Marriage Quotes

 A gentleman who had been very unhappy in marriage married immediately after his wife died. Dr. Johnson said, it was the triumph of hope over experience. 
Author: Dr. Johnson
Nationality: English
b. December 1709  - d.  December 1784
  
 A girl becomes a wife with her eyes wide open. She knows that those sweetest words, 'I take thee to be my wedded husband,' really mean, 'I promise thee to cook three meals a day for 60 years; thee will I clean up after; thee will I talk to even when thou art not listening; thee will I worry about, cry over and take all manner of hurts from.' 
Author: Allan Beck
Nationality: English
b. December 1942
  
 A girl can't analyze marriage, and a woman dare not. 
Author: Una Vincenzo
Nationality: British
b. 8 March 1887  - d. 24 September 1963
  
 A good marriage (if any there be) refuses the conditions of love and endeavors to present those of amity. 
Author: Michel de Montaigne
Nationality: French
b. 28 February 1533  - d. 13 September 1592
  
 A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love. 
Author: Pearl S. Buck
Nationality: American
b. December 1892  - d.  December 1973
  
 A great marriage is not when the 'perfect couple' comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences. 
Author: Dave Meurer
Nationality: American   
 A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short. 
Author: Andre Maurois
Nationality: French
b. 26 July 1885  - d. 9 October 1967
  
 A man finds himself seven years older the day after his marriage. 
Author: Sir Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 A marriage runs in a cycle: love, disillusionment, renewal, and romance. If the current stage is unpleasant, don't quit but know that the cycle will change. 
Author: Donald Carl Hinrichs
Nationality: English
b. December 1943
  
 A marriage without conflicts is almost as inconceivable as a nation without crises. 
Author: Andre Maurois
Nationality: French
b. 26 July 1885  - d. 9 October 1967
  
 A May and December marriage. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: French   
 A new marriage, wondrous; a year later, dull. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: French   
 A princely marriage is the brilliant edition of a universal fact, and, as such, it rivets mankind. 
Author: Walter Bagehot
Nationality: English
b. 3 February 1826  - d. 28 March 1877
  
 A sound marriage is not based on complete frankness; it is based on a sensible reticence. 
Author: Morris Leopold Ernst
Nationality: American
b. December 1888  - d.  December 1976
  
 A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day. 
Author: Andre Maurois
Nationality: French
b. 26 July 1885  - d. 9 October 1967
  
 A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. 
Author: Mignon McLaughlin
Nationality: American
b. 6 June 1913  - d. 20 December 1983
  
 All comedies are ended by a marriage. 
Author: Lord George Byron
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1788  - d. 19 April 1824
  
 All marriages are happy. It's trying to live together afterwards that causes all the problems. 
Author: Shelley Winters
Nationality: American
b. 18 August 1920  - d. 14 January 2006
  
 All married couples should learn the art of battle as they should learn the art of making love. Good battle is objective and honest - never vicious or cruel. Good battle is healthy and constructive, and brings to a marriage the principle of equal partnership. 
Author: Ann Landers
Nationality: American
b. 4 July 1918  - d. 22 June 2002
  
 Almost no one is foolish enough to imagine that he automatically deserves great success in any field of activity; yet almost everyone believes that he automatically deserves success in marriage. 
Author: Sydney J. Harris
Nationality: American
b. 14 September 1917  - d. 08 December 1986
  
 American couples have gone to such lengths to avoid the interference of in-laws that they have to pay marriage counselors to interfere between them. 
Author: Florence King
Nationality: American
b. 05 January 1936
  
 An ideal wife is one who remains faithful to you but tries to be just as charming as if she weren't. 
Author: Sacha Guitry
Nationality: French
b. 21 February 1885  - d. 24 July 1957
  
 As to marriage or celibacy, let a man take which course he will, he will be sure to repent. 
Author: Socrates
Nationality: Greek
b. December 469  - d.  December 399
  
 Car Manufacturer's formula for a successful marriage : Stick to one model! 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: Greek   
 Choose in marriage only a woman whom you would choose as a friend if she were a man. 
Author: Joseph Joubert
Nationality: French
b. 7 May 1754  - d. 4 May 1824
  
 Clinton vetoed the repeal of the marriage tax. I guess Bill figures if he's married, then we all have to suffer. 
Author: Jay Leno
Nationality: American
b. 28 April 1950
  
 Courtship is to marriage, as a very witty prologue to a very dull play. 
Author: William Congreve
Nationality: English
b. 24 January 1670  - d. 19 January 1729
  
 Defense of Marriage? It's like the old V-8 commercial. As though if this act didn't pass, heterosexual men all over the country would say, [smacking head] 'I could have married a guy!' 
Author: Barney Frank
Nationality: American
b. December 1940
  
 For it is mutual trust, even more than mutual interest that holds human associations together. Our friends seldom profit us but they make us feel safe. Marriage is a scheme to accomplish exactly that same end. 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 For two people in a marriage to live together day after day is unquestionably the one miracle the Vatican has overlooked. 
Author: Bill Cosby
Nationality: American
b. December 1937
  
 Friendship is the union of spirits, a marriage of hearts, and the bond thereof virtue 
Author: William Penn
Nationality: American
b. 14 October 1644  - d. 30 June 1718
  
 Gloria Steinem's marriage is proof positive of the emotional desperation of ageing feminists who for over 30 years worshiped the steely career woman and callously trashed stay-at-home moms. 
Author: Camille Paglia
Nationality: American
b. 2 April 1947
  
 Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. 
Author: Jane Austen
Nationality: English
b. 16 December 1775  - d. 18 July 1817
  
 He had the wife, the children and the house. and it looked good, but that didn't make a relationship. He was blank, totally self absorbed. One face at home, and another to the world, he had it down to a fine art. 
Author: Suzanne Annette De Michiel
Nationality: Australian
b. 30 January 1947
  
 His designs were strictly honourable, as the phrase is; that is, to rob a lady of her fortune by way of marriage. 
Author: Henry Fielding
Nationality: English
b. 22 April 1707  - d. 8 October 1754
  
 I guess the only way to stop divorce is to stop marriage. 
Author: Will Rogers
Nationality: American
b. 04 November 1879  - d. 15 August 1935
  
 I hate to be a failure. I hate and regret the failure of my marriages. I would gladly give all my millions for just one lasting marital success. 
Author: J. Paul Getty
Nationality: American
b. 15 December 1892  - d. 06 June 1976
  
 I have five kids from three marriages. I come from a trailer park. My sister and brother are both gay. I have multiple personalities. 
Author: Roseanne Barr
Nationality: American
b. 3 November 1952
  
 I know some good marriages - marriages where both people are just trying to get through their days by helping each other, being good to each other. 
Author: Erica Jong
Nationality: American
b. 26 March 1942
  
 I pay very little regard... to what any young person says on the subject of marriage. If they profess a disinclination for it, I only set it down that they have not yet seen the right person. 
Author: Jane Austen
Nationality: English
b. 16 December 1775  - d. 18 July 1817
  
 I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. They've experienced pain and bought jewelry. 
Author: Rita Rudner
Nationality: American
b. 17 September 1956
  
 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. 
Author: Candice Patricia Bergen
Nationality: American
b. 9 May 1946
  
 If it weren't for marriage, men would spend their lives thinking they had no faults at all. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 If marriage were outlawed, only outlaws would have in-laws. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 If there is one notion I hate more than another, it is that of marriage - I mean marriage in the vulgar, weak sense, as a mere matter of sentiment. 
Author: Charlotte Brontë
Nationality: English
b. December 1816  - d.  December 1855
  
