Marriage Quotes

Most popular marriage quotes

Living together is an art. It's a patient art, it's a beautiful art, it's fascinating. - Pope Francis quote.
Living together is an art. It's a patient art, it's a beautiful art, it's fascinating.

relationships

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. - C. S. Lewis quote.
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

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. - Jean Antoine Petit-Senn quote.
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.
The happiest mortals on earth are ladies who have been bereaved by the loss of their husbands. - Elbert Hubbard quote.
The happiest mortals on earth are ladies who have been bereaved by the loss of their husbands.
Elbert Hubbard A Thousand & One Epigrams: Selected from the Writings of Elbert Hubbard (1911)

cynical

Remember, the only difference between 'marital' and 'martial' is where you put the 'i.' - Mitch Albom quote.
Remember, the only difference between 'marital' and 'martial' is where you put the 'i.'
Never marry at all, Dorian. Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious: both are disappointed. - Oscar Wilde quote.
Never marry at all, Dorian. Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious: both are disappointed.

men and women

A man's best possession is a sympathetic wife. - Euripides quote.
A man's best possession is a sympathetic wife.

wife

Marriage is our last, best chance to grow up.
A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.

forgiveness

There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage. - Martin Luther King Jr. quote.
There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.
There is more of good nature than of good sense at the bottom of most marriages. - Henry David Thoreau quote.
There is more of good nature than of good sense at the bottom of most marriages.
Love is an ideal thing; marriage is a real thing. A confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quote.
Love is an ideal thing; marriage is a real thing. A confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.
Of earthly goods, the best is a good wife; A bad, the bitterest curse of human life.

wife

The ideal is to look upon marriage as a sacrament and therefore to lead a life of self-restraint in the married state. - Mahatma Gandhi quote.
The ideal is to look upon marriage as a sacrament and therefore to lead a life of self-restraint in the married state.
Marry, and with luck it may go well. But when marriage fails, then those who marry lie at home in hell. - Euripides quote.
Marry, and with luck it may go well. But when marriage fails, then those who marry lie at home in hell.
It's not beauty but fine qualities, my girl, that keeps a husband. - Euripides quote.
It's not beauty but fine qualities, my girl, that keeps a husband.
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. - Elbert Hubbard quote.
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.
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. - Socrates quote.
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.
Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory. - Abraham Lincoln quote.
Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory.
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. - Abraham Lincoln quote.
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

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

relationships

The best way to get a good spouse is to deserve a good spouse. - Charlie Munger quote.
The best way to get a good spouse is to deserve a good spouse.

relationships

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. - Charlie Munger quote.
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

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. - Pope Francis quote.
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.
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.
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. - Helen Rowland quote.
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

Marriage should be a duet—when one sings, the other claps.
Whoever thinks marriage is a 50–50 proposition doesn't know the half of it. - Franklin P. Jones quote.
Whoever thinks marriage is a 50–50 proposition doesn't know the half of it.
A marriage without conflicts is almost as inconceivable as a nation without crises. - Andre Maurois quote.
A marriage without conflicts is almost as inconceivable as a nation without crises.

conflict

A happy home is one in which each spouse grants the possibility that the other may be right, though neither believes it.
More marriages might survive if the partners realized that sometimes the better comes after the worse. - Doug Larson quote.
More marriages might survive if the partners realized that sometimes the better comes after the worse.
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. - Judith Viorst quote.
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.
Marriage is a covered dish.
— Swiss proverb

proverbs

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. - Sydney Harris quote.
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.
Marriage has teeth, and him bite very hot.
— Jamaican proverb

proverbs

Getting married is easy. Staying married is more difficult. Staying happily married for a lifetime should rank among the fine arts.
Marriage is like vitamins: we supplement each other 's minimum daily requirements.
Never marry for money. Ye'll borrow it cheaper.
— Scottish proverb

proverbs

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

wedding anniversary

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.
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.

relationships divorce

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

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. - A. P. Herbert quote.
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.
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

It takes a loose rein to keep a marriage tight.

relationships

The great thing about marriage is that it enables one to be alone without feeling loneliness. - Gerald Brenan quote.
The great thing about marriage is that it enables one to be alone without feeling loneliness.
A happy marriage is the world's best bargain. - Orlando Aloysius Battista quote.
A happy marriage is the world's best bargain.
Marrying for love may be a bit risky, but it is so honest that God can't help but smile on it. - Josh Billings quote.
Marrying for love may be a bit risky, but it is so honest that God can't help but smile on it.

