Maggie Gallagher ***************They say it takes a village to raise a child.That may be the case, but the truth is that it takes a lot of solid, stable marriages to create a village.Al Gore, June, 2001 *****************The principal objective of American government at every level should be to see that children are born into intact families and that they remain so.

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"Senator Bill Hardiman, chair, Greater Grand Rapids Community Marriage Policy*************** The secret to having a good marriage is to understand that marriage must be total, it must be permanent, and it must be equal.

Frank Pittman ************* Optimism is America's birthright....

Diane Sollee, *************** When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.

Karl Menninger**************Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person, they are almost indistinguishable.

The way that my wife is acting toward me says more about me than it does about her. ***************One dollar up front prevents the spending of many dollars down the road.

It says something about her too, but if I can focus on my half of the equation, I’ll make way more progress in resolving conflict and building a healthy relationship. Marion Wright Edelman, Children's Defense Fund **************** You need only do three things in this country to avoid poverty - finish high school, marry before having a child, and marry after the age of 20.Frank Pittman **************** Or, put another way, and 'borrowed' from Pittman: Why is it that people get married? Your life will not go unwitnessed - because I will be your witness.” **************** I knew couples who’d been married almost forever – forty, fifty, sixty years. They’d be tending each other’s illnesses, filling in each other’s faulty memories, dealing with the money troubles or the daughter’s suicide, or the grandson’s drug addiction. I’d have hung on then; I swear I would.” Anne Tyler, "A Patchwork Planet" *************The heart of marriage is memories.And I was beginning to suspect that it made no difference whether they’d married the right person. You’ve signed on with her, put in a half century with her, grown to know her as well as you know yourself or even better, and she’s become the right person. Bill Cosby************** I now think of marriage like I think about living in my home state of Minnesota.Heritage.org*************I was talking to a friend who said she wants her children to be able to look back and say, "I want a great marriage like my Mom and Dad had." That struck me. " It reminds me of my responsibilityto be a good husband. handbook*************My dad told me on the day of my wedding, ' Never go in a place that you wouldn't take your wife.' David Gibbs, Mt.I think we have a good marriage but do we put each other down sometimes? Juliet, TN, married 51 years*************Don't be a buzz kill.It wasn't then - but it sure is now." Ann Meara, New York Times ***************** For most people, a life lived alone, with passing strangers or passing lovers, is incoherent and ultimately unbearable. But in a marriage, you’re promising to care about everything…