97 Quotes About Marriage

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Marriage was ordained for a remedy and to increase the world and for the man to help the woman and the woman the man, with all love and kindness.
- William Tyndale
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When Eve was brought unto Adam, he became filled with the Holy Spirit, and gave her the most sanctified, the most glorious of appellations. He called her Eva, that is to say, the Mother of All. He did not style her wife, but simply mother, mother of all living creatures. In this consists the glory and the most precious ornament of woman.
- Martin Luther
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The reason that marriage is so painful and yet wonderful is because it is a reflection of the Gospel, which is painful and wonderful at once. The Gospel is this: We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.
- Tim Keller
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If your wife doesn't treat you as she should, be thankful, you might not like what you deserve.
- Jerry Falwell
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Many marriages would be better if the husband and the wife clearly understood that they are on the same side.
- Zig Ziglar
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When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now.
- C.S. Lewis
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Nothing can bring a real sense of security into the home except true love.
- Billy Graham
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The man who loves his wife above all else on earth gains the freedom and power to pursue other noble, but lesser, loves.
- David Jeremiah
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Marriage is an exclusive union between one man and one woman, publicly acknowledged, permanently sealed, and physically consummated.
- Assorted Authors
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Sex appeal alone is the poorest basis in the world for a happy marriage.
- John R. Rice
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Deceive not thyself by overexpecting happiness in the married estate. Remember the nightingales which sing only some months in the spring, but commonly are silent when they have hatched their eggs.
- Thomas Fuller
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If you treat your wife like a thoroughbred, you'll never end up with a nag.
- Zig Ziglar
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In Ephesians 5, Paul shows us that even on earth Jesus did not use his power to oppress us but sacrificed everything to bring us into union with him. And this takes us beyond the philosophical to the personal and the practical. If God had the Gospel of Jesus' salvation in mind when he established marriage, then marriage only 'works' to the degree that approximates the pattern of God's self-giving love in Christ.
- Tim Keller
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What keeps the marriage going is your commitment to your spouse's holiness.
- Tim Keller
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Though bachelors be the strongest stakes, married men are the best binders, in the hedge of the commonwealth.
- Thomas Fuller
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There is no more lovely, friendly or charming relationship, communion or company, than a good marriage.
- Martin Luther
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It seems almost oxymoronic to believe that this new idealism has led to a new pessimism about marriage, but that is exactly what has happened. In generations past there was far less talk about compatibility and finding the ideal soul mate. Today we are looking for someone who accepts us as we are and fulfills our desires, and this creates an unrealistic set of expectations that frustrates both the searchers and the searched for.
- Tim Keller
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This principle - that your spouse should be capable of becoming your best friend - is a game changer when you address the question of compatibility in a prospective spouse. If you think of marriage largely in terms of erotic love, then compatibility means sexual chemistry and appeal. If you think of marriage largely as a way to move into the kind of social status in life you desire, then compatibility means being part of the desired social class, and perhaps common tastes and aspirations for lifestyle. The problem with these factors is that they are not durable. Physical attractiveness will wane, no matter how hard you work to delay its departure. And socio-economic status unfortunately can change almost overnight. When people think they have found compatibility based on these things, they often make the painful discovery that they have built their relationship on unstable ground. A woman 'lets herself go' or a man loses his job, and the compatibility foundation falls apart.
- Tim Keller
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For a wife take the daughter of a good mother.
- Thomas Fuller
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A man doesn't own his marriage; he is only the steward of his wife's love.
- Ed Cole
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Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.
- Assorted Authors
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Every man rejoices twice when he has a partner of his joy; a friend shares my sorrow and makes it but a moiety, but he swells my joy and makes it double.
- Jeremy Taylor
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A man finds himself seven years older the day after his marriage.
- Francis Bacon
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As God by creation made two of one, so again by marriage He made one of two.
- Thomas Adams
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According to the Bible, the marriage act is more than a physical act. It is an act of sharing. It is an act of communion. It is an act of total self-giving wherein the husband gives himself completely to the wife, and the wife gives herself to the husband in such a way that the two actually become one flesh.
- Wayne Mack
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She commandeth her husband, in any equal matter, by constant obeying him.
- Thomas Fuller
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Fifty-fifty marriages are an impossibility. They do not work. They cannot work. In marriage someone has to be the final decision maker. Someone has to delegate responsibility, and God has ordained that this should be the husband.
- Wayne Mack
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While your character flaws may have created mild problems for other people, they will create major problems for your spouse and your marriage.
- Tim Keller
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Marriage has in it less of beauty, but more of safety, than the single life; it hath not more ease, but less danger; it is more merry and more sad; it is fuller of sorrows and fuller of joys; it lies under more burdens, but is supported by all the strengths of love and charity; and those burdens are delightful.
