Like dear St. Francis of Assisi I am wedded to Poverty: but in my case the marriage is not a success.

Oscar Wilde

The proper basis for marriage is a mutual misunderstanding.

Oscar Wilde

Men should be like Kleenex, soft, strong and disposable.

M. C. Escher

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.

Ann Landers

A simple enough pleasure, surely, to have breakfast alone with one's husband, but how seldom married people in the midst of life achieve it.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The dread of loneliness is greater than the fear of bondage, so we get married.

Cyril Connolly

If there was strife and contention in the home, very little else in life could compensate for it.

Lawana Blackwell

Marriage is a good deal like a circus: there is not as much in it as is represented in the advertising.

Edgar Watson Howe

I tended to place my wife under a pedestal.

Woody Allen

Only choose in marriage a woman whom you would choose as a friend if she were a man.

Joseph Joubert

Marriage is good for those who are afraid to sleep alone at night.

Saint Jerome

You don't have to be married to have a good friend as your partner for life.

Greta Garbo

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.

Samuel Johnson

We were happily married for eight months. Unfortunately, we were married for four and a half years.

Nick Faldo

Man's best possession is a sympathetic wife.


Marriage may often be a stormy lake, but celibacy is almost always a muddy horse pond.

Thomas Love Peacock

Sleeping together is a euphemism for people, but tantamount to marriage with cats.

Marge Piercy

When I meet a man I ask myself, 'Is this the man I want my children to spend their weekends with?'

Rita Rudner

Marriage is a coming together for better or for worse, hopefully enduring, and intimate to the degree of being sacred.

William Orville Douglas

Most men find it difficult to remain true to a single woman, but relatively easy to be true to three or four at the same time.

Georges Courteline

Marriage is the tomb of love.

Giacomo Casanova

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.

Alan Patrick Herbert

Always remember that the most important thing in a good marriage is not happiness, but stability.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Matrimony is a process by which a grocer acquired an account the florist had.

Frances Rodman

The secret of a good marriage is forgiving your partner for marrying you in the first place.

Sacha Guitry

Marriage is a wonderful invention: then again, so is a bicycle repair kit.

Billy Connolly

A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband.

Honore De Balzac

In Hollywood a marriage is a success if it outlasts milk.

Rita Rudner

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

Dave Meurer

Marriage is a mistake every man should make.

George Jessel

Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution yet.

Mae West

The secret of a happy marriage remains a secret.

Henry Youngman

A man likes his wife to be just clever enough to appreciate his cleverness, and just stupid enough to admire it.

Israel Zangwill

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.

Henry Youngman

Marriage is like a phonograph record. You get what you like on one side and take what you get on the other.

Ronnie Johnson

Marriage, if truth be told (of this be sure), An evil is - but one we must endure.

Menander Of Athens

It seemed to me that the desire to get married - which, I regret to say, I believe is basic and primal in women - is followed almost immediately by an equally basic and primal urge - which is to be single again.

Nora Ephron

How could a man ever trust in a woman's judgment when he knows she chose him for a husband?

Curt Goetz

Marriage is a custom brought about by women who then proceed to live off men and destroy them, completely enveloping the man in a destructive cocoon or eating him away like a poisonous fungus on a tree.

Richard Harris

Happiness just wasn't part of the job description back then. You tried to find a helpmate to keep the cold wind and dogs at bay. Happiness just wasn't part of the equation. Survival was.

Robin Green

Chance is the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.

Theophile Gautier

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

Never say that marriage has more of joy than pain.


A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day.

Andre Maurois

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.

Edith Wharton

Lust is what keeps you wanting to do it even when you have no desire to be with each other. Love is what makes you want to be with each other even when you have no desire to do it.

Judith Viorst

Any intelligent woman who reads the marriage contract, and then goes into it, deserves all the consequences.

Isadora Duncan

Marriage is miserable unless you find the right person that is your soulmate and that takes a lot of looking.

Marvin Gaye

The main difference for the history of the world if I had been shot rather than Kennedy is that Onassis probably wouldn't have married Mrs Khrushchev.

Nikita Khrushchev

That is what marriage really means: helping one another to reach the full status of being persons, responsible and autonomous beings who do not run away from life.

Paul Tournier

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.

Marcel Achard

Girls marry for love. Boys marry because of a chronic irritation that causes them to gravitate in the direction of objects with certain curvilinear properties.

Ashley Montague

Don't marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think you can't live without.

Dr. James C. Dobson

There is no perfect marriage, for there are no perfect men.

French Proverb

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

Paul Newman

It was a perfect marriage. She didn't want to and he couldn't.

Spike Milligan

The problem with marriage is that it ends every night after making love, and it must be rebuilt every morning before breakfast.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults.

