[PW] Request Forbes database lookup for Einstein attributed quip about marriage

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com
Sun Jan 15 10:23:57 PST 2017


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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