102 Marriage & Love Quotes To Inspire Your Marriage

I love quotes.

I like how with a just a few words, you can be motivated, inspired or challenged to look at marriage in a different way.

I’ve compiled a list of quotes and words from some of my favorite marriage bloggers (including yours truly ..and her husband! :) ), from comments left on my site and the general internet.

102 inspirational marriage and love quotes

I hope you get inspired, motivated, challenged as you read them..and smile and chuckle along the way too.

As always I’d love for you to share this post with your friends! Let’s spread this positive message on love and marriage!*.

 102 Marriage and Love Quotes To Inspire Your Marriage

1. You know you have found love when you can’t find your way back. Robert Brault

2. Marriage is meant to be more about your surrender than about your satisfaction. Scott Means (Click to Tweet)

3. For a marriage to have any chance, every day at least a half dozen things should go unsaid. Kirk VanOoteghem (Click to tweet)

4. You didn’t learn how to play an instrument well in one night. It will take time to learn how to “make music” with your spouse too.  J & G Murphy

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

6. A great marriage begins by becoming a greater follower of Jesus Christ. Beth Steffaniak (Click to Tweet)

7. Then the LORD God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” The Holy Bible, Genesis 2:18

8. Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow – Norman Vincent Peale

9. Whenever you’re in conflict, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude. William James

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10. The man who puts into the marriage only half of what he owns will get that out. Ronald Reagan

11. There are exactly as many special occasions in life as we choose to celebrate”. Robert Brault

12. The goal of sex is the big O…(and it ain’t orgasm). It’s Oneness. Loving the whole person, not just the body parts. Connecting at a deeper level. Tim Gardner

13. I used to want the perfect marriage and it drove me to distraction.. because marriage is never perfect. The more I learned to find my satisfaction in God, the more satisfied I became with my husband and my marriage. Barb raveling

14. The one thing that will determine how you order your money – and all your life really – is your unique vision as a couple. Ngina Otiende

15. Having a great marriage isn’t rocket science. It’s simply a choice. Kristine Carlson (Click to tweet)

16.When I truly love someone, desiring to please them is a natural unction. And if the person I love wants the best for me, I can trust that what I’m doing to please them is good not just for them, but also for me. Tom Otiende

17. Knowing that men inherently are motivated by respect, women are motivated by love, we must focus on the traits that lift up our other halves. Floyd Samon

18. Those who compare themselves against themselves are not wise. Find what works for your marriage and “work it!” Fawn Weaver

19. The success of marriage comes not in finding the “right” person, but in the ability of both partners to adjust to the real person they inevitably realize they married. John Fischer

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20. Sex encompasses everything that we are, and starting with sex when you have multiple problems often doesn’t work. Sex is the outward expression of how we feel about ourselves and our relationship, and sometimes we need to start there. Sheila Gregoire

21. Our lives and circumstances will not automatically line up to support and celebrate our marriage vows. It’s our job to make sure they do. Ngina Otiende

22. Love isn’t what you feel, it’s what you do consistently over time. Mathew L Jacobson (Click to Tweet)

23. I am my beloved and my beloved is mine. Holy Bible, Song of Solomon 6:3

24. 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

25. If you want something new you have to stop doing something old. Peter F Drucker

26. Make it your goal to create a marriage that feels like the safest place on earth. Gary Smalley

27. Love isn’t something you feel at the beginning of your relationship that goes away after the honeymoon phase.  Love is a decision that you make when you wake up everyday and look at that person that you made a commitment to. Kimanzi Constable

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

29. When I am frustrated with my husband and feel like giving up on us, I have two choices. One: I can choose love and work on my marriage or: Two, I can choose love and work on my marriage. Darlene Schacht

30. Love is not about grand intentions. It is about small attentions.  Robert Brault (Click to Tweet)

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31. Love that man. Love him better than you did yesterday. Enjoy him, the gift he is. Keep God first and you’ll love, enjoy and ignite the gift and love in others too.  Ngina Otiende

32. As husbands, I think one reason we have some trouble with Paul’s command to love our wives “as Christ loved the church,” is that we don’t really fully know how Christ loves the church. Scott Means

33. When you have children, your marriage is now more important, not less, because other people are counting on you – Sheila Gregoire