Peter De Vries

In Hollywood, all marriages are happy. It's trying to live together afterwards that causes the problems.

Shelly Winters

There's only one way to have a happy marriage and as soon as I learn what it is I'll get married again.

Clint Eastwood

If you want to read about love and marriage, you've got to buy two separate books.

Alan King

What woman doesn't believe that her husband had better taste in choosing a partner than she did?

Victor De Kowa

When two people marry they become in the eyes of the law one person, and that one person is the husband.

Shana Alexander

A married couple are well suited when both partners usually feel the need for a quarrel at the same time.

Jean Rostand

If you want to know how your girl will treat you after marriage, just listen to her talking to her little brother.

Sam Levenson

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

Mignon McLaughlin

So they were married-to be the more together- And found they were never again so much together, Divided by the morning tea, By the evening paper, By children and tradesmen's bills.

Louis Macneice

To have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part.

Book of Common Prayer

There isn't a wife in the world who has not taken the exact measure of her husband, weighed him and settled him in her own mind, and knows him as well as if she had ordered him after designs and specifications of her own.

Charles Dudley Warner

If variety if the spice of life, marriage is the big can of leftover Spam.

Johnny Carson

My toughest fight was with my first wife.

Muhammad Ali

Oh the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are.

Dinah Maria Mulock

You people married to Italian men, you know what it's like.

Geraldine A. Ferraro

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

Pearl S. Buck

I'm just afraid I'm gonna miss it all... being married... being a mother.

Karen Carpenter

Do not choose your wife at a dance, but in the field among the harvesters.

Czech Proverb

No woman marries for money; they are all clever enough, before marrying a millionaire, to fall in love with him first.

Cesare Pavese

Whenever you want to marry someone, go have lunch with his ex-wife.

Shelly Winters

Marriage is an Athenic weaving together of families, of two souls with their individual fates and destinies, of time and eternity - everyday life married to the timeless mysteries of the soul.

Sir Thomas More

Remember, that if thou marry for beauty, thou bindest thyself all thy life for that which perchance will neither last nor please thee one year; and when thou hast it, it will be to thee of no price at all; for the desire dieth when it is attained, and the affection perisheth when it is satisfied.

Sir Walter Raleigh

One man's folly is another man's wife.

Helen Rowland

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.

J. R. R. Tolkien

I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. They've experienced pain and bought jewelry.

Rita Rudner

My mental hands were empty, and I felt I must do something as a counterirritant or antibody to my hysterical alarm at getting married at the age of 43.

Ian Fleming

Not much more can happen to you after you lose your reputation and your wife.

John N. Mitchell

Marriage is like pi - natural, irrational, and very important.

Lisa Hoffman

People marry for a variety of reasons and with varying results. But to marry for love is to invite inevitable tragedy.

James Branch Cabell

Marriage is like a besieged castle; those who are on the outside wish to get in; and those who are on the inside wish to get out.

Arabian Proverb

I'm not a real movie star. I've still got the same wife I started out with twenty-eight years ago.

Will Rogers

I know nothing about sex because I was always married.

Zsa Zsa Gabor

Well, don't just pray to marry the one you love; Instead, pray to love the one you marry.

Spencer W. Kimball

If you would marry suitably, marry your equal.


Every man's dream is to be able to sink into the arms of a woman without also falling into her hands.

Jerry Lewis

I know many married men, I even know a few happily married men, but I don't know one who wouldn't fall down the first open coal hole running after the first pretty girl who gave him a wink.

George Jean Nathan

Marriage was a goal. A family, for me as a young girl, was my image of what I hoped for. It was part of the big picture.

Demi Moore

Marriage functions best when both partners remain somewhat unmarried.

Claudia Cardinale

Intimacy is what makes a marriage, not a ceremony, not a piece of paper from the state.

Kathleen Norris

Time turns the old days to derision, Our loves into corpses or wives; And marriage and death and division Make barren our lives.

Algernon Charles Swinburne

The difficulty with marriage is that we fall in love with a personality, but must live with a character.

Peter De Vries

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.

Benjamin Spock

By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.


Take care of him. And make him feel important. And if you can do that, you'll have a happy and wonderful marriage. Like two out of every ten couples.

Neil Simon

All marriages are mixed marriages.

Chantal Saperstein

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

Marrying a man is like buying something you've been admiring for a long time in a shop window. You may love it when you get it home, but it doesn't always go with everything else in the house.

Jean Kerr

Marriage is a ghastly public confession of a strictly private intention.

Brian Hays

The best way to remember your wife's birthday is to forget it once.

E. Joseph Cossman

She must not swing her arms as though they were dangling ropes; she must not switch herself this way and that; she must not shout; and she must not, while wearing her bridal veil, smoke a cigarette.

