An anniversary is more than just another trip around the sun with your partner in tow. It’s a reaffirmation of your bond. It’s a special moment. It means you made it through hiccups and joys of another year and you’re still together. That’s worth celebrating.
Anniversaries are a time to express gratitude for your relationship, but it can be difficult to find exactly the right words. We pulled over 70 of our favorite anniversary quotes to help inspire the words you’ll share with your partner on this special date.
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.
A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity. The order varies for any given year.
There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.
An anniversary is a reminder as to why you love and married this person.
―Zoe Foster Blake
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
Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years.
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 love my wife, she deserves anything and everything.
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.
We concentrate so much on anniversaries and birthdays that you forget it’s the Tuesday that’s tough that really counts. Sometimes she just needs some flowers or even just that ear. It’s the little things that count. It’s the regular days of the year that you have to keep your attention on her.
―BJ the Chicago Kid
That there’s no more important decision in life than who you marry.
I love marriage. I think it’s a wonderful institution and it’s the most important decision you make.
Marriage is a coming together for better or for worse, hopefully enduring, and intimate to the degree of being sacred.
―William O. Douglas
Truth is everybody is going to hurt you: you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.
I’m lucky in having found the perfect partner to spend my life with.
The relationship between husband and wife should be one of closest friends.
―B. R. Ambedkar
Every good relationship, especially marriage, is based on respect. If it’s not based on respect, nothing that appears to be good will last very long.
True love doesn’t happen right away; it’s an ever-growing process. It develops after you’ve gone through many ups and downs, when you’ve suffered together, cried together, laughed together.
True love stories never have endings.
Life is a game and true love is a trophy.
True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.
Only true love can fuel the hard work that awaits you.
I do believe in one true love.
I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because 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.
― Nora Ephron, When Harry Met Sally
Love is not a maybe thing, you know when you love someone.
― Lauren Conrad
When you find a guy who calls you beautiful instead of hot, who calls you back when you hang up on him, who will stand in front of you when other’s cast stones, or will stay awake just to watch you sleep, who wants to show you off to the world when you are in sweats, who will hold your hand when your sick, who thinks your pretty without makeup, the one who turns to his friends and say, ‘that’s her’, the one that would bear your rejection because losing you means losing his will to live, who kisses you when you screw up, watches the stars and names one for you and will hold and rock that baby for hours so you can sleep…..you marry him all over again.
― Shannon Alder
I believe in the immeasurable power of love; that true love can endure any circumstance and reach across any distance.
― Steve Maraboli
So you do believe in… true love? she whispered.
I took a deep breath, I think I have to, I said, blinking back tears. Without it, we’re all going nowhere.
― Juliet Marillier
True love is supposed to make you into a better person-uplift you.
― Emily Griffin, Love the One You’re With
Falling in love is very real, but I used to shake my head when people talked about soul mates, poor deluded individuals grasping at some supernatural ideal not intended for mortals but sounded pretty in a poetry book. Then, we met, and everything changed, the cynic has become the converted, the sceptic, an ardent zealot.
― E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly
Whatever our souls are made of, yours and mine are the same.
I saw that you were perfect, and so I loved you. Then I saw that you were not perfect and I loved you even more.
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.
Love grows more tremendously full, swift, poignant, as the years multiply.
If equal affection cannot be, let the more loving one be me.
I wish there was a word more than ‘love’ itself to convey what I feel for you.
In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine.
As we grow older together, As we continue to change with age, There is one thing that will never change … I will always keep falling in love with you.
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. I love you for the part of me that you bring out.
I love you―I am at rest with you―I have come home.
—Dorothy L. Sayers
Love is an endless act of forgiveness. Forgiveness is me giving up the right to hurt you for hurting me.
Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.
The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.
Never above you. Never below you. Always beside you.
Nobody can predict the future. You just have to give your all to the relationship you’re in and do your best to take care of your partner, communicate and give them every last drop of love you have. I think one of the most important things in a relationship is caring for your significant other through good times and bad.
Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are magic.
You deserve someone who is terrified to lose you.
Fall in love with someone who makes you glad to be different.
In the end there doesn’t have to be anyone who understands you. There just has to be someone wants to.
The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.
―Carl Gustav Jung
Well, it seems to me that the best relationships―the ones that last―are frequently the ones that are rooted in friendship. You know, one day you look at the person and you see something more than you did the night before. Like a switch has been flicked somewhere. And the person who was just a friend is… suddenly the only person you can ever imagine yourself with.
It’s no good pretending that any relationship has a future if your record collections disagree violently or if your favorite films wouldn’t even speak to each other if they met at a party.
― Nick Hornby
Nothing in this world was more difficult than love.
―Gabriel García Márquez
I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.
You fit into me
like a hook into an eye
a fish hook
an open eye
― Margaret Atwood
Trust is the fruit of a relationship in which you know you are loved.
―William P. Young
Why don’t we break up? I guess I stay with her because she stays with me. And that’s not an easy thing to do.
―John Green, Looking for Alaska
He knew me in all the ways that truly mattered: the shape of my fears, the contours of my dreams.
―Justina Chen Headley
There isn’t time, so brief is life, for bickerings, apologies, heartburnings, callings to account. There is only time for loving, and but an instant, so to speak, for that.
You know someone’s right for you when the things they don’t have to say are even more important than the things they do.
Love doesn’t have to be on Valentine’s Day. It doesn’t have to be by the time you turn eighteen or thirty-three or fifty-nine. It doesn’t have to conform to whatever is usual. It doesn’t have to be kismet at once, or rhapsody by the third day. It just has to be. In time. In place. In spirt. It just has to be.
Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart’s desire; the other is to get it.
I’m done. I don’t need anything more out of life. I have you, and that’s enough.
The strength of a man isn’t seen in the power of his arms. It’s seen in the love with which he embraces you.
There is no mystery―that’s the beauty of it. We are entirely explicable to each other, and yet we stay. What a miracle that is.
If I lived a million lives, I would’ve felt a million feelings and I still would’ve fallen a million times for you.
―Robert M. Drake
I just want someone to hear what I have to say. And maybe if I talk long enough, it’ll make sense.
We’ve lost a lot of years, but you can’t lose love. Not real love. It stays locked inside you, ready for whenever you are strong enough to find it again.
I had a dream about you last night. I was alone on a dark night and you came to me as a firefly. I knew it was you because you were the brightest.
Love grows from stable relationships, shared experience, loyalty, devotion, trust.
There is nothing more beautiful than a vulnerable heart in open hands.
I loved you at your worst, and you were always at your worst. Nothing could stop me. Not even you.
An anniversary is a celebration of the triumph and tragedy of love.