“I knew of a man who was defeated by just about everything. He failed in business back in 1831. He was defeated for the legislature in 1832, failed in business again in 1833, was elected to the legislature in 1834. His sweetheart died in 1835. He had a nervous breakdown in 1836, was defeated for speaker in 1838, defeated for land officer in 1843, defeated for Congress in 1843, elected to Congress in 1846, defeated for reelection in 1848, defeated for the Senate in 1855, defeated for vice-president in 1856, and defeated for the Senate in 1858.”
“This man didn’t quit either. He was elected president in 1860.”
“His name was Abraham Lincoln.” ~ from Treasure Mountain by Louis L’Amour.

“One of the penalties of not participating in politics is that you will be governed by your inferiors.”
~ Plato

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”
~ Alan Watts

“So I say to you, Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.”
~Jesus Christ

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“All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.” ~ Dalai Lama

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” ~ Dalai Lama

“Disagreement is something normal.” ~ Dalai Lama

“Even when a person has all of life’s comforts – good food, good shelter, a companion – he or she can still become unhappy when encountering a tragic situation.” ~ Dalai Lama

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” ~ Dalai Lama

“Home is where you feel at home and are treated well.” ~ Dalai Lama

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” ~ Dalai Lama

“Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open.” ~ Dalai Lama

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” ~ Dalai Lama

“The best way to resolve any problem in the human world is for all sides to sit down and talk.” ~ Dalai Lama

“The important thing is that men should have a purpose in life. It should be something useful, something good.” ~ Dalai Lama
“Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.” ~ Dalai Lama

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“He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

“He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

“He who wishes to be rich in a day will be hanged in a year.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

“I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

“Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation… even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

“Learning never exhausts the mind.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

“Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

“The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

“The truth of things is the chief nutriment of superior intellects.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

“Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

“Who sows virtue reaps honor.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

“You do ill if you praise, but worse if you censure, what you do not understand.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

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“A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends.” ~ George Washington

“Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.” ~ George Washington

“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.” ~ George Washington

“Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.” ~ George Washington

“There is nothing which can better deserve your patronage, than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.” ~ George Washington

“True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation.” ~ George Washington

“Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.” ~ George Washington

“We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.” ~ George Washington

“Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.” ~ George Washington

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“A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“An injured friend is the bitterest of foes.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“Be polite to all, but intimate with few.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“Delay is preferable to error.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“Don’t talk about what you have done or what you are going to do.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“He who knows best knows how little he knows.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“I never will, by any word or act, bow to the shrine of intolerance or admit a right of inquiry into the religious opinions of others.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“Never spend your money before you have earned it.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“One man with courage is a majority.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“Truth is certainly a branch of morality and a very important one to society.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

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“A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every New Year find you a better man.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Beauty and folly are old companions.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Buy what thou hast no need of and ere long thou shalt sell thy necessities.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Creditors have better memories than debtors.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Diligence is the mother of good luck.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Distrust and caution are the parents of security.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged, by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions, even on important subjects, which I once thought right but found to be otherwise.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“He that won’t be counseled can’t be helped.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion about the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“If you know how to spend less than you get, you have the philosopher’s stone.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“If you would be loved, love, and be lovable.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“In my youth, I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Marriage is the most natural state of man, and… the state in which you will find solid happiness.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Never confuse motion with action.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Rather go to bed without dinner than to rise in debt.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Remember that credit is money.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Speak ill of no man, but speak all the good you know of everybody.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“There are three faithful friends – an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Well done is better than well said.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Who had deceived thee so often as thyself?” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Wise men don’t need advice. Fools won’t take it.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“You can bear your own faults, and why not a fault in your wife?” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

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“Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.” ~ Aldous Huxley

“Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.”
Aldous Huxley

“I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.” ~ Aldous Huxley

“It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one’s life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than ‘try to be a little kinder.'” ~ Aldous Huxley

“People intoxicate themselves with work so they won’t see how they really are.” ~ Aldous Huxley

“Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.” ~ Aldous Huxley

“The most shocking fact about war is that its victims and its instruments are individual human beings, and that these individual beings are condemned by the monstrous conventions of politics to murder or be murdered in quarrels not their own.” ~ Aldous Huxley

“The most valuable of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it has to be done, whether you like it or not.” ~ Aldous Huxley

“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.” ~ Aldous Huxley

“The vast majority of human beings dislike and even actually dread all notions with which they are not familiar… Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have generally been persecuted, and always derided as fools and madmen.” ~ Aldous Huxley

“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” ~ Aldous Huxley

“There isn’t any formula or method. You learn to love by loving – by paying attention and doing what one thereby discovers has to be done.” ~ Aldous Huxley

“What is absurd and monstrous about war is that men who have no personal quarrel should be trained to murder one another in cold blood.” ~ Aldous Huxley

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We at The Executive Matchmaker have compiled some quotes by individuals on marriage and would like your feedback after reading through all the quotes. Please send us an email and tell us how you are changed as a result of reading them. Thank you.

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.– Mignon McLaughlin

Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife. – Franz Schubert

My husband and I are best of friends first and foremost. We fight like cats and dogs, but never stay mad for long. I was lucky to find him, he is in every way, my soulmate. – Carnie Wilson

When marrying, ask yourself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this person into your old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory. – Friedrich Nietzsche

My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.  – Winston Churchill

The secret to a happy marriage is if you can be at peace with someone within four walls, if you are content because the one you love is near to you, either upstairs or downstairs, or in the same room, and you feel that warmth that you don’t find very often, then that is what love is all about. – Bruce Forsyth

Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave. – Martin Luther

It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. – Friedrich Nietzsche

A good husband makes a good wife. – John Florio

All married couples should learn the art of battle as they should learn the art of making love. Good battle is objective and honest – never vicious or cruel. Good battle is healthy and constructive, and brings to a marriage the principles of equal partnership. – Ann Landers

There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends. – Homer

Every good relationship, especially marriage, is based on respect. If it’s not based on respect, nothing that appears to be good will last very long. – Amy Grant

When you make the sacrifice in marriage, you’re sacrificing not to each other but to unity in a relationship. – Joseph Campbell

To keep your marriage brimming, With love in the loving cup, Whenever you’re wrong, admit it; Whenever you’re right, shut up. – Ogden Nash

It is a full time job being honest one moment at a time, remembering to love, to honor, to respect. It is a practice, a discipline, worthy of every moment. – Jasmine Guy

For years my wedding ring has done its job. It has led me not into temptation. It has reminded my husband numerous times at parties that it’s time to go home. It has been a source of relief to a dinner companion. It has been a status symbol in the maternity ward. – Erma Bombeck

Sensual pleasures have the fleeting brilliance of a comet; a happy marriage has the tranquility of a lovely sunset. – Ann Landers

An ideal wife is any woman who has an ideal husband. – Booth Tarkington

A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short. – Andre Maurois

Marriage is the highest state of friendship. If happy, it lessens our cares by dividing them, at the same time that it doubles our pleasures by mutual participation. – Samuel Richardson

Like everything which is not the involuntary result of fleeting emotion but the creation of time and will, any marriage, happy or unhappy, is infinitely more interesting than any romance, however passionate. – W. H. Auden

One advantage of marriage is that, when you fall out of love with him or he falls out of love with you, it keeps you together until you fall in again. – Judith Viorst

A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day. – Andre Maurois

Marriage 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

Marriage has made me a lot happier and I’m deeply in love with my wife, and I thank God for her every day. – Harry Connick, Jr.

My wife is my soul mate. I can’t imagine being without her. – Matt Damon

Take care of him. And make him feel important. And if you can do that, you’ll have a happy and wonderful marriage. Like two out of every ten couples. – Neil Simon

An ideal wife is one who remains faithful to you but tries to be just as charming as if she weren’t. – Sacha Guitry

Only choose in marriage a man whom you would choose as a friend if he were a woman. Joseph Joubert

Where there’s marriage without love, there will be love without marriage. – Benjamin Franklin

It’s not beauty but fine qualities, my girl, that keep a husband. – Euripides

Husbands are like fires – they go out when they’re left unattended. – Cher

Love is often the fruit of marriage. – Moliere

Marriages, like careers, need constant nurturing… the secret of having it all is loving it all. – Joyce Brothers

Love in marriage should be the accomplishment of a beautiful dream, and not, as it too often is, the end. – Alphonse Karr

I enjoy being single, but I loved being married. – Stephanie Mills

When a marriage works, nothing on earth can take its place. – Helen Gahagan

When you have a baby, love is automatic, when you get married, love is earned.  – Marie Osmond

The real act of marriage takes place in the heart, not in the ballroom or church or synagogue. It’s a choice you make – not just on your wedding day, but over and over again – and that choice is reflected in the way you treat your husband or wife. – Barbara de Angelis

The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person. You know they’re right if you love to be with them all the time. – Julia Child

There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage. – Martin Luther

A word of encouragement from a teacher to a child can change a life. A word of encouragement from a spouse can save a marriage. A word of encouragement from a leader can inspire a person to reach her potential. – John C. Maxwell

Getting married, for me, was the best thing I ever did. I was suddenly beset with an immense sense of release, that we have something more important than our separate selves, and that is the marriage. There’s immense happiness that can come from working towards that. – Nick Cave

Many people spend more time in planning the wedding than they do in planning the marriage. – Zig Ziglar

When people get married because they think it’s a long-time love affair, they’ll be divorced very soon, because all love affairs end in disappointment. But marriage is a recognition of a spiritual identity.  – Joseph Campbell

Earlier, my priority was only work. I worked like a dog before I got married. After marriage, once you have a baby, time management is difficult. Your responsibilities change, your priorities change. And you have to concentrate on them if you have to work out your life. Your career is just a part of your life. For me, my family is my life. – Kajol

Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years. – Simone Signoret

After about 20 years of marriage, I’m finally starting to scratch the surface of what women want. And I think the answer lies somewhere between conversation and chocolate. – Mel Gibson

I think long-lasting, healthy relationships are more important than the idea of marriage. At the root of every successful marriage is a strong partnership. – Carson Daly

Children are supposed to help hold a marriage together. They do this in a number of ways. For instance, they demand so much attention that a husband and wife, concentrating on their children, fail to notice each other’s faults. – Richard Armour

Marriage is not a noun; it’s a verb. It isn’t something you get. It’s something you do. It’s the way you love your partner every day. – Barbara de Angelis

Friendship is two-sided. It isn’t a friend just because someone’s doing something nice for you. That’s a nice person. There’s friendship when you do for each other. It’s like marriage – it’s two-sided.– John Wooden

Finding good partners is the key to success in anything: in business, in marriage and, especially, in investing. – Robert Kiyosaki

Well I don’t know that I’m okay any more than anyone else is okay, I lead a happy life and a very full one – I have a happy marriage and my kids are all cheerful, and no one is finding fault with me, personally. – L. Ron Hubbard

You know, real life doesn’t just suddenly resolve itself. You have to keep working at it. Democracy, marriage, friendship. You can’t just say, ‘She’s my best friend.’ That’s not a given, it’s a process.  – Viggo Mortensen

Before marriage, many couples are very much like people rushing to catch an airplane; once aboard, they turn into passengers. They just sit there. – J. Paul Getty

I grew up in a Hindu household but went to a Roman Catholic school. I grew up with a mother who said, ‘I’ll arrange a marriage for you at 18,’ but she also said that we could achieve anything we put our minds to and encouraged us to dream of becoming prime minister or president. – Indra Nooyi

Ultimately, I believe the only secret to a happy marriage is choosing the right person. Life is a series of choices, right? – Michelle Pfeiffer

In a way, fraud in business is no different from infidelity in marriage or plagiarism in scholarly work. Even people committed to high moral standards succumb. – Miroslav Volf

Marriage is miserable unless you find the right person that is your soulmate and that takes a lot of looking. – Marvin Gaye

The truth is that many powerful guys have fooled around while working for the people. Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Warren Harding to name just a few. Grover Cleveland even fathered a child outside of marriage. We all know these things happen. But we don’t want them to happen – at least most of us don’t. I can’t speak for San Francisco. – Bill O’Reilly

Marriage can be a magnificent lesson in becoming our best selves; that is true. – Marianne Williamson

The great marriages are partnerships. It can’t be a great marriage without being a partnership. – Helen Mirren

What I’ve learned about marriage: You need to have each other’s back; you have to be a kind of team going through life. – Tom Petty

Rituals, anthropologists will tell us, are about transformation. The rituals we use for marriage, baptism or inaugurating a president are as elaborate as they are because we associate the ritual with a major life passage, the crossing of a critical threshold, or in other words, with transformation. – Abraham Verghese

In my mind, marriage is a spiritual partnership and union in which we willingly give and receive love, create and share intimacy, and open ourselves to be available and accessible to another human being in order to heal, learn and grow. – Iyanla Vanzant

Remember that creating a successful marriage is like farming: you have to start over again every morning. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I think growing up in a big family taught me a lot of problem solving and how to share and compromise, and that’s been helpful in my marriage. – Sarah Jessica Parker

Marriage is the most natural state of man, and… the state in which you will find solid happiness.  – Benjamin Franklin

I put my career in second place throughout both my marriages and it suffered. I don’t regret it. You make choices. If you want a good marriage, you must pay attention to that. If you want to be independent, go ahead. You can’t have it all. – Lauren Bacall

There are many deaf people who couldn’t imagine living in a marriage without someone who doesn’t speak their language. For me, I believe that hearing or deaf is fine as long as both parties are willing to communicate in each other’s language. But if there’s no communication, then the marriage, I believe, will be difficult if not doomed. – Marlee Matlin

Ultimately, my greatest achievement is maintaining my career while sustaining a happy marriage and kids. – Melina Kanakaredes

I would say that the surest measure of a man’s or a woman’s maturity is the harmony, style, joy, and dignity he creates in his marriage, and the pleasure and inspiration he provides for his spouse. – Benjamin Spock

Marriage, in its truest sense, is a partnership of equals, with neither exercising dominion over the other, but, rather, with each encouraging and assisting the other in whatever responsibilities and aspirations he or she might have. – Gordon B. Hinckley

A sense of humor is great – it goes a long, long way in a marriage. – Chris Rock

But the key to our marriage is the capacity to give each other a break. And to realize that it’s not how our similarities work together; it’s how our differences work together. – Michael J. Fox

You can’t have a happy family if you don’t have a happy marriage. – Jeremy Sisto

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

Even prior to marriage and motherhood, it’s always been about prioritising and focusing on what you can commit to. That’s been my approach to every aspect of my life, be it my relationships or my professional commitments. – Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

As wonderful as they were, my parents didn’t teach me anything about self-discipline, concentration, patience, or focus. If I hadn’t had a family myself, I probably never would’ve done anything. Marriage taught me responsibility. – Dick Van Dyke

I think what makes our marriage work amid all the glare is that my husband is my best friend. He inspires everything in my life and enables me to do the best that I can. I want to hang out with him more than anyone. – Faith Hill

For it is mutual trust, even more than mutual interest that holds human associations together. Our friends seldom profit us but they make us feel safe. Marriage is a scheme to accomplish exactly that same end. – H. L. Mencken

In every marriage more than a week old, there are grounds for divorce. The trick is to find, and continue to find, grounds for marriage. – Robert Anderson

A marriage without conflicts is almost as inconceivable as a nation without crises. – Andre Maurois

Almost no one is foolish enough to imagine that he automatically deserves great success in any field of activity; yet almost everyone believes that he automatically deserves success in marriage.  – Sydney J. Harris

It takes a lot of work to put together a marriage, to put together a family and a home. – Elizabeth Edwards

How hard it is to have the beautiful interdependence of marriage and yet be strong in oneself alone. – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Marriage brings up all the things I pushed to the back burner – the fears, the mistrust, the doubts, the insecurities. It’s like opening Pandora’s box. – Jennifer Aniston

A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love. – Pearl S. Buck

Sticking with a marriage. That’s true grit, man. – Jeff Bridges

I have never been given to envy – save for the envy I feel toward those people who have the ability to make a marriage work and endure happily. – J. Paul Getty

Perhaps my problem in marriage-and it is the problem of many women-was to want both intimacy and independence. It is a difficult line to walk, yet both needs are important to a marriage. – Hedy Lamarr

Determine that there will never be anything that will come between you that will disrupt your marriage. Make it work. Resolve to make it work. – Gordon B. Hinckley

When I’m weak, you can be strong; when I’m strong, you can be weak. That’s what I believe marriage is. – Gisele Bundchen

It took me a long time to be convinced that marriage was right for me because I’ve come from a long line of broken marriages. My parents divorced, and I had two broken marriages myself.  – Sylvester Stallone

I believe in the institution of marriage, and I intend to keep trying till I get it right. – Richard Pryor

Never ever discount the idea of marriage. Sure, someone might tell you that marriage is just a piece of paper. Well, so is money, and what’s more life-affirming than cold, hard cash? – Dennis Miller

If you’ve gone into a marriage and you haven’t been clear about how you’re going to handle money, how you want to raise kids, who is going to work or stay home or what have you, then you’ve set yourself up for failure. – Phil McGraw

The more time you invest in a marriage, the more valuable it becomes. – Amy Grant

I firmly believe in marriage. It’s a real important decision that takes a lot of dedication and time. If you’re thinking about divorce. You shouldn’t get married. – Seth Green

Whether it be a matter of personal relations within a marriage or political initiatives within a peace process, there is no sure-fire do-it-yourself kit. – Seamus Heaney

I have a terrific marriage, but unlike a lot of relationships where they ebb and flow, no matter what happens you fall deeper and deeper in love every day. It’s kind of the best thing that can happen to you. It’s thrilling. – Hugh Jackman

American couples have gone to such lengths to avoid the interference of in-laws that they have to pay marriage counselors to interfere between them. – Florence King

It’s volatile, the marriage. Which one isn’t? Nothing better than a good, full-on row. Get it all out. Say rude and nasty things. And then be sorry. Genuinely sorry, afterwards. – John Lydon

Marriage is a risk; I think it’s a great and glorious risk, as long as you embark on the adventure in the same spirit. – Cate Blanchett

We make no greater voluntary choice in this life than the selection of a marriage partner. This decision can bring eternal happiness and joy. To find sublime fulfillment in marriage, both partners need to be fully committed to the marriage. – James E. Faust

I don’t think there’s anything they can say about me that I haven’t said about myself already. And I would be an absolute total liar, and my fans would not respect me, if I said that my life and my marriage are perfect. But we absolutely love each other; we have fun together – it’s great. – Mary J. Blige

Marriage is a commitment for life. It is a permanent, lifelong relationship. – Dada Vaswani

The secret of a good marriage is forgiving your partner for marrying you in the first place. – Sacha Guitry

I thought the divorce statistics would never apply to me. I was beyond heartbroken when they did. But I got up and got on with it. I also kept my belief in marriage. – Jennifer Garner

Nothing in life is as good as the marriage of true minds between man and woman. As good? It is life itself. – Pearl S. Buck

In marriage, compromise nurtures the relationship. – Tim Allen

I think one reason for a successful marriage is laughter. I think laughter gets you through the rough moments in a marriage. – Bob Newhart

The Hindu marriage may be described as the union of two families. In this union, there is no room for petty ambitions and personal ego-trips. What is involved is love for the entire family that one is marrying into. – Dada Vaswani

I’ve never understood why we would want to deny all the joys – and the challenges – of marriage to anyone. – Al Franken

My grandmother was energetic and fearless – a talented poet and songwriter. She was also interested in chemistry and history and medicine, taking care of the people in her hacienda in Mexico, delivering babies. She could have become anything, but this was the 1930s, and she was forced into an arranged marriage. – Salma Hayek

Marriage requires a special talent, like acting. Monogamy requires genius. – Warren Beatty

I like marriage. I feel very secure. It helps when you are in love with the person you are married to.– Claire Danes

I think of marriage as a garden. You have to tend to it. Respect it, take care of it, feed it. Make sure everyone is getting the right amount of, um, sunlight. – Mark Ruffalo

I yearned for a long, happy marriage with one person. – Ginger Rogers

Brands mature over time, like a marriage. The bond you feel with your spouse is different than when you first met each other. Excitement and discovery are replaced by comfort and depth. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Just as the unique characteristics of both males and females contribute to the completeness of a marriage relationship, so those same characteristics are vital to the rearing, nurturing, and teaching of children. – David A. Bednar

Marriage is not simply a romantic union between two people; it’s also a political and economic contract of the highest order. – Elizabeth Gilbert

A miracle… my biggest accomplishment is my marriage so far. Because it’s hard, everyone knows it’s hard. – Gwen Stefani

Righteous marriage is a commandment and an essential step in the process of creating a loving family relationship that can be perpetuated beyond the grave. – David A. Bednar

I love Matthew Broderick. Call me crazy, but I love him. We can only be in the marriage we are. We’re very devoted to our family and our lives. I love our life. I love that he’s the father of my children, and it’s because of him that there’s this whole other world that I love. – Sarah Jessica Parker

And in a marriage you can’t TRY and be married. You’re married or you’re not married… as far as I’m concerned. – Ringo Starr

There are going to be peaks and valleys in everything – in your marriage, in your job, in your life. So just enjoy the peaks and ride out the valleys. Just try not to do anything too rash. – Ricky Schroder

The only day I remember of my parents’ marriage was the day my dad walked out. As I stood there at five years old, with my older sister and younger brother, I knew that he was gone. – Ellie Goulding

The truth is that I’m more afraid of marriage than of death. – Shakira

There aren’t many great adverts for marriage or parenthood. It always looks so stressful, and that’s what I’ve been scared of. What you don’t realize is how much you’re going to get back. – Robbie Williams

The sum and substance of female education in America, as in England, is training women to consider marriage as the sole object in life, and to pretend that they do not think so. – Harriet Martineau

During the periods in my marriage when I chose to stay home with my kids rather than work as an attorney, it caused me no end of anxiety. Despite the fact that I knew I was contributing to our family by caring for our children, I still felt that my worth was less because I wasn’t earning. – Ayelet Waldman

Whatever’s missing in your relationship, including a marriage, is what you’re not bringing to it. – Nadine Velazquez

A song like ‘Once in a Lifetime’ is inspired by my marriage – it’s a good, life-changing happening in my life. I think when you find your once-in-a-lifetime love, that’s what everybody’s looking for.  – Keith Urban

