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Marriage Quotes

Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory.

Abraham Lincoln

It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.

Friedrich Nietzsche

A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband.

Michel de Montaigne

I’d marry again if I found a man who had fifteen million dollars, would sign over half to me, and guarantee that he’d be dead within a year.
Bette Davis

Bette Davis

My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.

Winston Churchill

Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.

Where there’s marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.

Benjamin Franklin

There is nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It is a thing no married man knows anything about.

Oscar Wilde

One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry.

Oscar Wilde

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

Marriage is a great institution, but I’m not ready for an institution.

Mae West

He’s the kind of man a woman would have to marry to get rid of.

Mae West

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.


Politics doesn’t make strange bedfellows – marriage does.

Groucho Marx

Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who wants to live in an institution?

Groucho Marx

Well married a person has wings, poorly married shackles.

Henry Ward Beecher

Bachelors know more about women than married men; if they didn’t they’d be married too.

H. L. Mencken

Men have a much better time of it than women. For one thing, they marry later; for another thing, they die earlier.

H. L. Mencken

Marriage, n: the state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves, making in all, two.

Ambrose Bierce

Love: A temporary insanity curable by marriage.

Ambrose Bierce

If I get married, I want to be very married.

Audrey Hepburn

He that loves not his wife and children feeds a lioness at home, and broods a nest of sorrows.

Jeremy Taylor

When you make the sacrifice in marriage, you’re sacrificing not to each other but to unity in a relationship.

Joseph Campbell

It’s tough to stay married. My wife kisses the dog on the lips, yet she won’t drink from my glass.

Rodney Dangerfield

Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave.

Martin Luther

Bachelors have consciences, married men have wives.

Samuel Johnson

Marriage must incessantly contend with a monster that devours everything: familiarity.

Honore de Balzac

A good husband is never the first to go to sleep at night or the last to awake in the morning.

Honore de Balzac

When I get married, it’ll be no secret.

Elvis Presley

Marriage is the alliance of two people, one of whom never remembers birthdays and the other who never forgets them.

Ogden Nash

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

The first time you marry for love, the second for money, and the third for companionship.

Jackie Kennedy

I think the best thing I can do is to be a distraction. A husband lives and breathes his work all day long. If he comes home to more table thumping, how can the poor man ever relax?

Jackie Kennedy

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.

W. H. Auden

When women hold off from marrying men, we call it independence. When men hold off from marrying women, we call it fear of commitment.

Warren Farrell

Perhaps my problem in marriage – and it is the problem of many women – was to want both intimacy and independence. It is a difficult line to walk, yet both needs are important to a marriage.

Hedy Lamarr

Marriage is a gamble, let’s be honest.

Yoko Ono

Marriage is a difficult project. When seven years have passed and all your body’s cells have been replaced, you’re meant to experience that seven-year itch.

Yoko Ono

A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.

John Steinbeck

On rare occasions one does hear of a miraculous case of a married couple falling in love after marriage, but on close examination it will be found that it is a mere adjustment to the inevitable.

Emma Goldman

Husbands are like fires – they go out when they’re left unattended.


Marriage is a great institution.

Elizabeth Taylor

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.


A man in love is incomplete until he has married. Then he’s finished.

Zsa Zsa Gabor

Getting divorced just because you don’t love a man is almost as silly as getting married just because you do.

Zsa Zsa Gabor

I married the first man I ever kissed. When I tell this to my children, they just about throw up.

Barbara Bush

Instead of getting married again, I’m going to find a woman I don’t like and give her a house.

Lewis Grizzard

Marriage is not about age; it’s about finding the right person.

Sophia Bush

Marriage: A word which should be pronounced ‘mirage’.

Herbert Spencer

There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.

Princess Diana

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.

Mignon McLaughlin

If you made a list of reasons why any couple got married, and another list of the reasons for their divorce, you’d have a hell of a lot of overlapping.

Mignon McLaughlin

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

For years my wedding ring has done its job. It has led me not into temptation. It has reminded my husband numerous times at parties that it’s time to go home. It has been a source of relief to a dinner companion. It has been a status symbol in the maternity ward.

