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Quotations for Wedding Anniversaries

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966, © Thomas Paine McLaughlin

What a happy and holy fashion it is that those who love one another should rest on the same pillow. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

The older I get, the less time I want to spend with the part of the human race that didn't marry me. ~Robert Brault,

...the sum which two married people owe to one another defies calculation. It is an infinite debt, which can only be discharged through all eternity. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Elective Affinities, translated

The arms of love encompass you with your present, your past, your future, the arms of love gather you together. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Southern Mail, 1929, translated from the French by Curtis Cate, 1971

Old love renewed again, through new motives to love, is certainly a thing lovely in itself, and desirable by all whose ambition and happiness it is to sit supreme in a single heart... ~Timothy Titcomb (Josiah Gilbert Holland), Gold-foil: Hammered from Popular Proverbs

Life was intended to be lived in twos... Would the bird sing half as sweetly did he not have his mate listening to him? A man's life is only half lived till he finds his mate to listen to his song of love. ~Etta Merrick Graves, The Castle Builder, 1916

The union of hearts and hands in holy wedlock has given birth to many luminous poetic effusions... Says our love-sick swain:
      "My heart to you is given,
      Oh, do give yours to me;
      We'll lock them up together,
      And throw away the key."
~Frederick Saunders, Salad for the Solitary, 1853

Once you find someone to share your ups and downs, downs are almost as good as ups. ~Robert Brault,

I prefer, where love's concerned, nonspecific anniversaries
that can be celebrated every day.
~Wisława Szymborska (1923–2012), "Possibilities," 1997, translated from the Polish by Clare Cavanagh and Stanisław Barańczak

But we loved with a love that was more than love... ~Edgar Allan Poe, "Annabel Lee," 1849

We have so few years.
Let us make them doubly sweet, these years we have—
Be gracious with each other—sway a little
To left or right if we must to stay together—
Never distrust each other... Let us make this our pact
Now... the very gods envy this happiness...
If two stand shoulder to shoulder against the gods,
Happy together, the gods themselves are helpless
Against them, while they stand so.
~Maxwell Anderson, Elizabeth the Queen, 1930

Lust is easy. Love is hard. Like is most important. ~Carl Reiner

Our Sweethearts
Our Wives
~Herbert Dickinson Ward, Lauriel: The Love Letters of an American Girl, 1901

More important than how your day goes is having someone in your life to ask how it went. ~Robert Brault,

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other. ~Audrey Hepburn (1929–1993)

I need so much the quiet of your love,
      After the day's loud strife;
I need your calm all other things above,
      After the stress of life.
I crave the haven that in your dear heart lies,
      After all toil is done;
I need the starshine of your heavenly eyes,
      After the day's great sun!
~Charles Hanson Towne, "At Nightfall," The Quiet Singer and Other Poems, 1908

...the two biggest little words in the English language, "I DO!" ~James Vincent, Space Traveler: A Musician's Odyssey, 2003

...there's no such cozy combination... as is Man and Wife. ~Menander (c.342–c.292 BCE), translated by Francis G. Allinson, 1921

A happy marriage is a long conversation that always seems too short. ~André Maurois, I Remember, I Remember, 1942, translated from the French by Denver and Jane Lindley

l love being married. It's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life. ~Rita Rudner, I Still Have It… I Just Can't Remember Where I Put It: Confessions of a Fiftysomething, 2008,

The highest happiness on earth is marriage. ~William Lyon Phelps

Let's be a comfortable couple and take care of each other... how glad we shall be that we have somebody we are fond of always to talk to and sit with! ~Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby, 1839

Before marriage figures of speech and real flowers will do; after marriage real figures and flowers of speech are the thing. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1904, George Horace Lorimer, editor

The surest measure of the things that really matter in life is that they generate anniversaries and reunions. ~Robert Brault,

We're all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness — and call it love — true love. ~Robert Fulghum, True Love

There are couples a matchmaker would match every time — and couples who, for no rhyme or reason, rhyme. ~Robert Brault,