Marriage ain’t easy, but it’s great most of the time. – Sean Penn

I think that with marriages, people have to understand that you have to look at your marriage and understand what is needed in your marriage – not what people think your marriage should be or what people want your marriage to be. – Jada Pinkett Smith

It was the only ambition I ever had – not to be a dancer or Hollywood movie star, but to be a housewife in a good marriage. – Doris Day

The great secret of a successful marriage is to treat all disasters as incidents and none of the incidents as disasters. – Harold Nicolson

The most important thing for a good marriage is to learn how to argue peaceably. – Anita Ekberg

We all have a childhood dream that when there is love, everything goes like silk, but the reality is that marriage requires a lot of compromise. – Raquel Welch

In marriage, it’s always that give and take and rebalancing that we have to do in how we can help each other. But, I have been known at times by my sons, that is the name that they call me-the Mitt stabilizer. – Ann Romney

I don’t think I will go for an arranged marriage, but I am not against arranged marriages. – Ranbir Kapoor

One hopes, of course, that a relationship grows and becomes a deep and wonderful marriage and friendship that lasts forever. But that’s not always the case. – Alana Stewart

Marriage is like a bank account. You put it in, you take it out, you lose interest. – Irwin Corey

People ask what the secret of a happy marriage is. If there is one, it’s ‘don’t talk about it.’ – Jane Asher

I haven’t been faithful to my wife. Our marriage has been tainted with my infidelities. I was irresponsible. – David Boreanaz

I’m extremely fascinated by marriage. I want to study marriage. I want to learn about it. I want to know it. I want to figure out whether or not I want to do it. I’m not just going to leap into it, because that’s not good for anybody. – Adam Levine

I believe in the institution of marriage. Of course being a Mormon, we believe in eternity rather than just till death do us part. If you really try hard, if you make it work, it’s blissful. But I also know a marriage that isn’t working can be painful. – Donny Osmond

I love marriage. I think it’s a wonderful institution and it’s the most important decision you make. – Isla Fisher

For a few thousand years, women had no history. Marriage was our calling, and meekness our virtue. Over the last century, in stuttering succession, we have gained a voice, a vote, a room, a playing field of our own. Decorously or defiantly, we now approach what surely qualifies as the final frontier. – Stacy Schiff

With marriage and fatherhood, I’ve finally found two fixed points in my life. They’ve taught me patience. They’ve also taught me that I don’t need to feel guilty about being happy. My emotional seasons are less extreme. – Pete Wentz

I wasn’t looking for another marriage. I had been married before. He is a nice man – a geologist, an Ernest Hemingway type. But Paul and I married because of convention. – Linda McCartney

In a marriage, in any long-term relationship, not to bother with lying. There’s no time for that. If you have any sort of secret life, it will come back to haunt you. – Andy Garcia

I think that marriage is an amazing institution and should be preserved, and you can have great marriages, and you must because sharing your life with someone is like the greatest thing. And I loved being able to set a good example for that on television. – Jenna Elfman

I am very old-fashioned about marriage. It is for life and I mean it. I always knew that when I met the right girl, the life I had before – being single, in a band, girls everywhere – would be over. – Gary Numan

I just read ‘The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work.’ To be married 25 years, you have to put as much energy as I put into being an actor or being a great football player into being a better husband and a better father. – Terry Crews

I was a happy person before marriage. I’m definitely happier after marriage. – Vidya Balan

My life, in some ways, has been a half-measure. I didn’t commit myself all the way to my marriage and family, because I would have given up more. And I didn’t go all the way with just being completely selfish. I always wonder where my career would be if I was more selfish. – Alec Baldwin

I met my wife in Bombay at an official function. And then we courted for three years. That’s a great old term, ‘courting.’ And we had to do it quietly, of course, because you would know the difficulties one might have with Indian parents. She was advised by her father that people in the West don’t take marriage seriously. – Glenn Turner

I believe in marriage and fidelity. – Gloria Vanderbilt

The marriage of a man and woman is the most enduring human institution, honored in all cultures and by every religious faith. It’s in this institution that children are meant to be nurtured. We know this after thousands of years of human experience. – Jeff Miller

I myself got married at a very young age. It has always intrigued me because marriage is very synthetic in an otherwise natural world. – Imtiaz Ali

I have been doing marriage counseling for about 15 years and I realized that what makes one person feel loved, doesn’t make another person feel loved. – Gary Chapman

I do believe in soulmates and happy/successful marriages. No marriage can be happy 24×7 for 365 days. Both partners have to make the relationship work, is what I believe in. – Kajol

