Romantic Readings Resources


"A Beautiful Journey"  by Donna Fargo

"A Good Marriage"  by Pearl S. Buck

"A History of Love"  by Diane Ackerman

"A Marriage"  by Mark Twain

"A Reminder for the One I Love"  by Rachyl Taylor

"A Wonderful Gift"  by Douglas Pagels

"Advise for a Marriage"  by Carol Howard

"Any Husband or Wife”  by Carole Haynes

"As You Share Your Hearts in Love”  by Deborah T. Kinnebrew

"Because" by Steven Reiser

"Benediction of the Apaches"

"Blessing For A Marriage"  by James Dillet Freeman

"Blessing of the Hands" 

"Desiderata"  by Max Erhmann

"Falling In Love"  by Vickie M. Worsham

"Friendship"  by Judy Bielicki

"Gift From The Sea" by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

"Hug O' War"  by Shel Silverstein

"I Am Love"  

"I Am Thankful"

"I Love You”  by Roy Croft

"I Want You”  by Arthur L. Gillom

"I Will Be Here"   by Steven Curtis Chapman

"If Thou Must Love Me"  by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

"In Marriage" by Susan Polis Schutz

"In Your Life Together" by Jon Peyton

"Irish Blessing"

"Jazz" by Toni Morrison

"Looking For Your Face"  by Rumi

"Love" by Michele Weber

"Love Endures"  by Douglas Pagels

"Love Is"  I Corinthians 13

“Love Is Friendship Caught Fire”  by Laura Hendricks

"Loving You Brings Me Such Happiness"  by Donna Fargo

"Marriage Advice From 1886" by Jane Wells

"Marriage Is" by Barbara Cage

"Marriage Is Forever" by Regina Hill

"Marriage Joins Two People "  by Edmund O’Neill

"Marriage Means"  by Jon Peyton

"Marriage Rests Upon"  by Wendell Berry

"On Love"  by Thomas a Kempis

"On Love"  by Kahlil Gibran

"On Marriage"  by Kahlil Gibran

"Our Love Can Last Forever"  by Susan Polis Schutz

"She Walks In Beauty" by Lord Byron

“Somewhere”  by Edwin Arnold

“Sonnet 17”  by Pablo Neruda

"Sonnet 18"  by William Shakespeare

"Sonnet 116"  by William Shakespeare

"Sonnet XLIII"  by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“Sooner or Later”

"Take it One Day at a Time"  by Julia Escobar

"The Art of a Good Marriage"  by Wilferd Arlan Peterson "

"The Beauty of Being Soul Mates" by Edwin Arnold

"The Colour Of My Love"  by David Foster 

"The Greatest Commitment of All"  by Barbara Cage

"The Hungering Dark"  by Frederick Buechner

"The Hymn of the Universe"  by Teilhard de Chardin

"The Irrational Season"  by Madeleine L'Engle

"The Keys to Having a Great Relationship"  by Robert M. Millay

"The Keys to Love"  by Robert M. Millay

"The Magic of Love"  by Helen Steiner Rice

"The Merchant of Venice"  by William Shakespeare

"The Passionate Shepherd  To His Love"  by Christopher Marlowe

"The Prayer" by Francis Assisi

"The Promises of Marriage" by Bettie Meeks & Douglas Pagels

"The Secret to a Successful Marriage" by Susan Polis Schutz

"The Things I Promise To Be For You"

"The True Meaning of `I do``" by Lisa Crofton

"The Web of Marriage" by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

"These I Can Promise"

“Time In A Bottle"  by Jim Croce

“To Husband and Wife"  by Margaret Springdale

“Together in Marriage"  by Susan Polis Schutz

"True Love"

"Union" by Robert Fulghum

"Velveteen Rabbit" by Margery Williams

"Walk With Me In Love" by Susan Polis Schutz

"We Have Lived and Loved Together" by Charles Jefferys

"What is a Marriage" by Collin McCarty

"When We Marry" by Thomas Moore

"Why Marriage" by Mari Nichols

"Wonderful Things are Shared" by Douglas Pagels

"You Were Born Together"  by Kahlil Gibran

"Your Love Was Meant to Be"  by Douglas Pagels

"Your Soul Mate Will..."  by Miranda Moti

 

 

"A Beautiful Journey"

  by Donna Fargo

“A great marriage begins with two people joined together in love as partners and best friends. It's a commitment to always be on each other's side, sharing everything...

When two people become one in spirit, every joy is doubled and every disappointment is diminished. They live their lives in an attitude of cooperation with each other. They plan on togetherness. They listen. They hope. They dream. They make mistakes. They understand. They forgive. And they move on...together. They're loyal to each other and steadfast in their pledge to be there for each other forever... through sickness or health, poverty, wealth, or whatever.

For these tow people, love is the magic that keeps them together and guides them on their journey, enhancing their lives and assuring their happiness.”

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"A Good Marriage"

  by Pearl S. Buck

“A good marriage is one where love is not destroyed. Love changes, of course, in its manifestation as time goes on and as individuals achieve higher levels of maturity, but change does not mean destruction. It can and should mean growth. A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love.”

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"A History of Love"

  by Diane Ackerman

“Love. What a small word we use for an idea so immense and powerful. It has altered the flow of history, calmed monsters, kindled works of art, cheered the forlorn, turned tough guys to mush, consoled the enslaved, driven strong women mad, glorified the humble, fuelled national scandals, bankrupted robber barons, and made mincemeat of kings. How can love’s spaciousness be conveyed in the narrow confines of one syllable? Love is an ancient delirium, a desire older than civilization, with taproots spreading into deep and mysterious days. The heart is a living museum. In each of its galleries, no matter how narrow or dimly lit, preserved forever like wondrous diatoms, are our moments of loving, and being loved.”

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"A Marriage"

  by Mark Twain

 

A marriage...makes ot two fractional lives a whole;

it gives to two purposeless lives a work,

and doubles the strength of each to perform it;

it gives to two questioning natures a reason for living,

and something to live for;

it will give a new gladness to the sunshine,

a new fragrance to the flowers,

a new beauty to the earth,

and a new mystery to life.

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"A Reminder for the One I Love"

  by Rachyl Taylor

“We say 'I love you' just about every day. Sometimes the words are whispered as we fall asleep at night; sometimes they're spoken at the end of a phone conversation or accompanied by a quick kiss as we rush out the door. The words are always there, but sometimes we forget to think about how much they really mean.

