I love being married. I married early, at 22, to my wife, Giovanna. We have been married for 32 years and it has been a great life together. We had also challenges, like everybody, but those challenges have made us stronger, and brought us closer and not more distant.

I believe that marriage is good and that if we know how to navigate it, it is one of the best things we can have in this life and in the next one.

I was thinking about writing something serious about marriage today, but then I thought of looking for some random quotes and found some interesting ones, that express different ideas and feelings about marriage and love.

Some are positive and uplifting, some are funny, some are romantic and some are sarcastic or comical. They all reflect the experiences or ideas of the writer, not necessarily mine, but they provide an interesting combination of different point of view. In almost all of them there is some true, even when they describe what may happens in the lives of some people, and not the ideal.

So, I will leave the serious posts about marriage for another day. I hope you enjoy these quotes about marriage and love.

Marriage Quotes for All Tastes

Friedrich Nietzsche

“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” 
― Friedrich Nietzsche


“By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.” 
― Socrates

Nicholas Sparks

“So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s going to be really hard; we’re gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me… everyday.” 
― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

Jane Austen

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” 
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Kahlil Gibran

“Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.” 
― Khalil Gibran, The Prophet

Jon Krakauer

“Happiness [is] only real when shared” 
― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

Elizabeth Gilbert

“To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow – this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.” 
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage

“The trouble with some women is that they get all excited about nothing – and then marry him.” 
― Cher

Ambrose Bierce

“Love, n. A temporary insanity curable by marriage.” 
― Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil’s Dictionary

Criss Jami

“To say that one waits a lifetime for his soulmate to come around is a paradox. People eventually get sick of waiting, take a chance on someone, and by the art of commitment become soulmates, which takes a lifetime to perfect.” 
― Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

Katharine Hepburn

“Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then.”
― Katharine Hepburn

When in a relationship, a real man doesn't make his woman jealous of others, he

“When in a relationship, a real man doesn’t make his woman jealous of others, he makes others jealous of his woman.” 
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human

Elizabeth Gilbert

“People always fall in love with the most perfect aspects of each other’s personalities. Who wouldn’t? Anybody can love the most wonderful parts of another person. But that’s not the clever trick. The really clever trick is this: Can you accept the flaws? Can you look at your partner’s faults honestly and say, ‘I can work around that. I can make something out of it.’? Because the good stuff is always going to be there, and it’s always going to pretty and sparkly, but the crap underneath can ruin you.” 
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage

Audrey Hepburn

“If I get married, I want to be very married.” 
― Audrey Hepburn

Gordon B. Hinckley

“Aim high, but do not aim so high that you totally miss the target. What really matters is that he will love you, that he will respect you, that he will honor you, that he will be absolutely true to you, that he will give you the freedom of expression and let you fly in the development of your own talents. He is not going to be perfect, but if he is kind and thoughtful, if he knows how to work and earn a living, if he is honest and full of faith, the chances are you will not go wrong, that you will be immensely happy.” 
― Gordon B. Hinckley

Barbra Streisand

“Why does a woman work ten years to change a man, then complain he’s not the man she married?” 
― Barbra Streisand

Greg Behrendt

“Here’s something else to think about: calling when you say you’re going to is the very first brick in the house you are building of love and trust. If he can’t lay this one stupid brick down, you ain’t never gonna have a house baby, and it’s cold outside.” 
― Greg Behrendt

Mark Twain

“After all these years, I see that I was mistaken about Eve in the beginning; it is better to live outside the Garden with her than inside it without her.” 
― Mark Twain, Diaries of Adam & Eve

Groucho Marx

“Some people claim that marriage interferes with romance. There’s no doubt about it. Anytime you have a romance, your wife is bound to interfere.” 
― Groucho Marx

Elizabeth Gilbert

“You can measure the happiness of a marriage by the number of scars that each partner carries on their tongues, earned from years of biting back angry words.” 
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage

Agatha Christie

“An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets, the more interested he is in her.” 
― Agatha Christie

Oscar Wilde

“Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious: both are disappointed.” 
― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Jane Austen

“Oh, Lizzy! do anything rather than marry without affection.” 
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Jonathan Franzen

“Nice people don’t necessarily fall in love with nice people.” 
― Jonathan Franzen, Freedom

Laurell K. Hamilton

“Men don’t settle down because of the right woman. They settle down because they are finally ready for it. Whatever woman they’re dating when they get ready is the one they settle down with, not necessarily the best one or the prettiest, just the one who happened to be on hand when the time got to be right. Unromantic, but still true.” 
― Laurell K. Hamilton, A Kiss of Shadows

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

Timothy J. Keller

“To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.” 
― Timothy Keller, The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God

Julia Quinn

“Love’s about finding the one person who makes your heart complete. Who makes you a better person than you ever dreamed you could be. It’s about looking in the eyes of your wife and knowing all the way to your bones that she’s simply the best person you’ve ever known.” 
― Julia Quinn, The Viscount Who Loved Me

“The only way love can last a lifetime is if it’s unconditional. The truth is this: love is not determined by the one being loved but rather by the one choosing to love.” 
― Stephen Kendrick, The Love Dare

George Eliot

“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, Adam Bede

Nora Roberts

“When you find somebody you love, all the way through, and she loves you—even with your weaknesses, your flaws, everything starts to click into place. And if you can talk to her, and she listens, if she makes you laugh, and makes you think, makes you want, makes you see who you really are, and who you are is better, just better with her, you’d be crazy not to want to spend the rest of your life with her. (Carter Maguire)” 
― Nora Roberts, Happy Ever After

Robert Frost

“There is one thing more exasperating than a wife who can cook and won’t, and that’s a wife who can’t cook and will.” 
― Robert Frost

Gordon B. Hinckley

“The remedy for most marital stress is not in divorce. It is in repentance and forgiveness, in sincere expressions of charity and service. It is not in separation. It is in simple integrity that leads a man and a woman to square up their shoulders and meet their obligations. It is found in the Golden Rule, a time-honored principle that should first and foremost find expression in marriage.” 
― Gordon B. Hinckley, Standing for Something: 10 Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts and Homes

William Shakespeare

“Women may fall when there’s no strength in men.
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― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Groucho Marx

“I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury.” 
― Groucho Marx





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