An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Marriage is like a besieged castle; those who are on the outside wish to get in; and those who are on the inside wish to get out.


Arabian Proverb (Sayings of Arabian origin)


A wise husband and a patient wife equal a peaceful home and a happy life.


Dutch Proverb (Sayings of Dutch origin)


Marriage is the sunset of love.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


Weeping bride, laughing wife, laughing bride, weeping wife.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


It's natural to have some disagreement between husband and wife.


Hungarian Proverb (Sayings of Hungarian origin)


Marriages are all happy -- it's having breakfast together that causes all the trouble.


Irish Proverb (Sayings of Irish origin)


Marriage without lovemaking means sad consequences and sorrow.


Maltese Proverb


It's a sad house where the hen crows louder than the cock.


Scottish Proverb (Sayings of Scottish origin)


Never marry for money. Ye'll borrow it cheaper.


Scottish Proverb (Sayings of Scottish origin)


The day you marry, it is either kill or cure.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


A husband and wife often fight intensely at one moment and then kiss intensely at the next moment.


Taiwanese Proverb


He who marries for money earns it.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


Your marriage moves toward a state of isolation. Unless you lovingly and energetically nurture your marriage, you will begin to drift away from your mate.


Dennis Rainey


Marriage is a lottery in which men stake their liberty and women their happiness.


Madame De Rieux


It doesn't much signify whom one marries, for one is sure to find out the next morning that it was someone else.


Will Rogers (1879-1935, American humorist, actor)


Always get married in the morning. That way if it doesn't work out, you haven't wasted the whole day.


Mickey Rooney (1920-, American actor)


Plant and your spouse plants with you; weed and you weed alone.


Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778, Swiss political philosopher, educationist, essayist)


A bride at her second marriage does not wear a veil. She wants to see what she is getting.


Helen Rowland (1875-1950, American journalist)


After marriage, a woman's sight becomes so keen that she can see right through her husband without looking at him, and a man's so dull that he can look right through his wife without seeing her.


Helen Rowland (1875-1950, American journalist)


Before marriage, a man will go home and lie awake all night thinking about something you said; after marriage, he'll go to sleep before you finish saying it.


Helen Rowland (1875-1950, American journalist)


Marriage is the miracle that transforms a kiss from a pleasure into a duty.


Helen Rowland (1875-1950, American journalist)


Marriage is the operation by which a woman's vanity and a man's egotism are extracted without an anaesthetic.


Helen Rowland (1875-1950, American journalist)


When a girl marries, she exchanges the attentions of all the other men of her acquaintance for the inattention of just one.


Helen Rowland (1875-1950, American journalist)


I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. They've experienced pain and bought jewelry.


Rita Rudner


Marriage is for women the commonest mode of livelihood, and the total amount of undesired sex endured by women is probably greater in marriage than in prostitution.


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


Nature admits of no permanence in the relation between man and woman. It is only man's egoism that wants to keep woman like some buried treasure. All endeavors to introduce permanence in love, the most changeable thing in this changeable human existence, have become shipwrecked in spite of religious ceremonies, vows, and legalities.


Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch


The horror of wedlock, the most appalling, the most loathsome of all the bonds humankind has devised for its own discomfort and degradation.


Marquis De Sade (1740-1814, French author)


It takes two to make a marriage a success and only one to make it a failure.


Herbert Samuel (1870-1963, British statesman, philosophical writer)


It is a woman's business to get married as soon as possible, and a man's to keep unmarried as long as he can.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


'Tis safest in matrimony to begin with a little aversion.


Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816, Anglo-Irish dramatist)


In our monogamous part of the world, to marry means to halve one's rights and double one's duties.


Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860, German philosopher)


To marry is to halve your rights and double your duties.


Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860, German philosopher)


A little weeping, a little wheedling, a little self-degradation, a little careful use of our advantages, and then some man will say ".Come, be my wife!" With good looks and youth marriage is easy to attain. There are men enough; but a woman who has sold herself, even for a ring and a new name, need hold her skirt aside for no creature in the street. They both earn their bread in one way. Marriage for love is the most beautiful external symbol of the union of souls; marriage without it is the least clean traffic that defiles the world.