Every time you hear me say those three little words, I want you to remember that they're coming from the bottom of my heart. I want you to remember that I love you for everything you are and for everything I am with you. I want you to remember that you're the best person I've ever known and I feel so lucky to have you in my life.

I want you to remember that true love is forever and there is no love truer than the love I feel for you. I want you to remember that you're the most wonderful thing that has ever happened to me, my happy ending, my dream come true, my friend and my love all wrapped up in one.”

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"A Wonderful Gift"

  by Douglas Pagels

“Always remember the wishes and the romance and all the reasons your love came to be.

Never forget that love can see you through anything: all you have to do it just let it. Never turn away from the sweetness of sharing. You`re both so incredibly lucky: never forget it. Never let the important things go unspoken. The dreams you have together are guideposts in your days; never forsake them. The roads you walk together will lead to a deepening joy; go hand-in-hand as best friends on your way.

Never forget that many people search all their lives for the kinds of smiles you have been blessed with. Be sure to remember that love will always be life's most beautiful gift.

Share, support, speak from the heart, and listen with your very souls. Know that there will be times when you may disagree; nothing could be more natural. Simply remember that when you see things from two different perspectives, you need to give and take an compromise. The longest-lasting and most loving unions in the worlds all have moments when their journeys have uphill climbs. But the secret they share is knowing beyond any clouds that come along, the sun will keep on shining above.

As you continue on your path together, you will come across more joys than you'll ever be able to count. And you'll keep on discovering that the `forever` kind of love is the very best thing there is.

May you always and forever be lovingly blessed with this exquisite and wonderful gift... because you deserve to have all the joyous rewards... of a truly great relationship.”

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"Advise for a Marriage"

  by Carol Howard

“Treat each other with respect and kindness. Be open-minded, so that you may see each other's point of view. Listen to your heart and with your heart. Be patient when things don't go right; eventually, they'll be replaced by good things. Be loving, especially when the other is hurting over something. Be honest and don't hold back your feelings. Laugh a lot at yourselves and with each other.

Enjoy the good times, and think of them more often than the bad ones. Be there for one another at all times. Make yourself, as well as your spouse, happy, and let them find their own happiness, too. SHare all things; learn new things. Always remember the times when you first fell in love and all the special moments. Keep making every year special, and always love one another.”

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excerpt from

 “Any Husband or Wife”

 by Carole Haynes

 “Let us be guests in one another’s house, with a deferential “No” and courteous “Yes.” Let us take care to hide our foolish moods behind a certain show of cheerfulness. Let us avoid all sullen silences. We should find fresh and sprightly things to say. I must be fearful lest you find me dull, and you must dread to bore me any way. Let us knock gently at each other’s heart, glad of a chance to look within—and yet let us remember that to force one’s way is the unpardoned breach of etiquette. So we shall be host and hostess, until all need for entertainment ends. We shall be lovers when the last door shuts. But what is better still, we shall be friends.”

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"As You Share Your Hearts in Love"

  by Deborah T. Kinnebrew

“May you always find peace in your home. May you always be faithful to one another. May you always stay flexible enough to listen and consider each other`s opinion. May you always find ways to strengthen your bond with one another. May you be fully aware that one person is unable to fill all the needs of the other. May you continue to discover similar interests. May you appreciate each other`s good qualities and always focus on the positive. May your affection for one another never cease, but instead continue to grow - becoming a deeper, richer, and never-ending love.”

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"Because"

by Steven Reiser


Because we have things in common 
We have the joy of sharing them 

Because we are so different 
There is so much we can learn from each other 

Because we love each other 
We look for the good in the other 

Because we are forgiving 
We overlook the faults in each other 

Because we are patient 
We give each other time to understand 

Because we are filled with kindness 
We compliment the things we do for each other 

Because we can empathize 
We know what it's like to stand in each other's shoes 

Because we have character 
We enjoy each other's uniqueness 

Because we have faith 
We believe in the best for the future 

Because we are honest 
We are comfortable to trust each other 

Because we are filled with loyalty 
We always know the other will be there

 

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"Benediction of the Apaches"

  "Now you will feel no rain,
For each of you will be shelter to the other.
Now you will feel no cold,
For each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there is no more loneliness for you.
For each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two bodies,
But there is only one Life before you.
Go now to your dwelling place,
To enter into the days of your togetherness.
And may your days be good and long upon the earth"

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"Blessing For A Marriage"

by James Dillet Freeman

 

“May your marriage bring you all the exquisite excitements a marriage should bring, and may life grant you also patience, tolerance, and understanding. May you always need one another -- not so much to fill your emptiness as to help you to know your fullness. A mountain needs a valley to be complete. The valley does not make the mountain less, but more. And the valley is more a valley because it has a mountain towering over it. So let it be with you and you. May you need one another, but not out of weakness. May you want one another, but not out of lack. May you entice one another, but not compel one another. May you embrace one another, but not out encircle one another. May you succeed in all-important ways with one another, and not fail in the little graces. May you look for things to praise, often say, "I love you!" and take no notice of small faults. If you have quarrels that push you apart, may both of you hope to have good sense enough to take the first step back. May you enter into the mystery that is the awareness of one another's presence -- no more physical than spiritual, warm and near when you are side by side, and warm and near when you are in separate rooms or even distant cities. May you have happiness, and may you find it making one another happy. May you have love, and may you find it loving one another.”

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 “Blessing of the Hands"

“These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever. These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future. These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch, will comfort you like no other. These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief fills your mind. These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes; tears of sorrow, and tears of joy. These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children. These are the hands that will help you to hold your family as one. These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it. And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.”

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"Desiderata"

by Max Erhmann (1927)

"Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let not this blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams; it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy."

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"Falling In Love"

 

“Falling in love is like being first to discover the most beautiful thing in the world or finding something so lovely that no one else had ever noticed. It is like glimpsing the first evening star or the rainbow that unexpectedly appears in the midst of a storm.

Love often starts in little ways. It comes quietly with a smile, a glance or a touch, but you know it's there because suddenly you're not alone and the sadness inside you is gone. Love means finally finding a place in this world that shelters you and is your very own - where you feel you have been forever.”

