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Positive Marriage Quotes

The best and most comprehensive list of happy and positive marriage quotes on the web. Love quotes from Mignon McLaughlin, Fawn Weaver, Nicholas Sparks, Robert Brault, Rick Warren, Barbara De Angelis, Mahatma Gandhi and countless others.

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“Marriage: Love is the reason. Lifelong friendship is the gift. Kindness is the cause. Til’ death do us part is the length.”

-Fawn Weaver

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

-Mignon McLaughlin

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

-Maggie Reyes

“Being in a long marriage is a little bit like that nice cup of coffee every morning – I might have it every day, but I still enjoy it.”

-Stephen Gaines

“Happily ever after is not a fairy tale. It’s a choice.”

-Fawn Weaver

“The older I get, the less time I want to spend with the part of the human race that didn’t marry me.”

-Robert Brault

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

-Robert Quillen

“The best time to love with your whole heart is always now, in this moment, because no breath beyond the current is promised.”

-Fawn Weaver

“To find someone who will love you for no reason, and to shower that person with reasons, that is the ultimate happiness.”

-Robert Brault

“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

“We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.”

-Sam Keen

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

-Franklin P. Jones

“Where there is love, there is life.”

-Mahatma Gandhi

“Marriage is a mosaic you build with your spouse. Millions of tiny moments that create your love story.”

-Jennifer Smith

“The greatest marriages are built on teamwork. A mutual respect, a healthy dose of admiration, and a never-ending portion of love and grace.”

-Fawn Weaver

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

-Paul Newman

“Marriage, ultimately, is the practice of becoming passionate friends.”

-Harville Hendrix

“Once we figured out that we could not change each other, we became free to celebrate ourselves as we are.”

-H. Dean Rutherford (in a letter to his wife on their 59th wedding anniversary)

“Love is the greatest gift when given. It is the highest honor when received.”

-Fawn Weaver

“A long-lasting marriage is built by two people who believe in -and live by- the solemn promise they made.”

-Darlene Schacht

“If you’re not happy with where you are and what you’ve got, you won’t be happy with where you go or what you get. Happiness is a choice for today.”

-Fawn Weaver

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

-Henry Ford

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

-Dave Meurer

“A great marriage isn’t something that just happens; it’s something that must be created.”

-Fawn Weaver

“Marriage is a commitment- a decision to do, all through life, that which will express your love for one’s spouse.”

-Herman H. Kieval

“Show me a man who is smiling from ear-to-ear and living a beautiful life, and I’ll show you a man who is grateful for what he has and utterly in love with his wife.”

-Fawn Weaver

“A fool in love makes no sense to me. I only think you are a fool if you do not love.”


“In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything and two minus one equals nothing.”

-Mignon McLaughlin

“Love is a partnership of two unique people who bring out the very best in each other, and who know that even though they are wonderful as individuals, they are even better together.”

-Barbara Cage

“The doors of happiness remain locked. When they are unlocked, they swing open quickly and widely but close right behind them. They must be reopened throughout each day and there is but one key that fits that lock: Gratitude.”

-Fawn Weaver

“The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to forget is the happiest.”


“Marriage is like watching the color of leaves in the fall; ever changing and more stunningly beautiful with each passing day.”

-Fawn Weaver

“And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”

-John Lennon and Paul McCartney

“You meet thousands of people and none of them really touch you, and then you meet one person and your life is changed forever.”

- Jamie Randall (from the movie, Love and Other Drugs)

“There are few things more frightening to a man than giving away his heart. And there are few things more comforting to a man than to know the woman he gave his heart to, will protect it with her life.”

-Fawn Weaver

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

-Leo Buscagalia

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

-Peter Ustinov

“Passionate sex is great. A passionate marriage filled with passionate sex…SO much better.”

-Fawn Weaver

“Enjoy the little things in life… For one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.”

-Robert Brault

“Keep the fire lit in your marriage and your life will be filled with warmth.”

-Fawn Weaver

“You don’t marry one person; you marry three: the person you think they are, the person they are, and the person they are going to become as a result of being married to you.”

-Richard Needham

“When you compromise your beliefs for the sake of gain, that is a lack of integrity. When you compromise your beliefs for the sake of greater understanding with your spouse, that’s called wisdom.”

-Fawn Weaver

“One day, in your search for happiness, you discover a partner by your side, and you realize that your happiness has come to help you search.”

-Robert Brault

“To keep your marriage brimming, with love in the wedding cup, whenever you’re wrong, admit it; whenever you’re right, shut up.”

-Ogden Nash

“Heart pounding, body sweating, hair soaked… Going for a morning run does that but leaves me a little tired. Staying in the bed with my husband a little longer yields the same result – but is a whole lot more fun.”

-Fawn Weaver

“Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.”

-Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing.”

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

?”No one can go back and change how it started but a new future for any marriage can begin the moment one person begins to invest in it.”

-Fawn Weaver

“They say it takes a village to raise a child. That may be the case, but the truth is that it takes a lot of solid, stable marriages to create a village.”

