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50 Short Wedding and Marriage Quotes

Here is a list of beautiful and short quotes about weddings and marriage! If you’re looking for Instagram captions, inspiration for cards or any sort of love-related project, look no further!

These quotes are from famous authors, poets, and more. You may also want to check out my list of 50 Famous Wedding Quotes for more inspiration. Have fun and happy reading!

  1. “Give all to love; obey thy heart.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

2. “How delicious is the winning of a kiss at love’s beginning.” – Thomas Campbell

3. “But did thee feel the earth move?” – Ernest Hemingway

4. “Familiar acts are beautiful through love.” – Percy Bysshe Shelley

5. “At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.” – Plato

6. “Loves alters not with time’s brief hours and weeks, but bears it out ever to the edge of doom.” – William Shakespeare

7. “We love because it’s the only true adventure.” – Nikki Giovanni

8. “One must not lose desires. They are mighty stimulants to creativeness, to love, and to long life.” – Alexander Bogomoletz

9. “You never know what is enough, until you know what is more than enough.” – William Blake

10. “All human activity is prompted by desire.” – Bertrand Russell

11. “The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.” – Emily Dickinson

12. “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” – Emily Bronte

13. “Love is the only thing that keeps me sane.” – Sue Townsend

14. “I don’t want to live – I want to love first, and live incidentally.” – Zelda Fitzgerald

15. “You must remember this, a kiss is still a kiss.” – Herman Hupfield

16. “Great loves too must be endured.” – Coco Chanel

17. “Honor the ocean of love.” – George de Bennville

18. “My life will be sour grapes and ashes without you.” – Daisy Ashford

19. “Till it has loved, no man or woman can become itself.” – Emily Dickinson

20. “Nobody has ever measured, even poets, how much a heart can hold.” – Zelda Fitzgerald

21. “At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.” – Plato

22. “Oh, thou art fairer than the evening air, clad in the beauty of a thousand stars.” – Christopher Marlowe

23. “To be in love is to surpass oneself.” – Oscar Wilde

24. “Marriages are made in heaven and consummated on Earth.” – John Lyly

25. “To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.” – David Viscott

26. “When you love someone, all your saved-up wishes start coming out.” – Elizabeth Bowen

27. “For those who love, time is eternity.” – Henry Van Dyke

28. “I clasp thy waist; I feel thy bosom’s beat. O, kiss me into faintness, sweet and dim.” -Alexander Smith

29. “Came but for friendship, and took away love.” – Thomas Moore

30. “Love one another, but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.” – Kahlil Gibran

31. “We are most alive when we’re in love.” – John Updike

32. “Because of deep love, one is courageous.” – Lao-Tzu

33. “Love is a choice – not simply, or necessarily, a rational choice, but rather a willingness to be present to others without pretense or guile.” – Carter Heyward

34. “It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

35. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

36. “Happiness [is] only real when shared” ― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

37. “To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow – this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage

38. “A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage. A short story is a photograph; a novel is a film.” ― Lorrie Moore

39. “If I get married, I want to be very married.” ― Audrey Hepburn

40. “I ask you to pass through life at my side—to be my second self, and best earthly companion.” ― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

41. “A good marriage is where both people feel like they’re getting the better end of the deal.” ― Anne Lamott, Joe Jones

42. “What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are but how you deal with incompatibility.” ― Leo Tolstoy

43. “To keep your marriage brimming, with love in the wedding cup, whenever you’re wrong, admit it; whenever you’re right, shut up.” ― Ogden Nash

44. “A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you
control it.” ― John Steinbeck

45. “We loved with a love that was more than love.” – Edgar Allan Poe

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

47. “There is no more lovely, friendly, and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.” – Martin Luther

48. “A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.”
– Andre Marois

49. “Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

50. “When you are loved, there’s no need at all to understand what’s happening, because everything happens within you.” – Paulo Coelho


Brittany is a writer and teacher in Vancouver, Canada. She started the website Wayfaring Weddings as a way to share her research on affordable, eco-friendly, and less stressful approaches to wedding planning.