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"Friendship"

 by Judy Bielicki

“It is often said that it is love that makes the world go round. However, without doubt, it is friendship which keeps our spinning existence on an even keel. True friendship provides so many of the essentials for a happy life-it is the foundation on which to build an enduring relationship, it is the mortar which bonds us together in harmony, and it is the calm, warm protection we sometimes need when the world outside seems cold and chaotic. True friendship holds a mirror to our foibles and failings, without destroying our sense of worthiness. True friendship nurtures our hopes, supports us in our disappointments, and encourages us to grow to our best potential. (Bride) and (Groom) came together as friends. Today, they pledge to each other not only their love, but also the strength, warmth and, most importantly, the fun of true friendship.”

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“Gift from the Sea”

by Anne Morrow Lindbergh 

"When you love someone, you do not love them all the time, in exactly the same way, from moment to moment. It is an impossibility. It is even a lie to pretend to. And yet this is exactly what most of us demand. We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships. We leap at the flow of the tide and resist in terror its ebb. We are afraid it will never return. We insist on permanency, on duration, on continuity; when the only continuity possible, in life as in love, is in growth, in fluidity - in freedom, in the sense that the dancers are free, barely touching as they pass, but partners in the same pattern.

The only real security is not in owning or possessing, not in demanding or expecting, mot in hoping, even. Security in a relationship lies neither in looking back to what was in nostalgia, nor forward to what it might be in dread or anticipation, but living in the present relationship and accepting it as it is now. Relationships must be like islands, one must accept them for what they are here and now, within their limits - islands, surrounded and interrupted by the sea, and continually visited and abandoned by the tides.”

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“Hug O' War”

by Shel Silverstein 

"I will not play at tug o' war. I'd rather play at hug o' war, where everyone hugs instead of tugs, where everyone giggles, and rolls on the rug, where everyone kisses, and everyone grins, and everyone cuddles, and everyone wins.”

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"I am Love"

Some say I can fly on the wind, yet I haven’t any wings. Some have found me floating on the open sea, yet I cannot swim. Some have felt my warmth on cold nights, yet I have no flame. And though you cannot see me, I lay between two lovers at the hearth of fireplaces. I am the twinkle in your child’s eyes. I am hidden in the lines of your mother's face. I am your father's shield as he guards your home. And yet… Some say I am stronger than steel, yet I am as fragile as a tear. Some have never searched for me, yet I am around them always. Some say I die with loss, yet I am endless. And though you cannot hear me, I dance on the laughter of children. I am woven into the whispers of passion. I am in the blessings of Grandmothers. I embrace the cries of newborn babies. And yet… Some say I am a flower, yet I am also the seed. Some have little faith in me, yet I will always believe in them. Some say I cannot cure the ill, yet I nourish the soul. And though you cannot touch me, I am the gentle hand of the kind. I am the fingertips that caress your cheek at night. I am the hug of a child. I am love.

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“I Am Thankful" 

“When I think of us - and of all the things the two of us bring to our relationship - I am so incredibly thankful. I am thankful...that our two paths converged, and that such a perfect companion was waiting there for me. I am thankful...that the nicest, sweetest, most wonderful person there could ever be...is here beside me in so many ways. Warming up even the cloudiest of times, inspiring those "mmm" kind of dreams in my days and giving my hopes a place they love to come home to. I am thankful...that I can open up to you and share every side of me, every facet of my life and my personality and that you are so understanding, so supportive, and so good at making me realize that you are willing to accept me for what I am. That kind of reassurance is priceless to me, and I will treasure that feeing forever. I am thankful...that my wishes and my tomorrows, and my smiles never seemed as hopeful or as happy or as bright. So please...allow me to thank you for being my love, my desire, my dream come true.”

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“I Love You”

by Roy Croft

“I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you, not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me. I love you, for the part of me that you bring out. I love you, for putting your hand into my heaped-up heart, and passing over all the foolish, weak things that you can’t help dimly seeing there, and for drawing out, into the light, all the beautiful belongings that no one else had looked quite far enough to find. I love you, because you are helping me to make of the lumber of my life, not a tavern, but a temple. Out of the works of my every day, not a reproach, but a song. I love you, because you have done more than any creed could have done to make me good, and more than any fate could have done to make me happy. You have done it without a touch, without a word, without a sign. You have done it by being yourself. Perhaps that is what being a friend means, after all.”

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“I Want You”

by Arthur L. GIllom

“I want you when the shades of eve are falling, and purpling shadows drift across the land, when sleepy birds to loving mates are calling - I want the soothing softness of your hand.

I want you when the stars shine up above me, and heaven's flooded with the bright moonlight; I want you with your arms and lips to love me throughout the wonder watches of the night.

I want you when in dreams I still remember the ling'ring of your kiss - for old times' sake - with all your gentle ways, so sweetly tender, I want you in the morning when I wake.

I want you when the day is at its noontime, sun-steeped and quiet, or drenched with sheets of rain; I want you when the roses bloom in June-time; I want you when the violets come again.

I want you when my soul is thrilled with passion; I want you when I'm weary and depressed; I want you when in lazy, slumbrous fashion my senses need the haven of your breast.

I want you when through field and wood I'm roaming; I want you when I'm standing on the shore; I want you when the summer birds are homing - and when they've flown - I want you more and more.

I want you, dear, through every changing season; I want you with a tear or with a smile; I want you more than any rhyme or reason - I want you, want you, want you - all the while.”

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"I Will Be Here"
Steven Curtis Chapman

If in the morning when you wake, and the sun does not appear,
I will be here.
If in the dark we lose sight of love, hold my hand and have no fear,
I will be here.

I will be here, when you feel like being quiet, when you need to speak your mind I will listen.
Through the winning, losing, and trying we'll be together, and I will be here.
If in the morning when you wake, and the future is unclear, I will be here.
As sure as seasons were made for change, our lifetimes were made for years, I will be here.

I will be here, and you can cry on my shoulder, when the mirror tells us we're older.
I will hold you, to watch you grow in beauty, and tell you all the things you are to me.
We'll be together and I will be here. I will be true to the promises I've made, to you and to the one who gave you to me.
I will be here.

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"If Thou Must Love Me"
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

If thou must love me, let it be for naught except for love's sake only.

Do not say, 'I love her for her smile - her look - her way of speaking gently, for a trick of thought.
That falls in well with mine, and certes brought a sense of pleasant ease on such a day' - For these things in themselves, beloved, may
be changed, or change for thee - and love, so wrought, may be unwrought so. Neither love me for thine own dear pity's wiping my cheeks dry:
A creature might forget to weep, who bore thy comfort long, and lose thy love thereby!
But love me for love's sake,  that evermore thou mayst love on, through love's eternity.

