20 Wedding Toast Quotes From Famous Females

Maid of honor, borrow words of wisdom from famous women when you toast the bride and groom.

The maid of honor's toast is, well, a girl thing. And while male musings often move us, we think the maid of honor will find enormous inspiration in the words of her sagacious, soul-searching sisters. Below, some toast-appropriate insights and emotions from favorite female writers, philosophers, and personalities.

  1. The capacity to love is tied to being able to be awake, to being able to move out of yourself and be with someone else in a manner that is not about your desire to possess them, but to be with them, to be in union and communion. -- Bell Hooks
  2. One of the best things about love is just recognizing a man's steps when he climbs the stairs. -- Colette
  3. Where there is great love, there are always miracles. -- Willa Cather
  4. It was just enough to sit there without words. -- Louise Erdrich
  5. When you love someone all your saved-up wishes start coming out. -- Elizabeth Bowen
  6. Infatuation is when you think that he's as sexy as Robert Redford, as smart as Henry Kissinger, as noble as Ralph Nader, as funny as Woody Allen, and as athletic as Jimmy Connors. Love is when you realize that he's as sexy as Woody Allen, as smart as Jimmy Connors, as funny as Ralph Nader, as athletic as Henry Kissinger, and nothing like Robert Redford -- but you'll take him anyway. -- Judith Viorst
  7. We love because it's the only true adventure. -- Nikki Giovanni
  8. Love is everything it's cracked up to be. That's why people are so cynical about it. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more. -- Erica Jong
  9. Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get -- only with what you are expecting to give -- which is everything. -- Katherine Hepburn
  10. We are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are each other's magnitude and bond. -- Gwendolyn Brooks
  11. What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined...to strengthen each other...to be at one with each other in silent unspeakable memories. -- George Eliot
  12. The best marriages, like the best lives, were both happy and unhappy. There was even a kind of necessary tension, a certain tautness between the partners that gave the marriage strength, like the tautness of a full sail. -- Anne Morrow Lindbergh (Dearly Beloved)
  13. Everyone admits that love is wonderful and necessary, yet no one agrees on just what it is. -- Diane Ackerman
  14. Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly. -- Rose Franken
  15. In a great romance, each person plays a part the other really likes. -- Elizabeth Ashley
  16. Love, be true to her; Life, be dear to her; Health, stay close to her; Joy, draw near to her; Fortune, find what you can do for her, Search your treasure-house through and through for her, Follow her footsteps the wide world over, And keep her husband always her lover.-- Anna Lewis, "To the Bride"
  17. Love is blind -- marriage is the eye-opener. -- Pauline Thomason
  18. Love is the lifespring of our existence. The more love you give, the happier you feel and the more love you will have within you to give.-- Susan L. Taylor
  19. Never is true love blind, but rather brings an added light.-- Phoebe Cary
  20. Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years. That is what makes a marriage last.-- Simone Signoret

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