 If there were something called Marriage Reserve, I'd sign up for it in a heartbeat. That way I could sleep with other women on one weekend each month and two weeks in the summer, and my wife couldn't do crap about it. 
Author: Mike Wilson
Nationality: English   
 If you want to know how your girl will treat you after marriage, just listen to her talking to her little brother. 
Author: Sam Levenson
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1911  - d. 27 August 1980
  
 In Hollywood a marriage is a success if it outlasts milk. 
Author: Rita Rudner
Nationality: American
b. 17 September 1956
  
 In Hollywood, all marriages are happy. It's trying to live together afterwards that causes problems.  
Author: Shelley Winters
Nationality: American
b. 18 August 1920  - d. 14 January 2006
  
 In the opinion of the world marriage ends all, as it does in a comedy.- The truth is precisely the reverse; it begins All. 
Author: Anne Swetchine
Nationality: Russian
b. December 1782  - d.  December 1857
  
 Intimacy is what makes a marriage, not a ceremony, not a piece of paper from the state. 
Author: Kathleen Thompson Norris
Nationality: American
b. 16 July 1880  - d. 18 January 1966
  
 Is not marriage an open question, when it is alleged, from the beginning of the world, that such as are in the institution wish to get out, and such as are out wish to get in? 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 It should be a very happy marriage - they are both so much in love with him. 
Author: Irene Thomas
Nationality: British
b. 28 June 1919  - d. 27 March 2001
  
 It takes two to make a marriage a success and only one to make it a failure. 
Author: Herbert Louis Samuel
Nationality: British
b. December 1870  - d.  December 1963
  
 Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 Love is an obsessive delusion that is cured by marriage. 
Author: Dr. Karl Bowman
Nationality: English
b. 04 November 1888  - d. 02 March 1973
  
 Love is often a fruit of marriage. 
Author: Jean-Baptiste Molière
Nationality: French
b. 15 January 1622  - d. 17 February 1673
  
 Love-making is radical, while marriage is conservative. 
Author: Eric Hoffer
Nationality: American
b. 25 July 1902  - d. 21 May 1983
  
 Love: a temporary insanity, curable by marriage. 
Author: Ambrose Bierce
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1842  - d.  December 1914
  
 Man is lyrical, woman epic, marriage dramatic. 
Author: Novalis
Nationality: German
b. 02 May 1772  - d. 25 March 1801
  
 Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 Many marriages would be better if the husband and the wife clearly understood that they are on the same side. 
Author: Zig Ziglar
Nationality: American
b. 6 November 1926
  
 Many people spend more time in planning the wedding than they do in planning the marriage. 
Author: Zig Ziglar
Nationality: American
b. 6 November 1926
  
 Marriage accustomed one to the good things, so one came to take them for granted, but magnified the bad things, so they came to feel as painful as a grain in one's eye. An open window, a forgotten quart of milk, a TV set left blaring, socks on the bathroom floor could become occasions for incredible rage. And something happened sexually in marriage --the swearing to forsake all others, despite its slight observance, had a profound effect. Some people felt trapped by it, impelled to assert what they called freedom. Some accepted it like a rein, and in the effort to avoid pain in the form of hopeless desire, cut off occasions of desire, avoided having long talks at parties with attractive members of the opposite sex. In time, all feeling for the opposite sex was cut off, and intercourse limited to the barest politesses. But something happened to you when you did that, a kind of death seeped up from the genitals to the rest of the body, till it showed in the eyes, the gestures, in a certain lifelessness. 
Author: Marilyn French
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1929  - d. 02 May 2009
  
 Marriage always demands the finest arts of insincerity possible between two human beings. 
Author: Vicki Baum
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1888  - d. 29 October 1960
  
 Marriage as an institution developed from rape as a practice. Rape, originally defined as abduction, became marriage by capture. Marriage meant the taking was to extend in time, to be not only use of but possession of, or ownership. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 Marriage brings one into fatal connection with custom and tradition, and traditions and customs are like the wind and weather, altogether incalculable. 
Author: Soren Kierkegaard
Nationality: Danish
b. 5 May 1813  - d. 11 November 1855
  
 Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures. 
Author: Dr. Johnson
Nationality: English
b. December 1709  - d.  December 1784
  
 Marriage is a covenant which hath nothing free but the entrance. 
Author: Michel de Montaigne
Nationality: French
b. 28 February 1533  - d. 13 September 1592
  
 Marriage is a feast where the grace is sometimes better than the feast. 
Author: Charles Caleb Colton
Nationality: English
b. December 1780  - d.  December 1832
  
 Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution yet. 
Author: Mae West
Nationality: American
b. 17 August 1892  - d. 22 November 1980
  
 Marriage is a great responsibility. Do not trust altogether to, or be beguiled by, the eye, for marriages are not to be contracted by the hands and eye, but with reason and the heart. 
Author: Sir John Lubbock
Nationality: English
b. 30 April 1834  - d. 28 May 1913
  
 Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who wants to live in an institution. 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who cannot sleep with the window shut, and a woman who cannot sleep with the window open. 
Author: Ogden Nash
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1902  - d. 19 May 1971
  
 Marriage is give and take. You'd better give it to her or she'll take it anyway. 
Author: Joey Adams
Nationality: American
b. 6 January 1911  - d. 2 December 1999
  
 Marriage is like a pair of shears. Oft times working in opposite directions, but punishing anyone that comes between them. 
Author: Sydney Smith
Nationality: English
b. 3 June 1771  - d. 22 February 1845
  
 Marriage is like a three-speed gearbox - affection, friendship, love. It is not advisable to crash your gears and go right through to love straightaway. You need to ease your way through. The basis of love is respect, and that needs to be learned from affection and friendship. 
Author: Peter Ustinov
Nationality: English
b. 16 April 1921  - d. 28 March 2004
  
 Marriage is like life in this - that it is a field of battle and not a bed of roses. 
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Nationality: Scottish
b. 13 November 1850  - d. 3 December 1894
  
 Marriage is not just spiritual communion, it is also remembering to take out the trash. 
Author: Joyce Brothers
Nationality: American
b. 20 October 1929
  
 Marriage is one long conversation, checkered by disputes. 
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Nationality: Scottish
b. 13 November 1850  - d. 3 December 1894
  
 Marriage is one of the few institutions that allow a man to do as his wife pleases. 
Author: Milton Berle
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1908  - d. 27 March 2002
  
 Marriage is our last, best chance to grow up. 
Author: Joseph Nicholas Barth
Nationality: American
b. December 1932  - d.  December 1983
  
 Marriage is that relation between man and woman in which the independence is equal, the dependence mutual, and the obligation reciprocal. 
Author: Louis K. Anspacher
Nationality: American
b. December 1878  - d.  December 1947
  
 Marriage is the best state for man in general; and every man is a worse man in proportion as he is unfit for the married state. 
Author: Dr. Johnson
Nationality: English
b. December 1709  - d.  December 1784
  
 Marriage is the death of hope. 
Author: Woody Allen
Nationality: American
b. 1 December 1935
  
 Marriage is the only war where you sleep with the enemy. 
Author: Gary Busey
Nationality: American
b. 29 June 1944
  
 Marriage is the torment of one, the felicity of two, the strife and enmity of three. 
Author: Washington Irving
Nationality: American
b. 3 April 1783  - d. 28 November 1859
  
 Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. Second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience 
Author: Oscar Wilde
Nationality: English
b. 16 October 1854  - d. 30 November 1900
  
 Marriage is the waste-paper basket of the emotions. 
Author: Sidney James Webb
Nationality: English
b. 13 July 1859  - d. 13 October 1947
  
 Marriage resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated; often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing any one who comes between them. 
Author: Sydney Smith
Nationality: English
b. 3 June 1771  - d. 22 February 1845
  
 Marriage, Anges, is not a joke. 
Author: Jean-Baptiste Molière
Nationality: French
b. 15 January 1622  - d. 17 February 1673
  
