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If Marriages Are Made in Heaven, Where Are Marriage Quotes Made?

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What is the secret ingredient for a "happy marriage?" As famous authors offer their opinions, you realize that marriage is complicated. We all want happy marriages, but we don't know where to start. Read these marriage quotes and find out how to reach the golden gates of a "happy marriage."

Ann Landers
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.

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

Gay Hendricks
One of the first things a relationship therapist learns is that couples argue to burn up energy that could be used for something else. In fact, arguments often serve the purpose of using up energy, so that the couple does not have to take the courageous, creative leap into an unknown they fear. Arguing serves the function of being a zone of familiarity into which you can retreat when you are afraid of making a creative breakthrough.

Harriet Martineau
Any one must see at a glance that if men and women marry those whom they do not love, they must love those whom they do not marry.

John Berger
All weddings are similar, but every marriage is different.

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

Josh McDowell
What you are as a single person, you will be as a married person, only to a greater degree. Any negative character trait will be intensified in a marriage relationship, because you will feel free to let your guard down -- that person has committed himself to you and you no longer have to worry about scaring him off.

Louis K Anspacher
Marriage is that relation between man and woman in which the independence is equal, the dependence mutual, and the obligation reciprocal.

Mark Twain
Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century.

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

Mohandas K Gandhi
I first learned the concept of non-violence in my marriage.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
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?

Robert C Dodds
The goal in marriage is not to think alike, but to think together.

Socrates
My advice to you is to get married. If you find a good wife, you'll be happy; if not, you'll become a philosopher.

Mae West
Do not marry a man to reform him. That is what reform schools are for.

Thornton Wilder, The Skin of Our Teeth
I didn't marry you because you were perfect. I didn't even marry you because I loved you. I married you because you gave me a promise. That promise made up for your faults. And the promise I gave you made up for mine. Two imperfect people got married and it was the promise that made the marriage. And when our children were growing up, it wasn't a house that protected them; and it wasn't our love that protected them - it was that promise.

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

Bill Doherty
I now think of marriage like I think about living in my home state of Minnesota. You move into marriage in the springtime of hope, but eventually arrive at the Minnesota winter, with its cold and darkness. Many of us are tempted to give up and move south at this point, not realizing that maybe we've hit a rough spot in a marriage that's actually above average. The problem with giving up, of course, is that our next marriage will enter its own winter at some point. So do we just keep moving on, or do we make our stand now – with this person, in this season? That's the moral, existential question we face when our marriage is in trouble.

George Eliott
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?

Bill Doherty
Divorce to like an amputation. Sometimes it's necessary but it should be avoided if at all possible because it brings about a permanent disability.

William Butler Yeats
I think a man and a woman should choose each other for life, for the simple reason that a long life with all its accidents is barely enough time for a man and a woman to understand each other and to understand… is to love.

Oscar Wilde
Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation.

Jon Bon Jovi
As for his secret to staying married: "My wife tells me that if I ever decide to leave, she is coming with me.

Cicero
The first bond of society is marriage.

Frank Pittman
Bad marriages don't cause infidelity; infidelity causes bad marriages.

Goethe
It is sometimes essential for a husband and a wife to quarrel - they get to know each other better.

Zig Ziglar
Many marriages would be better if the husband and the wife clearly understood that they are on the same side.

Mark Twain
Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century.

Ruth Bell Graham
A good marriage is the union of two good forgivers.

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