- Jeremy Taylor
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God has set the type of marriage everywhere throughout the creation. Every creature seeks its perfection in another. The very heavens and earth picture it to us.
- Martin Luther
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If you would have a good wife, marry one who has been a good daughter.
- Thomas Fuller
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The good wife is none of our dainty dames, who love to appear in a variety of suits every day new; as if a gown, like a stratagem in war, were to be used but once. But our good wife sets up a sail according to the keel of her husband's estate; and, if of high parentage, she doth not so remember what she was by birth, that she forgets what she is by match.
- Thomas Fuller
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It is not marriage that fails; it is people that fail. All that marriage does is to show them up.
- Harry Emerson Fosdick
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Jesus' teaching in general [implies] that happy and fulfilling sexual relations in marriage depend on each partner aiming to give satisfaction to the other. If it is the joy of each to make the other happy, a hundred problems will be solved before they happen.
- John Piper
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The monstrosity of sexual intercourse outside marriage is that those who indulge in it are trying to isolate one kind of union (the sexual) from all the other kinds of union which were intended to go along with it and make up the total union.
- C.S. Lewis
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Marriage is the mother of the world. It preserves kingdoms, and fills cities and churches, and heaven itself.
- Jeremy Taylor
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Marriage has the power to set the course of your life as a whole. If your marriage is strong, even if all the circumstances in your life around you are filled with trouble and weakness, it won't matter. You will be able to move out into the world in strength.
- Tim Keller
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She that hath a wise husband must entice him to an eternal dearness by the veil of modesty and the grave robes of chastity, the ornament of meekness, and the jewels of faith and charity. She must have no painting but blushings; her brightness must be purity, and she must shine roundabout with sweetness and friendship; and she shall be pleasant while she lives, and desired when she dies.
- Jeremy Taylor
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There is, hidden or flaunted, a sword between the sexes till an entire marriage reconciles them.
- C.S. Lewis
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Becoming one flesh is a broad concept involving the totality of life. The context of Genesis 2 and the teaching of the rest of the Bible about marriage demand this. At the same time, it is generally recognized that there is no place where this total sharing is more beautifully pictured or fully experienced than in the sexual relationship of the man and his wife.
- Wayne Mack
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When we claim to love God with all our heart and soul and mind and strength, and then willfully choose to unite ourselves with an unbeliever in the most intimate personal union on earth we profane the holiness of God. We act as though our emotional drive for human intimacy is more important than affirming the preciousness of God's holiness and nearness.
- John Piper
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She can find peace in the midst of a hard marriage when she turns to God for strength, wisdom, and the ability to overcome.
- Crystal McDowell
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The Lord commands the wife to be submissive. Refusal to submit to the husband is therefore rebellion against God Himself. Submission to the husband is a test of her love for God as well as a test of love for her husband. The wife then must look upon her submission to her husband as an act of obedience to Christ and not merely to her husband.
- Wayne Mack
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A married man falling into misfortune is more apt to retrieve his situation in the world than a single one, chiefly because his spirits are soothed and retrieved by domestic endearments, and his self-respect kept alive by finding that although all abroad be darkness and humiliation, yet there is a little world of love at home over which he is a monarch.
- Jeremy Taylor
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The married man is like the bee that fixes his hive, augments the world, benefits the republic, and by a daily diligence, without wronging any, profits all; but he who contemns wedlock, like a wasp, wanders an offence to the world, lives upon spoil and rapine, disturbs peace, steals sweets that are none of his own, and, by robbing the lives of others, meets misery as his due reward.
- Owen Feltham
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To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.
- Tim Keller
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Keep thy eyes wide open before marriage; and half shut afterward.
- Thomas Fuller
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Sociologists argue that in contemporary Western society the marketplace has become so dominant that the consumer model increasingly characterizes most relationships that historically were covenantal, including marriage. Today we stay connected to people only as long as they are meeting our particular needs at an acceptable cost to us. When we cease to make a profit - that is, when the relationship appears to require more love and affirmation from us than we are getting back - then we 'cut our loses' and drop the relationship. This has also been called 'commodification,' a process by which social relationships are reduced to economic exchange relationships, and so the very idea of 'covenant' is disappearing in our culture. Covenant is therefore a concept increasingly foreign to us, and yet the Bible says it is the essence of marriage.
- Tim Keller
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In short, the enlightenment privatized marriage, taking it out of the public sphere, and redefined its purpose as individual gratification, not any 'broader good' such as reflecting God's nature, producing character, or raising children. Slowly but surely, this newer understanding of the meaning of marriage has displaced the older ones in Western culture.
- Tim Keller
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Marriage is so much like salvation and our relationship with Christ that Paul says you can't understand marriage without looking at the Gospel.
- Tim Keller
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