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Jenkin Lloyd Jones

"There seems to be a superstition among many thousands of our young who hold hands and smooch in the drive-ins that marriage is a cottage surrounded by perpetual hollyhocks, to which a perpetually young and handsome husband comes home to a perpetually young and ravishing wife. When the hollyhocks wither and boredom and bills appear, the divorce courts are jammed.

"Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he's been robbed.  The fact is that most putts don't drop.  Most beef is tough.  Most children grow up to be just ordinary people.  Most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration.  Most jobs are more often dull than otherwise....

"Life is like an old-time rail journey -- delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed.  The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride."

(Quoted by Elder Gordon B. Hinckley, BYU, Sept. 25, 1973)