175 Quotes About Marriage, Love, & Happily Ever After

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All relationships have their ups and down, but the promise a couple makes to each other when they get married is what binds them through it all.

So whether you’re looking to highlight a special memory with your partner, or just want to share some words of wisdom with the newlyweds — you’re sure to find a marriage quote that resonates with you.

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Marriage Quotes

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

― Helen Gahagan

2. “A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.”

Andre Maurois

3. “Marriages are made in heaven and consummated on Earth.”

John Lyly

4. “One advantage of marriage is that, when you fall out of love with him or he falls out of love with you, it keeps you together until you fall in again.”

― Judith Viorst

5. “Marriage has made me a lot happier and I’m deeply in love with my wife, and I thank God for her every day.”

― Harry Connick Jr.

6. “Marriage is the highest state of friendship. If happy, it lessens our cares by dividing them, at the same time that it doubles our pleasures by mutual participation.”

― Samuel Richardson

7. “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

8. “If love means never having to say you’re sorry, then marriage means always having to say everything twice.”

― Estelle Getty

9. “In marriage there are no manners to keep up, and beneath the wildest accusations no real criticism. Each is familiar with that ancient child in the other who may erupt again. We are not ridiculous to ourselves. We are ageless. That is the luxury of the wedding ring.”

― Enid Bagnold

10. “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

11. “Marriage is a feast where the grace is sometimes better than the dinner.”

― Charles Caleb Colton

12. “The highest happiness on earth is marriage.”

― William Lyon Phelps

13. “A marriage without conflicts is almost as inconceivable as a nation without crises.”

― Andre Maurois

14. “Marriage may be the closest thing to Heaven or Hell any of us will know on this earth.”

― Edwin Louis Cole

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

― Jessica Simpson

16. “Happiness [is] only real when shared.”

― Jon Krakauer

17. “When marrying, ask yourself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this person into your old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

18. “When you end up happily married, even the failed relationships have worked beautifully to get you there.” 

— Julia Roberts

19. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

― Jane Austen

20. “I belong to my beloved, and my beloved is mine.”

― Jamie McGuire

21. “I think we ought to live happily ever after.”

― Diana Wynne Jones

22. “When you have a baby, love is automatic, when you get married, love is earned.”

― Marie Osmond

23. “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

24. “May this marriage be full of laughter, our every day in paradise.”

― Rumi

25. “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

26. “Marriage is an act of will that signifies and involves a mutual gift, which unites the spouses and binds them to their eventual souls, with whom they make up a sole family – a domestic church.”

― Pope John Paul II

27. “Art is a marriage of the conscious and the unconscious.”

― Jean Cocteau

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

― Boris Pasternak

29. “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

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

― Gary Thomas

31. “Marrying for love may be a bit risky, but it is so honest that God can’t help but smile on it.”

― Josh Billings

32. “I think of love and marriage in the same way I do plants: We have perennials and annuals. The perennial plant blooms, goes away, and comes back. The annual blooms for just a season, and then winter arrives and takes it out for good. But it’s still enriched the soil for the next flower to bloom. In the same way, no love is wasted.”

― Glennon Doyle Melton

33. “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

34. “Marriage is not about age; it’s about finding the right person.”

— Sophia Bush

35. “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

36. “Marriage is a commitment for life. It is a permanent, lifelong relationship.”

― Dada Vaswani

37. “In marriage do thou be wise: prefer the person before money, virtue before beauty, the mind before the body; then thou hast a wife, a friend, a companion, a second self.”

― William Penn

38. “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

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

― Martin Luther

40. “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

41. “I enjoy being single, but I loved being married.”

― Stephanie Mills

42. “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?”

43. “It is a full time job being honest one moment at a time, remembering to love, to honor, to respect. It is a practice, a discipline, worthy of every moment.

― Jasmine Guy

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

― Dave Meurer

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45. “The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person. You know they’re right if you love to be with them all the time.”

― Julia Child

46. “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

47. “Marriage is a risk; I think it’s a great and glorious risk, as long as you embark on the adventure in the same spirit.”

― Cate Blanchett

48. “Don’t marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think you can’t live without.”

— James Dobson

49. “Marriage resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated; often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes between them.”

― Sydney Smith

50. “Marriages are like fingerprints; each one is different and each one is beautiful.”

― Maggie Reyes

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Love Quotes

51. “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

― Dr. Seuss

52. “To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow ― this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.”

― Elizabeth Gilbert

53. “Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.”

