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Infidelity

  • My best friend Linda is leaving her husband just because he is unfaithful to her. That is no reason to leave the person. I feel like after that, you should stay with them and make sure that the rest of their life is sheer hell.

    • Roseanne Barr,
    • in Geraldine Barr with Ted Schwarz, My Sister Roseanne ()
  • There is no killing the suspicion that deceit has once begotten.

  • I say I don't sleep with married men, but what I mean is that I don't sleep with happily married men.

  • ... for that is what adultery is, a meanness and a stealing, a taking away from someone what should be theirs, a great selfishness, and surrounded and guarded by lies lest it should be found out. And out of this meanness and this selfishness and this lying flow love and joy and peace, beyond anything that can be imagined.

  • Why marry a woman if you're going to betray her, and if you're going to betray her, why beat her? The fault is not hers ... I sometimes think the worst we do, we do behind closed doors.

  • Infidelity is such a pretty word, so light and delicate. Whereas the act itself is dark and thick with guilt, betrayal, confusion, pain, and (okay) sometimes enormous pleasure.

  • In any triangle, who is the betrayer, who the unseen rival, and who the humiliated lover? Oneself, oneself, and no one but oneself!

  • ... 'tis my Opinion, ev'ry Man cheats in his Way — And he is only honest who is not discover'd.

  • ... some Men are of that Humour, as they hate Honest, Chast Women, not onely out of a Despair of their Enjoyments, but that they love the Company and Conversation of Wanton and Free Women, insomuch that a Courtesan shall have a greater and stronger Power to Cause and Perswade Men to do Actions not onely to the ruin of their Estates and Families, but to the Ruin of their Honour and Reputation, nay, to make them Unnatural, Extravagant or Base, than an Honest Chast Wife hath to Perswade her Husband to keep his Estate, Honour, or Honesty ...

  • The wages of sin is alimony.

  • I will not allow it to be more man's nature than woman's to be inconstant ...

  • Physical infidelity is the signal, the notice given, that all the fidelities are undermined.

  • I cannot bear that you / Should think me faithful, when I am untrue.

  • It's in our genes, we were built to wander.

  • ... not observation of a duty but liberty itself is the pledge that assures fidelity.

    • Ellen Key,
    • title essay, The Morality of Women ()
  • [Pulling off the woman sitting on John Huston's lap:] Listen, you, I'm his wife, and that's his mistress over there, and you are one too many.

  • She suspected him of infidelity, with and without reason, morning, noon, and night ...

  • I did not say I ever had any children; I said I had maintained them ... never did I take one of those tender infants in my arms, that the forehead of my Valet, the squint-eye of my Apothecary, or the double-chin of my Chaplain, did not stare me in the face, and damp all the fine feelings of the parent, which I had just called up.

  • This book is dedicated to all those men who betrayed me at one time or another, in hopes they will fall off their motorcycles and break their necks.

    • Diane Wakoski,
    • introduction, The Motorcycle Betrayal Poems ()
  • When something like this happens, you suddenly have no sense of reality at all. You have lost a piece of your past. The infidelity itself is small potatoes compared to the low-level brain damage that results when a whole chunk of your life turns out to have been completely different from what you thought it was. It becomes impossible to look back at anything that's happened ... without wondering what was really going on.

  • I was growing tired of all the fussing and prevaricating, of the stolen hours and the secret rendez-vous; of the small indignities and broad discomfort that are part and parcel of adultery.

  • People who are so dreadfully 'devoted' to their wives are so apt, from mere habit, to get devoted to other people's wives as well!

    • Jane Welsh Carlyle,
    • letter (1838), in James Anthony Froude, ed., Letters and Memorials of Jane Welsh Carlyle, vol. 1 ()
  • I have always sworn to my lovers to love them eternally, but for me eternity is a quarter of an hour.

  • One may forgive infidelity, but one does not forget it.

  • Each husband gets the infidelity he deserves.

  • ... there are different kinds of infidelity, but betrayal is betrayal wherever you find it. By betrayal, I mean promising to be on your side, then being on somebody else's.

  • ... with some people there is such a thing as the habit of betrayal ...

  • [When asked if she'd ever committed adultery:] No. But then most congresswomen don't have twenty-five-year-old lifeguards throwing themselves at their feet around this place.

  • What do they call it when a woman is cuckolded? Or doesn't that matter enough to have its own word?

  • There are problems connected with infidelity and problems connected with being faithful at any cost, and I am for letting those concerned choose the problems they'd prefer. There need not be one rule for all. Infidelity is enlarging and fragmenting and very very dangerous, but it has been known to retrieve people as well as marriages, so it can't be only bad.

  • My faithfulness is but fidelity / Since I am never faithful, but to you.

    • Laurence Hope,
    • "To Aziz: Song of Mahomed Akram," Stars of the Desert ()
  • When he is late for dinner and I know he must be / either having an affair or lying dead in the / middle of the street, / I always hope he's dead.

    • Judith Viorst,
    • "True Love," It's Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty and Other Tragedies of Married Life ()
  • ... his infidelities gave me more horns than a basketful of snails.

  • [In China at that time:] The penalty for adultery is death by strangulation. Mai-da's mother has added the following note to this section; 'Adultery is a feminine vice. Copulation on the man's part is not his wife's concern, unless he sires a child. Then she must accept the child as one of his homestead.'

  • Go sow your wild oats / And reap as you will; / I hoe in one furrow / And heap all my fill.

    • Eve Merriam,
    • "Monogamania," The Double Bed, From the Feminine Side ()
  • No adultery is bloodless.

  • It is better to be unfaithful than faithful without wanting to be.

  • If you are so inclined, a part-time lover is not hard to find. / To the slight impediment of marriage / no one pays much mind.

    • Eve Merriam,
    • "The Deceiving Wife," The Double Bed ()
  • Adultery is extravagance.

  • How desperately we wish to maintain our trust in those we love! In the face of everything, we try to find reasons to trust. Because losing faith is worse than falling out of love.