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Single Idea 20252

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / A. Value / 2. Values / c. Love]

Full Idea

Lovers' vows ought to be publicly declared invalid and marriage denied the pair: and indeed precisely because one ought to take marriage unspeakably more seriously!

Gist of Idea

Marriage is too serious to be permitted for people in love!

Source

Friedrich Nietzsche (Dawn (Daybreak) [1881], 151)

A Reaction

Sounds like the traditional aristocratic attitude to marriage, so the idea suits Nietzsche. I think that nowadays it is much wiser to be base proposal of marriage on friendship than on love. You are choosing a life-long friend, not someone to adore.

Book Reference

Nietzsche,Friedrich: 'Dawn (Daybreak)', ed/tr. Smith, Brittain [Stanford 2011], p.116