Quotes about marriage

A collection of quotes on the topic of women, partnership, marriage, love.

Best quotes about marriage

Marco Polo photo

„I have not told half of what I saw.“

—  Marco Polo Venetian explorer and merchant noted for travel to central and eastern Asia 1254 - 1324

Non ho scritto neppure la metà delle cose che ho visto.
On his death-bed, when urged to retract "some of the seemingly incredible statements he made in his book", as quoted in The travels of Marco Polo, the Venetian (J. M. Dent, 1926), p. xxiv. Quote in Italian from Imago mundi seu Chronica (c. 1330) by Jacopo d'Acqui, as reported in the bibliographic note to Marco Polo: Storia del mercante che capì la Cina (2009) by Vito Bianchi.

Ruth Bell Graham photo

„A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.“

—  Ruth Bell Graham Congressional Gold Medal recipient 1920 - 2007

Friedrich Nietzsche photo

„It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900

Henny Youngman photo

„The secret of a happy marriage remains a secret.“

—  Henny Youngman American comedian 1906 - 1998

"Forbes‎" - Vol. 166, Page 156, de Bertie Charles Forbes - Forbes Inc., 2000

Leonardo DiCaprio photo

„I don't have the guts that Romeo did.“

—  Leonardo DiCaprio American actor and film producer 1974

on marriage

Augustus photo

„Goodbye, Livia; remember our marriage!“
Livia, nostri coniugii memor vive, ac vale!

—  Augustus founder of Julio-Claudian dynasty and first emperor of the Roman Empire -63 - 14 BC

Said to his wife Livia on his deathbed; in Suetonius, Divus Augustus, paragraph 99. Translation: Robert Graves, 1957.

Khaled Hosseini photo

„Marriage can wait, education cannot.“

—  Khaled Hosseini, book A Thousand Splendid Suns

Source: A Thousand Splendid Suns

Oscar Wilde photo

„I can resist everything except temptation.“

—  Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan

Lord Darlington, Act I
Variant: I can resist everything except temptation
Source: Lady Windermere's Fan (1892)

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Robert Louis Stevenson photo

„Marriage: A friendship recognized by the police.“

—  Robert Louis Stevenson Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer 1850 - 1894

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„The appropriate age for marriage is around eighteen for girls and thirty-seven for men.“

—  Aristotle, book Politics

Book VII, 1335a.27

Jodi Picoult photo
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Alan Turing photo

„We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.“

—  Alan Turing, Computing Machinery and Intelligence

Source: Computing Machinery and Intelligence (1950), p. 460.
Source: Computing machinery and intelligence

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„What maintains the marriage and what is it? Only the knowledge of the hearts, that is its beginning and end.“

—  Paracelsus Swiss physician and alchemist 1493 - 1541

Paracelsus - Doctor of our Time (1992)

Emma Goldman photo

„Love, the strongest and deepest element in all life, the harbinger of hope, of joy, of ecstasy; love, the defier of all laws, of all conventions; love, the freest, the most powerful moulder of human destiny; how can such an all-compelling force be synonymous with that poor little State and Church-begotten weed, marriage?
Free love? As if love is anything but free!“

—  Emma Goldman anarchist known for her political activism, writing, and speeches 1868 - 1940

"Marriage and Love" in Anarchism and Other Essays (1911)
Context: Love, the strongest and deepest element in all life, the harbinger of hope, of joy, of ecstasy; love, the defier of all laws, of all conventions; love, the freest, the most powerful moulder of human destiny; how can such an all-compelling force be synonymous with that poor little State and Church-begotten weed, marriage?
Free love? As if love is anything but free! Man has bought brains, but all the millions in the world have failed to buy love. Man has subdued bodies, but all the power on earth has been unable to subdue love. Man has conquered whole nations, but all his armies could not conquer love. Man has chained and fettered the spirit, but he has been utterly helpless before love. High on a throne, with all the splendor and pomp his gold can command, man is yet poor and desolate, if love passes him by. And if it stays, the poorest hovel is radiant with warmth, with life and color. Thus love has the magic power to make of a beggar a king. Yes, love is free; it can dwell in no other atmosphere.

Mwanandeke Kindembo photo
James Baldwin photo

„If a society permits one portion of its citizenry to be menaced or destroyed, then, very soon, no one in that society is safe. The forces thus released in the people can never be held in check, but run their devouring course, destroying the very foundations which it was imagined they would save.