My marriage to my husband, Bart Conner in 1996 is my proudest personal moment. – Nadia Comaneci

I never thought my marriage could be stronger, or I could be closer to Bill. We prayed on our own, but now we prayed together and you’ll never know how much that means until you do it. – Giuliana Rancic

It’s nice to be able to work; I’d love to be able to do another TV show I could do in Chicago so I could live and work in the same place. It’s hard being a parent and being in a good marriage, and it all takes a lot of work, but if you’re not there you can’t do any of it. – Joan Cusack

I am not married yet, but I think ultimately in a good marriage it is the relationship which is the most important thing. It is not a matter of who is right and who is wrong; it is a one plus one equals more than two. – Lawrence Bender

I don’t want to make any judgments, and I don’t want to preach, but I’m hoping that marriage can work: that when people do fall in love, when people do find their soul mate, everyone sticks to it. It has the potential to be a very powerful thing, marriage. – Jonathan Silverman

The United States Supreme Court has repeatedly held that marriage is one of the most fundamental rights that we have as Americans under our Constitution. – Ted Olson

I am happy. I have a wonderful marriage. I was in a not-great second marriage for 20 years, then I fell in love with Steve, my first husband, again, and we remarried. I wore the dress from our first wedding in 1982 – it was tight, but I could get into it. – Marie Osmond

There is no greater excitement than to support an intellectual wife and have her support you. Marriage is a partnership in which each inspires the other, and brings fruition to both of you. – Millicent Carey McIntosh

You never go into a marriage expecting to get divorced. You go into a marriage expecting it’s going to last forever, and you have a lot of ways you dream about the future. You have all these expectations, and then you have to adjust those expectations, and it can be a very unnerving, confusing time.  – Jenna Fischer

Good production is like a beautiful marriage. It makes a happy home. – Timbaland

I don’t care how handsome or fabulous or funny the groom is, or how sweet and accommodating the bride, or vice versa. Marriage is hard. – Jenna McCarthy

Once I found professional happiness, it gave me time to think about other areas in my life in which I wasn’t happy. The next obvious candidate for introspection was my marriage. – Megyn Kelly

Conversations about money certainly are not sexy, but they should give each of you some clarity and enable you to enter into your marriage with a better understanding of each other and what is important. Work and home responsibilities, joint or separate accounts, budgets, etc. are all subjects which should be discussed. – Laura Wasser

Maintaining marriage seems to be tougher than fatherhood: apparently it’s the most difficult thing in the world. – Kelly Slater

I am the most well-adjusted human being I know. I started out this investigation as a very happy man with a great career. I’ve got the life people dream about: I am rich, I am famous, I’ve got a fabulous marriage to an absolutely, spell-bindingly brilliant woman. – James Ellroy

It’s such a lovely feeling to be in love, to marry the person you love and finally to be with that person. I feel the romance should never go out of any marriage. Even after one has had kids, etc. Love never ends, na? – Riteish Deshmukh

It was very difficult when I was trying to figure out how to have a marriage and babies and do this at the same time. There was no handbook. You were making it up as you went along. – Pat Benatar

For women of my generation, it was the ‘juggling act.’ Jobs, marriage, children, homes, and aging parents were the balls we added, tossing them in the air as our lives filled up and praying they wouldn’t come crashing down on our heads. – Willow Bay

I had 53 years of happy marriage and two daughters. These were the best things that happened in my life. – Henry Allingham

Michael and I had great role models. Though his father has passed away, his parents had an amazingly strong marriage, as do mine. Both weathered rerally tough times. For us it has been normal to stay together through difficulties. We grew up witnessing that firsthand. – Tracy Pollan

The fact is, I am in my third marriage and I do not believe in divorce. But I was half the problem, I guarantee you. More than half the problem. I couldn’t negotiate with the other women. – James Brolin

It is a fact that all women contribute more to marriage than men; for the most part they have to change their place of living, their method of work, a great many women today changing their occupation entirely on marriage; and they must even change their name. – Agnes Macphail

I have to be asked, I guess, but I love the idea of marriage. I think it’s beautiful. I’m such a romantic, and I always have been. – Portia de Rossi

Every society in the history of man has upheld the institution of marriage as a bond between a man and a woman. Why? Because society is based on one thing: that society is based on the future of the society. And that’s what? Children. Monogamous relationships. – Rick Santorum

People try much less hard to make a marriage work than they used to fifty years ago. Divorce is easier.   – Mary Wesley

I found it an interesting portrait of a marriage in exploring notions of how one partner supports the other, whilst not jeopardizing the greater good – which is the family. – Rachel Griffiths

