When we get married and we say our vows, they almost invariably include the phrase, “for better or for worse”. But what do people really mean by this? Often, it feels like they assume that things will always be, “for better or for better,” and never consider how far they are willing to go if they are really challenged.
What if one of you loses your job for an extended length of time and the other must cover all household expenses? What if you cannot have the children naturally that you always assumed you could? What if one of you comes down with a serious or eventually fatal illness?
These are some deep questions to ask and be honest with ourselves about.
Need some inspiration? Here are several marriage quotes that might help give us some much-needed perspective and encouragement.
For Better or For Worse Marriage Quotes
1.) “To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.” – Chinese Philosopher Lao Tzu
2.) “Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other.
“Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth for the other.
“Now there is no more loneliness, for each of you will be companion for the other.
“Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you.
“Go now to your dwelling place to begin the days of your life together.
“May your days together be good and long upon the earth.” – Apache Blessing
3.) “I first learned the concept of non-violence in my marriage.” – Gandhi
4.) “You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly.” – Sam Keen
5.) “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” – Mignon McLoughlin
6.) “My husband and I have never considered divorce… murder sometimes, but never divorce.” – Joyce Brothers
7.) “The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” – Theodore Hesburgh
8.) “Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years.” – Simone Signoret
9.) “Happy marriages begin when we marry the ones we love, and they blossom when we love the ones we marry.” – Tom Mullen
10.) “My advice to you is to get married. If you find a good wife, you’ll be happy; if not, you’ll become a philosopher.” – Socrates
11.) “Love at first sight is easy to understand; it’s when two people have been looking at each other for a lifetime that it becomes a miracle.” – Sam Levenson
12.) “Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that’s a real treat.” – Joanne Woodward
13.) “A great marriage is not when the ‘perfect couple’ come together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.” – Dave Meur
14.) “It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
15.) “The great secret of successful marriage is to treat all disasters as incidents and none of the incidents as disasters.” – Sir Harold George Nicolson
16.) “Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” – I Corinthians 13:7
17.) “What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility.” – Leo Tolstoy
18.) “Before you marry a person, you should first make them use a computer with slow Internet to see who they really are.” – Will Ferrell
19.) “There is no remedy for love but to love more.” – Thoreau
More Marriage Quotes for Him and Her
20.) “When a wife has a good husband, it is easily seen in her face.” – Goethe
21.) “A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.” – Robert Quillen
22.) “I didn’t marry you because you were perfect. I didn’t even marry you because I loved you. I married you because you gave me a promise. That promise made up for your faults. And the promise I gave you made up for mine. Two imperfect people got married and it was the promise that made the marriage. And when our children were growing up, it wasn’t a house that protected them; and it wasn’t our love that protected them – it was that promise.” – Thornton Wilder
23.) “The goal in marriage is not to think alike, but to think together.” – Robert C. Dodds
24.) “Marriage is our last, best chance to grow up.” – Joseph Barth
25.) “Love is not something you feel. It is something you do.” – David Wilkerson
26.) “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
27.) “I got gaps; you got gaps; we fill each other’s gaps.” – Rocky
28.) “You come to love not by finding the right person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly.” – Sam Keen
29.) “You make me happier than I ever thought I could be and if you let me I will spend the rest of my life trying to make you feel the same way.” – Chandler proposing to Monica on ‘Friends’
30.) “As for his secret to staying married: ‘My wife tells me that if I ever decide to leave, she is coming with me.’” – Jon Bon Jovi
31.) “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” – Henry Ford
32.) “Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation.” – Oscar Wilde
33.) “There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.” – Martin Luther
34.) “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 back in love again.” – Judith Viorst
35.) “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
36.) “More marriages might survive if the partners realize that sometimes, the better comes after the worse.” – Doug Larson
What did you think of these marriage quotes?
How often in life do we find that the greatest rewards are just after the point when we almost gave up? If you are willing to work hard, and to not give up on love, you may find greater rewards than you had ever imagined.