Today is the big day--Chris and David are getting married. I've thought about how best to wish them well, and I decided to let some of the many, many authors who have written on this subject say a few words.
James Herriott's endearing stories of his career as a country vet in Yorkshire are always run through with stories of his marriage to his beloved Helen:
"Grab the love. Hold on tight. Treasure it. Put that love you have for your husband first, arrange everything else around it, and all else will work out. Love must be cradled and nurtured and enjoyed and danced with. Never, ever, forget the love. It's why we want to live."
"He was sure that they had married for love, the love of each other and the love of all the people they remembered."
"Love: a temporary insanity, curable by marriage."
"Love at first sight is easy to understand; it's when two people have been looking at each other for a lifetime that it becomes a miracle."
"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."
"All weddings are similar, but every marriage is different."
"Marriage is our last, best chance to grow up."
"Marriage is not just spiritual communion, it is also remembering to take out the trash."
"Happy marriages begin when we marry the ones we love, and they blossom when we love the ones we marry."
"Getting married for sex is like buying a 747 for the free peanuts."
"I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury."
RALPH WALDO EMERSON:
"A man's wife has more power over him than the state has."
“Bachelors know more about women than married men; if they didn't they'd be married too.”
“My mother once told me that if a married couple puts a penny in a pot for every time they make love in the first year, and takes a penny out every time after that, they'll never get all the pennies out of the pot.”
"Marriage has no guarantees. If that's what you're looking for, go live with a car battery."
“When a girl marries she exchanges the attentions of many men for the inattention of one.”
G. K. CHESTERTON:
"Marriage is an adventure, like going to war."
“One advantage of marriage is that, when you fall out of love with him or he falls out of love with you, it keeps you together until you fall in again.”
"An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets, the more interested he is in her."
“It's a funny thing that when a man hasn't anything on earth to worry about, he goes off and gets married.”
"The man who says his wife can't take a joke, forgets that she took him."
"Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays."
In the Princess Bride, we're treated to these classic words on the subject:
Whatever advice Chris and David choose to follow for their marriage, I wish them every happiness. My own advice is to take care of each other, cherish your marriage, and choose to be happy.