Quotation by Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield, 4th Earl

If a marriage is going to work well, it must be on a solid footing, namely money, and of that commodity it is the girl with the smallest dowry who, to my knowledge, consumes the most, to infuriate her husband. All the same, it is only fair that the marriage should pay for past pleasures, since it will scarcely procure any in the future.
Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694–1773), British statesman, man of letters. Letter, June 23, 1732, The French Correspondence of the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, vol. I, p. 159, ed. Rex A. Barrell, trans. James Gray, Ottawa, Borealis Press (1980).
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