Saturday, December 17, 2011
my 7 favorite marriage quotes (today)
"Marriage isn't supposed to make you happy - it's supposed to make you married." (Frank Pittman)
"You don't marry one person; you marry three:
the person you think they are,
the person they are, and
the person they are going to become as a result of being married to you." (Richard Needham)
"No two human beings are made for each other. Every human being is made for God. Marriages are not made in heaven. There are no prefabricated marriages. They are made right here on earth, day by day, by the sacrifices both persons are called upon to make. And marriages are not made by what comes naturally. That is important, of course, but marriages are made by what does not come naturally and that is self-sacrifice. You will soon learn that it costs to be a lover, that the language of love is sacrifice. And you will have many opportunities to speak this language." (From wedding homily by Father Rodney Kissinger)
"When there is love in a marriage, there is harmony in the home; when there is harmony in the home, there is contentment in the community; when there is contentment in the community, there is prosperity in the nation; when there is prosperity in the nation, there is peace in the world." (Chinese proverb)
"My grandmother had three sayings on her kitchen wall:
'It could be worse.'
'It's a great life - if you don't weaken.'
'We get too soon oldt, and too late schmardt.'"
(Diane Sollee, smartmarriages.com)
"William Morris wrote a poem called 'Love is Enough' and someone is said to have reviewed it briefly with the words 'It isn't.' . . . , To say this is not to belittle the natural loves but to indicate where their real glory lies. It is no disparagement to a garden to say that it will not fence and weed itself, nor prune its own fruit trees, nor roll and cut its own lawns. A garden is a good thing but that is not the sort of goodness it has. It will remain a garden, as distinct from a wilderness, only if someone does all these things to it." (C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves)
"My wife uses fabric softener. I never knew what that stuff was for. Then I noticed women coming up to me, sniffing, then saying under their breath, 'Married!' and walking away. Fabric Softeners are how our wives mark their territory. We can take off the ring, but it's hard to get that April fresh scent out of your clothes." (Andy Rooney)