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Wedding of Rosemarie and Kelvin
Photo by Drew Photography. Wedding of Rosemarie and Kelvin.

A first-rate marriage is like a first-rate hotel:  expensive, but worth it.
~ Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

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

A happy marriage is a long conversation, which always seems too short.
~ Andre Maurois

A long marriage is two people trying to dance a duet and two solos at the same time.
~ Anne Taylor Fleming

A man without a wife is like a vase without flowers. 
~ An African Proverb

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

Chains do not hold a marriage together.  It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years. 
~ Simone Signoret

Don't marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think you can't live without.
~ James C. Dobson

Had I as many hearts as hairs, As many lives as lover’s fears, As many lives as years have hours. They all and only should be yours.
~ Anon (17th century)

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

If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were loved by wife, then thee;
If ever wife was happy in man,
Compare me ye women if you can.
I prize thy love more then whole Mines of gold,
Or all the riches that the East doth hold.
My love is such that river cannot quench,
Nor ought but love from thee, give recompance.
Thy love is such I can no way repay,
Heavens reward thee manifold I pray.
~ Anne Bradstreet (c1612–1672)

In a time when nothing is more certain than change,
the commitment of two people to one another has become difficult and rare.
Yet, by its scarcity, the beauty and value of this exchange have only been enhanced.
~ Robert Sexton

In the opinion of the world, marriage ends all, as it does in a comedy.
The truth is precisely the opposite: it begins all.
~ Anne Sophie Swetchine

It took great courage to ask a beautiful young woman to marry me.
Believe me, it is easier to play the whole Petrushka on the piano.
~ Arthur Rubinstein

Like fingerprints, all marriages are different.
~ George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950)

Love is a flower which turns into fruit at marriage.
~ Finnish Proverb

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 an alliance entered into by a man who can't sleep with the window shut, and a woman who can't sleep with the window open.
~ George Bernard Shaw

Marriage is an Athenic weaving together of families, of two souls with their individual fates and destinies, of time and eternity--everyday life married to the timeless mysteries of the soul.
~ Thomas Moore

Marriage, n.  A community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves, making in all two.
~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, 1911

Married couples who love each other tell each other a thousand things without talking.
~ Chinese Proverb

Never go to bed mad.  Stay up and fight. 
~ Phyllis Diller, Phyllis Diller's Housekeeping Hints, 1966

Never marry but for love; but see that thou lovest what is lovely.
~ William Penn (1644-1718)

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

One of the good things that come of a true marriage is that there is one face on which changes come without your seeing them; or rather there is one face which you can still see the same, through all the shadows which years have gathered upon it.
~ George MacDonald

Our wedding was many years ago. The celebration continues to this day.
~ Gene Perret

Strike an average between what a woman thinks of her husband a month before she marries him and what she thinks of him a year afterward, and you will have the truth about him.
~ H.L. Mencken, A Book of Burlesques, 1916

Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate.
~ Barnett R. Brickner

That is why marriage is so much more interesting than divorce,
because it’s the only known example of the happy meeting of the immovable object and the irresistible force.
So I hope husbands and wives will continue to debate and combat over everything debatable and combatable. Because I believe a little incompatibility is the spice of life.
~ Ogden Nash (1902-1971)

That quiet mutual gaze of a trusting husband and wife is like the first moment of rest or refuge from a great weariness or a great danger. 
~ George Eliot

The bonds of matrimony are like any other bonds - they mature slowly.
~ Peter De Vries

The highest happiness on earth is marriage.  
~ William Lyon Phelps

The ideal story is that of two people who go into love step for step, with a fluttered consciousness, like a pair of children venturing together into a dark room.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

The sum which two married people owe to one another defies calculation.  It is an infinite debt, which can only be discharged through eternity.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There is no greater risk, perhaps, than matrimony, but there is nothing happier than a happy marriage.
~ Benjamin Disraeli (1804–1881)

There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.
~ Martin Luther

There is no such cozy combination as man and wife.
~ Menander

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

To keep your marriage brimming, with love in the wedding cup, whenever you're wrong, admit it; whenever you're right, shut up.
~ Ogden Nash

Two such as you with such a master speed cannot be parted nor be swept away from one another once you are agreed that life is only life forevermore together wing to wing and oar to oar.
~ Robert Frost

What a happy and holy fashion it is that those who love one another should rest on the same pillow.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility.
~ George Levinger




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