocal tenderness--where there is an equal enjoyment of the past, the present, and the future--it is the house of a wedded pair, but of a pair who, in wedlock, are lovers still.
From the book " The Royal Path of Life" by: T.L. Haines 1876

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'We cannot look upon marriage in the light in which many seem to regard it--merely as a convenient arrangement in society. To persons of benevolence, intelligence, and refinement, it must be something more--the source of the greatest possible happiness or of the most abject misery-- no half-way felicity. You have not had the folly to discard common sense.'

A relevant lesson for today, Professor Tamela.
Tamela's Place said…
thanks Russ.. wish i could take credit for such eloquent wise words but it came from the book that i am reading written in 1876..In a time when they spoke so profoundly and poetically

"The Royal path of Life by T.L. Haines"
Jody said…
Our culture needs to go back to 1876 to find what the definition of marriage truly is. Ultimately, as you know, the definition of what marriage should look like is found in the Word of God. Thanks for this post.I may have to order this book.
Connie Arnold said…
The heart of it is living by the spirit of the Savior, and that is what gives the marriage a solid foundation. Thanks for sharing!
Tamela's Place said…
i agree jody.. and it is a great book for anyone to read and enjoy.

Tammy :)
Tamela's Place said…
thanks connie and amen to that..

Tammy :)
Warren Baldwin said…
What an wonderful quote, encapsulating so much of what is crucial about marriage. And where did you find this old book? I love old volumes.
Tamela's Place said…
hello Warren..

Believe it or not i found it at a yard sale. I was drawn to the cover and began looking thru it and was sold and bought it for $2.. What an awesome bargain it was, i have enjoyed reading it tremendously. I searched on e-bay a while back and seen the book for sale there also. It's a great book!
There will be more quotes to come.

Tammy :)

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