Proverbs and quotes about marriage, wives and husbands.

A cheerful wife is the spice of life.

A clever wife often sleeps with a stupid husband.

Chinese proverb

A good marriage is the union of two good forgivers.

Ruth Bell Graham

A great marriage is not when the perfect couple comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.

Dave Meurer

A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.

Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen

A man likes his wife to be just clever enough to appreciate his cleverness, and just stupid enough to admire it.

Israel Zangwil

A man's best fortune, or his worst, is his wife.

Thomas Fuller

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.

Mignon McLaughlin

Art is a marriage of the conscious and the unconscious.

Jean Cocteau

Better a stupid wife than a mess at home.

Togolese proverb

Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.

Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen

How fair is your love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is your love than wine! and the smell of your ointments than all spices!

Song of Solomon

I got rid of my husband. The cat was allergic.

I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone.

The Lord of the Rings
J.R.R. Tolkien
Quote from the movie

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

Love is often the fruit of marriage.

Man is the head of the family; woman is the neck that turns the head.

Marriage is a little bit like buying melons, you need a little luck.

Marriage is a sack full of ninety-nine snakes and one eel.

Spanish proverb

Marriage is like watching the color of leaves in the fall; ever changing and more stunningly beautiful with each passing day.

Fawn Weaver

Marry a mountain girl and you marry the whole mountain.

Irish proverb

Marry in haste, repent at leisure.

If you get married too quickly, you may spend all your life regretting it.

Matrimony … is no more than a form of friendship recognised by the police.

Thrones, Dominations
Dorothy L. Sayers
Based on a quotation of Robert Louis Stevenson

Men make houses, women make homes.

One of her husbands was a cousin to one of my wives.

Ford County: Stories
John Grisham

One who plants grapes by the road side, and one who marries a pretty woman, share the same problem.

Only choose in marriage a man whom you would choose as a friend if he were a woman.

Joseph Joubert

The drone bee dies soon after the wedding night.

The goal in marriage is not to think alike, but to think together.

Robert C. Dodds

The idea of marrying a doll or a fool was always abhorrent to me. I know that a pretty doll, a fair fool, might do well enough for the honeymoon; but when passion cooled, how dreadful to find a lump of wax and wood laid in my bossom, a half-idiot clasped in my arms, and to remember that I had made of this my equal – nay, my idol – to know that I must pass the rest of my dreary life with a creature incapable of understanding what I said, of appreciating what I thought, or of sympathising with what I felt!

William Crimsworth
The Professor
Charlotte Brontë

The idiot who has his eye on your wife is like a blood sucking fly.


The silliest woman can manage a clever man; but it needs a clever woman to manage a fool.

Rudyard Kipling

The wedding feast is not made with mushrooms only.

Spanish proverb

There is no cure for stupid wives and willful children.

Chinese proverb

Tie the knot.

Getting married.

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

When you retire, you switch bosses — from the one who hired you to the one who married you.

Gene Perret

Without rice, even the cleverest housewife cannot cook.

You can’t be the head of a family unless you show yourself both stupid and deaf.