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Quotes About Marriage

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“Marriage should be between a spouse and a spouse, not a gender and a gender.”
Hendrik Hertzberg

Allan Wolf
“Marriage without struggle is like an unfired clay pot.
It is easily made, but it will not stand the test of time.”
Allan Wolf, The Watch That Ends the Night

C. JoyBell C.
“Love is a devoted madness while marriage is a responsibility. But then it is possible to be devotedly mad and responsible at the same time, yes it is. And so this is how we should begin to see marriage: as it is, for what it is! Marriage needs to cease being an eternal ideal with the predestined ending of death! We must allow it to be and to appear as what it is! Perhaps if we approach marriage with eyes open to the reality of the nature of it, we will stop failing at it! We fail at it because we think of it as something it is not! We are romanced by an ideal that is not in touch with reality and that's why when we begin to discover the reality of it, we see ourselves as failures! It is a wild and blessed thing to want to spend the rest of your adult life with one person, growing and changing together, while stepping deeper into the depths of love; notwithstanding, we must understand that we may not get it "right" the first time.”
C. JoyBell C.

Suzanne Finnamore
“I feel incendiary, a wildfire. My spirit licks at the gates of a very elaborate, customized, and distracting emotional Hades.”
Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

Suzanne Finnamore
“I´m just not sending out the right vibe lately. Perhaps the fact that I wear stained sweatpants and free T-shirts is holding me back. I just can´t seem to get back into the intelligent-slut-for-hire outfits that lure men; even shoes with laces evade me. Plus my hair is Fran Lebowitz-esque. I think my eyes are getting closer together. I don´t know.”
Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

Thrity Umrigar
“She wanted to explain everything to him—how certain notes of the Moonlight Sonata shredded her heart like wind inside a paper bag; how her soul felt as endless and deep as the sea churning on their left; how the sight of the young Muslim couple filled her with an emotion that was equal parts joy and sadness; and above all, how she wanted a marriage that was different from the dead sea of marriages she saw all around her, how she wanted something finer, deeper, a marriage made out of silk and velvet instead of coarse cloth, a marriage made of clouds and stardust and red earth and ocean foam and moonlight and sonatas and books and art galleries and passion and kindness and sorrow and ecstasy and of fingers touching from under a burqua.”
Thrity Umrigar, The Space Between Us

Louisa May Alcott
“…marriage, they say, halves one's rights and doubles one's duties.”
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

“From every human being there rises a light that reaches straight to heaven, and when two souls that are destined to be together find each other, the streams of light flow together and a single brighter light goes forth from that united being.”
Baal Shem Tov

Charles Dickens
“It will be your duty, and it will be your pleasure too to estimate her (as you chose her) by the qualities that she has, and not by the qualities she may not have.”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

Bill Moyers
“In marriage, everyday you love,and everyday you forgive.It is an ongoing sacrament, love and forgiveness”
Bill Moyers

William Shakespeare
“If [God] send me no husband, for the which blessing I am at him upon my knees every morning and evening ...”
William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

Jennifer Chiaverini
“Anna, falling in love with you was like coming home to a place I didn't realize I'd been missing all my life. You're the only person I've ever known who accepts me for who I am, right in this moment, faults and all, and isn't waiting for me to become someone else.”
Jennifer Chiaverini, The Wedding Quilt

Oscar Wilde
“Well, in the first place girls never marry the men they flirt with. Girls don't think it right.”
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

Toba Beta
“Will you marry me, my darling ?
Do I have options, you bastard ?”
Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

William Shakespeare
“Yes, faith; it is my cousin's duty to make curtsy and say 'Father, as it please you.' But yet for all that, cousin, let him be a handsome fellow, or else make another curtsy and say 'Father, as it please me.”
William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

Suzanne Finnamore
You get what you give," we will tell his sorry, selfish ass." The Betty Lady has spoken. I detect a Bronx accent.
"But," I demur, "it will make the other woman say, ´See? She IS a jealous and paranoid and pushy wife.´"
The Betty Lady rips open a cell phone statement with a nail file and, without looking up at me, says, "Let me tell you something, honey. In my experience? The only thing they care about is what they see in the mirror each morning and WINNING...or their perception of winning.”
Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