But we are unbelievably ignorant concerning what goes on in our country--to say nothing of what goes on in the rest of the world--and appear to have become too timid to question what we are told. Our failure to trust one another deeply enough to be able to talk to one another has become so great that people with these questions in their hearts do not speak them; our opulence is so pervasive that people who are afraid to lose whatever they think they have persuade themselves of the truth of a lie, and help disseminate it; and God help the innocent here, that man or womn who simply wants to love, and be loved. Unless this would-be lover is able to replace his or her backbone with a steel rod, he or she is doomed. This is no place for love. I know that I am now expected to make a bow in the direction of those millions of unremarked, happy marriages all over America, but I am unable honestly to do so because I find nothing whatever in our moral and social climate--and I am now thinking particularly of the state of our children--to bear witness to their existence. I suspect that when we refer to these happy and so marvelously invisible people, we are simply being nostalgic concerning the happy, simple, God-fearing life which we imagine ourselves once to have lived. In any case, wherever love is found, it unfailingly makes itself felt in the individual, the personal authority of the individual. Judged by this standard, we are a loveless nation. The best that can be said is that some of us are struggling. And what we are struggling against is that death in the heart which leads not only to the shedding of blood, but which reduces human beings to corpses while they live.“

—  James Baldwin (1924-1987) writer from the United States 1924 - 1987

Source: nothing personal

Tamora Pierce photo

„Marriage is for noblewomen with nothing else to do.“

—  Tamora Pierce American writer of fantasy novels for children 1954

Source: Trickster's Choice

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„How many women are there…who because of their husbands' harshness spend their weary lives in the bond of marriage in greater suffering than if they were slaves among the Saracens?“

—  Christine de Pizan, book The Book of the City of Ladies

Quantes femmes est il qui usent leur vie au lien de mariage par la durte de leurs maris en plus grant penitence que se elles feussent esclaves entre les sarazins.
Part II, ch. 13, pp. 118-19.
Le Livre de la Cité des Dames (c. 1405)
Source: The Book of the City of Ladies

Thomas Hardy photo

„All romances end at marriage.“

—  Thomas Hardy, book Far from the Madding Crowd

Source: Far from the Madding Crowd

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John Locke photo

„No man's knowledge here can go beyond his experience.“

—  John Locke, book An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

Book II, Ch. 1, sec. 19
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1689)

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„The Pope would have an easier job than the President of the United States in adopting a change of course.“

—  Hans Küng Swiss Catholic priest, theologian and author 1928

"If Obama were Pope" (31 January 2009) http://www.progressiveinvolvement.com/progressive_involvement/2009/01/if-obama-were-pope-by-professor-hans-kung.html
Context: The Pope would have an easier job than the President of the United States in adopting a change of course. He has no Congress alongside him as a legislative body nor a Supreme Court as a judiciary. He is absolute head of government, legislator and supreme judge in the church. If he wanted to, he could authorize contraception over night, permit the marriage of priests, make possible the ordination of women and allow eucharistic fellowship with this Protestant churches. What would a Pope do who acted in the spirit of Obama?

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„I don't like to discuss my marriage, but I will tell you something which may sound corny but which happens to be true. I have steak at home. Why should I go out for hamburger?“

—  Paul Newman American actor and film director 1925 - 2008

Quoted in Paul and Joanne: A Biography of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward by Joe Morella and Edward Z. Epstein (1988), p. 157

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„My theory is that for those of us who are too weak to remain single, God gives us a spouse. For those of us who are too hung up to handle marriage, God gives us celibacy. So, pick your weakness. Pick your poison, I guess. But anyway, for those of you who do choose to be in love and stuff, go for it.“

—  Rich Mullins American christian musician 1955 - 1997

Anderson, Indiana http://www.kidbrothers.net/words/concert-transcripts/anderson-indiana-nov1695.html (November 16, 1995)
In Concert

Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield photo

„Marriage is the cure of love, and friendship the cure of marriage.“

—  Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield British statesman and man of letters 1694 - 1773

Detached Thoughts http://books.google.com/books?id=vVdSAAAAcAAJ&q=%22Marriage+is+the+cure+of+love+and+friendship+the+cure+of+marriage%22&pg=PA384#v=onepage, first published in Letters and Works of Philip Dormer Stanhope, volume 5 (1847)

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„Translated: For four years, there were whole square miles of land where murder was obligatory, while it was strictly forbidden half an hour away. Did I say: murder? Of course murder. Soldiers are murderers.“

—  Kurt Tucholský German-Jewish journalist, satirist and writer 1890 - 1935

Da gab es vier Jahre lang ganze Quadratmeilen Landes, auf denen war der Mord obligatorisch, während er eine halbe Stunde davon entfernt ebenso streng verboten war. Sagte ich: Mord? Natürlich Mord. Soldaten sind Mörder.
From Der bewachte Kriegsschauplatz, published 1931 under the pseudonym Ignaz Wrobel; compare http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soldaten_sind_M%C3%B6rder.

