Marriage is one of the greatest blessings in life, and choosing your spouse is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. The idea of settling down and getting married might seem old fashioned to some, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still an important goal for many people. Whether you need marriage advice for newlyweds, are wondering what makes a good marriage, or are searching for marriage advice or funny marriage quotes. You’ll find over 120 beautiful marriage quotes to help you make your marriage the best it can be.
Marriage is what we make of it, but sometimes we could all use a little inspiration. Look through our collection of marriage quotes to get all the inspiration you need to keep your marriage flourishing.
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80 Beautiful Marriage Quotes
Marriage does not guarantee you will be together forever, it’s only paper. It takes love, respect, trust, understanding, friendship, and faith in your relationship to make it last.
“Marriage is the most natural state of man, and the state in which you will find solid happiness.” – Benjamin Frank
There is no such thing as a perfect marriage because it is made of imperfect people. God is the only one that is perfect and having Him in the middle of your marriage guarantees perfection in all the imperfect circumstances.
“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
A perfect marriage is just two imperfect people who refuse to give up on each other.
“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 stands the test of times when both you and your spouse work towards making things better. And we are tested the most when we face adversities. If you can sail through the adversities as one, as a team, then you have won half the battle.” – Unknown
“Marriage is like watching the color of leaves in the fall; ever changing and more stunningly beautiful with each passing day.” – Fawn Weaver
“The real act of marriage takes place in the heart, not in the ballroom or church or synagogue. It’s a choice you make- not just on your wedding day, but over and over again – and that choice is reflected in the way you treat your husband or wife.” – Barbara De Angelis
“The essence of marriage is companionship, and the woman you face across the coffee urn every morning for ninety-nine years must be both able to appreciate your jokes and to sympathize with your aspirations.” – Elbert Hubbard
“Marriages are like fingerprints; each one is different and each one is beautiful.” – Maggie Reyes
Marriage lets you annoy one special person for the rest of your life.
“A good marriage is the union of two good forgivers.” – Ruth Bell Graham
“When a man opens a car door for his wife, it’s either a new car or a new wife.” – Prince Philip
“Never marry the one you can live with, marry the one you cannot live without.” – Unknown
“I have a best friend as a husband, and he is my number one supporter. He’s a family man, and he’s always giving back to God. That is what makes him a beautiful man. We’re not perfect by any means, but that makes us beautiful as well. We’re not afraid to say we’re not perfect. We have our disagreements, but that comes along with marriage.” – Tamera Mowry
“A good marriage is a contest of generosity.” – Diane Sawyer
“A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.” – Andre Maurois
“Marriage is a fine institution, but I’m not ready for an institution.”― Mae West
“Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.” – Benjamin Franklin
Marriage is a gift from God to us. The quality of our marriage is our gift to Him.
“When marrying, ask yourself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this person into your old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory.”– Friedrich Nietzsche
“A great marriage isn’t something that just happens; it’s something that must be created.” – Fawn Weaver
“My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.” – Winston Churchill
“A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love.” – Pearl S. Buck
“Marriage a bond between a person who never remembers anniversaries and another who never forgets them.” – Ogden Nash
Marriage cannot thrive on the leftover attention. It has to get the best effort!
“Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife.” – Franz Schubert
“A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband.” – Michel de Montaigne
“I think long-lasting, healthy relationships are more important than the idea of marriage. At the root of every successful marriage is a strong partnership.” – Carson Daly
“Many marriages would be better if the husband and the wife clearly understood that they are on the same side.” – Zig Ziglar
“Marriage is a wonderful institution… but who wants to live in an institution?” – Groucho Marx
“Marriage is like trading in the adoration of many for the sarcasm of one.” – Mae West
“If I get married, I want to be very married.” – Audrey Hepburn
“Marriage is not about age; it’s about finding the right person.” – Sophia Bush
“Marriage, to women as to men, must be a luxury, not a necessity; an incident of life, not all of it.” – Susan B. Anthony
“In other relationships, people are different entities but in marriage, the couple is considered as one. This is what makes marriage a different kind of bond.” – Mark McGrann
“Marriage is over in an hour, and yet it takes a lifetime to be really married.” – E. Stanley Jones
“Marriage is a huge investment: of time, of energy and of emotion. Protect and keep contributing to your investment.” – Karen Gordon
You cannot make your marriage all good by yourself! But you can make it better all by yourself.
Marriage is not 50-50, divorce is 50-50. Marriage is 100-100 – it isn’t dividing everything in half but giving everything that you have got.
“By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.” – Socrates
“The secret to a happy marriage is if you can be at peace with someone within four walls, if you are content because the one you love is near to you, either upstairs or downstairs, or in the same room, and you feel that warmth that you don’t find very often, then that is what love is all about.” – Bruce Forsyth
“Marriage, ultimately, is the practice of becoming passionate friends.” – Harville Hendrix
“Why does a woman work ten years to change a man, then complain he’s not the man she married?”
― Barbra Streisand
“You can measure the happiness of a marriage by the number of scars that each partner carries on their tongues, earned from years of biting back angry words.”― Elizabeth Gilbert
“Some people claim that marriage interferes with romance. There’s no doubt about it. Anytime you have a romance, your wife is bound to interfere.”― Groucho Marx
The most successful marriages are those where both husband and wife seek to build the self-esteem of the other.
“I assumed all marriages which fail have one or both of the spouses doing something wrong and the wrongdoing leads to a breakup. I was wrong. Doing nothing is equally as bad. Because people don’t float together, they float apart. To stay together, you need a tether. To thrive, a couple must cling and cleave as if there’s a massive wave coming at them. Because there is a wave called drift – laziness, selfishness, convenience, comfortable, resentment, indiscipline, busy. And before long, you look around, and you lost sight of your spouse. Stay tethered: live your vows. Your relationship is counting on it. “ – Ngina Otiende
Make your marriage your own. Don’t look at other marriages and wish you had something else. Work to shape your marriage so that it is satisfying for both of you.
“A good marriage is one where each partner secretly suspects they got the better deal.” – Anonymous
“No long-term marriage is made easily, and there have been times when I’ve been so angry or so hurt that I thought my love would never recover. And then, in the midst of near despair, something has happened beneath the surface. A bright little flashing fish of hope has flicked silver fins and the water is bright and suddenly I am returned to a state of love again — till next time. I’ve learned that there will always be a next time, and that I will submerge in darkness and misery, but that I won’t stay submerged. And each time something has been learned under the waters; something has been gained; and a new kind of love has grown. The best I can ask for is that this love, which has been built on countless failures, will continue to grow. I can say no more than that this is mystery, and gift, and that somehow or other, through grace, our failures can be redeemed and blessed.”― Madeleine L’Engle
“An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets, the more interested he is in her.” – Agatha Christie
“Your marriage is a glorious bond but don’t take it as an easy task. It is meant to be worked upon similar to all of your other relationships.” – Raymond Eido
“Your marriage vows are most important in those moments when they are most difficult to keep.” – Dave Willis
“When two people become one by way of marriage, it is not only their hearts that are united, but their minds and souls as well.” – Julie Donner Anderson
“Men don’t settle down because of the right woman. They settle down because they are finally ready for it. Whatever woman they’re dating when they get ready is the one they settle down with, not necessarily the best one or the prettiest, just the one who happened to be on hand when the time got to be right. Unromantic, but still true.”― Laurell K. Hamilton
Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory. Abraham Lincoln
Wedding is like getting to have a sleepover with your best friend, every single night!
Never get married in college; it’s hard to get a start if a prospective employer finds you’ve already made one mistake. Elbert Hubbard
“Marriage is such a beautiful relationship and a gift from God. It’s God’s design, created between a man and a woman.” – Whitney Meade
Marry someone who laughs at the same things you do.
“Marriage is the highest state of friendship. If happy, it lessens our cares by dividing them, at the same time that it doubles our pleasures by mutual participation.” – Samuel Richardson
“Marriage is not just spiritual communion, it is also remembering to take out the trash.” – Joyce Brothers
Marriage is not a revolving door. You’re either in or out.