love

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. - Cyril Connolly quote.
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.
In marriage, being the right person is as important as finding the right person.
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 quote.
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

Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years. - Simone Signoret quote.
Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years.
All that a husband or wife really wants is to be pitied a little, praised a little, appreciated a little. - Oliver Goldsmith quote.
All that a husband or wife really wants is to be pitied a little, praised a little, appreciated a little.

relationships

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. - Anne Morrow Lindbergh quote.
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.
A happy marriage is a long conversation that always seems too short. - Andre Maurois quote.
A happy marriage is a long conversation that always seems too short.
The difference between courtship and marriage is the difference between the pictures in a seed catalogue and what comes up.

courtship

The greatest of all arts is the art of living together.

relationships

A sound marriage is not based on complete frankness; it is based on a sensible reticence. - Morris Ernst quote.
A sound marriage is not based on complete frankness; it is based on a sensible reticence.

relationships

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

love

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

Marriage is like twirling a baton, turning handsprings or eating with chopsticks. It looks easy until you try it. - Helen Rowland quote.
Marriage is like twirling a baton, turning handsprings or eating with chopsticks. It looks easy until you try it.
The goal in marriage is not to think alike, but to think together.
Married life teaches one invaluable lesson: to think of things far enough ahead not to say them.

funny holding your tongue

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. - Sydney Harris quote.
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.
Matrimony is the only game of chance the clergy favor.
Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes. There's too much fraternizing with the enemy. - Henry Kissinger quote.
Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes. There's too much fraternizing with the enemy.

men and women relationships

Marrying for money is probably a bad idea under any circumstances, but it is absolutely nuts if you are already rich. - Warren Buffett quote.
Marrying for money is probably a bad idea under any circumstances, but it is absolutely nuts if you are already rich.
Warren Buffett Fortune magazine; Warren Buffett's speech at Columbia School of Business, October, 1993

money

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. - Warren Buffett quote.
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

Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight. - Phyllis Diller quote.
Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight.
Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards. - Benjamin Franklin quote.
Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.
Look for a sweet person. Forget rich. - Estee Lauder quote.
Look for a sweet person. Forget rich.
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 quote.
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 has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures. - Samuel Johnson quote.
Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures.
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. - Katherine Anne Porter quote.
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.
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.
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.
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? - Edna Ferber quote.
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?
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. - Sydney Harris quote.
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

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.
Love as a relation between men and women was ruined by the desire to make sure of the legitimacy of children. - Bertrand Russell quote.
Love as a relation between men and women was ruined by the desire to make sure of the legitimacy of children.

cynical love

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

funny

A man may be a fool and not know it, but not if he is married. - H. L. Mencken quote.
A man may be a fool and not know it, but not if he is married.

Fools

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

divorce

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

The dread of loneliness is greater than the fear of bondage, so we get married. - Cyril Connolly quote.
The dread of loneliness is greater than the fear of bondage, so we get married.

loneliness solitude

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

courtship

When a couple of young people strongly devoted to each other commence to eat onions, it is safe to pronounce them engaged.

courtship

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

men and women wife husband

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

funny

I married beneath me, all women do. - Nancy Astor quote.
I married beneath me, all women do.

husband

A man in love is incomplete until he has married. Then he's finished. - Zsa Zsa Gabor quote.
A man in love is incomplete until he has married. Then he's finished.

husband

Marriage is a wonderful institution...but who wants to live in an institution? - Groucho Marx quote.
Marriage is a wonderful institution...but who wants to live in an institution?
I can't mate in captivity. - Gloria Steinem quote.
I can't mate in captivity.
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. - George Bernard Shaw quote.
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

In Hollywood, all marriages are happy. It's trying to live together afterwards that causes the problems. - Shelley Winters quote.
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! - Shana Alexander quote.
When two people marry they become in the eyes of the law one person, and that one person is the husband!

