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Famous Marriage Quotations

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"My wife and I have the secret to making a marriage last. Two times a week, we go to a nice restaurant, a little wine, good food. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays."
by Henny Youngman
"One fool at least in every married couple."
by Henry Fielding
"Once you are married, there is nothing for you, not even suicide, but to be good."
by Robert Louis Stevenson
"Marriage is the operation by which a woman's vanity and a man's egotism are extracted without an anaesthetic."
by Helen Rowland
"Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures."
by Samuel Johnson
"It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage."
by Jane Austen
"Incompatibility. In matrimony a similarity of tastes, particularly the taste for domination."
by Ambrose Bierce
"It is obvious that all sense has gone out of modern marriage: which is, however, no objection to marriage but to modernity."
by Friedrich Nietzsche
"When a girl marries, she exchanges the attentions of all the other men of her acquaintance for the inattention of just one."
by Helen Rowland
"One was never married, and that's his hell; another is, and that's his plague."
by Robert Burton
"Married life requires shared mystery even when all the facts are known."
by Richard Ford
"Marriage. The state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress and two slaves, making in all, two."
by Ambrose Bierce
"Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards."
by Benjamin Franklin
"There is, indeed, nothing that so much seduces reason from vigilance, as the thought of passing life with an amiable woman."
by Samuel Johnson
"There is, hidden or flaunted, a sword between the sexes till an entire marriage reconciles them."
by C.S. Lewis
"A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table, than when his wife talks Greek."
by Samuel Johnson
"After marriage, a woman's sight becomes so keen that she can see right through her husband without looking at him, and a man's so dull that he can look right through his wife without seeing her."
by Helen Rowland
"A husband is what's left of the lover after the nerve has been extracted."
by Helen Rowland
"The deep, deep peace of the double-bed after the hurly-burly of the chaise-lounge."
by Patrick Campbell
"The dread of loneliness is greater than the fear of bondage, so we get married."
by Cyril Connolly
"The institution of marriage in all societies is a pattern within which the strains put by civilization on males and females alike must be resolved, a pattern within which men must learn, in return for a variety of elaborate rewards, new forms in which sexual spontaneity is still possible, and women must learn to discipline their receptivity to a thousand other considerations."
by Margaret Mead
"The world must be peopled. When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married."
by William Shakespeare
"There is more of good nature than of good sense at the bottom of most marriages."
by Henry David Thoreau
"There would be no society if living together depended upon understanding each other."
by Eric Hoffer
"There is no such thing as being good to your wife."
by Gertrude Stein
"There is no more lovely, friendly, and charming relationship, communion, or company than a good marriage."
by Martin Luther
"They've already been married and I think many people find it degrading to pretend that their marriage doesn't exist, ... They shouldn't have to forfeit their marriage license at the Connecticut border."
by Mary Bonauto
"They flaunt their conjugal felicity in one's face, as if it were the most fascinating of sins."
by Oscar Wilde
"They dream in courtship, but in wedlock wake."
by Alexander Pope
"This corrupt deed by state legislators will energize voters to sign the http://www.VoteYesMarriage.com petition a month from now, to protect marriage rights for one man and one woman once and for all,"
by Randy Thomasson
"Time turns the old days to derision, Our loves into corpses or wives; And marriage and death and division Make barren our lives"
by Algernon Swinburne
"Those Marriages generally abound most with Love and Constancy, that are preceded by a long Courtship."
by Joseph Addison
"Today's turn of events brings me great sadness. I had hoped to keep this marriage together."
by Donna Hanover
"To marry unequally is to suffer equally."
by Henri Frederic Amiel
"Unions in wedlock are perverted by the victory of shameless passion that masters the female among men and beasts."
by Aeschylus
"Two common reasons are people have a death or a marriage dissolution and they put taxes on the back burner."
by Bill Brunson
"Try praising your wife, even if it does frighten her at first."
by Billy Sunday
"We're here to offer a public witness against a state-mandated undermining of the institution of marriage. Oct. 1 is a tragic day because it's the first day a law goes into effect that states a legislative belief that children don't need both a mom and a dad."
by Peter Wolfgang
"What is virtue but the Trade Unionism of the married?"
by George Bernard Shaw
"When two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal, and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part."
by George Bernard Shaw
"When the doors of perception are cleansed, man will see things as they truly are, infinite."
by Anonymous
"Where there's marriage without love, there will be love without marriage."
by Benjamin Franklin
"Whenever a husband and wife begin to discuss their marriage they are giving evidence at a coroner's inquest."
by H. L. Mencken
"Women want certain things in marriage--the right to a title and a front seat in the lap of luxury."
by Anonymous
"All married couples should learn the art of battle as they should learn the art of making love"
by Anonymous
"All marriages are happy. It's living together afterwards that is difficult."
by Source Unknown
"Any fool can have a trophy wife. It takes a real man to have a trophy marriage."
by Diane Sollee
"Both marriage and death ought to be welcome: The one promises happiness, doubtless the other assures it."
by Anonymous
"For it is mutual trust, even more than mutual interest that holds human associations together. Our friends seldom profit us but they make us feel safe... Marriage is a scheme to accomplish exactly that same end."
by H.L. Mencken
"For it is mutual trust, even more than mutual interest that holds human associations together. Our friends seldom profit us but they make us feel safe. Marriage is a scheme to accomplish exactly that same end."
by H. L. Mencken
"Honeymoon lasts not nowadays above a fortnight."
by Samuel Richardson
"He who marries for money earns it."
by Yiddish Proverbs
"I guess the only way to stop divorce is to stop marriage."
by Anonymous
"I don't think a prostitute is more moral than a wife, but they are doing the same thing."
by Prince Philip
"I definitely think marriage should be redefined."
by Linda Halsey
"I talk marriage; they talk weddings!"
