Best Quotes About Marriage

The value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults. -Peter De Vries

College is a place to keep warm between high school and an early marriage. -George Gobel

Inspirations never go in for long engagements; they demand immediate marriage to action. -Brendan Behan

I've yet to be on a campus where most women weren't worrying about some aspect of combining marriage, children, and a career. I've yet to find one where many men were worrying about the same thing. -Gloria Steinem

More marriages might survive if the partners realized that sometimes the better comes after the worse. -Doug Larson

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

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

The difficulty with marriage is that we fall in love with a personality, but must live with a character. -Peter De Vries

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

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

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

Before marriage, a girl has to make love to a man to hold him. After marriage, she has to hold him to make love to him. -Marilyn Monroe

The secret of a happy marriage remains a secret. -Henny Youngman

Any intelligent woman who reads the marriage contract, and then goes into it, deserves all the consequences. -Isadora Duncan

On rare occasions one does hear of a miraculous case of a married couple falling in love after marriage, but on close examination it will be found that it is a mere adjustment to the inevitable. -Emma Goldman

Men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage – they've experienced pain and bought jewelry. -Rita Rudner

A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband. -Michel de Montaigne

If you want to read about love and marriage, you've got to buy two separate books. -Alan King

Politics doesn't make strange bedfellows – marriage does. -Groucho Marx

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

After a few years of marriage a man can look right at a woman without seeing her and a woman can see right through a man without looking at him. -Helen Rowland

Art is a marriage of the conscious and the unconscious. -Jean Cocteau

The one charm about marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties. -Oscar Wilde

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

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

In Hollywood, all marriages are happy. It's trying to live together afterwards that causes the problems. -Shelley Winters

I adore the theater and I am a painter. I think the two are made for a marriage of love. I will give all my soul to prove this once more. -Marc Chagall

The marriage didn't work out but the separation is great. -Liz Smith

I've given my memoirs far more thought than any of my marriages. You can't divorce a book. -Gloria Swanson

Americans, who make more of marrying for love than any other people, also break up more of their marriages, but the figure reflects not so much the failure of love as the determination of people not to live without it. -Morton Hunt

Mama and Daddy King represent the best in manhood and womanhood, the best in a marriage, the kind of people we are trying to become. -Coretta Scott King

Friendships, like marriages, are dependent on avoiding the unforgivable. -John D. MacDonald

There are four stages in a marriage. First there's the affair, then the marriage, then children and finally the fourth stage, without which you cannot know a woman, the divorce. -Norman Mailer

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

Love is not weakness. It is strong. Only the sacrament of marriage can contain it. -Boris Pasternak

Most marriages recognize this paradox: Passion destroys passion; we want what puts an end to wanting what we want. -John Fowles

As to marriage or celibacy, let a man take which course he will, he will be sure to repent. -Socrates

How marriage ruins a man! It is as demoralizing as cigarettes, and far more expensive. -Oscar Wilde

There may be good, but there are no pleasant marriages. -Rainer Maria Rilke

More belongs to marriage than four legs in a bed. -Rainer Maria Rilke

Wit is the sudden marriage of ideas which, before their union, were not perceived to have any relation. -Mark Twain

Quarrels often arise in marriages when the bridal gifts are excessive. -Antisthenes

In mid-life the man wants to see how irresistible he still is to younger women. How they turn their hearts to stone and more or less commit a murder of their marriage I just don't know, but they do. -Earl Warren

Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards. -Benjamin Franklin

Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get. -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

The most happy marriage I can picture or imagine to myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Staying married may have long-term benefits. You can elicit much more sympathy from friends over a bad marriage than you ever can from a good divorce. -P. J. O'Rourke

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

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

There's only one way to have a happy marriage and as soon as I learn what it is I'll get married again. -Clint Eastwood

An affair now and then is good for a marriage. It adds spice, stops it from getting boring… I ought to know. -Bette Davis

Even though people may be well known, they hold in their hearts the emotions of a simple person for the moments that are the most important of those we know on earth: birth, marriage and death. -Jackie Kennedy

I prepare myself for rehearsals like I would for marriage. -Maria Callas

There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded. -Princess Diana

When David Arquette and I got engaged we started therapy together. I'd heard that the first year of marriage is the hardest, so we decided to work through all that stuff early. -Courteney Cox

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

It was a perfect marriage. She didn't want to and he couldn't. -Spike Milligan

I'm the only man in the world with a marriage licence made out to whom it may concern. -Mickey Rooney

Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays. -Henny Youngman

The truth is you can have a great marriage, but there are still no guarantees. -Demi Moore

I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. They've experienced pain and bought jewelry. -Rita Rudner

Let us now set forth one of the fundamental truths about marriage: the wife is in charge. -Bill Cosby

The heart of marriage is memories; and if the two of you happen to have the same ones and can savor your reruns, then your marriage is a gift from the gods. -Bill Cosby

We sleep in separate rooms, we have dinner apart, we take separate vacations – we're doing everything we can to keep our marriage together. -Rodney Dangerfield

If you want to know how your girl will treat you after marriage, just listen to her talking to her little brother. -Sam Levenson

I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career. -Gloria Steinem

All marriages are happy. It's trying to live together afterwards that causes all the problems. -Shelley Winters

For some of us, watching a miniseries that lasts longer than most marriages is not easy. -Erma Bombeck

In Hollywood a marriage is a success if it outlasts milk. -Rita Rudner

Romantic love is an illusion. Most of us discover this truth at the end of a love affair or else when the sweet emotions of love lead us into marriage and then turn down their flames. -Thomas Moore

A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it. -John Steinbeck

Divorce is probably of nearly the same date as marriage. I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient. -Voltaire

Friendship is the marriage of the soul, and this marriage is liable to divorce. -Voltaire

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

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

The ideal mother, like the ideal marriage, is a fiction. -Milton Sapirstein

Olympism is the marriage of sport and culture. -Juan Antonio Samaranch

If love means never having to say you're sorry, then marriage means always having to say everything twice. -Estelle Getty

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

It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage. -Jane Austen

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

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

Here in Hollywood you can actually get a marriage license printed on an Etch-A-Sketch. -Dennis Miller

Not every religion has to have St. Augustine's attitude to sex. Why even in our culture marriages are celebrated in a church, everyone present knows what is going to happen that night, but that doesn't prevent it being a religious ceremony. -Ludwig Wittgenstein

France may claim the happiest marriages in the world, but the happiest divorces in the world are 'made in America.' -Helen Rowland

Love, the quest; marriage, the conquest; divorce, the inquest. -Helen Rowland

I believe a marriage is between a man and a woman. -George W. Bush

Accident counts for as much in companionship as in marriage. -Henry Adams

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

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

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

Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. -Jane Austen

They say marriages are made in Heaven. But so is thunder and lightning. -Clint Eastwood

A man's friendships are, like his will, invalidated by marriage – but they are also no less invalidated by the marriage of his friends. -Samuel Butler

In marriage there are no manners to keep up, and beneath the wildest accusations no real criticism. Each is familiar with that ancient child in the other who may erupt again. We are not ridiculous to ourselves. We are ageless. That is the luxury of the wedding ring. -Enid Bagnold

One should believe in marriage as in the immortality of the soul. -Honore de Balzac

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

I hate to be a failure. I hate and regret the failure of my marriages. I would gladly give all my millions for just one lasting marital success. -J. Paul Getty

When widows exclaim loudly against second marriages, I would always lay a wager than the man, If not the wedding day, is absolutely fixed on. -Henry Fielding

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

Our Nation must defend the sanctity of marriage. -George W. Bush

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

The possibility of divorce renders both marriage partners stricter in their observance of the duties they owe to each other. Divorces help to improve morals and to increase the population. -Denis Diderot

Love is moral even without legal marriage, but marriage is immoral without love. -Ellen Key

To seduce a woman famous for strict morals, religious fervor and the happiness of her marriage: what could possibly be more prestigious? -Christopher Hampton

A liberated woman is one who has sex before marriage and a job after. -Gloria Steinem

In a bad marriage, friends are the invisible glue. If we have enough friends, we may go on for years, intending to leave, talking about leaving – instead of actually getting up and leaving. -Erica Jong

The problem with marriage is that it ends every night after making love, and it must be rebuilt every morning before breakfast. -Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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

The priesthood is a marriage. People often start by falling in love, and they go on for years without realizing that love must change into some other love which is so unlike it that it can hardly be recognized as love at all. -Iris Murdoch

I know one husband and wife who, whatever the official reasons given to the court for the break up of their marriage, were really divorced because the husband believed that nobody ought to read while he was talking and the wife that nobody ought to talk while she was reading. -Vera Brittain

If variety is the spice of life, marriage is the big can of leftover Spam. -Johnny Carson

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

No candidate can win a presidential race advocating gay marriage and opposing the military action in Iraq. -Dick Morris

During last night's debate, John Kerry and John Edwards were so friendly to each other some political experts think that they may end up running together. In fact Kerry and Edwards were so friendly, President Bush accused them of planning a gay marriage. -Conan O'Brien

Yesterday Senator John Kerry changed his mind and now supports the ban on gay marriages. I'm telling you this guy has more positions than Paris Hilton. -David Letterman

It's about time we all faced up to the truth. If we accept the radical homosexual agenda, be it in the military or in marriage or in other areas of our lives, we are utterly destroying the concept of family. -Alan Keyes

Love: A temporary insanity curable by marriage. -Ambrose Bierce

All marriages are happy. It's the living together afterward that causes all the trouble. -Raymond Hull

Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage. -William Shakespeare

Sometimes I bust out and do things so permanent. Like tattoos and marriage. -Drew Barrymore

Brought up to respect the conventions, love had to end in marriage. I'm afraid it did. -Bette Davis

Anyone who thinks that the vice-president can take a position independent of the president of his administration simply has no knowledge of politics or government. You are his choice in a political marriage, and he expects your absolute loyalty. -Hubert H. Humphrey

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

Where there's marriage without love, there will be love without marriage. -Benjamin Franklin

The proper union of gin and vermouth is a great and sudden glory; it is one of the happiest marriages on earth, and one of the shortest lived. -Bernard DeVoto

There is, hidden or flaunted, a sword between the sexes till an entire marriage reconciles them. -C. S. Lewis

Whenever a husband and wife begin to discuss their marriage they are giving evidence at a coroner's inquest. -H. L. Mencken

My marriage is on the rocks again, yeah, my wife just broke up with her boyfriend. -Rodney Dangerfield

I very much feel that marriage is a sacrament and that sacrament should extend… to that legal entity of a union between what traditionally in our Western values has been defined as between a man and a woman. -Bill Frist

I think that gay marriage should be between a man and a woman. -Arnold Schwarzenegger

The most successful marriages, gay or straight, even if they begin in romantic love, often become friendships. It's the ones that become the friendships that last. -Andrew Sullivan

For the life of me, I don't understand what honest motive there is in putting this in front of this body to philosophically debate marriage on a constitutional amendment that is not going to happen, and which is enormously divisive in all of our communities. -Dianne Feinstein

I've always believed the two best anti-poverty programs are work and marriage. -Jim Talent

Since the dawn of time, traditional marriage – the union between one man and one woman – has been the building block of civilization, and at no point in our nation's history has that foundation been under more severe attack than now. -Jim DeMint

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

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

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

For marriage to be a success, every woman and every man should have her and his own bathroom. The end. -Catherine Zeta-Jones

It's only fair that stable gay relationships of long standing should have the same rights and responsibilities as married couples. I know the image of gay marriage is to some people horrific and ludicrous. -Ian Mckellen

Let me be clear. I support the definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman. -Ben Nelson

I do not think our priorities are misplaced when we are looking at creating a whole new class of children from these gay marriages who could end up completely dependent on the State, on the taxpayers – the American people. -Jim Inhofe

The old welfare system was hurting people by discouraging work and marriage. Welfare reform, and now this legislation, will build on the understanding that work and strong families are the foundation upon which we build our future. -Jim Talent

The activists will not stop in trying to impose their extreme views on the rest of us, and they have now plotted out a state-by-state strategy to increase the number of judicial decisions redefining marriage without the voice of the people being heard. -Jim Bunning

Defining marriage is a power that should be left to the states. Moreover, no state should be forced to recognize a marriage that is not within its own laws, Constitution, and legal precedents. -John Sununu

Marriage is one of the most sacred human institutions. I asked our Senators, as many South Dakotans have done, to protect marriage as a union between a man and a woman. -Mike Rounds

If we abandon marriage, we abandon the family. -Michael Enzi

I feel very deeply about the need to respect and tolerate people of different social – or sexual orientation. But at the same time, I believe marriage should be preserved as an institution for one man and one woman. -Mitt Romney

Like me, the great majority of Americans wish both to preserve the traditional definition of marriage and to oppose bias and intolerance directed towards gays and lesbians. -Mitt Romney

Isn't that the ultimate homeland security, standing up and defending marriage? -Rick Santorum

Love is more pleasant than marriage for the same reason that novels are more amusing than history. -Nicolas Chamfort

If your neighbor has a completely different view on abortion, gay marriage, stem cell research, all of those things, you still are both Americans. Neither one of you is necessarily more patriotic than the other. Neither loves their country any more than the other one does. -Phil McGraw

I had a happy marriage and a nice wife. I accomplished everything you can. What more can you want? -Max Schmeling

A wife lasts only for the length of the marriage, but an ex-wife is there for the rest of your life. -Jim Samuels

I'm also interested in the modern suggestion that you can have a combination of love and sex in a marriage – which no previous society has ever believed. -Alain de Botton

What is fascinating about marriage is why anyone wants to get married. -Alain de Botton

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

I can look back at different times in my life when I felt I could not find my way out of whatever it was. I'm not necessarily talking about marriage, but I wanted to pack it in. I wanted to disappear. A lot of that has to do with being in the public eye. -Amy Grant

I'm certain that it was an incredible gift for me to not only be friends with some of the greatest blues people who've ever lived, but to learn how they played, how they sang, how they lived their lives, ran their marriages, and talked to their kids. -Bonnie Raitt

Odd, the years it took to learn one simple fact: that the prize just ahead, the next job, publication, love affair, marriage always seemed to hold the key to satisfaction but never, in the longer run, sufficed. -Carolyn Gold Heilbrun

I'm certain that most couples expect to find intimacy in marriage, but it somehow eludes them. -James Dobson

My own personal, moral, spiritual, religious, etc. beliefs don't oppose same-gender marriage. -Ed Case

I oppose a constitutional amendment against gay marriage. -Ed Case

After marriage, the other man's wife looks more beautiful. -Navjot Singh Sidhu

We must have great respect for these people who also suffer and who want to find their own way of correct living. On the other hand, to create a legal form of a kind of homosexual marriage, in reality, does not help these people. -Pope Benedict XVI

