Anniversary Quotes

More marriages might survive if the partners realized that sometimes the better comes after the worse.

— Doug Larson

We are not the same persons this year as last nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.

— W. Somerset Maugham

There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.

— Martin Luther

Marriage is the most natural state of man, and… the state in which you will find solid happiness.

— Benjamin Franklin

Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who can’t sleep with the window shut, and a woman who can’t sleep with the window open.

— George Bernard Shaw

Experts on romance say for a happy marriage there has to be more than a passionate love. For a lasting union, they insist, there must be a genuine liking for each other. Which, in my book, is a good definition for friendship.

— Marilyn Monroe

The heart of marriage is memories and if the two of you happen to have the same ones and can savor your reruns, then your marriage is a gift from the gods.

— Bill Cosby

Mom and Dad were married 64 years. And if you wondered what their secret was, you could have asked the local florist – because every day Dad gave Mom a rose, which he put on her bedside table. That’s how she found out what happened on the day my father died – she went looking for him because that morning, there was no rose.

— Mitt Romney

Strike an average between what a woman thinks of her husband a month before she marries him and what she thinks of him a year afterward, and you will have the truth about him.

— H. L. Mencken

Marriage is an act of will that signifies and involves a mutual gift, which unites the spouses and binds them to their eventual souls, with whom they make up a sole family – a domestic church.

— Pope John Paul II

A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity. The order varies for any given year.

— Paul Sweeney

The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person. You know they’re right if you love to be with them all the time.

— Julia Child

You will reciprocally promise love, loyalty and matrimonial honesty. We only want for you this day that these words constitute the principle of your entire life and that with the help of divine grace you will observe these solemn vows that today, before God, you formulate.

— Pope John Paul II

Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays.

— Henny Youngman

Why does a woman work ten years to change a man’s habits and then complain that he’s not the man she married?

— Barbra Streisand

The concept of two people living together for 25 years without a serious dispute suggests a lack of spirit only to be admired in sheep.

— A. P. Herbert

One should believe in marriage as in the immortality of the soul.

— Honore de Balzac

A lot of good love can happen in ten years.

— Jim Carrey

Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years.

— Simone Signoret

Under this window in stormy weather I marry this man and woman together Let none but Him who rules the thunder Put this man and woman asunder.

— Jonathan Swift

The bonds of matrimony are like any other bonds – they mature slowly.

— Peter De Vries

I’ve been in love with the same woman for forty-one years. If my wife finds out, she’ll kill me.

— Henny Youngman

Never tell a secret to a bride or a groom wait until they have been married longer.

— E. W. Howe

I think you have to be willing to take a bullet for somebody if you’re going to stand up there, take your vows, and be married to them for the rest of your life.

— Blake Shelton

If you love somebody, you love them. My parents had a 25-year age gap between them and my mum was the breadwinner, my dad the house husband. I’m a strong believer that a good relationship can work, whatever the situation.

— Katherine Jenkins

Married people from my generation are like an endangered species!

— Patrice Leconte

That there’s no more important decision in life than who you marry.

— Brad Paisley

Marriage is a coming together for better or for worse, hopefully enduring, and intimate to the degree of being sacred.

— William O. Douglas

You marry somebody you love everything about them. You grow to learn about them. You never learn everything.

— Chris Daughtry

Love is not weakness. It is strong. Only the sacrament of marriage can contain it.

— Boris Pasternak

My mother and stepfather were married 43 years, so I have watched a long marriage. I feel like I had a very good role model for that. And, you know, it’s just a number.

— Jamie Lee Curtis

Love grows more tremendously full, swift, poignant, as the years multiply.

— Zane Grey

Each year on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth, America has the opportunity to reflect on our nation’s progress towards the realization of his dream.

— Adam Schiff

So I think you have to marry for the right reasons, and marry the right person.