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"In Marriage"
by Susan Polis Schutz

 

In marriage you make the most beautiful commitment in life - to love each other forever. You will share work and play, happiness and sadness, goals and values, family and friends, excitement and boredom. You will build a life which is stronger because you are now part of a team - a team which should go through life holding hands always cheering for each other. In marriage you make the most beautiful commitment in life - two people in love joining together to become one forever.

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"In Your Life Together"
by Jon Peyton

 

In your life together... you'll have times of laughter when the sun comes to rise in your hearts and everything is perfect. You'll also have to hold on to each other and make it through times that challenge who you are and what you mean to each other.

 

You'll experience moments that will live forever in your minds. Your marriage will be a shining example of what two people can achieve when their hearts are in tune and their spirits are set free by trust and support to follow their dreams.

 

Most of all, you will learn what it means to truly love - to dedicate your hearts to the commitment, sacrifice, and awareness it takes to make love last forever.

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"Irish Blessing"


May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

May God be with you and bless you;
May you see your children's children.
May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings,
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.

May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
And may the hand of a friend always be near.

May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you

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An excerpt from

"Jazz"

by Toni Morrison

 
"It’s nice when grown people whisper to each other under the covers. Their ecstasy is more leaf-sigh than bray and the body is the vehicle, not the point. They reach, grown people, for something beyond, way beyond and way, way down underneath tissue. They are remembering while they whisper the carnival dolls they won and the Baltimore boats they never sailed on. The pears they let hang on the limb because if they plucked them, they would be gone from there and who else would see that ripeness if they took it away for themselves? How could anybody passing by see them and imagine for themselves what the flavor would be like? Breathing and murmuring under covers both of them have washed and hung out on the line, in a bed they chose together and kept together never mind one leg was propped on a 1916 dictionary, and the mattress, curved like a preacher’s palm asking for witnesses in His name’s sake, enclosed them each and every night and muffled their whispering, old-time love. They are under the covers because they don’t have to look at themselves anymore; there is no stud’s eye, no chippie glance to undo them. They are inward toward the other, bound and joined by carnival dolls and the steamers that sailed from ports they never saw. That is what is beneath their undercover whispers."

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“Looking For Your Face”

by Rumi

“From the beginning of my life I have been looking for your face, but today I have seen it. Today I have seen the charm, the beauty, the unfathomable grace of the face that I was looking for. Today I have found you, and those who laughed and scorned me yesterday are sorry that they were not looking as I did. I am bewildered by the magnificence of your beauty, and wish to see you with a hundred eyes. My heart has burned with passion and has searched forever for this wondrous beauty that I now behold. I am ashamed to call this love human, and afraid of God to call it divine. Your fragrant breath, like the morning breeze, has come to the stillness of the garden. You have breathed new life into me. I have become your sunshine, and also your shadow. My soul is screaming in ecstasy. Every fiber of my being is in love with you. Your effulgence has lit a fire in my heart, and you have made radiant for me the earth and sky. My arrow of love has arrived at the target. I am in the house of mercy, and my heart is a place of prayer.”

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“Love”

by Michele Weber

"Love doesn't mean that you will never feel pain of live a life free from care. It doesn't mean that you will never be hurt or that your life will be perfect, with every moment consumed by happiness.

Love does mean that you will always have a companion, someone to help you through the difficult times and rejoice with you in your times of celebration. Love does mean that each argument is followed by a time of forgiveness, and each time of sorrow is far outweighed by all the tender moments spent in each other's arms.

Love is the miracle that can take two lives and mold them into one, take two souls and bind them for life, take two hearts and fill them with enough passion and tenderness to last a lifetime.

Love is a blessing that will lead you down life's most beautiful path."

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“Love Endures”

by Douglas Pagels

"There are few miracles in this universe as amazing as love. When it is true and real and lasting, it forms an unbreakable bond between two very fortunate people. It lets one know that it is always there, always caring. It lives in the deepest part of the heart, but it sneaks out as often as it can...to inspire a grin on the face, a smile in the eyes, a serenity in the soul, and a quiet gratitude in the days.. Love is giving and forgiving, taking and partaking of the sweetest joys and most comforting reassurances imaginable. Love can work wonders. It can travel a thousand miles in the span of one second, and it can take every hope and well-wishing along with it on the journey. Love can feel at home no matter where it is, as long as it knows that it has a companion there by its side to make each place, each day, and each moment a space and a time of sharing. Love is amazing, precious, and beautiful. It's there for the giving, here for the receiving. Love is what I want to give to you and what I pray that you will always share with me. Love endures, and love will make sure that we're as happy as two people can be."

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“Love Is”

I Corinthians 13

"Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."

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“Love Is Friendship Caught Fire”

by Laura Hendricks

"Love is friendship caught fire; it is quiet, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection, and makes allowances for human weaknesses. Love is content with the present, hopes for the future, and does not brood over the past. It is the day-in and day-out chronicles of irritations, problems, compromises, small disappointments, big victories, and working toward common goals. If you have love in your life, it can make up for a great many things you lack. If you do not have it, no matter what else there is, it is not enough."

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“Loving You Brings Me Such Happiness”

by Donna Fargo

"Loving you means I'm happy. It means I'm with the person that I want to spend the rest of my life with. It means there's no one else who matter more to me.

Loving you gives me the confidence to believe that nothing is impossible for us and together we can get through any challenge we face.

Loving you means I am loved by the person I care most about. It means I'm satisfied and excited about life and I am blessed beyond anything I could imagine.

Loving you means everything to me."

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"Marriage Advice From 1886"

by Jane Wells

 

"Never go to bed angry.
Let your love be stronger than your hate or anger.
Learn the wisdom of compromise, for it is easier to bend a little than to break.
Believe the best rather than the worst.
People have a way of living up or down to your opinion of them.
Remember that true friendship is the basis for any lasting relationship.
The person you choose to marry is deserving of the courtesies and kindness you bestow on your friends.
Please pass this on to your children and their children's children.
The more things change the more they are the same."

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"Marriage is"

by Barbara Cage

 

“A commitment. Its success doesn't depend on feelings, circumstances, or moods - but on two people who are loyal to each other and the vows they took on their wedding day.

 

Hard work. It means chores, disagreements, misunderstandings, and times when you might not like each other very much. When you work at it together, it can be the greatest blessing in the world.

 

A relationship where two people must listen, compromise, and respect. It's an arrangement that requires a multitude of decisions to be made together. Listening, respecting, and compromising go a long way toward keeping peace and harmony.

 

A union in which two people learn from their mistakes, accept each other's" faults, and willingly adjust behaviours that need to be changed. It's caring enough about each other to work through dissappointing and hurtful times, and believing in the love that brought you together in the first place.

 

Patience and forgiveness. It's being open and honest, thoughtful and kind. Marriage means talking things out, making necessary changes, and forgiving each other. It's unconditional love at its most understanding and vulnerable - love that supports, comforts, and is determined to triumph over every challenge and adversity.

 

Marriage is a relationship of two unique people who bring out the very best in each other and who know that even though they are wonderful as individuals... they are even better together."

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"Marriage is Forever"

by Regina Hill & Collin McCarty

 

“When two people join together and bond their lives forever because they are certain they have something special that will make their marriage last... they become as one - fighting against the odds and ultimately creating a marriage that will grow into an infinite love.

How can you ever explain some of the deepest feelings you've ever felt for someone? You try to tell them with words that speak of joy and gratitude and so much love; You try to show them with touches, with smiles chasing away the tears, with little caresses that say you care, with secret intimacies you share.

You make the most of each day together; you take the time to make your love the best it can possibly be. You do whatever you can and whatever it takes, and you hope that their heart understands what your heart is trying to say when it says... 'I love you, and I know I'll always feel that way'."

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"Marriage Joins Two People in the Circle of Its Love"

by Edmund O’Neill

“Marriage is a commitment to life, to the best that two people can find and bring out in each other. It offers opportunities for sharing and growth that no other human relationship can equal; a joining that is promised for a lifetime. Within the circle of its love, marriage encompasses all of life’s most important relationships. A wife and a husband are each other’s best friend, confidant, lover, teacher, listener, and critic. There may come times when one partner is heartbroken or ailing, and the love of the other may resemble the tender caring of a parent for a child. Marriage deepens and enriches every facet of life. Happiness is fuller; memories are fresher; commitment is stronger; even anger is felt more strongly, and passes away more quickly. Marriage understands and forgives the mistakes life is unable to avoid. It encourages and nurtures new life, new experiences, and new ways of expressing love through the seasons of life. When two people pledge to love and care for each other in marriage, they create a spirit unique to themselves, which binds them closer than any spoken or written words. Marriage is a promise, a potential, made in the hearts of two people who love, which takes a lifetime to fulfill.”

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"Marriage Means"

by Jan Peyton

 

“On your wedding day, you will take the first step by promising to love, honour and cherish each other for the rest of your lives. From this moment on, you will travel together - sometimes side by side and other times apart, yet always connected by the feelings in your heart and your commitment to the journey.

Along the way, you have learned love's greatest lessons: how to become one as a couple while remaining strong and independent individuals; how to meet challenges to your relationships in constructive ways; and how to forgive, forget, and move on to create greater levels of trust, passion and closeness.

Remember to cherish each other every day... and celebrate your life together as you walk hand in hand on your way to forever.”

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"Marriage Rests Upon"

by Wendell Berry

 

“Marriage rests upon the immutable givens that compose it: words, bodies, characters, histories, places. Some wishes cannot succeed; some victories cannot be won; some loneliness is incorrigible. But there is relief and freedom in knowing what is real; these givens come to us out of the perennial reality of the world, the the terrain we live on. One does not care for this ground to make it a different place or to make it perfect, but to make it inhabitable and to make it better.”

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"On Love"

by Thomas a Kempis

“Love is a mighty power, a great and complete good. Love alone lightens every burden, and makes rough places smooth. It bears every hardship as though it were nothing, and renders all bitterness sweet and acceptable. Nothing is sweeter than love, nothing stronger, nothing higher, nothing wider, nothing more pleasant, nothing fuller or better in heaven or earth; for love is born of God. Love flies, runs and leaps for joy. It is free and unrestrained. Love knows no limits, but ardently transcends all bounds. Love feels no burden, takes no account of toil, attempts things beyond its strength. Love sees nothing as impossible, for it feels able to achieve all things. It is strange and effective, while those who lack love faint and fail. Love is not fickle and sentimental, nor is it intent on vanities. Like a living flame and a burning torch, it surges upward and surely surmounts every obstacle.”

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"On Love" excerpts from "The Prophet"

by Kahlil Gibran

"Then said the student Almitra, Speak to us of love. And he raised his head and looked upon the people, and there fell a stillness upon them. And with a great voice he said: When love beckons to you, follow him, though his ways are hard and steep. And when his wings enfold you yield to him, though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you. And when he speaks to you believe in him, though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden. For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning. Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun, so shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth."

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"On Marriage" excerpts from "The Prophet"

by Kahlil Gibran

"Then Almitra spoke again and said, and what of Marriage master? And he answered saying: You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore. You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days. Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God. But let there be spaces in your togetherness, and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another, but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone."

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"Our Love Can Last Forever"

by Susan Polis Schutz

"I want to have a lasting relationship with you. I know that this will mean that we both must work hard to please each other, to help each other, to be fair and honest with each other, to accept each other as we really are.

Our love can last forever if we want it to. We both must work hard to keep our individuality yet also become one with each other; to remain strong and supportive of each other in adverse times as well as in good times; to be exciting and interesting to ourselves and to each other.

We both must work hard to always consider each other the most important person in the world; to always consider love the most important emotion that we can feel; to always consider our relationship the most serious and significant union of two people.

Even though it may not always be easy to have a lasting relationship working hard is very easy when the results can be the beauty of a loving and lasting us. I love you."

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“She Walks in Beauty”

by Lord Byron


She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellow'd to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impair'd the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o'er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o'er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

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“Somewhere”

by Edwin Arnold

“Somewhere there waits in this world of ours for one lone soul another lonely soul, each choosing each through all the weary hours, and meeting strangely at one sudden goal, then blend they, like green leaves with golden flowers, into one beautiful perfect whole; and life's long night is ended and the way lies open to eternal day.”

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“Sonnet 17”

by Pablo Neruda

“I don't love you as if you were the salt-rose, topaz or arrow of carnations that propagate fire: I love you as certain dark things are loved, secretly, between the shadow and the soul. I love you as the plant that doesn't bloom, and carries hidden within itself the light of those flowers, and thanks to your love, darkly in my body lives the dense fragrance that rises from the earth. I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where, I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I know no other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you; so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep it is your eyes that close.”

