It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.
A good marriage is where both people feel like they're getting the better end of the deal.
If there is such a thing as a good marriage, it is because it resembles friendship rather than love.
~Michel de Montaigne
Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife.
Come grow old with me. The best is yet to be.
Sometimes it was worth all the disadvantages of marriage just to have that one friend in an indifferent world.
I dreamed of a wedding of elaborate elegance,
A church filled with family and friends.
I asked him what kind of a wedding he wished for,
He said one that would make me his wife.
A man without a wife is like a vase without flowers.
Walking. I am listening to a deeper way. Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands.
Love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone.
In the best of relationships you have two people who cannot think of anything that was not part of the deal.
When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.
A fellow ought to save a few of the long evenings he spends with his girl till after they're married.
My heart to you is given,
Oh, do give yours to me;
We'll lock them up together,
And throw away the key.
Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century.
Our wedding was many years ago. The celebration continues to this day.
A dress that zips up the back will bring a husband and wife together.
~James H Boren
If two stand shoulder to shoulder against the gods,
Happy together, the gods themselves are helpless
Against them while they stand so.
Oh, the comfort -- the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person -- having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.
~Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
There is no substitute for the comfort supplied by the utterly taken-for-granted relationship.
After the chills and fever of love, how nice is the 98.6º of marriage!
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.
A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.
Love 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
Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years.
Being with you never felt wrong. It’s the one thing I did right. You’re the one thing I did right.
Marriage, n. A community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves, making in all two.
A long marriage is two people trying to dance a duet and two solos at the same time.
~Anne Taylor Fleming
In love the paradox occurs that two beings become one and yet remain two.
In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing.
What a happy and holy fashion it is that those who love one another should rest on the same pillow.
The older I get, the less time I want to spend with the part of the human race that didn't marry me.
To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow – this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.
To witness two lovers is a spectacle for the gods.
There is no greater happiness for a man than approaching a door at the end of a day knowing someone on the other side of that door is waiting for the sound of his footsteps.
Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave.
Marriage: If you want something to last forever, you treat it differently. You shield it and protect it. You never abuse it. You don't expose it to the elements. 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
I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you
In love there are two things - bodies and words.
~Joyce Carol Oates
The first duty of love is to listen.
A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.
Men never know how tired they are till their wives sit them down for a nice long talk.
Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation.
There is such pleasure in long-term marriage that I really would hate to be my age and not have had a long-term marriage. Remember, sustaining a pleasurable, long-term marriage takes effort, deliberateness and an intention to learn about one another. In other words, marriage is for grown-ups.
Marriage is our last, best chance to grow up.
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.
In the early years, you fight because you don't understand each other. In the later years, you fight because you do.
What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility.
It is sometimes essential for a husband and a wife to quarrel - they get to know each other better.
Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
A good marriage is a contest of generosity.
A good marriage is that in which each appoints the other guardian of his solitude
~Rainer Maria Rilke
You have to treat your wife like you treated her when you first met her and were trying to get her in bed.
As for his secret to staying married: "My wife tells me that if I ever decide to leave, she is coming with me."
~Jon Bon Jovi
A good husband makes a good wife.
When a wife has a good husband, it is easily seen on her face.
It's true what they say - all the good men are married. But it's marriage that makes them good.
Never go in a place that you wouldn't take your wife.
~David Gene Gibbs
There's nothing like a good cheating song to make me want to run home to be with my wife.
~Steven Curtis Chapman
The great secret of a successful marriage is to treat all disasters as incidents and none of the incidents as disasters.
Love is like the wind, you can't see it but you can feel it.
grow old with me. the best is yet to be. the last of life for which the first was made.
Love like there's no tomorrow, and if tomorrow comes, love again.
Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.
A single man has not nearly the value he would have in a state of union. He is an incomplete animal. He resembles the odd half of a pair of scissors.
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.
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.
I once read that in any good marriage, one partner is the gardener and the other is the garden. We take it in turns to be either.
People stay married because they want to, not because the doors are locked.
Marriage should be a duet - when one sings, the other claps.
Being married is like having somebody permanently in your corner. It feels limitless, not limited.
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.
For you see, each day I love you more. Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.
To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.
A career is a wonderful thing, but you can't snuggle up to it at night.
As much as I would miss my wife if she were to die, I would miss what we are together even more. Our "we-ness," our "us-ness."
My idea of heaven is a great big baked potato and someone to share it with.
In the end there doesn't have to be anyone who understands you. There just has to be someone who wants to.