My Favorite Quotes From… The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

(via Goodreads)

Originally Published on July 25, 2017

“Her lips are dark red, and I wonder if she did this for me. I hope so.”

“Anything she starts, she wants to complete. Anything she completes, she wants to winwhether it’s good for her or not.”

“Over the years, anxiety, stress, and insecurity reveal themselves on a person’s face. Like a bend in a river, the stress or anxiety can wear on the face in tiny increments, until a slight pattern becomes noticeable to the naked eye.”

“When a woman is content in her marriage, her husband is much happier; a man’s level of satisfaction within the marriage, however, appears to have no bearing on his wife’s happiness.”

“That’s the thing about Silicon Valley. Give anyone a couple of decades there, and the rough edges and distinguishing characteristics of their native states give way to a telltale Northern California glow.”

“For all their eye rolling and disdain, teenagers actually depend on adults having more life experience than they do, more wisdom. That’s why it shatters their world when adults don’t behave well, when they let their flaws and mistakes hang out like dirty laundry.”

“After all, showing up ten minutes late to a meeting in Northern California is like showing up ten minutes early for a meeting anywhere else.”

“It occurred to me that I knew this woman, really knew her, better than anyone else ever had, and probably better than I knew myself.”

“In my work over the years, I’ve found that people often react less to what you say than to how you say it. Everyone expects good and bad news– that is the contract of life, after all. The good and the bad are unavoidable, and at some point they strike us all. The news is the news. But the delivery of the news, the gestures, the words, the empathy and understanding– that’s the gray area where the messenger has the power to make things a little easier or a lot more difficult.”

“Humans, like all animals, have an incredible ability to adapt. Survival requires it.”

“In my teens, everything was new and vibrant and mysterious, and I found myself constantly surprised. And then I reached the age where surprises became more rare.”

“Optimistic people are happier than pessimistic or cynical people– dumb but true, even if sometimes you’re only faking it.”

“Sometimes I need complicated, I need complex. It’s interesting. It challenges me. Easy rarely achieves anything grand, and sometimes I want something grand.”

“I take her hand in mind. Her fingers are cold, so different, from her usual warmth, and it makes me think of how her hands might feel when she’s old. And I know that I want to be with her then. I want to know what her voice sounds like when she’s eighty. I want to know how she looks when her dimples turn to wrinkles, or how she smells when she’s sick, or the look in her eyes when she can’t remember the name of someone she’s always known. I want all of it.

“Our ears often hear what they expect, rather than what is said.”

The guilty always find a way of rationalizing their behavior, making it sound as though they’ve done you a favor.”

“Like atoms, the fact of couples coming together is based more upon timing and circumstance than magic.”

“I want to be that person who embodies the ideal of doing something good, rather than doing nothing at all. But good and evil are complicated, aren’t they? And doing something, anything, is so much more difficult than doing nothing at all.”

Synopsis: “Newlyweds Alice and Jake are a picture-perfect couple. Alice, once a singer in a well-known rock band, is now a successful lawyer. Jake is a partner in an up-and-coming psychology practice. Their life together holds endless possibilities. After receiving an enticing wedding gift from one of Alice’s prominent clients, they decide to join an exclusive and mysterious group known only as The Pact.

The goal of The Pact seems simple: to keep marriages happy and intact, and most of its rules make sense: Always answer the phone when your spouse calls. Exchange thoughtful gifts monthly. Plan a trip together once per quarter. . . .

Never mention The Pact to anyone.

Alice and Jake are initially seduced by the glamorous parties, the sense of community, their widening social circle of like-minded couples–and then one of them breaks the rules. The young lovers are about to discover that for adherents to The Pact, membership, like marriage, is for life, and The Pact will go to any lengths to enforce that rule. For Jake and Alice, the marriage of their dreams is about to become their worst nightmare.” (via Goodreads)

Genre: Thriller, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense

My Rating: 4/5 stars

XO, Hunida

14 thoughts on “My Favorite Quotes From… The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

  1. “Our ears often hear what they expect, rather than what is said.”

    “Optimistic people are happier than pessimistic or cynical people– dumb but true, even if sometimes you’re only faking it.”

    these are my two fave 🙂

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  2. This book actually sounds fucking interesting, the so-called “pact” intrigued me. 🙂 I’ll be putting this in my list.
    And I liked some of the initial quotes about marriage, because they’re true. Happy wife = happy life lol.

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      1. I made sure to screenshot the book cover to remind myself. I need to write it down, I should probably make a read list on good reads like everyone else lol.
        And it’s sad but true, but then again, men are really simplistic beings. They’re not emotional nor do they think logically when it matters. I’ve had to explain to Alex more than once why I don’t want him racing or drifting my car. Lol. If it breaks down, he won’t have transportation and it will be expensive, etc etc. He’s told me many times “its funny how you think of things in advance, when in just like thinking of the now” lol. Like yeah that’s cool, live in present and all but also remember the consequences of your actions lol. I mean I kind of derailed there, but my original point was that men are simple and it doesn’t take much for them to be happy and satisfied. Women want to be listened to, comforted, and we’re emotional. They don’t get what it’s like being a woman lol. But essentially, we have more needs than they do if you think about it. I do feel sorry for men sometimes because I for one, can be too much, lol.


        1. You should make a read list on Goodreads so you never forget the books you want to read! And they’ll suggest you a ton of books that they think you’ll enjoy. 🙂 Yeah. I agree. Most men really are simplistic beings! I know I’m always too much, too!! I think all women are. 😉

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            1. You should! I also saw in your bucket list that you want to read 52 books this year & you can set that as your reading goal on GR & they’ll count your books for you and tell you if you need to hurry up too!

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