-Diane Sollee

“A happy marriage doesn’t mean you have a perfect spouse or a perfect marriage. It simply means you’ve chosen to look beyond the imperfections in both.”

-Fawn Weaver

“If you live to be a hundred, I want
To live to be a hundred minus one day,
So I never have to live without you.”

-Winnie the Pooh

“Write a list of ways that you have benefited from being married to your spouse. Then write a
list of your spouse’s positive patterns and qualities. Keep adding to the lists and reread them
frequently. ”

-Rabbi Pliskin

“In marriage, when we honor and celebrate each other, we’re freed up to be the best people we can be.”

-Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott

“Marriage doesn’t make you happy–you make your marriage happy.”

-Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott

“There are a hundred paths through the world that are easier than loving. But who wants easier?”

-Mary Oliver

“A good marriage is each for the other and two against the world.”

-Robert Brault

“To keep the fire burning brightly there’s one easy rule: Keep the two logs together, near enough to keep each other warm and far enough apart – about a finger’s breadth – for breathing room. Good fire, good marriage, same rule.”

-Marnie Reed Crowell

“Marriage is the virtuous exploration of love in its purest form and pleasure in its highest state.”

-Fawn Weaver

“Marriage is getting to have a sleepover with your best friend every night of the week.”

-Christie Cook

“A successful marriage isn’t the union of two perfect people. It’s that of two imperfect people who have learned the value of forgiveness and grace.”

-Darlene Schacht

“In the opinion of the world, marriage ends all, as it does in a comedy. The truth is precisely the opposite: it begins all.”

-Anne S Swetchine

“Being loved just as you are is the greatest currency on earth. It is immeasurable in value and can never truly be repaid.”

-Fawn Weaver

“Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate.”

-Barnett R. Brickner

“The bonds of matrimony are like any other bonds – they mature slowly.”

-Peter De Vries

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

-Simone Signoret

“Happiness in marriage is a moment by moment choice. A decision to love, forgive, grow and grow old together.”

-Fawn Weaver

“Marriage is not a noun; it’s a verb. It isn’t something you get. It’s something you do. Its the way you love your partner every day.”

-Barbara De Angelis

“One of the greatest things in life is finding someone who knows all your mistakes and still thinks you are absolutely amazing.”


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“Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife.”

-Franz Schubert

“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.”

-Ronald Reagan

“Sometimes two people stay together for the sake of the kids — two kids who sat under a full moon and pledged to be forever true.”

-Robert Brault

“When people tell me they’ve learned from experience, I tell them the trick is to learn from other people’s experience.”

-Warren Buffett

When my husband holds me in his arms it makes me feel -even if just for those moments- that all else is well in the world.”

-Fawn Weaver

“Love doesn’t sit there like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; re-made everyday, made new.”

-Ursula LeGuin

“Marriage is our society’s most pro-child institution. If you want kids to do well, then you want marriage to do well.”

-David Blankenhorn

“The greatest weakness of most humans is their hesitancy to tell others how much they love them while they’re still alive.”

-Orlando Battista

“The more things we can laugh about, the more alive we become: The more things we can laugh about together, the more connected we become.”

-Frank Pittman

“Friendship in marriage is the spark that lights an everlasting flame.”

-Fawn Weaver

“Marriage provides the solace of worked-on friendship and the joy of being known profoundly.”

-Imogene Stubbs

“Was it love at first sight? It wasn’t then – but it sure is now.”

-Ann Meara (comedian Ben Stiller’s mom), married 58 years

“There comes a time when a man and woman realize that their separate schemes can be better achieved as a conspiracy.”

-Robert Brault

“The happy State of Matrimony is, undoubtedly, the surest and most lasting Foundation of Comfort and Love . . . the Cause of all good Order in the World, and what alone preserves it from the utmost Confusion.”

-Benjamin Franklin

“A good marriage at age 50 predicted positive aging at 80. But, surprisingly, low cholesterol levels did not.”

-George Valliant, MD, Harvard Medical School

“No one has ever measured (not even poets) how much love the heart can hold.”

-Zelda Fitzgerald

“Marriage is like a fine wine, if tended properly, it just gets better with age.”


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

-James C. Dobson

“Marriage, like a submarine, is only safe if you get all the way inside.”

-Frank Pittman

“Love is a flower which turns into fruit at marriage.”

-Finnish Proverb

“Being married is the nicest thing to be.”


from the movie, “If A Man Answers”

“Follow your heart wherever it may take you and my heart is with You, YOU are my heart”

-Belinda Descombes, HWC member

“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

“One of the greatest gifts you can give your husband is your own wholeness.”

–Stormie Omartian

“I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.”

-Rita Rudner

“When there is love in a marriage, there is harmony in the home; when there is harmony in the home, there is contentment in the community; when there is contentment in the community, there is prosperity in the nation; when there is prosperity in the nation, there is peace in the world.”

-Chinese Proverb

“If it’s important to her, then it’s important to me.”

-Greg Provance

“The couple who prays together – stays together.”


“There is no greater risk than matrimony. But there is nothing happier than a happy marriage.”

