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The Best Quotes About Marriage

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A list of the best marriage quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous marriage quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic marriage quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational marriage quotes from that same writer.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about marriage?" and "What are inspirational marriage quotes?"

This list includes notable marriage quotes by various authors, writers, playwrights, speakers, politicians, athletes, poets, and more. Vote on your favorites so that the greatest marriage quotes rise to the top, as the order of the list changes dynamically based on votes. Don't let your favorite marriage sayings get to the bottom of the list.
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    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
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    Well married a person has wings, poorly married shackles.

    Henry Ward Beecher
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    The curse which lies upon marriage is that too often the individuals are joined in their weakness rather than in their strength --each asking from the other instead of finding pleasure in giving. It is even more deceptive to dream of gaining through the child a plenitude, a warmth, a value, which one is unable to create for oneself; the child brings joy only to the woman who is capable of disinterestedly desiring the happiness of another, to one who without being wrapped up in self seeks to transcend her own existence.

    Simone de Beauvoir
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    Marriage is not just spiritual communion, it is also remembering to take out the trash.

    Joyce Brothers
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    Matrimony is the high sea for which no compass has yet to be invented.

    Heinrich Heine
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    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
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    When a husband is embraced without affection, there must be some reason for it.

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    Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures.

    Samuel Johnson
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    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.

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

    Mignon McLaughlin
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    To marry unequally is to suffer equally.

    Henri-Frédéric Amiel
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    Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, and half-shut afterwards.

    Benjamin Franklin
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    If you would have a good wife, marry one who has been a good daughter.

    Thomas Fuller
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    A marriage without conflicts is almost as inconceivable as a nation without crises.

    André Maurois
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    Many marriages would be better if the husband and the wife clearly understood that they are on the same side.

    Zig Ziglar
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    Marrying a man is like buying something you've been admiring for a long time in a shop window. You may love it when you get it home, but it doesn't always go with everything else in the house.

    Jean Kerr
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    Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. -- Genesis 2:24

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    The dread of loneliness is greater than the fear of bondage, so we get married.

    Cyril Connolly
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    Two such as you with such a master speed cannot be parted nor be swept away from one another once you are agreed that life is only life forevermore together wing to wing and oar to oar.

    Robert Frost
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    As a general thing, when the woman wears the pants in the family, she has a good right to them.

    Josh Billings
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    When you're a married man, Samivel, you'll understand a good many things as you don't understand now; but whether it's worth while, going through so much, to learn so little, as the charity-boy said when he got to the end of the alphabet, is a matter o taste.

    Charles Dickens
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    Grief walks upon the heels of pleasure; married in haste, we repent at leisure.

    William Congreve
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