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"Sonnet 18"

by William Shakespeare

"Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou are more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date;
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, 
And often is his gold complexion dimm’d;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st;
Nor shall death brag thou wand’rest in his shade
Which in eternal lines to time thou grow’st
So long as men can breathe and eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee."

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"Sonnet 116"

by William Shakespeare

"Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
Oh no, it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken
Love’s not time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come.
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me prov’d,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved."

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"Sonnet XLIII"

by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old grief's, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, -- I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! -- and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death."

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“Sooner or Later”

“Sooner or later we begin to understand that love is more than verses on valentines, and romance in the movies. We begin to know that love is here and now, real and true, the most important thing in our lives. For love is the creator of our favorite memories, and the foundation of our fondest dreams. Love is a promise that is always kept, a fortune that can never be spent, a seed that can flourish in even the most unlikely of places. And this radiance that never fades, this mysterious and magical joy, is the greatest treasure of all -- one known only by those who love."

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"Take it One Day at a Time"
by Julia Escobar

 

Cherish each other in big ways and in small ways, and never forget the magic of those three little words "I love you"...

Remember it is the little things that make the difference... Don't forget the birthdays and the anniversaries. An occasional note means a lot. Share each other's life - even the small details - for too often we forget that day-after-day becomes year-after-year, and then it's gone.

Give each other room to grow... we all need our time alone. Keep strong your faith in each other; time has a funny way of testing us, and it's faith that gets us through.

Respect one another.. this world could always use more of that. Speak your mind honestly, openly, but with kindness, for angry words are scars that may never heal. Trust each other; let your trust be your rock. Most of all, each day... be sure to hold each other and fall in love all over again.

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 excerpt from

“The Art of a Good Marriage”

by Wilferd Arlan Peterson

"A good marriage must be created.
In marriage the "little" things are the big things.
It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say, ”I love you" at least once a day.
It is never going to sleep angry.
It is having a mutual sense of values, and common objectives.
It is standing together and facing the world.
It is forming a circle that gathers in the whole family.
It is speaking words of appreciation, and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.
It is not only marrying the right person -- it is being the right partner."

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"The Beauty of Being Soul Mates"
by Edwin Arnold

 

Somewhere there waits in this world of ours for one lone soul another lonely soul, each choosing each through all the weary hours and meeting strangely at one sudden goal, then blend they, like green leaves with golden flowers into one beautiful perfect whole; and life's long night is ended, and the way lies open onward to eternal day.

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"The Colour Of My Love"
David Foster

 

I'll paint a sun to warm your heart knowing that we'll never part.
I'll draw the years all passing by so much to learn, so much to try.

I'll paint my mood in shadow blue, paint my soul to be with you.
I'll sketch your lips in shaded tones, draw your mouth to my own.

I'll trace a hand to wipe your tear, and trace a look to calm your fears.
A silhouette of dark and light to hold each other oh so tight.

I'll paint the stars in the evening sky, draw the light into your eyes.
A touch of love, a touch of grace, to softly fall on your moonlit face.

And with this ring our lives will start, let nothing keep our love apart.
I'll take your hand to hold in mine, and be together through all time.

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"The Greatest Commitment of All"

by Barbara Cage

 

"It's always exciting when two people are so much in love they willingly pledge to spend the rest of their lives together. Anyone who has ever lived with someone else for more than a week knows that such a commitment takes a whole lot of patience, self-control, compromise, and a sense of humour, as well as open minds, hearts and doors.

Fill your time together with love and laughter. Don't take life too seriously; make time to have fun. Listen to and care about each other's feelings, opinions, problems, and dreams. Look for the best and the good, and let go of those things that disappoint or anger you. Learn to communicate in ways that uplift each other. Choose peace, happiness, and love. Make up your minds that your marriage is going to be the best in every way... and it will be"

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"The Hungering Dark"

by Frederick Buechner

 

"Matrimony is called holy, because this brave and fateful promise of a man and a woman, to love and honor and serve each other through thick and thin, looks beyond itself to more fateful promises still, and speaks mightily of what human life at its most human and most alive and most holy must always be. Every wedding is a dream, and every word that is spoken there means more than it says, and every gesture - the clasping of hands, the giving of rings - is rich with mystery. And so it [is that] we hope with every bride and groom, that the love they bear one another, and the joy they take in one another, may help them grow in love for this whole world where their final joy lies."

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From

"The Hymn of the Universe"

by Teilhard de Chardin

"Only love can bring individual beings to their perfect completion, as individuals, by uniting them one with another, because only love takes possession of them and unites them by what lies deepest within them. This is simply a fact of our everyday experience. For indeed at what moment do lovers come into the most complete possession of themselves if not when they say that they are lost in one another? And is not love all the time achieving - in couples, in teams, all around us - the magical and reputedly contradictory feat of personalizing through totalizing? And why should not what is thus daily achieved on a small scale be repeated one day on world-wide dimensions? Humanity, the spirit of the earth, the synthesis of individuals and peoples, the paradoxical conciliation of the element with the whole, of the one with the many: all these are regarded as utopian fantasies, yet they are biologically necessary; and if we would see them made flesh in the world what more need we do than imagine our power to love growing and broadening, till it can embrace the totality of human beings and of the earth?"

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From

"The Irrational Season"

by Madeleine L'Engle

"Ultimately there comes a time when a decision must be made. Ultimately two people who love each other must ask themselves how much they hope for as their love grows and deepens, and how much risk they are willing to take. It is indeed a fearful gamble. Because it is the nature of love to create, a marriage itself is something which has to be created. To marry is the biggest risk in human relations that a person can take. If we commit ourselves to one person for life this is not, as many people think, a rejection of freedom; rather it demands the courage to move into all the risks of freedom, and the risk of love which is permanent; into that love which is not possession, but participation. It takes a lifetime to learn another person. When love is not possession, but participation, then it is part of that co-creation which is our human calling."

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"The Keys to Having a Great Relationship"

by Robert M. Millay

"The key to love is inside us all... it takes time and patience to unlock all the ingredients that will take you to its threshold; it is a continued learning process that demands a lot of work... but the rewards are more than worth the effort."

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"The Keys to Love"

by Robert M. Millay

"The key to love is understanding... the ability to comprehend not only the spoken word, but those unspoken gestures, the little things that say so much by themselves.

The key to love is forgiveness... to accept each other's faults and pardon mistakes, without forgetting - but with remembering what you learn from them.

