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Famous Quotes / Tips And Advice On Successful Marriages

In a time when nothing is more certain than change, the commitment of two people to one another has become difficult and rare. Yet, by its scarcity, the beauty and value of this exchange have only been enhanced.- Robert Sexton

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We scoured the internet for some fun quotes / tips and advice that people have made about marriage.

We think you will get a kick out of some of these and who knows maybe some of them will resonate with you as you prepare for your big day.  For those who are already married, we think you will read many of these and say, ohh yeah.


To keep your marriage brimming,
With love in the loving cup,
Whenever you’re wrong, admit it;
Whenever you’re right, shut up.

-Ogden Nash

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My single best piece of marriage advice is to buy a comforter/duvet one size larger than the bed. So for a queen bed, get a king-sized comforter. It solves probably 25% of marital arguments right off the bat.  – Unknown

Learn to ignore the small stuff. Every marriage faces challenges, some big and some small. Remind yourself that life is precious and short. Therefore, focus on the larger battles, working through them as a team while letting go of the incidentals that in the big scheme of things does not matter. – marriage.families.com

Chains do not hold a marriage together.  It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years.  ~Simone Signoret

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“From the perspective of close to a 27-year marriage, all I can say is don’t sweat the small stuff.  If something can go wrong, it probably will. But it’s really the marriage that’s important, not the wedding, which is over in just hours. You want the marriage to last a lot longer than that!”—Susan Radlauer, research director – from Forbes.com

Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate.  ~Barnett R. Brickner

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“You can never be prepared for marriage. You are marrying a completely different person than yourself, and you cannot know how you will grow and change or how they will grow and change. Just remember why you’re together–because you really love each other.”—Priscilla Goudreau-Santos – from Forbes.com article

Never Stop Dating – “7 Secrets to a Long and Happy Marriage” The Today Show

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966

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Instead of trying to change something, he or she does – change you! Far too often, people get married with the belief they can simply change the person they married, molding him or her into the “perfect” mate. Instead, you need to accept your mate for the person he/she is. If a behavior needs to be changed, then provide support and encouragement. For example, if your husband complains about not having clean clothes, rather than nag at him, show him how to launder his shirts, jeans, or whatever it is he needs. – marriage.families.com

Forgiveness is a well known ingredient for any successful relationship, but it is much much harder than it looks. Forgiveness doesn’t just mean letting go of a fight or letting your partner be correct for the sake of ending an argument. Forgiveness is the real deal. When something big goes wrong in your marriage, and you decide to work through it with your partner, and you decide over time that you are able to forgive them, you have to stick with that. Forgiving someone doesn’t come with a clause that allows you to throw it back at them during any given argument or time you are feeling angry or insecure. When you decide to forgive your partner you need to mean it, and as hard as it may be you have to move on from the problem. – hubpages.com

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Communication is a key ingredient to any successful marriage. That means talking through situations rather than bottling up or yelling. By showing respect, you can work together as a couple should. With this, the two of you can talk to understand the other person’s side better.  – marriage.families.com

Two words that can go a long way: “Thank you.” In 2007, researchers from Arizona State Universityasked married partners and student roommates whether they appreciated the chores done by the other person. While most said they felt gratitude, many hadn’t relayed these feelings to their partners, assuming “he or she just knows.” Results also showed individuals who felt appreciated by their partners had less resentment over any imbalance in labor and more satisfaction with their relationships than other study participants did.  Another simple word that can boost partner pleasure: “we.”  A study published in the September 2009 issue of the journal Psychology and Aging found that spouses who used couple-focused words such as “we,” “our” and “us” when talking about a conflict also showed more affection, fewer negative behaviors such as anger, and lower physiological stress levels during the disagreement. Using words that expressed separateness, such as “I,” “you,” and “me,” during the discussion was associated with marital dissatisfaction. – Livescience.com

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Whether or not you feel like telling your spouse you love them daily, do it anyway. Every time we say goodbye we tell each other we love them. Everytime we say hello we say “I love you.” My husband took some time to get used to this, but now I swear he says it more than I do. Just that little gesture makes a difference in the way you interact with each other. – Hubpages.com

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Romantic love can stand the test of time if you apply elbow grease. In a study published in 2009 in the journal Review of General Psychology, researchers analyzed surveys of more than 6,000 people, including new relationships and marriages that had lasted at least 20 years. A surprisingly high number of people were still very much in love with their long-term partners, though the researchers drew a distinction between romantic love, which can endure, and passionate or obsessive love, which often fades after the beginning of a relationship.  The key to keeping that romance alive: hard work. Research has suggested these couples spend time and really care about the relationship; they seem to be able to resolve conflicts relatively smoothly, said Bianca Acevedo, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Santa Barbara, who authored the study while she was a graduate student at Stony Brook University. Studies have also shown novel experiences can stimulate the production of the neurochemicals dopamine and norepinephrine, which show up in the brain in the early, blissful stages of a relationship. – Livescience.com

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

To love someone is to see a miracle invisible to others.
~Francois Mauriac

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