60 Inspirational Marriage Quotes for Couples

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Positive thinking goes a long way in a marriage, which is why we adore these quotes!

So whether you’re looking for inspiration in your own marriage, or just want to share some positive vibes with the newlyweds — you’re sure to find an inspirational marriage quote that resonates with you.

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Inspirational Marriage Quotes

1. “When a marriage works, nothing on earth can take its place.”

― Helen Gahagan

2. “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

3. “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.”

― Homer

4. “We’re so immaturely cynical as a culture. We’re not wise enough to look at an institution like marriage and to really things about what it means and what it signifies. It signifies a place where people can tie the ropes of their lives together so that they’re stronger. It signifies a place where people can tell the truth to one another.”

― Jordan Peterson

5. “Love is not weakness. It is strong. Only the sacrament of marriage can contain it.”

― Boris Pasternak

6. “Getting married, for me, was the best thing I ever did. I was suddenly beset with an immense sense of release, that we have something more important than our separate selves, and that is the marriage. There’s immense happiness that can come from working towards that.”

― Nick Cave

7. “A marriage doesn’t have to be perfect, but you can be perfect for each other.”

― Jessica Simpson

8. “I have a best friend as a husband, and he is my number one supporter. He’s a family man, and he’s always giving back to God. That is what makes him a beautiful man. We’re not perfect by any means, but that makes us beautiful as well. We’re not afraid to say we’re not perfect. We have our disagreements, but that comes along with marriage.”

― Tamera Mowry

9. “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than they once were.”

― Anthony Kennedy

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

― Martin Luther

11. “A good marriage isn’t something you find. It’s something you make, and you have to keep on making it.”

― Gary Thomas

12. “We need a witness to our lives. There’s a billion people on the planet… I mean, what does any one life really mean? But in a marriage, you’re promising to care about everything. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things… all of it, all of the time, every day. You’re saying, ‘Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go unwitnessed because I will be your witness.’”

― “Shall We Dance?”

13. “Happily ever after, or even just together ever after, is not cheesy,” Wren said. “It’s the noblest, like, the most courageous thing two people can shoot for.”

― Rainbow Rowell

14. “I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough.”

― Nicholas Sparks

15. “We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness — and call it love — true love.”

― Robert Fulghum

16. “But marriage goes in waves. You’ve got to be patient. People bail and give up on their marriages way too early. They just don’t put the work and the effort into it. You’ve got to suck up your ego a lot of times, because that can be a big downfall.”

― Anna Benson

17. “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

18. “A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day.”

― Andre Maurois

19. “We support each other in everything that we do. I love seeing her succeed at the things she loves to do and she loves seeing me succeed at things that I love to do. That’s the way you should be with your partner.” 

— John Legend

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20. “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

― Lao Tzu

21. “A real man loves his wife, and places his family as the most important thing in life. Nothing has brought me more peace and content in life than simply being a good husband and father.”

― Frank Abagnale

22. “You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.”

― Henry Drummond

23. “But the key to our marriage is the capacity to give each other a break. And to realize that it’s not how our similarities work together; it’s how our differences work together.”

― Michael J. Fox

24. “So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s going to be really hard; we’re gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me… everyday.”

― Nicholas Sparks

25. “The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. And that’s what you’ve given me. That’s what I’d hoped to give you forever.”

― Nicholas Sparks

26. “For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.”

― Stephanie Perkins

27. “You know, when it works, love is pretty amazing. It’s not overrated. There’s a reason for all those songs.”

― Sarah Dessen

28. “When you trip over love, it is easy to get up. But when you fall in love, it is impossible to stand again.”

― Albert Einstein

29. “Each of us is born with a box of matches inside us but we can’t strike them all by ourselves.”

― Laura Esquivel

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30. “True love is rare, and it’s the only thing that gives life real meaning.”

― Nicholas Sparks

31. “You don’t love someone because of their looks or their clothes or their car. You love them because they sing a song only your heart can understand.”

― L.J. Smith

32. “Love, it never dies. It never goes away, it never fades, so long as you hang on to it. Love can make you immortal.”

― Gayle Forman

33. “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”

― Dalai Lama XIV

34. “Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.”

― Henry Van Dyke

35. “The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.”

― Ferdinand Foch

36. “Where there is love there is life.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

37. “Love doesn’t make the world go ’round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.”

― Franklin P. Jones

38. “True love is eternal, infinite, and always like itself. It is equal and pure, without violent demonstrations: it is seen with white hairs and is always young in the heart.”

― Honore de Balzac

39. “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”

― Mother Teresa

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40. “Suffering passes, while love is eternal. That’s a gift that you have received from God. Don’t waste it.”

― Laura Ingalls Wilder

41. “The best relationships in our lives are the best not because they have been the happiest ones, they are that way because they have stayed strong through the most tormentful of storms.”

― Pandora Poikilos

42. “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

43. “We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”

— Friedrich Koenig

44. “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

45. “Enjoy every single moment. The good, the bad, the beautiful, the ugly, the inspiring, the not-so-glamorous moments. And thank God through it all.”

— Meghan Matt

46. “Spend time with those you love. One of these days you will say either, ‘I wish I had’, or ‘I’m glad I did.’”

― Zig Ziglar

47. “True love blooms when we care more about another person than we care about ourselves.”

― Jeffery R. Holland

48. “Love is always bestowed as a gift freely, willingly and without expectation. We don’t love to be loved; we love to love.”

— Leo Buscaglia

49. “Marriage is our last, best chance to grow up.”

— Joseph Barth

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50. “If the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it’s because they take better care of it.”

— Cecil Selig

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

— Mignon McLaughlin

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

— Simone Signoret

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

― Dave Meurer

54. “You come to love not by finding the right person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly.”

― Sam Keen

55. “A happy marriage is the world’s best bargain.” 

— O. A. Battista

56. “A marriage is a gift. It should be opened up and enjoyed.”

— Greg Evans

57. “People stay married because they want to, not because the doors are locked.”

— Paul Newman

58. “The highest happiness on earth is the happiness of marriage.” 

— William Lyon Phelps

59. “Marriage: If you want something to last forever, you treat it differently. You shield it and protect it. You don’t make it common or ordinary. If it ever becomes tarnished, you lovingly polish it until it gleams like new. It becomes special because you have made it so, and it grows more beautiful and precious as time goes by.”

— F. Burton Howard

60. “The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.”

— Thich Nhat Hanh