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„According to Islamic tradition (sunnah), marriage has been deemed to be an essential requirement. Celibacy has been regarded as a malevolent condition fraught with evils.“

—  Morteza Motahhari Iranian politician 1919 - 1979

Sexual Ethics in Islam and in the Western World, al-islam.org http://www.al-islam.org/sexualethics/,
PDF format http://www.iranchamber.com/personalities/mmotahari/works/sexual_ethics_islam_and_western_world.pdf
Source: Sexual Ethics in Islam and in the Western World, Chapter 1, Sexual Ethics in Islam and in the Western World, Baztab News, 2007/08/10, 2007-08-19 http://en.baztab.com/content/?cid=4132,

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„I think marriage is all about timing. Getting married is insanity; I mean, it's a risk – who knows if you're going to be together forever? But you both say, 'We're going to take this chance, in the same spirit.“

—  Cate Blanchett Australian actress 1969

Cate Blanchett: 'Getting Married Is Insanity', People Magazine, 12 January 2007 http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20008317,00.html,

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„A gentleman who had been very unhappy in marriage, married immediately after his wife died: Johnson said, it was the triumph of hope over experience.“

—  Samuel Johnson English writer 1709 - 1784

1770, p. 182
Life of Samuel Johnson (1791), Vol II

Periyar E. V. Ramasamy photo
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„In the first place, an unjust law exists in this Commonwealth, by which marriages between persons of different color is pronounced illegal. I am perfectly aware of the gross ridicule to which I may subject myself by alluding to this particular; but I have lived too long, and observed too much, to be disturbed by the world's mockery.“

—  Lydia Maria Child American abolitionist, author and women's rights activist 1802 - 1880

Chapter VIII http://utc.iath.virginia.edu/abolitn/abeslmca5t.html
1830s, An Appeal on Behalf of That Class of Americans Called Africans (1833)

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„Darcy wants to present himself to Elizabeth as a proud gentleman, and he gets from her the message 'your pride is nothing but contemptible arrogance.' After the break in their relationship each discovers, through a series of accidents, the true nature of the other - she the sensitive and tender nature of Darcy, he her real dignity and wit - and the novel ends as it should, with their marriage. The theoretical interest of this story lies in the fact that the failure of their first encounter, the double misrecognition concerning the real nature of the other, functions as a positive condition of the final outcome: we cannot say 'if, from the very beginning, she had recognized his real nature and he hers, their story could have ended at once with their marriage.' Let us take a comical hypothesis that the first encounter of the future lovers was a success - that Elizabeth had accepted Darcy's first proposal. What would happen? Instead of being bound together in true love they would become a vulgar everyday couple, a liaison of an arrogant, rich man and a pretentious, every-minded young girl… If we want to spare ourselves the painful roundabout route through the misrecognition, we miss the truth itself: only the working-through of the misrecognition allows us to accede to the true nature of the other and at the same time to overcome our own deficiency - for Darcy, to free himself of his false pride; for Elizabeth, to get rid of her prejudices.“

—  Slavoj Žižek, book The Sublime Object of Ideology

The Sublime Object of Ideology (1989)

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Judah Loew ben Bezalel photo

„Suitable is the happiness when there is whole existence, and you don't have whole existence more than marriage.“

—  Judah Loew ben Bezalel Czech rabbi 1512 - 1609

Tiferet Israel, Ch. 30
Original: (iw) ראויה השמחה כאשר יש מציאות שלם. ואין לך מציאות יותר שלם מזווג חתן וכלה ~ תפארת ישראל פרק ל

Jennifer Beals photo
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Freddie Mercury photo

„All my lovers asked me why they couldn't replace Mary, but it's simply impossible. The only friend I've got is Mary and I don't want anybody else. To me, she was my common-law wife. To me, it was a marriage. We believe in each other, that's enough for me.“

—  Freddie Mercury British singer, songwriter and record producer 1946 - 1991

On Mary Austin, a long time companion, and the inheritor of most of his estate, as quoted in "For A Song : The Mercury that's rising in rock is Freddie the satiny seductor of Queen" by Fred Hauptfuhrer, in People magazine (5 December 1977) http://www.queenarchives.com/index.php?title=Group_-_12-05-1977_-_People

Mwanandeke Kindembo photo
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„He who fights too long against dragons becomes a dragon himself; and if you gaze too long into the abyss, the abyss will gaze into you.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, book Beyond Good and Evil

Beyond Good and Evil, Aphorism 146
Variant: He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.

