Marriage Quotes

Most popular marriage quotes

Marriage is not a noun, it's a verb. It's not something you have, like a house or a car. It is not a piece of paper that proves you are husband and wife.
The best way to get a good spouse is to deserve a good spouse.

relationships

In marriage, you shouldn't look for someone with good looks and character. You look for someone with low expectations.

relationships

I can't mate in captivity.
Marriage is a covered dish.
— Swiss proverb

proverbs

Marriage is not a reform school.
Proposals make cowards of us all.
I married beneath me, all women do.

husband

Every woman should marry—and no man.

men and women

Look for a sweet person. Forget rich.
Marriage isn't a word—it's a sentence!
Marriage is socialism among two people.
Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight.
Let there be spaces in your togetherness.

relationships

Marriage has teeth, and him bite very hot.
— Jamaican proverb

proverbs

Men are nicer to the women they don't marry.

husband men and women wife

A good marriage shuts out a very great deal.
If you are afraid of loneliness, don't marry.
Marriage is our last, best chance to grow up.
A happy marriage is the world's best bargain.
In married life three is company and two none.
A man's best possession is a sympathetic wife.

wife

It takes a loose rein to keep a marriage tight.

relationships

Never marry for money. Ye'll borrow it cheaper.
— Scottish proverb

proverbs

Marriage is the only adventure open to the timid.
A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.

forgiveness

A man without a wife is like a vase without flowers.

proverbs

Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.
Successful marriage: The union of two good forgivers.

forgiveness

Matrimony is the only game of chance the clergy favor.
Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures.
The greatest of all arts is the art of living together.

relationships

Marriage is the only war where one sleeps with the enemy.
— Mexican proverb

proverbs

Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.

wife

Marriage is one long conversation, chequered by disputes.

conversation

Take it from me, marriage isn't a word - it's a sentence.
Well married, a man is winged—ill-married, he is shackled.
Marriage should be a duet—when one sings, the other claps.
In every house of marriage
there's room for an interpreter.
Marriage, in life, is like a duel in the midst of a battle.
Well-married, a man is winged; ill-matched, he is shackled.

proverbs

Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory.
To marry means to halve one's rights and double one's duties.
Remember, it's as easy to marry a rich woman as a poor woman.
There is no loneliness like the loneliness of a dead marriage.

loneliness

A man may be a fool and not know it, but not if he is married.

Fools

Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.
There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.

infidelity

Marriage is three parts love and seven parts forgiveness of sins.
A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband.
It's not beauty but fine qualities, my girl, that keeps a husband.
The goal in marriage is not to think alike, but to think together.
Marriage is a bribe to make a housekeeper think she's a householder.
A happy marriage is a long conversation that always seems too short.
Marriage is a great institution—but I'm not ready for an institution.
A man in love is incomplete until he has married. Then he's finished.

husband

In fact, women's total instinct for gambling is satisfied by marriage.

gambling

Courtship is to marriage, as a very witty prologue to a very dull play.

courtship

The best part of married life is the fights.  The rest is merely so-so.
Marriage is a feast where the grace is sometimes better than the dinner.
Our marriage works because we each carry clubs of equal weight and size.
One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry.
Marriage is like a warm bath.  Once you get used to it, it's not so hot.

funny

In married conversation, as in surgery, the knife must be used with care.

conversation

It destroys one's nerves to be amiable every day to the same human being.
A husband is what is left of the lover after the nerve has been extracted.

husband

Marriage is the perfection which love aimed at, ignorant of what it sought.
Whoever thinks marriage is a 50–50 proposition doesn't know the half of it.
Matrimony is a process by which a grocer acquired an account the florist had.

funny

One doesn't have to get anywhere in a marriage.  It's not a public conveyance.
One was never married, and that's his hell; another is, and that's his plague.
Marriage is a wonderful institution...but who wants to live in an institution?
The dread of loneliness is greater than the fear of bondage, so we get married.

loneliness solitude

There is more of good nature than of good sense at the bottom of most marriages.
In marriage, being the right person is as important as finding the right person.
The deep, deep peace of the double bed after the hurly-burly of the chaise-longue.
The world has grown suspicious of anything that looks like a happily married life.
Marriage is like vitamins: we supplement each other 's minimum daily requirements.
A marriage without conflicts is almost as inconceivable as a nation without crises.

conflict

Marriage must constantly fight against a monster which devours everything: routine.
Every marriage is a battle between two families struggling to reproduce themselves.
The chains of marriage are so heavy that it takes two to bear them, sometimes three.
Marriage is like a bank account.  You put it in, you take it out, you lose interest.
Of earthly goods, the best is a good wife; A bad, the bitterest curse of human life.

wife

Habit is the chloroform of love. Habit is the cement that unites long-wedded couples.

