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What Of Marriage? From “The Prophet”

~ By Kahlil Gilbran ~ THEN Almitra spoke again and said, And what of Marriage master? And he answered saying: You were born together, and together you shall be for evermore. You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days. Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of … Continue reading “What Of Marriage? From “The Prophet””

What is Love?

~ Author Unknown ~ Sooner or later we begin to understand that love is more than verses on valentines and romance in the movies. We begin to know that love is here and now, real and true, the most important thing in our lives. For love is the creator of our favourite memories and the … Continue reading “What is Love?”

Excerpt From The Velveteen Rabbit

~ By Margery Williams ~ “What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?” “Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s … Continue reading “Excerpt From The Velveteen Rabbit”


~ Author Unknown ~ Treat yourselves and each other with respect, and remind yourselves often of what brought you together. Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your connection deserves. When frustration, difficult and fear assail your relationship – as they threaten all relationships at one time or another – remember … Continue reading “Untitled”


~ Author Unknown ~ You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness. We pardon to the extent that we love. Love is knowing that even when you are alone, you will never be lonely … Continue reading “Untitled”

Excerpt From “Tuesdays With Morrie”

~ By Mitch Albom ~ “Still,” Morrie said, “there are a few rules I know to be true about love and marriage: If you don’t respect the other person, you’re gonna have a lot of trouble. If you don’t know how to compromise, you’re gonna have a lot of trouble. If you can’t talk openly … Continue reading “Excerpt From “Tuesdays With Morrie””

The Symposium

~ By Plato ~ Our original nature was by no means the same as it is now. There was a kind composed of both sexes and sharing equally in male and female. The form of each person was round all over; each had four arms, and legs to match these, and two faces perfectly alike. … Continue reading “The Symposium”

Speak To Us Of Love From “The Prophet”

~ By Kahlil Gilbran ~ Then said Almitra, Speak to us of Love. And he raised his head and looked upon the people, and there fell a stillness upon them. And with a great voice he said: When love beckons to you, follow him, Though his ways are hard and steep. And when his wings … Continue reading “Speak To Us Of Love From “The Prophet””

Sound Of Silence

~ By Raymond J. Baughan ~ Here in the space between us and the world lies human meaning. Into the vast uncertainty we call. The echoes make our music, sharp equations which can hold the stars, and marvelous mythologies we trust. This may be all we need to lift our love against indifference and pain. … Continue reading “Sound Of Silence”

Excerpt from “The Phrophet”

~ By Kahlil Gilbran ~ Your friend is your needs answered. He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving. And he is your board and your fireside. For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace. When your friend speaks his mind you fear not … Continue reading “Excerpt from “The Phrophet””

On Marriage from “The Prophet”

~ By Kahlil Gibran ~ You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore. You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days. Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God. But let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of heavens dance … Continue reading “On Marriage from “The Prophet””

On Love

~ By Thomas Kempis ~ Love is a mighty power, a great and complete good. Love alone lightens every burden, and makes rough places smooth. It bears every hardship as though it were nothing, and renders all bitterness sweet and acceptable. Nothing is sweeter than love, Nothing stronger, Nothing higher, Nothing wider, Nothing more pleasant, … Continue reading “On Love”

Never Marry But For Love

~ William Penn ~ Never marry but for love; but see that thou lovest what is lovely. If love be not the chiefest motive, thou wilt soon grow weary of a married state and stray from thy promise, to search out thy pleasures in forbidden places… Between a man and his wife nothing ought to … Continue reading “Never Marry But For Love”

The Most Wonderful Of All Things In Life

~ By Sir Hugh Walpole ~ The most wonderful of all things in life is the discovery of another human being with whom one’s relationship has a growing depth, beauty and joy as the years increase. This inner progressiveness of love between two human beings is a most marvelous thing; it cannot be found by … Continue reading “The Most Wonderful Of All Things In Life”

Marriage Joins Two People In the Circle Of Its Love

~ By Edmund O’Neill ~ Marriage is a commitment to life, the best that two people can find and bring out in each other. It offers opportunities for sharing and growth that no other relationship can equal. It is a physical and an emotional joining that is promised for a lifetime. Within the circle of … Continue reading “Marriage Joins Two People In the Circle Of Its Love”

Love Is A Great Thing

Love ~ Author Unknown ~ Love is a friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad. It settles for less than perfection, and makes allowances for human weakness. Love is content with the present. It hopes for the future and it doesn’t … Continue reading “Love Is A Great Thing”