Erma Bombeck

Marriage has no guarantees. If that’s what you’re looking for, go live with a car battery.

Erma Bombeck

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

Marrying for love may be a bit risky, but it is so honest that God can’t help but smile on it.

Josh Billings

No man is regular in his attendance at the House of Commons until he is married.

Benjamin Disraeli

Do you know what it means to come home at night to a woman who’ll give you a little love, a little affection, a little tenderness? It means you’re in the wrong house, that’s what it means.

Henny Youngman

The secret of a happy marriage remains a secret.

Henny Youngman

She’s been married so many times she has rice marks on her face.

Henny Youngman

If you want to sacrifice the admiration of many men for the criticism of one, go ahead, get married.

Katharine Hepburn

Marriage is a series of desperate arguments people feel passionately about.

Katharine Hepburn

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

Jane Austen

Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.

Jane Austen

Marrying an old bachelor is like buying second-hand furniture.

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Marriage is good for those who are afraid to sleep alone at night.

St. Jerome

They dream in courtship, but in wedlock wake.

Alexander Pope

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 like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside equally desperate to get out.

Michel de Montaigne

If there is such a thing as a good marriage, it is because it resembles friendship rather than love.

Michel de Montaigne

I’ve had an exciting time; I married for love and got a little money along with it.

Rose Kennedy

Marriage is an adventure, like going to war.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Basically my wife was immature. I’d be at home in the bath and she’d come in and sink my boats.

Woody Allen

It’s not beauty but fine qualities, my girl, that keep a husband.


Marriage is a feast where the grace is sometimes better than the dinner.

Charles Caleb Colton

The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin.

Honore de Balzac

Marriages, like careers, need constant nurturing… the secret of having it all is loving it all.

Joyce Brothers

Marriage resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated; often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes between them.

Sydney Smith

Always get married in the morning. That way if it doesn’t work out, you haven’t wasted the whole day.

Mickey Rooney

In almost every marriage there is a selfish and an unselfish partner. A pattern is set up and soon becomes inflexible, of one person always making the demands and one person always giving way.

Iris Murdoch

Marriage is a bribe to make the housekeeper think she’s a householder.

Thornton Wilder

Marriage, it seems, confines every man to his proper rank.

Jean de la Bruyere

It isn’t tying himself to one woman that a man dreads when he thinks of marrying; it’s separating himself from all the others.

Helen Rowland

A husband is what is left of a lover, after the nerve has been extracted.

Helen Rowland

In olden times sacrifices were made at the altar – a practice which is still continued.

Helen Rowland

Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife.

Franz Schubert

The only good husbands stay bachelors: They’re too considerate to get married.

Finley Peter Dunne

A so-called happy marriage corresponds to love as a correct poem to an improvised song.

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

A wedding is a funeral where you smell your own flowers.

Eddie Cantor

Marriage is an attempt to solve problems together which you didn’t even have when you were on your own.

Eddie Cantor

When you have a baby, love is automatic, when you get married, love is earned.

Marie Osmond

An ideal wife is any woman who has an ideal husband.

Booth Tarkington

Love in marriage should be the accomplishment of a beautiful dream, and not, as it too often is, the end.

Alphonse Karr

When a man opens a car door for his wife, it’s either a new car or a new wife.

Prince Philip

I think women are natural caretakers. They take care of everybody. They take care of their husbands and their kids and their dogs, and don’t spend a lot of time just getting back and taking time out.

Reese Witherspoon

Whoever, fleeing marriage and the sorrows that women cause, does not wish to wed comes to a deadly old age.


Bring a wife home to your house when you are of the right age, not far short of 30 years, nor much above; this is the right time for marriage.


The difficulty with marriage is that we fall in love with a personality, but must live with a character.

Peter De Vries

My wife is my soul mate. I can’t imagine being without her.

Matt Damon

If you want to read about love and marriage, you’ve got to buy two separate books.

Alan King

Marriage is nature’s way of keeping us from fighting with strangers.

Alan King

Marriage, like money, is still with us; and, like money, progressively devalued.

Robert Graves

What is marriage and why is it necessary for every people?