 Marriage, n: the state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves, making in all, two. 
Author: Ambrose Bierce
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1842  - d.  December 1914
  
 Marriage, n. A very good way to promote civilization - if you get a good wife you will be happy, if you get a bad one you will become a philosopher. 
Author: Socrates
Nationality: Greek
b. December 469  - d.  December 399
  
 Marriage, to tell the truth, is an evil, but it is a necessary evil. 
Author: Menander
Nationality: Greek
b. December 342  - d.  December 291
  
 Marriage: The deep, deep peace of the double bed after the hurly-burly of the chaise-longue. 
Author: Mrs. Patrick Campbell
Nationality: British
b. 9 February 1865  - d. 9 April 1940
  
 Marriage: This terrible insoluble problem of civilisation, which created all the evil. This unnatural state of union in disunion which exacted impossibilities and forced together elements absolutely and inherently antagonistic to each other! 
Author: Rosa Campbell Praed
Nationality: Australian
b. 27 March 1851  - d. 10 April 1935
  
 Marriages are made in heaven.But, again, so are thunder, lightning, tornados and hail. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: Australian   
 Men should keep their eyes wide open before marriage, and half shut afterward. 
Author: Madeleine Scudéry
Nationality: French
b. 15 November 1607  - d. 2 June 1701
  
 My mother-in-law broke up my marriage. My wife came home from work one day and found me in bed with her. 
Author: Lenny Bruce
Nationality: American
b. 13 October 1925  - d. 3 August 1966
  
 My wife and I tried to breakfast together, but we had to stop or our marriage would have been wrecked. 
Author: Sir Winston Churchill
Nationality: British
b. 30 November 1874  - d. 14 January 1965
  
 Nearly all marriages, even happy ones, are mistakes: in the sense that almost certainly (in a more perfect world, or even with a little more care in this very imperfect one) both partners might be found more suitable mates. But the real soul-mate is the one you are actually married to. 
Author: J. R.R. Tolkien
Nationality: British
b. December 1892  - d.  December 1973
  
 Never say that marriage has more of joy than pain. 
Author: Euripides
Nationality: Greek
b. December 480  - d.  December 406
  
 No woman is really an insider in the institutions fathered by masculine consciousness. When we allow ourselves to believe we are, we lose touch with parts of ourselves defined as unacceptable by that consciousness; with the vital toughness and visionary strength of the angry grandmothers, the fierce market women of the Ibo's Women's War, the marriage-resisting women silk workers of pre-Revolutionary China, the millions of widows, midwives, and the women healers tortured and burned as witches for three centuries in Europe. 
Author: Adrienne Rich
Nationality: American
b. 16 May 1929
  
 Of marriage: It happens as with cages: the birds without are desperate to get in, and those within despair of getting out. 
Author: Michel de Montaigne
Nationality: French
b. 28 February 1533  - d. 13 September 1592
  
 Of marriage: It happens as with cages: the birds without are desperate to get in, and those within despair of getting out. 
Author: Michel de Montaigne
Nationality: French
b. 28 February 1533  - d. 13 September 1592
  
 Okay, conservatives have changed my mind. Allowing gay marriage, I have been persuaded, will destroy the family, weaken Western civilization, turn America into Sodom and Gomorrah, increase the trade deficit with Japan, endanger the family farm and promote tooth decay. The impeccable logic of conservative opponents is simply too powerful to deny. 
Author: Stephen Chapman
Nationality: French   
 One should believe in marriage as in the immortality of the soul. 
Author: Honoré de Balzac
Nationality: French
b. 20 May 1799  - d. 18 August 1850
  
 Paying alimony is like feeding hay to a dead horse. 
Author: Groucho Marx
Nationality: American
b. 2 October 1890  - d. 19 July 1977
  
 Romantic love is an illusion. Most of us discover this truth at the end of a love affair or else when the sweet emotions of love lead us into marriage and then turn down their flames. 
Author: W. Somerset Maugham
Nationality: English
b. 25 January 1874  - d. 16 December 1965
  
 Same-sex marriages. The name implies that the value of heterosexual marriages goes down once you let homosexuals into the institution There goes the neighborhood. I don't buy this realtor's view of relationships. Gay and lesbian couples who want to wed aren't trying to assail the grounds for marriage. They're trying to share them. If anything, they want to stabilize the gay community. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 Divorce is probably of nearly the same date as marriage. I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient. 
Author: Voltaire
Nationality: French
b. 21 November 1694  - d. 30 May 1778
  
 Someone once asked me why women don't gamble as much as men do and I gave the commonsensical reply that we don't have as much money. That was a true but incomplete answer. In fact, women's total instinct for gambling is satisfied by marriage 
Author: Gloria Steinem
Nationality: American
b. 25 March 1934
  
 Statesmen are not only liable to give an account of what they say or do in public, but there is a busy inquiry made into their very meals, beds, marriages, and every other sportive or serious action. 
Author: Archimedes
Nationality: Greek
b. December 287  - d.  December 212
  
 Such is the common process of marriage. A youth and maiden exchange meeting by chance, or brought together by artifice, exchange glances, reciprocate civilities, go home, and dream of one another. Having little to divert attention, or diversify thought, they find themselves uneasy when they are apart, and therefore conclude that they shall be happy together. They marry, and discover what nothing but voluntary blindness had before concealed; they wear out life in altercations, and charge nature with cruelty. 
Author: Dr. Johnson
Nationality: English
b. December 1709  - d.  December 1784
  
 SUV drivers tend to be insecure and vain. They are frequently nervous about their marriages and uncomfortable about parenthood. They often lack confidence in their driving skills. Above all, they are apt to be self-centered and self-absorbed, with little interest in their neighbours and communities. 
Author: Keith Bradshaw
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1963
  
 The monster was the best friend I ever had. 
Author: Boris Karloff
Nationality: English
b. 23 November 1887  - d. 02 February 1969
  
 The boredom of married life is inevitably the death of love whenever love has preceded marriage. 
Author: Marie Stendhal
Nationality: French
b. 23 January 1783  - d. 23 March 1842
  
 The conception of two people living together for twenty-five years without having a cross word suggests a lack of spirit only to be admired in sheep. 
Author: Sir Alan Patrick Herbert
Nationality: English
b. 24 September 1890  - d. 11 November 1971
  
 The cure for love is marriage, and the cure for marriage is love again 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: English   
 The gods arrange marriage and death. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: English   
 The great secret of a successful marriage is to treat all disasters as incidents and none of the incidents as disasters. 
Author: Sir Harold Nicolson
Nationality: English
b. 21 November 1886  - d. 01 May 1968
  
 The husband who wants a happy marriage should learn to keep his mouth shut and his checkbook open. 
Author: Groucho Marx
Nationality: American
b. 2 October 1890  - d. 19 July 1977
  
 The joys of marriage are the heaven on earth, Life's paradise, great princess, the soul's quiet, Sinews of concord, earthly immortality, Eternity of pleasures. 
Author: John Ford
Nationality: English
b. 17 April 1586  - d.  December 1640
  
 The land of marriage has this peculiarity: that strangers are desirous of inhabiting it, while its natural inhabitants would willingly be banished from it. 
Author: Michel de Montaigne
Nationality: French
b. 28 February 1533  - d. 13 September 1592
  
 The reason why so few marriages are happy is because young ladies spend their time in making nets, not in making cages. 
Author: Jonathan Swift
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 November 1667  - d. 19 October 1745
  
 The solution to the problems of marriage and parenting is simple. Spend more time with the people you care about the most. 
Author: Brian Tracy
Nationality: Canadian
b. December 1944
  