“God, the best maker of all marriages, Combine your hearts into one.” – William Shakespeare
“I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury.”― Groucho Marx
“The bride and groom–May their joys be as bright as the morning, and their sorrows but shadows that fade in the sunlight of love.”– Minna Thomas Antrim
“People go on marrying because they can’t resist natural forces, although many of them may know perfectly well that they are possibly buying a month’s pleasure with a life’s discomfort.”― Thomas Hardy
Marriage is not easy. It takes compromise, sacrifice, and revealing yourself to another person. However, if you are willing to work and submit to the process, it promises great reward.
Your marriage will not be defined by the size of your struggles, but by the size of your commitment towards your struggles.
“Scripture says, in all labor there is profit and nowhere is this more true than in the marriage relationship.” – Wayne Mack
“The great marriages are partnerships. It can’t be a great marriage without being a partnership.” – Helen Mirren
“The older theory was, marry an older man because they’re more mature. But the new theory is men don’t mature. Marry a younger one.” — Rita Rudner
“Before marriage, a man will lie awake all night thinking about something you said; after marriage, he’ll fall asleep before you finish saying it.” — Helen Rowland
“Marriage: a book of which the first chapter is written in poetry and the remaining chapters written in prose.” — Beverley Nichols
“Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. Second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience.” — Oscar Wilde
“At every party there are two kinds of people … those who want to go home and those who don’t. The trouble is, they are usually married to each other.” — Ann Landers
“The secret of a happy marriage remains a secret.” — Henny Youngman
“To keep your marriage brimming, With love in the loving cup, Whenever you’re wrong, admit it; Whenever you’re right, shut up.” — Ogden Nash
60 Quotes About Love and Marriage
“In terms of my marriage, you know, falling in love with my husband was by far the best thing that’s ever happened to me.” – Caroline Kennedy
“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” – Mignon McLaughlin
“Experts on romance say for a happy marriage there has to be more than a passionate love. For a lasting union, they insist, there must be a genuine liking for each other. Which, in my book, is a good definition for friendship.” – Marilyn Monroe
“Love is not weakness. It is strong. Only the sacrament of marriage can contain it.” – Boris Pasternak
“Marriage is not a noun; it’s a verb. It isn’t something you get. It’s something you do. It’s the way you love your partner every day.” – Barbara De Angelis
“I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.” – Rita Rudner
“Happy marriages begin when we marry the ones we love, and they blossom when we love the ones we marry.” – Tom Mullen
“There is no more lovely, friendly, and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.” – Martin Luther
“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
When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to begin as soon as possible.
“Once upon a time, I became yours, and you became mine. And we’ll stay together through the tears and the laughter because that’s what they call happily-ever-after.” – Kathy R. Jeffords
The greatest marriages are built on teamwork, a mutual respect, a healthy dose of admiration, and a never-ending portion of love and grace.
Don’t ever stop dating your wife and don’t ever stop flirting with your husband.
“Simply put, a marriage is not a marriage without the existence of two individuals who promised to love each other.” – Jessica Gardner
Real couples stay faithful. They don’t even think about looking for another because they are too busy looking for ways to show love to each other.
“To love is nothing. To be loved is something. But to be loved by the person you love is everything.” – Unknown
Loving your husband through the hard times, through the valleys, and when he is unlovable, reveals the gospel in us.
“The man who puts into marriage only half of what he owns will get that out.” – Ronald Reagan
“Marriage is another momentous life change. Choose right, and it might be the most positive decision you ever make.” – Patrick Foley
“A strong marriage rarely has two people strong at the same time. It is a husband and wife who take turns being strong for each other in the moment the other is weak.” – Ashley Willis
Marriage is a love story that never ends.
“May this marriage be full of laughter, our every day in paradise.” – Rumi
I believe in marriage, I believe in commitment, I believe in love, togetherness, and family.
A great marriage doesn’t happen because of the love you had in the beginning, but how well you continue building that love until the end.
Where there’s marriage without love, there will be love without marriage. Benjamin Franklin
“The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person. You know they’re right if you love to be with them all the time.”– Julia Child
A strong marriage requires you to love each other, especially on days when you’re struggling to like each other.
“Love may be blind, but marriage is a real eye-opener.” — Unknown
“What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are but how you deal with incompatibility.” — Leo Tolstoy
“It’s tough to stay married. My wife kisses the dog on the lips, yet she won’t drink from my glass.” — Rodney Dangerfield
A marriage is like a house. When a light bulb goes off you don’t go to find a new house, you fix the light bulb.
“After seven years of marriage, I am sure of two things: First, never wallpaper together and second, you’ll need two bathrooms … both for her. The rest is a mystery, but a mystery I love to be involved in.” — Dennis Miller
“Being in a long marriage is a little bit like that nice cup of coffee every morning – I might have it every day, but I still enjoy it.”__Stephen Gaines
I want the kind of marriage that makes my kids want to get married.
“I have learned that only two things are necessary to keep one’s wife happy. First, let her think she’s having her own way. And second, let her have it.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
“Marriage is a mosaic you build with your spouse. Millions of tiny moments that create your love story.”__Jennifer Smith
“As God by creation made two of one, so again by marriage He made one of two.” – Thomas Adams
“After the chills and fever of love, how nice is the 98.6° of marriage.” — Mignon McLaughlin
Bachelors know more about women than married men; if they didn’t they’d be married too. H. L. Mencken
“Marriage is a workshop…where the husband works and the wife shops.” -Riaz Nassurally
“Marriage is like twirling a baton, turning hand springs or eating with chopsticks. It looks easy until you try it.” -Helen Rowland
“Marriage is a commitment for life. It is a permanent, lifelong relationship.” -Dada Vaswani
“Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years.” -Simone Signoret
“Marriage is a commitment- a decision to do, all through life, that which will express your love for one’s spouse.” -Herman H. Kieval
“Marriage: A legal or religious ceremony by which two persons of the opposite sex solemnly agree to harass and spy on each other for ninety-nine years, or until death do them join.”
Before marriage, a girl has to make love to a man to hold him. After marriage, she has to hold him to make love to him. Marilyn Monroe
You married the woman you loved, now love the woman you married.
“All marriages are happy. It’s the living together afterward that causes all the trouble.”
“For my parents’ generation, the idea was not that marriage was about some kind of idealized, romantic love; it was a partnership. It’s about creating family; it’s about creating offspring.” -Aasif Mandvi
“I say to my children, the reason that marriage – and having children – is so important is that it stops you thinking about yourself. The way to happiness is to give yourself to others and to think of others before you think of yourself.” –Terry Wogan
“Always remember that the most important thing in a good marriage is not happiness, but stability.” -Gabriel Garcia Marquez
“The institution of marriage works better when there’s a spiritual connection. If you’re marrying just for the sake of the woman, then you may lose interest in each other very soon. When we marry in the interest of the Holy Spirit with the intention of serving God and humanity, then it gives a much larger perspective.” -A. R. Rahman
“When you make the sacrifice in marriage, you’re sacrificing not to each other but to unity in a relationship.” -Joseph Campbell
“Marriage: Love is the reason. Lifelong friendship is the gift. Kindness is the cause. Til’ death do us part is the length.” -Fawn Weaver
“You don’t marry one person; you marry three: the person you think they are, the person they are, and the person they are going to become as a result of being married to you.” -Richard Needham
“The goal in marriage is not to think alike, but to think together.” -Robert C. Dodds
“In every marriage more than a week old, there are grounds for divorce. The trick is to find, and continue to find, grounds for marriage.” -Robert Anderson
“It’s a good marriage because each of us is what we are, allows the other one to be themselves, and appreciates each other for the right reason. You know, it’s rare that you’ll find two people who don’t try to change the other person and let everyone be what they are.” -Peter Marino
“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
“Finding good partners is the key to success in anything: in business, in marriage and, especially, in investing.” -Robert Kiyosaki