105 Practical Marriage Advice Quotes

By David Small •  Updated: 03/11/20 •  11 min read

There are many famous marriage advice quotes that are a part of literature. Some of them are stated by famous figures while others come from those who have been a part of this journey.

Marriage Advice Quotes

Some quotes will inspire you about how to proceed with your marriage happily; others will guide you about the significance of valuing your partner in a relationship.

Some quotes will help you during difficult times when your married life is struggling, while some are about how to cope with life changes after having children.

Below is a collection of quotes that will help maintain the spark in your married life regardless of the hurdles along with way.


Quotes About a Happy Marriage

1. Marriage is a life long journey which thrives on love, commitment, trust, respect, communication, patience, and compassion. – Ashley and Marcus Kusi

2. A great marriage is not when a perfect couple comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy the differences. – Dave Meurer

3. The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.  – Audrey Hepburn

4. Romance is the glamor which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze. – Elinor Glyn

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

6. A strong marriage requires two people who choose to love each other even when they struggle to like each other. – Dave Willis

7. Marriage is not just a spiritual communion. It is also remembering to take out the trash. – Joyce Brothers

8. A perfect marriage is just two imperfect people who refuse to give up on each other.– Anonymous

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

10. Waking up and choosing to have a good attitude towards your spouse is not always easy, but it’s necessary. – Anonymous

11. Marriages are like fingerprints. Each one is different and each one is beautiful. – Maggie Reyes

12. If I get married, I want to be very married. – Andrey Hepburn

13. A happy marriage is a selfless journey in which the happiness of the other person is essential to your own. – George and Yvonne Levy

14. Marriage does not make you happy; you make your marriage happy. – Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott

15. Happy marriages look to the future, not the past. – Dale Partridge

16. I don’t want to be married just to be married. I can’t think of anything lonelier than spending the rest of my life with someone I can’t talk to, or worse, someone I can’t be silent with. – Mary Ann Shaffer.

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

18. Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation. – Oscar Wilde

19. A great marriage isn’t something which just happens; it’s something that must be created. – Fawn Weaver

20. What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined for life? – George Eliot

21. Happy marriages are built on dreaming together. – Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott

22. A good marriage is each for the other, and two against the world. – Robert Brault

23. Great marriages are built brick by brick, day after day, over a lifetime. – Dieter F. Uchtdorf

24. Marriage isn’t the end point of a relationship. It’s just a stepping stone. – Marjorie Liu

25. A happy marriage is not guaranteed. It is a daily choice. – Anonymous

26. Motto for the bride and groom: We are a work in progress with a lifetime contract. – Phyllis Koss

Valuing Your Partner

27. You simply cannot have a healthy marriage without trust. – Ryan Tee

28. Every good relationship, especially marriage, is based on respect. – Amy Grant

29. One of the great glories of married life is the opportunity to support one another and build your dreams together. – Michelle Peterson

30. Regardless of where you are in your marriage, be reminded that both of you are on the same team. – Darlene Schacht

31. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. – Ephesians 4:2-3

32. Never keep secrets from each other. Secrecy is the enemy of intimacy. – Dave Willis

33. Honesty is the highest form of intimacy. – Anonymous

34. Happy marriages begin when we marry the ones we love, but they blossom when we love the ones we marry. – Tom Mullen

35. I can’t promise to fix all your problems, but I can promise you won’t face them all alone. – Anonymous

36. People stay married because they want to, not because the doors are locked. – Paul Newman

37. Spending time with each other every day is a secret ingredient to making your marriage last a lifetime. – Anonymous

38. When you give each other everything, it becomes an even trade. Each wins all. – Lois McMaster Bujold

39. When you have to choose between saying nothing or saying something mean to your spouse, say nothing every time. – Dave Willis

40. Never talk bad about your spouse to another person. This minimizes your spouses’ integrity and takes away from your character. – Anonymous

41. Honesty in marriage is so important. You can’t build a strong relationship on half-truth and half lies. – Anonymous

42. To grow in our ability to love ourselves, we need to receive love as well. – John Gray

43. Apologies aren’t meant to change the past, they are meant to change the future. – Kevin Hancock

44. Not admitting a mistake is a bigger mistake. – Robert Half

45. A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers. – Ruth Bell Graham

46. Love does not make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile. – Elizabeth Browning

47. A happy man marries the woman he loves; a happier man loves the woman he married. – Susan Douglas

48. Forgiveness helps healing the pain you’re carrying so you can be set free. – Kris Carr

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

50. I want my marriage to be like Earth, full of life and revolving around the Sun. – Jennifer Smith

51. The goal in a marriage should not be to think alike, but to think together. – Robert C. Dodds

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

53. Marriage isn’t about winning. It is about lasting. – Mark Gorman

54. The greatest marriages are built on teamwork, mutual respect, a healthy dose of admiration, and a never ending portion of love and grace. – Fawn Weaver

55. Marriage should be a duet – when one sings, the other claps. – Joe Murray

56. Marriage is a mosaic you build with your spouse. Millions of tiny moments that create your love story. – Jennifer Smith