There was never a point in my life where I gave up. My marriage, as you know, fell apart. -Deidre Hall

I think the Mother is gradually revealing itself to me and taking over. But it is not the Mother alone. It is the Mother and the Father, the male and the female, sort of gradually having their marriage. -Bede Griffiths

Writing and singing does give me some kind of release from the demons of my past, it is a therapy of sorts, but to be honest, my marriage played a more important role in the acceptance of myself than performance has ever done. -Michelle Shocked

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

Above all, we must have great respect for these people who also suffer and who want to find their own way of correct living. On the other hand, to create a legal form of a kind of homosexual marriage, in reality, does not help these people. -Pope Benedict XVI

Well, my wife and I were married in a toilet – it was a marriage of convenience! -Tommy Cooper

There are powerful emotions that bring two people together in wonderful harmony in a marriage. Satan knows this, and would tempt you to try these emotions outside of marriage. Do not stir emotions meant to be used only in marriage. -Richard G. Scott

As a 29-year-old, the only thing that I can possibly think is that if I'm still performing at 50, it's because I'll have had disastrous marriages and I have to pay for them. -Robbie Williams

I want to lead the Progressive Conservative Party, a party that will promote true conservative values and principles. I can tell you right now, I am not the merger candidate. I am not interested in institutional marriages with other parties. -Peter MacKay

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

If it's not some daring, dangerous affair, it's just not interesting, or so it seems. So, here you have two people – a famous American iconic couple – who actually like each other sexually, in marriage. Imagine. -Shelley Long

The facts are plain: Religious leaders who preside over marriage ceremonies must and will be guided by what they believe. If they do not wish to celebrate marriages for same-sex couples, that is their right. The Supreme Court says so. And the Charter says so. -Paul Martin

We are no more content to plod along the beaten paths – and so marriage must go the way of God. -Amy Levy

I see the policy of opposing same-sex marriages or unions, whatever you call it, as bigotry or discrimination. -Patrick J. Kennedy

Adultery – which is the only grounds for divorce in New York – is not grounds for divorce in California. As a matter of fact, adultery in Southern California is grounds for marriage. -Allan Sherman

Only after I faced the unhappiness of my first marriage did I start on the path of personal growth. -Judith Wright

I'm not eager to jump into marriage again. I'm in the corner right now, wearing my dunce cap. That area is obviously a nightmare. -Lisa Marie Presley

I look back to when I got divorced in the late 1970s. When that happened, I was so broken up. After that, I decided to seek God for my life and my next marriage. -Ricky Skaggs

It's not someone else's responsibility to honor my marriage. It's my responsibility. -David Duchovny

I have no difficulty with the recognition of civil unions for non-traditional relationships but I believe in law we should protect the traditional definition of marriage. -Stephen Harper

I've always been clear, I support the traditional definition of marriage. -Stephen Harper

I think like any marriage, especially when you've had divorced parents like myself; you want to try even harder to make it work. -Princess Diana

I am a Colorado native, and, no, I did not vote for the anti-gay amendment or the same-sex marriage ban, and I am not a member of a militia. -Connie Willis

Provincial governments in Canada have terminated the positions of marriage commissioners who have, for personal religious convictions, not performed same sex marriages. It has happened in Saskatchewan. -Stockwell Day

Bishop Frederick Henry of Calgary is facing at least two official objections to his public statements along with expensive hearings before the Alberta Human Rights Commission for expressing his biblical views on same sex marriage. -Stockwell Day

Our national media refuses to report that even the Supreme Court did not say marriage was a human right in all cases nor did it say that the heterosexual definition violated anyone's right or that the heterosexual definition of marriage was unconstitutional. -Stockwell Day

Marriage commissioners who choose not to marry homosexuals are being fired. A Knights of Columbus chapter in British Columbia is in court because it chooses not allow a lesbian group to use its facility for marriage ceremonies. The list goes on. -Stockwell Day

My parents did not have a perfect marriage. It was pretty good, but it was not perfect. My marriage is not perfect. My wife is, but I happen to be imperfect. However, that does not discount the fact that the definition of marriage must be defended and protected. -Stockwell Day

I think what destroys Hollywood marriages is our work schedule, not so much infidelity. -Eva Longoria

You can forgive people who do not follow you through a philosophical disquisition; but to find your wife laughing when you had tears in your eyes, or staring when you were in a fit of laughter, would go some way towards a dissolution of the marriage. -Robert Louis Stevenson

In marriage, a man becomes slack and selfish, and undergoes a fatty degeneration of his moral being. -Robert Louis Stevenson

She got the magazine on a Wednesday morning, and on Thursday announced our marriage was over. -David Gest

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

In the beginning of the human race there was no genetic load which would cause undesirable traits such as appear in offspring of marriages between relatives today. -Walter Lang

I'm not cynical about marriage or romance. I enjoyed being married. And although being single was fun for a while, there was always the risk of dating someone who'd owned a lunch box with my picture on it. -Shaun Cassidy

I am not against hasty marriages where a mutual flame is fanned by an adequate income. -Wilkie Collins

It works much like a marriage, an old marriage. You've got to work on it. -Dick Smothers

We are talking about someone who has lived. It must be honored in every respect. The fictional can take any kind of channel – according to the actor's marriage to the character. -Kate Mulgrew

In those days, man, in the '50s, black people in the South… We didn't recognize contracts that much. And we didn't recognize marriages that much, either. -Ike Turner

Sooner or later they are going to live in a New York City where gay marriage is not only legal, but it's common and they don't even notice. -Anthony Weiner

Their lives have been largely defined by failure and you would think the prospect of marriage, which is supposed to be bountiful and hopeful, it's just really another kind of tangential thing in his life. -Thomas Haden Church

Pink Floyd is like a marriage that's on a permanent trial separation. -Rick Wright

The president strongly believes that marriage in this country ought to be between a man and a woman. He also believes it is something that ought to be decided by the people. He doesn't believe that judges ought to impose their will on the people. -Ken Mehlman

I oppose any attempt to grant homosexual unions the same legal privileges that civil government affords to traditional marriage and family life. -Todd Akin

We've got gays working there. If they can demonstrate long-term relationships, we make same-sex benefits available just as we do with common-law marriages. Gays are productive people. Some fly airplanes, some work in breweries. -Pete Coors

I'm a little skeptical about using the Constitution this way, but I also believe marriage is between a man and a woman and that the courts shouldn't legislate this matter. -Pete Coors

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 have married thriteen couples. I'm about to do a marriage next month. -Sally Kirkland

Marriage, even the best marriages are tough. -Jayne Meadows

It's very different than it use to be. I think everybody has a lot more experience in how to be in a relationship – whether it's a marriage or a significant other or a business or a friend. -Kathy Valentine

When I got political that blew our marriage out of the water. I was not the same person and I admit that. -Michael Moriarty

I never thought I'd spend all my life with Gary. I suppose I was quite cynical about marriage. But with Jude, I knew right from the beginning: there was an electricity I'd never felt before. It was so easy, we talked for hours. It was a relief, really. -Sadie Frost

I deal with unhappy marriages a lot. I've never been married, I'm single. -Paula Danziger

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

I have a very intense marriage. -James Ellroy

President Bush has a record of cutting taxes, has provided a prescription drug benefit for seniors, has upheld the Second Amendment and remains committed to stopping liberal activists judges who are redefining marriage. -Bill Shuster

Each marriage has to be judged separately, and we never know what's going on in another person's marriage. -Mary Wesley

My father was a soldier and my mother was a great mover. She once counted up how many places she had lived in during the first 25 years of her marriage and it came to 20. -Mary Wesley

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

Most people like to read about intrigue and spies. I hope to provide a metaphor for the average reader's daily life. Most of us live in a slightly conspiratorial relationship with our employer and perhaps with our marriage. -John le Carre

Since 1970, relationships can be more volatile, jobs more ephemeral, geographical mobility more intensified, stability of marriage weaker. -Mary Douglas

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

I figure no matter how old you are, it's always going to be your first marriage and no life experience is going to make you a better judge of who you should marry. -Utada Hikaru

Lot's of marriages don't last as long as Queen have been together. -John Deacon

In those days, the late 1970s, one of the leading politicians was a soon-to-be uncle by marriage of Arnold Schwarzenegger, named Ted Kennedy. -Michael Kinsley

I was looking very much for a career. My second marriage to Stan Herman had ended, and I wanted very much to be independent, not take alimony from him, be on my own, do the right thing. -Linda Evans

I'm not a marriage expert, quite clearly. -Cathy Freeman

It's nice to know you have support. Last night I got a marriage proposal. I just laughed. -Carrie Underwood

I do not believe that defending traditional marriage between one man and one woman excludes anybody or usurps anybody's civil rights and denies anybody their civil rights. -Alan Autry

I do not support a constitutional amendment to prohibit gay marriage. -Corrine Brown

I know that the odds are against a marriage lasting 60 years. -Darrell Royal

I was glad to hear of that determination as I detest the practice of cousins marrying or any marriage between persons in which there can be traced the most distant relationship. I go for the improvement instead of the deterioration of our race. -Ezra Cornell

To us marriage is first, everything else is second. -Julie Benz

For the standard of Christian life was to be strained to a higher pitch; more fasting was required, and more careful separation from the manners and enjoyments of the world; celibacy and martyrdom had great value set upon them, and second marriages were prohibited. -Robert Rainy

Look at all the marriages that have been wonderfully successful where fellows finished their army service and came home to go to college on G.I. bills and their wives worked. -Marta Kristen

What we need are not prohibitory marriage laws, but a reformed society, an educated public opinion which will teach individual duty in these matters. -Alfred Russel Wallace

The Southern slave would obey God in respect to marriage, and also to the reading and studying of His word. But this, as we have seen, is forbidden him. -Gerrit Smith

It's very trying on a marriage when you're doing a one hour show, week after week after week. You don't have enough time for people that maybe you should have top priority. -Gavin MacLeod

Our marriage is strictly in name only. It has never been consummated. -LaToya Jackson

Yes, the marriage proposal was shot. Michael excluded the dialogue from the final edit. -Madeleine Stowe

It was the courts, of course, that took away prayer from our schools, that took away Bible reading from our schools. It's the courts that gave us same-sex marriage. So it is quite a battlefield, and the Supreme Court is the highest court in the land. -Rod Parsley

And my marriage was perfect when I wasn't famous. -Damon Wayans

Any sex outside of the marriage bond between a man and a woman is violating God's law. -Jerry Falwell

We will see a breakdown of the family and family values if we decide to approve same-sex marriage, and if we decide to establish homosexuality as an acceptable alternative lifestyle with all the benefits that go with equating it with the heterosexual lifestyle. -Jerry Falwell

It became plain very soon after our marriage that ours was to be a literary partnership. -Mary Augusta Ward

For after my marriage I had made various attempts to write fiction. They were clearly failures. -Mary Augusta Ward

My father and mother were second cousins, though they did not meet till shortly before their marriage. -Patrick White

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

The submission of her body without love or desire is degrading to the woman's finer sensibility, all the marriage certificates on earth to the contrary notwithstanding. -Margaret Sanger

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

The ceremony took six minutes. The marriage lasted about the same amount of time though we didn't get a divorce for almost a year. -Hedy Lamarr

We can't destroy the inequities between men and women until we destroy marriage. -Robin Morgan

I'm a heathen when it comes to marriage. -Greta Scacchi

I liked the premise of this material. I love the marriage relationship. They kind of keep each other honest, and they enjoy each other's sense of humor. Kind of a sexy but boring relationship. -Patricia Arquette

That is why I fought against abortion and that is why if I were still in the Senate I would be doing everything I could to defend the sanctity of marriage. -Jesse Helms

I finally got a chance to talk to my daughter from my previous marriage. I just got married May 3 to my beautiful wife, but we don't see each other much. -Peter Criss

I did know Ted Hughes and I partly wrote the book to explain to myself and others the complexities of a marriage that was for six years wonderfully productive of poetry and then ended in tragedy. -Anne Stevenson

I decided he'd changed so much that a whole new book was required and that book actually I can say so was the first to say that the marriage was in trouble and the Prince didn't like at all and my book was being serialized in the Sunday Times over five weeks. -Anthony Holden

If we change the definition of marriage to be more inclusive, then it is logical to argue that we should broaden the definition so that won't exclude anyone. -Jack Kingston

But whether a couple is a man and a woman has everything to do with the meaning of marriage. -Jack Kingston

So far, 44 States, or 88 percent of the States, have enacted laws providing that marriage shall consist of a union between a man and a woman. Only 75 percent of the States are required to approve a constitutional amendment. -Jack Kingston

I have a wonderful marriage and two great kids. -Kelly Preston

When a marriage culture fails, sexual desire no longer unites; instead it fragments. -Maggie Gallagher

Same-sex marriage is not the future. -Maggie Gallagher

Europe, which gave us the idea of same-sex marriage, is a dying society, with birthrates 50 percent below replacement. -Maggie Gallagher

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

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 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

I think there is a generation gap. I personally look forward to, as our generation becomes the leaders, you are gonna see a change, and I think hopefully gay marriage will be a part of that country. -Vanessa Kerry

I don't think that a same-sex marriage is the way God intended it to be. -Joel Osteen

One of the biggest issues that we face is that we have people who have their own particular concerns, whether it's on abortion, birth control, divorce and remarriage, civil rights or social justice. -William P. Leahy

I'm looking forward to talking to Bill Parcells, too, and to seeing how that marriage with Jerry Jones goes. -Lisa Guerrero

I know there are a lot of readers that think I've got a very crappy marriage just because of the things going on with Rick and Lori but there's really nothing that's been like a mirror. I'm just making this stuff up. -Robert Kirkman

I refused David Letterman's proposal of marriage for obvious reasons, but thanks for asking. -Teri Garr

Women today have more of an overview of their lives and how marriage is or is not a part of it. -Helen Reddy

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

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

Between them, my parents had 10 marriages. -Lorna Luft

I feel strongly for gay marriage to be accepted. -Bernadette Peters

I think marriage and athletes is a bad combination. -Dennis Rodman

After a while in marriage, it doesn't work anymore. There is something missing, there is something wrong. There are few marriages that stay alive forever. We like something, and after a while, we hate what we used to love. -Monica Bellucci

I don't like being a voyeur, looking into other people's marriages. -Paul Begala

I mean, for all of his faults and the troubles in his marriage, Bill Clinton is still married to a girl he met in the library 25 years ago at school. Can we say that about many of our other leaders today in America, including on the right wing? -Paul Begala

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

I worked with John, but I had enough sense to walk just a little ways behind him. I could have made more records, but I wanted to have a marriage. -June Carter Cash

The biggest surprise about our marriage is that Erin was out there. -James Denton

I was appalled and shocked that Bush used the State of the Union to attack same-sex marriages and indicated that he would support a constitutional amendment. -Jean O'Leary

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

My mother, brave woman, lost her whole family when she decided to marry a black man in the '60s. When the marriage fell apart, she had to come back to her family. -Lisa Bonet

A good businessman never makes a contract unless he's sure he can carry it through, yet every fool on earth is perfectly willing to sign a marriage contract without considering whether he can live up to it or not. -Dalton Trumbo

My parents had a wonderful marriage, but it was a very dependent relationship. My mother was entirely dependent on my father because that's how it was in those days. -Erika Slezak

Most Kikuyu marriages were arranged on the basis of what is described by anthropologists as the bride price. -Louis Leakey

First love is first love, first marriage is first marriage, disappointment is disappointment. -Maximilian Schell

Of course, the simple explanation of the fact is that marriage is the most important act of man's life in Europe or America, and that everything depends upon it. -Lafcadio Hearn

French novels generally treat of the relations of women to the world and to lovers, after marriage; consequently there is a great deal in French novels about adultery, about improper relations between the sexes, about many things which the English public would not allow. -Lafcadio Hearn

I mean, we had on our show, we had marriages, divorces and other stuff going on. And that was just me. -Harvey Korman

They make Spy Kids, they make Scream, they make A Scary Movie. This doesn't do that, so it could be a very bad marriage. I'm trying to keep this potential nightmare quiet because we're just finishing editing. -Terry Gilliam

Daddy was real gentle with kids. That's why I expected so much out of marriage, figuring that all men should be steady and pleasant. -Loretta Lynn

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

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

It had not occurred to me that marriage requires the same effort as a career. And unlike a career, marriage requires a joint effort. -Jessica Savitch

In interviews I gave early on in my career, I was quoted as saying it was possible to have it all: a dynamic job, marriage, and children. In some respects, I was a social adolescent. -Jessica Savitch

Of my four marriages, the one to Bob Levitt is the only one I don't regret. -Ethel Merman

This marriage is no one's business but our own. -Bobby Darin

I'm most proud of the longevity of my marriage, my kids, and my grandchildren. If you don't have that, you really don't have very much. -Bob Newhart

I love John Irving's stuff. It's that marriage of comedy and tragedy. It's really terrific. -Jeff Bridges

I had a lousy marriage and I drank too much. -Pat Travers

There is no reason why marriage should necessarily compel an actress to forego her career. -Billie Burke

I've never quite understood why people marry; marriage is just an invented structure. -Julie Christie

I don't think he cheated on me. During the marriage, I think he was there. -Marla Maples

I was made to believe there was a plan in place for ending Donald's previous marriage. I pulled away because I wanted to allow him the time to deal with his wife. -Marla Maples

I remember driving home one evening while they were reviewing the papers on the radio. One of the articles was about me separating from my wife. It's a weird thing to listen to a news report about the break-up of your marriage. -Rory Bremner

It's not always been a happy marriage. I guess I wanted a quick fix. -David Byrne

I didn't know that President Bush would endorse a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. -Mary Cheney

It won't take 40 years for opposition to same-sex marriage to dissipate. -Mary Cheney

After three failed marriages, I know what it's like to be replaced. So that's kind of how Joey Harrington must feel today… A former No. 1 choice looks to me like he's going to be a bust in Detroit. -Terry Bradshaw

I found marriage somewhat stifling. I don't know that I am the kind of man who ought to be married. -Burt Lancaster

Sobering up was responsible for breaking up my marriage. That's what it couldn't stand. -James Taylor

Never stay in a bad marriage, and don't hang around with psycho coke fiends. -Joe Rogan

My second marriage had a lot to do with alcohol. -Mercedes McCambridge

Traditional marriage between a man and a woman has been a cornerstone of our society for generations. If we are going to change that, it ought to be done by the will of the people. -Steve Chabot

I think that, as with marriage, you just know when it's time to have kids. -Ashley Judd

My parents have a wonderful marriage, for many years. But I can't commit myself for such a long time. -Kim Wilde

I guess because the shows were activist in their own way – the marriage of my public activism and my career activism, you know – people understand me very well. They also understand there's a very strong bipartisan part in all of this. -Norman Lear

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 think the institution of marriage is a great idea, but for me it's just an idea. -Lara Flynn Boyle

I don't know of many evangelicals who want to deny gay couples their legal rights. However, most of us don't want to call it marriage, because we think that word has religious connotations, and we're not ready to see it used in ways that offend us. -Tony Campolo

But I think it's up to a local congregation to determine whether or not a marriage should be blessed of God. And it shouldn't be up to the government. -Tony Campolo

I contend the state ought to do its thing and provide legal rights for all couples who want to be joined together for life. The church should bless unions that it sees fit to bless, and they should be called marriages. -Tony Campolo

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

More than 1.1 million taxpayers in Pennsylvania will enjoy a lower tax rate, more than 1.4 million married couples will benefit from the reduction in the marriage penalty, and more than 1.1 million parents will have the advantage of an increased child tax credit. -Tim Murphy

My parents were both from Scotland, but had been resident in Lower Canada some time before their marriage, which took place in Montreal; and in that city I spent most of my life. -Maria Monk

Of course, bad marriages are so pervasive that they have invaded the faith community too. -Jerry B. Jenkins

There was no religious ceremony connected with marriage among us, while on the other hand the relation between man and woman was regarded as in itself mysterious and holy. -Charles Eastman

The clan is nothing more than a larger family, with its patriarchal chief as the natural head, and the union of several clans by intermarriage and voluntary connection constitutes the tribe. -Charles Eastman

After 14 years, it better be a real marriage, you know? We do have a great time together. We are really lucky. -Kyra Sedgwick

For me it's also – the music is equally as important. I mean I think as somebody who writes music, there just has to sort of be the marriage between both. -Katey Sagal

While 45 of the 50 States have either a State constitutional amendment or a statute that preserves the current definition of marriage, left-wing activist judges and officials at the local levels have struck down State laws protecting marriage. -John Boehner

And that is why marriage and family law has emphasized the importance of marriage as the foundation of family, addressing the needs of children in the most positive way. -John Boehner

Protecting the institution of marriage safeguards, I believe, the American family. -John Boehner

But I don't think that it's a form of family that I would be comfortable in. I've found a way to this character and this family, but I still believe that a marriage is between two people and not seven or three. -Jeanne Tripplehorn

My daughter is a good, caring, compassionate person. To me that's the true meaning of success, even though the marriages didn't work out. My success with my daughter is all that matters. -Charlene Tilton

The Amateur Marriage grew out of the reflection that of all the opportunities to show differences in character, surely an unhappy marriage must be the richest. -Anne Tyler

She worded it a bit strongly, but I do find myself more and more struck by the differences between the sexes. To put it another way: All marriages are mixed marriages. -Anne Tyler

I don't know nothing about no marriages or nothing. I ain't even never been to a wedding. -Mike Epps

There were times after my marriage ended where, you know, I really felt like I was at the bottom of a mountain, there was a great big, fog up there, and I'm never going to cross to the other side. -Lynn Redgrave

I don't want marriage. You know why? Because I did that. I did it for 32 years. -Lynn Redgrave

I had only two offers of marriage in my life, and I refused both. -Catherine Helen Spence

I think there are some people in life who are not marriage material and Chris is one of them. -Sharon Gless

I was just so lucky to have a wonderful life after a tough marriage. -Lynn Johnston

Anything outside marriage seems like freedom and excitement. -Jeanette Winterson

I find it disturbing that the media keeps referring to my marriage, since I got divorced in 1979. But the media never wants to let me forget. -Bianca Jagger

Instead, I think over the years we have cut the strength of marriage and relationships by the law and weakened the institution. We have tried to deal with relationships with no-fault divorce, with child custody, with so many other avenues; and it has not helped. -Timothy Murphy

I don't know what it takes to make marriage work, but I'm going to keep trying until I get it right. I haven't given up on love or marriage. -Stephanie Mills

Legislation to create a new 10 percent tax bracket, reduce the marriage penalty, cut the tax rate on dividends and capital gains, and increase the child tax credit have been essential elements in this economic expansion. -Roger Wicker

Today, I will vote in support of the Marriage Protection Amendment. I shall do so because like President Bush, I strongly believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman. -Nick Lampson

I was sent to a nice Church of England girls' school and at that time, after university, a woman was expected to become a teacher, a nurse or a missionary – prior to marriage. -Kate Adie

My marriage had been impulsive. That marriage should have been short-lived instead of the 23 years it spanned. -Joseph Barbera

If someone talks about union, fidelity, a monogamous relationship, love, blessing; I would say it sounds like marriage to me. And blessing, you see, I think is undermining our sacrament of marriage. -George Carey

We need uniform protection of traditional marriage. You can't have different definitions on something as fundamental as marriage. The Marriage Protection Amendment is the only solution to this problem. -Ernest Istook

Out of control judicial activism threatens traditional marriage in America. -Ernest Istook

I went through a long period of time in that marriage when I didn't believe anything was my fault. I had to face what my part was, and only because of that difficult work was I able to trust a man again. -Connie Sellecca

I don't believe in hasty marriages. -Anna Held

When the first fossils began to be found in eastern Africa, in the late 1950s, I thought, what a wonderful marriage this was, biology and anthropology. I was around 16 years old when I made this particular choice of academic pursuit. -Donald Johanson

I never had a policy about marriage. I got married very young in life and I always think in all relationships, I've always thought that it's counterproductive to have a theory on that. -Jack Nicholson

My marriage? Up to now everything's okay. But it's a real marriage – imperfect and very difficult. It's all about people evolving somewhat simultaneously through their lives. I think we've emotionally evolved. -Jamie Lee Curtis

My mother and stepfather were married 43 years, so I have watched a long marriage. I feel like I had a very good role model for that. And, you know, it's just a number. -Jamie Lee Curtis

I've always been suspicious of TV, I've always found music and video to be an unhappy marriage. -Keith Richards

When the rose and the cross are united the alchemical marriage is complete and the drama ends. Then we wake from history and enter eternity. -Robert Anton Wilson

I also think it was important for me and Freddie to be able to have a lot of time to share our lives at the beginning of our marriage rather than my coming home at 9 or 10 at night from the set. Things have really worked out for the best for both of us. -Sarah Michelle Gellar

By our Heavenly Father and only because of God, only because of God. We're like other couples. We do not get along perfectly; we do not go without arguments and, as I call them, fights, and heartache and pain and hurting each other. But a marriage is three of us. -Barbara Mandrell

There was a time in the marriage when I could no longer look at myself in a mirror, couldn't feel I was a nice person. A bad relationship can do that, can make you doubt everything good you ever felt about yourself. -Dionne Warwick

Marriages are under strain today in terms of economics. There are social cross-currents. We see failed marriages. But it is not under attack by our gay and lesbian citizens. -Earl Blumenauer

But I wanted marriage for myself. I was not calculating about it. I wish I was more calculating. -Linda McCartney

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

There were many women around. We all had a relationship with each other that was very strong. And all of our minds kind of hooked up. We rejected the society. We rejected marriage because we didn't like what our parents had. -Lynette Fromme

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

Have you ever heard of a good marriage growing in front of the cameras? -Brigitte Bardot

I am against marriage, and I don't give a fig for society. -Brigitte Bardot

I'm knocking our pitiful, pathetic lawmakers. And I thank God that President Bush has stated, we need a Constitutional amendment that states that marriage is between a man and a woman. -Jimmy Swaggart

I like marriage. The idea. -Toni Morrison

Most of these alternative arrangements, so-called, arise out of the ruins of marriages, not as an improvement of old fashioned marriage. -Christopher Lasch

Other than marriage, she doesn't control me and I don't control her. -Gavyn Davies

I think church and state should remain entirely separate at all costs, and that the decision of religious marriage should be of each faith to debate and decide free of political influence. -Adam Rickitt

Let me first state that I believe that marriage is a sacred union between one man and one woman. -Judy Biggert

Second, marriage is an issue that our Founding Fathers wisely left to the states. -Judy Biggert

No Congress ever has seen fit to amend the Constitution to address any issue related to marriage. No Constitutional Amendment was needed to ban polygamy or bigamy, nor was a Constitutional Amendment needed to set a uniform age of majority to ban child marriages. -Judy Biggert

Heather knows why and when her marriage ended with Richie and she knows why my marriage ended with Charlie. -Denise Richards

I believe I went through a divorce. My relationship with Ellen is no less significant as a marriage than my relationship to Coley. -Anne Heche

This is the kind of situation that can tear people apart. It tears at the fabric of your soul and can certainly tear at your marriage and ours has gotten only stronger. -Shelley Fabares

I support gay marriage. I believe they have a right to be as miserable as the rest of us. -Kinky Friedman

In the 1960s we were fighting to be recognized as equals in the marketplace, in marriage, in education and on the playing field. It was a very exciting, rebellious time. -Marlo Thomas

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the definition of a marriage as between one man and one woman. -Randy Neugebauer

Thousands of years and many civilizations have defined a marriage as the union between one man and one woman. With few exceptions, those civilizations that did not follow that perished. -Randy Neugebauer

Forty-five States, as the gentleman just said, have determined by people that were elected by the people of that State that marriage is the definition of one man and one woman. -Randy Neugebauer

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

So I really did stop and change what I saw I was about, and really try to put that principle into play as the center of everything – my friendships, my marriage, my career, my family, my way of being in the world. And that changed everything for me. -Kathy Mattea

It is sad that the Republican leadership is not as interested as they say they are in protecting the institution of marriage as they are in waging a campaign to divide and distract the American people from the real issues that need to be addressed. -Kendrick Meek

Studies have consistently shown that financial hardship is the biggest obstacle to heterosexual marriage, yet the Republican leadership has done precious little to help address the financial hardship faced by American families. -Kendrick Meek

My father was on the faculty in the Chemistry Department of Harvard University; my mother had one year of graduate work in physics before her marriage. -Kenneth G. Wilson

But I will agree that I think that things happen with people in relationships, that you might have been able to enjoy Morocco, say, if you weren't getting out of a bad marriage. You know what I mean? -Robert Downey, Jr.

Next month, I will celebrate my 30th anniversary of marriage with my beautiful bride, Vicki. Our marriage has been a blessing. I have gained even more respect for the institution over the past 3 decades and will defend it against attack. -Todd Tiahrt

Men act out like they're horrified by marriage, but when they find the woman of their dreams, they love it. -Rachel Hunter

I think that's one of the most difficult things in any marriage – in order to build anything, you must be together. You can't build anything over the telephone. -Julie London

To me marriage is for five or ten years. -Cher

God invented concubinage, satan marriage. -Francis Picabia

Love is often the fruit of marriage. -Moliere

Books and marriage go ill together. -Moliere

For me working on the marriage and not making the easy choice of cheating was something that I could not do. -Al Goldstein

Always remember that the most important thing in a good marriage is not happiness, but stability. -Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Our marriage is between us. If we decide to continue being together or not, it's our business. -Gwyneth Paltrow

I was against gay marriage until I realized I didn't have to get one. -James Carville

I don't see any reason for marriage when there is divorce. -Catherine Deneuve

A marriage is no amusement but a solemn act, and generally a sad one. -Queen Victoria

Courtship is to marriage, as a very witty prologue to a very dull play. -William Congreve

Nobody ever asks a father how he manages to combine marriage and a career. -Sam Ewing

Sleeping together is a euphemism for people, but tantamount to marriage with cats. -Marge Piercy

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

Little children are still the symbol of the eternal marriage between love and duty. -George Eliot

I am not against hasty marriages, where a mutual flame is fanned by an adequate income. -Will Durant

In a happy marriage it is the wife who provides the climate, the husband the landscape. -Gerald Brenan

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

A bride at her second marriage does not wear a veil. She wants to see what she is getting. -Helen Rowland

If there is such a thing as a good marriage, it is because it resembles friendship rather than love. -Michel de Montaigne

Many marriages would be better if the husband and the wife clearly understood that they are on the same side. -Zig Ziglar

How long before we have, not just homosexual marriage, but homosexual unions between adult men and small boys? -Randall Terry

Even though marriage is doomed, if you turned it into a job you like and really work at it – it can be salvaged. -Al Goldstein

I think the main reason my marriages failed is that I always loved too well but never wisely. -Ava Gardner

It is better to be unhappy in love than unhappy in marriage, but some people manage to be both. -Guy de Maupassant

My own early crusade for same-sex marriage, for example, is now mainstream gay politics. It wasn't when I started. -Andrew Sullivan

I'm done with men… I'm going to be alone. I have no luck with relationships. I don't think I'm made for marriage. -Halle Berry

With children no longer the universally accepted reason for marriage, marriages are going to have to exist on their own merits. -Eleanor Holmes Norton

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

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

Time turns the old days to derision, Our loves into corpses or wives; And marriage and death and division Make barren our lives. -Algernon Charles Swinburne

I always say now that I'm in my blonde years. Because since the end of my marriage, all of my girlfriends have been blonde. -Hugh Hefner

Seeing unhappiness in the marriage of friends, I was content to have chosen music and laughter as a substitute for a husband. -Elsa Maxwell

They say marriage will change you but it didn't change me. Being in love changed me. -R. Kelly

The only way marriage can work is if a man respects the woman and she is a thinking woman and he wants to work on the marriage. -Al Goldstein

I know all about cheating. I've had six very successful marriages. -Bobby Heenan

The weaker partner in a marriage is the one who loves the most. -Eleonora Duse

Neither of us entered marriage thinking it wouldn't be a strain. Life has strains in it, and he's the person I want to strain with. -Patricia Arquette

But I believe that there are marriages where you can have your pool table and she can have her scrapbooking room or garden or whatever it is. But when everyone has what they want, it's not funny. There's no conflict. -Brad Garrett

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

It was not a healthy marriage for long time. It was never about another man, it was about what my and Dennis's relationship could not sustain. -Meg Ryan

There is something revolting about the way girls' minds often jump to marriage long before they jump to love. And most of those minds are shut to what marriage really means. -Dodie Smith

Content and technology are strange bed fellows. We are joined together. Sometimes we misunderstand each other. But isn't that after all the definition of marriage? -Howard Stringer

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

Newlyweds, they have this ideal, this picture of what marriage is like, something similar of their favorite memories growing up. If only it were that simple. -William Taylor

Sometimes divorce is better than marriage. -Sumner Redstone

There is no subject on which more dangerous nonsense is talked and thought than marriage. -George Bernard Shaw

There is more of good nature than of good sense at the bottom of most marriages. -Henry David Thoreau

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

I invented the psychological histories and the relationship between Jack and Susan Stanton. I didn't know anything about the Clintons. I don't know more about the Clintons' marriage than you do. -Joe Klein

A so-called happy marriage corresponds to love as a correct poem to an improvised song. -Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

No person connected with me by blood or marriage will be appointed to office. -Rutherford B. Hayes

Whoever, fleeing marriage and the sorrows that women cause, does not wish to wed comes to a deadly old age. -Hesiod

Divorce these days is a religious vow, as if the proper offspring of marriage. -Tertullian

Every marriage tends to consist of an aristocrat and a peasant. Of a teacher and a learner. -John Updike

If we repealed all the laws of the world marriage would still exist. -Tom McClintock

Love before marriage is absolutely necessary. -Samuel Richardson

The media seems to think only abortion and gay marriage are religious issues. Poverty is a moral issue, it's a faith issue, it's a religious issue. -Jim Wallis

Before marriage, a man declares that he would lay down his life to serve you; after marriage, he won't even lay down his newspaper to talk to you. -Helen Rowland

Woman, or more precisely put, perhaps, marriage, is the representative of life with which you are meant to come to terms. -Franz Kafka

There is no loneliness like that of a failed marriage. -Alexander Theroux

A man's love, till it has been chastened and fastened by the feeling of duty which marriage brings with it, is instigated mainly by the difficulty of pursuit. -Anthony Trollope

Bring a wife home to your house when you are of the right age, not far short of 30 years, nor much above; this is the right time for marriage. -Hesiod

We want a marriage with our customers, not a relationship. -Daniel Drew

That a marriage ends is less than ideal; but all things end under heaven, and if temporality is held to be invalidating, then nothing real succeeds. -John Updike

One doesn't have to get anywhere in a marriage. It's not a public conveyance. -Iris Murdoch

I don't have this fantasy about marriage anymore. Everyone says it takes hard work. Well, it kind of does – and I'm much more pragmatic about romance than I used to be. -Jennifer Garner

Even in the common affairs of life, in love, friendship, and marriage, how little security have we when we trust our happiness in the hands of others! -William Hazlitt

What is marriage but prostitution to one man instead of many? -Angela Carter

Political promises are much like marriage vows. They are made at the beginning of the relationship between candidate and voter, but are quickly forgotten. -Dick Gregory

There are two kinds of marriages – where the husband quotes the wife and where the wife quotes the husband. -Clifford Odets

The first breath of adultery is the freest; after it, constraints aping marriage develop. -John Updike

What is marriage, is marriage protection or religion, is marriage renunciation or abundance, is marriage a stepping-stone or an end. What is marriage. -Gertrude Stein

After marriage, a woman's sight becomes so keen that she can see right through her husband without looking at him, and a man's so dull that he can look right through his wife without seeing her. -Helen Rowland

Of all actions of a man's life, his marriage does least concern other people, yet of all actions of our life tis most meddled with by other people. -John Selden

The clearest explanation for the failure of any marriage is that the two people are incompatible; that is, that one is male and the other female. -Anna Quindlen

Having federal officials, whether judges, bureaucrats, or congressmen, impose a new definition of marriage on the people is an act of social engineering profoundly hostile to liberty. -Ron Paul

Good marriages are made in heaven. Or some such place. -Robert Bolt

In almost every marriage there is a selfish and an unselfish partner. A pattern is set up and soon becomes inflexible, of one person always making the demands and one person always giving way. -Iris Murdoch

When I think of a merry, happy, free young girl – and look at the ailing, aching state a young wife generally is doomed to – which you can't deny is the penalty of marriage. -Queen Victoria

Who of us is mature enough for offspring before the offspring themselves arrive? The value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults. -Peter De Vries

Not cohabitation but consensus constitutes marriage. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

When undertaking marriage, everyone must be the judge of his own thoughts, and take counsel from himself. -Francois Rabelais

In marriage do thou be wise: prefer the person before money, virtue before beauty, the mind before the body; then thou hast a wife, a friend, a companion, a second self. -William Penn

Either marriage is a destiny, I believe, or there is no sense in it at all, it's a piece of humbug. -Max Frisch

It's risky in a marriage for a man to come home too late, but it can sometimes pose an even greater risk if he comes home too early. -Marcel Achard

To live for a principle, for the triumph of some reform by which all mankind are to be lifted up to be wedded to an idea may be, after all, the holiest and happiest of marriages. -Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Never again! I can see no reason for marriage – ever at all. I've had it. Three times is enough. -Ingrid Bergman

Only with our government are you given a certificate at birth, a license at marriage, and a bill at death. -Jennifer Dunn

Today the House has a chance to give 25 million married couples the best Valentine's Day gift possible, elimination from the most unfair of taxes, the marriage tax penalty. -Jerry Weller

If you cannot work on the marriage or the women is a moron, staying married and cheating makes the most sense because divorce is disruptive to the family life and your bank account. -Al Goldstein

I suffered, I really suffered, with all three of my husbands. And I tried damn hard with all three, starting each marriage certain that it was going to last until the end of my life. Yet none of them lasted more than a year or two. -Ava Gardner

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

If only the strength of the love that people feel when it is reciprocated could be as intense and obsessive as the love we feel when it is not; then marriages would be truly made in heaven. -Ben Elton

A woman asking 'Am I good? Am I satisfied?' is extremely selfish. The less women fuss about themselves, the less they talk to other women, the more they try to please their husbands, the happier the marriage is going to be. -Barbara Cartland

Many women cut back what had to be done at home by redefining what the house, the marriage and, sometimes, what the child needs. One woman described a fairly common pattern: I do my half. I do half of his half, and the rest doesn't get done. -Arlie Russell Hochschild

Although we hardly see each other off the set, Joy and I get along well when we do. As far as the marriage between Nathan and Haley, I think they are young and will see the reality of the situation eventually. -James Lafferty

The whole Haley-Nathan marriage deal was a pretty good twist huh? I hope we got all of you with it. That particular story line even suprised me when I read it, it's a good one and it'll provide for some good stories to come. -James Lafferty

I think it's something that needs to be said – that there are interracial marriages out there, and the couples live happy lives, and there's nothing wrong with it. -Tia Mowry

It devastates me now that I have been reduced to a Hollywood statistic – another joke marriage. -Sophia Bush

Public-opinion polls show that Americans split about evenly on civil unions. But when the words 'gay marriage' are presented, they break 3-to-1 against it. -Dick Morris

I understand why marriages break up over golf. I can't even talk about my own handicap because it's too upsetting. -Shia LaBeouf

I'm so wrapped up in my work that it's often impossible to consider other things in my life. My marriage ended in divorce because of this, my relationship with Holly has suffered by this. -Jim Carrey

Another argument, vaguer and even less persuasive, is that gay marriage somehow does harm to heterosexual marriage. I have yet to meet anyone who can explain to me what this means. In what way would allowing same-sex partners to marry diminish the marriages of heterosexual couples? -Ted Olson

The very idea of marriage is basic to recognition as equals in our society; any status short of that is inferior, unjust, and unconstitutional. -Ted Olson

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 don't think there is such a definition of a perfect family, but I do think that our marriages are in crisis. Our families are in crisis. And I think the African-American family is at one of the worst stages it's been at in a very long time in this country. Fatherlessness is rampant. -Leah Ward Sears

I'd like to see marriage count again among African-Americans and not just in the society in general. -Leah Ward Sears

Feminism is dated? Yes, for privileged women like my daughter and all of us here today, but not for most of our sisters in the rest of the world who are still forced into premature marriage, prostitution, forced labor – they have children that they don't want or they cannot feed. -Isabel Allende

I don't know if I believe in marriage. I believe in family, love and children. -Penelope Cruz

I am fiscally prudent and socially progressive. I believe in protecting a woman's right to choose. I believe in marriage equality. -Andrew Cuomo

We'll sort of get over the marriage first and then maybe look at the kids. But obviously we want a family so we'll have to start thinking about that. -Prince William

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

I'm not convinced about marriage. Divorce is so easy, and that fact that gay people are not allowed to marry takes much of the meaning out of it. Committing yourself to one person is sacred. -Natalie Portman

Sticking with a marriage. That's true grit, man. -Jeff Bridges

I don't know, one out of every two marriages ends up in divorce so there's a lot of great people out there who people aren't happy with. -Mark Ruffalo

I ran to my marriage, I was happily ready to take on marriage. -Mark Ruffalo

I'm 0 for 3 with marriage – the scoreboard doesn't lie, never has. So what we all have is a marriage of the heart. To sully or contaminate or radically disrespect this union with a shameful contract is something that I will leave to the amateurs and the Bible grippers. -Charlie Sheen

I tried marriage. I'm 0 for 3 with the marriage thing. So, being a ballplayer – I believe in numbers. I'm not going 0 for 4. I'm not wearing a golden sombrero. -Charlie Sheen

Now I'm a wife and a mother of two. It's a really different role. I always referred to No Doubt as a marriage, because that's what it's like to be together for so long and go through what we've been through. I can't really have that relationship with them anymore. -Gwen Stefani

In 1977 we played America and Europe three times, and Japan – my marriage suffered as a result. My then wife took the kids to Canada to be near her parents. -Phil Collins

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

I'm always told that what I say is controversial. Why is it controversial? Because I speak from a tradition that has now fallen out of favor with the dominant media in this country. And so when I say things like marriage should be between one man and one woman, I'm called a bigot. -Rick Santorum

I've exchanged messages and photos of an explicit nature with about six women over the last three years. For the most part, these communications took place before my marriage, though some have sadly took place after. To be clear, I have never met any of these women or had physical relationships at any time. -Anthony Weiner

I'll always be sad that my marriage ended. -Shania Twain

I left my marriage knowing I'd have to work. I have. -Sarah Ferguson

The mark of a good marriage is partnership and continuing to feel inspired by your spouse. I had that with Tao. But the end is not necessarily the tragedy. Staying in a relationship that is no longer working is the tragedy. Living unhappily – that's the tragedy. -Olivia Wilde

I love the institution of marriage, and I love my marriage. -Kyle Chandler

I think it's best if there's an amendment that goes on the ballot where the people can weigh in. Every time this issue has gone on the ballot, the people have voted to retain the traditional definition of marriage as recently as California in 2008. -Michele Bachmann

I do support a constitutional amendment on marriage between a man and a woman, but I would not be going into the states to overturn their state law. -Michele Bachmann

I think you may see again a rise at the federal government level for a – a call for the federal constitutional amendment, because people want to make sure that this definition of marriage remains secure, because after all, the family is the fundamental unit of government. -Michele Bachmann

It wasn't a good idea to work on 'Naked' in the first months of a marriage. I was living apart from my wife in a flat overflowing with books I was reading for the part. -David Thewlis

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

I have a lady, she's a great lady. I love her a lot, she loves me. We're on the same page. Whenever that day happens when we're not on the same page we'll move forward with it. We're interested in having our lives be our lives right now and not a third person's vis-a-vis marriage and whatever that means. -Jon Hamm

It couldn't be a simpler answer. Marriage doesn't really mean anything to me. I feel like in many ways marriage is more for the families of the couple than for the people involved, so I don't gravitate to it. -Jon Hamm

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 an encourage us to dream of becoming prime minister or president. -Indra Nooyi

The press is just not your friend when it comes to a marriage. That's why we didn't sell the pictures of our wedding, and we got offered millions of dollars for them, millions. -Katy Perry

I believe marriage should be between one man and one woman. That's my view, and that'll be the view of our state because I wouldn't sign a bill that – like the one that was in New York. -Chris Christie

I don't do marriage. I think it's incredibly naff. And I don't like vulgar displays of ostentation. -Jenny Eclair

I've always wanted to be independent and answer for myself. That probably is the part of me I would class to be feminist. I'd like to have children; marriage I have a bit of an issue with. -Kelly Brook

Crucial to understanding federalism in modern day America is the concept of mobility, or 'the ability to vote with your feet.' If you don't support the death penalty and citizens packing a pistol – don't come to Texas. If you don't like medicinal marijuana and gay marriage, don't move to California. -Rick Perry

It is statistically proven that the strongest institution that guarantees procreation and continuity of the generations is marriage between one man and one woman. We don't want genocide. We don't want to destroy the sacred institution of marriage. -Alveda King

People need jobs, people need happy and successful lives; there should be marriage between one man and one woman, there should the value of person from conception until natural death. -Alveda King

It's the best marriage of songs and production. But I have to say, I have an affinity for Bossanova. -Joey Santiago

I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage. But when you start playing around with constitutions, just to prohibit somebody who cares about another person, it just seems to me that's not what America's about. Usually, our constitutions expand liberties, they don't contract them. -Barack Obama

But to sustain a marriage for 50 years, you have to get real a little bit and find someone who is understanding and who you can grow with. My mom always says, 'Marry the man who loves you a millimeter more.' -Ali Larter

But marriage goes in waves. You've got to be patient. People bail and give up on their marriages way too early. They just don't put the work and the effort into it. You've got to suck up your ego a lot of times, because that can be a big downfall. -Anna Benson

People quit on jobs. They quit on marriages. They quit on school. There's an immediacy of this day and age that doesn't lend itself to being committed to anything. -Emily Blunt

Marriage is something that needs to be worked on every day. I don't know if I'm the one to give marital advice since I've only been married for a little over a year, but marriage is certainly easier if you are open, trusting and loving. -Emily Blunt

I am hoping this is my year to have children. I understand that I am possibly more European in my views of marriage. I am not going to say I'm not going to get married, but it's not my priority. -Emily Procter

When you're suddenly pregnant and no one is standing by your side, even if you're in your 30s, it's a hard conversation. I'm a traditional girl, and I believe in marriage, and I just always thought that's the way I'd be doing this. -Bridget Moynahan

I highly suggest marriage to all my friends who are dating. -Jerry O'Connell

To be honest, marriage doesn't scare me and that, it's just once you've been together for so long, if you haven't got any kids it's just a big expensive day out for everyone else to enjoy, isn't it? -Karl Pilkington

The biggest problem in my life is trying to be the kind of man that I want to be, the father that I want to be, and how to process the failure of my marriage. -Ethan Hawke

I always felt that a marriage works best at a farm… where you're together and everybody has clear-cut roles; they have chores, 'you take care of this' and you know. But it's hard. -Ethan Hawke

People used to say my son looked like a Mexican Biggie. And when he was first born, memories of Biggie… you know, we didn't always have the greatest days. For at least half the length of our marriage we were separated, so everyday was definitely not a good day. -Faith Evans

I guess you kind of got to realize that once you in a marriage, whatever it is, you gotta deal with it. Not necessarily that you got to accept it, but you have to deal with it and try your best to make it work for you, for the both of you. -Faith Evans

My first marriage was totally unsuitable and shouldn't have happened. It was a whirlwind, rebound thing. I was 23 or 24 – a baby. -Carol Vorderman

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

If we did not look to marriage as the principal source of happiness, fewer marriages would end in tears. -Anthony Storr

I was a Christian. I didn't want to have sex before marriage, I was a bit uptight and not very self-confident. I was a virgin until I was 26. -Jimmy Carr

I should have been out there having a wild time like all the other girls my age, but I wasn't. I was going home every night to what was, initially, a very happy marriage. -Amanda Holden

Some of the best advice I got from a close friend is marriage is always looked at from the world as 50/50 as to working together to make that 100 percent. -Brian Littrell

Even if you plan a marriage and a family, you are never quite prepared for the reality versus how you imagined it. In a lot of ways it's better, and in a lot of ways it's worse. That's life, right? -Katherine Heigl

I know in my own marriage I stayed in it to provide my son with what I thought was a stable background and to give him what I thought was the family life a child should have with two parents. But that isn't always the best way, and it took me taking my son to therapy after the divorce to really see it. -Regina King

Homosexuality is against nature. Sexual expression is permitted only within marriage, between man and woman, male and female. Anything else is an abnormality and is against nature. -Pope Shenouda III

The Obama administration now has regulations that tells them that they can no longer promote marriage to these young girls. They can no longer promote marriage as a way of avoiding poverty and bad choices that they make in their life. They can no longer even teach abstinence education. They have to be neutral with respect to how people behave. -Rick Santorum

My view is that marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman. That's the position I've had for some time, and I don't intend to make any adjustments at this point… Or ever, by the way. -Mitt Romney

Marriage equality is about more than just marriage. It's about something greater. It's about acceptance. -Charlize Theron

I treat my relationships like marriages. The ceremony isn't that important to me. -Charlize Theron

I only gave out my opinion that same sex marriage is against the law of God. -Manny Pacquiao

My mom, Emilie, always taught me to think hard about marriage. -Alyson Hannigan

I'm all for same-sex marriage. -Tori Spelling

My parents separated when I was four. It wasn't the smoothest of divorces, but then as my mother always says, you can't have a passionate marriage without a passionate divorce. -Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Our marriage is grounded in the word of God. That's really it. God is the core of our marriage, and the foundation and the blueprint for it is how we live, and being open and honest and communicating, but ultimately doing what pleases God, and not in a selfish manner. -Candace Cameron Bure

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

How do you explain the bond between man and wife? Well, for one thing, it's private. What people do in their own marriage is their own business. -Robin Gibb

I don't think young men or women should feel pressured into marriage. You shouldn't marry anyone, in my opinion, who you have to try hard for. -Rachael Ray

I like being independent. I don't think that marriage means you're not independent, but right now I'm very comfortable, and I'm probably the happiest I've ever been. I feel solid. I feel safe. -Sandra Lee

I'm an activist for gay marriage equality and children's rights. I'm the face of Share Our Strength. -Sandra Lee

I don't know what my version of a relationship or marriage is yet, because the typical model seems a little broken to me. -Michelle Williams

In Hollywood, marriages are kind of expected to fail. -Gabrielle Union

My older sister was at the cusp of new wave, and I had older brothers from my father's first marriage who were rock 'n' roll guys, so I was exposed to a lot of popular culture. -Paul Thomas Anderson

Well, marriage doesn't function in the way it used to in terms of deciding our fate, but it's in our heads, and it determines a lot of our actions. Like, right now, if you think about gay marriage – and they just started having the first gay marriages in New York – it shows what a potent idea marriage remains for people. -Jeffrey Eugenides

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

Do not miss your children's childhood. Do not be away 200 nights a year as I was. Do not put strains on your marriage or family. -Joe Scarborough

When I heard the royal family wanted to have me perform in celebration of Prince William's marriage, I knew I had to give them a little something. 'Wet' is the perfect anthem for Prince William or any playa to get the club smokin'. -Snoop Dogg

I say I never wanna get married. I feel trapped with the idea of marriage. How can you really be with somebody forever? I'd get bored! As I get older, I don't settle. I'd rather tell somebody 'This is what I want – take it or leave it.' -Amanda Bynes

I've never understood what the upside of marriage would be for me personally. -Arsenio Hall

I love being in a relationship, but marriage isn't for me. -Arsenio Hall

This is a good time to ask apologists for the Islamic regime, who degrades Islam? Who imposes stoning, forced marriage of underage girls and flogging for not wearing the veil? Do such practices represent Iran's ancient history and culture, its ethnic and religious diversity? Its centuries of sensual and subversive poetry? -Azar Nafisi

In terms of my marriage, you know, falling in love with my husband was by far the best thing that's ever happened to me. -Caroline Kennedy

I think that every state in the union should recognize same-sex marriage. -Cass Sunstein

My wife disagrees with 100 percent of what I say. That's the same marriage I have. -Curtis Sliwa

I've always been wary of marriage. -Cynthia Nixon

Straight couples don't have to be monogamous to be married or married to be monogamous. Monogamy no more defines marriage than the presence of children does. Monogamy isn't compulsory and its absence doesn't invalidate a marriage. -Dan Savage

The cultural expectation should be if there's infidelity, the marriage is more important than fidelity. -Dan Savage

Most Americans don't care about gay marriage. -Dan Savage

In a sacred ground like marriage, you find yourself out of it at certain times for reasons unknown that can be destructive. There could be a demon that kind of comes out and overtakes you. -David Boreanaz

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

I guess I just feel bad that I'm still going on bad dates when I should really be in a bad marriage by now. -Laura Kightlinger

I was always anti-marriage. I didn't understand monogamy. I couldn't figure out how that could last. And then I met Bryn and I started to understand the beauty of constancy and history and change and going on the roller coaster with someone – of having a partner in life. -Maria Bello

I think there are a whole host of things that are civil rights, and then there are other things – such as traditional marriage – that, I think, express a community's concern and regard for a particular institution. -Barack Obama

I don't think marriage is a civil right, but I think that being able to transfer property is a civil right. -Barack Obama

What I believe is that marriage is between a man and a woman, but what I also believe is that we have an obligation to make sure that gays and lesbians have the rights of citizenship that afford them visitations to hospitals, that allow them to be, to transfer property between partners, to make certain that they're not discriminated on the job. -Barack Obama

Culture, what you believe, what you value, how you live matters. Now, as fundamental as these principles are, they may become topics of democratic debates from time to time, so it is today with the enduring institution of marriage. Marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman. -Mitt Romney

You can't wake up one day and say 'I'm for gay marriage,' and wake up the next day and say 'I'm against it.' Wake up one day and say, 'I'm pro-choice,' and the next day wake up and say, 'I'm pro-life.' There's no credibility there. -Roger Stone

I think marriage is ghastly. -Rupert Everett

I don't particularly think marriage is a sane thing. -Sean Young

I think gay marriage should be the national law. -Rose McGowan

I know I'm guilty of and I think a lot of people are guilty of sort of getting starry-eyed with love and sort of looking over the bad things and keep going and you don't really prepare for how much work marriage really is. -John Krasinski

After 45 years of marriage, when I have an argument with my wife, if we don't agree, we do what she wants. But, when we agree, we do what I want! -Jacques Pepin

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

Culture and tradition have to change little by little. So 'new' means a little twist, a marriage of Japanese technique with French ingredients. My technique. Indian food, Korean food; I put Italian mozzarella cheese with sashimi. I don't think 'new new new.' I'm not a genius. A little twist. -Masaharu Morimoto

A lot of people seem to want to make the institution of marriage substitute for a real relationship. -Susan Faludi

As it relates to society in general, I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.' -Dan T. Cathy

You know for many elected officials they all started in the same place. You know marriage is between a man and a woman, but they understand that they are moving inevitably, catching up to the American public. -James McGreevey

Civil union is less than marriage. Marriage is a sacred and valued institution and ought to be afforded equal protection. -James McGreevey

My father was a Catholic, but my mother wasn't. She had to do that weird deal you do as a Catholic – they deign to sanction your marriage and you have to bring your children up as Catholics. -Jared Harris

No, I think marriage is a great thing. -David Copperfield

For a romantic comedy to be three hours long, that's longer than most marriages. -David Fincher

A good marriage is different to a happy marriage. -Debra Winger

I wanted my marriage to work, but it didn't. -Diane Abbott

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

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

To try and stand outside the marriage, I'd say we have complementary capabilities. I do the hustling and the business. I do more script reading. I handle contracts. -Hume Cronyn

To me, marriage is the ultimate mystery. -Gillian Flynn

I respect the fact that many denominations have different points of view with respect to gay marriage and they can hold that in the sanctity in the place of their religion and not bless them or solemnize them. -Colin Powell

In terms of the legal matter of creating a contract between two people that's called marriage, and allowing them to live together with the protection of law, it seems to me is the way we should be moving in this country. -Colin Powell

I believe the home and marriage is the foundation of our society and must be protected. -Billy Graham

The Bible is clear – God's definition of marriage is between a man and a woman. -Billy Graham

The details surrounding both my marriage and subsequent filing for divorce are private, and I had hoped to keep them that way for the sake of my family. -Eminem

I'm not for gay marriage, but I'm not for discriminating against people. -Joel Osteen

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

I read somewhere that Mitt and I have a 'storybook marriage.' Well, in the storybooks I read, there were never long, long, rainy winter afternoons in a house with five boys screaming at once. And those storybooks never seemed to have chapters called MS or breast cancer. -Ann Romney

And let me make this very clear – unlike President Obama, I will not raise taxes on the middle class. As president, I will protect the sanctity of life. I will honor the institution of marriage. And I will guarantee America's first liberty: the freedom of religion. -Mitt Romney

At my core, what I think we need to do is to get the basics right again. We need to rebuild our family structure, stay away from redefining marriage, and stand by marriage as a union between a man and a woman. -Sam Brownback

I believe in the sanctity of marriage. -Sam Brownback

Obama's position on marriage is brazenly cynical. -David Limbaugh

You can't know about marriage until you try it. -Greg Evigan

Gay marriage is the last bastion of, to me… as a legal, ceremonial, sentimental and religious side, it's one of the last steps. Retaining your job being one of the earlier steps, like, not getting kicked out of your job because you're gay. -Gus Van Sant

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.

