Marriage is a big step in one’s life. It is both exciting and frightening. On one hand, marriage gives us the opportunity to create a new life of love, connection, and adventure while on the other hand, it demands us to walk the same path with another person, despite all differences and incompatibilities that might occur.
As challenging as it surely is, marriage is also a fun and exciting adventure when we marry the right person. Check out these marriage quotes and learn how to view marriage in a new light.
1. On Always Falling in Love
A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. ~ Mignon McLaughlin
Falling in love is easy but remaining in love is actually complicated. Only when we are able to stay in love as time goes by and difficulties arise we show the true loving power of our hearts. To discover our loved one in a new, exciting light is the true joy of a loving, lasting relationship.
2. On Marriage and Friendship
It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
A passionate love does not necessarily translate into a happy marriage. Marriage needs more ingredients than just love, and friendship is one of them. A solid friendship between two lovers says more about their compatibility than a passionate, ardent love affair.
3. On Connection and Compatibility
A good husband makes a good wife. ~ John Florio
A happy marriage is the work of two people, never just one. A good wife encourages the husband to give his best to the relationship, so as a good husband motivates the wife to give her best to their marriage. A good marriage is always a relationship of balance.
4. On Commitment
If I get married, I want to be very married. ~ Audrey Hepburn
When we do things half-heartedly we sabotage ourselves. Only when we give ourselves fully and completely to everything we do is when we can hope to achieve great things. Commitment and passion distinguish between an exciting life and a mediocre one, and the same is true for marriage and relationships.
5. On Having Faith in Marriage
One should believe in marriage as in the immortality of the soul. ~ Honore de Balzac
There is no point in marrying if we don’t believe in marriage. If we do not see marriage as a sacred connection of love and life-lasting companionship then we won’t be able to see how it can work. As in many aspects of life, having faith is a crucial condition that allows for miracles to happen.
6. On the Institution of Marriage
Marriage is a fine institution, but I’m not ready for an institution. ~ Mae West
Marriage is a very serious commitment that not many people are willing to make. Some people might see it as an obligation imposed by society. However, each marriage and each love are unique in their own ways. In the institution of marriage, each couple makes their own rules.
7. On Love and Support
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. ~ Lao Tzu
A good marriage is founded on a profound relationship of love. The best thing about love is its power to demand so much from us, yet giving us so much at the same time. Feeling loved and loving are both empowering. Through love, we are determined to be better, to do better.
8. On Good Marriages
There is no more lovely, friendly, and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage. ~ Martin Luther
Unlike family relationships or friendships, marriage is unique because it involves conscious choice, lifelong commitment, common goals and very high compatibility. That is why when a marriage is successful, it becomes more fulfilling than any other type of relationship.
9. On the Secret of a Happy Marriage
The secret of a happy marriage remains a secret. ~ Henry Youngman
There is no secret to a happy marriage because each marriage is different. Each couple creates their own rules, their own agenda of goals and dreams, and each has their own love language. What may work in a marriage might not work in another.
10. On Sharing Your Life
What I love most about my home is who I share it with. ~ Tad Carpenter
Sharing our lives with someone we love is very exciting. They are always there for us, talking, touching, sharing laughter and misfortunes, making plans, and keeping us company. This powerful connection makes every dull detail of daily life seem like an amazing occasion for love.
11. On Compatibility
What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are but how you deal with incompatibility. ~ Leo Tolstoy
In a marriage, a good compatibility goes a long way. However, the strength of the marriage is more correlated with the couple’s relation to their incompatibility. Can they move past differences? Can they compromise? Can they see where the other is coming from? These are the questions that dictate the success of a marriage.
12. On Happy Marriages
A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short. ~ Andre Maurois
When two people are happily married, they enjoy each other’s company with the greatest delight and excitement. As many moments they would spent together and as many conversations they would share, it is never enough. They can find endless joy in discovering each other and in sharing their being with the other.
13. On Loving and Being Love
To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides. ~ David Viscott
Love is an amazing feeling, but it can also turn into a heart-breaking experience when it is not reciprocated. Love achieves its highest, ultimate goal, when it is a mutual feeling that brings two people together in the most intimate and profound way.
14. On the Success of Marriage
Happy marriages begin when we marry the ones we love, and they blossom when we love the ones we marry. ~ Tom Mullen
Some might say that while being a celebration of love, marriage is also a test that is meant to reveal how strong love actually is. In a happy marriage, love flourishes despite misunderstandings, conflicts, or hidden incompatibilities.
15. On Love and Marriage
You don’t marry the person you can live with … you marry the person you can’t live without. ~ Unknown
The higher our ability to compromise and our level of tolerance, the easier it is to make any relationship work. When it comes to marriage however, it is best for our own well-being to choose a relationship that is less based on effort, and more based on the passionate need for the other.
16. On Soulmates
Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same. ~ Emily Bronte
In a good marriage, the husband and wife reach such a deep level of understanding and love, that they feel made for each other. Their personalities became fluid, influencing each other while their goals and desires merge together. The couple becomes a unity.
