75 Marriage Quotes That Perfectly Sum Up Married Life

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Married life isn't for the faint of heart. Any wife or husband knows that being (and staying) happily married requires a whole lot of love and an unflappable sense of humor — as evidenced by this list of the best marriage quotes of all time.

In fact, most of the best marriage advice out there includes reminders to take time to have fun and laugh together.

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That's why our favorite love quotes for married people run the gamut from sweet and heartfelt to cute and hilarious. Hopefully, they'll ring true for you about your own relationship with your husband or wife.

Here are 75 of the best sweet, romantic and silly marriage quotes that perfectly summarize what married life is all about.

1. “In every good marriage, it helps to be a little deaf.” — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

2. "Love may be blind, but marriage is a real eye-opener."

A whole new perspective, that's for sure.

3. "A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person." — Mingon McLaughlin

4. "The older theory was, marry an older man because they're more mature. But the new theory is men don't mature. Marry a younger one." — Rita Rudner

5. "The most successful marriages, gay or straight, even if they begin in romantic love, often become friendships. It's the ones that become the friendships that last." — Andrew Sullivan

6. "To keep your marriage brimming, With love in the loving cup, Whenever you're wrong, admit it; Whenever you're right, shut up." — Ogden Nash

Keep their love cup full.

7. "My parents only had one argument in 45 years. It lasted 43 years." — Cathy Ladman​

8. "Before marriage, a man will lie awake all night thinking about something you said; after marriage, he'll fall asleep before you finish saying it." — Helen Rowland

9. "When we got married I told my wife 'If you leave me, I'm going with you.' And she never did." — James Fineous McBride

10. "The longest sentence you can form with two words is: I do." — H. L. Mencken

See what we did there?

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11. Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife. — Franz Schubert

12. “When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” — When Harry Met Sally

13. “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 be rather a moving sea between the shores of your souls.” — Kahlil Gibran, "The Prophet"

14. "I'm a very committed wife. And I should be committed, too — for being married so many times." — Elizabeth Taylor

And there?

15. "If I get married, I want to be very married." — Audrey Hepburn

16. "To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with." — Mark Twain

17. "There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye-to-eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends." — Homer

18. "The secret of a happy marriage remains a secret." — Henny Youngman

Mysterious ...

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

20. “People are weird. When we find someone with weirdness that is compatible with ours, we team up and call it love.” — Dr. Seuss

21. “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.” — Barbara de Angelis

22. "I support gay marriage. I believe gay people have a right to be as miserable as the rest of us." — Kinky Friedman

Love is love.

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

24. “The highest happiness on earth is marriage.” — William Lyon Phelps

25. “Think not because you are now wed, that all your courtship’s at an end.” — Antonio Hurtado de Mendoza

26. "An archeologist is the best husband any woman can have; the older she gets, the more interested he is in her." — Dame Agatha Christie

It just makes sense.

27. “I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone.” — Arwen, The Fellowship of the Ring

28. “In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine.” — Maya Angelou

29. "Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half-shut afterwards." — Benjamin Franklin

30. "Marriage: a book of which the first chapter is written in poetry and the remaining chapters written in prose." — Beverley Nichols

Variety is the spice of life, though.

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31. "At every party there are two kinds of people ... those who want to go home and those who don't. The trouble is, they are usually married to each other." — Ann Landers

32. "What I love most about my home is who I share it with." — Tad Carpenter

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

34. "After the chills and fever of love, how nice is the 98.6 degrees of marriage." — Mignon McLaughlin

This one is just right.

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35. "In marriage do thou be wise: prefer the person before money virtue before beauty, the mind before the body, then thou hast a wife, a friend, a companion, a second self." — William Penn

36. "By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you will be happy. If you get a bad one, you will be a philosopher." — Socrates

37. "Marriage is like watching the color of leaves in the fall; ever changing and more stunningly beautiful with each passing day." — Fawn Weaver

38. "What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are but how you deal with incompatibility." — Leo Tolstoy

The fine distinctions.

39. "Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. Second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience." — Oscar Wilde

40. "A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short." — Andre Maurois

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41. "Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years." — Simone Signoret

42. "Love isn't a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now ..." — Fred Rogers

Because we're all ever-changing.

43. “The bride and groom–May their joys be as bright as the morning, and their sorrows but shadows that fade in the sunlight of love.” — Minna Thomas Antrim, "A Book of Toasts"

44. “Grow old with me! The best is yet to be.” — Robert Browning

45. "Marriage is a risk; I think it’s a great and glorious risk, as long as you embark on the adventure in the same spirit." — Cate Blanchett

46. "A man is already halfway in love with any woman who listens to him." — Brendan Behan

Easy peasy.

47. "Any good marriage is secret territory, a necessary white space on society’s map. What others don’t know about it is what makes it yours." — Stephen King

48. "Marriage has no guarantees. If that’s what you’re looking for, go live with a car battery." — Erma Bombeck

49. "A good marriage is one where each partner secretly suspects they got the better deal." — Unknown

50. "Love is not weakness. It is strong. Only the sacrament of marriage can contain it." — Boris Pasternak

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51. "It's tough to stay married. My wife kisses the dog on the lips, yet she won't drink from my glass." — Rodney Dangerfield

Can you blame her?

52. "I have learned that only two things are necessary to keep one's wife happy. First, let her think she's having her own way. And second, let her have it." — Lyndon B. Johnson

53. "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

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

55. "We had a happy marriage because we were together all the time. We were friends as well as husband and wife. We just had a good time." — Julia Child

The absolute best.

56. "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

57. “When a man opens a car door for his wife, it’s either a new car or a new wife.” — Prince Philip

58. "One should believe in marriage as in the immortality of the soul." — Honoré de Balzac

59. "My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my love to marry me." — Sir Winston Churchill

Smart man!

60. "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." — George Bernard Shaw

61. “The great marriages are partnerships. It can’t be a great marriage without being a partnership.” — Dame Helen Mirren

62. “A good marriage is the union of two good forgivers.” — Ruth Bell Graham

63. “Marriage, to women as to men, must be a luxury, not a necessity; an incident of life, not all of it.” — Susan B. Anthony

64. "You are the butter to my bread, and the breath to my life." — Julia Child


65. "An ideal wife is any woman who has an ideal husband." — Booth Tarkington

66. “May this marriage be full of laughter, our every day in paradise.” — Rumi

67. “Marriage, ultimately, is the practice of becoming passionate friends.” — Harville Hendrix

68. “After seven years of marriage, I am sure of two things: First, never wallpaper together and second, you'll need two bathrooms ... both for her. The rest is a mystery, but a mystery I love to be involved in.” — Dennis Miller

Discovery is key.

69. "Marriage is our last, best chance to grow up." — Joseph Barth

70. "A good marriage is that in which each appoints the other the guardian of his solitude, and shows him this confidence, the greatest in his power to bestow." — Rainer Maria Rilke

71. “Experts on romance say for a happy marriage there has to be more than a passionate love. For a lasting union, they insist, there must be a genuine liking for each other. Which, in my book, is a good definition for friendship.” — Marilyn Monroe

72. Marriage is the alliance of two people, one of whom never remembers birthdays and the other who never forgets them." — Ogden Nash


73. "Marriage is not just spiritual communion; it is also remembering to take out the trash." — Dr. Joyce Brothers

74. "Remember that creating a successful marriage is like farming: You have to start over again every morning." — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

75. "Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity." — Albert Einstein

So there you have it. It's just science, folks.

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Kristine Soloman is the former Executive Editor of YourTango, the top website for relationships, love and wellness for women.