Words of inspiration—from the funny to the insightful—to share at this get-together leading up to the big day.
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These famous phrases on love and marriage go beyond “don’t go to sleep angry,” and will make a standout statement—printed, framed, or penned—at this party thrown for the bride-to-be.
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This American journalist and author was married to Robert McLaughlin, an editor at TIME Magazine. In her 1966 book The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, she wrote, “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.”
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Comedienne Rita Rudner said in her 1990 stand-up “Born to Be Mild,” "I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.” All jokes aside, the couple has been happily married since 1988.
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Antoine De Saint-Exupery
In Antoine De Saint-Exupery’s memoir Terre des Hommes (1939), he reflected on his life as a pilot. Following a near-death plane crash, Saint-Exupery filled the autobiography with hope and wise words, saying, “Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.”
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When things get tough in marriage, there’s only one thing comedian Louis C.K. would prescribe (besides Advil). “Everything that’s difficult you should be able to laugh about,” he says. We’ll take a dose of that!
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In Benjamin Franklin’s annual pamphlet, Poor Richard’s Almanack (1738), the founding father of the United States recommended, “Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.”
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Before she was the first lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt had a difficult childhood. She didn’t learn to read until the age of seven and lost both her parents and her brother within a year. As she healed through friendship, she wrote, “The giving of love is an education in itself,” which she took with her into her marriage to President Franklin Roosevelt.
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When asked in her online column “Ask Lauren” what her best date ever has been, Lauren Conrad tells her fans and readers, “While it’s fun to spice things up with new activities and adventures, I think that a sign of a strong relationship is when you can have fun doing even the simplest activities together.”
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Katherine Anne Porter
Katherine Anne Porter, a Pulitzer Prize-winning American essayist, writer, and political activist, delved into the complexities of love and hate in her essay “The Necessary Enemy” (1948). On love and marriage she said, “Love must be learned, and learned again and again; there is no end to it.”
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Some take John Ruskin’s famous quote, “When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece,” to be about work, but we believe the same is true for the endeavor that is a lifelong marriage.
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W. B. Yeats
In his 1921 poem “A Prayer for My Daughter,” W. B. Yeats wished the best for his offspring, offering this bit of advice: “Hearts are not had as a gift but hearts are earned … ”
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In John Lennon’s album “Mind Games” (1973), the title track of the same name says, “Love is like a flower, you’ve got to let it grow.” In real life, Lennon was letting his own flower, Yoko Ono, grow. The song was released during their difficult 18-month separation as Ono was recording her fourth independent album, “Feeling the Space.”
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American poet Emily Dickinson wrote a poem called “Forever—Is Composed of Nows—” reminding us to always be present and in the moment, a crucial thing to have in mind when starting your forever with the one you love.
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We have all heard that in order to truly connect with a lover, you have to be completely exposed, but country singer and songwriter LeAnn Rimes received some slightly different advice. In 2011, during her engagement to her husband, Eddie Cibrian, she tweeted: “A good friend just told me that the key to a successful marriage was to argue naked! I’m gonna do that from now on, when that rarely happens.”
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British film director Alfred Hitchcock famously used psychoanalysis and suspense in his films. Perhaps that’s why he says, “The ideal husband understands every word his wife doesn’t say.”
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“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love” is often mistaken to be said by the master of artful weirdness, Dr. Seuss. However, the quote actually hails from Robert Fulghum’s 1998 book, True Love: Stories Told to and by Robert Fulghum, a collection of real-life love stories.
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Ben Affleck has said regarding his marriage to Jennifer Garner, “There are two things for a marriage to be good. One is to work hard on it. The other one is to marry above you. And I succeeded at both of those.”
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The English television presenter and entertainer had a career that spanned more than 40 years, so he knew that any kind of relationship takes hard work. But when it comes to love, he said, “The secret to a happy marriage is if you can be at peace with someone within four walls, if you are content because the one you love is near to you, either upstairs or downstairs, or in the same room, and you feel that warmth that you don’t find very often, then that is what love is all about.”