34. Looking for a good way to pray for your wife? Try praying based on the first letter of the day of the week Sunday pray for her Spiritual walk. Monday pray for her Moods and Mental health. Tuesday pray for her Thought life. Wednesday pray for her Weaknesses to be healed. Thursday pray for her Time usage. Friday pray for her Friendships. Saturday pray for her Sexuality. Paul Byerly

35. Don’t wait till you have money issues to start a serious conversation on money. Ngina Otiende

36. Make requests not complaints. Remember at the end of a request you may get what you asked for. At the end of a complaint all you get is an argument. Maggie Reyes

37. Being ‘one flesh’ in marriage means that the relationship is not the source of security, affirmation, control, or value. Those issues of identity need to be rooted in Christ. Scott Perkins

38. I want my husband to lead me and our family. But in order for him to do that I must be willing to submit to his lead. This does not mean I surrender my opinions or input or wisdom…it means I surrender my grip of control and selfish ways and trust him! Jennifer Smith

39. Love is the thing that enables a woman to sing as she mops up the floor after her husband has walked across it in his barn boots. Hoosier farmer saying

40. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. Mother Teresa

41. Whoever troubles his own household will inherit the wind. Holy Bible, Proverbs 11:29

42. We can never have extraordinary relationships with our spouses when we are settling for an ordinary relationship with God. Justin and Trisha Davis

102 love and marriage quotes to inspire your marriage

43. A good wife receives honor. Maybe not every day, and maybe not right away, but God will exalt every woman as she humbly goes about the task of lifting her husband up. Summer Morris

44. Asking for help does not mean that we are weak or incompetent. It usually indicates an advanced level of honesty and intelligence. Anne Wilson Schaef

45. When your husband has lost his joy and doesn’t have a smile of his own, give him yours. Better still, top it off with a kiss. Ngina Otiende

46. Husband, when you tell your wife to go for counseling alone (because you think going to see a counselor is a sign you have failed) is like having a car you love overheat and deciding it’s not manly to take it to the mechanic. You can keep on driving it but eventually you will ruin the engine. Adam Hamilton (brackets added)

47. Sometimes we spend so much time praying about our marriage “pain points” and forget to spend as much time, if not more, on the “praise points”. Remember to always thank God for good and beautiful in your marriage even as you pursuer greater. Ngina Otiende

48. Don’t ask God to guide your footsteps if you are not willing to move your feet. Quote Diary

49. Long-lasting love doesn’t happen by accident. We don’t find ourselves holding hands after twenty-five years with the one that we love by pure chance. Love is deliberate, it’s intentional, it’s purposeful, and in the end it’s worth every minute that we give of ourselves to another. Darlene Schacht

50. Our lives should be more than just focusing on our marriage but on focusing our marriage toward what God’s mission is for us as a couple. Francis Chan

51. Faith – seeing your husband as Jesus sees him. (Hebrews 11:1) Jennifer Smith

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52. Keep choosing happiness daily and happiness will keep choosing you back. Fawn Weaver

53. A good marriage is worth fighting for. Lisa Jacobson (Click to tweet)

54. Conflicts are not a sign you’ve married the wrong person. They simply affirm you are human. Dr Gary Chapman

55. Excitement and fire are not qualities inherent to relationships. They are what happen when to people make marriage the number one priority. Michele Weiner-Davis

56. The best time to love with your whole heart is always now, this moment, because no breath beyond the current is promised. Fawn Weaver.

57. A marriage is only has strong as what it costs to protect it. Cloud & Townsend

58. To get divorced because love has died, is like selling your car because it’s run out of gas. Diane Sollee (Click to Tweet)

59. Loving my wife means doing what my wife loves..and includes doing things I don’t necessarily like. Tom Otiende

60. Love without truth is sentimentality; it supports and affirms us but keeps us in denial about our flaws. Truth without love is harshness; it gives us information but in such a way that we cannot really hear it. Timothy Keller

102 marriage and love quotes to inspire your marriage

61. As a Helpmate you have the ability to receive, incubate and bring forth life; and not just physical life. But the dreams, hopes and aspirations of your husband. Incubating his dreams involves creating the right environment for their growth and fruition. Incubation is a strong stubborn unending faith that refuses to quit until that dream comes to life. Ngina Otiende

