90 Quotes About Marriage and Money

November 20, 2023

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Marriage is a big step for many couples, especially when it comes to finances. In fact, fights about money are often cited as the number one predictor of divorce. That’s where quotes about marriage and money can help set the tone and even break the ice on these weighty topics.  

There’s no one-size-fits-all guide to money and marriage. It’s all about working together and achieving your goals, whether that’s in financial matters or otherwise. 

Have you been married for a while? These quotes are for you, too! We've all heard the saying that teamwork makes the dream work, and that's true whether you're about to tie the knot or celebrate a milestone anniversary.

Use these quotes about marriage and money as a springboard to discuss a variety of topics that impact your financial future.

Our Favorite Quotes about Marriage and Money

There's a lot to tackle when it comes to marriage and money. Deciding whether to keep your finances separate or to combine your accounts is a hot topic. Then, of course, there's goal setting, tackling debt, and budgeting–maybe with our favorite apps!

If you and your partner have been together for a long time, you might be having conversations about becoming millionaires or building generational wealth. You might also be looking at couples counseling to make sure your marriage continues to thrive.

These quotes are perfect discussion starters for couples at different stages of their relationship.

Encouraging Words on Marriage and Money

  1. “Money is either the best or the worst area of communication in our marriages.” —Larry Burkett
  2. “The very process of establishing a workable budget can help a hurting marriage simply because of the level of communication and cooperation it takes.” —Dave Ramsey
  3. “Making a budget is much easier than sticking to one.” —Jonni McCoy
  4. “Unconditional love is priceless.” —Suzy Kassem
  5. “There can be nothing without love. No money, no power. Love is very important. When you wake up in the morning, you need to know that somebody else is waking up, thinking of you.” —Giorgio Armani
  6. “You don’t need money or power or any other advantage to get by in this world; love is all you need.” —Melchor Lim
  7. “Money is not needed for a rich life. You only need to have a loving family and good friends by your side.” —Anonymous
  8. “A little thought of love is often worth more than a great deal of money.” —John Ruskin 
  9. “Every girl would like to marry a rich husband. I did twice. But what divides girls into two groups is this question—do you first think of money and then love, or vice versa?” —Hedy Lamarr
  10. “It is better in times of need to have a friend rather than money.” —Greek proverb
  11. “Communication to a relationship is like oxygen to life. Without it…it dies.” —Tony Gaskins
  12. “As long as you understand that you find happiness through family, friends and love, then money is just a nice bonus.” —Ian Gruffudd
  13. “Nobody works as hard for his money as the man who marries it.” —Kin Hubbard
  14. “In marriage do thou be wise: prefer the person before money, virtue before beauty, the mind before the body; then thou hast a wife, a friend, a companion, a second self.” —William Penn
  15. “What is Love? I have met in the streets a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, the water passed through his shoes and the stars through his soul.” —Victor Hugo

Quotes About Wealth and Marriage

  1. “If you marry a monkey for his wealth, the money goes, but the monkey remains as is” —Egyptian proverb
  2. “What is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself?” —Luke 9:25
  3. “Love is a choice you make every day.” —Gary Chapman
  4. “Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail.” —Kinky Friedman
  5. “Money can feed the body. Love will feed the soul.” —Toni Payne
  6. “There is so much more to marriage than who makes the money. Some of the hardest parts don’t come with a paycheck.” —Michelle M. Pillow
  7. “This would be a much better world if more married couples were as deeply in love as they are in debt.” —Earl Wilson
  8. “Love doesn’t care how much money you have.” —Rumer Willis
  9. “Love makes strangers loved ones whereas money makes beloved ones strangers.” —Abhishek Verma
  10. “You are not what you do for money. You are what you do for love.” —Catherine Louise Birmingham
  11. “Money can’t buy happiness, but it will certainly get you a better class of memories.” —Ronald Reagan
  12. “A relationship is like a bank. When you have deposited money, you can make a withdrawal. If you don’t have money, your check will bounce.” —Pastor Albert Ocran
  13. “Marriage doesn’t make you happy–you make your marriage happy.” —Dr. Les & Leslie Parrott
  14. “The first time you marry for love, the second for money, and the third for companionship.” —Jacqueline Kennedy
  15. “See, a marriage needs love. And God. And a little money. That’s all. The rest you can deal with. It’s not about black or white.” —James McBride 

Enlightening Quotes on the Realities of Marriage

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  1. “Marriage is work. Marriage is a career. It’s not an adventure, you do more before five than most folks do all day.” —Sinbad
  2. “Only married people can understand how you can be miserable and happy at the same time.” —Chris Rock
  3. “I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.” —Rita Rudner
  4. “For marriage to be a success, every woman and every man should have their own bathroom. The end.” —Catherine Zeta-Jones
  5. “I married for love but the obvious side benefit of havings someone around to find my glasses cannot be ignored.” —Cameron Esposito
  6. “How in hell can you handle love without turning your life upside down? That’s what love does, it changes everything.” —Lauren Bacall
  7. “The more you invest in a marriage, the more valuable it becomes.” —Amy Grant
  8. “Marriages, like a garden, take time to grow. But the harvest is rich unto those who patiently and tenderly care for the ground.” —Darlene Schacht 
  9. “There are a hundred paths through the world that are easier than loving. But who wants easier?” —Mary Oliver
  10. “Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife.” —Franz Schubert
  11. “To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” —Mark Twain
  12. “Marriage is the most natural state of man, and the state in which you will find solid happiness.” —Benjamin Franklin
  13. “What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are but how you deal with incompatibility.” —Leo Tolstoy
  14. “One should believe in marriage as in the immortality of the soul.” —Honoré de Balzac
  15. “A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love.” —Pearl S. Buck 

