“A man does not recover from such devotion of the heart to such a woman! He ought not; he does not.”
Jane Austen, from Persuasion
It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage.
I pay very little regard…to what any young person says on the subject of marriage. If they profess a disinclination for it, I only set it down that they have not yet seen the right person.
Jane Austen, from Mansfield Park
Nearly all marriages, even happy ones, are mistakes: in the sense that almost certainly (in a more perfect world, or even with a little more care in this very imperfect one) both partners might be found more suitable mates. But the real soul-mate is the one you are actually married to. J. R. R. Tolkien