62. The uncomfortable truth of doing what God tells us is this: It’s going to cost something-pride, time, money, bravery. But the reward of stepping into the unknown far outreaches and outlasts the price you have to pay. Kristen Welch

63. Marriage: Love is the reason, lifelong friendship is the gift, kindness is the cause, till death do us part is the length. Fawn Weaver

64. You can learn a lot from your mistakes when you aren’t busy denying them. Unknown (Click to Tweet)

65. When your husband falls or when he’s hurting, be the first one to minister to him. Become the good Samaritan wife to your man! Jolene Engle

66. Marriage is something you create every day. Marriage will not erase your debt, make your cranky family member nicer, or get you a raise. Things work out because we work at them. Period. Maggie Reyes

67. 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

68. All marriages have challenges, it’s about what you choose to focus on. (Rom 8:5). Ngina Otiende

69. If your husband is saved, delivered, seeking after God’s heart and growing, thank God for him. Quit complaining. There are many women crying to God for one like that. Ngina Otiende

70. Re-falling in love after a painful experience in marriage is possible. But that can only happen if the couple resolve to elevate their marriage covenant beyond romance and affection. The covenant that God has “acted as a witness” never changes unlike romance and affection which exists in one instance and fades in the next moment. Phillip Mwaura

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71. True love is friendship set on fire. Unknown

72. The goal of marriage is not to think alike but to think together. Robert C Dodds

73. Things don’t change in a marriage until the spouse who is taking responsibility for a problem that is not hers decides to say or do something about it. Henry Cloud

74. Christian marriage does not exist for the benefit of the two people in the marriage; it is for the benefit of the world, that God would be glorified in it. The main purpose of marriage is not the enjoyment of the two people who are married, the main purpose of marriage is to glorify Christ as we participate in the mission of God. – Tim Suttle ( I am still wrapping my mind around that!)

75. Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs. Holy Bible, Proverbs 10:12

76. Couples who love each other tell each other a thousand things without talking. Unknown (Click to tweet)

77. When working through challenges in marriage, be swift to notice growth and improvement and quick to let go of slights and setbacks. Ngina Otiende

78. Always say ,“I love you.” Even, and especially, if you’ve had a bad day. Darlene Schacht

79. Your husband wants to feel like a good lover. He wants to know that you desire him and enjoy being with him physically. – J Parker

80. Humility yields the right to be right. Jamie Stirling (Click to tweet)

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81. If he makes you laugh, kisses your forehead, says he’s sorry, makes an effort, holds your hand, works hard, attempts to understand you… then believe it or not, he’s quite perfect.  Unknown

82. Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved. Barbara Johnson (Click to Tweet)

83. Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, and halfway closed there after. James Dobson

84. You can’t genuinely help another person in her marriage journey unless you have allowed God to help you in your own. Ngina Otiende

85. They say it takes a village to raise a child. That may be the case, but the truth is that it takes a lot of solid, stable marriages to create a village. Diane Sollee

86. If you made a list of the reasons why any couple got married, and another list of the reasons for their divorce, you’d have a lot of overlapping. Mignon McLaughlin

87. One advantage of marriage, it seems to me, is that when you fall out of love with each other, it keeps you together until you fall in love again. Judith Viorst

88. Attraction isn’t only about being beautiful; it’s often just as much about confidence and the pride you take in yourself. Treat yourself well, and learn to exude genuine confidence, and that is attractive in and of itself. Sheila Gregoire

89. If we learn to wait-out annoyances and irritations, if we are quicker to examine ourselves and slow to judge our husbands, we can avoid many conflicts and wife-made disasters. Ngina Otiende

 

102 marriage and love quotes to inspire your marriage

90. Commitment is making a choice to give up other choices. Scott Stanley (Click to Tweet)

91. A man of honor is not the man in a tuxedo on his wedding day. A man of honor is a staying man. He knows what it takes to be a great husband and dad and he gets himself committed to fulfilling it. Lawrence Namale

92. Do everything you can to preserve and protect love so that it endures forever. Jeniffer Smith (Click to Tweet)

93. A man doesn’t own his marriage, he is only a steward of his wife’s love. Ed Cole

94. The thing with spiritual growth and with marriage is that the more you grow the more you realize your need for growth. Caleb Suko

