[Archive] Anyone good at literature?


Basically I’d need to find an author who has compared marriage to a journey or something like that.

My best friend is getting married on Sunday and as the bestman I need to say a few words so I am going to be making a few insider jokes.

This one is along the lines well xxx said marriage was like a journey, but don’t worry it’s only 500 meters. Refers to a time when we were drunk and going home from a bar, but that’s beside the point.;):cheers

Thommy H:

“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.”

John Steinbeck


Damn, that was fast, I knew this was the place to ask.

Grateful if there are more suggestions. That one was sort of the opposite I guess, but I could maybe work with it.

Thommy H:

No, it still works. Even if the words are reversed, the sentiment is the same. Just say, “John Steinbeck said marriage is like a journey…” It’s absolutely accurate, he just said it the other way around.


I must admit I was thinking of trying to pull something along those lines off. FWIW, not a soul listening will have any idea who Steinbeck was/is, though I can’t pretend I do either, but I at least have heard the name before.:smiley:

Of course it may work better in English than in Swedish. I came up with another great line which is impossible to translate the other way.

Thommy H:

He wrote “The Grapes of Wrath”, “East of Eden” and “Of Mice and Men”. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.


From what friends have said, two of those are the most depressing books they have ever read. Not read any myself, I tried to avoid anything given as a set book for GCSE English.


He wrote "The Grapes of Wrath", "East of Eden" and "Of Mice and Men". He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.

Thommy H
Ah, so no wonder it sounded familiar then.
I still maintain that my audience will have no idea who he was.

Maybe I need to stop slumming and spend more time on CDO.:P