"I am of the opinion that "marriage" as such does not deserve as much emphasis as it has accrued because of the conventional development of its nature. No one would dream of expecting a single individual to be "happy" --once someone is married, however, everyone is very astonished when he is not happy! (Meanwhile it actually isn't all that important to be happy, neither as an individual nor as a married person.) In some regards, marriage simplifies the conditions of life, and such a union surely augments the strengths and determinations of two young people so that they jointly seem to reach further into the future than before. Only these are sensations by which one cannot live. Above all marriage is a new task and a new seriousness--a new challenge and a question regarding the strength and kindness of each participant and a new great danger for both."
-Rainer Maria Rilke