95. As a woman, as a wife, you stand on an exclusive platform; your presence and voice have the power to cause a ripple of goodness throughout your husband’s soul. ..Yes. You are the melody God has chosen to play on the foreground of your husband’s world. Jennifer J Roos

96. Love me when I least deserve it because that is when I really need it. Swedish Proverb

97. A cord of three strands is not easily broken. Holy Bible, Ecclesiastes. 4:12

98. It is not marriage that fails; it is people that fail. All that marriage does is to show them up.” Harry Emerson Fosdick

99. A psychiatrist asks a lot of expensive questions your wife asks for nothing. Joey Adams (Ha!)

102 marriage and love quotes to inspire your marriage

100. Love is what is left in a relationship when selfishness is taken out. Nick Richardson (Click to Tweet)

101 Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly. Rose Franken

102. God’s first, then family, then whatever else you love. Jase Robertson

And finally, my favorite quote of all time

It’s a short poem husband wrote me on our engagement back in 2007, inspired by Eccl 4:2. (Read about our engagement here).

“A perfect bond of no beginning and no end, where we start and end is in God, the Infinite, Two strands interwoven with a Third unseen. God’s presence filling each space, as in this ring. An Invisible Strand of undeniable evidence in our love, in our life, in our gaze, in our essence.”

102 marriage and love quotes to inspire your marriage

Question: Which is your favorite quote from above? What other positive marriage and love quotes can you add? Please share in comments below! 

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  • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

    I love quotes, too, and you have a wonderful list here!

    • http://intentionaltoday.com/ Ngina Otiende

      Thanks Skip, good to hear you love quotes too!

  • http://www.redletterbelievers.com/ David Rupert

    What a great list. I have copied it and will reading it every day this week.

    • http://intentionaltoday.com/ Ngina Otiende

      Thanks David :) Happy they inspire you

  • http://www.leadtoimpact.com/ Bernard Haynes

    Excellent quotes. I will definitely be using several of them. Thanks for taking the time to put them together.

    • http://intentionaltoday.com/ Ngina Otiende

      Thanks Bernard, had fun putting them together, glad they’ll be helpful.

  • http://www.messymarriage.com/ Beth Steffaniak

    Thanks so much for ALL of these, Ngina! I love quotes too and will be copying them to share on Twitter and use in other writings! Also thank you so much for including something I must have said. I wondered if I tweeted it or where that came from! :) Now I know! Thanks so much sweet friend!

    • http://intentionaltoday.com/ Ngina Otiende

      that must have been confusing Beth! :) haha. It came from a blog post you wrote sometimes back. I wish I’d kept the link to that post! And I am happy to know you’ll put these quotes to even greater use, thank you!

  • http://www.littlebusontheprairie.com/ Sarah @ Little Bus on the Prai

    Some of those brought tears to my eyes! Thank you!

    • http://intentionaltoday.com/ Ngina Otiende

      Aw Sarah, glad it was inspirational, thank you for coming by and sharing

  • http://tcavey.blogspot.com/ TCAvey

    so many awesome and powerful quotes here! No way to pick just one. However #3 made me laugh!
    I’ll have to save this page and come back to read these again.
    Thanks for all the hard work put into this post. Great job!

    • http://intentionaltoday.com/ Ngina Otiende

      Thanks TC, I am glad they inspired you and made you laugh!

  • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

    These are some great quotes!!!! Thank you for sharing them with us.

    • http://intentionaltoday.com/ Ngina Otiende

      Thanks Dan, I am glad you enjoyed them :)

  • http://www.barbraveling.com/ Barb Raveling

    Wow, it’s hard to choose a favorite, there are so many great ones. And now I just forgot the ones I chose! I need to go back and look again. Oh yeah, 46 and 99. I though 99 was especially funny. :) It was fun to see the mixture between quotes by readers and writers. Also, thanks for including one from me in there! And I love the poem by your husband! Wait a minute, maybe that’s my favorite!

    • http://intentionaltoday.com/ Ngina Otiende

      I’m glad you loved these Barb! And thanks, I am going to tell my husband about his quote being a favorite, he will love that!