 There is no observation more frequently made by such as employ themselves in surveying the conduct of mankind, than that marriage, though the dictate of nature, and the institution of Providence, is yet very often the cause of misery, and that those who enter into that state can seldom forbear to express their repentance, and their envy of those whom either chance or caution hath withheld from it. 
Author: Dr. Johnson
Nationality: English
b. December 1709  - d.  December 1784
  
 There is, hidden or flaunted, a sword between the sexes till an entire marriage reconciles them. 
Author: C. S. Lewis
Nationality: English
b. 29 November 1898  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 There may be good, but there are no pleasant marriages. 
Author: François de La Rochefoucauld
Nationality: French
b. 15 September 1613  - d. 17 March 1680
  
 There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded. 
Author: Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Nationality: English
b. 1 July 1961  - d. 31 August 1997
  
 There's only one way to have a happy marriage and as soon as I learn what it is I'll get married again. 
Author: Clint Eastwood
Nationality: American
b. 31 May 1930
  
 They have to convert our agenda into something aggressive. Two guys wanting to be happy together are invading their marriages. Helping a kid who's getting beaten up at school is promoting homosexuality. If you gave me a million dollars, I wouldn't know how to promote homosexuality. Do I hire Don King? 
Author: Barney Frank
Nationality: American
b. December 1940
  
 They say love is blind and marriage is an institution. Well, I'm not ready for an institution for the blind just yet. 
Author: Mae West
Nationality: American
b. 17 August 1892  - d. 22 November 1980
  
 Tho' marriage be a lottery in which there are a wondrous many blanks, yet there is one inestimable lot in which the only heaven on earth is written. 
Author: Sir John Vanbrugh
Nationality: English
b. 24 January 1664  - d. 24 March 1726
  
 To dance with a man is to concentrate a twelve month's regulation fire upon him in the fragment of an hour. To pass to courtship without acquaintance, to pass to marriage without courtship, is a skipping of terms reserved for those alone who tread this royal road. 
Author: Thomas Hardy
Nationality: English
b. 02 June 1840  - d. 11 January 1928
  
 To keep your marriage brimming, with love in the wedding cup, whenever you're wrong, admit it; whenever you're right, shut up. 
Author: Ogden Nash
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1902  - d. 19 May 1971
  
 Twenty years of romance make a woman look like a ruin; but twenty years of marriage make her something like a public building. 
Author: Oscar Wilde
Nationality: English
b. 16 October 1854  - d. 30 November 1900
  
 We all have a childhood dream that when there is love, everything goes like silk, but the reality is that marriage requires a lot of compromise. 
Author: Raquel Welch
Nationality: English
b. 5 September 1940
  
 Whatever Congress decides to do, in all fairness the only ones who should vote on this issue are members who themselves have never had sex outside of marriage and never lied about their sex lives either denying or exaggerating! 
Author: Patricia Ireland
Nationality: American
b. 19 October 1945
  
 When a man seduces a woman, it should, I think, be termed a left-handed marriage. 
Author: Mary Wollstonecraft
Nationality: British
b. 27 April 1759  - d. 10 September 1797
  
 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. 
Author: Friedrich Nietzsche
Nationality: German
b. 15 October 1844  - d. 25 August 1900
  
 Whenever a husband and wife begin to discuss their marriage, they are giving evidence at an inquest. 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 Where's there's marriage without love, there will be love without marriage. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 Wit is the sudden marriage of ideas which, before their marriage, were not perceived to have any relationship. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 Women - one half the human race at least - care fifty times more for a marriage than a ministry. 
Author: Walter Bagehot
Nationality: English
b. 3 February 1826  - d. 28 March 1877
  
 You know, my Friends, with what a brave Carouse I made a Second Marriage in my house; Divorced old barren Reason from my Bed, And took the Daughter of the Vine to Spouse. 
Author: Edward Fitzgerald
Nationality: English
b. 31 March 1809  - d. 14 June 1883
  
 Before marriage, a man declares that he would lay down his life to serve you; after marriage, he won't even lay down his newspaper to talk to you. 
Author: Helen Rowland
Nationality: American
b. December 1875  - d.  December 1950
  
 I had a terrible marriage the first time around because I had no self-confidence, even though I had tremendous self-confidence.  
Author: Lynn Johnston
Nationality: Canadian
b. 28 May 1947
  
 I was just so lucky to have a wonderful life after a tough marriage. 
Author: Lynn Johnston
Nationality: Canadian
b. 28 May 1947
  
 They make Spy Kids, they make Scream, they make A Scary Movie. This doesn't do that, so it could be a very bad marriage. I'm trying to keep this potential nightmare quiet because we're just finishing editing. 
Author: Terry Vance Gilliam
Nationality: British
b. 22 November 1940
  
 If you are afraid of being lonely, don't try to be right.  
Author: Jules Renard
Nationality: French
b. 22 February 1864  - d. 22 May 1910
  
 Marriage, laws, the police, armies and navies are the mark of human incompetence. 
Author: Dora Russell
Nationality: English
b. 3 April 1894  - d. 31 May 1986
  
 Marriage is a mistake every man should make. 
Author: George Jessel
Nationality: American
b. 3 April 1898  - d. 23 May 1981
  
 The ideal mother, like the ideal marriage, is a fiction. 
Author: Milton R. Sapirstein
Nationality: American   
 I wonder, among all the tangles of this mortal coil, which one contains tighter knots to undo, and consequently suggests more tugging, and pain, and diversified elements of misery, than the marriage tie. 
Author: Edith Wharton
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1862  - d. 11 August 1937
  
 In those days, the late 1970s, one of the leading politicians was a soon-to-be uncle by marriage of Arnold Schwarzenegger, named Ted Kennedy. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 He has no luck with me. I can be with him in a friendly way very well, but I am not suitable for marriage. I am no better for a table, or a sofa. 
Author: Anna Freud
Nationality: Viennese
b. 03 December 1895  - d. 09 October 1982
  
 Marriage is not a noun; it's a verb. It isn't something you get. It's something you do. It's the way you love your partner every day. 
Author: Barbara de Angelis
Nationality: American   
 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. 
Author: Barbara de Angelis
Nationality: American   
 Sensual pleasures have the fleeting brilliance of a comet; a happy marriage has the tranquillity of a lovely sunset. 
Author: Ann Landers
Nationality: American
b. 4 July 1918  - d. 22 June 2002
  
 During last night's debate, John Kerry and John Edwards were so friendly to each other some political experts think that they may end up running together. In fact Kerry and Edwards were so friendly, President Bush accused them of planning a gay marriage. 
Author: Conan Christopher O'Brien
Nationality: American
b. 18 April 1963
  
 Most people like to read about intrigue and spies. I hope to provide a metaphor for the average reader's daily life. Most of us live in a slightly conspiratorial relationship with our employer and perhaps with our marriage. 
Author: John Le Carre
Nationality: English
b. 19 October 1931
  
 More marriages might survive if the partners realized that sometimes the better comes after the worse. 
Author: Doug Larson
Nationality: American
b. December 1902  - d.  December 1981
  
 I was afraid of marriage. I had the impression married life would take up all my time. I saw myself drowning in visits and parties. No freedom. 
Author: Naguib Mahfouz
Nationality: Egyptian
b. 11 December 1911  - d. 30 August 2006
  
 Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside equally desperate to get out. 
Author: Michel de Montaigne
Nationality: French
b. 28 February 1533  - d. 13 September 1592
  
 Marriage, a market which has nothing free but the entrance. 
Author: Michel de Montaigne
Nationality: French
b. 28 February 1533  - d. 13 September 1592
  
 Any sane person would have left long ago. But I cannot. I have my sons. 
Author: Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Nationality: English
b. 1 July 1961  - d. 31 August 1997
  
