This is not a ‘Love is…’. We present to you a new series: our favorite quotes that vividly describe what’s so special about being married. This is Part 1.
People have been pondering the meaning of marriage and commitment since the beginning of time.
What should it feel like to be married?
What does your spouse mean to you?
Answers keep bubbling up. For example, you’ll probably have one answer on your wedding day; perhaps a different answer when you come home after a very long day; and maybe yet another one on the day your first child is born.
We watch movies, read books, and talk to others. Sometimes it helps to live through the experience of others.
And here’s what others have said about marriage.
Marriage is a very long conversation.
“When marrying you should ask yourself this question: do you believe you are going to enjoy talking with this woman into your old age? Everything else in a marriage is transitory, but most of the time that you’re together will be devoted to conversation. ― Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human: A Book for Free Spirits.
“Marriage is those two thousand indistinguishable conversations, chatted over two thousand indistinguishable breakfasts, where intimacy turns like a slow wheel. How do you measure the worth of becoming that familiar to somebody—so utterly well known and so thoroughly ever-present that you become an almost invisible necessity, like air? ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage.
“I am filled with gratitude at the astonishing fact of being married to someone I enjoy talking to, someone with whom I can’t imagine running out of things to say. ―
“I have a million things to talk to you about. All I want in this world is you. I want to see you and talk. I want the two of us to begin everything from the beginning.” ― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood
“We fell straight into conversation when we met, and we haven’t come to the end of that conversation yet“. ― Anonymous
“When did I first experience the exquisite sense of surrender that is only possible with another person? The peace of mind one experiences on one’s own, the certainty of self in the serenity of solitude, are nothing in comparison to the release and openness and fluence one shares with another. ― Anonymous
“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.
“He was perfectly capable of looking after himself, although after his marriage he had lost the knack for it. He missed the comfort of all the small things Charlotte did for him, but these were nothing compared to the loneliness. There was no one to talk to, with whom to share his feelings, to laugh, or to simply speak of the day. Peace was not peace anymore, it was simply silence. ― Anne Perry, Half Moon Street.
“Everything I do is a love letter addressed to you. ― Tayari Jones, An American Marriage.
“Maybe being married is talking to oneself with one’s other self listening.” ― Ruth Rendell
“I know who I married. You’re in me. When I touch you, your flesh communicates with my bones.” ―