-Former British Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli

“I used to believe that marriage would diminish me, reduce my options. That you had to be someone less to live with someone else when, of course, you have to be someone more.”

-Candice Bergen

“Marriage. It’s like a cultural hand-rail. It links folks to the past and guides them to the future.”

-Diane Frolov

“A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love.”

- Pearl Buck

?”…Your gift to me is uninsurable. No appraiser can put a value on it… It’s like fruit of the month or a lifetime subscription – a perpetual-motion happiness machine. It starts off fresh and brand new every day, shining up my whole world…”

-Ronald Reagan – in a letter to his wife Nancy

“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

“Excitement and fire are not qualities inherent to relationships they are what happen when two people make marriage the number one priority.”

-Michele Weiner-Davis

“Your priorities aren’t what you SAY they are. They are revealed by how you live. What does your life say about the value of your family and marriage?”

-Marriage Today

“Happiness: “You Bring Your Own Weather To The Picnic.”

- Gretchen Rubin

“?A happy marriage has in it all the pleasures of friendship, all the enjoyment of sense and reason – and indeed all the sweets of life.”

-Joseph Addison

“The greatest favour we can do our children is to give visible example of love and esteem to our spouse. As they grow up, they may then look forward to maturity so they too can find such love.”

-Eucharista Ward

“Love like there’s no tomorrow, and if tomorrow comes, love again.”

-Max Lucado

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

- Robert Heinlein

“?Love at first sight is easy to understand; it’s when two people have been looking at each other for a lifetime that it becomes a miracle.”

-Sam Levenson

“Love one another and you will be happy. It’s as simple and as difficult as that.”

-Michael Leunig

“I got gaps; you got gaps; we fill each other’s gaps.”

-Rocky Balboa (Rocky, the movie)

“Marriages, like a garden, take time to grow. But the harvest is rich unto those who patiently and tenderly care for the ground.”

-Darlene Schacht

“Friendship is a deep oneness that develops when two people, speaking the truth in love to one another, journey together to the same horizon.”

-Timothy Keller

“Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.”

-Joseph Addison

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

-William Lyon Phelps

“Many marriages would be better if the husband and wife clearly understood that they are on the same side.”

-Zig Ziglar

“The real act of marriage takes place in the heart, not in the ballroom or church or synagogue. It’s a choice you make on your wedding day, and over and over again and that choice is reflected in the way you treat your husband…”

-Barbara De Angelis

“Motto for the bride and groom: We are a work in progress with a lifetime contract.”

-Phyllis Koss

“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

“Marriage has the power to set the course of your life as a whole. If your marriage is strong, even if all the circumstances in your life around you are filled with trouble and weakness, it won’t matter. You will be able to move out into the world in strength.”

-Timothy Keller

“There are few things in life more beautiful than a couple in love and a marriage in full bloom.”

-Fawn Weaver

“A happy marriage is a selfless journey in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”

-George & Yvonne Levy

“One of the most amazing gifts in life is to find someone who knows all your flaws, differences, and mistakes, yet still loves everything about you.”


“In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy.”

-Albert Clark

“One of the most beautiful things in the world is a woman’s heart. It is fragile yet strong. Delicate yet resilient. When a woman gives you her heart, she gives you her most prized possession. If you love, nurture, cherish and protect it, she’ll give you the world.”

-Fawn Weaver

“Nothing feels better than when you love someone with your whole heart and soul and they love you back even more.”

-Karen Kostyla

“A good marriage is a contest of generosity.”

-Diane Sawyer

“The best love is the one that makes you a better person, without changing you into someone other than yourself.”


“Rules for a happy marriage: 1. Never both be angry at the same time. 2. Never yell at each other unless the house is on fire. 3. If one of you has to win an argument, let it be your spouse. 4. If you have to criticize, do it lovingly. 5. Never bring up mistakes from the past. 6. Neglect the whole world rather than each other. 7. Never go to sleep with an argument unsettled. 8. At least once a day say a kind word or pay a compliment to your partner. 9. When you have done something wrong, admit it and ask for forgiveness. 10. It takes two to make a quarrel, and the one in the wrong is usually the one who does the most talking.”


“The goal in marriage is not to think alike, but to think together.”

-Robert C. Dodds

“Married couples who love each other tell each other a thousand things without talking.”

-Chinese Proverb

“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”

-Theodore Hesburgh

“What a happy and holy fashion it is that those who love one another should rest on the same pillow.”

-Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

-Andre Maurois

“A long marriage is two people trying to dance a duet and two solos at the same time.”

-Anne Taylor Flemming

“The more you invest in a marriage, the more valuable it becomes.”

- Amy Grant

“In marriage, each partner is to be an encourager rather than a critic, a forgiver rather than a collector of hurts, an enabler rather than a reformer.”

-H. Norman Wright and Gary Oliver

“For you see, each day I love you more. Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.”

-Rosemond Gerard

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

-Tom Robbins

“New love is the brightest and long love is the greatest. But revived love is the tenderest thing known on earth.”

