Wedding Toasts: From the Parents

by The Knot

When children find true love, parents find true joy.
Here's to your joy and ours, from this day forward.
-- Anonymous

The way to Happiness:
Keep your heart free from hate,
Your mind from worry.
Live simply. Expect little. Give much.
-- Traditional saying

Be ye kind to one another.
-- Ephesians 4:32

Love one another and you will be happy.
It's as simple and as difficult as that.
-- Michael Leunig

A good marriage is at least 80 percent good luck in finding the right person at the right time. The rest is trust.
-- Nanette Newman

If you are considering marriage, ask yourself one question: Will I still enjoy talking with her when I'm old?
-- Friedrich Nietzsche

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

Success in marriage depends on being able, when you get over being in love, to really love...
You never know anyone until you marry them.
-- Eleanor Roosevelt

The great secret of a successful marriage is to treat all disasters as incidents and none of the incidents as disasters.
-- Sir Harold Nicolson

Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.
-- Sigmund Freud

Love does not dominate; it cultivates.
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Love is blind -- marriage is the eye-opener.
-- Pauline Thomason

The first duty of love is to listen.
-- Paul Tillich

There is no remedy for love but to love more.
-- Henry David Thoreau

Immature love says: “I love you because I need you." Mature love says: “I need you because I love you."
-- Erich Fromm

It is wrong to think that love comes from long companionship and persevering courtship. Love is the
offspring of spiritual affinity, and unless that affinity is created in a moment, it will not be created for years or even generations.
-- Kahlil Gibran

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

Marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day.
-- Andre Maurois

The story of a love is not important -- what is important is that one is capable of love. It is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.
-- Helen Hayes

The man or woman you really love will never grow old to you. Through the wrinkles of time, through the bowed frame of years, you will always see the dear face and feel the warm heart union of your eternal love.
-- Alfred A. Montapert

You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.
-- Henry Drummond

Everyone admits that love is wonderful and necessary, yet no one agrees on just what it is.
-- Diane Ackerman

The only way of full knowledge lies in the act of love; this act transcends thought, it transcends words. It is the daring plunge into the experience of union. To love somebody is not just a strong feeling -- it is a decision, it is a judgment, it is a promise.
-- Erich Fromm, from The Art of Loving

Whatever you do, love those who love you.
-- Voltaire

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.
-- Mignon McLaughlin

When angry, count to a hundred.
-- Mark Twain

Age does not protect you from love, but love to some extent protects you from age.
-- Jeanne Moreau

Love consists in this: that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other.
-- Rainer Maria Rilke, from Letters to a Young Poet

A generation of children on the children of your children.
-- Irish blessing

Grandchildren are the crown of old men,
And the glory of sons is their fathers.
-- Proverbs 17:6

You don't marry one person; you marry three -- the person you think they are, the person they are, and the person they are going to become as the result of being married to you.
-- Richard Needham

May you have enough happiness to keep you sweet;
Enough trials to keep you strong;
Enough sorrow to keep you human;
Enough hope to keep you happy;
Enough failure to keep you humble;
Enough success to keep you eager;
Enough friends to give you comfort;
Enough faith and courage in yourself, your business, and your country to banish depression;
Enough wealth to meet your needs;
Enough determination to make each day a better day than yesterday.
-- Traditional blessing (feel free to make up your own additional points)

The more that you love one another, the closer you will come to God.
-- Traditional saying

Without understanding, your love is not true love. You must look deeply in order to see and understand the needs, aspirations, and suffering of the one you love.
-- Thich Nhat Hanh, The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching

A family starts with a young man falling in love with a girl. No superior alternative has been found.
-- Winston Churchill

Coming together is a beginning;
Keeping together is progress;
Working together is success.
-- Henry Ford

Never go to bed angry. Stay up and fight.
-- Phyllis Diller

When in doubt, tell the truth.
-- Mark Twain

Don't smother each other. No one can grow in shade.
-- Leo Buscaglia

There is no secret to a long marriage -- it's hard work…It's serious business, and certainly not for cowards.
-- Ossie David

Be of love (a little) more careful than of anything.
-- E. E. Cummings

The secret of health, happiness, and long life: If you simply learn how to accept and express love, you will live longer…be happier…grow healthier. For love is a powerful force.
-- Alfred A. Montapert

May I wish for you the knowledge...that marriages do not take place, they are made by hand; that there is always an element of discipline involved; that however perfect the honeymoon, the time will come, however brief it is, when you wish she would fall downstairs and break a leg. This goes for her too. But the mood will pass, if you give it time.
-- Raymond Chandler

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