Marriage: Old-Fashioned Advice from 98-year-old Pauline

Recently esquire.com published an extract from Dana Adam Shapiro’s You Can Be Right (Or You Can Be Married), which includes an interview with 98-year-old Pauline who, after a marriage (three to be exact- and an affair), has this to share:

1. “First of all, you have to be sexually compatible. That’s very important. If anyone tells you different, they’re nuts.”

2. “It’s very hard to spice things up after 10 years. if you haven’t got that feeling,

And he hasn’t got that feeling, get a divorce. it’s the only way. You’re better off alone. Because when you live with someone that doesn’t make you happy, it’s miserable. It’s worse than being alone.”

3. “You have to give all of yourself to make the other person happy. But you have to make it so that you each want to give that much.”

4. “You’ve got to have a lot of passion and you’ve got to have a lot of feeling. Without feeling, there’s nothing, it’s just an act – and that’s no good.”