― Khalil Gibran

54. “Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”

― Robert A. Heinlein

55. “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

56. “Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it.”

― Nicholas Sparks

57. “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

58. “If I had a flower for every time I thought of you… I could walk through my garden forever.”

― Alfred Tennyson

59. “When someone loves you, the way they talk about you is different. You feel safe and comfortable.”

― Jess C. Scott

60. “Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.”

― Plato

61. “Love is needing someone. Love is putting up with someone’s bad qualities because they somehow complete you.”

― Sarah Dessen

62. “So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.”

― Paulo Coelho

63. “You are my best friend as well as my lover, and I do not know which side of you I enjoy the most. I treasure each side, just as I have treasured our life together.”

― Nicholas Sparks

64. “You are, and always have been, my dream.”

― Nicholas Sparks

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65. “One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.”

― Paulo Coelho

66. “Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I love.”

― William Shakespeare

67. “Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.”

― Zelda Fitzgerald

68. “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

69. “Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”

― Nicole Krauss

70. “We loved with a love that was more than love.”

― Edgar Allen Poe

71. “I want to fall asleep, and wake, knowing my heart is safe. I want to love, and be loved.”

― Shana Abe

72. “I just thought of one thing that’s permanent: love.”

— Frozen 2

73. “Two people in love, alone, isolated from the world, that’s beautiful.”

― Milan Kundera

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

― Stephanie Perkins

75. “If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.”

― Emily Jane Brontë

76. “If you remember me, then I don’t care if everyone else forgets.”

― Haruki Murakami

77. “They didn’t agree on much. In fact, they didn’t agree on anything. They fought all the time and challenged each other ever day. But despite their differences, they had one important thing in common. They were crazy about each other.”

― Nicholas Sparks

78. “I love you like a fat kid loves cake!”

― Scott Adams

79. “It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.”

― Vladimir Nabokov

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

― Sarah Dessen

81. “One love, one heart, one destiny.”

― Bob Marley

82. “He is half of my soul, as the poets say.”

― Madeline Miller

83. “Happiness is holding someone in your arms and knowing you hold the whole world.”

― Orhan Pamuk

84. “There is only one page left to write on. I will fill it with words of only one syllable. I love. I have loved. I will love.”

― Dodie Smith

85. “You are the answer to every prayer I’ve offered. You are a song, a dream, a whisper, and I don’t know how I could have lived without you for as long as I have.”

― Nicholas Sparks

86. “When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.”

― Arrigo Boito

87. “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

88. “Being with you never felt wrong. It’s the one thing I did right. You’re the one thing I did right.”

― Becca Fitzpatrick

89. “The course of true love never did run smooth.”

― William Shakespeare

90. “This is where it all begins. Everything starts here, today.”

― David Nicholls

91. “Yours is the light by which my spirit’s born: you are my sun, my moon, and all my stars.”

― E.E. Cummings

92. “Romance is the glamor which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze.”

― Elinor Glyn

93. “For where all love is, the speaking is unnecessary.”

― Diana Gabaldon

94. “I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days – three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.”

― John Keats

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95. “If you were music, I would listen to you ceaselessly, and my low spirits would brighten up.”

― Anna Akhmatova

96. “There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”

― Vincent Van Gogh

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

― Laura Esquivel

98. “Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.”

― Rumi

99. “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

100. “Love is not the absence of logic but logic examined and recalculated heated and curved to fit inside the contours of the heart”

― Tammara Webber

101. “Romance is thinking about your significant other, when you are supposed to be thinking about something else.”

― Nicholas Sparks

102. “You only need one man to love you. But him to love you free like a wildfire, crazy like the moon, always like tomorrow, sudden like an inhale and overcoming like the tides. Only one man and all of this.”

― C. JoyBell C.

103. “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

104. “It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.”

― Roald Dahl

105. “The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved — loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.”

― Victor Hugo

106. “Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.”

― Rainer Maria Rilke

107. “Do I love you? My God, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches.”

― William Goldman

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

― Nicholas Sparks

109. “The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

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110. “You’re like a song that I heard when I was a little kid but forgot I knew until I heard it again.”

― Maggie Stiefvater

111. “He is beauty, inside and out. He is the silver lining in a world of darkness. He is my light.”

― Marie Lu

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

― Dalai Lama XIV

113. “Unless you love someone, nothing else makes sense.”

― E.E Cummings

114. “I’ve always loved you, and when you love someone, you love the whole person, just as he or she is, and not as you would like them to be.”

