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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!


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