Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy,
it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. The Bible 1 Corinthians 13. 4-8
Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your
people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die
I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with
me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates
you and me. The Bible Ruth 1. 16-17
Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm;
for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the
It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.
Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away.
If one were to give all the wealth of his house for love, it
would be utterly scorned. The Bible Song of Solomon
How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much more
pleasing is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume
than any spice. The Bible Song of Solomon
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth - for your love
is more delightful than wine. The Bible Song of Solomon
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for
If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the
man who falls and has no one to help him up!
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how
can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A
cord of three strands is not quickly broken. The Bible Ecclesiastes 4
You shall be together when white wings of death scatter your
Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let 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. Kahlil Gibran The Prophet
All other things, to their destruction draw,
Only our love hath no decay;
This, no tomorrow hath, nor yesterday,
Running it never runs from us away,
But truly keep his first, last, everlasting day. John Donne The Anniversary
Then happy I that love and am beloved,
Where I may not remove nor be removed. William Shakespeare Sonnet 25
Love comforteth like sunshine after rain. William Shakespeare Venus and Adonis
Look down, you gods,
And on this couple drop a blessed crown! William Shakespeare The Tempest
Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be. Robert Browning
Marriage is the union of two divinities that a third might be
born on earth. It is the union of two souls in a strong love
for the abolishment of separateness. It is that higher unity
which fuses the separate unities within the two spirits. It
is the golden ring in a chain whose beginning is a glance, and
whose ending is Eternity. It is the pure rain that falls from
an unblemished sky to fructify and bless the fields of divine
Nature. Kahlil Gibran Words of the Master
Love has no other desire but to fulfil itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another
day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love's ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart
and a song of praise upon your lips. Kahlil Gibran The Prophet
Come live with me, and be my love,
And we will some new pleasures prove
Of golden sands, and crystal brooks,
With silken lines, and silver hooks. John Donne The Bait
A thing of beauty is a joy forever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams. John Keats Endymion
Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it.
Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it.
Hatred darkens life; love illumines it. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for
Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth for
Now there is no more loneliness, for each of you will be companion
for the other.
Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you.
Go now to your dwelling place to begin the days of your life
May your days together be good and long upon the earth. Apache Blessing
What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel
that they are joined for life - to strengthen each other in
all labour, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister
to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent
unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting? George Eliot Adam Bede
When two people are one
in their inmost hearts,
They shatter even the strength of iron or of bronze.
And when two people understand each other
in their inmost hearts,
Their words are sweet and strong,
like the fragrance of orchids. I Ching When Two People Are at One
You and I
Have so much love,
Burns like a fire,
In which we bake a lump of clay
Molded into a figure of you
And a figure of me.
Then we take both of them,
And break them into pieces,
And mix the pieces with water,
And mold again a figure of you,
And a figure of me.
I am in your clay.
You are in my clay.
In life we share a single quilt.
In death we will share a single coffin. Kuan Tao-Sheng Married Love
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. Roy Croft Love
My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite. William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet
Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house.
Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next
door neighbor... Let no one ever come to you without leaving
better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness;
kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your
smile, kindness in your warm greeting. Mother Teresa
What is a vow,
but an intention
spoken out before the world
so that the world, in hearing,
might take part
of the willing heart?
In our coming here today
to join and bless
the joy of your becoming wed,
may we enter in
the truth of the words you've said,
"I do." Maureen Tolman Flannery Entering the Vow