women's rights

Marriage is the only adventure open to the timid. - Voltaire quote.
Marriage is the only adventure open to the timid.
What has the women's movement learned from Geraldine Ferraro's candidacy for vice president? Never get married. - Gloria Steinem quote.
What has the women's movement learned from Geraldine Ferraro's candidacy for vice president? Never get married.
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.
The fundamental error of their matrimonial union: that of having based a permanent contract on a temporary feeling . - Thomas Hardy quote.
The fundamental error of their matrimonial union: that of having based a permanent contract on a temporary feeling .
Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious; both are disappointed. - Oscar Wilde quote.
Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious; both are disappointed.
Marriage may be compared to a cage: the birds outside frantic to get in and those inside frantic to get out. - Michel de Montaigne quote.
Marriage may be compared to a cage: the birds outside frantic to get in and those inside frantic to get out.
Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterward. Keep your eyes open before marriage.
Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. - Jane Austen quote.
Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.
Well married, a man is winged—ill-married, he is shackled. - Henry Ward Beecher quote.
Well married, a man is winged—ill-married, he is shackled.
Wedlock - The deep, deep peace of the double bed after the hurly-burly of the chaise-longue. - Mrs. Patrick Campbell quote.
Wedlock - The deep, deep peace of the double bed after the hurly-burly of the chaise-longue.
It is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life. - Jane Austen quote.
It is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life.
Proposals make cowards of us all. - Carolyn Wells quote.
Proposals make cowards of us all.
Brought up to respect the conventions, love had to end in marriage. I'm afraid it did. - Bette Davis quote.
Brought up to respect the conventions, love had to end in marriage. I'm afraid it did.
Every woman should marry—and no man. - Benjamin Disraeli quote.
Every woman should marry—and no man.

men and women

I never knew what real happiness was until I got married. And by then it was too late.

cynical funny

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.
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 quote.
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.
A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband. - Michel de Montaigne quote.
A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband.
Matrimony is a process by which a grocer acquired an account the florist had.

funny

Before marriage, a man will lie awake thinking about something you said; after marriage, he'll fall asleep before you. - Helen Rowland quote.
Before marriage, a man will lie awake thinking about something you said; after marriage, he'll fall asleep before you.
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. - E. W. Howe quote.
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.
If you are afraid of loneliness, don't marry. - Anton Chekhov quote.
If you are afraid of loneliness, don't marry.
Remember, it's as easy to marry a rich woman as a poor woman. - William Thackeray quote.
Remember, it's as easy to marry a rich woman as a poor woman.
It destroys one's nerves to be amiable every day to the same human being. - Benjamin Disraeli quote.
It destroys one's nerves to be amiable every day to the same human being.
Marriage must incessantly contend with a monster that devours everything: familiarity. - Honoré de Balzac quote.
Marriage must incessantly contend with a monster that devours everything: familiarity.
Marriage is a good deal like a circus: there is not as much in it as is represented in the advertising. - E. W. Howe quote.
Marriage is a good deal like a circus: there is not as much in it as is represented in the advertising.
As to marriage or celibacy, let a man take which course he will, says Socrates, he will be sure to repent. - C. C. Colton quote.
As to marriage or celibacy, let a man take which course he will, says Socrates, he will be sure to repent.
Take it from me, marriage isn't a word - it's a sentence.
We would have broken up except for the children. Who were the children? Well, she and I were.
The only thing that holds a marriage together is the husband being big enough to step back and see where the wife was wrong.
A man without a wife is like a vase without flowers.

proverbs

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

proverbs

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

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.
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.
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.
What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are but how you deal with incompatibility. - Leo Tolstoy quote.
What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are but how you deal with incompatibility.
Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity. - George Bernard Shaw quote.
Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity.
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
Music played at weddings always reminds me of the music played for soldiers before they go into battle. - Heinrich Heine quote.
Music played at weddings always reminds me of the music played for soldiers before they go into battle.

weddings

The great majority of severe neuroses in women have their origin in the marriage bed. - Sigmund Freud quote.
The great majority of severe neuroses in women have their origin in the marriage bed.

psychiatrist psychology women

The value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults.

Adulthood

Marriage is like a warm bath.  Once you get used to it, it's not so hot. - Cindy Adams quote.
Marriage is like a warm bath.  Once you get used to it, it's not so hot.

funny

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. - Michel de Montaigne quote.
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.
Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.

caring parenting

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 men and women changing people

In married conversation, as in surgery, the knife must be used with care. - Andre Maurois quote.
In married conversation, as in surgery, the knife must be used with care.

conversation

Marriage is one long conversation, chequered by disputes. - Robert Louis Stevenson quote.
Marriage is one long conversation, chequered by disputes.

conversation

Ultimately, the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or friendship, is conversation. - Oscar Wilde quote.
Ultimately, the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or friendship, is conversation.

conversation friendship

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

divorce

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. - Wallis Simpson quote.
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.
Wallis Simpson The Heart Has Its Reasons: The Memoirs of the Duchess of Windsor

divorce

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

divorce

Successful marriage: The union of two good forgivers.

forgiveness

In fact, women's total instinct for gambling is satisfied by marriage. - Gloria Steinem quote.
In fact, women's total instinct for gambling is satisfied by marriage.

gambling

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

habit

There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.