Charlotte Brontë
“What tale do you like best to hear?' 'Oh, I have not much choice! They generally run on the same theme - courtship; and promise to end in the same catastrophe - marriage.”
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Elizabeth Gilbert
“In every possible instance Saint Paul begged Christians to restrain themselves to contain their carnal yearnings to live solitary and sexless lives on earth as it is in heaven. "But if they cannot contain " Paul finally conceded then "let them marry for it is better to marry than to burn." Which is perhaps the most begrudging endorsement of matrimony in human history.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage

Rita Rudner
“Men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage - they've experienced pain and bought jewelry.”
Rita Rudner

“Too many believe that love is a condition, a feeling that involves 100 percent of the heart, something that happens to you. They disassociate love from the mind and, therefore, from agency. In commanding us to love, the Lord refers to something much deeper than romance — a love that is the most profound form of loyalty. He is teaching us that love is something more than feelings of the heart; it is also a covenant we keep with soul and mind.”
Lynn G. Robbins

Betty  Smith
“Did you ever see so many pee-wee hats, Carl?"
"They're beanies."
"They call them pee-wees in Brooklyn."
"But I'm not in Brooklyn."
"But you're still a Brooklynite."
"I wouldn't want that to get around, Annie."
"You don't mean that, Carl."
"Ah, we might as well call them beanies, Annie."
"Why?"
"When in Rome do as the Romans do."
"Do they call them beanies in Rome?" she asked artlessly.
"This is the silliest conversation...”
Betty Smith, Joy in the Morning

“Every woman needed a husband, even if he did silence the song in her.”
― Khalid Hosseini

Markus Zusak
“Rosa Hubermann was sitting on the edge of the bed with her husband's accordion tied to her chest. Her fingers hovered above the keys. She did not move. She didn't ever appear to be breathing.”
Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

Ayelet Waldman
“That was true, Iris would sometimes think, about marriage: it was only a boat, too. A wooden boat, difficult to build, even more difficult to maintain, whose beauty derived at least in part from its unlikelihood. Long ago the pragmatic justifications for both marriage and wooden-boat building had been lost or superseded. Why invest countless hours, years, and dollars in planing and carving, gluing and fastening, caulking and fairing, when a fiberglass boat can be had at a fraction of the cost? Why struggle to maintain love and commitment over decades when there were far easier ways to live, ones that required no effort or attention to prevent corrosion and rot? Why continue to pour your heart into these obsolete arts? Because their beauty, the way they connect you to your history and to the living world, justifies your efforts. A long marriage, like a classic wooden boat, could be a thing of grace, but only if great effort was devoted to its maintenance. At first your notions of your life with another were no more substantial than a pattern laid down in plywood. Then year by year you constructed the frame around the form, and began layering memories, griefs, and small triumphs like strips of veneer planking bent around the hull of everyday routine. You sanded down the rough edges, patched the misunderstandings, faired the petty betrayals. Sometimes you sprung a leak. You fell apart in rough weather or were smashed on devouring rocks. But then, as now, in the teeth of a storm, when it seemed like all was lost, the timber swelled, the leak sealed up, and you found that your craft was, after all, sea-kindly.”
Ayelet Waldman, Red Hook Road

Paula McLain
“Not everyone believed in marriage then. To marry was to say you believed in the future and in the past, too - that history and tradition and hope could stay knit together to hold you up.”
Paula McLain, The Paris Wife

Ambrose Bierce
“Marriage, n.: The state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress and two slaves, making in all, two.”
Ambrose Bierce

Samuel Butler
“In matrimony, to hesitate is sometimes to be saved.”
Samuel Butler, The Note Books of Samuel Butler

“I want to be more than a rose in my husband's lapel.”
Margaret Trudeau

“This was the cream of marriage, this nightly turning out of the day's pocketful of memories, this deft habitual sharing of two pairs of eyes, two pairs of ears. It gave you, in a sense, almost a double life: though never, on the other hand, quite a single one.”
Jan Struther, Mrs. Miniver

“Should I tell her of the moments of joy, the intense pleasure of holding the hand of the one you love and wishing that time would stand still?”
Kelly Long, Lilly's Wedding Quilt

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