On this historic day–for us and the United States–my husband and I celebrate 11 years of marriage! It has been everything a marriage, I think, should be so far: enlightening, glorious, incredibly hard, and totally unique.
To celebrate, here are some quotes about marriage–because y’all know I can’t resist a good quote: (some of these we placed in picture frames on the tables at our wedding reception)
“I honor your gods
I drink at your well
I bring an undefended heart to our meeting place
I have no cherished outcome
I will not negotiate by withholding
I am not subject to disappointment”
~ Celtic Vow
“The secret of a happy marriage remains a secret.”
~ Henry Youngman
“Love is enough: though the World be a-waning,
And the woods have no voice but the voice of complaining,
Though the sky be too dark for dim eyes to discover
The gold-cups and daisies fair blooming thereunder,
Though the hills be held shadows, and the sea a dark wonder
And this day draw a veil over all deeds passed over,
Yet their hands shall not tremble, their feet shall not falter;
The void shall not weary, the fear shall not alter
These lips and these eyes of the loved and the lover.”
~ William Morris, “Love is Enough”
“Never above you.
Never below you.
Always beside you.”
~ Walter Winchell
“Understand, I’ll slip quietly
away from the noisy crowd
when I see the pale
stars rising, blooming, over the oaks.
I’ll pursue solitary pathways
through the pale twilit meadows,
with only this one dream:
You come too.”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke
“Never go to bed angry. Stay up and fight.”
~ Phyllis Diller
“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
“Afoot and lighthearted, take to the
Healthy, free, the world before you,
The long brown path before you
leading wherever you choose.
Say only to one another:
Camerado, I give you my hand!
I give you my love more precious
I give you myself before preaching or law:
Will you give me yourself? Will you
come travel with you?
Shall we stick by each other as long
as we live?”
~ Walt Whitman, “Song of the Open Road”