- I married beneath me, all women do.
Dictionary of National Biography 1961–1970 (1981) 1879–1964 American-born British Conservative politician: in
- Like everything which is not the involuntary result of fleeting emotion but the creation of time and will, any marriage, happy or unhappy, is infinitely more interesting than any romance, however passionate.
A Certain World (1970) 1907–73 English poet:
- It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
Pride and Prejudice (1813) ch. 1 1775–1817 English novelist:
- To have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love, cherish, and to obey, till death us do part.
Solemnization of Matrimony Betrothal 1662:
- Still I can't contradict, what so oft has been said,
‘Though women are angels, yet wedlock's the devil.’
1788–1824 English poet: ‘To Eliza’ (1806)
- Love and marriage, love and marriage,
Go together like a horse and carriage,
This I tell ya, brother,
Ya can't have one without the other.
1913–93 American songwriter: ‘Love and Marriage’ (1955 song)
- The deep, deep peace of the double-bed after the hurly-burly of the chaise-longue.
on her recent marriage
While Rome Burns (1934) ‘The First Mrs Tanqueray’ 1865–1940 English actress: Alexander Woollcott
- Marriage is a wonderful invention; but, then again, so is a bicycle repair kit.
Billy Connolly (1976) 1942– Scottish comedian: Duncan Campbell
- The heart of marriage is memories.
Love and Marriage (1989) 1937– American comedian, actor, and producer:
- Marriage isn't a word…it's a sentence! 1928 film: written by King Vidor (1895–1982)
- The value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults.
The Tunnel of Love (1954) ch. 8 1910–93 American novelist and humorist:
- There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.
Panorama, BBC1 TV, 20 November 1995 1961–97 British princess: interview on
- I have always thought that every woman should marry, and no man.
Lothair (1870) 1804–81 British Tory statesman and novelist; Prime Minister 1868, 1874–80:
- The chains of marriage are so heavy that it takes two to bear them, and sometimes three.
L'Esprit d'Alexandre Dumas (‘Dumas fils’) 1824–95 French writer: Léon Treich
- Having once embarked on your marital voyage, it is impossible not to be aware that you make no way and that the sea is not within sight—that in fact, you are exploring a closed basin.
Middlemarch (1871–2) bk. 2, ch. 20 1819–80 English novelist:
- I think everybody really will concede that on this, of all days, I should begin my speech with the words ‘My husband and I’.
speech at Guildhall, London, on her 25th wedding anniversary
Times 21 November 1972 1926– British monarch, Queen of the United Kingdom from 1952: in
- Most marriages don't add two people together. They subtract one from the other.
Diamonds are Forever (1956) 1908–64 English thriller writer:
- Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.
Poor Richard's Almanack (1738) 1706–90 American politician, inventor, and scientist:
- The problem with marriage is that it ends every night after making love, and it must be rebuilt every morning before breakfast.
Love in the Time of Cholera (1985) 1927–2014 Colombian novelist:
- Always remember that the most important thing in a good marriage is not happiness, but stability.
Love in the Time of Cholera (1985) 1927–2014 Colombian novelist:
- Do you think your mother and I should have lived comfortably so long together, if ever we had been married?
The Beggar's Opera (1728) act 1, sc. 8 1685–1732 English poet and dramatist:
- You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
The Prophet (1923) ‘On Marriage’ 1883–1931 Lebanese-born American writer and painter:
- I am your clay.
You are my clay.
In life we share a single quilt.
In death we will share one coffin.
(Kuan Tao-sheng) 1262–1319 Chinese painter and poet: ‘Married Love’
- The concept of two people living together for 25 years without having a cross word suggests a lack of spirit only to be admired in sheep.
News Chronicle, 1940 1890–1971 English writer and humorist: in
- Hogamus, higamous
Man is polygamous
Oxford Book of Marriage (1990) 1842–1910 American philosopher: in
- The triumph of hope over experience.
of a man who remarried immediately after the death of a wife with whom he had been unhappy
Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) 1770 1709–84 English poet, critic, and lexicographer: James Boswell
- Marriage is one long fit of compromise, deep and wide.
The Poisonwood Bible (1998) bk. 5 ‘Exodus’ 1955– American writer:
- 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.
1907–63 British poet, born in Belfast: ‘Les Sylphides’ (1941)
- A happy marriage is a long conversation that always seems too short.
Memoirs (1970) pt. 2, ch. 22 1885–1967 French writer:
- There's boy jobs and girl jobs.
The One Show BBC TV 9 May 2017 1956– British Conservative stateswoman, Prime Minister from 2016: interview,
- One doesn't have to get anywhere in a marriage. It's not a public conveyance.
A Severed Head (1961) 1919–99 English novelist:
- To keep your marriage brimming
With love in the loving cup,
Whenever you're wrong, admit it,
Whenever you're right, shut up.
1902–71 American humorist: ‘A Word to Husbands’ (1957)
- The great secret of a successful marriage is to treat all disasters as incidents and none of the incidents as disasters. 1886–1968 English diplomat, politician, and writer: attributed
- It doesn't much signify whom one marries, for one is sure to find next morning that it was someone else.
Table Talk of Samuel Rogers (1860) 1763–1855 English poet: Alexander Dyce (ed.)
- A young man married is a man that's marred.
All's Well that Ends Well (1603–4) act 2, sc. 3, l.  (Oxford Standard Authors ed.) 1564–1616 English dramatist:
- Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity.
Man and Superman (1903) ‘Maxims: Marriage’ 1856–1950 Irish dramatist:
- Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years.
Daily Mail 4 July 1978 1921–85 French actress: in
- My definition of marriage…it resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated; often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes between them.
Memoir (1855) vol. 1, ch. 11 1771–1845 English clergyman and essayist: Lady Holland
- Marriage is like life in this—that it is a field of battle, and not a bed of roses.
Virginibus Puerisque (1881) title essay, pt. 1 1850–94 Scottish novelist:
- The freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men.
Loving v. Virginia 1967 1891–1974 American Chief Justice: judgement in
- Marriage is the waste-paper basket of the emotions.
Autobiography (1967) 1859–1947 English socialist: Bertrand Russell
- In married life three is company and two none.
The Importance of Being Earnest (1895) act 1 1854–1900 Irish dramatist and poet:
- Marriage is a bribe to make a housekeeper think she's a householder.
The Merchant of Yonkers (1939) 1897–1975 American novelist and dramatist: