Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they
are always watching you.
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
Thornton Wilder, The Skin of Our Teeth
The Secret to having a good marriage is to understand it must be permanent and equal!!
What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how
compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility.
Any fool can have a trophy wife.
It takes a real man to have a trophy marriage.
A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always
with the same person.
Why is it that people get married?
Because we need a witness to our lives.
There's a billion people on the planet.
What does any one life really mean?
But in a marriage, you're promising to care about everything...
The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things,
All of it... all the time, every day.
You're saying "Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it.
Your life will not go unwitnessed - because I will be your witness."
Wife in the movie, "Shall We Dance?" 2004
Marriage is the hardest thing you will ever do. The secret is removing divorce as
an option. Anybody who gives themselves that option will get a divorce.
Will Smith (11 years into his second marriage)
A soulmate marriage does not at all mean that you have found someone
you match up with on all the cards - on all the issues, on everything. That
would be the most deadly dull thing to even imagine. Instead, it means you're
with someone who wants to take care of your soul - they want to make sure
your soul continues to grow, they don't ever want to blow out that little light
inside you. And you feel the same way about them.
Diane Sollee, NPR, The Real Life Survival Guide, April 2008