Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Wisdom of the Ages

'Never say that marriage has more of joy than pain.'
--Euripides, Greek playright in the fourth century B.C.

11 Comments:

At 4:53 PM, Anonymous Jim Kenny said...

Without pain we could never fully realize or appreciate joy.

 
At 4:54 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

You said it, my friend. And you said it about two minutes after I posted this. We're going to have to start calling you Rapid Fire Kenny.

 
At 7:54 PM, Anonymous Steve Schultz said...

Bad day at the Ettorre homestead? Nothing more serious than the 'usual' pain involved in a marriage, I hope. I find the phrase, "Yes dear, you're right. You're always right," works wonders. Although, if you don't say it with just the right amount of conviction, it can get you into even more trouble.

 
At 8:56 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Well said, Steve. I don't know how long you've been married (I'm at 22 years), but most wives can smell lack of conviction miles away. So you're better off not saying it unless you can fake the conviction with enough skill. And you're right, the usual amount in most long marriages is more than enough. As a wise man once said, marriage is a great institution, as long as you don't mind being institutionalized. No, really honey, that was a joke...

 
At 11:07 AM, Blogger Richard said...

How often does Julie read this blog?

 
At 11:18 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Probably about as frequently as she reads all the rest of what I write: pretty rarely. You of all people know how that goes with old marrieds, Richard. But then you've certainly hit the jackpot on your second lap around the marriage track. Do please give my best to your lovely wife.

 
At 5:53 AM, Anonymous Lou said...

I equate pain and joy as temporary and fleeting, which on the bell curve of marriage would be on the extreme ends of the curve; so much "other stuff" goes on in between.

 
At 8:19 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

GREAT comment, Lou, and so very true. You're becoming a sage in your middle years. I think it's time for you to write that book.

 
At 1:02 PM, Anonymous MilesB said...

Sorry but while I'm not married, I do know an old, stupide Euripedes joke:

Euripides tears his pants and takes them to a tailor to be fixed. The tailor sees him and says "Euripedes" and he answers "Eumenides?"

 
At 1:07 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Miles, thanks for giving me a mid-day belly laugh. That joke belongs on the vaudeville circuit. I loved it. Even more, I love how you keep reading all this and occasionally adding wonderfully to the conversation. Thanks, pal. We're overdue for the next in our continuing series of scintilating breakfast conversations, no?

 
At 1:10 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

And by the way, Lou, that goes ditto for you. Hell, maybe we should turn it into a three-way mind meld, although my tradition with Lou is lunch and with Miles it's breakfast. Brunch, anyone?

 

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