-Thomas Hardy

“Make a list of ten of your spouse’s faults, which, for the sake of your marriage, you will always overlook. You can live with those ten.”

-J & G Murphy

“In every marriage, more than a week old, there are grounds for divorce. The trick is to find, and to continue to find, grounds for marriage.”

-Robert Anderson

“Two things are owed to truthfulness: lasting marriages and short friendships.”

-Robert Brault

“The sum which two married people owe to one another defies calculation. It is an infinite debt, which can only be discharged through eternity.”

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“In a time when nothing is more certain than change, the commitment of two people to one another has become difficult and rare. Yet, by its scarcity, the beauty and value of this exchange have only been enhanced.”

-Robert Sexton

“You didn’t learn how to play an instrument well in one night. It will take time to learn how to “make music” with your spouse too.”

-J & G Murphy

“More marriages might survive if the partners realized that sometimes the better comes after the worse.”

-Doug Larson

“Love is not something you look for… love is something you become.”

-Alina Villasante

“It’s the little things that keep us together. Those little things will make me love you forever.”

-Sonia Schaad

“Love is given to us as a time, but to keep it always, we must make it a place.”

-Robert Brault

“Happiness is by choice…not by chance.”


“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.”

-Frederick Keonig

“Love is patient. Love is kind. Love does not envy. Love does not boast. Love is not proud. Love is not rude. Love is not self-seeking. Love is not easily angered. Love keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil. Love rejoices with the truth. Love always protects. Love always trusts. Love always hopes. Love always perseveres. Love never fails.”

-1 Corinthians 13: 4-8

“Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning.”


“Lean on each other’s strengths. Forgive each other’s weaknesses.”


“There is only one happiness in life; to love and be loved.”

-George Sand

“It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death.”

-Thomas Mann

“Turn your love into promises, that when you doubt your love, you may simply ask, “Am I keeping my promises?”

-Robert Brault

“Marriage makes you vulnerable and strong. It brings out the best and worst in you and then it changes you in ways you could have never expected. For the better.”

-Maggie Reyes

“The highest love a person can have for you is to wish you to evolve into the best person you can be.”

-David Viscott

“Good relationships don’t just happen. They take time, patience, and two people who truly want to be together.”


“Being someone’s first love may be great, but to be their last is beyond perfect.”


“Don’t compare your love story to those you watch in movies. They’re written by screenwriters, yours is written by God.”


“Any reason is a good reason and any time is a good time to say ‘I Love You.’”

-Fawn Weaver

“A relationship is like a house. When a light bulb burns out you don’t go and buy a new house, you change the light bulb.”


“I want a marriage more beautiful than my wedding.”


“Give up on fear. Give up on anger. Give up on every emotion that doesn’t enhance your life. But never give up on love. It’s always worth the fight.”

-Fawn Weaver

“Any home can be a castle when the king and queen are in love.”


“Happy marriages begin when we marry the ones we love, and they blossom when we love the ones we marry.”

-Tom Mullen

“Family: Where life begins and love never ends.”


“What I love most about my home is who I share it with.”

-Tad Carpenter

“To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.”


“Of all the pleasures of marriage, friendship has got to be one of the best. Two hands, intertwined until the end of time…Doesn’t get much better than that.”

-Fawn Weaver

“A wise physician once said, ‘The best medicine for humans is love.’ Someone asked, ‘What if it doesn’t work?’ He smiled and answered, ‘Increase the dose’.”


“The most desired gift of love is not diamonds or roses or chocolate. It’s focused attention.”

-Rick Warren

“They say, ‘It is better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all.’ I say, ‘It is better to love and when you get discouraged, love some more, and never lose your love at all.”

-Fawn Weaver

“If you want to know where your heart is, look to where your mind goes when it wonders.”


“A happy man married the girl he loves; a happier man loves the girl he marries.”

-Susan Douglas

“There is no such thing as a perfect man or a perfect marriage. But the one I have is perfect for me.”

-Fawn Weaver

“A great spouse loves you exactly the way you are. An extraordinary spouse helps you grow; inspires you to be, do and give your very best.”

-Fawn Weaver

“You don’t love someone because they’re perfect. You love them in spite of the fact they’re not.”

-Jodi Picoult

“In the enriching of marriage, the big things are the little things. There must be constant appreciation for each other and thoughtful demonstration of gratitude. A couple must encourage and help each other grow. Marriage is a joint quest for the good, the beautiful, and the divine”

-James E. Faust

“My husband is one of my greatest blessings from God. His love is a gift that I open every day.”

-Darlene Schacht

“We adore more than we irritate, that’s why we’ve lasted so long.”

-Cathy Thorne

“We have the greatest pre-nuptial agreement in the world. It’s called love.”

-Gene Perret

“Marriage succeeds only as lifetime commitment with no escape clauses.”

–Dr. James Dobson

“Love is a promise; love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear.”

– John Lennon

“True story… Once upon a time there lived a wife with the most incredible husband ever… The End.”

-Darlene Schacht

“It’s always nice to have someone in your life who can make you smile even when they’re not around.”