habit

The great majority of severe neuroses in women have their origin in the marriage bed.

psychiatrist psychology women

Marriage must incessantly contend with a monster that devours everything: familiarity.
I never knew what real happiness was until I got married. And by then it was too late.

cynical funny

Living together is an art. It's a patient art, it's a beautiful art, it's fascinating.

relationships

Brought up to respect the conventions, love had to end in marriage. I'm afraid it did.
A man cannot marry before he has studied anatomy and has dissected at least one woman.
How marriage ruins a man! It is as demoralizing as cigarettes, and far more expensive.
A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.

love

Remember, the only difference between 'marital' and 'martial' is where you put the 'i.'
Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.

caring parenting

I find to my astonishment that an unhappy marriage goes on being unhappy when it is over.

divorce

A sound marriage is not based on complete frankness; it is based on a sensible reticence.

relationships

Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious; both are disappointed.
Marriage is like putting your hand into a bag of snakes in the hope of pulling out an eel.
The value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults.

Adulthood

Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes. There's too much fraternizing with the enemy.

men and women relationships

Wedlock - The deep, deep peace of the double bed after the hurly-burly of the chaise-longue.
Unable to suppress love, the Church wanted at least to disinfect it, and it created marriage.

church

The great thing about marriage is that it enables one to be alone without feeling loneliness.
We would have broken up except for the children. Who were the children? Well, she and I were.
Ultimately, the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or friendship, is conversation.

conversation friendship

Marrying for love may be a bit risky, but it is so honest that God can't help but smile on it.

love

The only real argument for marriage is that it remains the best method for getting acquainted.
The happiest mortals on earth are ladies who have been bereaved by the loss of their husbands.

cynical

Basically my wife was immature. I'd be at home in the bath and she'd come in and sink my boats.

funny

There is a rhythm to the ending of a marriage just like the rhythm of a courtship—only backward.

divorce

Married life teaches one invaluable lesson: to think of things far enough ahead not to say them.

funny holding your tongue

I can't contradict what so oft has been said.
"Though women are angels, yet wedlock's the devil."
Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity.
Love is more pleasant than marriage for the same reason that novels are more amusing than history.

love

Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterward. Keep your eyes open before marriage.
More marriages might survive if the partners realized that sometimes the better comes after the worse.
Marriage is a good deal like a circus: there is not as much in it as is represented in the advertising.
There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.
Music played at weddings always reminds me of the music played for soldiers before they go into battle.

weddings

Marry, and with luck it may go well. But when marriage fails, then those who marry lie at home in hell.
The one charm about marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.
In Hollywood, all marriages are happy. It's trying to live together afterwards that causes the problems.
When two people marry they become in the eyes of the law one person, and that one person is the husband!

women's rights

All that a husband or wife really wants is to be pitied a little, praised a little, appreciated a little.

relationships

Whoever perpetrated the mathematical inaccuracy "two can live as cheaply as one" has a lot to answer for.

funny

Marriage defeats and humbles the man since it soon or late robs him of his greatest bulwark, viz., vanity.

vanity

As to marriage or celibacy, let a man take which course he will, says Socrates, he will be sure to repent.
When I was young, if a girl married poverty, she became a drudge; if she married wealth, she became a doll.
Marriage may be compared to a cage: the birds outside frantic to get in and those inside frantic to get out.
It is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life.
Marriage is the operation by which a woman's vanity and a man's egotism are extracted without an anaesthetic.
Love as a relation between men and women was ruined by the desire to make sure of the legitimacy of children.

cynical love

Whenever a husband and a wife begin to discuss their marriage they are giving evidence at a coroner's inquest.
My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you'll be happy; if not, you'll become a philosopher.
What has the women's movement learned from Geraldine Ferraro's candidacy for vice president? Never get married.
Marriage always demands the greatest understanding of the art of insincerity possible between two human beings.
Love is an ideal thing; marriage is a real thing. A confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.
Marriage is like twirling a baton, turning handsprings or eating with chopsticks. It looks easy until you try it.
To marry a woman you love and who loves you is to lay a wager with her as to who will stop loving the other first.
Love-matches are made by people who are content, for a month of honey, to condemn themselves to a life of vinegar.
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
— Genesis 2:24

biblical

What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are but how you deal with incompatibility.
For the whole thing about matrimony is this: We fall in love with a personality, but we must live with a character.
Marriage is the alliance of two people, one of whom never remembers birthdays and the other who never forgets them.

funny

The fundamental error of their matrimonial union: that of having based a permanent contract on a temporary feeling .
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.
Marrying for money is probably a bad idea under any circumstances, but it is absolutely nuts if you are already rich.

money

Never marry at all, Dorian. Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious: both are disappointed.