Traditional marriage is what should be sanctioned. -Jeb Bush

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

I believe in traditional marriage and I believe in the Defense of Marriage Act. -Herman Cain

Nations fight against nations, in marriages people fight against each other, children fight against each other. We are in warfare, in a national warfare, and in warfare with each other and with ourselves. -Charles Stanley

I would love to have the same rights as everybody else. I would love, I don't care if it's called marriage. I don't care if it's called, you know, domestic partnership. I don't care what it's called. -Ellen DeGeneres

So many people prefer to live in drama because it's comfortable. It's like someone staying in a bad marriage or relationship – it's actually easier to stay because they know what to expect every day, versus leaving and not knowing what to expect. -Ellen DeGeneres

In marriage, compromise nurtures the relationship. -Tim Allen

I was gone so much in my first marriage. I love the moments when I engage with my youngest daughter now. It's not my thing to sit on the ground and play tea party, but I'll do it because it's a moment that will stick with me forever. -Tim Allen

Take this marriage thing seriously – it has to last all the way to the divorce. -Roseanne Barr

If I felt, in the event of a royal wedding, inspired to write about people coming together in marriage or civil partnership, I would just be grateful to have an idea for the poem. And if I didn't, I'd ignore it. -Carol Ann Duffy

When you're a father in a marriage, you sort of become the mother's assistant. And you sort of get a list from her every day and you run down the list and it feels very much like a chore. -Louis C. K.

I have no useful theories about love and marriage. -Michael Cunningham

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

You know, I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. -Carly Fiorina

Gay marriage is going to happen. It must. -Lady Gaga

I think that sense of humor is important in marriage. A sense of humor gets people through marriage. -Connie Britton

There is a big misconception about arranged marriage. Yes, it can mean that you meet someone and then have to marry them, but this was my mother saying, 'I'm going to introduce you to so-and-so – If you don't like them, fair enough.' -Archie Panjabi

I regret that I wasn't more successful with my marriages, but it is what it is. -Ted Turner

I was very influenced by the musicals and romantic comedies of the 1930s. I admired Gene Harlow and such, which probably explains why, since the end of my marriage, I've dated nothing but a succession of blondes. -Hugh Hefner

I'm more afraid of marriage than death. -Shakira

Now that virtually every career is an option for ambitious girls, it can no longer be considered regressive or reactionary to reintroduce discussion of marriage and motherhood to primary education. We certainly do not want to return to the simplistic duality of home economics classes for girls and wood shop for boys. -Camille Paglia

I have not supported same-sex marriage. I have supported civil partnerships and contractual relationships. -Hillary Clinton

There are few more powerful tools for promoting stability than the institution of marriage. -Iain Duncan Smith

Over the years the political establishment has frowned if a mainstream politician mentions marriage. -Iain Duncan Smith

We live in grief for having left the womb, for having left the teat, then school, then home. In my case, it was leaving marriages, and the death of my wife. -William Shatner

I love the concept of togetherness and the entwinement of marriage. -William Shatner

The problem for those who assert biblical authority in support of traditional definitions of marriage is that one could, with equal validity, assert that the lending of money or certain kinds of haircuts are forbidden by God, or that slavery and the subjugation of women are authorized by the Lord. -Jon Meacham

We believe that marriage, by its very definition, can exist only between a man and a woman. Moreover, study after study – not to mention common sense – show that children fare better in life when raised in a home with a loving father and mother in a stable, committed relationship. -Salvatore J. Cordileone

I want to focus on the importance of supporting marriage. I always speak about the need to respect everyone's human dignity – regardless of their sexual orientation. I think strengthening marriage is something that benefits everyone. -Salvatore J. Cordileone

The reality of marriage as the union of a mother and a father is grounded in our very biology. -Salvatore J. Cordileone

In places where marriage's core meaning has been altered through legal action, officials are beginning to target for punishment those believers and churches that refuse to adapt. -Salvatore J. Cordileone

If marriage can be redefined so that it no longer means a man and a woman but two men or two women, why stop there? Why not allow three men or a woman and two men to constitute a marriage? -Keith O'Brien

Redefining marriage will have huge implications for what is taught in our schools, and for wider society. It will redefine society since the institution of marriage is one of the fundamental building blocks of society. The repercussions of enacting same-sex marriage into law will be immense. -Keith O'Brien

There is no doubt that, as a society, we have become blase about the importance of marriage as a stabilising influence and less inclined to prize it as a worthwhile institution. -Keith O'Brien

Same-sex marriage would eliminate entirely in law the basic idea of a mother and a father for every child. It would create a society which deliberately chooses to deprive a child of either a mother or a father. -Keith O'Brien

No Government has the moral authority to dismantle the universally understood meaning of marriage. -Keith O'Brien

Clearly, if it is sensible to hold a referendum on independence, it is crucial that we have one on marriage. It is the only way the country can move forward on this issue. Let all those who have a view on this subject place their trust in the Scottish people and let Scotland decide. -Keith O'Brien

The church's teaching on marriage is unequivocal, it is uniquely, the union of a man and a woman and it is wrong that governments, politicians or parliaments should seek to alter or destroy that reality. -Keith O'Brien

I might be celibate, but I appreciate the wonder of the sacrament of marriage. -Keith O'Brien

There are more than 30 states, who either by statute or constitutional amendment, have defined marriage as being between a man and a woman. -John Thune

We can practice tolerance while still holding true to cultural values that protect the institution of marriage as a union between only a man and a woman. -Ken Calvert

If it's not working before you get married, marriage isn't going to fix it. -Courtney Thorne-Smith

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

All careers go up and down like friendships, like marriages, like anything else, and you can't bat a thousand all the time. -Julie Andrews

Cross-cultural marriage is difficult, especially when one person has to live in another country. But I thought there was a very good chance of it working because people grow together if they have a common passion. -Imran Khan

I don't know what makes a marriage work. My husband and I don't have it right at all; it's very tough on him. From the outside it looks like it's all about me – I have a glorious career and he doesn't. -Emily Watson

My parents' long and happy marriage was a great ideal to live up to, but a tough one. -Olivia Williams

On the one hand, the idea of marriage and the sort of traditional family life repulses me. But on the other hand, I long for it, you know what I mean? I'm constantly in conflict with things. And it is because of my past and my upbringing and the journey that I've been on. -Madonna Ciccone

I didn't think marriage worked. I thought everybody who was married was secretly miserable – that it was something they just put up with for their children. -Salma Hayek

To me, marriage is partly a religious thing and I'm not religious. -Alastair Campbell

Every marriage is a mystery to me, even the one I'm in. So I'm no expert on it. -Hillary Clinton

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

My decision to end my marriage was such a risk to lose ratings and lose my fan base. I had to take that risk for my inner peace and to be happy with myself. -Kim Kardashian

My father was very big on marriage. -Sidney Poitier

Spending only what the country can afford, rewarding savings, encouraging independence, supporting marriage: people know that these things are common sense. -William Hague

I've always been anti-marriage for men until they become mature. As a species we don't mature until we're in our 60s. -Gene Simmons

The biggest financial pitfall in life is divorce. And the biggest reason for divorce is marriage. -Gene Simmons

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

I support gay marriage. I support gay marriage because I believe Conservatives support the institutions of commitment. -George Osborne

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

The sad truth is that the civil rights movement cannot be reborn until we identify the causes of black suffering, some of them self-inflicted. Why can't black leaders organize rallies around responsible sexuality, birth within marriage, parents reading to their children and students staying in school and doing homework? -Henry Louis Gates

In 1989 when I switched from Democrat to Republican, with God as my witness, not one thing changed about what I believed about one man and one woman in a marriage or about diversity of color. That's a good thing. -J. C. Watts

I didn't want to be one of those women who wake up at 63 years old and realize they've missed the window of opportunity for marriage and children. -Alanis Morissette

I did commit to myself that I would not jump back into being the workaholic that I can be before I gave myself an honest opportunity to create the marriage of my dreams and to create the beginning of the family of my dreams, and that took a hot second. -Alanis Morissette

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

I'm receiving 300 to 500 letters every week from people telling me that God used my stories to save their marriage or to introduce them to Christ or to heal a relationship that had been broken. -Karen Kingsbury

In my marriages, I'd lost parts of who I was because I was trying to mold myself into what I thought a man wanted me to be. -Jane Fonda

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

Well, you know, the definition of second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience. -George Will

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

Coming to terms with the fact that my marriage was a failure was devastating and very difficult. -Sarah McLachlan

It's all kind of a big illusion: the white picket fence and the perfect marriage and the kids. Check that box off, check that box off, and move forward. -Sarah McLachlan

The tabloids, instead of being about alien babies and stuff, it's my triplets, quadruplets, marriages, feuds. -Jennifer Aniston

A key to keeping your husband is getting him to miss you. That keeps a marriage fresh. -Tori Amos

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

I'm so grateful for the marriages that I have had. I wouldn't be who I am today if I hadn't had those. -Cheryl Tiegs

I would like it to be known that I have decided not to marry Group Capt. Peter Townsend. Mindful of the church's teaching that Christian marriage is indissoluble, and conscious of my duty to the Commonwealth, I have resolved to put these considerations before any others. -Princess Margaret

Obviously, the anti-ERA people are tickled about my ordeal because it proves that the ERA breaks up families. When they point out that feminism is a dangerous thing, I just say marriage is pretty precarious too. -Sonia Johnson

President Bush once said that marriage is a sacred institution and should be reserved for the union of one man and one woman. If this is the case – and most Americans would agree with him on this – then I have to ask: Why is the government at all involved in marrying people? -Tony Campolo

If marriage really is a sacred institution, then why is the government controlling it, especially in a nation that affirms separation of church and state? -Tony Campolo

I believe in marriage. I believe marriage is a really important institution, it's one of the most important institutions we have. -Theresa May

I believe in traditional marriage. -Karl Rove

Well, marriage is a very important part of our culture and our society. If we want to have a hopeful and decent society, we ought to aim for the ideal. -Karl Rove

Well, my view before was a Western view, and I certainly understand marriage equality and civil rights, equal rights for all, but having visited developing nations and some of the poorest nations in the world, I realize how deep it goes and how much work really needs to be done to create equality for all. -Jason Mraz

My kids have moved more in their twenties, you know, than my parents have moved in nearly 40-something years of marriage before they died. So there's a part of me that laments what we have lost, and that is a sense of community. -Mike Huckabee

Sham marriages have been widespread; people have been allowed to settle in Britain without being able to speak English; and there have not been rules in place to stop migrants becoming a burden on the taxpayer. We are changing all of that. -Theresa May

I've always been comfortable working with women and I've had two happy marriages. Draw what conclusions you like from that. -Vince Cable

Right now, I'm not really thinking about marriage. -Adam Lambert

My marriage was breaking up, and my marriage with Chong was breaking up. I had to come back and kind of start on my own again. -Cheech Marin

I do not think that marriage is one of my talents. I've been much happier unmarried than married. -Doris Lessing

I don't know why someone else's marriage has anything to do with me. -Elizabeth Edwards

I'm completely comfortable with gay marriage. -Elizabeth Edwards

I could be wrong, but I think heterosexual marriage is threatened more by heterosexuals. I don't know why gay marriage challenges my marriage in any way. -Elizabeth Edwards

I don't know how it is for women or for other guys, but when I was young and in my 20s, I had a fear of marriage. -Jeff Bridges

I love marriage. -Jeff Bridges

Men tell me that I've saved their marriages. It costs them a fortune in shoes, but it's cheaper than a divorce. So I'm still useful, you see. -Manolo Blahnik

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 think that sense of humor is important in marriage. A sense of humor gets people through marriage. -Kyle Chandler

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

Let us be honest with each other. The threat to marriage is not the gays. It is a lack of loving commitment – whether it is found in the form of neglect, indifference, cruelty or adultery, to name just a few manifestations of the loveless desert in which too many marriages come to grief. -Malcolm Turnbull

Do the bishops seriously imagine that legalising gay marriage will result in thousands of parties to heterosexual marriages suddenly deciding to get divorced so they can marry a person of the same sex? -Malcolm Turnbull

Those who condemn gay marriage, yet are silent or indifferent to the breakdown of marriage and divorce, are, in my view, missing the real issue. -Malcolm Turnbull

I would absolutely, definitely never sell my wedding pictures to a magazine. I'd like it to be a special day, not a photo shoot. And once you've done that, your marriage becomes everybody else's business. -Katherine Jenkins

I don't know if I'm built for marriage. -Jamie Foxx

I've had two terrific relationships, but both ended in marriage. -Jane Seymour

I don't understand what the big deal is with gay marriage. Get over it, people. -Kristin Chenoweth

I don't know why, but the older I get the more interested I get in my parents' marriage. And it's interesting to be married yourself, too, because there is an inevitable comparison. -Jhumpa Lahiri

My parents had an arranged marriage, as did so many other people when I was growing up. My father came and had a life in the United States one way and my mother had a different one, and I was very aware of those things. I continue to wonder about it, and I will continue to write about it. -Jhumpa Lahiri

I couldn't bear a marriage in which one partner hinges on the other. -Clive Owen

Is marriage for ever? I think you get married with the intention that it will be, but who knows? -Courteney Cox

It's so easy to grow apart; marriage takes work. -Courteney Cox

I feel like I've got this anti-marriage thing, but it's less that and more I'm overthinking it to get it right. -David Spade

I believe that the dissolution of a marriage comes about by the breaking down of self-esteem. -Dixie Carter

My mother had a son from previous marriage and her husband died in Second World War. -Mikhail Baryshnikov

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

There is nothing wrong with your marriage if you're dealing with bills and kids and the broken garbage disposal and in-laws and work demands. That's a normal marriage. -Phil McGraw

I come from divorce. I'm only doing marriage once. It's not a game for me. -Shia LaBeouf

I am for gay marriage. Or same-sex marriage. I don't want to say it the wrong way. I think people are sensitive to it. I have been painted as being this right-wing zealot on choice. Nothing could be further from the truth. -Harold Ford, Jr.