“My philosophy: If it doesn’t add love, trust & value to your life, it doesn’t belong in your life.”

-Lisa Manyon

“When I am with you, the only place I want to be is closer.”


“Kissing is a means of getting two people so close together that they can’t see anything wrong with each other.”

-Rene Yasenek

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

-Lao Tzu

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create.”

-John Lennon

“Love is life. If you miss love, you miss life.”

-Leo Buscalglia

“We love the things we love for what they are.”

-Robert Frost

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

-Nicholas Sparks

“Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.”

-Bertrand Russell

“Love is when you meet someone who tells you something knew about yourself.”

-Andre Breton

“Marriage does not guarantee you will be together forever, it’s only paper. It takes love, respect, trust, understanding, friendship and faith in your relationship to make it last.”


“Keep choosing happiness and happiness will keep choosing you.”

-Fawn Weaver

“Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.”

-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

“Absence is to love as wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small and kindles the great.”

-Roger de Bussy-Rabutin

“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”

-Mother Teresa

“Love puts the fun in together, the sad in apart, and the joy in a heart.”


“The most precious gift that marriage gave me was the constant impact of something very close and intimate, yet all the time unmistakably other, resistant – in a word, real.”

-C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

“The True Measure Of Success is determined by your home life.”

-Dan Black

“A good marriage is good for you. That isn’t just a platitude. Mounting research shows that it is the literal truth. When your marriage is healthy, your body and mind are healthier.”

-Cliff Isaacson

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

-Greg Evans

“A good marriage is that in which each appoints the other guardian of his solitude.”

-Rainer Maria Rilke

“There is nothing more admirable than two people who see eye-to-eye keeping house as man and wife, confounding their enemies, and delighting their friends.”


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

-Julia Child

“Only choose in marriage a man whom you would choose as a friend if he were a woman.”

-Joseph Joubert

“The best proof of love is trust.”

-Joyce Brothers

“Love is not blind – it sees more, not less. But because it sees more, it is willing to see less.”

-Julins Gordon

“It is a risk to love – what if it doesn’t work out? . . . Ah, but what if it does!”

-Peter McWilliams

“Life is the flower for which love is the honey.”

-Victor Hugo

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.”

-Oscar Wilde

“Love is the thing that enables a woman to sing while she mops up the floor after her husband has walked across it in his barn boots.”

-Hoosier Farmer

“Love is a language spoken by everyone, but understood only by a heart.”

-Shirley Rindani

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

-Henry David Thoreau

“It is love that makes the impossible possible.”

-Indian Proverb

“To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.”

-David Viscott

“Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get, it’s what you are expected to give — which is everything.”


“True love begins when nothing is looked for in return.”

-Antoine De Saint-Exupery

“This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love; the more they give, the more they possess.”

-Rainer Maria Rilke

“I’ve learned … that no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.”

-Andy Rooney

“It is love that makes the impossible possible.”

-Indian Proverb

“Having a partner in this lifetime -to grow together, love completely, ride out every storm and overcome all of life’s challenges- is one of the most beautiful blessings of marriage.”

-Fawn Weaver

“The best thing about me is you.”

-Shannon Crown

“I can’t say anymore than I love you. Anything else would be a waste of breath.”

-Elvis Costello

“I miss you a little, I guess you could say, a little too much, a little too often, and a little more each day.”


“Love is not blind, it sees but it doesn’t mind.”

-Rizi Jane Baldon

“Love sees roses without thorns.”

-German Proverb

“The beauty of marriage is not always seen from the very beginning…but rather as love grows and develops over time.”

-Fawn Weaver

“Love is missing someone whenever you’re apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you’re close in heart.”

-Kay Knudsen

“We sat side by side in the morning light and looked out at the future together.”

-Brian Andres

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

-Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“Love is not what the mind thinks, but what the heart feels.”

-Greg Evans

“Love and respect will make any good relationship better.”

-Stephen Ramjenan

“Being loved makes us smile. Being married makes us grow…and smile.”

-Fawn Weaver

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

-Dr. Seuss

“Walking with your hand in mine and mine in yours, that’s exactly where I want to be always.”

-Fawn Weaver

“If you live to be 100, I hope to be 100 minus 1 day, So I never have to live without you.”

-Winnie the Pooh

“No relationship is all sunshine, but once you’ve learned how to play in the rain, you’ve discovered the secret to surviving the passing storm together.”


“A loving marriage helps transform us from the person we once were to the marvelous person we were always meant to be.”

-Fawn Weaver

“Marriage is a partnership of two unique people who bring out the very best in each other, and who know that even though they are wonderful as individuals, they are even better together.”

-Barbara Cage (original quote slightly revised)

“One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.”

-Antoine de Saint Exupery

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

-Emily Brontë

“Marriage is a thousand little things that make up the sum of our vows.”

-Darlene Schacht

“A great marriage isn’t something that just happens; it’s something that must be created.”

-Fawn Weaver

“When a wife has a good husband, it is easily seen on her face.”

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Is it possible for home to be a person and not a place?”