Emily Post

Marriage is an attempt to solve problems together which you didn't even have when you were on your own.

Eddie Cantor

The weaker partner in a marriage is the one who loves the most.

Eleanora Duse

Love is moral even without legal marriage, but marriage is immoral without love.

Ellen Key

Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity.

George Bernard Shaw

The only charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception necessary for both parties.

Oscar Wilde

Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments: love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds.

William Shakespeare

Every marriage is happy. Its the living together afterward that's the challenge.

Ann Landers

If there is such a thing as a good marriage, it is because it resembles friendship rather than love.

Michel de Montaigne

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

Leo Tolstoy

Marriage: putting one's hand into a bag of snakes on the chance of drawing out an eel.

Leonardo da Vinci

Marriage, if one will face the truth, is an evil, but a necessary evil.


Marriage: a long conversation chequered by disputes.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Marriage is a triumph of habit over hate.

Oscar Levant

Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Marriage is socialism among two people.

Barbara Ehrenreich

A cynic should never marry an idealist. For the cynic, marriage represents the welcome end of romantic life, with all its agony and ecstasy. But for the idealist, it is only the beginning.

Julie Burchill

[The church believes abortion is a violation of God's law and takes the] biblical view of marriage, ... traditional beliefs of evangelical Christians.

Barry Mccarty

There is something revolting about the way girls' minds often jump to marriage long before they jump to love. And most of those minds are shut to what marriage really means.

Dodie Smith

Growing up in a mixed marriage home put me in the mindset that I'll believe what I want.

Tim Campbell

A happy marriage is the world's best bargain.

O. A. Battista

Marriage is like a coffin and each kid is like another nail.

Dan Castellaneta

Rooting together for Tennessee has been great for our marriage.

Lindsey Gormley

I've always believed the two best anti-poverty programs are work and marriage.

James Talent

The husband who wants a happy marriage should learn to keep his mouth shut and his checkbook open.

Groucho Marx

Love: A temporary insanity curable by marriage.

Ambrose Bierce

It was a marriage of art and science. What they told us appeared to be dead-on and we haven't had any reason to question it.

Rob Elkins

In education, in marriage, in religion, in everything, disappointment is the lot of women. It shall be the business of my life to deepen this disappointment in every woman's heart until she bows down to it no longer.

Lucy Stone

I only knew Chandra Levy for five months. And in that five months' period, we never had a discussion about a future, about children, about marriage. Any of those items never came up in that five-month period.

Gary Condit

Marriage is the only adventure open to the cowardly.


God created sex. Priests created marriage.


We will not support any candidate who supports banning gay marriage.

Philip Davis

If you are in a marriage where your husband is handling the money and he's terrible at it, you feel you can't step in.

Caryl Rivers

Those with more faith may be less 'stressed out' about daily problems that impede success in the labor market and the marriage market, and therefore are more successful.

Jonathan Gruber

My aim has always been modest; I wanted to transform the arranged marriage into a love match.

Marcelle Ferron

George Downes: Maybe there won't be marriage, maybe there won't be sex, but by God there'll be dancing!

My Best Friend's Wedding

We tried our best to make our marriage work but we are now resigned to the fact that we should part.

Ulrika Jonsson

It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage.

Jane Austen

College is a place to keep warm between high school and an early marriage.

George Gobel

He said that the majority of my constituents do not support gay marriage, and he hoped that I would not succumb to the more extreme elements who were supporting the bill.

Tom Umberg

Failed to identify any constitutionally adequate reason for denying civil marriage to same-sex couples.

Daryn Kagan

A bill that would allow civil unions is a bill that allows same-sex marriage.

Chuck Darrell

The legislature seems to have included gay people in our entire social construct. In light of that, what is the state's legitimate objective in not allowing marriage?

Justice Barry Albin

All this was prompted in the last nine months by a decision in July. We believe a marriage is between one man and one woman.

Keith Leonard

The two were so intertwined with each other. They were perfect for each other and it was a great marriage. We're all just in total shock.

Ivan Golde

I have encountered the notion that marriage is a partisan political issue.

Tom Rodgers

The wedding and the honeymoon are probably the furthest thing from marriage.

Joseph Simmons

Olympism is the marriage of sport and culture.

Juan Antonio Samaranch

I had my doubts. They were conceived years before the marriage. We were running the streets. I was working a lot.

Mibsam Wiggins

It's a perfect marriage between HUD and Habitat in that the grants offer families a hand up, not a hand out.

Jonathan Reckford

It's like marriage and divorce. If you're a customer, you can find yourself facing interruptions in service.

Julie Giera

A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.