One of the great tragedies I see is people not putting every effort into the foundation of their marriage. My grandmother told me that it’s one man and one woman for life and that your marriage is worth fighting for. – Kay Robertson

Marriage is one long conversation, chequered by disputes. – Robert Louis Stevenson

We want our marriage to be a triumph, not a tragedy. – Joyce Meyer

Well I think in a marriage you have to be honest and ask yourself, you know, what is my role? What is my responsibility? – Hillary Clinton

You don’t really need to get married, but marriage is awfully nice. Everybody I know who got married, they say it really makes a difference. They feel very, very happy about it. – Lily Tomlin

Marriage is a reflection of your life in general: how you treat people, how you argue, how secure you are in your own thoughts. How vehemently do you argue your point of view? With what disdain do you view the other’s point of view? – William Shatner

A marriage contract to me is as binding as any in business, and I have always believed in sticking to an agreement. – J. Paul Getty

Marriage is like twirling a baton, turning hand springs or eating with chopsticks. It looks easy until you try it. – Helen Rowland

I think even in a good marriage, especially if you stay together long enough, there are going to be events that happen. – Tori Amos

When you’re unhappy in your marriage, your children are the ones who suffer. – Christina Aguilera

I got a few marriage proposals in my 20s. I just wasn’t ready. I just knew if I committed, I would’ve wound up doing something wrong, messing it up. I still felt like I had some living to do. – Queen Latifah

As marriage goes, I think most people sort of set being – you know getting married as the goal as opposed to being married. – Ashton Kutcher

I am a fan of marriage and a fan of being committed to the right person. – Joan Collins

It’s not someone else’s responsibility to honor my marriage. It’s my responsibility. – David Duchovny

A hundred years ago, if you had a child out of marriage, you’d be a social disgrace. Today women feel comfortable enough economically and culturally to bring up a child without a recognized commitment from a man. – Helen Fisher

Long-term relationships are an everyday choice. It’s harder to be in a marriage than it is to bounce from one relationship to the next. – Pink

If you look at Jack Benny, George Burns, or Don Rickles, they’ve all had long, successful marriages. So, I think there’s something about laughter and the durability of a marriage. – Bob Newhart

You either believe marriage and human sexuality are sacred, or you do not. – Kirk Cameron

Being in a successful marriage is no different than being cast in a successful movie. It’s all about who you pick; in that first moment, did you pick the right person? I think you need to pick somebody who’s more interested in being married than in getting married. – Rob Lowe

You know what’s funny? I don’t ever feel the need to escape. I have a strong marriage. I like my life. You hear about these guys having midlife crises – I don’t see that happening to me. – Harry Connick, Jr.

Marriage is gonna be your stability through everything. – Miranda Lambert

I think that two people who decide to live together in a marriage situation, they have an obligation to make the marriage work for them. – Helen Reddy

My marriage and my families come certainly before my career. – Michael Douglas

Marriage is an ongoing thing, man. You continue to work at it. But it’s joyful. And joyous. I don’t care if people are living without a marriage certificate. It’s just about people, in some way, saying to each other, ‘I commit to you. I will help you in this life.’ – James McAvoy

My grandparents got married at a very young age, and a lot of what I think about marriage is based on their relationship. I watched them over the years and saw how they dealt with everything together, as a team. – Kyle Chandler

I believe wholeheartedly in marriage. I don’t exclusively mean a marriage with a legal contract, but any relationship that constitutes a marriage because of the quality of their relationship. – Helen Reddy

Well you know, I think a lot of us in marriage know that you play different roles at different times. And Mitt can get very intense, and I can have the ability to kind of talk him off the rails sometimes and say, ‘Hey let’s look at what is really important and let’s do that now.’ – Ann Romney

My parents had a great marriage. Interestingly, it made it harder for me in relationships because I knew what a good relationship looked like. – Candace Bushnell

Marriage takes work – it doesn’t just happen. – Lara Stone

I love marriage. I failed at marriage, but I’d rather go into anything with gusto and fail than go into it half-assed. – Kirstie Alley

Marriage requires searing honesty at all costs. I learned that from my third wife. – Alan Arkin

It’s so important to keep a marriage alive with small treats and doing little things for each other. Just remembering to say nice things and to have listening time is vital. That ghastly phrase ‘quality time’ means taking three minutes to sit down and be still with someone rather than yelling over your shoulder as you rush out. – Joanna Lumley

No marriage can stand up under the strain of incessant association. – Johnny Weissmuller

Marriage can be expensive, and if I lose millions then it’ll be the best millions I’ve spent. – Seth Rogen