Read these 50 inspirational marriage quotes to foster a long and happy marriage, or author a meaningful and genuine wedding speech, toast, or card. 

The short and sweet marriage quotes are positive and not pessimistic, meaningful and not sappy, and encouraging, not sarcastic.

Additionally, we have only listed marriage quotes that are non-religious and non-gender specific. Enjoy!

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50 inspirational marriage quotes

For better or for worse. For richer or poorer.

The traditional vows given at a wedding ceremony are deeply meaningful and solemn. But there are many other quotes on marriage and love that you can incorporate into your vow or wedding speech.

We did a round-up the fifty best marriage quotes about love and relationships. These are perfect for a wedding speech or wedding toast, along with well-wishes for the couple or in an anniversary card.

Additionally, just as these movies can improve your marriage, so can these positive marriage quotes. We recommend reading them together as a couple and discussing your favorites.

Truthfully, during our search far too many quotes on love are cynical or pessimistic. Having been married ourselves since 2017, we found the quotes that resonated most with us and spread positivity, guidance, and insight.

We incorporated quotes from proverbs from around the world, a few from our favorite singers and movies, and from the writings of influential poets and authors like Shakespeare, Poe, and Bronte.

Enjoy reading these timeless and inspirational marriage quotes. For more on marriage, check out our articles below on

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Short Marriage Quotes about Love

1. “Love is like a friendship caught on fire.” — Bruce Lee

2. “We loved with a love that was more than love.” — Edgar Allan Poe

3. “There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.” — Fredrich Nietzche

4. “It is love that makes the impossible, possible.” — Indian Proverb

5. “To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.” — Lao Tzu

6. “Love is a fire that feeds our life.” — Pablo Neruda

7. “Let your love be like the misty rain, coming softly but flooding the river.” — Liberian Proverb

8. “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” — Dr. Seuss

9. “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach.” — Elizabeth Barrett Browning

10. “Love doesn’t make the world go ’round; love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” — Franklin P. Jones

11. “One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life. That word is love.” — Sophocles

12. “There is only one happiness in life: to love and be loved.” — George Sand

13. “No one has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.” — Zelda Fitzgerald

14. “The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.” — Mother Teresa

15. “There is no remedy for love but to love more.” — Henry David Thoreau

QUotes about Marriage

16. “A happy marriage is a long conversation that always seems too short.” — Andres Marois

17. “Marriage is a mosaic you build with your spouse. Millions of tiny moments that create your love story.” — Jennifer Smith

18. “Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years.” — Simon Signoret

19. “Marriage is like a golden ring in a chain, whose beginning is a glance and whose ending is eternity.” — Kahlil Gibran

20. “The sum which two married people owe to one another defies calculation. It is an infinite debt, which can only be discharged through eternity.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

21. “Marriage is our last, best chance to grow up.” — Joseph Barth

22. “Love is a flower which turns into fruit at marriage.” — Finnish Proverb

23. “Once upon a time, I became yours, and you became mine. And we’ll stay together through the tears and the laughter because that’s what they call happily-ever-after.” — Kathy R. Jeffords

Advice ON Marriage QUotes

24. “Be presidents of each other’s fan clubs.” — Tony Heath

25. “A great marriage isn’t something that just happens; it’s something that must be created.” — Fawn Weaver

26. “Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate.” — Barnett R. Brickner

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

28. “The love we give is the only love we keep.” — Elbert Hubbard

29. “Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupery

30. “Fortune and love favor the brave.” — Ovid

31. “Time is very slow for those who wait. Very fast for those who are scared. Very long for those who lament. Very short for those who celebrate. But for those who love, time is eternal.” — William Shakespeare

32. “To be brave is to love someone unconditionally, without expecting anything in return. To just give; that takes courage.” — Madonna

33. “The more you invest in a marriage, the more valuable it becomes.” — Amy Grant

Marriage is Hard QUotes

34. “Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.” — Ursula K. Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven

35. “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” — Henry Ford

36. “Forgiveness is the final form of love.” — Reinhold Niebuhr

37. “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain!” — Dolly Parton

38. “Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.” — Jim Rohn

39. “What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility.” — George Levinger

40. “The great secret of successful marriage is to treat all disasters as incidents and none of the incidents as disasters.” — Harold George Nicolson

Romantic Marriage QUotes

41. “If I had a flower for every time I thought of you… I could walk through my garden forever.” — Alfred Tennyson

42. “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” — Emily Bronte

43. “Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.” — Rumi

44. “At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.” — Plato

45. “When you trip over love, it is easy to get up. But when you fall in love, it is impossible to stand again.” — Albert Einstein

46. “We never live so intensely as when we love strongly. We never realize ourselves so vividly as when we are in full glow of love for others.” — Walter Rauschenbusch

47. “In a great romance, each person plays a part the other really likes.” — Elizabeth Ashley

Marriage Quotes from Movies

48. “You need to be kissed. Often. And by someone who knows how.” — Gone With the Wind

49. “People do fall in love. People do belong to each other, because that’s the only chance that anyone’s got for true happiness.” — Breakfast at Tiffany’s

50. “It was a million tiny things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together, and I knew it. I knew it the first time I touched her. It was like coming home, only to no home I’d ever known.” — Sleepless in Seattle

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