The key to love is trust... though dark doubts lie in hollowed thoughts, it must shine brightly on with reassuring radiance that suppresses fear with faith.

The key to love is sharing... facing your good fortunes as well as the bad, together; both conquering problems - forever searching for ways to intensify your happiness.

The key to love is giving... without thought of return, but with the hope of just a simple smile and by giving in, but never up.

The key to love is respect... realizing that you are two separate people with different ideas, that you don't belong to each other, but htat you belong with each other and share a mutual bond.

The key to love is inside us all... it takes time and patience to unlock all the ingredients that will take you to its threshold; it is a continued learning process that demands a lot of work... but the rewards are more than worth the effort.

And you are the key to me."

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 "The Magic of Love"

by Helen Steiner Rice

 “Love is like magic, and it always will be, 
For love still remains life's sweet mystery. 
Love works in ways that are wondrous and strange, 
And there's nothing in life that love cannot change! 
Love can transform the most commonplace 
Into beauty and splendor and sweetness and grace. 
Love is unselfish, understanding and kind, 
For it sees with its heart, and not with its mind. 
Love is the answer that everyone seeks; 
Love is the language that every heart speaks. 
Love can't be bought, it is priceless and free. 
Love, like pure magic, is life's sweet mystery!!”

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"The Merchant of Venice"

by William Shakespeare

"The quality of mercy is not strain'd,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:
'Tis mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown;
His scepter shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptred sway;
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
It is an attribute to God himself;
And earthly power doth then show likest God's
When mercy seasons justice. Therefore, [Jew,]
Though justice be thy plea, consider this,
That, in the course of justice, none of us
Should see salvation: we do pray for mercy;
And that same prayer doth teach us all to render
The deeds of mercy."

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"The Passionate Shepherd To His Love"
Christopher Marlowe

Come live with me, and be my love, and we will all the pleasures prove
that valleys, groves, hills and fields, woods, or steeply mountain yields. 

And we will sit upon the rocks, seeing the shepherds feed their flocks by shallow rivers, to whose falls melodious birds sing madrigals.

And I will make thee beds of roses, and a thousand fragrant posies, a cap of flowers, and a kirtle, embroidered all with leaves of myrtle.

A gown made of the finest wool which from our pretty lambs we pull,
fair lined slippers for the cold, with buckles of the purest gold.

A belt of straw and ivy buds, with coral clasps and amber studs, and if these pleasures may thee move, come live with me, and be my love.

The shepherds’ swains shall dance and sing for thy delight each May morning; if these delights thy mind may move, then live with me, and be my love.

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"The Promises of Marriage"
by Bettie Meeks & Douglas Pagels

"Marriage is the joining of two people who share the promise that only marriage can make - to share the sunshine and the shadows and to experience a richer, more fulfilling life because of it.

A marriage is one of life's most wondrous blessings. It involves taking the words of two life stories and weaving them together on the same pages. Every year, in a thousand special ways, the words that will be written in this remarkable story will reflect the strength and the joy and sorrows.

A marriage is the precious, reassuring comfort of having a kindred soul care about your day, every day and each tomorrow, your whole life long.

A marriage is the making of a home that seems so meant to be... between a special woman and a special man. A marriage is a beautiful journey along life's road with two people smiling as they go, lovingly... hand in hand."

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"The Things I Promise To Be For You"

A place you can come to for comfort. Eyes you can look at and trust. A hand to reach out and clasp. A heart that understands and doesn't judge. A supportive shoulder to cry on. A long walk anywhere you want to go. And for any time when we're apart: a close and caring intimacy that you will always know. A door that is always open. A caring, gentle hug. A time that is devoted to you alone. A reflection of my love"

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"The True Meaning of ``I Do``"
by Lisa Crofton

"There was a time when being married for a lifetime was the rule, not the exception. Today, too many couples believe ``I do`` means until times are tough, they grow tired and impatient with each other, or until they find somebody better. Couples who reach the milestone of each anniversary know better. They know ``I do`` means honouring each other even when they don't understand each other. It means respecting each other even when their opinions differ. It means entrusting each other with their hearts, dreams and lives. It means holding tight when grief, illness or worry threatens to pull them apart. It means fighting with fortitude to stay together during life's most difficult times. Perhaps most important of all, it means pledging to be dearest friends all the days of their lives."

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"The Web of Marriage"
by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

"It is made of loyalties, and interdependencies, and shared experiences. It is woven of memories of meetings and conflicts; of triumphs and disappointments. It is a web of communication, a common language, and the acceptance of lack of language, too; a knowledge of likes and dislikes, of habits and reactions, both physical and mental. It is a web of instincts and intuitions, and known and unknown exchanges. The web of marriage is made by propinquity, in the day to day living side by side, looking outward and working outward in the same direction. It is woven in space and in time of the substance of life itself."

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"These I Can Promise"

I cannot promise you a life of sunshine; I cannot promise riches, wealth, or gold; I cannot promise you an easy pathway that leads away from change or growing old.

But I can promise all my heart's devotion; a smile to chase away your tears of sorrow; a love that's ever true and ever growing; a hand to hold in yours through each tomorrow.

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“Time In A Bottle"

by Jim Croce

“If I could save time in a bottle, the first thing that I'd like to do, is to save every day ‘till eternity passes away, just to spend them with you. If I could make days last forever; if words could make wishes come true; I'd save every day like a treasure and then, again, I would spend them with you. If I had a box just for wishes, and dreams that had never come true; the box would be empty, except for the memory of how they were answered by you. But there never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do, once you find them. I've looked around enough to know that you're the one I want to go through time with.”

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"The Prayer"
St. Francis of Assisi

 

Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is discord, union;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master, Grant that we may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen

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"The Secret To A Successful Marriage"
by Susan Polis Schutz

 

"In order to have a successful marriage you must put out of your mind any lessons learned from previous relationships, because if you carry a sensitivity or fear with you you won't be acting freely and you won't let yourself be really known.

In order to have a successful marriage it is essential that both people be completely open and honest."
 

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"To Husband and Wife"

by Margaret Spingdale

"Preserve sacredly the privacies of your home, your married state and your heart. With mutual help build your quiet world. Let moments of alienation, if they occur, be healed at once. To each other confess and all will come out right. Never let the morrow's sun still find you at variance. Renew and renew your vow. It will do you good; and thereby your minds will grow together contended in that love which is stronger than death, and you will be truly one."