57. A long marriage is two people trying to dance a duet and two solos at the same time. – Anne Taylor Flemming

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

59. Persistence, compromise, and patience, three keys to a successful relationship. – J. Iron Word

60. Success in marriage does not merely come through finding the right mate. But through being the right mate. – Barnett Brickner

61. Don’t marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think you can’t live without. – James C. Dobson

62. The high maintenance marriage revolves around making sure your spouse feels like the most important person in your world. – Ngina Otiende

63. Don’t just be physically monogamous; be mentally monogamous as well – Dave Willis

64. A cherishing marriage is built on intimate understanding, not stereotypical assumptions. – Anonymous

65. Connection is something we create every day. – Maggie Reyes

66. When I thank my husband for doing something, he looks around for something else he can do to make me happy. – Laura Doyle

67. Each husband should love his wife as much as he loves himself, and each wife should respect her husband. – Ephesian 5:23

68. Great sex starts with helping your wife feel happy and close to you outside the bedroom. – Anonymous

69. In the end, there doesn’t have to anyone who understands you. There just has to be someone who wants you. – Robert Brault

Intimacy and Married Life

70. Two people in love alone, isolated from the world. That’s beautiful. – Milan Kundera

71. Physical connection is critical to emotional intimacy. – Kimberly Graham

72. Intimacy is what makes a marriage; not a ceremony, not a piece of paper from the state. – Kathleen Norris

73. I am certain that most couples expect to find intimacy in marriage, but it somehow eludes them. – James Dobson

74. Marriage is designed to meet the need for love and intimacy. – Gary Chapman

75. Real intimacy means an end to living for yourself and the beginning of truly living as one. – Mia Rose

76. It is nearly impossible to build a strong marriage without intimacy. – Anonymous

77. A healthy sexual relationship must begin with prioritizing relational intimacy above one’s self. – J. Parker

78. Intimacy in marriage is like oil to the engine of your marriage car. It causes other parts to work well. – Ngina Otiende

79. This is what intimacy does to us over time. That’s what a long marriage can do: It causes us to inherit and trade each other’s stories. – Elizabeth Gilbert

80. Intimacy is something to be cherished, not to be afraid of. – Anonymous

When in a Struggling Relationship

81. Marriage is meant to keep two people together, not just when things are good, but particularly when they are not. – Ngina Otiende

82. Marriages are fragile. They must be nurtured and protected in they are to survive for a lifetimes.- Dr. James Dobson

83. A marriage does not have to be perfect. But you can be perfect for each other. – Jessica Simpson

84. Learn from other people, but don’t feel the need to compare your life or your marriage to anyone else. – Anonymous

85. Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines. – Robert H. Schuller

86. Make it your goal to create a marriage that feels like the safest place on earth. – Greg Smalley

87. Marriage is not a noun, it is a verb. It’s not something you get, it is something you do. – Barbara De Angelis.

88. Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone. It has to be made, like bread. Remade all the time; made new. – Ursula K. Le Guin

89. During difficult times, successful couples turn inwards. – Kate & Mike Sullivan

90. A great marriage is not when the ‘perfect couple’ comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences. – Dave Meurer

91. Great marriages are contagious. If you want a great marriage, surround yourself with couples who have one. – Anonymous

92. The only way love can last a lifetime is if it’s unconditional. The truth is this: love is not determined by the one being loved, but rather by the one choosing to love. – Stephen Kendrick

93. There is no challenge strong enough to destroy your marriage as long as you are both willing. – Dave Willis

94. Placing blame in marriage is like saying “your side of the boat is sinking”. – Hank Smith

95. At the end of the day, you can either focus on what’s tearing you apart, or what’s keeping you together. – Anonymous

Married Life After Children

96. Once you’re parents, your marriage matters more, not less, because now other people are counting on you. – Thedatingdivas.com

97. If you have little children, one way to make your marriage last is to allow each other to nap.- Anonymous

98. Every day of our lives, we make deposits in the memory banks of our children. – Charles R. Swindoll

99. Making your relationship a top priority even when you have kids is truly a secret to a happy marriage. – Anonymous

100. Don’t put your marriage on hold while you’re raising your kids or else you will have an empty nest and an empty marriage. – Anonymous

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

102. When we save marriages, we save future generations. – Dieter F. Uchtdorf

103. I want the kind of marriage that makes my kids want to get married. – Emily Wierenga

104. Your marriage is the GOSPEL you’re preaching to your children. – Matthew L. Jacobson

105. The best gift you can give to your kids is a happy marriage. – Ricky Shetty


The famous American comedian, Rita Rudner once said “I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.”

And she was so right. It is indeed a great feeling to know that you have someone you can annoy, share your thoughts and feelings with, cry and laugh with, and always have someone special by your side without being judged.

Marriage is a beautiful journey where two souls unite and share the rest of their lives. But along the way, there can be many hurdles.

If your marriage is going through a tough phase, it is important to seek help. We hope that these quotes gave you a lot to think about. So turn to your spouse and tell them how much you love them!

David Small

is the founder and editor of relationshiptips4u. He is a dating, marriage & relationship coach, speaker, and author. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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