20 Quotes Celebrating Marriage

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The importance of marriage

Marriage and family are central to God’s plan for our happiness. The following quotes and scriptures celebrate the joy we can find in love, marriage, and family.


“A home with a loving and loyal husband and wife is the supreme setting in which children can be reared in love and righteousness and in which the spiritual and physical needs of children can be met.”

—David A. Bednar

(“Marriage is Essential to His Eternal Plan,” Ensign, June 2006, 84.)


“Tenderness and respect—never selfishness—must be the guiding principles in the intimate relationship between husband and wife.”

—Howard W. Hunter

(“Being a Righteous Husband and Father,” Ensign, October 1994.)


“For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.”

—Ephesians 5:31


“I want my life and my marriage to look less like the world and more like Christ.”

—Marquis Clarke

(“What Matters Most in Marriage,” unveiledwife.com, March 2014.)


“Husbands, love your wives well! Your children are noticing how you treat her. You are teaching your sons how they should treat women and you are teaching your daughters what they should expect from men.”

—Dave Willis

(“18 Tips that Will Strengthen (and Maybe Even Save) Your Marriage,” Patheos, February 2013.)


“True love is a process. True love requires personal action.”

—Marvin J. Ashton

(“Love Takes Time,” Ensign, November 1975.)


“Marriage can be more an exultant ecstasy than the human mind can conceive. This is within the reach of every couple, every person.”

—Spencer W. Kimball

(“Marriage and Divorce,” address at Brigham Young University, September 7, 1976.)


“If you want something to last forever, you treat it differently. You shield it and protect it. You never abuse it. You don’t expose it to the elements. You don’t make it common or ordinary. If it ever becomes tarnished, you lovingly polish it until it gleams like new. It becomes special because you have made it so, and it grows more beautiful and precious as time goes by.”

—F. Burton Howard

(“Eternal Marriage,” Ensign, May 2003, 94.)


“Marriage, in its truest sense, is a partnership of equals, with neither exercising dominion over the other, but, rather, with each encouraging and assisting the other in whatever responsibilities and aspirations he or she might have.”

—Gordon B. Hinckley

(“This I Believe,” address at Brigham Young University, March 1, 1992.)


“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the Church, and gave Himself for it.”

—Ephesians 5:25

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“Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century.”

—Mark Twain

(Mark Twain's Notebook, ed. Albert Bigelow Paine, p. Harper & Brothers, 1935.)


“Happiness in marriage and parenthood can exceed a thousand times any other happiness.”

—James E. Faust

(“The Enriching of Marriage,” Ensign, November 1977.)


“Love is a fruit in season at all times and within the reach of every hand.”

—Mother Teresa

(Love, A Fruit Always In Season: Daily Meditations from the Words of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, ed. Dorothy S. Hunt, 1987.)


“What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”

—Matthew 19:6


“A man and a woman, united in marriage, have a transcendent power to create happiness for themselves, for their family, and for the people around them.”

—Henry B. Eyring

(“Renaissance of Marriage: To Become as One,” address during The Complementarity of Man and Woman: An International Religious Colloquium in Vatican City, Rome, November 18, 2014.)


“Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence and likewise also the wife unto the husband.”

—1 Corinthians 7:3

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“Fidelity to one’s marriage vows is absolutely essential for love, trust, and peace.”

—Ezra Taft Benson

(“Salvation—A Family Affair,” Ensign, July 1992, 4.)


“There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends.”


(The Odyssey, Trans. Robert Fitzgerald. New York: Farrar, 1998. Book 6.175-185.)


“A happy marriage is not so much a matter of romance as it is an anxious concern for the comfort and well-being of one’s companion.”

—Gordon B. Hinckley

(“What God Hath Joined Together,” Ensign, May 1991.)


“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”

—Genesis 2:24

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