infidelity

The married are those who have taken the terrible risk of intimacy and, haven taken it, know life without intimacy to be impossible. - Carolyn Heilbrun quote.
The married are those who have taken the terrible risk of intimacy and, haven taken it, know life without intimacy to be impossible.

intimacy

There is no loneliness like the loneliness of a dead marriage. - Erica Jong quote.
There is no loneliness like the loneliness of a dead marriage.

loneliness

Love is more pleasant than marriage for the same reason that novels are more amusing than history. - Nicolas Chamfort quote.
Love is more pleasant than marriage for the same reason that novels are more amusing than history.

love

Marriage, in life, is like a duel in the midst of a battle.
When I was young, if a girl married poverty, she became a drudge; if she married wealth, she became a doll. - Susan B. Anthony quote.
When I was young, if a girl married poverty, she became a drudge; if she married wealth, she became a doll.
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. - Jane Austen quote.
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 must constantly fight against a monster which devours everything: routine. - Honoré de Balzac quote.
Marriage must constantly fight against a monster which devours everything: routine.
A man cannot marry before he has studied anatomy and has dissected at least one woman. - Honoré de Balzac quote.
A man cannot marry before he has studied anatomy and has dissected at least one woman.
Marriage always demands the greatest understanding of the art of insincerity possible between two human beings.
Well-married, a man is winged; ill-matched, he is shackled. - Henry Ward Beecher quote.
Well-married, a man is winged; ill-matched, he is shackled.

proverbs

Marriage, n.  The state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves, making in all, two. - Ambrose Bierce quote.
Marriage, n.  The state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves, making in all, two.
Marriage is not just spiritual communion and passionate embraces; marriage is also three-meals-a-day and remembering to carry out the trash. - Dr. Joyce Brothers quote.
Marriage is not just spiritual communion and passionate embraces; marriage is also three-meals-a-day and remembering to carry out the trash.
The only real argument for marriage is that it remains the best method for getting acquainted. - Heywood Campbell Broun quote.
The only real argument for marriage is that it remains the best method for getting acquainted.
One was never married, and that's his hell; another is, and that's his plague. - Robert Burton quote.
One was never married, and that's his hell; another is, and that's his plague.
I can't contradict what so oft has been said.
"Though women are angels, yet wedlock's the devil." - Lord Byron quote.
I can't contradict what so oft has been said.
"Though women are angels, yet wedlock's the devil."
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. - Joseph Campbell quote.
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.
The deep, deep peace of the double bed after the hurly-burly of the chaise-longue. - Mrs. Patrick Campbell quote.
The deep, deep peace of the double bed after the hurly-burly of the chaise-longue.
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.
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. - Agatha Christie quote.
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.
Marriage is a feast where the grace is sometimes better than the dinner. - C. C. Colton quote.
Marriage is a feast where the grace is sometimes better than the dinner.
Marriage is like a bank account.  You put it in, you take it out, you lose interest.
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.
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For the whole thing about matrimony is this: We fall in love with a personality, but we must live with a character. - Peter De Vries quote.
For the whole thing about matrimony is this: We fall in love with a personality, but we must live with a character.
The chains of marriage are so heavy that it takes two to bear them, sometimes three. - Alexandre Dumas quote.
The chains of marriage are so heavy that it takes two to bear them, sometimes three.
One of the differences between marriage and prostitution is that in marriage you only have to make a deal with one man. - Andrea Dworkin quote.
One of the differences between marriage and prostitution is that in marriage you only have to make a deal with one man.
Marriage is socialism among two people. - Barbara Ehrenreich quote.
Marriage is socialism among two people.
Marriage is the perfection which love aimed at, ignorant of what it sought. - Ralph Waldo Emerson quote.
Marriage is the perfection which love aimed at, ignorant of what it sought.
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. - Nora Ephron quote.
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.
Wasn't marriage, like life, unstimulating and unprofitable and somewhat empty when too well ordered and protected and guarded?
Love-matches are made by people who are content, for a month of honey, to condemn themselves to a life of vinegar.
Let there be spaces in your togetherness. - Kahlil Gibran quote.
Let there be spaces in your togetherness.