— Anne Bancroft

Next month, I will celebrate my 30th anniversary of marriage with my beautiful bride, Vicki. Our marriage has been a blessing. I have gained even more respect for the institution over the past 3 decades and will defend it against attack.

— Todd Tiahrt

But to sustain a marriage for 50 years, you have to get real a little bit and find someone who is understanding and who you can grow with. My mom always says, ‘Marry the man who loves you a millimeter more.’

— Ali Larter

We had a relationship that lasted 44 years. Herbert and I lived together 10 years before we were married. He always gave me a little heart for whatever anniversary.

— Uta Hagen

The day before the anniversary of D-Day, we lost a man who was equaled by few and surpassed by none as a leader in the cause of freedom: Ronald Reagan.

— Mac Thornberry

Last week, the House of Representatives passed a resolution honoring the victims and heroes of September 11th. As we commemorate the anniversary of 9-11, we must also remember that the threat is still very real today.

— Michael McCaul

Since I wrote to you last we have got our chapel beautifully lighted with gas and have had our anniversary.

— John Hawley

So while an incredible amount of progress has been made, on this fifth anniversary, I wanted to come here and tell the people of this city directly: My administration is going to stand with you – and fight alongside you – until the job is done. Until New Orleans is all the way back, all the way.

— Barack Obama

I’ve been sober for two-and-a-half years, My children are happy. In August, my wife and I will celebrate our fifteenth wedding anniversary. My band is back together with a sold-out tour.

— Trey Anastasio

I have for some time urged that a nuclear abolition summit to mark the effective end of the nuclear era be convened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the 70th anniversary of the bombings of those cities, with the participation of national leaders and representatives of global civil society.

— Daisaku Ikeda

And this year is going to be the 25th anniversary of the 17-0 team, the only undefeated season.

— Don Shula

The London games mark the 24th anniversary of my winning two golds and setting the world record in the heptathlon. Someone is going to want it records are made to be broken – it’s only a matter of time. I hope mine will outlive me.

— Jackie Joyner-Kersee

We can’t forget what happened on May 4th, 1970, when four students gave up their lives because they had the American constitutional right of peaceful protest. They gave up their lives. And to sing that song in that spot on that anniversary was very emotional for us.

— Graham Nash

See, the ‘On the Road’ that came out in 1957 was censored. A lot of the honesty of it, the bitter honesty, is in the original scroll version that came out in 2007 on the 50-year anniversary. Back then, there was so much post-Second World War fear that was imposed on everybody – ‘You must live life this way’ – and these guys were bored.

— Garrett Hedlund

The chances of a reunion now are less likely. I was thinking of having a 40th anniversary of the band, but now they are really another band, so it’s all a bit weird.

— Alvin Lee

On this important anniversary, we must remember that while we have come a long way in eliminating barriers, critical work remains to ensure all Americans can live up to their full potential.

— Jim Ramstad

And currently, there are four to five new works in the pipeline for upcoming celebrations such as the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Australian Federation, my 50th Birthday, and Sydney Dance Company’s 25th Anniversary.

— Graeme Murphy

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the Peace Corps as it reached its 45th anniversary on March 1, 2006.

— Solomon Ortiz

Perhaps a hundred people assembled one evening, May 15, 1876, at the time when the country was celebrating the hundredth anniversary of its political independence.

— Felix Adler

Presently, the Commission for Commemorating 350 Years of American Jewish History has been brought about to encourage and sponsor a variety of historical activities that advance our understanding of the American Jewish experience as it marks this milestone anniversary.

— Jon Porter

I am so excited this year getting to play the 85th Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Everyone knows on Thanksgiving morning to get up, turn on the TV and watch the parade, so to be an actual participant is going to be fun and I’m looking forward to it. I am gonna have to put on my deer hunting gear, though, to stay warm!

— Rodney Atkins

I was always very grateful to ’em and am grateful to ’em now. I went back a couple of years ago and did their 20th anniversary show. But the longer I stayed on Hee Haw, the worse things got for me musically.

