Make a 50th Wedding Anniversary Toast Even More Special

Use Some of These 21 Quotes About Long-Lasting Love

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Watching a young couple in love is joy, but watching an aging couple in love is bliss. When a couple has cherished their marriage for 50 years, it certainly calls for a special anniversary event. If you're the one giving the toast, you'll want to plan your speech in advance. It's good to keep a celebratory toast under five minutes to keep the event light and fun. And focus on honoring the couple while shying away from embarrassing anecdotes that could make someone uncomfortable.

Sprinkle in a toast quote or two in your speech to help you express your joy at the occasion and make it extra poignant, whether you're a child of the couple, the party host, or one of the gold-anniversary betrothed.


"Newlyweds become 'oldyweds,' and 'oldyweds' are the reasons that families work."

“You are the parents that all kids hope to have; you are the couple that all lovers hope to be; and you both are the pillars of support that every family wishes it had." 

"Never laugh at your wife’s choices. You are one of them.”

"Love is like an earthquake—unpredictable, a little scary, but when the hard part is over you realize how lucky you truly are."

“You don’t marry someone you can live with. You marry the person who you cannot live without.”

"Moonlight and roses are bound to fade for every lover and every maid, but the bond that holds in any weather is learning how to laugh."

"A toast to love and laughter and happily ever after."

Felix Adler

"Love is the expansion of two natures in such fashion that each includes as the other; each is enriched by the other."

Pearl S. Buck

"A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love."

Mahatma Gandhi

“Where there is love there is life.”

Erich Fromm

"Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says, 'I need you because I love you.'"

Greek Proverb

"The heart that loves is always young."

Mignon McLaughlin

"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person."

Ricardo Montalban

“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.”

Rita Rudner

"In Hollywood, a marriage is a success if it outlasts milk."

"It's so great to find one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life."

Paul Sweeney

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

James Thurber

"Love is what you've been through with somebody."

Themis Tolis

“To love is nothing. To be loved is something. But to love and be loved, that’s everything.”

Vincent van Gogh

"Love is something eternal—the aspect may change, but not the essence."

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