Quotations for Daily Use


"A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day." André Maurois; born Émile Salomon Wilhelm Herzog; 26 July 1885 – 9 October 1967) was a French author.

"A wedding is an event, but marriage is an achievement." Anonymous

"And as yet my love is weak and my virtue imperfect and I have great need of your strength and comfort." Thomas à Kempis (1380 – 25 July 1471) was a German/Dutch canon regular of the late medieval period

"But marriage, with all its delight and aggravation, seemed to swell like a dry sponge dipped into water, and occupy the largest, most fervent part of his life. Surely that was why some priests never took a spouse, and remained married to their calling." The thoughts of Father Tim, the main character in A New Song by Jan Karon - A New Song is part of the Mitford Series.

"But without her husband, she was a flame without a moth." Author George Howe Colt writing in The Big House about his grandmother

"Create in us a clean heart, renew a right spirit within us, and fill us with Your Holy Spirit through Christ our Lord. Amen" A prayer for a married couple or a couple about to be married adapted from Psalm 51:10 as written in A Common Life, a book in The Mitford Series by Jan Karon

"Darling, my darling. One line in haste to tell you that I love you more today than ever in my life before, that I never see beauty without thinking of you or scent happiness without thinking of you. You have fulfilled all my ambition, realized all my hopes, made all my dreams come true. You have set a crown of roses on my youth and fortified me against the disaster of our days. Your courageous gaiety has inspired me with joy. Your tender faithfulness has been a rock of security and comfort. I have felt for you all kinds of love at once. I have asked much of you and you have never failed me. You have intensified all colours, heightened all beauty, deepened all delight. I love you more than life, my beauty, my wonder." Duff Cooper, an English politician, wrting to Diana, his future wife, about marriage on August 20, 1918

"Each word from you will be a light in this wilderness." USA President James A. Garfield writing to his wife while he was in Chicago at the Republican National Convention

"Even if I had never met you, i would have dreamed of what life would have been like to be loved by such a person like you!" Love Notes From My Heart to Yours by Dianna Booher - Dianna Booher is an American author and communication expert.

"For a split second, he blanked, then came to. He steadied himself, thinking his heart could actually, though not probably, explode and he would be toast right here in front of everybody." Book character Dooley Kavanagh's thoughts while his marriage ceremony was beginning as described in Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon

"Give them wisdom and devotion in the ordering of their common life, that each may be to the other a strength in need, a counselor in perpleity, a comfort in sorrow, and a companion in joy. Amen" The Book of Common Prayer as quoted in A Common Life by Jan Karon; The Book of Common Prayer is the short title of a number of related prayer books used in the Anglican Communion as well as other Anglican churches.

"Having someone to love doubles our joy and divides our sorrow." Hm . . . who said this? It was written in Out to Canaan by Jan Karon

"His wife could derail a train of thought in a heartbeat, jump to another track, and run on it with all engines smoking."Father Tim's thoughts - Father Tim is a character in A New Song by Jan Karon

"How much the wife is dearer than the bride." George Lyttelton, 1st Baron Lyttelton, January 1709 – 22 August 1773), known as Sir George Lyttelton, between 1751 and 1756, was a British statesman and patron of the arts from the Lyttelton family. This was found in the book To Be Where You Are, a book in The Mitford Series, by Jan Karon

"I am quick flame, he is slow-burning ember. . . Our counselor who has a wood stove says any good fire is both." Lace Harper, a character in Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon

"In our society, people are obsessed with the idea that there's a single person who will make them happy. Eventually, though, most men wise up to the fact that happiness isn't about finding the right woman - it's about becoming the right man." Les Parrott, PH.D., a professor of clinical psychology at Seattle Pacific University.

"Mama said you don't go huntin', you let 'em kind of go by you in a parade." Character Puny Bradshaw in At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon who was commenting on possibly finding a man for a husband

"Marriage is like jumping off a tall building and discovering you can fly." Bono

"Music I heard with you was more than music, 
And bread I broke with you was more than bread; 
Now that I am without you, all is desolate; 
All that was once so beautiful is dead. 

Your hands once touched this table and this silver, 
And I have seen your fingers hold this glass. 
These things do not remember you, beloved, 
And yet your touch upon them will not pass. 

For it was in my heart that you moved among them, 
And blessed them with your hands and with your eyes; 
And in my heart they will remember always, 
—They knew you once, O beautiful and wise." 

Conrad Potter Aiken (August 5, 1889 – August 17, 1973) was an American writer, whose work includes poetry, short stories, novels, a play, and an autobiography.

"Never be in a hurry to terminate a marriage. You may need this man/woman to finish a sentence." Erma Bombeck, (February 21, 1927 – April 22, 1996) was an American humorist who achieved great popularity for her newspaper column that described suburban home life from the mid-1960s until the late 1990s.

"She gave him a look containing its own vocabulary . . ." 3rd person in Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon

"Somehow, the mention of marriage has strained even the sweet pleasure we found in going steady. It is grieving to think we might throw it all away because we've come to a hard place in the road and cannot cross over it. One would think that two people with brains in their heads could stand in the road and ponder the obstacle and come up with some ingenious way of getting over or around it." Cynthia Coopersmith, a character in A Light in the Window, a book in The Mitford Series by Jan Karon.

“The continent, the solid land on which I build all my happiness" 20th USA President James A. Garfield commenting about his wife, Lucretia

"That appeared, somehow, to illustrate his marriage. Every day with what seemed to be no effort at all on his part, he received God's extraordinary provision of contentment - there it was, waiting for him at every dawn; all he had to do was gather it in." These are the thoughts of Father Tim, a character in These High Green Hills, a book in The Mitford Series by Jan Karon.

"There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage." Martin Luther; 10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546) was a German professor of theology, composer, priest, former monk and a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation.

"Until heaven and then forever." An inscription on a ring in A Common Life, a book in The Mitford Series by Jan Karon

"We two form a multitude." Ovid - (43 bc–c. ad 17), Roman poet; full name Publius Ovidius Naso. He is noted for his elegiac love poems

" . . . when you go to a parade, do you like every float that passes?" Father Tim, the main character in At Home in Mitford, a book in the Mitford Series by Jan Karon; He was talking to Puny, a character who was hoping to find a future husband and who had just said, "Mama said you don't go huntin', you let 'em kind of go by you in a parade."

"You have the power to create the man/woman you will stand beside on your 50th anniversary by your kindness, forgiveness etc." (Shared by one of the pastors at the wedding of Ryan and Josephine Ludwig)

"You're so comforting, ____________. I never dreamed I would find anyone like you - sometimes, I hardly know where I end and you begin." Spoken by Cynthia Kavanagh, a character in These High Green Hills, a book in The Mitford Series written by Jan Karon

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