||[17 Nov 2003|10:35pm]
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We cannot stress the importance of using the right words to say exactly what you mean. Whether you compose a song or a poem or incorporate a favorite quote into your vows-this is probably one time when American Greetings or Hallmark won't quite capture the essence of this romantic, sensuous moment.
To ease the pressure of having to become Browning or Whitman for your vows' sake, we've collected a few of the most inspirational, motivational, and otherwise powerful quotations from speeches, songs, and literature here. While adding these pieces may help you to express the joy you feel, there is nothing more perfect and suiting than the three easiest words to say, "I love you." And, isn't that really the point anyway.
Please share some of your favorite quotes with us.
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With these rings we unite our hearts in tenderness and devotion. We will honor each other's cultures as we join customs to form a trusting relationship. We will protect, support, and encourage each other through life's joys and sorrows as we create a loving future. We promise to establish a home for ourselves and our children shaped by our respective heritages; a loving environment dedicated to peace, hope, and respect for all people. From this day forward our lives will be intertwined forever, blessed in faith, filled with compassion, understanding and love.
Before God our Father who has given us the gift of love, I__________, join with you, ____________, in the covenant of marriage. I promise to give my faithful, life-giving love to you, and to share my life with you as long as we shall live. May this community of faith witness our love for each other for the rest of our lives.
Before these witnesses I, _____________, vow to love you, __________, and care for you as long as we both shall live. I take you, with all your faults and your strengths, as I offer myself to you with my faults and my strengths. I will help you when you need help, and will turn to you when I need help. I choose you as the person with whom I will spend my life.
I affirm/pledge/declare my love for you as I invite you to share/continue to share my life. To this end, I call upon my family and friends here present to witness that I, _________, take you ________, to be my lawful, wedded wife/husband/partner.
On this day, I ___________ thee wed you _________, the woman/man I have chosen to be my wife/husband/partner for the rest of my life, and promise to give you all the love, courtesy, respect, thoughtfulness, and effort that a good union demands as well as dedicate myself in mind, body, heart and soul to make you as happy, economically stable, and fulfilled as I can provide.
You, ______, are the love of my life, my reason for living, the inspiration I have always sought and, as such, pledge my undying dedication to you for the rest of my life. I love you with all of my heart and soul and know that as long as you are next to me I will be willing to give my life to you, if necessary, to ensure your happiness and well being. I, _____, take your hand and hold you to be, from this day on, an integral part of me, like it was my own flesh, and promise to look upon you forever as I would look upon myself, with dedication, understanding, and unconditional love.
I love you ______ with all my heart and soul, as you are everything that I could ever hope to find in a woman/man. You are loving, thoughtful, caring, smart, and beautiful/handsome in my eyes and your love always makes me feel like the happiest and luckiest man/woman alive. I am proud to have you as my life's partner and I promise that I will always be at your side, through good and bad, and give you everything that is in my power to grant to assure your health and happiness for as long as I live. I am yours forever….
(Partner's name) as we stand here among our peers and under God I, ___________want to pledge, in front of all, my undying love and dedication to you and let you know that I have found in you the woman/man I wish to spend the rest of my life with. You are the one person who, with your love, laughter, caring, thoughtfulness, attention, positive outlook, and devotion to me, has rekindled the hope of a future full happiness and sharing and this hope, which was once almost gone, has grown within me anew and has brought the certainty that with you by my side my life will be full of love, caring, happiness, purpose, and joy. So with these words I take you ____________as my wife/husband/partner and vow, unto you, to give all that is within my heart, body, and soul, to give for as long as I am alive.
I love you. You are my best friend. Today I, ____________, commit myself to you. I promise to encourage and inspire you, to laugh with you, and to comfort you in times of sorrow and struggle. I promise to love you in good times and in bad, when life seems easy and when it seems hard. When our love is simple, and when it is an effort. I promise to cherish you, and to always hold you in highest regard. These things I give to you today, and all the days of our life.
We pledge to each other to be loving friends and committed partners: To talk and to listen, to trust and appreciate one another; to respect and cherish each other's uniqueness; and to support, comfort and strengthen each other through life's joys and sorrows. We promise to share hopes, thoughts and dreams as we build our lives together. May our lives be ever intertwined, our love keeping us together. We will build a home that is compassionate to all, full of respect and honor for others and each other. May our home be forever filled with peace, happiness, and love.
Today I will marry my friend, the one I will live with, dream with, and love. I ____________ take you to be my husband/wife/partner. From this day forward I will cherish you, I will look with joy down the path of our tomorrows knowing we will walk it together side by side, hand in hand and heart to heart.
I promise to love you above all others and to value your friendship as a precious gift. I look forward to raising our family and building our relationship under the care and guidance of God. I _____________ promise to stand beside you in sickness or health, in times of prosper and decline, in peace and in turmoil, as long as we both shall live.
