Quotes About Marriage

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

"Make the conscious choice to love your partner... love them when things are going great and (even more importantly) love them when things aren't! Seek to ask forgiveness quickly when you're at fault, and to "forgive and forget" when the tables are turned. May your words affirm and encourage. May your arms comfort and welcome. May your kiss breathe life, love, desire and passion. Cherish the gift of knowing someone deeply and decide that you're not going to take it for granted. Few things are truly more precious than knowing that someone else accepts you for who you really are and then feeling comfortable enough to just be you!"


Quotes About Marriage prompt us to think about the sacred commitment of marriage, and delights and challenges it brings. If about to get married, I hope you find these marriage sayings useful for your wedding ceremony, order of service or wedding invitation cards. Alternatively, whether you be a newly wed or have been married for decades, may these beautiful marriage quotations provide inspiration for anniversary cards, Valentines Day cards, spontaneous love notes or your own splashes of romantic creativity:

Let's start with quotes about marriage that discuss how success can be achieved:
“A good marriage is that which each appoints the other guardian of his solitude.”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), German poet & author

“A good marriage is the union of two good forgivers.”
~ Ruth Bell Graham (1920-2007), wife of famous evangelist Billy Graham

“A great marriage is not when the 'perfect couple' comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.“
~ Dave Meurer, humor writer

“A happy marriage has in it all the pleasures of friendships, all the enjoyment of sense and reason – and indeed all the sweets of life.”
~ Joseph Addison (1672-1719), English essayist, poet & politician, Quote from The Spectator Magazine

One of my favourite quotes about marriage:
“A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.”
~ André Maurois (1885-1967), French author & letter writer

“A happy marriage is a new beginning of life, a new starting point for happiness and usefulness.”
~ Dean Stanley (1815-1881), English churchman, author & poet

“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 (1906-1971), prominent member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints & president of Rotary International

It's certainly hard to choose favourite quotes about marriage. This is one that paints such an apt analogy of marriage:
“A portion of your soul has been entwined with mine.
A gentle kind of togetherness, while separate we stand.
As two trees deeply rooted in separate plots of ground,
While their topmost branches come together,
forming a miracle of lace against the heavens.”
~ Janet Miles (details unknown)

“A sound marriage is not based on complete frankness; it is based on a sensible reticence.”
~ Morris L. Ernst (1888-1976), American lawyer

One of the classic marriage quotations of all time:
“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.”
~ Mignon McLaughlin (1913-1983), American journalist & author

“As we grow older together, As we continue to change with age, There is one thing that will never change... I will always keep falling in love with you.”
~ Unknown Author

These quotes about marriage are jam-packed full of words of wisdom:
“Choose a wife by your ear than your eye.”
~ Thomas Fuller (1654-1734), British physician, preacher & intellectual, Quote from Gnomologia: Adages and Proverbs, (1732)

“Happy and thrice happy are those who enjoy an uninterrupted union, and whose love, unbroken by any sour complaints, shall not dissolve until the last day of their existence.”
~ Horace (65-8 BC), Roman lyric poet

“Happy marriages begin when we marry the ones we love, and they blossom when we love the ones we marry.”
~ Tom Mullen (details unclear)

“He is blessed in love alone,
Who loves for years and loves but one.”
~ Aubrey de Vere Hunt (1788-1846), verse dramatist

“In marriage do thou be wise; prefer the person before the money; virtue before beauty; the mind before the body.”
~ William Penn (details unclear)

Another of my favourite quotes about marriage. May this be our heart within our love relationships:
“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.”
~ H. Norman Wright & Gary J. Oliver, authors, Quote from How to Change Your Spouse (without ruining your marriage), (1994)

“In marriage you are neither the husband nor the wife; you are the love between two.”
~ Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981), Indian spiritual teacher & philosopher

Beautiful quotes about marriage highlight the unique miracle of "doing life" with a soulmate:
“Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.”
~ Rumi (1207-1273), Persian poet, Islamic jurist & theologian [Mawlana Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi]

“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 (1835-1910), American author & humorist

“Marriage – as its veterans know well – is the continuous process of getting used to things you hadn’t expected.”
~ Tom Mullen (details unclear)

“Marriage is a commitment – a decision to do, all through life, that which will express your love for one’s spouse.”
~ Herman H. Kieval (details unknown)

These quotes about marriage discuss the concept of two separate individuals becomming one:
“Marriage is an authentic 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 More (1478-1535), English statesman & author

“Marriage is a partnership in which each inspires the other, and brings fruition to both of you.”
~ Millicent Carey McIntosh (1898-2001), American educator

“Marriage is ever made by destiny.”
~ George Chapman (1559-1634), English dramatist, translator & poet

“Marriage is like a pair of shears: Oft times working in opposite directions, but punishing anyone that comes between them.”
~ Sydney Smith (1771-1845), English writer & Anglican minister

Such special quotes about marriage
“Marriage is love personified.”
~ Phoenix Flame (details unknown)

“Marriage is more than finding the right person. It is being the right person.”
~ Unknown Author

Oh how true are the following two quotes about marriage:
“Marriage is not a ritual or an end. It is a long, intricate, intimate dance together and nothing matters more than your own sense of balance and your choice of partner.”
~ Amy Bloom (1953-), American writer

“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 (1904-1987), American writer

“Marriage is the mother of the world and preserves kingdoms, and fills cities, and churches, and heaven itself.”
~ Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667), clergyman & author

It always amazes me how much can sometimes be said with so few words. The following quotes about marriage are perfect examples of this:
“Marriage is the perfection of what love aimed at, ignorant of what it sought.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-2), American essayist & poet

“Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. Second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience.”
~ Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Irish playwright, poet & author

“Marriages are made in heaven and consummated on Earth.”
~ John Lyly (1553-1606), English writer

Another of my absolute favourite quotes about marriage (... but how can one really choose!):
“Married couples who love each other tell each other a thousand things without talking.”
~ Chinese proverb

“Marrying for love may be a bit risky, but it is so honest that God can't help but smile on it.“
~ Josh Billings (1818-1885), humor writer & lecturer

Quotes about marriage force you to interact with statements and determine what your own opinion is. Some quotes about marriage may hold partial truths while others fully mirror your heart:

“No man is truly married until he understands every word his wife is NOT saying.”
~ Unknown Author

“One advantage of marriage, it seems to me, is that when you fall out of love with him, or he falls out of love with you, it keeps you together until you maybe fall in again.”
~ Judith Viorst (1931-), American author, newspaper journalist & psychoanalysis researcher

“One should believe in marriage as in the immortality of the soul.”
~ Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist & playwright

More wise words of wisdom from quotes about marriage:
“Only choose in marriage a man whom you would choose as a friend if he were a woman.”
~ Joseph Joubert (1754-1824), French essayist & moralist

“Relish love in your old age! Aged love is like aged wine; it becomes more satisfying, more refreshing, more valuable, more appreciated and more intoxicating!”
~ Leo Buscaglia (1924-1998), professor & author

“Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.”
~ Roy Goodman (1951-); American conductor & violinist

So much of a successful marriage relationship has to do with the heart motivations and attitudes of each individual as the next couple of quotes about marriage reflect:

“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 (1906-1971), prominent member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints & president of Rotary International

“Seldom, or perhaps never, does a marriage develop into an individual relationship smoothly and without crises; there is no coming to consciousness without pain.”
~ Carl Jung (1875-1961), Swiss psychiatrist, Quote from Contributions to Analytical Psychology (1928), p. 193

Laughter truly is a refreshing and revitilizing medicine as these quotes about medicine show:
"Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that's a real treat."
~ Joanne Woodward (1930-), American actress & producer

“The goal of our life should not be to find joy in marriage, but to bring more love and truth into the world.”
~ Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), Russian writer & novelist

“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 disconnected and bitter about your lot in life, you will have to change before you can expect to live happily ever after.”
~ Evelyn Duvall & Reuben Hill, sociologists, Quote from When You Marry (1945)

Don't just look for what you can get out of a relationship, but what you can give, as the following quotes about marriage discuss:
“The more you invest in a marriage, the more valuable it becomes.”
~ Amy Grant (1960-), American singer-songwriter

“The quality of love and the duration of a relationship are in direct proportion to the depth of the commitment of both people to making the relationship successful. Commit yourself wholeheartedly and unconditionally to the most important people in your life.”
~ Brian Tracy (1944-), author

These quotes about marriage show that a strong marriage is a force not to be reckoned with:
“There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.”
~ Martin Luther (1483-1586), German Protestant theologian

“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 (dates unclear), Ancient Greek poet

“The secret of love is seeking variety in your life together, and never letting routine chords dull the melody of your romance.”
~ Unknown Author

“The sum which two married people owe to one another defies calculation. It is an infinite debt, which can only be discharged through all eternity.”
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1842), German author

“The woman who appeals to a man's vanity may stimulate him, the woman who appeals to his heart may attract him, but it is the woman who appeals to his imagination who gets him.”
~ Helen Rowland (1875-1950), American journalist & humorist

“The world has grown suspicious of anything that looks like a happily married life.”
~ Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Irish playwright, poet & author

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

Have you ever read something that sings the song in your heart even though you hadn't known that you were singing? It's something that gells with your beliefs, your values and your deepest desires... perhaps you will find this in one of our final quotes about marriage:

“What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life - to strengthen each other in all labour, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?”
~ George Eliot (1819-1880), English novelist & poet, from Adam Bede (1859) ch. 54, pg. 576 [pseudonym for Mary Ann Evans]

“When Adam was lonely, God created for him not ten friends, but one wife.”
~ Unknown Author

“When you make a sacrifice in marriage, you’re sacrificing not to each other but to unity in a relationship.”
~ Joseph Campbell (1879-1944), Irish poet & lyricist [Pen name was Seosamh MacCathmhaoil]

“You look at a star from two motives, because it is luminous and because it is impenetrable. You have at your side a softer radiance and a greater mystery, woman.”
~ Victor Hugo (1802-1885); French poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, visual artist & human rights activist, Quote from Les Misérables

It's been my priviledge to share these beautiful marriage quotations with you: great love quotes filled with wisdom, romance, insightfulness and timeless prose. May these quotes about marriage stir you to value, respect, cherish and give of yourself even more to the one you love.

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