“A dream you dream alone is only a dream; A dream you dream together, that is reality.”
“Marriage is perhaps the most vital of all decisions and has the most far reaching effects, for it has to do not only with immediate happiness, but eternal joys as well.”
-Spencer W. Kimball
“Love is a partnership of two unique people who bring out the very best in each other and who know that even though they are wonderful as individuals, they are even better together.”
“Marriage is a dance between two people, to a song they hold in their hearts, whose melody may at times be a whisper, yet never fades away.”
“We are a work in progress with a lifetime contract.”
“Ultimately there comes a time when a decision must be made. Ultimately two people who love each other must ask themselves how much they hope for as their love grows and deepens, and how much risk they are willing to take. It is indeed a fearful gamble. Because it is the nature of love to create, a marriage itself is something which has to be created. To marry is the biggest risk in human relations that a person can take. If we commit ourselves to one person for life this is not, as many people think, a rejection of freedom; rather it demands the courage to move into all the risks of freedom, and the risk of love which is permanent; into that love which is not possession, but participation. It takes a lifetime to learn another person. When love is not possession, but participation, then it is part of that co-creation which is our human calling.”
-Madeleine L’Engle, from The Irrational Season.
“A strong marriage requires loving your spouse, even in those moments when they aren’t being lovable; it means believing in them even when they struggle to believe in themselves.”
“In the enriching of marriage the big things are the little things. It is a constant appreciation for each other and a thoughtful demonstration of gratitude. It is the encouraging and the helping of each other to grow. Marriage is a joint quest for the good, the beautiful, and the divine.”
-James L. Faust
“Marriage is about becoming a team. You’re going to spend the rest of your life learning about each other, and every now and then, things blow up. But the beauty of marriage is that if you picked the right person and you both love each other, you’ll always figure out a way to get through it.”
-Nicholas Sparks, At First Sight.
“True love stands by each others’ side on good days and stands even closer on bad days.”
“When the roots are deep, there is no reason to fear the wind.”
“A great relationship doesn’t happen because of the love you had in the beginning, but how well you continue building love until the end.”
“Marriage is not 50-50; Divorce is 50-50. Marriage has to be 100-100. It isn’t dividing everything in half, but giving everything you’ve got!”
“A happy marriage is about three things: memories of togetherness, forgiveness of mistakes, and a promise to never give up on each other.”
And a little humor….
“My wife Mary and I have been married for forty-seven years and not once have we had an argument serious enough to consider divorce; murder, yes, but divorce, never.”
And my personal favorite…