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28 Marriage Quotes That Show What The Union Is All About

by Joan Newsome
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In my opinion, both newlyweds and couples who have been married for a long time should keep working on their marriage. That’s partially why I have the perfect selection of inspiring marriage quotes to look at when things get difficult.

It takes only a day to get married but a lifetime of effort and sacrifice to stay married. At least that’s what many people say. As a newlywed, I can’t speak about what it takes to have a decades-long successful marriage. However, I do understand that marriage is by no means a walk in the park.

Yes; when two people love each other and respect each other, things should go smoothly. But more often than not, they don’t. Life has a funny way of showing us that if we want something, we have to fight for it. Hopefully, these marriage quotes will inspire you to do that.

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1. “I don’t want to be married just to be married. I can’t think of anything lonelier than spending the rest of my life with someone I can’t talk to, or worse, someone I can’t be silent with.” ― Mary Ann Shaffer

2. “A great marriage is not when the ‘perfect couple’ comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.” ― Dave Meurer

3. “The great marriages are partnerships. It can’t be a great marriage without being a partnership.” ― Helen Mirren

4. “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

5. “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

6. “It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

7. “A good marriage is a contest of generosity.” ― Diane Sawyer

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8. “If I get married, I want to be very married.” ― Audrey Hepburn

9. “When two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal, and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part.” ― George Bernard Shaw

10. “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 of friendship.” ― Marilyn Monroe

11. “Love is not a weakness. It is strong. Only the sacrament of marriage can contain it.” ― Boris Pasternak

12. “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

13. “There is no more lovely, friendly, and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.” ― Martin Luther

14. “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

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15. “To say that one waits a lifetime for his soulmate to come around is a paradox. People eventually get sick of waiting, take a chance on someone, and by the art of commitment become soulmates, which takes a lifetime to perfect.” ― Criss Jami

16. “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

17. “A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.” — André Maurois

18. “What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined for life — to strengthen each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?” — George Eliot

19. “Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years.” — Simone Signoret

20. “The problem with marriage is that it ends every night after making love, and it must be rebuilt every morning before breakfast.” ― Gabriel García Márquez

21. “Marriage doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.” — Ursula K. Le Guin

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22. “Marriage has no guarantees. If that’s what you’re looking for, go live with a car battery.” ― Erma Bombeck

23. “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

24. “If you love ’em in the morning with their eyes full of crust; if you love ’em at night with their hair full of rollers, chances are, you’re in love.” ― Miles Davis

25. “My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.” ― Winston Churchill

26. “Marriage is not just spiritual communion, it is also remembering to take out the trash.” ― Joyce Brothers

27. “Sensual pleasures have the fleeting brilliance of a comet; a happy marriage has the tranquility of a lovely sunset.” ― Ann Landers

28. “By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you will be happy. If you get a bad one, you will be a philosopher.” ― Socrates

To Conclude

These marriage quotes are my motivation and inspiration to do my best to be both the person my spouse married and one he will want to stay married to for years to come. I encourage everyone to do the same. After all, marriage takes effort, and if you don’t fight for it, who will?

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