A collection of quotes on and about marriage.


“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”

Friedrich Nietzche


“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


“The trouble is not that I am single and likely to stay single, but that I am lonely and likely to stay lonely.”

Charlotte Bronte


“And she's got brains enough for two, which is the exact quantity the girl who marries you will need.”

P.G. Wodehouse


"Men marry because they are tired, women, because they are curious: both are disappointed.”

Oscar Wilde


“Love, n. A temporary insanity curable by marriage.”

Ambrose Bierce


“After all these years, I see that I was mistaken about Eve in the beginning; it is better to live outside the Garden with her than inside it without her.”

Mark Twain


“When two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal, and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part.”

George Bernard Shaw


“One should always be in love. That's the reason one should never marry.”

Oscar Wilde


“There is one thing more exasperating than a wife who can cook and won't, and that's a wife who can't cook and will.”

Robert Frost


“People go on marrying because they can't resist natural forces, although many of them may know perfectly well that they are possibly buying a month's pleasure with a life's discomfort.”

Thomas Hardy


“I know what it is to live entirely for and with what I love best on earth. I hold myself supremely blest -- blest beyond what language can express; because I am my husband's life as fully as he is mine.”

Charlotte Bronte


“I wouldn't want to marry anybody who was wicked, but I think I'd like it if he could be wicked and wouldn't.”

L.M. Montgomery


“When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married.”

William Shakespeare


“Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.”

Oscar Wilde


“Marriage is not a process for prolonging the life of love, sir. It merely mummifies its corpse.”

P.G. Wodehouse


“As Unto the bow the the cord is ,
So unto the man is woman;
Though she bends him, she obeys him,
Though she draws him , yet she follows:
Useless each without the other.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


“One can be very much in love with a woman without wishing to spend the rest of one's life with her.”

W. Somerset Maugham


“To complain that I could only be married once was like complaining that I had only been born once.”

G.K. Chesterton


“If we be doomed to marry, we marry; if we be doomed to remain single we do.”

Thomas Hardy


“Let men tremble to win the hand of woman, unless they win along with it the utmost passion of her heart!”

Nathaniel Hawthorne


“My wife and I tried to breakfast together, but we had to stop or our marriage would have been wrecked.”

Winston Churchill


“There can be no disparity in marriage like unsuitability of mind and purpose.”

Charles Dickens