― Leo Tolstoy

115. “If I were to live a thousand years, I would belong to you for all of them. If we were to live a thousand lives, I would want to make you mine in each one.”

― Michelle Hodkin

116. “Being with you and not being with you is the only way I have to measure time.”

― Jorge Luis Borges

117. “And I wondered if love was too weak a word for what he felt, what he’d done for me. For what I felt for him.”

― Sarah J. Maas

118. “You are my life now.”

― Stephenie Meyer

119. “The strongest love is the love that can demonstrate its fragility.”

― Paulo Coelho

120. “Heaven would never be heaven without you.”

― Richard Matheson

121. “The love we have in our youth is superficial compared to the love that an old man has for his old wife.”

― Will Durant

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

― Lao Tzu

123. “I love you more than there are stars in the sky and fish in the sea.”

― Nicholas Sparks

124. “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

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125. “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.”

― Aristotle

126. “Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.”

― Ann Landers

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

― Ferdinand Foch

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

― Mahatma Gandhi

129. “Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.”

― Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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

― Franklin P. Jones

131. “Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow.”

― John Lennon

132. “One does not fall in love; one grows into love, and love grows in him.”

― Karl A. Menninger

133. “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

134. “The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.”

― Audrey Hepburn

135. “Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same.”

― Helen Keller

136. “When love is at its best, one loves so much that he cannot forget.”

― Helen Hunt Jackson

137. “True love cannot be found where it does not exist, nor can it be denied where it does.”

― Torquato Tasso

138. “Love has no age, no limit; and no death.”

― John Galsworthy

139. “Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.”

― Peter Ustinov

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140 “Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says ‘I need you because I love you.’”

― Erich Fromm

141. “The best proof of love is trust.”

― Joyce Brothers

142. “A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love.”

― Max Muller

143. “We loved with a love that was more than love.”

― Edgar Allan Poe

144. “Come live in my heart, and pay no rent.”

― Samuel Lover

145. “Faith makes all things possible… love makes all things easy.”

― Dwight L. Moody

146. “Love is the crowning grace of humanity, the holiest right of the soul, the golden link which binds us to duty and truth, the redeeming principle that chiefly reconciles the heart to life, and is prophetic of eternal good.”

― Petrarch

147. “One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.”

― Paulo Coelho

148. “Your words are my food, your breath my wine. You are everything to me.”

― Sarah Bernhardt

149. “We can only learn to love by loving.”

― Iris Murdoch

150. “Love is a friendship set to music.”

― Joseph Campbell

151. “There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved: It is God’s finger on man’s shoulder.”

― Charles Morgan

152. “You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.”

― Robert Louis Stevenson

153. “Love is the greatest refreshment in life.”

― Pablo Picasso

154. “The first duty of love is to listen.”

― Paul Tillich

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155. “We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.”

― Tom Robbins

156. “A loving heart is the truest wisdom.”

― Charles Dickens

157. “Love, having no geography, knows no boundaries.”

― Truman Capote

158. “Love feels no burden, thinks nothing of trouble, attempts what is above its strength, pleads no excuse of impossibility; for it thinks all things lawful for itself, and all things possible.”

― Thomas a Kempis

159. “Love is not only something you feel, it is something you do.”

― David Wilkerson

160. “Love is the greatest gift that God has given us. It’s free.”

― Taraji P. Henson

161. “Passion is momentary; love is enduring.”

― John Wooden

162. “Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.”

― Zora Neale Hurston

163. “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

― Emily Bronte

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

― Mother Teresa

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

― Laura Ingalls Wilder

166. “I can live without money, but I cannot live without love.”

― Judy Garland

167. “A deep sense of love and belonging is an irreducible need of all people. We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong. When those needs are not met, we don’t function as we were meant to. We break. We fall apart. We numb. We ache. We hurt others. We get sick.”

― Brene Brown

168. “Love is what you’ve been through with somebody.”

― James Thurber

169. “Love is putting someone else’s needs before yours.”

— Frozen

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170. “There’s no bad consequence to loving fully, with all your heart. You always gain by giving love.”

― Reese Witherspoon

171. “You were made perfectly to be loved ― and surely I have loved you, in the idea of you, my whole life long.”

― Elizabeth Barrett Browning

172. “There is no remedy for love but to love more.”

― Henry David Thoreau

173. “The heart has its reasons which reason knows not.”

― Blaise Pascal

174. “We can do no great things; only small things with great love.”

― Mother Teresa

175. “One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.”

― Sophocles

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