The rule with marriage is the less you talk about it the better, as far as I can tell. -Jennifer Garner

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

I'm not that big a fan of marriage as an institution and I don't know why women need to have children to be seen as complete human beings. -Marisa Tomei

I believe it's a real tedious hostage negotiation to have a marriage be what it is. -Brad Garrett

My mom and my dad were married 56 years, and the fact that I reconciled with my dad I think made their marriage a little bit better as well. -Larry Elder

In a broken marriage, it can be challenging and tough to get that work/life balance. I love performing but I also love being a mum, and I hate having to choose between them. -Toni Braxton

I think the institute of marriage is a noble thing. The idea of a partner for life is incredibly romantic. But now we're living to 100. A hundred years ago people were dying at age 37. Til death do us part was a much different deal. -Debra Messing

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 think it's unfortunate that there exists only one path in America to complete social legitimacy, and that is marriage. I think, for instance, that it would be far easier for Americans to elect a black president or a female president than an unmarried president. -Elizabeth Gilbert

I think sometimes we look at other people's marriages and we think they must always be so happy together. I don't know anybody who's married for a long time who hasn't somehow made room in their love story for the hate and resentment that they sometimes feel toward each other. -Elizabeth Gilbert

Unfenced by law, the unmarried lover can quit a bad relationship at any time. But you – the legally married person who wants to escape doomed love – may soon discover that a significant portion of your marriage contract belongs to the State, and that it sometimes takes a very long while for the State to grant you your leave. -Elizabeth Gilbert

Men go into marriage with virtually no expectations whatsoever. Ten years later, the men are delightfully surprised to find out that it's actually kind of nice, and the women have sort of had to take a nose dive from what they thought it was going to be. -Elizabeth Gilbert

I was a bartender for a long time, so I know how to make drinks, but I'm more likely to offer them than to have them. I think this is one of the reasons why I get to live longer than my great-grandmother did, and why I get to produce more writing than she did, and why my marriage isn't in dire straits. -Elizabeth Gilbert

A successful marriage isn't necessarily one that lasts until you're dead. -Ellen Barkin

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've often thought if I didn't make my marriage work, I would have failed at my one true shot at happiness. -Bethenny Frankel

I don't have any romantic ideas about marriage. Trust me. A white dress… ? No. It's not something for me. -Diane Kruger

I have a lot of respect for marriage. -Dominic Monaghan

Each experience I go through – marriage, my public life, my personal life – I'm learning as I go. -Jason Sudeikis

I'd love to have children, and I think marriage is great, I really do. -Jennifer Jason Leigh

A marriage doesn't have to be perfect, but you can be perfect for each other. -Jessica Simpson

My grandparents got married at a very young age, and a lot of what I think about marriage is based on their relationship. -Kyle Chandler

Governments cannot make marriages or turn feckless individuals into responsible citizens. That needs another kind of change agent. -Jonathan Sacks

When I first started talking about gay marriage, most people in the gay community looked at me as if I was insane or possibly a fascist reactionary. -Andrew Sullivan

Success is hard in general for most women. We now have such busy lives, and we're told we can do everything – you know, we can have the relationship and the marriage and the kids and the career. -Cat Deeley

I am a firm believer in marriage. In the future I will be married. -Elisabetta Canalis

I still believe in marriage. -Frank Bruno

My parents' marriage was very rocky. They were always arguing. When they split up when I was in my 20s, my brother and I were both delighted because we knew they weren't good for each other. -Gail Porter

I went nearly 30 years without being able to really seriously entertain marriage or a family. In fact, the word 'marriage' would actually give me a shake when it was brought up. -Nancy Grace

The reason for not getting married was that I just didn't have a partner to get married to. Climbing mountains was more attractive to me than marriage, or other fun things like that. -Tamae Watanabe

My first marriage was very traditional, in the church, and then we left the church and went to the reception hall. So this time, I'd like to go fairy tale all the way. -NeNe Leakes

It's funny – I read that women look to chiseled-faced guys for one-night stands, and to round-faced guys for marriage. When I'm rounder in the face, I like to say, 'This is my long-term look.' Or 'This is my wife-and-kids look right here.' -Garrett Hedlund

There's lots of problem solving in any marriage, but when you have this collective goal that is a human being, it's an inspiring rally point. -Ty Burrell

New Orleans, more than many places I know, actually tangibly lives its culture. It's not just a residual of life; it's a part of life. Music is at every major milestone of our life: birth, marriage, death. It's our culture. -Wendell Pierce

I hope gay marriage will be legal in every state. -Mark Consuelos

I routinely never discuss my marriage. It's nice to have things in my life that are totally mine. -Ryan Adams

You're not just going out there, maybe sacrificing your own life. There's also sacrifices still going on at home. You can serve in the military and have a good marriage, but you just need to be aware of it so you can take those steps to take care of it. -Chris Kyle

There's something about marriage that is not as intensely romantic or interesting as a couple's first meeting. -John Sandford

Civil marriage, like all civil rights provided by the government, must be provided equally to all Americans. -Benjamin Todd Jealous

I don't remember my first two marriages… the details are very sketchy. -Ian McShane

I have a lot of skepticism about marriage and monogamy. -Rashida Jones

The way that same-sex marriage should reach the federal level is that it absolutely should be decided by the Supreme Court as quickly as possible. It's a 14th Amendment issue. There's no argument about it. -Tony Kushner

Famously, the CIA is somewhere where marriages hardly ever last because it's obviously such a strange lifestyle. -Chris Terrio

Since I've been in the U.S. I've lost the back of my heart, 15 ft. of intestine and my marriage – and God, I miss my intestine. -Nigel Lythgoe

I'm an advocate for gay marriage. I have more gay friends than Carter has pills. -Patti Stanger

On both 'The Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette,' it seems like proposing marriage is equivalent to saying, 'Let's date.' Everyone knows those aren't the same things. -Patti Stanger

I thought marriage was something very quiet and very regular and very bourgeois. -Carla Bruni

The thing is, when I had my first success it did coincide with the end of my first marriage, and because I went on to have a very, very unhappy two years, I don't think I equate career success with personal happiness. -Rob Brydon

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

There are many things that keep me from getting married. But there will be a time when marriage makes sense to me. -Adam Levine

If you leave your wife and you don't ever contact her again, that says something about how you felt about the marriage. -H. G. Bissinger

What you learn when you direct a film, even more so than as a producer, it's a marriage. It's like a relationship with that film so you've got to make sure that it's really something that you want to live with for three years or however long it is. So I haven't found the right thing to marry yet. -Grant Heslov

I suffered from a mild case of postpartum depression after my second child and the physical challenge of maintaining an overnight shift at CBS, a marriage, and two in diapers made the symptoms worse and everyone in the house paid the price. -Mika Brzezinski

I realize that of all people, I am no expert on parenting or marriage. -Mika Brzezinski

I honestly believe you can never tell if a relationship is going to last. In my own marriage, which is going on 14 years, I don't think of it as 'I'm going to be with this person forever.' Instead, I think of more like, 'I'll probably be with this person for the next six weeks. Then I'll re-evaluate.' -Michael Ian Black

I definitely believe in marriage. -Michael Strahan

To say I drank my way into marriage isn't much of an exaggeration, and it's none at all to say I drank my way out of it. -Lawrence Block

I've never really been very good at marriage. It's one of my failures. I've tried my best, but I do realise the common denominator is me; it's something I'm doing. -Len Goodman

I am much more open to plural marriage than I was before, and I now support it in certain situations. I do believe it is right for some people. But our example in America today is gross abuse – I can't support it in fundamentalist compounds. -Ginnifer Goodwin

I've done an informal, anecdotal survey about marriage, and I've found no evidence that it brings happiness. -Mary McCormack

I am fairly classless because it is very difficult to class someone who comes from a mixed marriage. -Sade Adu

I've learned this is a very long marriage doing a television show. I like the people that I work with to be people I enjoy, so you want to cast people who are as excited and enthusiastic as you are. -Shonda Rhimes

Experts on romance say for a happy marriage there has to be more than a passionate love. For a lasting union, they insist, there must be a genuine liking for each other. Which, in my book, is a good definition for friendship. -Marilyn Monroe

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

Gay marriage has jumped out of the closet on to the front page. Everyone from the president of the U.S. to retired four-star general Colin Powell is embracing the issue, now supported by most Americans. Still, a few people, like former First Lady Laura Bush appear to be conflicted. -Kitty Kelley

In December 1998, I considered myself an expert on love. I was almost a year into a relationship, one that had grown more slowly than I had wished, but once it flowered it was much more stimulating than any marriage or relationship I had known. -Jane Smiley

I love luxury, I love the high life, and I have to foot the bills – I have received practically nothing from my marriages and relationships. -Britt Ekland

Gay marriage won't be more of an issue 25 years from now than interracial marriage is today. -Jared Polis

Our black president can't say that he's for gay marriage. That is upsetting to me. -Mario Cantone

Religious institutions should have religious freedom on this issue. No church or minister should ever have to conduct a marriage that is inconsistent with their religious beliefs. But I think as a civil institution, this issue's time has come and we need to move forward. -Kay Hagan

I had a very wise person tell me that he thinks marriage, when you're younger, you keep thinking you can fix things. That's what people do. And you can't really fix anything. It shouldn't be a massive difficult thing every day. Life's difficult enough. -Albert Brooks

It's not easy to walk out on a marriage and two young kids, and it's the most difficult thing I've ever had to do. -Bob Hoskins

I listen to the people. That was a big reason for my life, maybe the main reason, I'm singing because I love it when people say to me, 'Thank you.' I thank them. It's a marriage. -Julio Iglesias

My relationship with Dean was great, but ultimately it wasn't a fulfilling marriage for either of us. -LeAnn Rimes

I'm not really interested in thinking about marriage or kids at all. -Stacy Keibler

My thoughts are that marriage is between a man and a woman. -Ben Carson

We are confident that the Supreme Court will soon see the direction that this country is headed and enshrine marriage as a constitutional right for all. -Benjamin Todd Jealous

I'd love to have First Lady Michelle Obama over and ask, 'How do you make your marriage work?' I think the president is sexy as all get-out, but he has got to get on her nerves some kind of way. He's this wonderful, powerful man, but she sees him leaving his socks on the floor. -Sherri Shepherd

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

I was born to be married. I just feel comfortable there. I love the idea of being partnered for ever. I love my girlfriend, we've been best friends since I was 18. There's not a thing we haven't been through except for marriage… We've had talks about what we would name our kids since we were in our 20s. -Beth Ditto

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

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

I lost my second marriage because of drinking, and I loved the woman very much. But I thought I needed booze to write. I'm glad I was disabused. -Barry Hannah

There is something wrong with our culture when the view that marriage is between one man and one woman, a view shared by half the nation, is portrayed as evidence of hatred. -Gary Bauer

If Republicans want to be seen as more compassionate, they should continue to stand proudly for the sanctify of life and marriage. And they should do so without apologizing. -Gary Bauer

Particularly black Americans, many of them, from quotes that I have seen and conversations I've had, are sort of insulted that the civil rights movement is being hijacked – the rhetoric of the civil rights movement is being hijacked for something like same sex marriage. Black Americans tend to have a higher degree of religiosity. -Gary Bauer

My argument is simple, which is, that for several thousand years in Western civilization, marriage has been the union of one man and one woman. Research is overwhelming that children need mothers and fathers. -Gary Bauer

If one is going to change the definition of marriage to be, quote, 'same sex,' then there is absolutely no valid argument constitutionally or rhetorically you can make against multiple people getting married. These are radical social changes. -Gary Bauer

Obviously, marriage is not a synonym for morality. But stable marriages and families do encourage moral behavior. -Gary Bauer

Independence doesn't – doesn't equate to moderates. Millions of independents are pro-life. Millions of independents believe marriage is between a man and a woman. -Gary Bauer

For me, I've never talked about my private life. It's always been about Black Sabbath. It's strange to open up and talk about me as a young lad, my relationships, marriages and what not. -Tony Iommi

I don't need to marry again. I've been married twice, and I love it when it works, but these days we live until we're 80 and marriages are jolly long. -Joanna Trollope

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

A band is not a marriage. There are no oaths of allegiance. If you feel your life will be better served by splitting up the group, you've got to do it – but of course it does cause problems. -Steve Winwood

Marriage of attraction is a gamble anyway, so you might as well marry into a family that is similar to your own, and make that much less of an adjustment. But the 'love marriage', as it is called, is equally common in India now. But it would be interesting to do a comparison of what would work better. Marriage is hard work, and it is a gamble. -Mira Nair

I support allowing gay couples to marry because of – not in spite of – my values. And many of those values are the same ones deeply held by those who do not believe in gay marriage. -Mark Udall

When I talk about the importance of the institution of marriage, I think of the commitment and the significance of standing in front of those closest to you and promising fidelity to your partner 'til death do you part.' -Mark Udall

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

There's already a marriage clock, a career clock, a biological clock. Sometimes being a woman feels like standing in the lobby of a hotel, looking at the dials depicting every time zone in the world behind the front desk – except they all apply to you, and all at once. -Sloane Crosley

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

In every union roles are assumed, some traditional, some not. My husband used to pay his own bills, I used to call my own repairman. But as marriages progress, you surrender areas of your own competence, often without even knowing it. -Ayelet Waldman

I got married at 22 and remained in an abusive marriage for 10 years. I made up my mind that that was never going to happen to me again. I made a brave step to walk out in a society when you didn't walk out of an abusive marriage. It was mental and physical abuse. -Joyce Banda

Most African women are taught to endure abusive marriages. They say endurance means a good wife but most women endure abusive relationship because they are not empowered economically; they depend on their husbands. -Joyce Banda

But the fact that same-sex marriage is still an issue is insane. Thinking love knows a sex is ridiculous. -Garret Dillahunt

I think I'm a combination of very simple pleasures and the fact I've read a lot of books. I don't think it's a binary opposition across the board in humans and I think I'm an example that it's not. I'm hosting gay marriage rallies and I have tons of guns at home. There's a lot of middle ground in the world and I'm one of those people. -Dax Shepard

There's not a lot of room anymore for what I call 'made-up' drama. The drama comes from real places now – marriage takes work and focus, the kid stuff takes patience and commitment. And if you don't grow as people and as a couple, within all of that, then you've got some real drama. -Jeremy Sisto

You can't have a happy family if you don't have a happy marriage. -Jeremy Sisto

There's a really unique relationship between a single parent and their child. Marriages so easily break up. There's kind of this temporary deal about marriages. That's one of the things that makes it stressful, and that's something that's nonexistent in a parent-child relationship. -Jeremy Sisto

Love is an obsessive delusion that is cured by marriage. -Phil Spector

I go to church too, y'all. And I've heard it, too. And I want to say to all of our faith leaders out there that I understand that probably in my Baptist church in Maryland, it is not likely that there will be performed – in my church – gay marriages. -Donna Edwards

In our ecclesiastical region there are priests who don't baptize the children of single mothers because they weren't conceived in the sanctity of marriage. These are today's hypocrites. Those who clericalize the church. Those who separate the people of God from salvation. -Pope Francis

I'm not someone who has had to deal with much personal drama outside of the usual: growing up with parents who hated each other, two marriages and divorces of my own. There was the cancer thing, too. -Penny Marshall

I took the fear of marriage from my parents' relationship, because I didn't want to end up in a relationship like that, whereas my brothers and sisters learnt a lesson from it and made sure they didn't carry it on into their own marriages. -John Mahoney

All of my marriages lasted seven years. -Elliott Erwitt

Life may unfold chronologically for the body and for bureaucracies that keep track of such things as births, marriages, deaths, visas, tax returns, expulsions, and identity cards, but memory does not play this game in quite the same way, always manages to confound the desire for tidiness. -Ariel Dorfman

Many people with physical disabilities have romantic lives and good marriages to partners who see past their disabilities and recognize all of the things they can do. -Jeanne Phillips

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

We are very puritan in America. We still hold true to these really antiquated values, this idea of the sanctity of marriage. -Zoe Lister-Jones