men and women

Before marriage, a man will lie awake thinking about something you said; after marriage, he'll fall asleep before you.
The ideal is to look upon marriage as a sacrament and therefore to lead a life of self-restraint in the married state.
There is nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It is a thing no married man knows anything about.
A man who marries a woman to educate her falls victim to the same fallacy as the woman who marries a man to reform him.
One of the differences between marriage and prostitution is that in marriage you only have to make a deal with one man.
A happy home is one in which each spouse grants the possibility that the other may be right, though neither believes it.
Marriage is the only actual bondage known to our law.  There remain no legal slaves, except the mistress of every house.
By all means marry. If you get a good wife you will become happy — and if you get a bad one you will become a philosopher.
When a couple of young people strongly devoted to each other commence to eat onions, it is safe to pronounce them engaged.

courtship

The marriages we regard as the happiest are those in which each of the partners believes that he or she got the best of it.
The difference between courtship and marriage is the difference between the pictures in a seed catalogue and what comes up.

courtship

A man marries a woman hoping she'll never change—and she does.  A woman marries a man hoping he will change—and he doesn't.

change changing people men and women

Marriage, n.  The state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves, making in all, two.
The only thing that holds a marriage together is the husband being big enough to step back and see where the wife was wrong.
There is only one thing for a man to do who is married to a woman who enjoys spending money, and that is to enjoy earning it.
Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years.
Wasn't marriage, like life, unstimulating and unprofitable and somewhat empty when too well ordered and protected and guarded?
It isn't tying himself to one woman that a man dreads when he thinks of marrying; it's separating himself from all the others.

men

Chains do not hold a marriage together.   It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years.
It has been said, you know—and I think quite truly—that you can only really get under anybody's skin if you are married to them.
To keep your marriage brimming, 
With love in the loving cup, 
Whenever you're wrong, admit it; 
Whenever you're right, shut up.

advisory funny

A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity. The order varies for any given year.

wedding anniversary

It is difficult to tell which gives some couples the most happiness, the minister who marries them, or the judge who divorces them.

divorce

Getting married is easy. Staying married is more difficult. Staying happily married for a lifetime should rank among the fine arts.
The married are those who have taken the terrible risk of intimacy and, haven taken it, know life without intimacy to be impossible.

intimacy

The concept of two people living together for 25 years without a serious dispute suggests a lack of spirit only to be admired in sheep.
In every marriage more than a week old, there are grounds for divorce. The trick is to find, and continue to find, grounds for marriage.

divorce relationships

Marriage is not a simple love affair, it's an ordeal, and the ordeal is the sacrifice of ego to a relationship in which two have become one.
Marriage is not just spiritual communion and passionate embraces; marriage is also three-meals-a-day and remembering to carry out the trash.
If you made a list of reasons why any couple got married, and another list of the reasons for their divorce, you'd have a lot of overlapping.

divorce relationships

A marriage is like a company with equal partners.  No one rules.  If there is a disagreement, the more intelligent of the two should override.
It means you learn about yourself from constant dialogue with one another. Establishing new circuits in the satellite transmitting your emotions.
We don't go into companies with the thought of effecting a lot of changes. That doesn't work any better in investments than it does in marriages.

business investing

There can be no summary and dramatic end to a marriage—only a slow and painful unraveling of a tangled skein of threads too stubborn to be broken.

divorce

One advantage of marriage is that, when you fall out of love with him or he falls out of love with you, it keeps you together until you fall in again.
If you made a list of reasons why any couple got married, and another list of the reasons for their divorce, you'd have a hell of a lot of overlapping.
Marriage should, I think, always be a little hard and new and strange. It should be breaking your shell and going into another world, and a bigger one.
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.

relationships

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!
Marriage is not a noun, it's a verb.  It's not something you have, like a house or a car.  It is not a piece of paper that proves you are husband and wife.
Marriage involves big compromises all the time.  International-level compromises.  You're the U.S.A., he's the U.S.S.R., and you're talking nuclear warheads.
To protect ourselves against the storms of passion, marriage with a good woman is a harbor in the tempest; but with a bad woman it is a tempest in the harbor.
Don't wish me happiness - I don't expect to be happy it's gotten beyond that, somehow. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor - I will need them all.
In a word, the married state, with and without the affection suitable to it, is the completest image of heaven and hell we are capable of receiving in this life.
To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part.
— The Book of Common Prayer
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 blockheaded enough to have me.

personal

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.
Marriage resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated; often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes between them.
We cannot do without it, and yet we disgrace and vilify the same. It may be compared to a cage, the birds without despair to get in, and those within despair to get out.
Marriage is based on the theory that when a man discovers a particular brand of beer exactly to his taste he should at once throw up his job and go to work in the brewery.
I would like to have engraved inside every wedding band, 'Be kind to one another.' This is the Golden Rule of marriage and the secret of making love last through the years.
You don't marry one person; you marry three: the person you think they are, the person they are, and the person they are going to become as a result of being married to you.
You don't marry one person; you marry three: the person you think they are, the person they are, and the person they are going to become as the result of being married to you.