-Stephanie Perkins

“Marriage is a gift of love you give to your spouse everyday, with a never-ending promise that you’ll walk side-by-side.”

-Darlene Schacht

“It was not the days of ease that made our marriage stronger and happier; it was working through the difficult parts.”

-Karen Swallow Prior

“In poverty I promise to make our love rich in wealth; I promise not to let our love grow poor.”


“I am in love and out of it I will not go.”

-C.S. Lewis

“A strong marriage rarely has two strong people at the same time. It is a husband and wife who take turns being strong for each other in the moments when the other feels weak.”

-Ashley Willis

“No trial is so large we can’t overcome it together.”

-Neil Andersen

“There is nothing better than feeling completely content in life regardless of what life throws at you because your marriage is rock solid.”

-Carmen Smith

“Love is more than three words mumbled before bedtime. Love is sustained by action, a pattern of devotion in the things we do for each other everyday.”

-Nicholas Sparks, The Wedding

“Happily married people know that keeping score is what unhappily married people do.”

-Alisa Bowman

“The greatest gift a father can give his children is to love their mother.”

-John Wooden

“Redeemed love is the most tender love.”

-Fawn Weaver

“Love is what is left in a relationship when the selfishness is taken out.”

-Nick Richardson

“I take you for better or worse. Even if the better comes after the worse.”

-Sheila Wray Gregoire

“I hear people say that ‘falling in love is a mistake’ because that means you can simply fall out of love. When it comes to marriage, it just means that you have the benefit of falling in love all over again each and every day.”

-Fawn Weaver

“I’m not here because I’m supposed to be here, or because I’m trapped here, but because I’d rather be with you than anywhere else in the world.”

-Richard Bach (The Bridge Across Forever)

“I knew you were the one when I realized your smile was my heaven, your laugh was my favorite song, and your arms was my home.”

-Steve Maraboli

“At the end of the day when my world is spinning and problems rise, it’s a beautiful thing to just be able to fall apart in his arms. In those moments the world disappears and I know I’m not facing life alone.”

-Michelle McKinney

“Somewhere between our laughs, deep talks, and little fights…I fell in love with you.”


“Love your spouse with everything you’ve got! Don’t take shortcuts and don’t settle for just coasting by. The road ahead may be difficult at times, but you will get through anything if you choose to face it together, have faith, and never give up on each other.”

“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.”

-Mark Twain

“What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility.”

-Leo Tolstoy

“The great secret of successful marriage is to treat all disasters as incidents and none of the incidents as disasters.”

-Sir Harold George Nicolson

“Marriage is a promise. Not just between the couple but to
the community at large, to generations past and to those yet to be born.”

“To get the full value of joy, you must have someone to divide it with.”

-Mark Twain

“One of the nicest things you can say to your partner, ‘If I had it to do over again, I’d choose you. Again.’”


“If you are have to argue, argue naked.”


“Get Married
Stay Married
What a concept.”


“Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring and
integrity, they think of you.”

-H. Jackson Brown, Jr

“The most important marriage skill is listening to your partner in a way that
they can’t possibly doubt that you love them.”

-Diane Sollee

“When asked his secret of love, being married fifty-four years to the same
person, he said, ‘Ruth and I are happily incompatible.’”

-Billy Graham

“Why is it that people get married?
Because we need a witness to our lives.
There’s a billion people on the planet.
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 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, 2004

Leaves in the fall
Winds that have ceased
Rain that cries no more
Snow on a mountain
Dew covered grass
Water in a vase
An orchid in full bloom
Morning rays of sunlight
Painted colors of a sunset
A butterfly in her cocoon
A swan in the lake
Two lovers dancing in the night
A million stars without form
A little boy resting
A little girl praying
The eye of the storm
Wherever you are
Wherever you will be
My still point in a turning world

-Fawn Weaver, Still

“Love is seeking to act for the other person’s highest good.”

-Jerry Cook

“No road is long with good company.”

-Turkish Proverb

“Choose your love, then love your choice.”


“Common courtesy plays a big role in happy marriages. People who are permanently married are polite to one another. They don’t want to hurt one another’s feelings, and they don’t try to make the other one feel humiliated. People who are married for life are extremely kind to one another.”

-Frank Pittman

“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 Elliot

“Committing to staying calm is the first key to committing to staying married.”

-Hal Runkel

“Commitment has kind eyes. He wears sturdy shoes.
Everything is vivid when he is around. It is wonderful to sit
and have lunch in his gardens around harvest time. You
can taste in the vegetables that the soil has been cared for.”

-J. Ruth Gendler

“Commitment is making a choice to give up other choices.”

-Scott Stanley

“I think a man and a woman should choose each other for life, for the
simple reason that a long life with all its accidents is barely enough time for
a man and a woman to understand each other and. . . to understand – is to love.”

-William Butler Yeats

“The grass looks greener . . . but it’s Astroturf.”

-From the report, “Does Divorce Make People Happy?”

“As for his secret to staying married: ‘My wife tells me that if I ever
decide to leave, she is coming with me.’”