 I think like any marriage, especially when you've had divorced parents like myself; you want to try even harder to make it work.  
Author: Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Nationality: English
b. 1 July 1961  - d. 31 August 1997
  
 Hope died as I was led unto my marriage bed. 
Author: Julia Ward Howe
Nationality: American
b. 27 May 1819  - d. 17 October 1910
  
 It has been strange to me to return to life and to feel that I have any sympathy with human beings, after the long interval of quiet and indifference which succeeded my marriage. 
Author: Julia Ward Howe
Nationality: American
b. 27 May 1819  - d. 17 October 1910
  
 Marriage, like death, is a debt we owe to nature. 
Author: Julia Ward Howe
Nationality: American
b. 27 May 1819  - d. 17 October 1910
  
 Marriage is like putting your hand into a bag of snakes in the hope of pulling out an eel. 
Author: Leonardo da Vinci
Nationality: Italian
b. 15 April 1452  - d. 02 May 1519
  
 Marriage to a very rich woman posed problems. 
Author: Lord Louis Mountbatten
Nationality: British
b. 25 June 1900  - d. 27 August 1979
  
 I opposed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. It should be repealed and I will vote for its repeal on the Senate floor. I will also oppose any proposal to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban gays and lesbians from marrying. 
Author: President Barack Hussein Obama
Nationality: American
b. 4 August 1961
  
 I'm the only man in the world with a marriage licence made out to whom it may concern. 
Author: Mickey Rooney
Nationality: American
b. 23 September 1920
  
 When undertaking marriage, everyone must be the judge of his own thoughts, and take counsel from himself. 
Author: François Rabelais
Nationality: French
b. December 1494  - d. 9 April 1553
  
 It is better to be unhappy in love than unhappy in marriage, but some people manage to be both. 
Author: Guy de Maupassant
Nationality: French
b. 5 August 1850  - d. 6 July 1893
  
 Woman, or more precisely put, perhaps, marriage, is the representative of life with which you are meant to come to terms. 
Author: Franz Harrington
Nationality: Austrian
b. 3 July 1883  - d. 3 June 1924
  
 After a few years of marriage a man can look right at a woman without seeing her and a woman can see right through a man without looking at him. 
Author: Helen Rowland
Nationality: American
b. December 1875  - d.  December 1950
  
 A bride at her second marriage does not wear a veil. She wants to see what she is getting. 
Author: Helen Rowland
Nationality: American
b. December 1875  - d.  December 1950
  
 Before marriage, a man will go home and lie awake all night thinking about something you said; after marriage, he'll go to sleep before you finish saying it. 
Author: Helen Rowland
Nationality: American
b. December 1875  - d.  December 1950
  
 France may claim the happiest marriages in the world, but the happiest divorces in the world are made in America 
Author: Helen Rowland
Nationality: American
b. December 1875  - d.  December 1950
  
 Marriage is the miracle that transforms a kiss from a pleasure into a duty. 
Author: Helen Rowland
Nationality: American
b. December 1875  - d.  December 1950
  
 Marriage is like twirling a baton, turning hand springs or eating with chopsticks. It looks easy until you try it. 
Author: Helen Rowland
Nationality: American
b. December 1875  - d.  December 1950
  
 Love, the quest; marriage, the conquest; divorce, the inquest. 
Author: Helen Rowland
Nationality: American
b. December 1875  - d.  December 1950
  
 A strange effect of marriage, such as the nineteenth century has made it! The boredom of married life inevitably destroys love, when love has preceded marriage. And yet, as a philosopher has observed, it speedily brings about, among people who are rich enough not to have to work, an intense boredom with all quiet forms of enjoyment. And it is only dried up hearts, among women, that it does not predispose to love. 
Author: Marie Stendhal
Nationality: French
b. 23 January 1783  - d. 23 March 1842
  
 I have a pretty basic view on this, as reflected in the position adopted by our party, and that is, that marriage is between a man and a woman. 
Author: Kevin Rudd
Nationality: Australian
b. 21 September 1957
  
 Those Marriages generally abound most with Love and Constancy, that are preceded by a long Courtship. 
Author: Joseph Addison
Nationality: English
b. 1 May 1672  - d. 17 June 1719
  
 The secret of a happy marriage remains a secret. 
Author: Henny Youngman
Nationality: American
b. 16 March 1906  - d. 24 February 1998
  
 Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays. 
Author: Henny Youngman
Nationality: American
b. 16 March 1906  - d. 24 February 1998
  
 My wife and I have the secret to making a marriage last. Two times a week, we go to a nice restaurant, a little wine, good food. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays.  
Author: Henny Youngman
Nationality: American
b. 16 March 1906  - d. 24 February 1998
  
 I am against marriage, and I don't give a fig for society. 
Author: Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot
Nationality: French
b. 28 September 1934
  
 Have you ever heard of a good marriage growing in front of the cameras? 
Author: Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot
Nationality: French
b. 28 September 1934
  
 Putting measures like gay marriage on ballots for elections only hurts the gay rights cause and elects more conservative politicians. 
Author: Roseanne Barr
Nationality: American
b. 3 November 1952
  
 Never again! I can see no reason for marriage - ever at all. I've had it. Three times is enough. 
Author: Ingrid Bergman
Nationality: Swedish
b. 29 August 1915  - d. 29 August 1982
  
 Yet the basic fact remains: every regulation represents a restriction of liberty, every regulation has a cost. That is why, like marriage in the Prayer Book's words, regulation should not 'be enterprised, nor taken in hand, unadvisedly, lightly, or wantonly'. 
Author: Margaret Hilda Thatcher
Nationality: British
b. 13 October 1925
  
 If your neighbor has a completely different view on abortion, gay marriage, stem cell research, all of those things, you still are both Americans. Neither one of you is necessarily more patriotic than the other. Neither loves their country any more than the other one does. 
Author: Phil Calvin McGraw
Nationality: American
b. 1 September 1950
  
 On marriage to Jonny Lee Miller: It comes down to timing. I think he's the greatest husband a girl could ask for. I'll always love him, we were simply too young. 
Author: Angelina Jolie
Nationality: American
b. 4 June 1975
  
 On second marriage: It took me by surprise, too, because overnight, we totally changed. I think one day we had just nothing in common. And it's scary but I think it can happen when you get involved and you don't know yourself yet. 
Author: Angelina Jolie
Nationality: American
b. 4 June 1975
  
 Children are supposed to help hold a marriage together. They do this in a number of ways. For instance, they demand so much attention that a husband and wife, concentrating on their children, fail to notice each other's faults. 
Author: Richard Armour
Nationality: American
b. December 1906  - d.  December 1989
  
 If variety is the spice of life, marriage is the big can of leftover Spam. 
Author: Johnny Carson
Nationality: American
b. 23 October 1925  - d. 23 January 2005
  
 Marriage is the most natural state of man, and the state in which you will find solid happiness. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 I was against gay marriage until I realized I didn't have to get one. 
Author: James Carville
Nationality: American
b. 25 October 1944
  
 It was not a healthy marriage for long time. It was never about another man, it was about what my and Dennis's relationship could not sustain. 
Author: Meg Ryan
Nationality: American
b. 19 November 1961
  
 I never held Negroes to be inherently inferior. The statement in Marriage and Morals refers to environmental conditioning. I have had it withdrawn from subsequent editions because it is clearly ambiguous. 
Author: Bertrand Russell
Nationality: British
b. 18 May 1872  - d. 2 February 1970
  
 I never had a policy about marriage. I got married very young in life and I always think in all relationships, I've always thought that it's counterproductive to have a theory on that. 
Author: Jack Nicholson
Nationality: American
b. 22 April 1937
  
