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Quotes on Marriage

Loose or Noose

Menander, c. 342 - 292 B.C.

"Marriage, if one will face the truth, is an evil, but a necessary evil."

Miguel de Cervantes,
1547 - 1616

"Marriage is a noose."

Francis Quarles,
1592-1644 To a Bride

"Let all thy joys be as the month of May, And all thy days be as a marriage day: Let sorrow, sickness, and a troubled mind Be stranger to thee."

Martin Luther
, 1483 - 1546 Ibid.353

"There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage."

Rainer Maria Rilke,
1875 - 1926 Letters, translated by Jane Barnard Greene and M. D. Herter

"A good marriage is that in which each appoints the other guardian of his solitude."

Stanley Kunitz,
1905 -

"In every house of marriage there's room for an interpreter."

Henri Philippe Petain, 1856 - 1951 Ibid.

Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity."

Benjamin Franklin,
1706 - 1790

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

William Congreve,
1670 - 1729 Ibid. II, iii

"Though marriage makes man and wife one flesh, it leaves 'em still two fools."

Sammy Cahn,
1913 - 1993 Our Town (television musical) [1955]. Love and Marriage, Music by Jimmy Van Heusen.

"Love and marriage, love and marriage, go together like a horse and carriage."

Kenneth W. Phifer,
Institution of Marriage

The institution of marriage was begun that a man and a woman might learn how to love and, in loving, know joy; that a man and a woman might learn how to share pain and loneliness and, in sharing, know strength; that a man and woman might learn how to give and, in giving know communion. The institution of marriage was begun that a man and woman might through their joy, their strength, and their communion become creators of life itself. Marriage is a high and holy state, to be held in honor among all men and women. Marriage is a low and a common state, to be built of the stuff of daily life. Men and women are not angels, nor are they gods. Love can become hatred; joy, sorrow, marriage, divorce. But human beings are not condemned to failure.

Sir Alan Patrick Herbert,
1890 - 1971, Ibid. p. 98

The critical period in matrimony is breakfast-time.


I can't live without you or with you.

c. 700 B.C.

May the gods grant you all things which your heart desires, and may they give you a husband and a home and gracious concord, for there is nothing greater and better than this - when a husband and wife keep a household in oneness of mind, a great woe to their enemies and joy to their friends, and in high renown.

F.M. Knowles

Marriage is a lottery, but you can't tear up your ticket if you lose.

Cass Daley

Marriage is a matter of give and take, but so far I haven't been able to find anybody who'll take what I have to give.


I dreamed of a wedding of elaborate elegance; a church filled with flowers and friends. I asked him what kind of wedding he wished for; he said one that would make me his wife.

Marriage is a mutual relationship if both parties know when to be mute.

Shotgun wedding: a case of wife or death.

The gods gave man fire and he invented fire engines. They gave him love and he invented marriage.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
1749 - 1832

Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.

Pauline Thomason

Love is blind -- marriage is the eye-opener.

James Graham

Love is blind and marriage is the institution for the blind.

Ambrose Bierce, 1842 - 1914, The Devil's Dictionary, 1911

Love, n. A temporary insanity curable by marriage or by removal of the patient from the influences under which he incurred the disorder...It is sometimes fatal, but more frequently to the physician than to the patient.

Ogden Nash,
To Keep Your Marriage Brimming,

To keep your marriage brimming,
With love in the loving cup,
Whenever your're wrong admit it;
Whenever your're right shut up.

b. 1946

The problem with most women is that they get all excited about nothing and then marry him.

Elizabeth Bowen, 1899-1973

When you're young, you think of marriage as a train you simply have to catch.
You run and run until you've caught it, and then you sit back and look out of
the window and realise you're bored!

Vidor King, 1895-1982

Take it from me, marriage isn't a word, it's a sentence!

Michel de Montaigne,

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

Author Unknown

Dear, dear doctor,
What will cure love
Nothing but the clergy,
And white kid glove.

Married in the month of June,
Life will be one honeymoon.

A bride at her wedding should wear:

Something old,
Something new,
Something borrowed,
Something blue,
And a sixpence in the shoe.

Or, in the United States:

...And a new dime in the shoe.

The "old" must be something which has belonged to a happily married woman. The wearing of such an item insures a lucky transfer of happiness to the new bride. The "new" is the wedding gown, the shoes, or other apparel of the bride. The "borrowed" must be some object of gold to guarantee wealth and fortune in the future. The "blue" is symbolic of the heavens and also of true love. The "sixpence" or "new dime" must be
worn in the heel of the left shoe to insure wealth and prosperity.