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  • 1. “ If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.” Winnie the Pooh
  • 2. “ Pray together – even on your knees when needed! If prayer is missing from a marriage, it will be very difficult to survive.” Joe and Neusa Barbosa, married 30 years
  • 3. “ Find something you can share with your spouse, like a ministry you’re both passionate about, a sport, a Bible class, etc. When life pulls you in different directions you’ll always be brought back to that one thing you share together.” Randy and Deb Buhrow, married 5 years
  • 4. “ All strengths have an equal and opposite weakness. When tension comes, focus on the strengths. Your spouse ‘is’ what you focus on.” Dan and Carmel Jennings, married 30 years
  • 5. “ Marriage is like a garden. One must cultivate it (it takes effort!) to keep the weeds of selfishness, anger and unforgiveness out. Then your marriage will be beautiful.” Bruce and Delores Winger, married 55 years
  • 6. “ Don’t underestimate the power of a good hug.” Dave and Jenny Csinos, married 4 months
  • 7. “ Marriage is not finding the ‘right’ person; it is being the ‘right’ person.” David Illman, married to Doris for 35 years
  • 8. “ Selflessness makes a marriage last a lifetime.” Randy and Deb Buhrow, married 5 years
  • 9. “ Read the Scriptures and pray together daily, to stay on the save wavelength spiritually.” Doris Illman, married to David for 35 years
  • 10. “ Have an attitude of forgiveness; without forgiveness, a marriage will never survive.” Joe and Neusa Barbosa, married 30 years
  • 11. “ Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone; it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.” Ursula K. LeGuin
  • 12. “ Love accepts people as they are; love can take insults without ill will.” Erwin W. Lutzer
  • 13. “ Advice for a long and relatively contented marriage: know that divorce or separation without a valid reason is not an option.” Joe and Neusa Barbosa, married 30 years
  • 14. “ Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.” Charles Dickens
  • 15. “ Treasure the love you receive above all. It will survive long after your gold and good health have vanished.” Og Mandino
  • 16. “ Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.” Peter Ustinov
  • 17. “ Alas, oh, love is dead! How could it perish thus? No one has cared for it: It simply died of frost.” Angelus Silesius, 1624-1677
  • 18. “ Have the attitude that we need to participate 100% and not keep tabs on how much the other spouse is doing.” Joe and Neusa Barbosa, married 30 years
  • 19. “ Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.” William Shakespeare
  • 20. “ Of all the earthly music, that which reaches farthest into heavens is the beating of a truly loving heart.” Henry Ward Beecher
  • 21. “ A good marriage is not one where perfection reigns: it is a relationship where a healthy perspective overlooks a multitude of ‘unresolvables.’ ” James Dobson
  • 22. “ Find the person who will love you because of your differences and not in spite of them and you have found a lover for life.” Leo Buscaglia
  • 23. “ Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says: ‘I need you because I love you.’ ” Erich Fromm
  • 24. “ Love cannot endure indifference. It needs to be wanted. Like a lamp, it needs to be fed out of the oil of another's heart, or its flame burns low.” Henry Ward Beecher
  • 25. “ Just because I love you doesn't mean I have to like you right now.” From the movie How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days
  • 26. “ For two people in a marriage to live together day after day is unquestionably the one miracle the Vatican has overlooked.” Bill Cosby
  • 27. “ Relationships take time and effort, and the best way to spell love is ‘T-I-M-E.’ ” Rick Warren
  • 28. “ A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day.” Andre Maurois
  • 29. “ Express by word and deed your thanks and appreciation continually for your spouse.” David Illman, married to Doris for 35 years
  • 30. “ Our covenant of marriage is a three-way commitment between husband, wife & God. You cannot love in your own strength. As we seek to please Christ, we will love and forgive each other as He empowers us to do so. A chord of three strands is not easily broken.” Paul and Nel Slater, married 13 years
  • 31. “ When you look at before and after photos of people after 50 years or so of marriage, they have lost their innocence, but they are much wiser. Ruth and I don’t look the same as when we were first married. Marriage is a growth experience. Among other things, a lasting marriage depends on the depth of the mutual commitment beyond ‘I do’, to grow together.” Ruth and Harold Sherk, married 55 years
  • 32. “ Romance your spouse – hold hands, kiss often, cuddle, remember all the little things you did before you got married.” Dan and Carmel Jennings, married 30 years
  • 33. “ Set time side to spend together, otherwise husband and wife will grow apart.” Joe and Neusa Barbosa, married 30 years
  • 34. “ Be willing to give up your ‘rights,’ and serve your spouse.” Doris Illman, married to David for 35 years