Mark Twain: “A marriage makes of two fractional lives a whole”

Mark Twain with his family

A marriage makes of two fractional lives a whole;
It gives two purposeless lives a work,
And doubles the strength of each to perform it.
It gives to two questioning natures a reason for living
And something to live for.
It will give new gladness to the sunshine,
A new fragrance to the flowers, a new beauty to the earth
And a new mystery to life.

– Mark Twain

Note: Mark Twain wrote this letter to his wife, Olivia, a few months before they married.

Mark Twain: “A marriage makes of two fractional lives a whole” sources: The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, Connecticut.

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Click here to read another Mark Twain love letter to his wife.

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