Robert Quillen

Homosexual activists in Colorado are strongly opposing this bill because they realize it will unmask their arguments for same-sex marriage.

Peter Brandt

I'm still waiting for him to ask [on boyfriend Andy Scott-Lee]. We have talked about marriage and it's definitely on the horizon.

Michelle Heaton

Marriage is the grave or tomb of wit.

Margaret Cavendish

Marriage: the state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves, making in all, two.

Ambrose Bierce

The strain on the marriage was evident, the couple was fighting all the time.

Dr. Rosalind Cartwright

They're not getting a good crisp message of what sexual activity really is and what the benefits of waiting for sexual activity until marriage are.

Scott Phelps

If California was to move forward, that would be the impetus to change the U.S. Constitution. It will have that type of impact. So it could be a lose-lose situation for those promoting same-sex marriage.

Phil Burress

All that is good and commendable now existing would continue to exist if all marriage laws were repealed tomorrow . . .

Victoria Claflin Woodhull

Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution.

Mae West

Nobody ever asks a father how he manages to combine marriage and a career.

Sam Ewing

I am a Colorado native, and, no, I did not vote for the anti-gay amendment or the same-sex marriage ban, and I am not a member of a militia.

Connie Willis

There's never been a problem in this state with gay marriage since we passed the bill in 1996.

Jim Black

Didn't you get your marriage annulled because he said he didn't want to have kids?

Shellie Samuels

We celebrate our marriage and family. We don't hide our wedding rings.

Aja Graydon

Things are much, much better, but it caused physical and mental anguish, and it caused stress on our marriage. I am very bitter. I don't believe there's enough justification for what they did. Greed is a horrible, horrible thing.

Darlene Roberts

For me, As You Like It is like an ancient tale, it's like the myth of human existence, really. The myth of courtship, of love and of marriage.

Dean Gilmour

It is clear that many top GOP leaders cannot bring themselves to offer a spirited defense of marriage for fear of being accused of bigotry by Democrats and their allies among homosexual activists.

Ken Connor

I believe in the institution of marriage, and I intend to keep trying till I get it right.

Richard Pryor

I absolutely believe that a marriage is strictly between a man and a woman. I still believe that completely.

Sen. Joy Padgett

Marriage is not about age; it's about finding the right person.

Sophia Bush

Daniel's father is of the more conservative wing of the church, not really in favor of gay marriage.

Jack Kenny

If the church doesn't want to affirm our relationship, that's fine. What I am talking about is the civil contract of marriage.

John Rittman

Instead, this amendment simply defines what marriage is, the union of one man and one woman.

Todd Akin

The secret to a happy marriage is to tell your spouse everything, but the essentials.

Cynthia Nelms

I don't know why togetherness was ever held up as an ideal of marriage. Away from home for both, then together, that's much better.

Carolyn Heilbrun

It was Lincoln who said that if you call a tail a leg, how many legs has a dog? The answer is four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it one. And calling a civil contract between consenting adults a marriage does not make it a marriage.

Tom Mcclintock

Even though people may be well known, they hold in their hearts the emotions of a simple person for the moments that are the most important of those we know on earth: birth, marriage and death.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

A strong marriage is based on commitment. A strong marriage has passion and understanding.

Howard Martin

It's cheating if your spouse considers it cheating. It's hard to give a blanket definition of cheating, because it's based on the morals and beliefs of the marriage. But what matters is: does your spouse consider it cheating?

Jenn Berman

It's good to instill in our young people that God doesn't want marriage to end in divorce and that love conquers all.

John Cooper

Marriage is a bargain, and somebody has to get the worst of the bargain.

Helen Rowland

Paternity is assumed when a child is born in a marriage. That's not the case in children born to a couple who are unmarried or to a mother who is unsure of the child's paternity.

Susan Moore

Love, n - A temporary insanity curable by marriage.

Ambrose Bierce

There was never a point in my life where I gave up. My marriage, as you know, fell apart.

Deidre Hall

The success of a marriage invariably depends upon the woman.

Larry Mcmurty

Can't you see that marriage is a fundamentally different institution? ... Marriage is the institution by which we propagate our species and inculcate our young.

Tom Mcclintock

Apparently this is the way she supplemented her income. She applied for 27 marriage licenses in all of New York's boroughs, except Staten Island, but not all of them were completed.

Sherry Hunter

For a happy marriage, always do what your wife tells you to do, and what she doesn't know won't hurt her.

Keith Fraser

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.

Helen Rowland

I love the idea of marriage. I can't wait until we can take that step.

Portia De Rossi

You can find a Southern Baptist Church that wants to be supportive, and you can find a Southern Baptist Church that wants to recoil against (same-sex marriage).

Andrew Green