-Jon BonJovi

“Grow old along with me. The best is yet to be – the last of life for
which the first was made.”

-Robert Browning

“Marriage, the family unit, was the ‘original Department of Health, Education and Welfare.’”

-Michael Novak

“The First Bond of Society is Marriage.”


“The goal is to have a conversation in a way so that you can have another
conversation tomorrow.”


“It is necessary but insufficient to stay married for the children’s sake. It is also
necessary to stay happily married for the children’s sake. I’m so glad someone
noticed that marriage doesn’t have to make you miserable. It is just so easy to
be happy I don’t understand why it isn’t more popular.”

-Frank Pittman

“Love is no assignment for cowards”


“Happy couples are not sitting around waiting for happiness to find them. They’re making happiness happen.”

-Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott

“Marriage is like music. Both are playing different instruments and different parts, but as long as you’re playing from the same sheet music, you can create something beautiful.”

“Gratitude is the fastest road to happiness in marriage.”

-Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott

“A sure sign of a man’s strength is how gently he loves his wife.”

“There is no such thing as a perfect man or a perfect marriage. But the one I have is perfect for me.”

-Fawn Weaver

“Never get tired of doing little things for your spouse. Sometimes those little things occupy the biggest part of their heart.”


“Happy marriages are built on dreaming together.”

-Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”

-Vivian Greene

“My husband has made me laugh. Wiped my tears. Hugged me tight. Watched me succeed. Seen me fail. Kept me strong. My husband is a promise that I will have a friend forever.”


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

-O.A. Battista

“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

“You were my strength when I was weak; you were my voice when I couldn’t speak; you were my eyes when I couldn’t see; you saw the best there was in me; lifted me up when I couldn’t reach, you gave me faith cuz you believed. I’m everything I am because you loved me.”

-Celine Dion, Because You Loved Me

“One day you’ll kiss someone and know those are the lips you want to kiss for the rest of your life.”

“As we grow old together, as we continue to change with age, there is one thing that will never change…I will always keep falling in love with you.”

-Karen Clodfelder

“Marriage is sharing life with your best friend, enjoying the journey along the way and arriving at every destination together.”

-Fawn Weaver

“Real love is when you are completely committed to someone even when they are being completely unlovable.”

-Dave Willis

“Like sunshine in the summer and rain in the winter, I know I can count on
my husband to be there through every season of my life.”

-Fawn Weaver

“Marriage without friendship is like a bird without wings.”

-D. Schacht

“Love is quick to apologize and fast to forgive.”

“The single most important thing we can do for the person we love is love them as they most desire to be loved.”

-Fawn Weaver

“Through good times and bad. In sickness and in health. Whether rich or
poor. You and me, babe, we’re in this forever. And there’s no one on earth
I’d rather have by my side through it all than you.”

-Fawn Weaver

“People who look to marriage to make them happy make a fundamental mistake.
It is your own happiness that you bring into your marriage that makes it so
deliciously wonderful”

-Fawn Weaver

“While the world does their best to mold you into a cookie cutter version of
everyone else, a great spouse is there to encourage you to simply be your
best self: kind, loving, authentic, and perfectly imperfect.”

-Fawn Weaver

“In you I’ve found the love of my life and my closest, truest friend.”


“Every woman deserves a man who loves and respects her. And every man deserves a woman who appreciates his efforts.”


“From the first moment I looked into your eyes, I knew with you was where I’d want to be forever. And the day I held you in my arms for the first time, I knew I’d never let you go.”

-Fawn Weaver

“A perfect relationship isn’t ever actually perfect. It’s just one where both people never give up.”

“Falling in love is easy. But staying in love is very special.”


“With that ring I gave you my heart. I promised from that day forward, you would never walk alone; my heart would be your shelter, and my arms would be your home.”


“I remember the first time we kissed like it was yesterday. But I have to tell you, the kiss you gave me yesterday…and today…was SO much better.”

-Fawn Weaver

“Any fool can have a trophy wife. It takes a real man to have a trophy marriage.”

-Diane Sollee

“A great marriage doesn’t happen because of the love you had in the beginning, but how well you continue building love until the end.”


“Marriage isn’t about winning. It’s about lasting.”

-Mark Gorman

“Success in marriage is less about doing the big things than it is about doing those little things day after day.”


“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 hope to give you forever.”

-Nicholas Sparks

“No matter how expensive the pillow is, it could never be as comfortable as my husband’s shoulder.”


“When I tell you I love you, I don’t say it out of habit or to make conversation. I say it to remind you that you’re the best thing that ever happened to me.”


“True love is about growing as a couple, learning about each other, and never giving up on each other.”


“When you love someone, you love the person as they are, not as you’d like them to be.”

-Leo Tolstoy

“True love isn’t found, it’s built. One day. One kiss. One conversation at a time.”

-Maggie Reyes

“We cannot start over but we can begin now and make a new ending.”

-Zig Ziglar

“True love has no expiration date.”


“The heart of marriage is memories.”


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

-Audrey Hepburn

“If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive.”