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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. - Helen Hayes quote.
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.
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. - Henry James quote.
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.
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.
In every house of marriage
there's room for an interpreter. - Stanley Kunitz quote.
In every house of marriage
there's room for an interpreter.
Marriage is not a reform school. - Ann Landers quote.
Marriage is not a reform school.
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.
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!
Whenever a husband and a wife begin to discuss their marriage they are giving evidence at a coroner's inquest. - H. L. Mencken quote.
Whenever a husband and a wife begin to discuss their marriage they are giving evidence at a coroner's inquest.
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. - Bette Midler quote.
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.
Marriage is the only actual bondage known to our law.  There remain no legal slaves, except the mistress of every house. - John Stuart Mill quote.
Marriage is the only actual bondage known to our law.  There remain no legal slaves, except the mistress of every house.
Marriage is three parts love and seven parts forgiveness of sins.
One doesn't have to get anywhere in a marriage.  It's not a public conveyance. - Iris Murdoch quote.
One doesn't have to get anywhere in a marriage.  It's not a public conveyance.
Marriage defeats and humbles the man since it soon or late robs him of his greatest bulwark, viz., vanity. - George Jean Nathan quote.
Marriage defeats and humbles the man since it soon or late robs him of his greatest bulwark, viz., vanity.

vanity

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. - George Jean Nathan quote.
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.
Our marriage works because we each carry clubs of equal weight and size. - Paul Newman quote.
Our marriage works because we each carry clubs of equal weight and size.
Marriage is the operation by which a woman's vanity and a man's egotism are extracted without an anaesthetic. - Helen Rowland quote.
Marriage is the operation by which a woman's vanity and a man's egotism are extracted without an anaesthetic.
A good marriage shuts out a very great deal. - May Sarton quote.
A good marriage shuts out a very great deal.
To marry means to halve one's rights and double one's duties. - Arthur Schopenhauer quote.
To marry means to halve one's rights and double one's duties.
Chains do not hold a marriage together.   It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years.
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. - Sydney Smith quote.
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.
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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. - Sir Richard Steele quote.
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.
Marriage isn't a word—it's a sentence!
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.
Marriage is a great institution—but I'm not ready for an institution. - Mae West quote.
Marriage is a great institution—but I'm not ready for an institution.
Every marriage is a battle between two families struggling to reproduce themselves.
Marriage is a bribe to make a housekeeper think she's a householder. - Thornton Wilder quote.
Marriage is a bribe to make a housekeeper think she's a householder.
The best part of married life is the fights.  The rest is merely so-so. - Thornton Wilder quote.
The best part of married life is the fights.  The rest is merely so-so.
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.
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Unable to suppress love, the Church wanted at least to disinfect it, and it created marriage. - Charles Baudelaire quote.
Unable to suppress love, the Church wanted at least to disinfect it, and it created marriage.

church

My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you'll be happy; if not, you'll become a philosopher. - Socrates quote.
My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you'll be happy; if not, you'll become a philosopher.
Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same. - Oscar Wilde quote.
Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.

wife

A husband is what is left of the lover after the nerve has been extracted.

husband

Marriage is like putting your hand into a bag of snakes in the hope of pulling out an eel. - Leonardo da Vinci quote.
Marriage is like putting your hand into a bag of snakes in the hope of pulling out an eel.
Marriage is the alliance of two people, one of whom never remembers birthdays and the other who never forgets them. - Ogden Nash quote.
Marriage is the alliance of two people, one of whom never remembers birthdays and the other who never forgets them.

funny

To keep your marriage brimming, 
With love in the loving cup, 
Whenever you're wrong, admit it; 
Whenever you're right, shut up. - Ogden Nash quote.
To keep your marriage brimming, 
With love in the loving cup, 
Whenever you're wrong, admit it; 
Whenever you're right, shut up.

funny advisory

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. - Rainer Maria Rilke quote.
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.

relationships love

How marriage ruins a man! It is as demoralizing as cigarettes, and far more expensive. - Oscar Wilde quote.
How marriage ruins a man! It is as demoralizing as cigarettes, and far more expensive.
In married life three is company and two none. - Oscar Wilde quote.
In married life three is company and two none.
One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry. - Oscar Wilde quote.
One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry.
The one charm about marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties. - Oscar Wilde quote.
The one charm about marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.
There is nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It is a thing no married man knows anything about. - Oscar Wilde quote.
There is nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It is a thing no married man knows anything about.
The world has grown suspicious of anything that looks like a happily married life. - Oscar Wilde quote.
The world has grown suspicious of anything that looks like a happily married life.
It means you learn about yourself from constant dialogue with one another. Establishing new circuits in the satellite transmitting your emotions. - Erich Segal quote.
It means you learn about yourself from constant dialogue with one another. Establishing new circuits in the satellite transmitting your emotions.
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. - Rumi quote.
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

We should always be grateful for the faults in our partner because if they didn't have those faults from the start, they would have been able to marry someone much better than us.
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relationships