— Buck Owens

June 2005 is the five year anniversary of the debut of Battle Pope.

— Robert Kirkman

It is a matter of public shame that while we have now commemorated our hundredth anniversary, not one in every ten children attending Public schools throughout the colonies is acquainted with a single historical fact about Australia.

— Henry Lawson

As the third anniversary of the September 11th attacks draws near we must ensure our nation is prepared to handle the continued threat of violence and terrorism on our country.

— Leonard Boswell

This anniversary serves to help remind the American people that, in the wake of one of the greatest political scandals and misuse of power in our history as a nation, scandal produced important reforms that served this nation well for two decades.

— Elliot Richardson

I didn’t make my first solo record until 1981 so I don’t have any 60’s or 70’s recordings but I am working on a large boxed set called DUST to be released next year, the 20th anniversary of my first solo record.

— Adrian Belew

Actually, the year anniversary of what you just heard, my son Grahame and I are going to be in a play together, and I’m acting for the first time in front of an audience that doesn’t consist of a high school drama class.

— Phil Lesh

This year, as we celebrate the 230th anniversary of America’s independence, please remember the symbols that are sacred to this country. Fly Old Glory high and show your respect and admiration for this great nation and the values we hold dear.

— Kenny Marchant

On July 18, we will mark the 12th anniversary of the senseless loss of 85 lives in the bombing of the Jewish Cultural Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

— Tom Lantos

I did that Dior Couture 60th anniversary show in July. It took so long to get ready, I think I would have rather been watching.

— Linda Evangelista

I feel there should have been some recognition of the Spice Girls at this year’s 25th anniversary. We flew the flag for Britain around the globe in the 1990s and we achieved a hell of a lot.

— Melanie Chisholm

It was very hard for all of us. It’s still very hard. The anniversary of his death just passed, and every single one of his friends, still, after all these years… it’s unbelievable.

— Eydie Gorme

My last trip to New Orleans was for the fifth anniversary of Katrina, and I had the awesome opportunity to bring my family down. We all worked on a house together and met some of the families.

— AnnaLynne McCord

1 month ago the American people stopped to remember the third anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq war. We thought first and foremost of the selflessness, patriotism and heroism by our troops, our National Guard and Reserves.

— Rosa DeLauro

Both the Obama and Romney campaigns said they pulled all their political ads today in observance of the September 11th anniversary. But politics wasn’t very far offstage. The Obama campaign sees foreign policy as an advantage this year.

— Mara Liasson

The 150th anniversary of Penn State will highlight what is important and good about this distinguished institution and the fine people and research that it produces.

— Don Sherwood

Yellow Moon’ was a poem. My wife at the time, Joel – she’s dead now – it was our 25th anniversary. She had the chance to go on a cruise with her sister. And I’m home with the kids and looking up, and I saw the big moon, and I just started writing.

— Aaron Neville

Easter’ is a movable event, calculated by the relative positions of sun and moon, an impossible way of fixing year by year the anniversary of a historical event, but a very natural and indeed inevitable way of calculating a solar festival. These changing dates do not point to the history of a man, but to the hero of a solar myth.

— Annie Besant

I am honored to be one of this year’s Urbanworld ambassadors for the festival’s 20th anniversary, joining my friend David Oyelowo. I have always had a special relationship with Urbanworld, back to my days as a festival publicist to previewing my earlier films and now as an ambassador.

— Ava DuVernay

I didn’t make my first solo record until 1981 so I don’t have any 60’s or 70’s recordings but I am working on a large boxed set called DUST to be released next year, the 20th anniversary of my first solo record.

— Adrian Belew

My last trip to New Orleans was for the fifth anniversary of Katrina, and I had the awesome opportunity to bring my family down. We all worked on a house together and met some of the families.

— AnnaLynne McCord

Each year on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth, America has the opportunity to reflect on our nation’s progress towards the realization of his dream.