-Mother Teresa

“I loved you yesterday, I love you still, I always have, I always will.”


“True love may only come once in a lifetime, but it can come once and once is more than enough.”

-Fawn Weaver

“Do everything you can to preserve and protect love so that it endures forever.”

-Jennifer Smith

“It’s true what they say — all the good men are married. But it’s marriage that makes them good.”

-Gay Talese, Thy Neighbors Wife

“Anywhere with you is better than everywhere without you.”


“Being married is like having a color television set. You never want to go back to black and white.”

-Danny Perosa

“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.”

-Joanne Woodward

“True love doesn’t happen by accident. It’s deliberate, it’s intentional, it’s purposeful, and in the end it’s worth it.”

-Darlene Schacht

“Life isn’t perfect but love doesn’t care.”


“Life is too short. Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness. Laugh when you can, apologize when you should, and let go of what you can’t change.”

“A husband and wife may disagree on many things but they must absolutely agree on this: to never, ever give up.”

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


“The first duty of love is to listen.”

-Paul Tillich

“You can’t buy love because when it’s real, it’s priceless.”


“If everyone married someone as wonderful as you, this world would most definitely be a happier place.”

-Fawn Weaver

“Couples who make it aren’t the ones who never had a reason to get divorced; they are simply the ones who decided early on that their commitment to each other was always going to be bigger than their differences and their flaws.”

-Dave Willis

“Never be too busy for the people you love. Never allow pursuits or possessions to become bigger priorities than your relationships. Love is what gives meaning to life.”

-Dave Willis

“God blessed the broken road that led me straight to you.”

-Rascal Flatts

“In marriage it is never having my own way. It is rather discovering our way.”

-Gary Chapman

“Always strive to give your spouse the very best of yourself; not what’s leftover after you have given your best to everyone else.”

-Dave Willis

“Life with you makes perfect sense. You’re my best friend.”


“I married my best friend. He is the one I laugh with, live for, dream with and love.”


“Marriage is not 50-50; divorce is 50-50. Marriage has to be 100-100. It isn’t dividing everything in half, but giving everything you’ve got! ”

-Dave Willis

“Home is where my husband is.”


“I fell in love with you because of a million tiny things you never knew you were doing.”


“I want to inspire my husband. I want him to look at me and say, ‘Because of you I didn’t give up.’”

“Husbands, love your wives well! Your children are noticing how you treat her. You are teaching your sons how they should treat women, and you are teaching your daughters what they should expect from men.”

-Dave Willis

“Our wedding was many years ago. The celebration continues to this day.”

-Gene Perret

“As sure as the sun will rise every morning and set in the evening just the same, I will love you all the days of my life.”

-Fawn Weaver

“Be an encourager. The world has plenty of critics already.”

-Dave Willis

“Marriage isn’t supposed to make you happy – and satisfied. It’s your job to make your marriage happy and satisfying. Same goes for sex. It isn’t supposed to make you passionate and ‘hot’. It’s up to you to make it passionate and ‘hot’- and intimate.”

-Diane Solle

“Bottom line…happy couples decide to be happy. In spite of whatever life deals them, they make happiness a habit.”

-Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott

“Apologizing doesn’t always mean you’re wrong and the other person is right. It just means your value your relationship more than your ego.”


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

-Martin Luther

“When you have someone who loves you unconditionally, you are able to see the world differently…more fully and beautifully.”

-Fawn Weaver

“Don’t ever confuse a great marriage with a perfect one. A great marriage is attained through daily effort, love and investment of time. A perfect marriage doesn’t exist because it involves the union of two imperfect people.”

-Fawn Weaver

“Do more than love your spouse. Cherish them. Honor them. Build an everlasting friendship. It is those things, along with love, that make marriage so special.”

-Fawn Weaver

“You play your part and I’ll play mine, together we will make something beautiful.”

“When life brings rain you have no need to worry; my umbrella’s built for two.”


“Marriage ultimately, is the practice of becoming passionate friends.”

-Harville Hendrix

“I will spend an eternity loving you, caring for you, respecting you, showing you everyday that I hold you as high as the stars.”

-Steve Maraboli

“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 everyday.”

-Barbara De Ange

“Marriage was custom made for me and for you.”


“Thankful for my amazing husband. Grateful for our loving family. Fortunate to be given the gift of today and the ability to choose love with every breath.”

-Fawn Weaver

“A happy marriage is not based on the number of days, months, or years you’ve been together. A happy marriage is about how much you love each other everyday.”


“I choose you to be no other than yourself, loving what I know of you and trusting who you will become, I will respect and honor you always and in all ways. With you I pledge to repair one small piece of the world. I take you to be my spouse, to have and to hold, in tears and in laughter, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish from this day forward, in this world and the next.”


“Can we imagine how much better our relationships might be if we argued a little less and snuggled a little more?”

-Fawn Weaver

“There are only two people who can create the marriage of my dreams: my spouse and me.”

-Fawn Weaver

“Sometimes we need a reminder that the qualities that make our spouses different are also what make them great.”

-Fawn Weaver

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