Marriage, known as wedlock or marriage is a recognised cultural union between men, partners and between them and their children, as well as between them and their inlaws. marriage is also known as the wedlock.

The definition of marriage differs around the world, not just between cultures and religions, but throughout the history of a single culture and religion.

In terms of who and what is included, it has extended and constrained over time. This is generally an organization that embraces or endorses interpersonal relationships, usually romantic.

In certain cultures, before pursuing any sexual activism, marriage is recommended or considered mandatory. When broadly defined, marriage is regarded as a universal culture.

A wedding is considered a marriage ceremony. For several reasons, individuals can marry for legal, societal, libidinal, emotional, financial, spiritual, religious or other purposes.

Age, socially defined incest rules, prescriptive marriage laws, parental choice and individual preferences will affect whomever they marry. Cultural custom can be observed in many parts of the world, arranged marriage, child marriage, slavery, and even forced marriage.

In comparison, these activities in parts of the world may be banned and penalized because of concerns about violation of women’s or children’s rights (both women and men) or because of international law.

There has been a general movement throughout the world, particularly in developed democracies, to guarantee women equal rights within marriage and to accept interreligious, interracial, and even-sex marriages legally.

The broader human rights movement coincides with these trends. A state, an organization, a religious body, a tribal group, a community or a group of peers may accept marriage.

It is frequently seen as an agreement. Where a governmental body conducts and executes a marriage without religious substance according to the marriage laws of the competence, it is civil marriage.

Constitutional marriage respects and establishes in the State ‘s eyes the rights and obligations of marriage.

When a marriage takes place under the auspices of a religious institution with religious material, it is a religious marriage. Religious marriage recognizes and establishes in the eyes of that faith the privileges and responsibilities inherent to marriage.

In Catholicism religious marriage is also known as sacramental marriage, in Islam nikah, in Judaism nissuin and many other terms in other traditions of faith, all of which have restrictions on what constitutes and who may enter into a legitimate religious marriage.

For some countries the local religious marriage is not recognised on its own, and separate civil marriages are required for official purposes.

Alternatively, in some countries governed by religious law, such as Saudi Arabia, civil marriages can not be recognised in cases where marriages are contractually arranged overseas, if they are contracted in contravention of Saudi understanding of Islamic religious law.

There are no local civil marriages, within the country, in countries ruled by a mixed secular-religious legal system, such as Lebanon and Israel, which forbid in the country the entry into interfaiths and various other marriages, contradicting religious laws; but the State will recognize civil marriages abroad even if they run counter to religious laws.

It requires acceptance of not only interreligious civil marriages carried out in the EU, but also of legal same-sex marriages in the outside world, for example , in the case of acceptance of marrying in Israel.

The act of marriage typical of the person involved creates normative or legal obligations and creates or adopts any offspring. With regard to legally recognised marriage, most sovereign states and other jurisdictions limit marriages to counter-sex couples and fewer approve polygyny, child marriages and forced marriages.

Today, more countries, predominantly developed democracies, have lifted ban on interfaith, interracial and same-sex couples’ marriages and created legal recognition.

In some places, despite national laws, child marriages and polygamy can occur. Since the late 1900s, significant social changes in the countries of West have resulted in shifts in demographic marriage, with a increasing era of early marriage, fewer married people and more married and non-married couples.

For example, from 1975 to 2005 in Europe the number of marriages was down by 30 percent. Throughout most societies, married women, along with their families’ children, had little of their own rights and could not be considered husband property, as such, or legally recognized as owned or inherited property (see coverage for example).

Marriage has undergoed radical legal reforms in Europe , the United States and elsewhere in the developing world, beginning at the end of the 19th century, to strengthen wife’s rights.

Such amendments included the granting of legal identities to women, the abolition of husbands’ ability to physically punish women, rights of women in land, freedom of divorce, the granting of women’s rights to inheritance, and the provision for women’s consent in the event to sex.

Such reforms took place in Western countries in particular. During the 21st century, the legal status of married women, legal tolerance or leniency to violence in marriage (particularly sexual abuse) continue to be contentious, traditional marriage practices such as marriage prices of dowries and marriages, consent consent, the illegal practice of consensual conduct such as pre-marital and extramarital sex.