~ By Rainer Maria Rilke ~ Marriage is in many ways a simplification of life, and it naturally combines the strengths and wills of two young people so that, together, they seem to reach farther into the future than they did before. Above all, marriage is a new task and a new seriousness, – a … Continue reading “Letters”

I Promise

~ by Dorothy Colgan ~ I promise to give you the best of myself and to ask of you no more than you can give. I promise to respect you as your own person and to realize that your interests, desires and needs are no less important than my own. I promise to share with … Continue reading “I Promise”

I Ching

~ Excerpt ~ When two people are at one in their inmost hearts, they shatter even the strength of iron or bronze. And when two people understand each other in their inmost hearts, their words are sweet and strong, like the fragrance of orchids.

Foundations Of Marriage

~ Regina Hill ~ Love, trust, and forgiveness are the foundations of marriage. In marriage, many days will bring happiness, while other days may be sad. But together, two hearts can overcome everything…In marriage, all of the moments won’t be exciting or romantic, and sometimes worries and anxiety will be overwhelming. But together, two hearts … Continue reading “Foundations Of Marriage”

Excerpt From “A Song For Hiawatha”

Come join us in celebration, those who love sunshine on meadow Who love shadow of the forest, love the wind among the branches and the palisades of pine trees, and the thunder in the mountains whose innumerable echoes flap like eagles in their eries. Listen to this song of marriage. How, from another tribe and … Continue reading “Excerpt From “A Song For Hiawatha””

Eskimo Love Song

~ Author Unknown ~ You are my husband My feet shall run because of you My feet dance because of you My heart shall beat because of you My eyes see because of you My mind thinks because of you And I shall love because of you.

Excerpt From “The Country Of Marriage”

~By Wendell Berry ~ “…our life reminds me of a forest in which there is a graceful clearing and in that opening a house, an orchard and garden, comfortable shades, and flowers, red and yellow in the sun, a pattern made in the light for the light to return to. The forest is mostly dark, … Continue reading “Excerpt From “The Country Of Marriage””

Cherokee Prayer

God in heaven above please protect the ones we love. We honor all you created as we pledge our hearts and lives together. We honor mother-earth – and ask for our marriage to be abundant and grow stronger through the seasons; We honor fire – and ask that our union be warm and glowing with … Continue reading “Cherokee Prayer”

Excerpt from The Bridge Across Forever

~ Richard Bach ~ A soul mate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and … Continue reading “Excerpt from The Bridge Across Forever”

Blessing For A Marriage

~ James Dillet Freeman ~ May your marriage bring you all the exquisite excitements a marriage should bring, and may life grant you also patience, tolerance, and understanding. May you always need one another – not so much to fill your emptiness as to help you to know your fullness. A mountain needs a valley … Continue reading “Blessing For A Marriage”

The Art Of Marriage

~ Author Wilferd A. Peterson ~ The little things are the big things. It is never being too old to hold hands. It is remembering to say “I love you” at least once a day. It is never going to sleep angry. It is at no time taking the other for granted; the courtship should … Continue reading “The Art Of Marriage”

Apache Marriage Blessing

Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be the shelter for each other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be the warmth for the other. Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before. Go now to your dwelling place to enter into … Continue reading “Apache Marriage Blessing”


~ By Mary Weston Fordham ~ The die is cast, come weal, come woe, Two lives are joined together, For better or for worse, the link Which naught but death can sever. The die is cast, come grief, come joy Come richer, or come poorer, If love but binds the mystic tie, Blest is the … Continue reading “Marriage”

A History Of Love

~ By Diane Ackerman ~ Love. What a small word we use for an idea so immense and powerful it has altered the flow of history, calmed monsters, kindled works of art, cheered the forlorn, turned tough guys to mush, consoled the enslaved, driven strong women mad, glorified the humble, fueled national scandals, bankrupted robber … Continue reading “A History Of Love”

Excerpt From “The Gift From The Sea”

~ By Anne Morrow Lindbergh ~ When you love someone, you do not love them all the time, in exactly the same way, from moment to moment. It is an impossibility. It is even a lie to pretend to. And yet this is exactly what most of us demand. We have so little faith in … Continue reading “Excerpt From “The Gift From The Sea””


~ By Walt Whitman ~ I do not offer the old smooth prizes, But offer rough new prizes, These are the days that must happen to you: You shall not heap up what is called riches, You shall scatter with lavish hand all that you earn or achieve. However sweet the laid-up stores, However convenient … Continue reading “Untitled”