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Quotations for Weddings,
Wedding Engagements,
Commitment Ceremonies, etc.

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

So wanders this young couple on the threshold of life, full of hopes and wild wishes, and dreamy speculations... The world is very bright with them, and the rosy sky above them sets their hearts leaping... Flowers are strewn about their path, and fat little Cupids whisper in their ears, and there is a church spire telling of matrimony... These lovers belong not to real life — they are under the spell. ~Frederick William Robinson, Under the Spell, 1870  [modified —tg]

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

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

May all good and grace attend her and him! ~A. Bronson Alcott  [1860, wedding of Anna Alcott & John Pratt —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

After all, there's something about a wedding gown, prettier than in any other gown in the world. ~Douglas Jerrold, The Wedding Gown: A Comedy in Two Acts, 1834

...when 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…, 1989

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, translated from French by Lewis Galantière

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

Oh the earth was made for lovers, for damsel, and hopeless swain,
For sighing, and gentle whispering, and unity made of twain.
All things do go a courting, in earth or sea, or air,
God hath made nothing single but thee in His world so fair!
The bride and then the bridegroom, the two, and then the one,
Adam, and Eve, his consort, the moon and then the sun...
The bee doth court the flower, the flower his suit receives,
And they make a merry wedding, whose guests are hundred leaves;
The wind doth woo the branches, the branches they are won...
The wave with eye so pensive, looketh to see the moon,
Their spirits meet together, they make them solemn vows,
No more he singeth mournful, her sadness she doth lose...
Night unto day is married, morn unto eventide;
Earth is a merry damsel, and heaven a knight so true...
~Emily Dickinson, 1850

Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be...
~Robert Browning

How many a night I have looked out of the window upon a star, praying that I might be uplifted toward it, out of the pretty whirl that engulfs so many of the best of us! Then you came, — you plucked the star of my dreams and kissed it on my finger, — and my eyes are fixed upon its ruby heart, and always will be, until death. For you have taken to your life a girl who only lives by the heart, and her heart is yours. ~Laura L. Livingstone (Herbert Dickinson Ward), Lauriel: The Love Letters of an American Girl, 1901

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

All commands from your lips are sweet, I say, and now have you not said the sweetest of all? Marry you...! ~Byron Caldwell Smith (1849–1877), letter to Kate Stephens (1853–1938)

How sure I feel, how warm and strong and happy
For the future! How sure the future is within me;
I am like a seed with a perfect flower enclosed...
~D. H. Lawrence, "Wedlock"

...I am so happy,
I feel like a firm, rich, healthy root,
Rejoicing in what is to come.
How I depend on you utterly...
How everything that will be, will not be of me,
Nor of either of us,
But of both of us.
~D. H. Lawrence, "Wedlock"

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

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

A kiss, and all was said. ~Victor Hugo, Les Misérables, 1862

Who, being loved, is poor? ~Oscar Wilde

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

Live happy; may thy joys be never done,
But let one blessing draw another on.
O may thy better Angel watch and ward
Thy Soul; and pitch an everlasting guard
About the Portals of thy tender heart,
And shower down blessings whereso'er thou art.
Let all the joys be as the month of May,
And all thy days be as a marriage day:
Let sorrow, sickness, and a troubled mind
Be strangers to thee; let them never find
Thy heart at home...
~Francis Quarles, Argalus and Parthenia, 1629

A chap ort t' save a few o' th' long evenings he spends with his girl till after they're married. ~Kin Hubbard

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

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, 1997

Hours fly,
Flowers die:
New days,
New ways:
Pass by!
Love stays.

Time is
Too Slow for those who Wait,
Too Swift for those who Fear,
Too Long for those who Grieve,
Too Short for those who Rejoice;
But for those who Love,
Time is not.
~Henry Van Dyke, "Katrina's Sun-Dial," Music and Other Poems, 1904

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]

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]

Love me and the world is mine. ~David Reed and Ernest R. Ball

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

Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century. ~Mark Twain

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