 During this season of distress, the discouragements to marriage, and the difficulty of rearing a family are so great that population is at a stand. 
Author: Thomas Malthus
Nationality: English
b. 13 February 1766  - d. 29 December 1834
  
 No check whatever has existed to early marriages, among the lower classes, from a fear of not providing well for their families, or among the higher classes, from a fear of lowering their condition in life. 
Author: Thomas Malthus
Nationality: English
b. 13 February 1766  - d. 29 December 1834
  
 Whether the law of marriage be instituted or not, the dictate of nature and virtue seems to be an early attachment to one woman. 
Author: Thomas Malthus
Nationality: English
b. 13 February 1766  - d. 29 December 1834
  
 Yesterday Senator John Kerry changed his mind and now supports the ban on gay marriages. I'm telling you this guy has more positions than Paris Hilton. 
Author: David Letterman
Nationality: American
b. 12 April 1947
  
 Marriage may often be a stormy lake, but celibacy is almost always a muddy horse pond. 
Author: Walter Winchell
Nationality: American
b. 7 April 1897  - d. 20 February 1972
  
 I love John Irving's stuff. It's that marriage of comedy and tragedy. It's really terrific. 
Author: Jeff Bridges
Nationality: American
b. 4 December 1949
  
 Marriage is a great institution. 
Author: Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor
Nationality: American
b. 27 February 1932  - d. 23 March 2011
  
 Marriage has just never interested me. 
Author: Jacqueline Bisset
Nationality: English
b. 13 September 1944
  
 An affair now and then is good for a marriage. It adds spice, stops it from getting boring... I ought to know.  
Author: Bette Davis
Nationality: American
b. 5 April 1908  - d. 6 August 1989
  
 Brought up to respect the conventions, love had to end in marriage. I'm afraid it did. 
Author: Bette Davis
Nationality: American
b. 5 April 1908  - d. 6 August 1989
  
 A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband. 
Author: Honoré de Balzac
Nationality: French
b. 20 May 1799  - d. 18 August 1850
  
 Marriage must incessantly contend with a monster that devours everything: familiarity 
Author: Honoré de Balzac
Nationality: French
b. 20 May 1799  - d. 18 August 1850
  
 One of the main conveniences of marriage is that if you can't stand a visitor, you can pass him along to your wife. 
Author: Georg Cristoph Lichtenberg
Nationality: German
b. 1 July 1742  - d. 24 February 1799
  
 A marriage is no amusement but a solemn act, and generally a sad one. 
Author: Queen Victoria
Nationality: British
b. 22 May 1819  - d. 22 January 1901
  
 When I think of a merry, happy, free young girl - and look at the ailing, aching state a young wife generally is doomed to - which you can't deny is the penalty of marriage. 
Author: Queen Victoria
Nationality: British
b. 22 May 1819  - d. 22 January 1901
  
 Marriage is a coming together for better or for worse, hopefully enduring, and intimate to the degree of being sacred. 
Author: William O. Douglas
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1898  - d. 19 January 1980
  
 I prepare myself for rehearsals like I would for marriage. 
Author: Maria Callas
Nationality: American
b. 2 December 1923  - d. 16 September 1977
  
 Any intelligent woman who reads the marriage contract, and then goes into it, deserves all the consequences. 
Author: Isadora Duncan
Nationality: American
b. 27 May 1878  - d. 14 September 1927
  
 But I will agree that I think that things happen with people in relationships, that you might have been able to enjoy Morocco, say, if you weren't getting out of a bad marriage. You know what I mean? 
Author: Robert Downey Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 4 April 1965
  
 To me marriage is for five or ten years. 
Author: Cher
Nationality: American
b. 20 May 1946
  
 I married a wonderful doctor, and I was very happy - period. 
Author: Claudette Colbert
Nationality: American
b. 13 September 1903  - d. 30 July 1996
  
 Before marriage, a girl has to make love to a man to hold him. After marriage, she has to hold him to make love to him. 
Author: Marilyn Monroe
Nationality: American
b. 1 June 1926  - d. 5 August 1962
  
 I've given my memoirs far more thought than any of my marriages. You can't divorce a book. 
Author: Gloria Swanson
Nationality: American
b. 27 March 1899  - d. 4 April 1983
  
 The only kind of work which permits an able woman to realize her abilities fully, to achieve identity in society in a life plan that can encompass marriage and motherhood, is the kind that was forbidden by the feminine mystique, the lifelong commitment to an art or science, to politics or profession. If divorce has increased by one thousand percent, don't blame the women's movement. Blame the obsolete sex roles on which our marriages were based. 
Author: Betty Friedan
Nationality: American
b. 4 February 1921  - d. 4 February 2006
  
 Marriage was the best business deal I ever made. After that, Jesus of Nazareth and The Muppets. 
Author: Baron Lew Grade
Nationality: English
b. 25 December 1906  - d. 13 December 1998
  
 Marriage is an attempt to solve problems together which you didn't even have when you were on your own. 
Author: Eddie Cantor
Nationality: American
b. 31 January 1892  - d. 10 October 1964
  
 I'm most proud of the longevity of my marriage, my kids, and my grandchildren. If you don't have that, you really don't have very much. 
Author: Bob Newhart
Nationality: American
b. 5 September 1929
  
 They believe in marriage, which is great, but it's also because of their egotism. Children see everything according to how it impinges on them. 
Author: Nigella Lucy Lawson
Nationality: English
b. 6 January 1960
  
 Not every religion has to have St. Augustine's attitude to sex. Why even in our culture marriages are celebrated in a church, everyone present knows what is going to happen that night, but that doesn't prevent it being a religious ceremony. 
Author: Ludwig Wittgenstein
Nationality: Austrian
b. 26 April 1889  - d. 29 April 1951
  
 I was a Republican until they lost their minds, "The word 'conservative' means 'discriminatory,' practically. It's a form of political discrimination. What do the Republicans run on? Against gay marriage and for a war that makes no sense. A war that was based on faulty intelligence. That's all they ever talk about. That and immigration. Another discriminatory argument for political gain. 
Author: Charles Barkley
Nationality: American
b. 20 February 1963
  
 I'm serious. I've got to get people to realize that the government is full of it. Republicans and Democrats want to argue over stuff that's not important, like gay marriage or the war in Iraq or illegal immigration... When I run - if I run - we're going to talk about real issues like improving our schools, cleaning up our neighborhoods of drugs and crime and making Alabama a better place for all people. 
Author: Charles Barkley
Nationality: American
b. 20 February 1963
  
 When the rose and the cross are united the alchemical marriage is complete and the drama ends. Then we wake from history and enter eternity. 
Author: Robert Anton Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 18 January 1932
  
 We should insist on gay marriage. We should regard it as scandalous that two people could claim to love each other and not want to sanctify their love with marriage and fidelity. It's going to be up to conservatives to make the important, moral case for marriage, including gay marriage. 
Author: David Brooks
Nationality: American
b. 11 August 1961
  
 Between them, my parents had 10 marriages. 
Author: Lorna Luft
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1957
  
 To seduce a woman famous for strict morals, religious fervor and the happiness of her marriage: what could possibly be more prestigious?  
Author: Christopher Hampton
Nationality: British
b. 26 January 1946
  
 What gnashing is not a comfort, what gnawing of the worm is not a tickling, what torment is not a marriage bed to this damnation, to be secluded eternally, eternally, eternally from the sight of God? 
Author: John Donne
Nationality: English
b. 23 January 1572  - d. 31 March 1631
  
 David and his men went out and killed two hundred Philistines. He brought their foreskins and presented the full number to the king so that he might become the king's son-in-law. Then Saul gave him his daughter Michal in marriage. 
Tome: The Bible
Nationality: English   
 Good Heavens!  
Author: William Lawrence Shirer
Nationality: American
b. 23 February 1904  - d. 28 December 1993
  
 Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who can't sleep with the window shut, and a woman who can't sleep with the window open. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 Marriage is good enough for the lower classes: they have facilities for desertion that are denied to us. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 There is no subject on which more dangerous nonsense is talked and thought than marriage. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 I love marriage. I failed at marriage, but I'd rather go into anything with gusto and fail than go into it half-assed. 
Author: Kirsty Alley
Nationality: American
b. 12 January 51
  
 Whenever the people are for gay marriage or medical marijuana or assisted suicide, suddenly the "will of the people" goes out the window. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 There, equal, purged of soul and sense. 'Beneficent, high-thinking, just, 'Beyond the appeal of Violence, 'Incapable of common Lust, 'In mental Marriage still prevail' - (God in the Garden hid His face) - 'Till you achieve that Female-Male 'In Which shall culminate the race. 
Author: William Ernest Henley
Nationality: English
b. 23 August 1849  - d. 11 July 1903
  
 I was told it was his sweetheart. They were on the eve of marriage. She was quiet as a statue, But her lip was grey and writhen 
Author: William Ernest Henley
Nationality: English
b. 23 August 1849  - d. 11 July 1903
  
 So basically through a courtship of letters... I learned about a human being. It was not something I wanted, needed, or looked for, but because he was a stronger person than I was, spiritually and on a tolerance level, I was lucky enough that he educated me... I always thought of marriage as a death sentence, that there'd be a ball and chain, and you'd be told, "You need to stop doing these things and become a good little wife." Now people say "Oh my God you're going to have sex with one person the rest of your life!" I hope I have sex with him for the rest of my life - because I like it! 
Author: Sandra Bullock
Nationality: American
b. 26 July 1964
  
 Quarrels often arise in marriages when the bridal gifts are excessive. 
Author: Antisthenes
Nationality: Greek
b. December 445  - d.  December 365
  
 The curse which lies upon marriage is that too often the individuals are joined in their weakness rather than in their strength, each asking from the other instead of finding pleasure in giving. 
Author: Simone de Beauvoir
Nationality: French
b. 9 January 1908  - d. 14 April 1986
  
 Staying married may have long-term benefits. You can elicit much more sympathy from friends over a bad marriage than you ever can from a good divorce. 
Author: P. J. O'Rourke
Nationality: American
b. 14 November 1947
  
 It's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life. 
Author: Rita Rudner
Nationality: American
b. 17 September 1956
  
 Marriages don't last. When I meet a guy, the first question I ask myself is: is this the man I want my children to spend their weekends with? 
Author: Rita Rudner
Nationality: American
b. 17 September 1956
  
 Not cohabitation but consensus constitutes marriage. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 We may not always recognize it, but government plays a bigger role in our lives than any other single person or institution. We spend nearly half of our lives working to pay for it. Children spend more time in government schools than they do with their parents. Birth, death, marriage, every area of our lives feels the influence of government. 
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 Art is a marriage of the conscious and the unconscious. 
Author: Jean Cocteau
Nationality: French
b. 5 July 1889  - d. 11 October 1963
  
 It's risky in a marriage for a man to come home too late, but it can sometimes pose an even greater risk if he comes home too early. 
Author: Marcel Achard
Nationality: French
b. 5 June 1889  - d. 4 September 1974
  
 Even a woman who has the soul of a pirate, at least pirate morals, even a woman who ... has constraints to heterosexual marriage, even a woman who is a freak in our society needs a home. The only characteristic freaks share is our knowledge that we don't fit in. 
Author: Kathy Acker
Nationality: American
b. 18 April 1947  - d. 30 November 1997
  
 I had a lot of ideas from my days with The Yardbirds. The Yardbirds allowed me to improvise a lot in live performance and I started building a textbook of ideas that I eventually used in Zeppelin. In addition to those ideas, I wanted to add acoustic textures. Ultimately, I wanted Zeppelin to be a marriage of blues, hard rock and acoustic music topped with heavy choruses - a combination that had never been done before. Lots of light and shade in the music. 
Author: Jimmy Patrick Page
Nationality: English
b. 9 January 1944
  
 Love in marriage should be the accomplishment of a beautiful dream, and not, as it too often is, the end. 
Author: Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr
Nationality: French
b. 24 November 1808  - d. 29 September 1890
  
 Combativeness was, I suppose, the dominant trait in my grandmother's nature. An aggressive churchgoer, she was quite without Christian feeling; the mercy of the Lord Jesus had never entered her heart. Her piety was an act of war against the Protestant ascendancy articles attacking birth control, divorce, mixed marriages, Darwin and secular education were her favourite reading. The teachings of the Church did not interest her, except as they were a rebuke to others. The extermination of Protestantism, rather than spiritual perfection, was the boon she prayed for. 
Author: Mary Therese McCarthy
Nationality: American
b. 21 June 1912  - d. 25 October 1989
  
 In the 1960s we were fighting to be recognized as equals in the marketplace, in marriage, in education and on the playing field. It was a very exciting, rebellious time. 
Author: Marlo Thomas
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1937
  
 I won't quit to become someone's old lady. 
Author: Janis Joplin
Nationality: American
b. 19 January 1943  - d. 4 October 1970
  
 Tana and I have a great marriage even though we spend very little time together. The time we have together is quality rather than quantity. 
Author: Gordon James Ramsay
Nationality: Scottish
b. 8 November 1966
  
 If Eggy wanted to get spliced, let him, was the way I looked at it. Marriage might improve him. It was difficult to think of anything that wouldn't. 
Author: P. G. Wodehouse
Nationality: American
b. 15 October 1881  - d. 14 February 1975
  
 He's engaged to be married to Stiffy Byng, and his long years of football should prove an excellent preparation for setting up house with her. The way I look at it is that when a fellow has had plug-uglies in cleated boots doing a Shuffle-off-to-Buffalo on his face Saturday after Saturday since he was a slip of a boy, he must get to fear nothing, not even marriage with a girl like Stiffy, who from early childhood has seldom let the sun go down without starting some loony enterprise calculated to bleach the hair of one and all. 
Author: P. G. Wodehouse
Nationality: American
b. 15 October 1881  - d. 14 February 1975
  
 Marriage, to women as to men, must be a luxury, not a necessity; an incident of life, not all of it. And the only possible way to accomplish this great change is to accord to women equal power in the making, shaping and controlling of the circumstances of life. 
Author: Susan B. Anthony
Nationality: American
b. 15 February 1820  - d. 13 March 1906
  
 Marriage requires a special talent, like acting. Monogamy requires genius. 
Author: Warren Beatty
Nationality: American
b. 30 March 1937
  
 Marriage is a religion, it promises salvation, but we need grace. 
Author: Jacques Chardonne
Nationality: French
b. 2 January 1884  - d. 29 May 1968
  
 I was formerly known as L. Ron Hubbard, Jr. or by the nickname, Nibs. I am L. Ron Hubbard's oldest son and by his first marriage - one of three - and I was rather deeply involved in the formation of the beginning organizations of Scientology and tech from 1950 to November 23rd, 1959, when I left the organization. 
Author: Ronald DeWolf
Nationality: American
b. 7 May 1934
  
 Marriage - as well as erotic friendships and sexual liaisons -between members of contrasting races and religions will take place with greater frequency, and will be more accepted than it is today. 
Author: Herbert Otto
Nationality: American   
 Dealing with anything, it is hypocrisy I hate most. In religion, in relationships, in marriage - people hide behind things. With religion, evil people hide behind the cloth. In marriage, cowardly people hide behind the vows. In relationships, people hide behind lies. Hypocrisy distorts everything - what you see is not what you get. 
Author: Suzanne Annette De Michiel
Nationality: Australian
b. 30 January 1947
  
