“The more you invest in a marriage, the more valuable it becomes.”
- Amy Grant
“We all have a childhood dream that when there is love, everything goes like silk, but the reality is that marriage requires a lot of compromise. “
~ Raquel Welch
“Getting married for sex is like buying a 747 for the free peanuts.”
~ Jeff Foxworthy
“In marriage, each partner is to be an encourager rather than a critic, a forgiver rather than a collector of hurts, an enabler rather than a reformer. “
~ Norman Wright and Gary Oliver
“Marriages are made in heaven. But, again, so are thunder, lightning, tornados and hail.”
~ Unknown Author
“The kind of marriage you make depends upon the kind of person you are. If you are a happy, well-adjusted person, the chances are your marriage will be a happy one. If you have made adjustments so far with more satisfaction than distress, you are likely to make your marriage and family adjustments satisfactorily. If you are discontented and bitter about your lot in life, you will have to change before you can expect to live happily ever after.”
~ Evelyn Duvall and Reuben Hill
“The middle years of marriage are the most crucial. In the early years, spouses want each other and in late years, they need each other. “
~ Rebecca Tilly
“Happy marriages begin when we marry the ones we love, and they blossom when we love the ones we marry. “
~ Tom Mullen
“What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility. “
~ Leo Tolstoy
“I didn't marry you because you were perfect.
I didn't even marry you because I loved you.
I married you because you gave me a promise.
That promise made up for your faults.
And the promise I gave you made up for mine.
Two imperfect people got married and it was the promise that made the marriage.
And when our children were growing up, it wasn't a house that protected them; and it wasn't our love that protected them - it was that promise. “
“Any fool can have a trophy wife.
It takes a real man to have a trophy marriage.”
~ Diane Sollee
“I think a man and a woman should choose each other for life, for the simple reason that a long life with all its accidents is barely enough time for a man and a woman to understand each other and... To understand - is to love.”
~ William Butler Yeats
“It is not your love that sustains the marriage, but from now on, the marriage that sustains your love. “
~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“Marriage is our last, best chance to grow up.”
~ Joseph Barth
“Marriage is one long conversation, checkered with disputes. “
~ Robert Louis Stevenson
“The first duty of love is to listen.”
~ Paul Tillich
“The secret to having a good marriage is to understand that marriage must be total, it must be permanent and it must be equal.”
~ Frank Pittman
“Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years. “
~ Simone Signoret
“Love is no assignment for cowards. “
“People think they have to find their soul mate to have a good marriage.
You're not going to "find" your soul mate.
Anyone you meet already has soul mates - their mother. Their father. Their lifelong friends.
You get married, and after 20 years of loving, bearing and raising kids, meeting challenges - then you'll "create" your soul mate. “
“I have no way of knowing whether or not you married the wrong person, but I do know that many people have a lot of wrong ideas about marriage and what it takes to make that marriage happy and successful. I'll be the first to admit that it's possible that you did marry the wrong person. However, if you treat the wrong person like the right person, you could well end up having married the right person after all. On the other hand, if you marry the right person, and treat that person wrong, you certainly will have ended up marrying the wrong person. I also know that it is far more important to be the right kind of person than it is to marry the right person. In short, whether you married the right or wrong person is primarily up to you.”
~ Zig Ziglar
“Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction. “
Antoine De Saint-Exupery
“Marriage isn't supposed to make you happy - and satisfied.
It's your job to make your marriage happy - and satisfying.
Same goes for sex. It isn't supposed to make you passionate and "hot".
It's up to you to make it passionate and "hot" and intimate.”
“The challenge is to help couples turn "I Do" into "We Can." “
~ Scott Stanley
“If a married couple with children has fifteen minutes of uninterrupted, non-logistical, non-problem-solving talk every day, I would put them in the top 5% of all married couples. It's an extraordinary achievement.”
~ Bill Doherty
“Marriage is not just spiritual communion; it is also remembering to take out the trash.”
~ Joyce Brothers
“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.”
~ John Ruskin
“Love is a feeling, Marriage is a contract, and a Relationship is work.”
~ Lori Gordon
“To get divorced because love has died, is like selling your car because it's run out of gas.”
~ Diane Sollee
“Be presidents of each other's fan clubs.”
~ Tony Heath
“Love is a four-letter word spelled T-I-M-E.”
“Marriage is a career, which brings about more benefits than many others.”
~ Simone de Beauvoir
“Marriage, families, all relationships are more a process of learning the dance rather than finding the right dancer.”
~ Paul Pearsall
“The greatest weakness of most humans is their hesitancy to tell others how much they love them while they're still alive.”
~ Olando Battista
“Many marriages would be better if the husband and the wife clearly understood that they are on the same side. “
~ Zig Ziglar
“Try praising your wife, even if it does frighten her at first.”
~ Billy Sunday
“When people get married because they think it's a long-time love affair, they'll be divorced very soon, because all love affairs end in disappointment. But marriage is a recognition of a spiritual identity.”
~ Joseph Campbell
“Loves 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
“A good marriage is the union of two good forgivers.”
~ Ruth Bell Graham
“All things need watching, working at, caring for, and marriage is no exception. Marriage is not something to be indifferently treated or abused, or something that simply takes care of itself. Nothing neglected will remain as it was or is, or will fail to deteriorate. All things need attention, care and concern, and especially so in this most sensitive of all relationships of life.”
~ Richard L. Evans
“Remember to build each other up, to strengthen and sustain, to keep companionship lovely and alive. Remember dignity and respect; understanding; not expecting perfection; a sense of humor and a sense of what is sacred and serious; common purposes, common convictions, and the character to stay with a bargain, to keep a covenant - in these are the making of a good and solid marriage.”
~ Richard L. Evans
“In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing.”
~ Mignon McLaughlin
“Love cures people, both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it. “
~ H.L. Mencken
“There is nothing you can do, achieve or buy that will outshine the peace, joy, and happiness of being in communion with the partner you love.”
~ Drs. Evelyn and Paul Moschetta
“You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”
~ Kahlil Gibran
“Union gives strength.”
“The deed of love is stronger than words.”
~ Pearl Bailey
“...To make One, there must be Two...”
~ W.H. Auden
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.
They must be felt with the heart.”
~ Helen Keller
“Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods. “
“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”
~ Friedrich Nietzsche