Quotes About Money and Marriage … and Divorce

  1. “Don’t fight about money because after you’ve said mean things to each other, the amount of money in the bank will be the same” —Anonymous
  2. “If you don't fight with your spouse, then you're missing out on the opportunity to learn more about what really matters to them.” —Penn Holderness
  3. “The handling of finances is one of the major emotional battlegrounds of any marriage. Lack of finances is seldom the issue. The root problem seems to be an unrealistic and immature view of money” —David Augsburger
  4. “The main thing to remember is that most matters concerning money in a relationship are not really about money at all.” —Anonymous
  5. “I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.” —Og Mandino 
  6. “If you choose money over love, you will always be poor.” —Anonymous
  7. “Use money and love people. Don’t use people and love money.” —Joseph Prince
  8. “They that marry for money cannot have the true satisfaction of marriage; the requisite means being wanting.” —William Penn
  9. “Politics, war, marriage, crime, adultery. Everything that exists in the world has something to do with money.” —Graham Greene
  10. “There will be many chapters in your life. Don't get lost in the one you're in now.” —Unknown
  11. Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation.” —Oscar Wilde
  12. “A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.” —Jonathan Swift
  13. “Empathy is simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of you’re not alone.” —Brene Brown
  14. “Commitment is an act, not a word.” —Jean-Paul Sartre
  15. “Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.“ —Albert Einstein
  16. “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage..” —Lao Tzu
  17. “The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.”  —Harry Golden
  18. “There are massive changes that come with divorce. You can look at it as your life is over or you can look at it your life 2.0 is beginning.” —Cat Collins

More Love Over Money Quotes

  1. “I believe my life’s gonna see, the love I give returned to me.” —John Mayer
  2. “Love your spouse more than you love your career, hobbies, and money. That other stuff can’t love you back.” —Anonymous
  3. “Marriage is a partnership, and couples can’t win with money unless they budget as a team.” —Dave Ramsey
  4. “A real woman is not impressed by money because she knows her love is priceless.” —Anonymous
  5. “Before borrowing money from your loved ones, decide which you need most.” —Anonymous
  6. “Money is number and numbers never end. If it takes money to search love, your search will never end.” —Robert Nesta Marley
  7. “A simple ‘I love you' means more than money.” —Frank Sinatra
  8. “Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.” —Oscar Wilde
  9. “In poverty I promise to make our love rich in wealth; I promise not to let our love grow poor.” —Anonymous
  10. “Through good times and bad. In sickness and in health. Whether rich or poor. You and me, babe, we’re in this forever. And there’s no one on earth I’d rather have by my side through it all than you.” —Fawn Weaver 
  11. “A good marriage is one where each partner secretly suspects they got the better deal.” —Anonymous
  12. “A perfect relationship isn't actually perfect, it's just that both people never give up.” —Anonymous
  13. “Honesty is the highest form of intimacy.” —Unknown
  14. “You are lucky if you have found real love. You already are rich.” —Anonymous
  15. “Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go.” —Mother Teresa
  16. “Marriage is not a noun; it's a verb. It isn't something you get. It's something you do.” —Barbara De Angelis
  17. “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.” —Oprah Winfrey

Read on to find motivational quotes on how you can master money issues in your marriage. 

More Quotes About the Value of Money in a Marriage

  1. “Money is like love; it kills slowly and painfully the one who withholds it, and enlivens the other who turns it on his fellow man.” —Kahlil Gibran
  2. “The goal in marriage is not to think alike, but to think together.” —Robert C. Dodds
  3. “No one has ever become poor by giving.” —Anne Frank
  4. “There are people who have money and people who are rich.” —Coco Chanel
  5. “Beauty can get a woman what she wants: love and money. But when beauty leaves you, so can the things it brought.” —Paulina Porizkova 
  6. “Love shouldn’t make a beggar of one. I wouldn’t want love if I had to beg for it, to barter or qualify it. And I should despise it if anyone ever begged for my love. Love is something that must be given — it can’t be bought with words or pity, or even reason.” —Jacqueline Susann
  7. “A true lover always feels in debt to the one he loves.” —Ralph W. Sockman
  8. “Our goals can only be reaching through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” —Pablo Picasso
  9. “Love lives in the humblest of places. It doesn’t matter how big your house is, how nice your car is, how big your bank vault is… it only matters how much your heart can hold.”  —Kate McGahan
  10. “I give you my hand, I give you my love more precious than money, I give you myself before preaching or law; Will you give me yourself?” —Walt Whitman
  11. “I don’t need an overpowering, powerful, rich man to feel secure. I’d much rather have a man who is there for me, who really loves me, who is growing, who is real.” —Bianca Jagger 
  12. “Marriage is a risk; I think it’s a great and glorious risk, as long as you embark on the adventure in the same spirit.” —Cate Blanchett
  13. “Love becomes more enjoyable when you know each other, watch each other grow and grow together.” —Jay Shetty

Final Thoughts on Quotes About Marriage and Money

Each marriage is as unique as the two people pledged to one another. I hope you’ve found these marriage and money quotes encouraging and helpful in your journey. 

If you’d like to learn more about making money, protecting your family, and growing your love, check out my Marriage Kids and Money Podcast. Life is about learning from others and when we share our ideas, great things can happen!


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Andy Hill

Andy Hill, AFC® is the award-winning family finance coach behind Marriage Kids and Money - a platform dedicated to helping families build wealth and happiness. With millions of podcast downloads and video views, Andy’s message of family financial empowerment has resonated with listeners, readers and viewers across the world. When he's not "talking money", Andy enjoys being a Soccer Dad, singing karaoke with his wife and relaxing on his hammock.

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