Olive Schreiner


The world must be peopled. When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


There is no subject on which more dangerous nonsense is talked and thought than marriage.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


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 (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads sewing people together through the years. That is what makes a marriage last -- more than passion, or even sex!


Simone Signoret (1921-, French film actor)


All men make mistakes, but married men find out about them sooner.


Red Skelton (1913-, American comedian)


If a man truly wants to communicate with his wife, he must enter her world of emotions.


Gary Smalley


Marrying into money was not a good thing for me.


Anna Nicole Smith (1967-, American model, actress)


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, British writer, clergyman)


Married couples resemble a pair of scissors, often moving in opposite directions, yet punishing anyone who gets in between them.


Sydney Smith (1771-1845, British writer, clergyman)


By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you will become happy; and if you get a bad one, you will become a philosopher.


Socrates (BC 469-399, Greek philosopher of Athens)


Call no man unhappy until he is married.


Socrates (BC 469-399, Greek philosopher of Athens)


The concerts you enjoy together neighbors you annoy together children you destroy together that make marriage a joy


Stephen Sondheim (1930-, American composer, lyricist)


Marriage: A ceremony in which rings are put on the finger of the lady and through the nose of the gentleman.


Herbert Spencer (1820-1903, British philosopher)


The marriage state, with and without the affection suitable to it, is the completest image of Heaven and Hell we are capable of receiving in this life.


Sir Richard Steele (1672-1729, British dramatist, essayist, editor)


I was so cold the other day, I almost got married.


Shelley Winters (1920-, American actress)


Marriage is one long conversation, checkered by disputes.


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895, Scottish essayist, poet, novelist)


Once you are married, there is nothing for you, not even suicide, but to be good.


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895, Scottish essayist, poet, novelist)


We love in others what we lack in ourselves, and would be everything, but what we are.


Richard Henry Stoddard (1825-1903, American critic, poet)


Each coming together of man and wife, even if they have been mated for many years, should be a fresh adventure; each winning should necessitate a fresh wooing.


Marie Carmichael Stopes (1880-1958, British scientist, pioneer of birth control)


A happy marriage perhaps represents the ideal of human relationship -- a setting in which each partner, while acknowledging the need of the other, feels free to be what he or she by nature is: a relationship in which instinct as well as intellect can find expression; in which giving and taking are equal; in which each accepts the other, and I confronts Thou.


Anthony Storr (1920-, British psychiatrist)


Why does a woman work ten years to change a man's habits and then complain that he's not the man she married?


Barbara Streisand (1942-, American singer, actress, director)


Try praising your wife, even if it does frighten her at first.


William A. Sunday (1862-1935, American evangelist)


For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Matthew 22:30


Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: 1 Peter 3:7


Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave himself up for her.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Ephesians 5:25


Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Genesis 2:24


Who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor with the Lord.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


Love is blind -- marriage is the eye-opener.


Pauline Thomason


Both marriage and death ought to be welcome: The one promises happiness, doubtless the other assures it.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


A good marriage is like a casserole, only those responsible for it really know what goes in it.


Author Unknown


A marriage is a series of friendships. Love serves as its underlying theme. Friendships provide it with the new challenges around which the relationship further develops. Each type of friendship with ones partner comes into being, rises to a peak of enthusiasm, and then wanes away in our cedar chest of sentimental values. Every once in a while we go to the chest and draw out a friendship item to give us a shot in the arm. Then we put it away till another day.


Author Unknown


Any man who married for money and got it. Earned it.


Author Unknown


Choose your wife as you wish your children to be.


Author Unknown


Compromise: an amiable arrangement between husband and wife whereby they agree to let her have her own way.


Author Unknown


He believes that marriage and a career don't mix. So after the wedding he plans to quit his job.


Author Unknown


If it weren't for marriage, men and women would have to fight with total strangers.


Author Unknown


In the perfect wedlock, the man, I should say, is the head, but the woman the heart, with which he cannot dispense.


Author Unknown


Marital Freedom: The liberty that allows a husband to do exactly that which his wife pleases.


Author Unknown


Marriage is a three ring circus: engagement ring, wedding ring, and suffering.


Author Unknown


Marriage is an institution, but who wants to live in an institution?


Author Unknown


Marriage is like a hot bath. Once you get used to it, it's not so hot.


Author Unknown


Marriage is like a violin. After the music is over, you still have the strings.


Author Unknown


Marriage is low down, but you spend the rest of your life paying for it.


Author Unknown


Marriage isn't a word... it's a sentence.


Author Unknown


Marrying is easy, it's housework that's hard.


Author Unknown


No man was ever shot by his wife while doing the dishes.


Author Unknown


One of society's biggest problems today is that we've allowed relationships to be accepted as impermanent, particularly marriage.


Author Unknown


The man who says his wife can't take a joke forgets that she took him.


Author Unknown


The pretentiously named ensuite bathroom is a major factor in divorce. Privacy is paramount in marriage.


Author Unknown


Those that marry for money sell their liberty.


Author Unknown


Three things drive a man outdoors; smoke, a leaking roof and a scolding wife.


Author Unknown


Two souls and one thought, two hearts and one pulse.


Author Unknown


You'll repent if you marry, and repent if you don't.


Author Unknown


Every marriage tends to consist of an aristocrat and a peasant. Of a teacher and a learner.


John Updike (1932-, American novelist, critic)


Every marriage tends to consist of an aristocrat and a peasant. Of a teacher and a learner.


John Updike (1932-, American novelist, critic)


That a marriage ends is less than ideal; but all things end under heaven, and if temporality is held to be invalidating, then nothing real succeeds.


John Updike (1932-, American novelist, critic)


A marriage is no amusement but a solemn act, and generally a sad one.


Queen Victoria (1819-1901, British queen)


Being married gives one one's position like nothing else can.


Queen Victoria (1819-1901, British queen)


I think people really marry far too much; it is such a lottery after all, and for a poor woman a very doubtful happiness.


Queen Victoria (1819-1901, British queen)


Marriage is the only adventure open to the cowardly.


Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778, French historian, writer)


The bonds of matrimony are like any other bonds -- they mature slowly.


Peter De Vries (1910-1993, American author)


The difficulty with marriage is that we fall in love with a personality, but must live with a character.


Peter De Vries (1910-1993, American author)


The value of marriage is not that adults produce children, but that children produce adults.


Peter De Vries (1910-1993, American author)


Long engagements give people the opportunity of finding out each other's character before marriage, which is never advisable.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


It's not the men in my life that counts, it's the life in my men.


Mae West (1892-1980, American actress)


Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution.


Mae West (1892-1980, American actress)


I wonder, among all the tangles of this mortal coil, which one contains tighter knots to undo, and consequently suggests more tugging, and pain, and diversified elements of misery, than the marriage tie.


Edith Wharton (1862-1937, American author)


Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious; both are disappointed.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


On the whole, the great success of marriage in the States is due partly to the fact that no American man is ever idle, and partly to the fact that no American wife is considered responsible for the quality of her husband's dinners.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


The one charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


They flaunt their conjugal felicity in one's face, as if it were the most fascinating of sins.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


Twenty years of romance make a woman look like a ruin, but twenty years of marriage make her something like a public building.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


When a woman marries again it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck; men risk theirs.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


Marriage is a bribe to make a housekeeper think she's a householder.


Thornton Wilder (1897-1975, American novelist, playwright)


The best part of married life is the fights. The rest is merely so.


Thornton Wilder (1897-1975, American novelist, playwright)


Our marriage is like anybody's marriage, It goes through ups and downs. It's a little garden that you have to tend all the time. When we're home, it's not like we walk around all dolled up going, "We are celebrities! We are famous!" I change diapers. I clean up dog doo.


Bruce Willis (1955-, German-born American actor)


This would be a much better world if more married couples were as deeply in love as they are in debt.


Earl Wilson (1907-1987, American newspaper columnist)


Marriage isn't a process of prolonging the life of love, but of mummifying the corpse.


Sir P(elham) G(renville) Wodehouse (1881-1975, British novelist)


Marrying to increase love is like gaming to become rich; alas, you only lose what little stock you had before.


William Wycherley (1640-1716, British dramatist)


Any young man who is unmarried at the age of twenty one is a menace to the community.


Brigham Young (1801-1877, American Mormon leader)


Many marriages would be better if the husband and the wife clearly understood that they are on the same side.


Zig Ziglar (1926-, American sales trainer, author, motivational speaker)

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