Quotes About Marriage from Wise Women and Men

Marriage and anniversaries bring out a range of emotions

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••• After love comes marriage — and there's plenty to say on that subject. Tetra Images/Daniel Grill/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images

Although fewer and fewer couples marry these days, the idea of one woman and one man pledging to love one another for a lifetime intrigues. Perhaps that's why the institution of marriage has not only endured but also inspired so many wise and witty quotes. 

Interestingly, women and men have significantly different perspectives about being wed. Perhaps some of these quotations will match your feelings on the topic.

Quotes About Marriage from Women

"I am a good friend to my husband. I have tried to make my marriage vows mean what they say. I show up. I listen. I try to laugh." - Anna Quindlen, A Short Guide to a Happy Life

"Marriage is not a ritual or an end. It is a long, intricate, intimate dance together and nothing matters more than your own sense of balance and your choice of partner." - Amy Bloom

"Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that's a real treat." - Joanne Woodward

"Marriage is a fine institution - but I'm not ready for an institution." - Mae West

"I love being married. It's so great to find one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life." - Rita Rudner

"You don't need to be on the save wavelength to succeed in marriage. You just need to be able to ride each other's waves." - Toni Sciarra Poynter, From This Day Forward: Meditations on the First Years of Marriage

"We are told that people stay in love because of chemistry, or because they remain intrigued with each other, because of many kindnesses, because of luck. But part of it has got to be forgiveness and gratefulness." - Ellen Goodman

"I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. They've experienced pain and bought jewelry." - Rita Rudner

"The people people have for friends
Your common sense appall
But the people people marry
Are the queerest folk of all." - Charlotte Perkins Gilman

"Do not marry a man to reform him. That is what reform schools are for." - Mae West

"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, and always with the same person." - Mignon McLaughlin

Quotes About Marriage by Men

"A happy marriage has in it all the pleasures of friendships, all the enjoyment of sense and reason - and indeed all the sweets of life. - Joseph Addison

"Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of joy, you must have somebody to divide it with." - Mark Twain

"A woman might as well propose: her husband will claim she did." - Edgar Watson Howe

"Men marry what they need. I marry you." - John Ciardi

"For I've been born and I've been wed. All of man's peril comes of bed." - C.H. Webb, Dum Vivimus Vigilemus

"It is not from reason and prudence that people marry, but from inclination." - Samuel Johnson

"We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities." - Jacques Maritain

"I should like to see any kind of a man, distinguishable from a gorilla, that some good and even pretty woman could not shape a husband out of." - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

"Marriage is one of the few institutions that allow a man to do as his wife pleases." - Milton Berle

"Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures." - Samuel Johnson

“You never marry the person you first see ‘Casablanca’ with.” — Kinky Friedman

"It is not uncommon for slight acquaintances to get married, but a couple really have to know each other to get divorced." - anonymous quote

"Every marriage tends to consist of an aristocrat and a peasant." - John Updike

"Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing." - Goethe

"A happy home is one in which each spouse grants the possibility that the other may be right, though neither believes it." - Don Fraser

"Oh, how we danced on the night we were wed
We vowed our true love though a word wasn't said
The world was in bloom, there were stars in the skies
Except for the few that were there in your eyes.


The night seemed to fade into blossoming dawn
The sun shone anew but the dance lingered on
Could we but relive that sweet moment sublime
We'd find that our love is unaltered by time."
- lyrics to "The Anniversary Waltz," composed by Dubin/Frankl

Anonymous Quotes About Marriage 

"A happy man marries the girl he loves; a happier man loves the girl he marries." - anonymous quote

"No man is truly married until he understands every word his wife is NOT saying." - unknown quote

"I feel like Zsa Zsa Gabor's eighth husband on her wedding night: I know what I'm supposed to do...I just have to figure out a way to make it interesting." - many attributions

"An old man who marries a young wife grows younger - but she grows older." - folk saying

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