2. "I think that enduring, committed love between a married couple, along with raising children, is the most noble act anyone can aspire to. It is not written about very much."
- Quote by Nicholas Sparks
3. "it is very difficult for a married couple to accumulate wealth if one is a spendthrift. A household divided in its financial orientation is unlikely to accumulate significant wealth."
- Thomas J. Stanley, The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy
4. "On rare occasions one does hear of a miraculous case of a married couple falling in love after marriage, but on close examination it will be found that it is a mere adjustment to the inevitable."
- Emma Goldman, Marriage and Love
5. "A married couple never seem so married as when viewed from the back seat of a motor car, talking quietly together in the front. Polly and Marcus might have been in their bedroom already, so soft and intimate their converse sounded to me, as I sat there alertly mute behind the backs of their heads"
- John Banville, The Blue Guitar
6. "Birth control doesn’t mean no children. It just means that people have a choice how they want to live. Like rutting, unthinking, breeding animals—or like reasoning creatures. Will a married couple have one, two or three children—whatever number will keep the world population steady and provide a full life of opportunity for everyone? Or will they have four, five or six, unthinking and uncaring, and raise them in hunger and cold and misery? Like that world out there,"
- Harry Harrison, Make Room! Make Room!
7. "Where and how did my relationship with Kumiko go wrong? That's what I can't understand. Not that I'm saying everything was perfect until that point. A man and a woman in their twenties, with two distinct personalities, just happen to meet somewhere and start living together. There's not a married couple anywhere without their problems. But I thought we were doing OK, basically, that any little problems would solve themselves over time. But I was wrong. I was missing something big, making some kind of mistake on a really basic level, I suppose."
- Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
8. "Why? she whispered. Why should I dance with you? Because I love you. Because I love you so much I’m willing to do whatever it takes to make it go differently this time.... "Because we should be a married couple, because I never wanted to not be married to you. Because all these men out here dancing with their wives can’t possibly love them as much as I love you. Because for me, there is only one woman, and I’m sorry to break it to you, but you’re it."
- Erin McCarthy, Hot Finish
9. "And more assumptions: A married couple was returning from the funeral of Uncle George, who had lived with them for twenty years and had been such a nuisance that he almost succeeded in wrecking their marriage. There is something I have to say to you, dear, said the man. If it hadn’t been for my love for you, I wouldn’t have put up with your Uncle George for a single day. My Uncle George! she exclaimed in horror. I thought he was your Uncle George!"
- Anthony de Mello, Taking Flight
10. "apart from marriage, our friendship should count as one of the things that remain stable. But just this is not so in the estimation of others and the consideration that they give it. It is marriage—whether it is the more stable of the two or not—that gets the outward consideration and recognition. Everyone, in this case the whole family, must take it into account and thinks it right that much has to be done, and should be done, on behalf of a married couple. Friendship, even when it’s so exclusive and includes all of each other’s goods, as it is with us, doesn’t have any necessitas,"
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison