I worry about people who say this, as we all know that they did exist - unless we grew up in almost complete isolation. I think it's a statement of bitterness due to the lack of success in this area. It reminds me of a mother advising her adult son to "forget about all that romantic rubbish. Just get married." I could tell very easily that she didn't get along with her own husband, and there were things like the two watching TV in separate rooms...it depressed me, but at the same time it made me appreciate why she would say such a thing. She stopped believing in romance because she can't get romance from her husband. Very sad, but this sort of thing happens. I was still surprised that that was her advice for her own son tho..Is there such a thing as a successful marriage?