When Abraham Lincoln was just starting out in politics, one of his friends decided she would play matchmaker. For reasons of her own, she thought that her sister would make a perfect wife for Abe. Mr. Lincoln agreed to meet her with no idea of what she was like or how she looked. He also agreed with his matchmaking friend to marry her, sight unseen.
When he did finally meet her, he was mortified. Not only was she overweight, but she had no teeth and looked rather ugly.
Not knowing how to get out of the situation, Lincoln tried to think of ways to put off the wedding. He heartily wished he had never agreed to meet her. But, out of a sense of duty, he gathered his courage and proposed to her. To his shock and utter relief, the woman promptly turned him down. Imagine how grateful he must have felt at his narrow escape!
After this embarrassment, he remarked, “I've made a fool of myself. I have now come to the conclusion never again to think of marrying… For this reason: I can never be satisfied with anyone who would be block-head enough to have me."