funny

Domesticity is no passport to heaven on earth but an arduous vocation—a sea full of hidden rocks and perilous ice shores only to be navigated by one who uses a celestial chart.

faith religious

A good marriage is like an incredible retirement fund. You put everything you have into it during your productive life, and over the years it turns from silver to gold to platinum.
Many married couples separate because they quarrel incessantly, but just as many separate because they were never honest enough or courageous enough to quarrel when they should have.

quarrels

Marriage isn't a love affair. It isn't even a honeymoon. It's a job. A long hard job, at which both partners have to work, harder than they've worked at anything in their lives before.
There is no greater excitement than to support an intellectual wife and have her support you. Marriage is a partnership in which each inspires the other, and brings fruition to both of you.

intelligence

When the husband or the wife gets accustomed to [the other's] love and to family, then they begin to stop valuing one another, to stop giving thanks and to stop taking care of what they have.
Marrying a man is like buying something you've been admiring for a long time in a shop window. You may love it when you get it home, but it doesn't always go with everything else in the house.
Marrying a man is like buying something you've been admiring for a long time in a shop window.  You may love it when you get it home, but it doesn't always go with everything else in the house.
Almost no one is foolish enough to imagine that he automatically deserves great success in any field of activity; yet almost everyone believes that he automatically deserves success in marriage.
It seemed to me that the desire to get married—which, I regret to say, I believe is basic and primal in women—is followed almost immediately by an equally basic and primal urge, which is to be single again.
Did you ever hear my definition of marriage?  It is, that it resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated; often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes between them.
To keep the fire burning brightly there's one easy rule: Keep the two logs together, near enough to keep each other warm and far enough apart-about a finger's breadth-for breathing room. Good fire, good marriage, same rule.
The particular charm of marriage, which may grow irresistible to those who once have tasted it, is the duologue, the permanent conversation between two people who talk over everything and everyone till death breaks the record.
Story writers say that love is concerned only with young people, and the excitement and glamour of romance end at the altar. How blind they are. The best romance is inside marriage; the finest love stories come after the wedding, not before.

love romance

When two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal, and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part.

weddings

Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.

love relationships

It is a lovely thing to have a husband and wife developing together and having the feeling of falling in love again. 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.
There is not one in a hundred of either sex who is not taken in when they marry.  Look where I will, I see that it is so; and I feel that it must be so, when I consider that it is, of all transactions, the one in which people expect most from others, and are least honest themselves.
Marriage is a public declaration of  a man and a woman that they have formed a secret alliance, with the intention to belong to, and share with each other, a mystical estate; mystical exactly in the sense that the real experience cannot be communicated to others, nor explained even to oneself on rational grounds.
The highest form that civilization can reach is a seamless web of deserved trust—not much procedure, just totally reliable people correctly trusting one another. . . . In your own life what you want is a seamless web of deserved trust. And if your proposed marriage contract has forty-seven pages, I suggest you not enter.

trust

Wasn't marriage, like life, unstimulating and unprofitable and somewhat empty when too well-ordered and protected and guarded. Wasn't it finer, more splendid, more nourishing, when it was, like life itself, a mixture of the sordid and the magnificent; of mud and stars; of earth and flowers; of love and hate and laughter and tears and ugliness and beauty and hurt?
May your vows and this marriage be blessed...
May this marriage offer fruit and shade like the date palm.
May this marriage be full of laughter,
your every day a day in paradise.
May this marriage be a sign of compassion,
a seal of happiness here and hereafter.
May this marriage be...an omen as welcome
as the moon in a clear evening sky...
May spirit enter and mingle in this marriage.

weddings

Instead of leading to the high places of happiness, from which the world would seem to lie below one, so that one could look down with a sense of exaltation and advantage, and judge and choose and pity, it led rather downward and earthward, into realms of restriction and depression, where the sound of other lives, easier and freer, was heard as from above, and served to deepen the feeling of failure.
Marriage is like a war.  There are moments of chivalry and gallantry that attend the victorious advances and strategic retreats, the birth or death of children, the momentary conquest of loneliness, the sacrifice that ennobles him who makes it.  But mostly there are the long dull sieges, the waiting, the terror and boredom.  Women understand this better than men; they are better able to survive attrition.
A great marriage is like two trees standing tall, side by side.  Their branches intertwine so beautifully, so gracefully, they almost become one, yet they remain two.  Standing together, they are strong, beautiful and better able to withstand the high winds of storms that come now and then.  They are separate living things, yet so interdependent, growing more beautifully entwined year after year. Providing shade, comfort, and safety for each other and all who walk their way.