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"Together in Marriage"

by Susan Polis Schutz

"Together in marriage you will bring out the best in each other. You will learn from each other and grow from your differences. You will be two individuals living your own lives with each other as one.

Together in marriage you will be stronger, more sensitive, more aware, more knowing and more at peace than you are individually. You will be better people.

Together in marriage your love will give understanding to all that you do because you will share your ideas, goals and frustrations. And you will always have someone to support whatever you say and do.

Together in marriage you will be able to achieve all that you want in life."

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"True Love"

True love is a sacred flame that burns eternally, and none can dim its special glow or change its destiny.
True love speaks in tender tones and hears with gentle ear.
True love gives with open heart and true love conquers fear.
True love makes no harsh demands it neither rules nor binds.
And true love holds with gentle hands the hearts that it entwines.

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"Union"

by Robert Fulghum

You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making promises and agreements in an informal way. All those conversations that were held riding in a car or over a meal or during long walks — all those sentences that began with “When we’re married” and continued with “I will” and “you will” and “we will” — those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe” — and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding. 

The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “You know all those things we’ve promised and hoped and dreamed — well, I meant it all, every word.”


Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another - acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, and even teacher, for you have learned much from one another in these last few years. Now you shall say a few words that take you across a threshold of life, and things will never quite be the same between you. For after these vows, you shall say to the world, this is my husband, this is my wife.

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From

"The Velveteen Rabbit"

by Margery Williams

"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?" 

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real." 

"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit. 

"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt." 

"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?" 

"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

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"Walk With Me In Love"

by Susan Polis Schutz

"Walk with me in love. Talk to me about what you cannot say to others. Laugh with me even when you feel silly. Cry with me when you are most upset. Plan with me all your dreams. Share with me all the beautiful things in life. Fight with me against all the ugly things in life. Create with me dreams to follow. Have fun with me in whatever we do. Work with me towards common goals. Dance with me to the rhythm of our love. Walk with me throughout life. Let us hug each other at every step in our journey forever in love."

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"We Have Lived and Loved Together"

by Charles Jefferys

"We have lived and loved together through many changing years;

We have shared each other's gladness and wept each other's tears;

I have known ne'er a sorrow that was long unsoothed by thee;

For thy smiles can make a summer where darkness else would be.

Like the leaves that fall around us in autumns fading hours

Are the traitor's smiles, that darken when the cloud of sorrow lowers;

And though many such we've known, love, too prone, alas, to range,

We both can speak of one love which time can never change.

We have lived and loved together through many changing years;

We have shared each other's gladness and wept each other's tears.

And let us hope the future, as the past has been will be.

I will share with thee my sorrows, and thou thy joys with me."

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"What is a Marriage"

by Collin McCarty

"It is the most beautiful thing that can happen between two people in love. A marriage is more than just a husband and a wife. It is a bridge which allows the love of two very special people to give meaning and worth and wonder to life. It is a continual process of building of shaping; of communicating; and caring. It is the deepest and sweetest understanding. It is sharing todays and tomorrows together and making each one more treasured and more complete than anyone could make them alone. A marriage is a home interwoven with hopes and memories and dreams. The thankfulness and love it can bring have no comparison. Being happily married is the most beautiful thing that can happen... to anyone."

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"When We Marry"

by Thomas Moore

"When we marry, we are not only linking our lives to another individual, we are also entering a myth that reaches far into the most meaning-giving areas of the heart. The 'happiness' we hope for in marriage is a catchall word that embraces many spoken and unspoken wishes for fulfillment. In a sense, the person we marry offers us an opportunity to enter, explore, and fulfill essential notions of who we are and who we can be."

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"Why Marriage?"

by Mari Nichols

Because to the depths of me, I long to love one person,
With all my heart, my soul, my mind, my body...

Because I need a forever friend to trust with the intimacies of me,
Who won't hold them against me,
Who loves me when I'm unlikable,
Who sees the small child in me, and
Who looks for the divine potential of me...

Because I need to cuddle in the warmth of the night
With someone who thanks God for me,
With someone I feel blessed to hold...

Because marriage means opportunity
To grow in love in friendship..

Because marriage is a discipline
To be added to a list of achievements...

Because marriages do not fail, people fail
When they enter into marriage
Expecting another to make them whole...

Because, knowing this,
I promise myself to take full responsibility
For my spiritual, mental and physical wholeness
I create me,
I take half of the responsibility for my marriage
Together we create our marriage...

Because with this understanding

The possibilities are limitless.

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"Wonderful Things are Shared"

by Douglas Pagels

"Invaluable feelings. Warm memories. Acceptance. Caring. So much gratitude.

An appreciation... of differences. A celebration... of similarities. Milestones and stepping stones. The blessing of feeling that you're right at home. Right where you should be. Hopes and dreams that are so much alike.

The sweetness of having a best friend for life. Precious knowledge. "Inside" jokes. The perfect freedom of opening up to someone who's always there for you. A companionship that's clear to everyone. The fun of looking at photos from days gone by. Arms around one another's shoulders. Being able to lean on each other for anything. Supporting each other through everything.

Making sure that happiness comes and sadness goes. Currents of emotion that run deep and keep reassuring no matter what. Believing. Making each other laugh. Giving the gift of enjoyment. And getting countless smiles back. Going through the seasons. Walking hand-in-hand.

A safe, gracious familiarity. A serenity. An intimacy. The joy of it all. A trust that is so strong. A bridge that is so steady. An "I-never-imagined-it-could-be-like-this" kind of love.

If they're really, really lucky, two people get to share all the wonderful things that marriage is made of."

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"You Were Born Together"

by Kahlil Gibran

"You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore. You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days. Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God. But let there be spades in your togetherness. And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love. Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each of you be alone, even as the strings of the lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the land of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together, for the pillars of the temple stand apart, and the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow."

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"Your Soul Mate Will"

by Miranda Moti

"Your Soul Mate Will...     Watch you while you sleep... Kiss you out of a bad dream... love every inch of your body... laugh, cry and share with you... celebrate with you... cherish every feeling you experience... be grateful that you're you... whisper sweet somethings in your ear... encourage you to follow your dreams... always be on your side... love you unconditionally"

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"Your Love Was Meant To Be"

by Douglas Pagels

"Yours is a story of two people, each with a journey in search of a distant horizon. Two souls whose paths were allowed to cross, whose words felt right at home, and whose smiles discovered that walking the way together could lead to a kind of happiness that only comes along once in a lifetime."

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