[Ads-l] Request Forbes database lookup for Einstein attributed quip about marriage

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jan 17 09:28:36 EST 2017

Follow-up: A wonderful 1932 citation was identified by S. M. Colowick.
An entry is now available on the Quote Investigator website

Men Marry Women with the Hope They Will Never Change. Women Marry Men
with the Hope They Will Change


On Sun, Jan 15, 2017 at 1:20 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> A psychology professor asked me to investigate a quotation about
> marriage implausibly attributed to Albert Einstein. An interesting
> instance appeared in Forbes magazine. The quotation may have been a
> joke crafted by the comedian Mort Sahl. I am hoping that some reader
> of this message has access to the EBSCO database called: Forbes
> Digital Archive: 1917 to 2000. Here is the match data. The goal, as
> always, is to obtain a complete and accurate citation.
> Year: 1982
> Periodical: Forbes
> Volume 129
> Article: America's Preeminent Satirist - Mort Sahl (visible in snippet)
> Quote Page 21
> Database: Google Books Snippet (must be verified with hard copy or scans)
> [Begin excerpt]
> Some samples from that evening's Sahl sorties: "Einstein said that
> women marry men hoping they will change. Men marry women hoping they
> will not. So each is inevitably disappointed. The Pope has said, if
> you look at a woman licentiously, including your wife, it is a sin. As
> well as a miracle."
> [End excerpt]
> Alice Calaprice's "The Ultimate Quotable Einstein" placed the joke
> into the "Probably Not By Einstein" section (without a citation).
> The widely-syndicated column "Dear Abby" printed the joke in September 1982.
> [ref] 1982 September 30, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Dear Abby:
> December-May marriage comes up roses by Abigail Van Buren (Pauline
> Phillips), (Reply to "Lucky Us" by Abigail Van Buren), Quote Page 6F,
> Column 3, Cleveland, Ohio. (GenealogyBank)[/ref]
> [Begin excerpt]
> Albert Einstein reportedly said, "Women marry men hoping they will
> change, and men marry women hoping they will not. So each is
> inevitably disappointed."
> [End excerpt]
> Antedatings and other pertinent citations welcome
> Garson

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