— Adam Schiff

The chances of a reunion now are less likely. I was thinking of having a 40th anniversary of the band, but now they are really another band, so it’s all a bit weird.

— Alvin Lee

I love my wife, she deserves anything and everything.

— Aaron Spelling

So I think you have to marry for the right reasons, and marry the right person.

— Anne Bancroft

So while an incredible amount of progress has been made, on this fifth anniversary, I wanted to come here and tell the people of this city directly: My administration is going to stand with you – and fight alongside you – until the job is done. Until New Orleans is all the way back, all the way.

— Barack Obama

For our anniversary, my wife and I went to see Godzilla, and then we ate at Barnyard Venice, and it was like, ‘We are crazy! The Kardashians have to keep up with us!’

— Bill Hader

I think you have to be willing to take a bullet for somebody if you’re going to stand up there, take your vows, and be married to them for the rest of your life.

— Blake Shelton

Yes, it was love at first sight. I feel that after all these years, I have finally found my soul mate.

— Barbara Hershey

Windows 95 had its 20th anniversary last year, so we got our hands on an old system and showed it to teenagers who were not even alive in 1995. The results were pretty great and also makes you feel quite old.

— Benny Fine

I was always very grateful to ’em and am grateful to ’em now. I went back a couple of years ago and did their 20th anniversary show. But the longer I stayed on Hee Haw, the worse things got for me musically.

— Buck Owens

On the 11th anniversary of 9/11, it is some consolation that the man most responsible for that terrible morning will not be smiling smugly to himself as satellite TV brings to the leafy boulevards of Abbottabad the somber images of New Yorkers commemorating those who perished in the Twin Towers.

— Bobby Ghosh

Despite what Washington thinks or does on this 15th anniversary, we the people will never forget those who perished and the lessons learned on Sept. 11, 2001.

— Chuck Norris

I don’t feel guilty about the music I love. If you feel guilty about something you dig, then you should stop feeling guilty about it. One of my favorite albums to this day is the 10th anniversary ensemble cast of ‘Les Miserables,’ the ultimate cast recording, and it is still something I love listening to top to bottom.

— Corey Taylor

I think long-lasting, healthy relationships are more important than the idea of marriage. At the root of every successful marriage is a strong partnership.

— Carson Daly

In 1966, I bought my parents a carriage clock for their silver wedding anniversary. It was last wound 30 years later, in December 1996, the month my father died.

— Clive Sinclair

I have for some time urged that a nuclear abolition summit to mark the effective end of the nuclear era be convened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the 70th anniversary of the bombings of those cities, with the participation of national leaders and representatives of global civil society.

— Daisaku Ikeda

The most important part of the process of mourning is regularly reciting kaddish in a synagogue. Kaddish is a doxology, which Jewish tradition has mandated children to recite daily in a synagogue during the year of mourning for a deceased parent and then on the anniversary of his or her death thereafter.

— David Novak

And this year is going to be the 25th anniversary of the 17-0 team, the only undefeated season.

— Don Shula

I worked with Dionne Warwick, did shows with Bette Midler, and then I did the 25th anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Springsteen at the Garden. It was all important stuff because you want people to know you can work, you can sing, and you can still look good!

— Darlene Love

You were made perfectly to be loved – and surely I have loved you, in the idea of you, my whole life long.

— Elizabeth Barrett Browning

It was very hard for all of us. It’s still very hard. The anniversary of his death just passed, and every single one of his friends, still, after all these years… it’s unbelievable.

— Eydie Gorme

Perhaps a hundred people assembled one evening, May 15, 1876, at the time when the country was celebrating the hundredth anniversary of its political independence.

— Felix Adler

See, the ‘On the Road’ that came out in 1957 was censored. A lot of the honesty of it, the bitter honesty, is in the original scroll version that came out in 2007 on the 50-year anniversary. Back then, there was so much post-Second World War fear that was imposed on everybody – ‘You must live life this way’ – and these guys were bored.

