Rocky *************** What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility.

Leo Tolstoy **************** Love is what you've been through with somebody.

***************** Ann Meara of the comedy team Stiller and Meara observed awhile ago in a New York Times interview of her 30-plus year marriage, "Was it love at first sight?

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- Unknown*************My wife’s actions are a mirror. Do you remember the '70s, they had all these 'empowering' groups where you tell everybody everything? That's stupid."Jim Harrison**************Research has shown a child who sees his mother mistreated is more damaged than if the child himself is abused.

The way that my wife is acting toward me says more about me than it does about her. ***************One dollar up front prevents the spending of many dollars down the road.

Someone must be there to know what we have done for those we love. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things, All of it… You’re saying “Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it.

Frank Pittman **************** Or, put another way, and 'borrowed' from Pittman: Why is it that people get married? Your life will not go unwitnessed - because I will be your witness.” **************** I knew couples who’d been married almost forever – forty, fifty, sixty years. They’d be tending each other’s illnesses, filling in each other’s faulty memories, dealing with the money troubles or the daughter’s suicide, or the grandson’s drug addiction. I’d have hung on then; I swear I would.” Anne Tyler, "A Patchwork Planet" *************The heart of marriage is memories.

No problem, that is, except one: about marriage, and marriage alone, we despair.

Maggie Gallagher ***************They say it takes a village to raise a child.

Robert Fulghum ***************The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. And when our children were growing up, it wasn't a house that protected them; and it wasn't our love that protected them - it was that promise. I hope so.3Peanuts Blog**************To get the full value of joy You must have someone to divide it with.

Theodore Hesburgh ***************If the marriage ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. Thornton Wilder, The Skin of Our Teeth **************Marriage is a promise. Mark Twain**************One of the nicest things you can say to your partner, "If I had it to do over again, I'd choose you.

It says something about her too, but if I can focus on my half of the equation, I’ll make way more progress in resolving conflict and building a healthy relationship. Marion Wright Edelman, Children's Defense Fund **************** You need only do three things in this country to avoid poverty - finish high school, marry before having a child, and marry after the age of 20.