We talk about love a lot… But what’s so special about being married?
Well, duh. So many things! It’s a decision and a choice, it’s the path to meet your common goals, it’s every tomorrow you will wake up together. It’s building something solid out of a partnership. It’s a deeply held wish that is finally coming true.
Want to put love and marriage into perfect words?
It doesn’t have to sound cheesy. We’ve collected a few poignant, uplifting, and heartwarming quotes for your reading pleasure. Feel free to use them for your vows, readings, speeches, toasts, wedding wishes, or even anniversary cards.
“Some people don’t understand the promises they’re making when they make them,” I said.
“Right, of course. But you keep the promise anyway. That’s what love is.
Love is keeping the promise anyway.” ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
“Happily ever after, or even just together ever after, is not cheesy. It’s the noblest, most courageous thing two people can shoot for.” ― Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl
“The bond forged between us… could not be broken by absence, distance, or time. And no matter how much more special or beautiful or brilliant or perfect than me he might be, he was as irreversibly altered as I was. As I would always belong to him, so would he always be mine.” ― Stephanie Meyer, New Moon
“Every atom of your flesh is as dear to me as my own: in pain and sickness it would still be dear.” ― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
“I will love you always. When this red hair is white, I will still love you. When the smooth softness of youth is replaced by the delicate softness of age, I will still want to touch your skin. When your face is full of the lines of every smile you have ever smiled, of every surprise I have seen flash through your eyes, when every tear you have ever cried has left its mark upon your face, I will treasure you all the more, because I was there to see it all. I will share your life with you, and I will love you until the last breath leaves your body or mine.” ― Laurell K. Hamilton, A Lick of Frost
“I want morning and noon and nightfall with you. I want your tears, your smiles, your kisses…the smell of your hair, the taste of your skin, the touch of your breath on my face. I want to see you in the final hour of my life…to lie in your arms as I take my last breath.” ― Lisa Kleypas, Again the Magic
“It was a vow we made those long years ago. Neither of us spoke of it afterwards, but it hung between us like a spider web, fragile and easy to break, but darn hard to shed once the threads took hold.” ― Cassie Dandridge Selleck, The Pecan Man
“…We must say to ourselves something like this: ‘When Jesus looked down from the cross, he didn’t think “I am giving myself to you because you are so attractive to me.” No, he was in agony, and he looked down at us – denying him, abandoning him, and betraying him – and in the greatest act of love in history, he STAYED. He said, “Father, forgive them, they don’t know what they are doing.” He loved us, not because we were lovely to him, but to make us lovely. That is how I am going to love my spouse.’ ― Timothy Keller, The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God
“Marriage does not depend on falling in love; it depends on the promises you make to each other in your wedding vows and then spend a lifetime keeping. As many people have pointed out, you can’t promise how you’ll feel. But you can promise to cultivate a virtue, such as the virtue of love. ― Phillip Cary, Good News for Anxious Christians: Ten Practical Things You Don’t Have to Do
Looking for more inspiration to celebrate partnership and marriage? Check out Part 2: Marriage Is… a Long Conversation.
“Are you upset little friend? Have you been lying awake worrying? Well, don’t worry…I’m here. The flood waters will recede, the famine will end, the sun will shine tomorrow, and I will always be here to take care of you.” ― Charles M. Schulz
in the afterglow of an evening rain
i lay down in the grass
and think of you
my body aches like an after-kiss
breaking in soft fires and wildflowers
my dear, i will always be
this tender for you.” ― Sanober Khan, A Thousand Flamingos
“I ask the impossible: love me forever.
Love me when all desire is gone.
Love me with the single mindedness of a monk.
When the world in its entirety, and all that you hold sacred
advise you against it: love me still more.
When rage fills you and has no name: love me.
When each step from our door tires you — love me;
and every step to home again, love me, love me.
Love me when you’re bored–
when every woman you see is more beautiful than the last,
love me as you always have: not as admirer or judge,
but with the compassion you save for yourself in your solitude.
Love me as you relish your loneliness, the anticipation of your death,
mysteries of the flesh, as it tears and mends.
Love me as your most treasured childhood memory–
and if there is none to recall — imagine one, place me there with you.
Love me withered as you loved me new. Love me as if I were forever.
And I will make the impossible — a simple act, by loving you,
of loving you as I do” ― Ana Castillo, I Ask the Impossible
“You are the one girl that made me risk everything for a future worth having.” ― Simone Elkeles, Perfect Chemistry
“It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.” ― Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
“The future for me is already a thing of the past –
You were my first love and you will be my last” ― Bob Dylan
“He loved her, of course, but better than that, he chose her, day after day. Choice: that was the thing.” ― Sherman Alexie, The Toughest Indian in the World
“You don’t take away my choices. You are my choice.” ― Colleen Houck
Seriously pondering marriage? Check out Is He or She the *One*?