Selected Quotes about Marriage

We only regard those unions as real examples of love and real marriages in which a fixed and unalterable decision has been taken. If men or women contemplate an escape, they do not collect all their powers for the task. In none of the serious and important tasks of life do we arrange such a "getaway." We cannot love and be limited. -- Alfred Adler

My toughest fight was with my first wife. -- Muhammad Ali

I tended to place my wife under a pedestal. -- Woody Allen

Marriage is that relation between man and woman in which the independence is equal, the dependence mutual, and the obligation reciprocal. -- Louis K. Anspacher

The right to marry whoever one wishes is an elementary human right compared to which "the right to attend an integrated school, the right to sit where one pleases on a bus, the right to go into any hotel or recreation area or place of amusement, regardless of one's skin or color or race" are minor indeed. Even political rights, like the right to vote, and nearly all other rights enumerated in the Constitution, are secondary to the inalienable human rights to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence; and to this category the right to home and marriage unquestionably belongs. -- Hannah Arendt

Like everything which is not the involuntary result of fleeting emotion but the creation of time and will, any marriage, happy or unhappy, is infinitely more interesting than any romance, however passionate. -- W. H. Auden

I pay very little regard ... to what any young person says on the subject of marriage. If they profess a disinclination for it, I only set it down that they have not yet seen the right person. -- Jane Austen

He that hath a wife and children hath given hostages to fortune. -- Francis Bacon

Marriage is our last, best chance to grow up. -- Joseph Barth

The curse which lies upon marriage is that too often the individuals are joined in their weakness rather than in their strength -- each asking from the other instead of finding pleasure in giving. -- Simone de Beauvoir

I used to believe that marriage would diminish me, reduce my options. That you had to be someone less to live with someone else when, of course, you have to be someone more. -- Candice Bergen

All weddings are similar, but every marriage is different. -- John Berger

A good wife always forgives her husband when she's wrong. -- Milton Berle

Love: a temporary insanity, curable by marriage. -- Ambrose Bierce

If there was strife and contention in the home, very little else in life could compensate for it. -- Lawana Blackwell

Love at first sight is easy to understand; it's when two people have been looking at each other for a lifetime that it becomes a miracle. -- Amy Bloom

Marriage is not just spiritual communion, it is also remembering to take out the trash. -- Joyce Brothers

My husband and I have never considered divorce... murder sometimes, but never divorce. -- Joyce Brothers

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

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

An archaeologist is the best husband any woman can have: the older she gets, the more interested he is in her. -- Agatha Christie

The most happy marriage I can imagine to myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman. -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Courtship to marriage, as a very witty prologue to a very dull play. -- William Congreve

For two people in a marriage to live together day after day is unquestionably the one miracle the Vatican has overlooked. -- Bill Cosby

My wife and I lived all alone, contention was our only bone. I fought with her, she fought with me, and things went on right merrily. But now I live here by myself with hardly a damn thing on the shelf, and pass my days with little cheer since I have parted from my dear. -- Robert Creeley

There are two dilemmas that rattle the human skull: How do you hang on to someone who won't stay? And how do you get rid of someone who won't go? -- Danny DeVito

The goal in marriage is not to think alike, but to think together. -- Robert C. Dodds

There's only one way to have a happy marriage and as soon as I learn what it is I'll get married again. -- Clint Eastwood

Is not marriage an open question, when it is alleged, from the beginning of the world, that such as are in the institution wish to get out, and such as are out wish to get in? -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Man's best possession is a sympathetic wife. -- Euripides

Never say that marriage has more of joy than pain. -- Euripides

We were happily married for eight months. Unfortunately, we were married for four and a half years. -- Nick Faldo

When I say we've had an ideal marriage, I'm not just talking about physical attraction, which I can imagine can wear pretty thin if it's all a couple has built on. We've had that and a whole lot more. -- Betty Ford

If divorce has increased by one thousand percent, don't blame the women's movement. Blame the obsolete sex roles on which our marriages were based. -- Betty Friedan

I know nothing about sex because I was always married. -- Zsa Zsa Gabor

I first learned the concepts of non-violence in my marriage. -- Mohandas K. Gandhi

Happiness just wasn't part of the job description back then. You tried to find a helpmate to keep the cold wind and dogs at bay. Happiness just wasn't part of the equation. Survival was. -- Robin Green

If you want to sacrifice the admiration of many men for the criticism of one, go ahead, get married. -- Katharine Hepburn

The conception of two people living together for twenty-five years without having a cross word suggests a lack of spirit only to be admired in sheep. -- Alan Patrick Herbert

There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends. -- Homer

There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends. -- Homer

There is no observation more frequently made by such as employ themselves in surveying the conduct of mankind, than that marriage, though the dictate of nature, and the institution of Providence, is yet very often the cause of misery, and that those who enter into that state can seldom forbear to express their repentance, and their envy of those whom either chance or caution hath withheld from it. -- Samuel Johnson

Such is the common process of marriage. A youth and maiden exchange meeting by chance, or brought together by artifice, exchange glances, reciprocate civilities, go home, and dream of one another. Having little to divert attention, or diversify thought, they find themselves uneasy when they are apart, and therefore conclude that they shall be happy together. They marry, and discover what nothing but voluntary blindness had before concealed; they wear out life in altercations, and charge nature with cruelty. -- Samuel Johnson

Marriage is the triumph of hope over experience. -- Samuel Johnson

All married couples should learn the art of battle as they should learn the art of making love. Good battle is objective and honest - never vicious or cruel. Good battle is healthy and constructive, and brings to a marriage the principle of equal partnership. -- Ann Landers

All married couples should learn the art of battle as they should learn the art of making love. Good battle is objective and honest--never vicious or cruel. Good battle is healthy and constructive, and brings to a marriage the principle of equal partnership. -- Ann Landers

I have come to the conclusion never again to think of marrying, and for this reason, I can never be satisfied with anyone who would be blockhead enough to have me. -- Abraham Lincoln

A simple enough pleasure, surely, to have breakfast alone with one's husband, but how seldom married people in the midst of life achieve it. -- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Any one must see at a glance that if men and women marry those whom they do not love, they must love those whom they do not marry. -- Harriet Martineau

Some people claim that marriage interferes with romance. There's no doubt about it. Anytime you have a romance, your wife is bound to interfere. -- Groucho Marx

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

What you are as a single person, you will be as a married person, only to a greater degree. Any negative character trait will be intensified in a marriage relationship, because you will feel free to let your guard down -- that person has committed himself to you and you no longer have to worry about scaring him off. -- Josh McDowell

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. -- Mignon McLaughlin

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. -- Mignon McLaughlin

A great marriage is not when the 'perfect couple' comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences. -- Dave Meurer

Happy marriages begin when we marry the ones we love, and they blossom when we love the ones we marry. -- Tom Mullen

Marriage is the alliance of two people, one of whom never remembers birthdays and the other who never forgets. -- Ogden Nash

A little incompatibility is the spice of life, as long as he has income and she is pattable. -- Ogden Nash

A good marriage is at least 80 percent good luck in finding the right person at the right time. The rest is trust. -- Nanette Newman

It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. -- Friedrich Nietzsche

Intimacy is what makes a marriage, not a ceremony, not a piece of paper from the state. -- Kathleen Norris

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

Oh, it is sure as it is sad That any lad is every lad, And what's a girl, to dare implore Her dear be hers forevermore? Though he be tried and he be bold, And swearing death should he be cold, He'll run the path the others went.... But you, my sweet, are different. -- Dorothy Parker

Never marry but for love; but see that thou lovest what is lovely. -- William Penn

I never wanted to get married. The last thing I wanted was infinite security and to be the place an arrow shoots off from. I wanted change and excitement and to shoot off in all directions myself, like the colored arrows from a Fourth of July rocket. -- Sylvia Plath

Remember, that if thou marry for beauty, thou bindest thyself all thy life for that which perchance will neither last nor please thee one year; and when thou hast it, it will be to thee of no price at all; for the desire dieth when it is attained, and the affection perisheth when it is satisfied. -- Sir Walter Raleigh

A good marriage is that in which each appoints the other guardian of his solitude. -- Rainer Maria Rilke

I'm not a real movie star. I've still got the same wife I started out with twenty-eight years ago. -- Will Rogers

Always get married early in the morning. That way, if it doesn't work out, you haven't wasted a whole day. -- Mickey Rooney

One man's folly is another man's wife. -- Helen Rowland

Never trust a husband too far, nor a bachelor too near. -- Helen Rowland

I love being married. It's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life. -- Rita Rudner

In Hollywood a marriage is a success if it outlasts milk. -- Rita Rudner

When I meet a man I ask myself, 'Is this the man I want my children to spend their weekends with?' -- Rita Rudner

I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. They've experienced pain and bought jewelry. -- Rita Rudner

All marriages are mixed marriages. -- Chantal Saperstein

Marriage. It's like a cultural hand-rail. It links folks to the past and guides them to the future. -- Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider

My true-love hath my heart, and I have his, By just exchange, one for the other given: I hold his dear, and mine he cannot miss, There never was a better bargain driven. -- Sir Philip Sidney

Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years. That is what makes a marriage last --more than passion or even sex! -- Simone Signoret

My advice to you is to get married. If you find a good wife, you'll be happy; if not, you'll become a philosopher. -- Socrates

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

The friendship between a man and a woman which does not lead to marriage or desire for marriage may be a life long experience of the greatest value to themselves and to all their circle of acquaintance and of activity; but for this type of friendship both a rare man and a rare woman are needed. Perhaps it should be added that either the man or the woman thus deeply bound in lifelong friendship who seeks marriage must find a still rarer man or woman to wed, to make such a three cornered comradeship a permanent success. -- Anna Garlin Spencer

Getting a dog is like getting married. It teaches you to be less self-centered, to accept sudden, surprising outbursts of affection, and not to be upset by a few scratches on your car. -- Will Stanton

A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it. -- John Steinbeck

I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career. -- Gloria Steinem

Nearly all marriages, even happy ones, are mistakes: in the sense that almost certainly (in a more perfect world, or even with a little more care in this very imperfect one) both partners might be found more suitable mates. But the real soul-mate is the one you are actually married to. -- J. R. R. Tolkien

That is what marriage really means: helping one another to reach the full status of being persons, responsible and autonomous beings who do not run away from life. -- Paul Tournier

After all these years, I see that I was mistaken about Eve in the beginning; it is better to live outside the Garden with her than inside it without her. -- Mark Twain

Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century. -- Mark Twain

Marriage is the only adventure open to the cowardly. -- Voltaire

Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution yet. -- Mae West

I wonder, among all the tangles of this mortal coil, which one contains tighter knots to undo, and consequently suggests more tugging, and pain, and diversified elements of misery, than the marriage tie. -- Edith Wharton

It is well within the order of things That man should listen when his mate sings; But the true male never yet walked Who liked to listen when his mate talked. -- Anna Wickham

Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. -- Oscar Wilde

Nearly all marriages, even happy ones, are mistakes: in the sense that almost certainly -- in a more perfect world

The secret of a happy marriage remains a secret. -- Henny Youngman

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