17. On Marriage as the Ultimate Connection
When a marriage works, nothing on earth can take its place. ~ Helen Gahagan
Finding oneself in a good marriage is not an easily achievable goal. It takes time and effort to find that special one, and it takes effort to sustain such a deep connection with serious commitment. Despite the difficulties, marriage can bring a unique set of gifts into our lives, which can hardly be found elsewhere.
18. On God and Marriage
Marrying for love may be a bit risky, but it is so honest that God can’t help but smile on it. ~ Josh Billings
Like many other important things in life, marriage is a bet. We cannot control our feelings, nor the circumstances and changes that life forces upon us. Marrying is very often a proof of courage and faith. Our hope in love is what makes us human and our lives worthwhile.
19. On Finding the Right Person
Marriage is not about age; it’s about finding the right person. ~ Sophia Bush
Marriage has become something we must all do, preferably at a specific time in our lives, under certain special conditions, such as financial security or others. We forget that the most important thing for a happy marriage is finding the right person, and this is something we cannot control, as much as we would try.
20. On Judging a Good Marriage
Marriage is like wine. It is not be properly judged until the second glass. ~ Douglas William Jerrold
Love can make us blind to many things, including the fact that the choices we make are not very wise. This is one of the reasons why a passionate love not supported by a solid compatibility can end up in an unsatisfying marriage. However, it takes a lot of time to be able to assess the success of a marriage.
21. On the Responsibility of Marriage
Getting married is really like taking on a big new job. ~ Rosamunde Pilcher
Getting married brings a lot of excitement and novelty into your life, but at the same time, it creates a new series of responsibilities and duties, requiring effort and commitment. Just as a getting a new job, getting married has its own perks, but when managed right, can bring a lot of happiness and satisfaction.
22. On Investing in Marriage
The more time you invest in a marriage, the more valuable it becomes. ~ Amy Grant
A marriage takes both love and commitment, and for this reason it must be nourished properly to survive and strive. Time is a key element in this equation. As we give more and more time to our loved one, the connection deepens and fortifies.
23. On Marriage and Love
Love is often the fruit of marriage. ~ Moliere
In normal circumstances, marriage should be the fruit of love. We love and decide to invest in one another by engaging seriously through marriage. However, most couple confuse falling in love with loving. They marry without actually loving, but as time goes on, they finally meet love in its real form.
24. On Marriage as a Gamble
Marriage is a gamble, let’s be honest. ~ Yoko Ono
As much as we would deny it, especially when we are in love, marriage is a risky bet. We don’t know how our love will survive through time or hardships, we don’t know how strongly we are able to commit, and finally, we don’t know how each person will change. Despite often times being a gamble, marriage is still a worthy gamble.
25. On Second Chances
There’s only one way to have a happy marriage and as soon as I learn what it is I’ll get married again. ~ Clint Eastwood
Marriage is an experience that brings a lot of hidden sides of ourselves to the surface. We cannot find what makes a good marriage, before actually marrying personally. As a learning experience, a marriage might fail. However, this should not make lose our faith in marriage nor in love.
26. On Marriage as a Duet
Marriage should be a duet – when one sings, the other claps. ~ Joe Murray
Marriage is a partnership in which both the husband and the wife have their own part and bring their own personalities, quirks, goals, and ideals. To be able to balance all these differences successfully means creating a mutually beneficial and rewarding partnership of love.
27. On Having a Sense of Humor
A sense of humor is great – it goes a long, long way in a marriage. ~ Chris Rock
Marriage seems like a serious deal, but there is no reason why it should not be fun. Having a sense of humor can work wonders in case of misunderstanding or conflict and it can create a bond through shared laughter. We cannot be mad for too long on the person who makes us laugh.
28. On the Ideal Marriage
An ideal wife is any woman who has an ideal husband. ~ Booth Tarkington
To expect an ideal partner we must be an ideal partner ourselves. We don’t need to impose such harsh expectations on the person we love. Two people who love each other will grow together and will learn to be the best for the other.
29. On Marriage and Change
They say marriage will change you but it didn’t change me. Being in love changed me. ~ R. Kelly
Marriage is a big step in a relationship, but in a loving relationship it is not such a big change. An official document does not necessarily make the feelings for each other better or stronger. Love is the only state that changes us, takes us from our comfort zone to a new life. Marriage just settles the deal.
30. On Trust
The great thing about marriage is that it creates trust, the most precious of things. ~ Theodore Zeldin
Trust is a very fragile thing but it is the underlying structure that makes a relationship real and authentic. Trust is a prerequisite for marriage, but marriage also creates trust on its own. Having complete trust in the other and offering our full trust in return is a beautiful, unique thing and the most important measure of a happy marriage.
31. On Marriage as a Partnership
It takes two to make a marriage a success and only one to make it a failure. ~ Herbert Samuel
A happy marriage requires both people to be equally involved and equally willing to give their best so their relationship can strive. It is not enough to have only one put all their efforts into the marriage. If it is not a mutual commitment, marriage loses both its purpose and its beauty.