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Marriage Quotations


Being Married

Our partner is essential to the discovery of our own calling, and in a curious way shows us what we want, or more exactly, shows us what is wanted of us from within ourselves and our world.
- Thomas Moore

Oh! Surely marriage is a great and sacred responsibility. It is a bark in which two souls venture out on life's stormy sea, with no aid but their own to help them.
- James Hamilton

For you wake one day,
Look around and say
Somebody wonderful
Married me.
- Fred Ebb

Two pure souls fused into one by an impassioned love--friends, counselors--a mutual support and inspiration to each other amid life's struggles, must know the highest human happiness;--this is marriage; and this is the only cornerstone of an enduring home.

- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and the way they express their love.
- Pearl S. Buck

The real marriage of true minds is for any two people to possess a sense of humour or irony pitched in exactly the same key, so that their joint glances at any subject cross like interarching searchlights.
- Edith Wharton

The man who has entered into a beautiful union is sure of at least one person to whom he can give the best that he possesses.
- Georges Duhamel

Love is what you've been through with somebody.
- James Thurber

A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day.
- Andre Maurois

In a successful marriage, there is no such thing as one's way. There is only the way of both, only the bumpy, dusty, difficult, but always mutual path.
- Phyllis McGinley

One year of joy another of comfort and all the rest of content. A marriage wish.
- English Proverb

A contract of eternal bond of love,
Confirm'd by mutual joinder of your hands,
Arrested by the holy close of lips,
Strength'ned by the interchangement of your rings,
And all the ceremony of this compact
Seal'd in my function, by my testimony.
- William Shakespeare

A marriage based on mutual esteem, built up by lasting affection, and crowned with Heaven's blessing, is the fair remnant left us on earth of the institutions of Paradise.
- S. Walker

Two persons who love each other are in a place more holy than the interior of a church.
- William Lyon Phelps

Marriage is the beginning and pinnacle of civilization.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Marital Advice

Hasty marriage seldom proveth well.
- William Shakespeare

To continue to love in marriage is a science.
- Madam Reybaud

Marriages are not as they are made, but as they turn out.
- Italian Proverb

Let husband and wife neglect the whole world besides, rather than one another.
- Maxim

Marriage is not, like the hill of Olympus, wholly clear without clouds.
- Thomas Fuller

Marriage like government is a series of compromises. One must give and take, repair and restrain, endure and be patient.
- Samuel Smiles

Marriage is not just spiritual communion and passionate embraces; marriage is also three meals a day, sharing the workload and remembering to carry out the trash.
- Dr. Joyce Brothers

Marriage the happiest bond of love might be, If hands were only joined when hearts agree.
- George Granville

In marriage never taunt with a past mistake.
- Maxim

The married should not forget that to speak of love begets love.
- Blaise Pascal

Let us no more contend, nor blame each other, blamed enough elsewhere, but strive, In offices of love, how we may lighten each other's burden.
- John Milton

Where there's marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.
- Benjamin Franklin

Choose your wife as you wish your children to be.
- Gaelic Proverb

I chose my wife as she did her wedding-gown, not for a fine glossy surface, but for such qualities as would wear well.
- Oliver Goldsmith

Marry above thy match and you will get a master.
- Benjamin Franklin

If you would marry suitably, marry your equal.
- Ovid

The happiness of married life depends upon making small sacrifices with readiness and cheerfulness.
- Selden

Marriages are best made of dissimilar material.
- Theodore Parker

Funny Observations

If they lost the incredible conviction that they can change their wives or husbands, marriage would collapse at once.
- Logan Pearsall Smith

How to be Happy Though Married.
- Reverend E.J. Hardy, actual book title, first published 1886

Before mariage, a man will lie awake thinking about something you said; after marriage he'll fall asleep before you finish saying it.
- Helen Rowland

By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you'll become happy; if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.
- Socrates




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