Thursday, 24 March 2011

From the Spinster's mouth....

A true hollywood icon and most definitely NOT one of life's Spinsters, eight times married Dame Elizabeth Taylor sadly passed away this week. She cetainly had her fair share of weddings, honeymoons, in-laws and husbands. Equally though her fair share of heartache and pain as yet another marriage failed. But to her credit that didn't stop her from not giving up on love and happy ever after. Unlike another hollywood star, Greta Garbo, who failed to turn up to her wedding to John Gilbert in 1927....“You don't have to be married to have a good friend as your partner for life.”....  "There are some who want to get married and others who don't. I have never had an impulse to go to the altar. I am a difficult person to lead". Greta Garbo

 She never married, had no children and lived alone. 

Following on from this I thought it would be intrigiung to know the reasons, beliefs and thoughts from other well known Spinsters about their unmarried, childless status. Is it intentional or accidental, is it a burden or a benifit? Read  their thoughts below and see for your self:

"I don't think that because I'm not married it's made my life any less. That old maid myth is garbage."  
Diane Keaton

"It’s probably not just by chance that I’m alone. It would be very hard for a man to live with me, unless he’s terribly strong. And if he’s stronger than I, I’m the one who can’t live with him. … I’m neither smart nor stupid, but I don’t think I’m a run-of-the-mill person. I’ve been in business without being a businesswoman, I’ve loved without being a woman made only for love. The two men I’ve loved, I think, will remember me, on earth or in heaven, because men always remember a woman who caused them concern and uneasiness. I’ve done my best, in regard to people and to life, without precepts, but with a taste for justice."  
 Coco Chanel

"I'm just not the marrying kind"
Oprah Winfrey

“I go on looking. Some day my prince will come".
Susan Boyle

 "I think the big misconception in our society is that we're supposed to meet the one when we're 18 and we're supposed to get married to them and love them for the rest of our lives. Bulls**t."
...., "Who would want to be with the same person for 80 years? Why not break it up a little bit?"
...... "I think people get freaked out about getting married and spending 20 or 30 years sleeping with the same person, but if that's the case, don't do it."
"Have someone for five years and another person for another five years... Life is long and lucky and yes, love might last forever, but you don't always live with the person you love forever."
Cameron Diaz

“I very much believe in marriage. I hope to only be married once, which is why I’ve never been married. But I am a strong believer. My parents have been together for 40 years and are still very much in love so I think I have very high standards.”.....“If you’re a woman and you want to have children, you feel a little bit of pressure there.”
Winona Ryder

"Maybe it's a path I'll never go down. All I know is you can do worse than expect the unexpected," 
Kylie Minogue

"I am afraid of the word marriage. I'm afraid of making the commitment and failing because I never want to be divorced. I don't want divorce to enter my whole reality."
Naomi Campbell

“Anything is to be preferred or endured rather than marrying without affection,”
Jane Austen

"I have a moral, an active nature which requires satisfaction and that I would not find in his life. I could be satisfied to spend a life with him in combining our different powers to some great object. I could not satisfy this nature by spending a life with him in making society and arranging domestic things".
Florence Nightingale in her diary Florence Nightingale explained why she decided to turn down the offer of marriage to Richard Moncton Milnes. 

"If I follow the inclination of my nature, it is this: beggar-woman and single, far rather than queen and married."
Queen Elizabeth I

And finally Dame Elizabeth Taylor on her numerous marriages..

“My mother says I didn't open my eyes for eight days after I was born, but when I did, the first thing I saw was an engagement ring. I was hooked.”

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