Let us be grateful for the capacity to see, feel, hear, and understand. Let us be grateful for this incredible gift of life. Let us be especially grateful for the ties of love which bind us together, giving dignity, meaning, worth and joy to all our days. This is indeed a day which the Lord has made. Let us rejoice in it and be glad, and let us count our many blessings.
I ___________take you ____________to be my husband/wife/partner To have and to hold from this day forward. I give to you my unending love and devotion. I promise to be true to you, to cherish you, and to share my thoughts, hopes, and dreams with you. I look forward to spending the rest of my life with you, my best friend. I will love you forever.
I ____________ take you ___________ to be my partner. To have and to hold from this day forward. I give to you my unending love and devotion. I promise to be true to you, to cherish you, and to share my thoughts, hopes, and dreams with you. I look forward to spending the rest of my life with you my best friend. I will love you forever.
I promise to be there when you need me, to fill your days with sunshine, to comfort you and encourage you, to help you reach your goals, to be your best friend ever and to love you all my life with all my heart.
I ____________ take you___________, to be my husband/wife/partner. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, I will love and honor you all the days of my life.
In the sight of God's love and in the presence of our families and friends, I, ________, take you,
______________, to be may husband/wife/partner. I offer my friendship and trust in you, promising to be faithful and understanding as long as we both shall live.
"If my life was a musical, I must have done over 7 title albums of sorrow in this lifetime and this moment. It's like this now: "Enough with all this drama; it is time to dance, celebrating no more drama in our lives." - Jonathan-Ernesto
''At some point in a gay person's life, you have to face this truth within yourself and have the courage to be honest with others. And that's what's happening around dining room tables in Utah and Alabama. It's having a dramatic effect.'' - Elizabeth Birch (Human Rights Compaign)
''My hope is that my students, when they're old enough to be married, will be able to marry whoever they want.'' - Julie, Teacher, Vermont
''What you are debating is not just policy and law... what you are debating is my life, my partner's life.'' - Susan Clark, Vermont
''This is similar to the objections to interracial marriages a few decades ago. Lawmakers had to move one step ahead of the people and pave the way for more tolerance.'' - Molly Goldberg, Vermont
"The central core message of the Bible is to love your neighbor as yourself... no matter whether or not your neighbor is gay." - Tom Rice, Atlanta
''What I think has happened over the last 10 or so years is that we've seen an unprecedented increase in the visibility and identity of gay and lesbian people as families. We have claimed that identity and the world has allowed us increasingly to claim that identity. Purely and simply, you allow yourself to expect to be treated equally in all regards.'' - Paula Ettelbrick (National Gay & Lesbian Task Force)
''Mrs. Wolvington and I have been married for 52 years. For the life of us, we can't imagine how gay marriage would adversely affect anyone in our family.'' - Kenneth Wolvington, Vermont
''Attitudes have changed as time has passed and more and more couples have lived in stable relationships. Marriage is not just some kind of suburban complacency but people realize there are real legal tangible benefits.'' - Mr. Dowen, Staten Island
"What does the Bible have to say about homosexuality... very little. What people get mixed up about is that the church has a lot to say on the subject of homosexuality. There are a lot of 'Shalt Nots' in religion, but they don't necessarily come from the Scriptures. Jesus had a lot to say about divorce, about women, about almost everything. Therefore, if homosexuality was an issue for him, how come we don't know about it?'' - Rev. Rayner Hesse Jr., Priest
''We can bless animals, battleships, cars and homes, but we're not allowed to bless two people who are gays or lesbians and who are in love without the benefit of marriage.'' - Rev. Hesse
We are taught that men should only marry women. Who are we? - Randi Ison
"To have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part." - Book of Common Prayer
"Two dollars will buy all the happiness or all the misery in the world. At least that used to be the price of a marriage license." - Eddie Cantor
"Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, and half-shut afterwards." - Benjamin Franklin
"Marriage is the alliance of two people, one of whom never remembers birthdays and the other never forgets them." - Ogden Nash
"Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof." - James Russell Lowell
" It takes a second to like, a minute to crush, an hour to care, and a day to love; however, it takes a lifetime to forget." - Author Unknown
"Love is like a garden plot, it can yield with cultivation. If only shallow seeds we plant how dull our habitation." - Kelly Moore
"One man in a thousand, Solomon says,
Will stick more close than a brother.
And it's worth while seeking him half your days
If you find him before the other.
Nine hundred and ninety-nine depend
On what the world sees in you,
But the Thousandth Man will stand your friend
With the whole round world agin' you.
'Tis neither promise nor prayer nor show
Will settle the finding for 'ee.
Nine hundred and ninety-nine of 'em go
By your looks or your acts or your glory.
But if he finds you and you find him,
The rest of the world don't matter;
For the Thousandth Man will sink or swim
With you in any water.
You can use his purse with no more talk
Than he uses yours for his spendings;
And laugh and meet in your daily walk
As though there had been no lendings.
Nine hundred and ninety-nine of 'em call
For silver and gold in their dealings;
But the Thousandth Man he's worth 'em all,
Because you can show him your feelings!
