Celebrity marriages don’t always work out so well. So celebrity marriage advice is always a little suspect. But it can be so much fun!
For us ‘little people,’ there are still some nuggets of wisdom worth considering from these larger than life figures. Or at the very least, we’ll get a good laugh.
The notorious actress and sex symbol, Mae West, offered profound advice to future wives:
“Don’t marry a man to reform him – that’s what reform schools are for.”
Comedienne Phyllis Diller’s advice was totally practical:
“Whatever you may look like, marry a man your own age – as your beauty fades, so will his eyesight.”
The 18th century German satirist, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, provides ‘snarky’ advice, to use a 21st century word:
“Love is blind, but marriage restores its sight.”
Which leads us to Marilyn Monroe’s advice posted above:
“I’m selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes. I’m out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”
Everyone is flawed. Everyone is going to have their moments with their spouse. That’s when love actually flourishes, for love isn’t a just feeling. If it were merely a feeling, it could never last.
Love is choice.
It’s a choice to mend fences, even when the love of your life is difficult to handle and you don’t feel like mending fences.
When you hit a rough patch in your relationship like everyone else in recorded history has, you might take some advice from the wisest man who ever lived, according to the Old Testament of the Bible, King Solomon. Writing in the The Book of Proverbs, his advice still resonates three thousand years later:
“He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.”
“He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.”
“Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”
In other words, guard your relationship by controlling your tongue! Now that’s a celebrity worth listening to!
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