Quote by Jodi Picoult
It's never fifty-fifty in a marriage. Someone falls in love first. Someone puts someone else up on a pedestal. Someone works hard to keep things rolling smoothly, someone else sails along for the ride. Someone who would do anything to keep it the way it was in the beginning.
This quote suggests that in a marriage or long-term relationship, there is often an imbalance in the intensity of love, effort, and commitment. It implies that one person usually falls in love before the other, idealizes their partner, and works harder to maintain the relationship. Meanwhile, the other person may be more passive, enjoying the benefits without reciprocating the same level of effort or passion. It highlights the complex dynamics of relationships and the potential challenges and differences in individuals' level of devotion.
Men do not know the natural infirmity of their mind: it does nothing but ferret and quest, and keeps incessantly whirling around, building up and becoming entangled in its own work, like silkworms, and is suffocated in it. A mouse in a pitch barrel...thinks it notices from a distance some sort of glimmer of imaginary light and truth; but while running toward it, it is crossed by so many difficulties and obstacles, and diverted by so many new quests, that it strays from the road, bewildered.