His wrong's your wrong, and his right's your right,
In season or out of season.
Stand up and back it in all men's sight--
With that as your only reason!
Nine hundred and ninety-nine can't bide
The shame or mocking or laughter,
But the Thousandth Man will stand by your side
To the gallow's foot--and after!" - Rudyard Kipling
"Live each day the way you want to live it because nobody is guaranteed a tomorrow. Be who you are, love whom you want to love." - Cynthia Howard
"My life has been the poem I would have writ,
But I could not both live and utter it." - Henry David Thoreau
"Unromantic as Monday morning" - from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." - John Donne
"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." - Henry David Thoreau
"Envy is ignorance; …imitation is suicide…" - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"I shall never permit myself to stoop so low as to hate any man." - Booker T. Washington
"The greatest friend of truth is Time, her greatest enemy is prejudice, and her constant companion is humility." - Charles Caleb Colton
"I went into the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived…. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life… - from Walden by Henry David Thoreau
"It is never too late to give up your prejudices"- from Walden by Henry David Thoreau
"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be" - Voltaire
"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself." - Harvey Fierstein
"Books are the best of things, well used; abused' among the worst." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The one thing in the world, of value, is the active soul" - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last." - from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." - Aldous Huxley
"There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"Give me liberty to know, to think, to believe, and to utter freely according to conscience, above all other liberties." - John Milton
"As if there were safety in stupidity alone." - from Walden by Henry David Thoreau
"Everything great and intelligent is in the minority." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote." - George Jean Nathan
"No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come." - Victor Hugo
"The man who sees both sides of a question is a man who sees absolutely nothing." - Oscar Wilde
"Unjust laws exist: shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once? Men generally, under such government as this, think that they ought to wait until they persuaded the majority to alter them. They think that, if they should resist, the remedy would be worse than the evil. It makes it worse. Why is it not more apt to anticipate and provide for reform? Why does it not cherish its wise minority? …" - Henry David Thoreau
"Do we call this the land of the free? What is it to be free from King George and continue the slaves of King Prejudice? What is it to be born free and not to live free? What is the value of any political freedom, but as a means to moral freedom? Is it a freedom to be slaves, or a freedom to be free, of which we boast? We are a nation of politicians, concerned about the outmost defenses only of freedom. It is our children's children who may perchance be really free…." - Henry David Thoreau
Distance stood never a barrier between us; for when that rainy night fell, our hearts united just as God intended. -Grissell Chancay
The tears I cry now or the tears I cry the day we both say I do
I love you to the heights of the heavens;
I love you to the depths of the oceans;
I love you to the breadth of the earth and beyond the horizon.
"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and the ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith,
With my lost saints-I love thee with the breadth,
Smiles, tears, of all my life-and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death."
- Sonnet 43 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
"Drink to me only with thine eyes,
And I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kiss but in a cup,
And I'll not look for wine.
That thirst that from the soul doth rise
Doth as a drink divine;
But might I of Jove's nectar sup,
I would not change for thine. …"
- from "Song to Celia" by Ben Jonson
"Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And Summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometimes declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade.
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
Nor shall death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee."
- Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare
"I love her with the seasons, with the winds,
As the stars worship, as anemones
Shudder in secret for the sun, as bees
Buzz round an open flower: in all kinds
My love is perfect…"
- from "Constancy" by "Michael Field"
"…in my mind you're a clock
And I'm the second hand sweeping
around you sixty times an hour
twenty-four hours a day
three hundred sixty-five days a year
and an extra day
in leap year
cause that's the way
that's the way
that's the way i feel about you."
from "The Way I Feel" by Nikki Giovanni
"When I first saw you I thought you must be
looking at someone else, someone you
were meeting at a station. You looked so glad
to have the man behind me home again,
as if you would carry all his baggage
till he was weightless. The way you carry
mine now, for I was the one getting off.
How did you know I'd been travelling
in circles, gone so long there was no one
left to fetch me? Gone so long avoiding
the water you seemed a sort of mirage
until I drank you. Let alone this ocean
wild with sirens, a raft in a whirlpool
for our bed, spinning at anchor, drownproof.
As to rank, if it's okay I'll be a pirate.
You be captain-so long as you show me how
to navigate a dream that goes this deep. …"
- from "West of Yesterday East of Summer" by Paul Monette
"…I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold
Or all the riches that the East doth hold.
My love is such that rivers cannot quench,
Nor ought but love from thee, give recompense.
Thy love is such I can no way repay,
The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray.
Then while we live, in love let's so persevere
That when we live no more, we may live ever."
- from "To My Dear and Loving Husband" by Anne Bradstreet
"You are ice and fire,
The touch of you burns my hands like snow.
You are cold and flame.
You are the crimson of amaryllis,
The silver of moon-touched magnolias.
When I am with you,
My heart is a frozen pond
Gleaming with agitated torches."
- "Opal" by Amy Lowell