better to marry than to burn

With allusion to I CORINTHIANS vii. 8–9 (AV) I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I. But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.

1911 G. B. SHAW Getting Married 116 St Paul’s reluctant sanction of marriage;..his contemptuous ‘better to marry than to burn’ is only out of date in respect of his belief that the end of the world was at hand and that there was therefore no longer any population question.

1973 J. PORTER Murder with Dover 58 ‘You didn’t approve?’ Miss Marsh pursed her lips. ‘We are told it is better to marry than to burn,’ she said. ‘And he could have done worse, I suppose.’

2000 Washington Times 15 Nov. E12 (Herb & Jamaal comic strip) [T]hey say,..‘It is better to marry than to burn.’.. But I’ll tell ya, among the things they say, what I’m most curious about is..who are ‘they’?


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