'My love, like a vine, clasps its tendrils about thee,
And desolate, lone, were my being without thee;
Oh, we'll walk hand in hand through life's changeable weather,
And when death's summons come, we'll obey it together!
~Florence Percy (Elizabeth Anne Chase Akers Allen, 1832–1911), "A Lullaby," Forest Buds, from the Woods of Maine, 1855
No, you cannot live on kisses,
Though the honeymoon is sweet,
Harken, brides, a true word this is,—
Even lovers have to eat.
~Louise Bennett Weaver and Helen Cowles LeCron, "June," A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband with Bettina's Best Recipes, 1917
What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life — to strengthen each other in all labour, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting? ~George Eliot (1819–1880), Adam Bede, 1859
May all good and grace attend her and him! ~A. Bronson Alcott [1860, wedding of Anna Alcott & John Pratt —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]
Love is a symbol of eternity. It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end. ~Author unknown
We have the greatest pre-nuptial agreement in the world. It's called love. ~Gene Perret
Love one another and you will be happy. It's as simple and as difficult as that. ~Michael Leunig
After all there is something about a wedding-gown prettier than in any other gown in the world. ~Douglas William Jerrold
I dreamed of a wedding of elaborate elegance,
A church filled with family and friends.
I asked him what kind of a wedding he wished for,
He said one that would make me his wife.
[W]hen you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible. ~Nora Ephron, When Harry Met Sally
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
Trip over love, you can get up. Fall in love and you fall forever. ~Author unknown
The bride and groom — May their joys be as bright as the morning, and their sorrows but shadows that fade in the sunlight of love. ~Minna Thomas Antrim, A Book of Toasts, 1902
My whole heart for my whole life. ~French saying used on poesy rings
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach...
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning, "Translations: Sonnets from the Portuguese," №. XLII, 1850
True love stories never have endings. ~Richard Bach
A hundred hearts would be too few
To carry all my love for you.
Many are the starrs I see, but in my eye no starr like thee. ~English saying used on poesy rings
Love puts the fun in together, the sad in apart, and the joy in a heart. ~Author unknown
Spouse: someone who'll stand by you through all the trouble you wouldn't have had if you'd stayed single. ~Author unknown
I 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
A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. ~Mignon McLaughlin
If two stand shoulder to shoulder against the gods,
Happy together, the gods themselves are helpless
Against them while they stand so.
The difficulty with marriage is that we fall in love with a personality, but must live with a character. ~Peter Devries
The Oriole weds his mottled mate,
The Lily weds the bee;
Heaven's marriage ring is round the earth,
Let me bind thee?
The highest happiness on earth is marriage. ~William Lyon Phelps
Love — a wildly misunderstood although highly desirable malfunction of the heart which weakens the brain, causes eyes to sparkle, cheeks to glow, blood pressure to rise and the lips to pucker. ~Author unknown
There comes a moment in the life of almost every man when, his heart beating like a Nasmyth hammer, with faltering voice and his brain in a whirl, he takes fate in his hands, and tremblingly asks one of the gentler sex to be his — wife. Some men there are — but how few! — who go into "popping the question" in a business-like way, that simply leaves romance out in the cold and Cupid freezing to death. But better the young fellows who propose in the red-hot flush of love. The master writers of fiction show us, that even though every girl is aware that her adorer is about the put the fateful question, she is seldom able to control her agitation and that even the "wee, sma' word," "Yes," is very difficult to pronounce. She says "Yes" with all the fervor that one word can convey coming direct from the heart. The noblest offer a man can make a woman is marriage, and woe to those who offer it lightly! The lamp lighted at the fateful moment spell-binds the young, and burns with radiance on into middle life. ~How Heroes of Fiction Propose and How Heroines Reply, 1890 [a little altered –tg]
Tell me how many beads there are
In a silver chain
Of evening rain,
Unravelled from the tumbling main,
And threading the eye of a yellow star: -
So many times do I love again.
~Thomas Lovell Beddoes
Ah me! love can not be cured by herbs. ~Ovid
I love thee — I love thee,
'Tis all that I can say
It is my vision in the night,
My dreaming in the day.
For you see, each day I love you more
Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.
Who, being loved, is poor? ~Oscar Wilde
Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place. ~Zora Neale Hurston
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
Let all thy joys be as the month of May,
And all thy days be as a marriage day.
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
Two souls, one heart. ~French saying used on poesy rings
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, 1595 [II, 2, Juliet]
There is no such cozy combination as man and wife. ~Menander
Think not because you are now wed
That all your courtship's at an end.
~Antonio Hurtado de Mendoza
One of the best things about marriage is that it gets young people to bed at a decent hour. ~M.M. Musselman
[Marriage] ...the deep, deep peace of the double-bed after the hurly-burly of the chaise-longue. ~Mrs Patrick Campbell
A happy marriage is a long conversation that always seems too short. ~Andre Maurois
Love me and the world is mine. ~David Reed
Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight. ~Phyllis Diller, Phyllis Diller's Housekeeping Hints, 1966