 Alimony is like buying hay for a dead horse. 
Author: Groucho Marx
Nationality: American
b. 2 October 1890  - d. 19 July 1977
  
 Behind every successful man is a woman, behind her is his wife. 
Author: Groucho Marx
Nationality: American
b. 2 October 1890  - d. 19 July 1977
  
 The critical period in matrimony is breakfast-time. 
Author: Sir Alan Patrick Herbert
Nationality: English
b. 24 September 1890  - d. 11 November 1971
  
 Marriage was the model for slavery law in this country. I didn’t change. Marriage changed. We spent 30 years in the United States changing the marriage laws. If I had married when I was supposed to get married, I would have lost my name, my legal residence, my credit rating, many of my civil rights. That’s not true anymore. It’s possible to make an equal marriage. 
Author: Gloria Steinem
Nationality: American
b. 25 March 1934
  
 After marriage, a husband and wife become two sides of a coin: they just can't face each other, but still they stay together. 
Author: Sacha Guitry
Nationality: French
b. 21 February 1885  - d. 24 July 1957
  
 I feel like I was married to them because I was very dedicated to them. But I also used to feel claustrophobic. Like many people who don’t easily commit, I think I had a fear of being known; I was not sure there was anybody inside there. 
Author: Jacqueline Bisset
Nationality: English
b. 13 September 1944
  
 I want a return to the divorce system based on the fault of one spouse. 
Author: Dr. George Pell
Nationality: Australian
b. 08 June 1941
  
 Couples with children who do win a divorce, cause such social havoc that they should have to pay a special divorce tax.  
Author: Dr. George Pell
Nationality: Australian
b. 08 June 1941
  
 I have too much work on my hands and I would not be a dutiful husband. 
Author: Cecil John Rhodes
Nationality: British
b. December 1853  - d.  December 1902
  
 I'm married to a beautiful and talented woman who can lift your spirits just by looking at you. 
Author: Mel Brooks
Nationality: American
b. 28 June 1926
  
 I found that married life gave me the necessary freedom to follow an ambition which had been with me since childhood, and so I started to write in earnest. 
Author: Eleanor Hibbert
Nationality: British
b. 01 September 1906  - d. 18 January 1993
  
 "I am" is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that "I do" is the longest sentence?  
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 I think I'm healthier than I've ever been. I'm happier than I've ever been. I'm more myself. I can't stress that enough. I think kindness is the key to yourself and to other people. ... I think I found out who I was, and I think I really try to be a better person every single day. And Portia makes me better. 
Author: Ellen de Generes
Nationality: American
b. 26 January 1958
  
 I would say that the surest measure of a man's or a woman's maturity is the harmony, style, joy, and dignity he creates in his marriage, and the pleasure and inspiration he provides for his spouse. 
Author: Dr. Benjamin McLane Spock
Nationality: American
b. 02 May 1903  - d. 15 March 1998
  
 I would say that the feminine values are now the values of America; sensitivity is more important than truth; feelings are more important than facts; commitment is more important than individuality; children are more important than people; safety is more important than fun. I always hear women say, "Y'know, married men live longer." Uh, yes, and an indoor cat...also...lives longer. It's a fur-ball with a broken spirit that can only look out on a world it will never enjoy, but it does, technically, live longer. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 I have to be asked, I guess, but I love the idea of marriage. I think it's beautiful. I'm such a romantic, and I always have been. 
Author: Portia de Rossi
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 January 1973
  
 Marriage is the tomb of love. 
Author: Giacomo Casanova
Nationality: Italian
b. 25 April 1725  - d. 04 June 1798
  
 It was a perfect marriage. She didn't want to and he couldn't. 
Author: Spike Milligan
Nationality: British
b. December 1918  - d.  December 2002
  
 Need we add that mathematicians themselves are not infallible? 
Author: Henri Poincaré
Nationality: French
b. 29 April 1854  - d. 17 July 1912
  
 One would have to have completely forgotten the history of science so as to not remember that the desire to know nature has had the most constant and the happiest influence on the development of mathematics. 
Author: Henri Poincaré
Nationality: French
b. 29 April 1854  - d. 17 July 1912
  
 Point set topology is a disease from which the human race will soon recover. 
Author: Henri Poincaré
Nationality: French
b. 29 April 1854  - d. 17 July 1912
  
 Science is built up of facts, as a house is with stones. But a collection of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house. 
Author: Henri Poincaré
Nationality: French
b. 29 April 1854  - d. 17 July 1912
  
 When I get married, I want to be really married. 
Author: Audrey Hepburn
Nationality: Belgian
b. 04 May 1929  - d. 20 January 1993
  
 Marriage, for a woman at least, hampers the two things that made life to me glorious - friendship and learning. 
Author: Jane Ellen Harrison
Nationality: British
b. 9 September 1850  - d. 5 April 1928
  
 I am clearly vulnerable on the question of socializing under circumstances not appropriate for a married man. 
Author: Chuck Spittal Robb
Nationality: American
b. 26 June 1939
  
 If you want a successful marriage, let your husband do what he wants to do. 
Author: Rush Limbaugh
Nationality: American
b. 12 January 1951
  
 Marriage is about raising children. That's the purpose of the institution. 
Author: Rush Limbaugh
Nationality: American
b. 12 January 1951
  
 I was doing what I thought I had to do. There was romance in the idea of being married. It was just the wrong reasons. 
Author: Rush Limbaugh
Nationality: American
b. 12 January 1951
  
 The love had just vanished. We're still friendly. 
Author: Rush Limbaugh
Nationality: American
b. 12 January 1951
  
 Like the vast majority of Americans, I’ve opposed same-sex marriage, but I’ve also opposed unjust discrimination against anyone, for racial or religious reasons, or for sexual preference. Americans are a tolerant, generous, and kind people. We all oppose bigotry and disparagement. But the debate over same-sex marriage is not a debate over tolerance. It is a debate about the purpose of the institution of marriage and it is a debate about activist judges who make up the law rather than interpret the law. I agree with 3000 years of recorded history. I believe marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman and I have been rock solid in my support of traditional marriage. Marriage is first and foremost about nurturing and developing children. It’s unfortunate that those who choose to defend the institution of marriage are often demonized. 
Author: Mitt Romney
Nationality: American
b. 12 March 1947
  
 Q: You said that you would sponsor the Employment Nondiscrimination Act [banning gays from being fired]. Do you still support it? A: At the state level. I think it makes sense for states to put in provision of this. I would not support at the federal level, and I changed in that regard because I think that policy makes more sense to be implemented at the state level. If you’re looking for someone who’s never changed any positions on any policies, then I’m not your guy. I learn from experience. 
Author: Mitt Romney
Nationality: American
b. 12 March 1947
  
 I’ve been in a state that has gay marriage, and I recognize that the consequences of gay marriage fall far beyond just the relationship between a man and a woman. They also relate to our kids and the right of religion to be practiced freely in a society. The status of marriage, if it’s allowed among the same sex individuals in one state is going to spread to the entire nation. And that’s why it’s important to have a national standard for marriage. And I’m committed to making sure that we reinforce the institution of marriage in this country by insisting that all states have a right to have marriage as defined as between a man and a woman; and we don’t have unelected judges saying we’re going to impose same-sex marriage where it was clearly not in their state constitution. My state’s constitution was written by John Adams. It isn’t there. I’ve looked. The people need to speak on this issue and make sure that marriage is preserved as between a man and a woman. 
Author: Mitt Romney
Nationality: American
b. 12 March 1947
  
 At some point in our lifetime, gay marriage won't be an issue, and everyone who stood against this civil right will look as outdated as George Wallace standing on the school steps keeping James Hood from entering the University of Alabama because he was black. 
Author: George Clooney
Nationality: American   




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