by Robert Capon
"I have come to the conclusion never again to think of marrying, and for this reason, I can never be satisfied with anyone who would be blockhead enough to have me."
by Anonymous
"I'll tell you how I knew my marriage was over ââ?¬â?? I was told. I'd marry her all over again because I still love her. It would be a lot easier to walk away if I didn't."
by Nick Lachey
"If we repealed all the laws of the world, ... marriage would still exist."
by Tom McClintock
"If more can be encouraged to participate in marriage preparation, divorces will be reduced."
by Alan Hawkins
"In our monogamous part of the world, to marry means to halve one's rights and double one's duties."
by Arthur Schopenhauer
"It is easier to be a lover than a husband for the simple reason that it is more difficult to be witty every day than to say pretty things from time to time."
by Honore De Balzac
"In states that Kerry had to be competitive in, he was less competitive because gay marriage was on the ballot starting with Ohio."
by Tony Quinn
"Love before marriage is absolutely necessary."
by Samuel Richardson
"Like everything which is not the involuntary result of fleeting emotion but the creation of time and will, any marriage, happy or unhappy, is infinitely more interesting than any romance, however passionate."
by W. Auden
"Let a man do what he will by a single woman, the world is encouragingly apt to think Marriage a sufficient amends."
by Samuel Richardson
"Maryland Democrats realize that the only institutions that anti-marriage amendments seek to protect are the political careers of the politicians who push them. Democrats in Maryland have extended an example of leadership that should be emulated by our party leaders in neighboring states."
by Eric Stern
"Married people should not be quick to hear what is said by either when in ill humor."
by Samuel Richardson
"Marriages are made in heaven and consummated on Earth."
by John Lyly
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by Like I
"Marriage, like money, is still with us; and, like money, progressively devalued."
by Robert Graves
"Marriage must be a relation either of sympathy or of conquest."
by George Eliot
"Marriage is the best state for man in general, and every man is a worst man in proportion to the level he is unfit for marriage."
by Anonymous
"No religious organization must be allowed to impose its biased views on the rest of us about what they consider to be proper morality, education, sexual behavior, marriage, divorce, birth control, abortion, stem cell research by legislating their private prejudices on the rest of us."
by Bernard Katz
"Our marriage license is in the water."
by Scott Jackson
"Promiscuity is like never reading past the first page. Monogamy is like reading the same book over and over."
by Mason Cooley
"People sometimes ask me why I wrote this as a novel instead of as a nonfiction book, ... It's because the terrain that I'm exploring, the emotions, aren't documented, as is the case in most marriages. The private thoughts aren't known and that's what I wanted to pursue here. I took it to my imagination and to the skills of fiction writing in order to write about this marriage."
by David Ebershoff
"That's what a man wants in a wife, mostly; he wants to make sure one fool tells him he's wise."
by George Eliot
"She is a wife who is the soul of her husband."
by Hitopadesa Hitopadesa
"Often the difference between a successful marriage and a mediocre one consists of leaving about three or four things a day unsaid."
by Harlan Miller
"Not cohabitation but consensus constitutes marriage."
by Marcus Tullius Cicero
"Marriage is that relation between man and woman in which the independence is equal, the dependence mutual, and the obligation reciprocal."
by Louis K. Anspacher
"Marriage is one long conversation, chequered by disputes."
by Robert Louis Stevenson
"Marriage is not a love affair. A love affair is a totally different thing. A marriage is a commitment to that which you are. That person is literally your other half. And you and the other are one. A love affair isn�t that. That is a relationship of pleasure, and when it gets to be unpleasurable , it�s off. But a marriage is a life commitment, and a life commitment means the prime concern of your life. If marriage is not the prime concern, you are not married."
by Anonymous
"Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory."
by Abraham Lincoln
"Marriage is like a beleaguered fortress: those who are outside want to get in, and those inside want to get out"
by French Proverb
"Marriage is good enough for the lower classes: they have facilities for desertion that are denied to us."
by George Bernard Shaw
"Marriage is distinctly and repeatedly excluded from heaven. Is this because it is thought likely to mar the general felicity?"
by Samuel Butler
"Marriage is an institution, but who wants to live in an institution?"
by Source Unknown
"Marital Freedom: The liberty that allows a husband to do exactly that which his wife pleases."
by Source Unknown
"Love, the strongest and deepest element in all life, the harbinger of hope, of joy, of ecstasy; love, the defier of all laws, of all conventions; love, the freest, the most powerful molder of human destiny; how can such an all-compelling force be synonymous with that poor little State and Church-begotten weed, marriage?"
by Anonymous
"Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious; both are disappointed."
by Oscar Wilde
"In marriage, the greater cuckold of the two is the lover"
by Paul Gauguin
"In marriage, a man becomes slack and selfish, and undergoes a fatty degeneration of his moral being."
by Robert Louis Stevenson
"Instead of helping his cause, Mayor Newsom has set back the same-sex marriage agenda and laid the foundation for the pro-marriage movement to once and for all win this battle to preserve traditional marriage,"
by Mathew Staver
"My whole working philosophy is that the only stable happiness for mankind is that it shall live married in blessed union to woman-kind --intimacy, physical and psychical between a man and his wife. I wish to add that my state of bliss is by no means perfect."
by Anonymous
"It doesn't much signify whom one marries, for one is sure to find out the next morning that it was someone else."
by Will Rogers
"I'm someone who's always looked forward to marriage. My parents being together for so long made marriage that much more important."
by Greg Kinnear
"I left Johnny after 36 years of marriage, and I stayed away from him for two years, ... I refused to visit him for two years and would not take his calls from prison."
by Victoria Gotti
"If you want to sacrifice the admiration of many men for the criticism of one, go ahead, get married."
by Katharine Hepburn


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