„I'm not the marrying kind -"
St. Vincent snorted. "No man is. Marriage is a female invention.“

—  Lisa Kleypas American writer 1964

Source: Mine Till Midnight

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„Without opium, plans, marriages and journeys appear to me just as foolish as if someone falling out of a window were to hope to make friends with the occupants of the room before which he passes.“

—  Jean Cocteau French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, boxing manager and filmmaker 1889 - 1963

Source: Opium: The Diary of His Cure

Alfred Adler photo

„seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another, and feeling with the heart of another.“

—  Alfred Adler Medical Doctor, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist, Personality Theorist 1870 - 1937

Oscar Wilde photo

„To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.“

—  Oscar Wilde, book The Picture of Dorian Gray

Variant: I wish you would tell me your secret. To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.
Source: The Picture of Dorian Gray

„A wedding is and event, but marriage is a life.“

—  Myles Munroe Bahamian Evangelical Christian minister 1954 - 2014

Source: Waiting and Dating

Joe Hill photo

„Taking a thing apart is always faster than putting something together. This is true of everything except marriage.“

—  Joe Hill Swedish-American labor activist, songwriter, and member of the Industrial Workers of the World 1879 - 1915

Source: 20th Century Ghosts

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„Your work should be an act of love, not a marriage of convenience.“

—  Haruki Murakami, book Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

Source: Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

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„Love is a vessel that contains both security and adventure, and commitment offers one of the great luxuries of life: time. Marriage is not the end of romance, it is the beginning.“

—  Esther Perel Belgian Psychotherapist and Author 1958

Source: Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic and the Domestic

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„… I think I know the secret to a long and happy marriage - just choose someone you can't live without.“

—  Lisa Kleypas American writer 1964

Source: Smooth Talking Stranger

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„Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside equally desperate to get out.“

—  Michel De Montaigne (1533-1592) French-Occitan author, humanistic philosopher, statesman 1533 - 1592

Book III, Ch. 5
Source: The Complete Essays

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„Don't hide behind the Constitution or the Bible. If you're against gay marriage, just be honest, put a scarlet 'H' on your shirt, and say, 'I am a homophobe!“

—  Henry Rollins American singer-songwriter 1961

Talk is Cheap Volume 1 (1998)
Source: Talk is Cheap: Volume 1

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„Marriage, each of them realized intuitively, was about compromise and forgiveness. It was about balance, where one person complemented the other.“

—  Nicholas Sparks, book The Choice

Travis Parker, Chapter 16, p. 203
Variant: Relationship is about forgiveness and compromise. It is about balance where one person complements each other.
Source: 2000s, The Choice (2007)

H. Jackson Brown, Jr. photo
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„As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

Insofern sich die Sätze der Mathematik auf die Wirklichkeit beziehen, sind sie nicht sicher, und insofern sie sicher sind, beziehen sie sich nicht auf die Wirklichkeit. http://books.google.com/books?id=QF0ON71WuxEC&q=%22Insofern+sich+die+S%C3%A4tze+der+Mathematik+auf+die%22&pg=PA3#v=onepage

Geometrie and Erfahrung (1921) pp. 3-4 link.springer.com http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-642-49903-6_1#page-1 as cited by Karl Popper, The Two Fundamental Problems of the Theory of Knowledge (2014) Tr. Andreas Pickel, Ed. Troels Eggers Hansen.
Ref: en.wikiquote.org - Albert Einstein / Quotes / 1920s

1920s, Sidelights on Relativity (1922)

Joel Osteen photo

„The marriage partner is not really the problem. No other person can ultimately make you happy. You must learn how to be happy within yourself.“

—  Joel Osteen American televangelist and author 1963

Source: Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

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„In marriage you are not sacrificing yourself to the other person. You are sacrificing yourself to the relationship.“

—  Joseph Campbell American mythologist, writer and lecturer 1904 - 1987

Source: A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living

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„I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.“

—  Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900

Source: The Happy Prince and Other Stories

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Gillian Flynn photo

„Before you can see the Light, you have to deal with the darkness.“

—  Dan Millman American self help writer 1946

Source: Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior

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„Other people's marriages are a perpetual source of amazement.“

—  Patrick O'Brian, book The Commodore

Source: The Commodore (1995)