— Garrett Hedlund

We can’t forget what happened on May 4th, 1970, when four students gave up their lives because they had the American constitutional right of peaceful protest. They gave up their lives. And to sing that song in that spot on that anniversary was very emotional for us.

— Graham Nash

Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who can’t sleep with the window shut, and a woman who can’t sleep with the window open.

— George Bernard Shaw

And currently, there are four to five new works in the pipeline for upcoming celebrations such as the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Australian Federation, my 50th Birthday, and Sydney Dance Company’s 25th Anniversary.

— Graeme Murphy

Strike an average between what a woman thinks of her husband a month before she marries him and what she thinks of him a year afterward, and you will have the truth about him.

— H. L. Mencken

I’ve been in love with the same woman for forty-one years. If my wife finds out, she’ll kill me.

— Henny Youngman

It is a matter of public shame that while we have now commemorated our hundredth anniversary, not one in every ten children attending Public schools throughout the colonies is acquainted with a single historical fact about Australia.

— Henry Lawson

After 45 years of marriage, when I have an argument with my wife, if we don’t agree, we do what she wants. But, when we agree, we do what I want!

— Jacques Pepin

My mother and stepfather were married 43 years, so I have watched a long marriage. I feel like I had a very good role model for that. And, you know, it’s just a number.

— Jamie Lee Curtis

Presently, the Commission for Commemorating 350 Years of American Jewish History has been brought about to encourage and sponsor a variety of historical activities that advance our understanding of the American Jewish experience as it marks this milestone anniversary.

— Jon Porter

In 1987, the United States celebrates the bicentennial anniversary of the constitutional convention that provided the basic rules for the American political order. This convention was one of the very few historical examples in which political rules were deliberately chosen.

— James M. Buchanan

Introduced to this world in Llandyssul, Cardiganshire, Wales, November 14, 1843, I celebrated my first anniversary by landing at Castle Garden, in New York City.

— Jenkin Lloyd Jones

The only big things I’ve purchased are my dad’s heart valve and a Rolls-Royce for my parents, for their anniversary. And that was only because my dad had a Lady Gaga license plate on our old car and it was making me crazy because he was getting followed everywhere, so I bought him a new car.

— Lady Gaga

I did that Dior Couture 60th anniversary show in July. It took so long to get ready, I think I would have rather been watching.

— Linda Evangelista

It definitely wasn’t like, ‘Hey, I’m going to steal that, and nobody’s going to know.’ The original ‘T.R.O.Y.’ came out in 1992, and it was like a 20th anniversary kind of thing. All of those intentions were there for it to be resurrecting a classic for a new generation. I tried to honor it.

— Lupe Fiasco

I love the institution of marriage, and I love my marriage.

— Kyle Chandler

America’s got a Darwin problem – and it matters. According to a 2009 Gallup poll taken on the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth, fewer than 40% of Americans are willing to say that they ‘believe in evolution.’

— Kenneth R. Miller

This year, as we celebrate the 230th anniversary of America’s independence, please remember the symbols that are sacred to this country. Fly Old Glory high and show your respect and admiration for this great nation and the values we hold dear.

— Kenny Marchant

After about 20 years of marriage, I’m finally starting to scratch the surface of what women want. And I think the answer lies somewhere between conversation and chocolate.

— Mel Gibson

Mom and Dad were married 64 years. And if you wondered what their secret was, you could have asked the local florist – because every day Dad gave Mom a rose, which he put on her bedside table. That’s how she found out what happened on the day my father died – she went looking for him because that morning, there was no rose.

— Mitt Romney

The day before the anniversary of D-Day, we lost a man who was equaled by few and surpassed by none as a leader in the cause of freedom: Ronald Reagan.

— Mac Thornberry

Last week, the House of Representatives passed a resolution honoring the victims and heroes of September 11th. As we commemorate the anniversary of 9-11, we must also remember that the threat is still very real today.

