Take heed that neither lust nor rashness do thrust you into a married condition, before you see such reasons to invite you to it, as may assure you of the call and approbation of God. For, 1. It is God that you must serve in your married state, and therefore it is meet that you take his counsel before you rush upon it; for he knoweth best himself what belongeth to his service. 2. And it is God that you must still depend upon, for the blessing and comforts of your relation: and therefore there is very great reason that you take his advice and consent, as the chief things requisite to the match: if the consent of parents be necessary, much more is the consent of God.
- Richard Baxter
- Richard Baxter
Though you have not mentioned the person, yet as you seem to speak as if she were not a stranger to me, I suppose I guess who she is; and if I guess right, I congratulate your choice; for it seems suitable in every respect. I have reason to be a friend to marriage; and I doubt not but if the Lord is pleased to give you a suitable partner, it will both add to your comfort, and strengthen your hands in his service. Commit yourselves, therefore, to him; act so far as he affords you an opening; consult him step by step; follow his providence close, but do not force it. We are prone to pursue things that appear desirable with too much keenness; but in his leadings there is usually a praying time and a waiting time.
- John Newton
- John Newton
A wife is easily taken, but to have abiding love, that is the challenge. One who finds it in his marriage should thank the Lord God for it. Therefore approach marriage earnestly, asking God to give you a good, pious girl, with whom you can spend your life in mutual love. For sex [alone] accomplishes nothing in this regard; there must also be agreement in values an character.
There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends. -Homer
Marriage is our last, best chance to grow up. -Joseph Barth
What you are as a single person, you will be as a married person, only to a greater degree. Any negative character trait will be intensified in a marriage relationship, because you will feel free to let your guard down -- that person has committed himself to you and you no longer have to worry about scaring him off. -Josh McDowell
Only two things are necessary to keep one's wife happy. One is to let her think she is having her own way, the the other, to let her have it. -Lyndon B. Johnson
Marriage is the alliance of two people, one of whom never remembers birthdays and the other who never forgets. -Ogden Nash
My advice to you is to get married. If you find a good wife, you'll be happy; if not, you'll become a philosopher. -Socrates
I've been married to one Marxist and one Fascist, and neither one would take the garbage out. -Lee Grant
In my house I'm the boss, my wife is just the decision maker. - Woody Allen