I love the idea of marriage. I definitely want marriage and little Kellans running around. -Kellan Lutz

The definition of marriage cannot be disputed. It's right there in black and white and it's been the same since the start of Wikipedia. -Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Well, my personal mission statement is that we want marriage equality in all 50 states. We want it not to be a state-by-state issue. We don't want it to be something the majority is voting on. I don't think the civil rights of any minority should be in the hands of any majority. -Jesse Tyler Ferguson

As an actor, you just want to work, and then you just want to be on a show or have a job that you love, and you hope that job will last – those things have happened. To have that platform to then talk about something that is very personal to me like marriage equality, it feels like a gift. I try and really respect that voice and not abuse it. -Jesse Tyler Ferguson

The death of anti-gay hate speech is no doubt being hastened by the head-spinning speed with which gays as a group – to say nothing of gay marriage – are becoming an unremarkable and even quite traditional parts of American life. -Jeffrey Kluger

My family went through divorces and remarriages and the later, blended home – and then watched that home explode, too. -Jeffrey Kluger

When I got married in my twenties, I had a happy marriage and happy kids but at some point in time I let it go off the rails; I let it go off the rails. -Stuart Rose

In response to our fast-food culture, a 'slow food' movement appeared. Out of hurried parenthood, a move toward slow parenting could be growing. With vital government supports for state-of-the-art public child care and paid parental leave, maybe we would be ready to try slow love and marriage. -Arlie Russell Hochschild

Many of the young aspire to happy marriages and dot-com fortunes but end up in guarded love and okay-for-now jobs. -Arlie Russell Hochschild

Everything in life is a lesson and I have learned from each marriage. Yes, I've made mistakes but every experience is a learning curve. -Patsy Kensit

I believe in the institution of marriage and it's like a tag to cement the relationship for your friends, family and public. -Kareena Kapoor Khan

Stability is why society has an interest in marriage. -Gene Robinson

The state's interest in marriage is stability. Generally speaking, polygamy does not work for stability. Inherent in the whole polygamous movement is a deep and abiding misogyny and denigration of women. So polygamy is objectionable on lots of grounds. -Gene Robinson

I used to have a theory actually that, if you've had a good childhood, a good marriage and a little bit of money in the bank, you're going to make a lousy comedian. -David Steinberg

Every couple needs glue to stay together. Like all marriages, I suspect, if you're busy you don't see it coming until you can't put the toothpaste back in the tube. It's a bit like going broke. It happens slowly and then very quickly. -Anne Robinson

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

After lengthy consideration, my views have evolved sufficiently to support marriage equality legislation. This position doesn't require any religious denomination to alter any of its tenets; it simply forbids government from discrimination regarding who can marry whom. -Tim Johnson

Don't let your children take priority over your marriage and your work and everything else. -Josh Turner

Everyone knew I was anti-marriage. I'd spent my life saying it was something I neither wanted nor needed. -Orla Brady

Evan Wolfson is a dear friend of mine. Almost more than any other, Evan is responsible for bringing the issue of marriage equality to the forefront of our struggle for civil rights. He is a courageous pioneer who has been relentless in this battle for marriage equality. -David Mixner

Staying chaste until marriage, a commandment of my faith, was one of the most difficult challenges of my young life. I had a powerful sense that if I did not get a grip on my identity, my ethics, and my religion, I would go off the rails. -Feisal Abdul Rauf

Where is the civil rights groundswell on behalf of stronger marriages that will allow more children to grow up in two-parent families and have a better chance of staying out of poverty? -Juan Williams

I don't regret either of my marriages – not for a minute. -Alana Stewart

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

I wish I had been a better mother and a more compassionate and understanding wife in both of my marriages. -Alana Stewart

Spiritually, we have marginalized the Bible. We've trivialized marriage, and we've neutralized the church. America today is in great turmoil. It feels like the soul of our nation has been taken from us. -David Jeremiah

I have close family members as well as lots of close friends who are gay. Many of them strongly support gay marriage. -Tony Abbott

I think that marriage is, dare I say it, between a man and a woman, hopefully for life and there are all sorts of other relationships which should be acknowledged and recognised, but I don't know that they can be recognised as marriage. -Tony Abbott

I think that political marriages are subject to more strain than most precisely because of the nature of politics. -Tony Abbott

Well, you know, I just – I believe marriage should between a man and a woman. -Victoria Osteen

I'm endlessly fascinated by parenting, marriage, my wife and the ins and outs of marriage. -Rob Delaney

I also have a degree in marriage, family and child counseling – I'm a therapist. -Stephen Furst

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

I'm the person that I always was, but in terms of how I approach my living, I'm not the same person at all. At all. I've buried a child, I've ended a marriage, and the grandson that I was raising is now grown. My family has totally shifted. -Iyanla Vanzant

There is a lot of healing going on. Really! More people are vegetarians, more are in the green movement, more of us are tearing down the old paradigms and embracing same-sex marriage, single motherhood, men raising babies. -Iyanla Vanzant

The Church of England holds very firmly, and continues to hold to the view, that marriage is a lifelong union of one man to one woman. At the same time, at the heart of our understanding of what it is to be human is the essential dignity of the human being. -Justin Welby

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

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

When you have kids, there's a tendency to put the marriage stew on the back burner and give it a quick stir now and then. But it's important to remember why you had children with this person. -Allison Pearson

Recently I read the stories I wrote in my early 20s, to put in a volume. And here is this brittle young woman, writing about marriage as, not the worst thing, but the most boring thing that could happen to a person. Now I think I was wrong. I like to be proven wrong. -Anne Enright

I was obsessed with The Who. I would have accepted a marriage proposal from Roger Daltrey on the spot. I went to all of their shows in San Francisco and some in L.A. That was as close as I got to being a groupie. -Jennifer Egan

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

I do not think the gay population has been all that rabid for gay marriage. Note that I do not use the words 'gay community.' Expunge that expression from your vocabulary. We are not a community. -Larry Kramer

For a while I didn't believe in marriage. But I think I do believe in having a love. I'm not saying only one love ever, but in having a good, solid relationship. I think that's possible. -Penn Badgley

A big part of being in a relationship or marriage or whatever is you have to eventually compromise. Your life doesn't end up exactly the way you think it's going to, and if it's the right relationship, you might have to compromise what you're doing professionally. -Nicholas Stoller

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

Traditionally, marriage is one arena where states have all but plenary power; it took until 1967 for the Supreme Court to tell states they could not prohibit interracial marriage. -Jeff Greenfield

If the court strikes down the Defense of Marriage Act, is that a 'liberal' result enabling gay couples married in states where gay marriage is legal to enjoy the same economic advantages that federal laws now grant to straight couples? Or is it a 'conservative' ruling, limiting the federal government's ability to override state power? -Jeff Greenfield

I did commit adultery, if adultery is having a relationship in a marriage with another woman. I learned from that. -Steve Garvey

ABC's intelligently hilarious sitcom 'Modern Family' depicts a gay-male marriage in which both partners are refreshingly dimensional, believable human beings. The writers dare to make them flawed and thus fully delineated, but they're not flawed in the silly, stereotypical ways that once dominated such portrayals. -Tom Shales

Montanans believe in the right to make a good life for their families. How they define a family should be their business and their business alone. I'm proud to support marriage equality because no one should be able to tell a Montanan or any American who they can love and who they can marry. -Jon Tester

You've read the Torah, right? So you know the Torah defines marriage as being between one man and one woman. -Josh Mandel

I believe that marriage is between one man and one woman, the same as I've believed all my life. -Mark Neumann

I have a deep-seated belief that marriage is between a man and a woman exclusively. -John Hogg

There is a real sense of anger among many people who are married that the government, any government, thinks it has the ability to change the definition of an institution like marriage. -Philip Hammond

In the 18th century, people began to adopt the radical new idea that love should be the most fundamental reason for marriage and that young people should be free to choose their marriage partners independently. -Jardine Libaire

Alzheimer's disease is never an 'accident' in a marriage. It falls under the purview of God's sovereignty. In the case of someone with Alzheimer's, this means God's unconditional and sacrificial love has an opportunity to be even more gloriously displayed in a life together. -Joni Eareckson Tada

Falling in love with landscapes is what L.A. women do. It doesn't necessarily imply betrothal or marriage. -Kate Braverman

I've got lots of friends who are musicians, and there is a fair proportion of broken marriages and relationships as a result. You are on the move all the time. It's difficult if you have kids, and it's hard to make money unless you are in the premier league. -Kevin McCloud

A significant fraction of evangelical voters appear more likely to ignore the candidates' specific economic and foreign policy platforms in favor of concerns about gay marriage or abortion. -Lawrence M. Krauss

My worldview, my philosophy, my attitudes, my relationships, my parenting, my marriage – everything has been transformed by my relationship with Christ. -Lee Strobel

I am not against marriage. I lived with someone for 11 years. But we weren't in love, and I thought that was quite important. -Lynne Truss

I think I tried to control situations within my first marriage and I wasn't the easiest person to live with. -Gary Kemp

Conventional wisdom tells us we'll only be happier after a divorce if the marriage itself was a war zone. -Ariel Gore

In my experience, staying in a marriage that my ex and I both agreed had all its best moments behind it was epically depressing. -Ariel Gore

I think there's definitely a way to tell a story, to also look at marriages that are working, but find drama from what's challenging them. That's what I think, certainly, 'Parenthood' is kind of about: the unexpected things that come up in your life that challenge you as a man, as a woman, as a husband and a wife, and as a parent. -Jason Katims

In 'Friday Night Lights,' the relationship between the coach and his wife, that marriage was something that you couldn't really understand until you actually saw it exist on film. -Jason Katims

Gay rights is just a matter of time. Look at the polls. Worrying about gay marriage, let alone gay civil unions or gay employment rights, is a middle-age issue. Young people just can't see the problem. At worst, gays are going to win this one just by waiting until the opposition dies off. -Gail Collins

I believe in marriage and fidelity. -Gloria Vanderbilt

The Bible does not oppose or forbid interracial marriages but sees them as a positive good for the glory of Christ. -John Piper

There are two basic restrictions on marriage in the Bible: Number one, she should marry a man. Number two, he should be a Christian. -John Piper

My mother and father had a terrible marriage. They celebrated their wedding anniversary one year with their friends. Why did they celebrate? Maybe because they had lasted so many years without killing each other. -Marina Abramovic

If dysfunction means that a family doesn't work, then every family ambles into some arena in which that happens, where relationships get strained or even break down entirely. We fail each other or disappoint each other. That goes for parents, siblings, kids, marriage partners – the whole enchilada. -Mary Karr

Like wars, forest fires and bad marriages, really stupid laws are much easier to begin than they are to end. -Matt Taibbi

Mike Huckabee represents something that is either tremendously encouraging or deeply disturbing, depending on your point of view: a marriage of Christian fundamentalism with economic populism. -Matt Taibbi

Does Scripture forbid homosexual behavior? Of course it does. Jesus and his apostles taught that God's intention in marriage is for a man to leave his parents and join himself to one woman. -Michael Horton

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

We do not create marriage from scratch. Instead, in the elegant language of the marriage ceremony, we 'enter into the holy estate of matrimony.' -Nancy Pearcey

The costs of marriage breakdown are borne by the entire society, and therefore it is reasonable for the entire society to demand support for marriage – to insist that it is privileged both culturally and legally. -Nancy Pearcey

The defense of marriage is the defense of freedom. Neither of which is obsolete. -Nancy Pearcey

While I am impulsive in many areas of my life, marriage is not one of them. -Neil Strauss

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 think marriage is one of those things that writers draw on, one of those emotional reservoirs that go way back. -Raymond Carver

I am not married anymore. I hate marriage… but it's okay now. -Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt

The institution of marriage, if you look at it over many centuries, has come and gone. -Theodore Zeldin

The great thing about marriage is that it creates trust, the most precious of things. -Theodore Zeldin

Marriage helps young couples to raise themselves towards God. The bond of marriage unites two souls so firmly that though they are physically two separate entities, their souls are merged into one harmonious whole. -Dada Vaswani

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

For a healthy society, those laws and conventions should always support marriage as an institution characterised by an openness to children and the responsibility of fathers and mothers remaining together to care for children born into their family. -Vincent Nichols

No intelligent government can continue to ignore the urgent priority of giving support and practical encouragement to marriage and family stability as the first response to growing social needs. -Vincent Nichols

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

No persons professing to be Christians should enter the marriage relation until the matter has been carefully and prayerfully considered from an elevated standpoint, to see if God can be glorified by the union. -Ellen G. White

The high arts of literature and music stand in a curious relationship to one another, at once securely comfortable and deeply uneasy – rather like a long-term marriage. -Will Self

A marriage is a solemn affair. The tempest of emotions and the myriad of arrangements are giddying, and when one is faced with these, clothing seems to be the last of one's priorities. -Daphne Guinness

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

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

I've always thought of, of a relationship with an actor to an audience as a marriage, you know. And a story, you know. And there are ups and downs, and you work through them, and you work with them. -John Travolta

Virtually all of Darfur's six million residents are Muslim, and, because of decades of intermarriage, almost everyone has dark skin and African features. -Samantha Power

I had a friend who, after 25 years of marriage, found himself trying to date again, and it was completely different. Everything had changed, and he had to reacquaint himself. It was funny even talking to him about it. For someone who has been out of the loop, it's a different world. -Steve Carell

People say, 'What's the secret to a marriage?' There's no secret – I think you get lucky. -Steve Carell

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

When I was 11, I realised that I did not have to live the life my mother had: school, marriage, children, apartment, summer house. -Maj Sjowall

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 really tough times. For us it has been normal to stay together through difficulties. We grew up witnessing that firsthand. -Tracy Pollan

Obama is for same-sex marriage. If the president is saying that, then who am I to go the other way? -Curtis Jackson

When your first marriage goes into tragedy, you become very battle-scarred… I even thought of suicide. Luckily, I had known some happy marriages. -Paul Engle

I don't look upon my divorces as mistakes. Those marriages were right for the Bess that made that decision at that time. -Bess Myerson

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

Interpreting anyone's marriage – a neighbor's, let alone the president's – is extremely difficult. -Jodi Kantor

Cofounders will endure so much together that their relationship is often compared to a marriage. -Jessica Livingston

Most marriages don't add two people together. They subtract one from the other. -Ian Fleming

If there were no immortality there would be no need for temples. There would be no need for eternal marriage if there were no eternity. -Gordon B. Hinckley

If I go into a relationship with an artist, which at most is going to last five years, we have a 100-page contract covering every eventuality. Whereas with marriage you go into it with no contract, with laws that date back hundreds of years, and I don't think that's right. -Simon Cowell

I couldn't think of anything worse than being in an unhappy marriage. It worries me because I've seen it destroy people. -Simon Cowell

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