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date: 18 October 2019


  1. I married beneath me, all women do.
    Nancy Astor 1879–1964 American-born British Conservative politician: in Dictionary of National Biography 1961–1970 (1981)
  2. 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.
    W. H. Auden 1907–73 English poet: A Certain World (1970)
  3. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
    Jane Austen 1775–1817 English novelist: Pride and Prejudice (1813) ch. 1
  4. 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.
    The Book of Common Prayer 1662: Solemnization of Matrimony Betrothal
  5. Still I can't contradict, what so oft has been said,
    ‘Though women are angels, yet wedlock's the devil.’
    Lord Byron 1788–1824 English poet: ‘To Eliza’ (1806)
  6. 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.
    Sammy Cahn 1913–93 American songwriter: ‘Love and Marriage’ (1955 song)
  7. The deep, deep peace of the double-bed after the hurly-burly of the chaise-longue.
    on her recent marriage
    Mrs Patrick Campbell 1865–1940 English actress: Alexander Woollcott While Rome Burns (1934) ‘The First Mrs Tanqueray’
  8. Marriage is a wonderful invention; but, then again, so is a bicycle repair kit.
    Billy Connolly 1942–  Scottish comedian: Duncan Campbell Billy Connolly (1976)
  9. The heart of marriage is memories.
    Bill Cosby 1937–  American comedian, actor, and producer: Love and Marriage (1989)
  10. Marriage isn't a word…it's a sentence!
    The Crowd 1928 film: written by King Vidor (1895–1982)
  11. The value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults.
    Peter De Vries 1910–93 American novelist and humorist: The Tunnel of Love (1954) ch. 8
  12. There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.
    Diana, Princess of Wales 1961–97 British princess: interview on Panorama, BBC1 TV, 20 November 1995
  13. I have always thought that every woman should marry, and no man.
    Benjamin Disraeli 1804–81 British Tory statesman and novelist; Prime Minister 1868, 1874–80: Lothair (1870)
  14. The chains of marriage are so heavy that it takes two to bear them, and sometimes three.
    Alexandre Dumas (‘Dumas fils’) 1824–95 French writer: Léon Treich L'Esprit d'Alexandre Dumas
  15. 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.
    George Eliot 1819–80 English novelist: Middlemarch (1871–2) bk. 2, ch. 20
  16. 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
    Elizabeth II 1926–  British monarch, Queen of the United Kingdom from 1952: in Times 21 November 1972
  17. Most marriages don't add two people together. They subtract one from the other.
    Ian Fleming 1908–64 English thriller writer: Diamonds are Forever (1956)
  18. Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.
    Benjamin Franklin 1706–90 American politician, inventor, and scientist: Poor Richard's Almanack (1738)
  19. The problem with marriage is that it ends every night after making love, and it must be rebuilt every morning before breakfast.
    Gabriel García Márquez 1927–2014 Colombian novelist: Love in the Time of Cholera (1985)
  20. Always remember that the most important thing in a good marriage is not happiness, but stability.
    Gabriel García Márquez 1927–2014 Colombian novelist: Love in the Time of Cholera (1985)
  21. Do you think your mother and I should have lived comfortably so long together, if ever we had been married?
    John Gay 1685–1732 English poet and dramatist: The Beggar's Opera (1728) act 1, sc. 8
  22. 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.
    Kahlil Gibran 1883–1931 Lebanese-born American writer and painter: The Prophet (1923) ‘On Marriage’
  23. I am your clay.
    You are my clay.
    In life we share a single quilt.
    In death we will share one coffin.
    Guan Daosheng (Kuan Tao-sheng) 1262–1319 Chinese painter and poet: ‘Married Love’
  24. 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.
    A. P. Herbert 1890–1971 English writer and humorist: in News Chronicle, 1940
  25. Hogamus, higamous
    Man is polygamous
    Higamus, hogamous
    Woman monogamous.
    William James 1842–1910 American philosopher: in Oxford Book of Marriage (1990)
  26. The triumph of hope over experience.
    of a man who remarried immediately after the death of a wife with whom he had been unhappy
    Samuel Johnson 1709–84 English poet, critic, and lexicographer: James Boswell Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) 1770
  27. Marriage is one long fit of compromise, deep and wide.
    Barbara Kingsolver 1955–  American writer: The Poisonwood Bible (1998) bk. 5 ‘Exodus’
  28. 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 1907–63 British poet, born in Belfast: ‘Les Sylphides’ (1941)
  29. A happy marriage is a long conversation that always seems too short.
    André Maurois 1885–1967 French writer: Memoirs (1970) pt. 2, ch. 22
  30. There's boy jobs and girl jobs.
    Theresa May 1956–  British Conservative stateswoman, Prime Minister from 2016: interview, The One Show BBC TV 9 May 2017
  31. One doesn't have to get anywhere in a marriage. It's not a public conveyance.
    Iris Murdoch 1919–99 English novelist: A Severed Head (1961)
  32. 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 1902–71 American humorist: ‘A Word to Husbands’ (1957)
  33. The great secret of a successful marriage is to treat all disasters as incidents and none of the incidents as disasters.
    Harold Nicolson 1886–1968 English diplomat, politician, and writer: attributed
  34. It doesn't much signify whom one marries, for one is sure to find next morning that it was someone else.
    Samuel Rogers 1763–1855 English poet: Alexander Dyce (ed.) Table Talk of Samuel Rogers (1860)
  35. A young man married is a man that's marred.
    William Shakespeare 1564–1616 English dramatist: All's Well that Ends Well (1603–4) act 2, sc. 3, l. [315] (Oxford Standard Authors ed.)
  36. Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity.
    George Bernard Shaw 1856–1950 Irish dramatist: Man and Superman (1903) ‘Maxims: Marriage’
  37. Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years.
    Simone Signoret 1921–85 French actress: in Daily Mail 4 July 1978
  38. 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.
    Sydney Smith 1771–1845 English clergyman and essayist: Lady Holland Memoir (1855) vol. 1, ch. 11
  39. Marriage is like life in this—that it is a field of battle, and not a bed of roses.
    Robert Louis Stevenson 1850–94 Scottish novelist: Virginibus Puerisque (1881) title essay, pt. 1
  40. 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.
    Earl Warren 1891–1974 American Chief Justice: judgement in Loving v. Virginia 1967
  41. Marriage is the waste-paper basket of the emotions.
    Sidney Webb 1859–1947 English socialist: Bertrand Russell Autobiography (1967)
  42. In married life three is company and two none.
    Oscar Wilde 1854–1900 Irish dramatist and poet: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895) act 1
  43. Marriage is a bribe to make a housekeeper think she's a householder.
    Thornton Wilder 1897–1975 American novelist and dramatist: The Merchant of Yonkers (1939)