Loving Marriage Quotes

Few things in life are as universally celebrated as marriage. Whether you’re just starting out or have been married for decades, it is a gift to spend your life with someone you love.

Of course, no marriage is perfect. By focusing on the strengths of your partner and expressing your love and appreciation every day, you can make sure that yours stays happy and healthy.

To celebrate the joys of marriage, we collected quotes from throughout history and around the world. Our three categories of quotes are:

Marriage Wisdom

“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” -Mark Twain

“This is what marriage really means: helping one another to reach the full status of being persons, responsible beings who do not run away from life.” -Paul Tournier

“When a marriage works, nothing on Earth can take its place.” -Helen Gahagan Douglas

“A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.” -Robert Quillen

“The difference between an ordinary marriage and an extraordinary marriage is in giving just a little ‘extra’ every day, as often as possible, for as long as we both shall live.” -Fawn Weaver

“A great marriage is not when the ‘perfect couple’ comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.” -Dave Meurer

“Marriage is a mosaic you build with your spouse. Millions of tiny moments that create your love story.” -Jennifer Smith

“They say it takes a village to raise a child. That may be the case, but the truth is that it takes a lot of solid, stable marriages to create a village.” -Diane Sollee

“A marriage is not a noun; it’s a verb. It isn’t something you get. It’s the way you love your partner every day.” -Barbara De Angelis

“Write a list of ways that you have benefited from being married to your spouse. Then write a list of your spouse’s positive patterns and qualities. Keep adding to the lists and reread them frequently. ” -Rabbi Pliskin

“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.” -Marnie Reed Crowell

“One of the greatest gifts you can give your husband is your own wholeness.” -Stormie Omartian

“Rules for a happy marriage: 1. Never both be angry at the same time. 2. Never yell at each other unless the house is on fire. 3. If one of you has to win an argument, let it be your spouse. 4. If you have to criticize, do it lovingly. 5. Never bring up mistakes from the past. 6. Neglect the whole world rather than each other. 7. Never go to sleep with an argument unsettled. 8. At least once a day say a kind word or pay a compliment to your partner. 9. When you have done something wrong, admit it and ask for forgiveness. 10. It takes two to make a quarrel, and the one in the wrong is usually the one who does the most talking.” -Unknown

“More marriages might survive if the partners realized that sometimes the better comes after the worse.” -Doug Larson

“A strong marriage rarely has two strong people at the same time. It is a husband and wife who take turns being strong for each other in the moments when the other feels weak.” -Ashley Willis

“It’s true what they say — all the good men are married. But it’s marriage that makes them good.” -Gay Talese, Thy Neighbors Wife

Marriage Gets Better With Time

“Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning, a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature, and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.” -Joseph Addison

“The older I get, the less time I want to spend with the part of the human race that didn’t marry me.” -Robert Brault

“Marriage, ultimately, is the practice of becoming passionate friends.” -Harville Hendrix

“Once we figured out that we could not change each other, we became free to celebrate ourselves as we are.” -H. Dean Rutherford (in a letter to his wife on their 59th wedding anniversary)

“Enjoy the little things in life… For one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.” -Robert Brault

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

“Marriage provides the solace of worked-on friendship and the joy of being known profoundly.” -Imogene Stubbs

“Was it love at first sight? It wasn’t then – but it sure is now.” -Ann Meara (comedian Ben Stiller’s mom), married 58 years

“A good marriage at age 50 predicted positive aging at 80. But, surprisingly, low cholesterol levels did not.” -George Valliant, MD, Harvard Medical School

“Marriage is like a fine wine, if tended properly, it just gets better with age.” -Unknown

“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

“It was not the days of ease that made our marriage stronger and happier; it was working through the difficult parts.” -Karen Swallow Prior

“Commitment has kind eyes. He wears sturdy shoes. Everything is vivid when he is around. It is wonderful to sit and have lunch in his gardens around harvest time. You can taste in the vegetables that the soil has been cared for.” -J. Ruth Gendler

Love and Loving

“There’s no bad consequence to loving fully, with all your heart. You always gain by giving love. It’s like that beautiful Shakespeare quote from Romeo and Juliet: ‘My bounty is as boundless as the sea. My love is deep. The more I give to thee, the more I have. For both are infinite.'”  -Reese Witherspoon

“Marriage: Love is the reason. Lifelong friendship is the gift. Kindness is the cause. Til’ death do us part is the length.” -Fawn Weaver

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

“To find someone who will love you for no reason, and to shower that person with reasons, that is the ultimate happiness.” -Robert Brault

“We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.” -Sam Keen

“Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.” -Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The greatest weakness of most humans is their hesitancy to tell others how much they love them while they’re still alive.” -Orlando Battista

“This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love; the more they give, the more they possess.” -Rainer Maria Rilke

“Married couples who love each other tell each other a thousand things without talking.” -Chinese Proverb

“Love is patient. Love is kind. Love does not envy. Love does not boast. Love is not proud. Love is not rude. Love is not self-seeking. Love is not easily angered. Love keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil. Love rejoices with the truth. Love always protects. Love always trusts. Love always hopes. Love always perseveres. Love never fails.” -1 Corinthians 13: 4-8

“Being someone’s first love may be great, but to be their last is beyond perfect.” -Unknown

“I am in love and out of it I will not go.” -C.S. Lewis

“I’m not here because I’m supposed to be here or because I’m trapped here, but because I’d rather be with you than anywhere else in the world.” -Richard Bach (The Bridge Across Forever)

“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

“Real love is when you are completely committed to someone even when they are being completely unlovable.” -Dave Willis

“We cannot start over, but we can begin now and make a new ending.” -Zig Ziglar

“The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” -Audrey Hepburn

“If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive.” -Mother Teresa

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