— Michael McCaul

To mark the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, I wanted to launch an FDNY shirt that pays tribute to the brave first responders who, like my father, risk their lives in the line of duty on a regular basis. All of the proceeds raised from the sale of the T-shirt benefit the New York Police & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund.

— Mark Sanchez

Every year, I am conscious of the anniversary of my 1974 World Trade Center walk.

— Philippe Petit

A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity. The order varies for any given year.

— Paul Sweeney

Actually, the year anniversary of what you just heard, my son Grahame and I are going to be in a play together, and I’m acting for the first time in front of an audience that doesn’t consist of a high school drama class.

— Phil Lesh

In 1998, Vanity Fair asked me to write a big piece for them on the 50th anniversary of the New York City Ballet. My life, to a great extent, had been spent at and with the New York City Ballet, and I decided to try it. It was very scary, writing about something I loved so much and had such strong opinions about.

— Robert Gottlieb

I am so excited this year getting to play the 85th Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Everyone knows on Thanksgiving morning to get up, turn on the TV and watch the parade, so to be an actual participant is going to be fun and I’m looking forward to it. I am gonna have to put on my deer hunting gear, though, to stay warm!

— Rodney Atkins

1 month ago the American people stopped to remember the third anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq war. We thought first and foremost of the selflessness, patriotism and heroism by our troops, our National Guard and Reserves.

— Rosa DeLauro

I think when I first realized that something interesting had happened was probably in 1994. There was a 25th anniversary of the ARPANET celebration and… somebody asked the question, ‘Where did email come from?’ I remembered that I had done this little program back in 1971. People looked back and nobody could find anything that predated it.

— Ray Tomlinson

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the Peace Corps as it reached its 45th anniversary on March 1, 2006.

— Solomon Ortiz

In the primitive church, it was customary for the Holy Eucharist to be celebrated on the anniversary of the death of a martyr – if possible, on his tomb.

— Sabine Baring-Gould

I want to tell Jamaica, Happy 50th Anniversary.

— Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

I think we take it for granted that if you are with your husband after 30 years, then he is the love of your life.

— Sue Townsend

Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years.

— Simone Signoret

David Letterman was my guy growing up. My parents recorded the tenth anniversary special for me, and I watched it 40 times.

— Timothy Simons

It was less in pity than in anger that the world was moved by the photograph of little Alan Kurdi, that dead three-year-old Syrian refugee boy whose name we’re all remembering now on the first anniversary of his drowning, along with his five-year-old brother Galip and their mother Rehanna.

— Terry Glavin

In the spring of 1984, I went to the northwest of France, to Normandy, to prepare an NBC documentary on the 40th anniversary of D-Day.

— Tom Brokaw

My intention still is to write a play to commemorate, possibly rather skeptically, the 50th anniversary of the Russian revolution. I started it at the beginning of 1966, but confronted with the enormous importance and reality of that revolution, I absolutely boggle. I don’t know what to do about it.

— Tom Stoppard

My husband and I went to Bald Head Island for our four-year anniversary. We spent the night in bed with champagne, tequila and Krispy Kreme doughnuts and watched a boxing match on Showtime.

— Teri Polo

On July 18, we will mark the 12th anniversary of the senseless loss of 85 lives in the bombing of the Jewish Cultural Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

— Tom Lantos

Actually, the year 2000 is our 25th anniversary of doing Captain & Tennille. I can’t believe it. It’s like, how is this possible?

— Toni Tennille

We are not the same persons this year as last nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.

— W. Somerset Maugham

I dated a lot, but I never really had anyone who was worthy of an anniversary. And most girlfriends never made it to a year, anyway.

— Wale

Marriage is a coming together for better or for worse, hopefully enduring, and intimate to the degree of being sacred.

— William O. Douglas

Love grows more tremendously full, swift, poignant, as the years multiply.

— Zane Grey
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