When God is thundering the last world into oblivion,
And quenching the farthest star,
And putting blackness around,
We two will cling to each other.
~Mary Carolyn Davies, "Love-songs," 1915

A partner is someone who makes you more than you are, simply by being by your side. ~Albert Kim

Marry someone who looks sexy while disappointed. ~"Phil's-osophy" by Phil Dunphy (Christopher Lloyd, Steven Levitan, and Dan O'Shannon, Modern Family, "Schooled," original airdate 2012 Oct 10)

The sunset put the sky afire
And made the ocean marvelous;
But fiercer was the fire in us,
The fire of our desire.
~John Robinson Jeffers, "Morgengabe"

As important as shared memories is the silent agreement that certain things never happened. ~Robert Brault,

You have to walk carefully in the beginning of love. The running across fields into your lover's arms can only come later when you're sure they won't laugh if you trip. ~Jonathan Carroll, Outside the Dog Museum, 1992

My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.
~William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, c.1594  [II, 2, Juliet]

Without love, what are we worth? Eighty-nine cents! Eighty-nine cents worth of chemicals walking around lonely. ~M*A*S*H, "Love Story," 1973, written by Laurence Marks  [S1, E14, Hawkeye]

Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction. ~Antoine de Saint Exupéry, Wind, Sand and Stars, 1939, translated from the French by Lewis Galantière, 1967

After the chills and fever of love, how nice is the 98.6º of marriage! ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1963

One thing you learn in a long marriage is how many sneezes to wait before saying, "Bless you." ~Robert Brault,

He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began. ~Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, 1877, translated by Constance Garnett

1st Anniversary. —
You took me in your arms this morning, on the anniversary of our first wedding-day, and made me the beautiful wedding-gift of being a bride another year. Ah, dearest, we have poured our love at each other's feet, and the incense of our sacred happiness must have arisen to the throne of God. A love that has borne holy fruit. Who dares say that the soul is not immortal? If love is everlasting, life must be not less so. You are my life and the fulness thereof is dedicated to you. Night after night I have lain awake, too happy to sleep — and morning after morning I have pretended sleep for the joy of being awakened by your tender kiss. What perfect companionship has been ours! What glorious sport in surmounting each difficulty as it arose together. You are mine, and I love you. ~Laura L. Livingstone (Herbert Dickinson Ward), Lauriel: The Love Letters of an American Girl, 1901  [a little altered —tg]

25th Anniversary. —
Twenty-five years of happiness known.
A very long time, yet so quickly it's flown!
It's nice to remember the good times we've had,
and leave in the past any things that were bad.
~Norman Wesley Brooks, "From Your Loving Husband on Our Silver Anniversary," 1967

25th Anniversary. —
Love seems the swiftest but is the slowest of all growths. No man and woman really know what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century. ~Mark Twain

50th Anniversary. —
So swiftly have the years sped by
      Since our hearts were young and gay,
      That it is hard to realize,
      Even though our hair is gray,
That it was fifty years ago
      When we took that sacred vow
      To cherish and love each other;
      And we have from then till now!
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham (1880–1971), "Our Golden Wedding," 1953

50th Anniversary. —
Happiness and pain and sorrow
      Were our portions through the years
      That we two have lived together;
      But love helped to dry all tears.
And my heart gives me this message,
      Knowing all that I know now,
      If the clock could be turned backward,
      I'd still take that holy vow!
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham (1880–1971), "Our Golden Wedding," 1953

50th Anniversary. —
Gold crushed from the quartz of a crystal life,
Gold hammered with blows of human strife,
Gold burnt in the love of man and wife,
      Till it is pure as the very flame:
Gold that the miser will not have,
Gold that is good beyond the grave,
Gold that the patient and the brave
      Amass, neglecting praise and blame.
~Sidney Lanier, "The Golden Wedding of Sterling and Sarah Lanier," September 27, 1868, by the Eldest Grandson

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