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50 Quotes Perfect for Wedding Speeches, Readings, & Vows

By April Van Woerden
Posted on January 13 2015


Weddings can be stressful. If you’ve ever had the pleasure &/ honour of being a bridesmaid, a groomsmen, an MC, or a parent of one of the betrothed—then likely you know the stress that accompanies having to craft & deliver (successfully, preferably) any sort of wedding reading, speech, or toast.

While there are a handful of eloquent, compelling, and naturally hilarious story-tellers roaming this planet, most of us are left speechless when the bride or groom asks us to give a wedding toast.

And so, we thought that the only decent thing to do was to compile a list of our favourite quotes & exerts from a variety of sources: individuals, poetry, literature, & popular culture (listed in no particular order).

It’s not a fully writ speech—but it’s a start! Happy writing!

"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

"We love because it's the only true adventure."
-Nikki Giovanni

"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

"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

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

"Never is true love blind, but rather brings an added light."
-Phoebe Cary

"That love is all there is / Is all we know of love."
-Emily Dickinson

"Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same."
-Emily Bronte

"I was never insane except upon occasions when my heart was touched."
-Edgar Allan Poe

"Sometimes I'm terrified of my heart; of its constant hunger for whatever it wants. The way it stops and starts."
-Edgar Allan Poe

"Well, I can’t describe her exactly—except to say that she was beautiful. She was—tremendously alive."
-F. Scott Fitzgerald

"She wasn't doing a thing that I could see, except standing there, leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together."
-J. D. Saligner

"What else? She is beautiful. You don’t get tired of looking at her You never worry if she is smarter than you: You know she is. She is funny without ever being mean. I love her. I am so lucky to love her.... You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world...but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices. I hope she likes hers."
-John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

"I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride; so I love you because I know no other was than this: where I does not exist, nor you, so close that your hand on my chest is my hand, so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep."
-Pablo Neruda, Sonnet XVII

"I don’t want learning, or dignity, or respectability. I want this music, and this dawn, and the warmth of your cheek against mine. "
-Rumi

"Understand, I’ll slip quietly away from the noisy crowd when I see the pale stars rising, blooming, over the oaks. I’ll pursue solitary pathways through the pale twilit meadows with only this one dream: You come too."
-Rainer Maria Rilke

"I love her and that’s the beginning and the end of everything."
-F. Scott Fitzgerald

"They slipped briskly into an intimacy from which they never recovered."
-F. Scott Fitzgerald

"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."
-Roy Croft

"It was just enough to sit there without words."
-Louise Erdrich

"To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides."
-David Viscott

"Love me and the world is mine."
-David Reed

"You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams."
-Dr. Seuss

"A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short."
-Andre Maurois

"What lies behind us, and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Love is like a friendship caught on fire."
-Jeremy Taylor

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

"True love stories never have endings."
-Richard Bach

"There is no greater happiness for a man than approaching a door at the end of a day knowing someone on the other side of that door is waiting for the sound of his footsteps."
-Ronald Reagan

"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 a result of being married to you."
-Richard Needham

"When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible."
-When Harry Met Sally

"When I saw you, I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew."
-Arrigo Boito

"I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone."
-J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

"In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine."
-Maya Angelou 

"Insomuch as love grows in you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul."
-Saint Augustine

"Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction."
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet."
-Plato

"The strongest and sweetest songs / yet remain to be sung."
-Walt Whitman

"A good marriage is that in which each appoints the other guardian of his solitude."
-Rainer Maria Rilke

"Who, being loved, is poor?"
-Oscar Wilde

"You have made a place in my heart where I thought there was no room for anything else. You have made flowers grow where I cultivated dust and stones."
-Robert Jordan, The Wheel of Time

"Love doesn’t sit there like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all of the time, made new."
-Ursula K. Le Guin

"Nobody has ever measured, even poets, how much a heart can hold."
-Zelda Fitzgerald

"My Creed is Love and you are its only tenant."
-John Keats

"Tell me who admires you and loves you, and I will tell you who you are."
-Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve

"There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness."
-Friedrich Nietzsche

"By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher."
-Socrates

"Sexiness wears thin after a while, and beauty fades. But to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that's a real treat."
-Joanne Woodward

"The moment I heard my first love story / I started looking for you, not knowing / How blind that was. / Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. / They're in each other all along."
-Rumi

"Doubt thou the stars are fire; / Doubt that the sun doth move; / Doubt truth to be a liar; / But never doubt I love."
-Shakespeare

 

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