Having It All

“The secret to having it all, is knowing that you already do!”
~ Egypt Sherrod,
Multi-media Personality, Author, Real Estate Expert & Philanthropist.
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A Marriage of Friendship & Passion

“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
a.k.a. Norma Jeane Mortenson,
Actress, Model, Singer, Humanitarian & Film Producer

Being Financially Independent Females

“Financial independence is paramount. My mom always says that when a woman is financially independent,
she has the ability to live life on her own terms. I think that was the soundest advice
that I ever got. No matter where you go in life or who you get married to,
you have to be financially independent – whether you use it or not.
~ Priyanka Chopra,
Actress, Singer, Film Producer, Philanthropist, Founder – Purple Pebble Pictures & Miss World 2000
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Keeping Their Sex Between the Two

“God says, ‘One woman, one man,’ and everyone says, ‘Oh, that’s old hat, that’s that old Bible stuff,'” ….
“But I’m thinking, well let’s see now. A clean guy – a disease-free guy and a disease-free woman –
they marry and they keep their sex between the two of them.
They’re not going to get chlamydia, and gonorrhea, and syphilis, and AIDS. It’s safe.”
~ Phil Robertson,
Professional Hunter, Businessman, & Reality Television Star

A Husband, a Father, a Son …

“I pray to be a good servant to God, a father, a husband, a son, a friend, a brother, an uncle,
a good neighbor, a good leader to those who look up to me, a good follower to those who are serving God and doing the right thing.”
~ Mark Wahlberg,
Actor, Producer, Businessman, Model, Rapper, Songwriter, Co-Owner – Wahlburgers,
Co-Founder – Performance Inspired & Founder – Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation

Partnering in Prayer

“Having a partner to agree in prayer about things coming up in the new year
brings a whole new level of relationship to the Lord.”
~ Carman,
a.k.a. Carmen Licciardello
Singer, Songwriter, Television Host, Author, Evangelist, GMA Dove Awards (6X), Gospel Music Hall of Fame (2018),
Charisma Magazine “Readers Choice Award”, RIAA Certified Platinum Video: “Revival In The Land”, Ampex Golden Reel Award : “Revival in The Land”
RIAA Certified Gold Recording: “Revival In The Land”, RIAA Certified Gold Recording: “The Champion”,
RIAA Certified Gold Recording: “Carman Live … Radically Saved”, RIAA Certified Gold Video: “Carman Live … Radically Saved”,
Co-Founder “Parable Christian Film Festival” & House of Hope Humanitarian Award (2004)

Precious, Valuable Treasures

“Our relationships are precious, valuable treasures from Heaven,
and we should handle them carefully, always looking for ways to build bridges to each others’ hearts.”
~ Victoria Osteen,
Co-Pastor – Lakewood Church, Author, Philanthropist &
Founder – Lakewood Church Women’s Ministry

Your Shared Future

“A ring means a commitment. But more than that, it means that you’ve talked about
your shared future and have decided together on a shared vision of it.”
~ Patti Stanger,
Businesswoman, Matchmaker, Author &
Founder & CEO – Millionaire’s Club International, Inc.

Not Ahead, Nor Behind

“One of the things I have always said about the man-woman relationship is
that I don’t want anybody to walk ahead of me, and I don’t want anybody to walk behind me.
I want a man who will walk along beside me.
And that’s how I feel about equal rights.”
~ Cicely Tyson,
Actress, Fashion Model, Tony Award – Best Actress in a Play (2013),
BFCA and SAG Awards (The Help, 2011), SAG Award nominations (4x, The Help, 2011)
NAACP’s Spingarn Medal (2010), Primetime Emmy Awards nominee (12x)
Drama Desk Award & Outer Critics Circle Award – Outstanding Actress in a Play
Academy & Golden Globe Awards – Best Actress nominee (Sounder, 1972), Continue reading “Not Ahead, Nor Behind”

Laugh & Be Friends

“Well, I think that’s one of the biggest secrets of marriage;
you have to be able to laugh and be friends.”
~ Priscilla Marie ‘Cece’ Winans Love,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Talk Show Host, Speaker,
Author, Dove Awards (23X) Stellar Awards (15X) & Grammy Awards (12X)

He’s Been in My Corner from the Time We Met

 

“I married somebody who is very secure.
He’s been in my corner from the time we met,
and we grew in this together.”
~ Susan Lucci,
Actress, Television Host, Author, Entrepreneur,
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (2005), Broadcasting Hall of Fame (2006),
Founder – The Susan Lucci Collection, Disney Legend (2015)

Life Together in the Years to Come

“If you’re going to get engaged make sure you’ve talked
to your partner about life together in the years to come.”
~ Patti Stanger,
Businesswoman, Matchmaker, Author &
Founder & CEO – Millionaire’s Club International, Inc

Belittling the Other Parent

“Spouses get divorced; children never do. They are always going to be the child of your ex.
So, the way you treat your ex, their parent, their other parent,
is, in a sense, the way you are treating them.
So, if you can connect those two things and realize
that by belittling the other parent, you’re belittling them.”
~ Robert Beeson,
Founder – Solo Parent Society

Waiting for Love

“Sometimes love takes a long time.
Wait for love and you’re gonna get the chance to love.
… When you take the chance on love, you see.
It’s not a waste of time, if you truly believe.”
~ Luther Vandross,
Singer, Songwriter & Record Producer

I Prayed, All Unafraid

“Dear God, I prayed, all unafraid (as we’re inclined to do),
I do not need a handsome man, but let him be like You;
I do not need one big and strong, nor yet so very tall,
nor need he be some genius, or wealthy, Lord, at all;
but let his head be high, dear God, and let his eye be clear,
his shoulders straight, whate’er his state, whate’er his earthly sphere;
and let his face have character, a ruggedness of soul,
and let his whole life show, dear God, a singleness of goal;
then when he comes (as he will come) with quiet eyes aglow,
I’ll understand that he’s the man I prayed for long ago.”
~ Ruth Bell Graham,
Philanthropist, Poet, Author & Painter

Love’s Call

“Love calls on you to do things you don’t want to do sometimes.
It calls on you to care for people you wouldn’t typically want to care for.
It causes you to go fishing with folks you don’t want to be around.”
~ Larnelle Harris,
Singer, Songwriter, Grammy Awards (5X) & Dove Awards (11X)

Some of the Most Beautiful Parts of Life

While single, I couldn’t believe “how much people would judge a woman’s worth
or judge how successful she is based on whether or not she’s married.
And I’m not slamming marriage — marriage and family are some of the most beautiful parts of my life.
But everybody meets their own person in their own time,
and I don’t think a woman should be looked at like,
‘Oh, you’re still not married?’ Why do people still think that way?!”
~ Holly Madison
Model, Showgirl, Television Personality & Author

Facing My Part, My Fault

“I went through a long period of time in that marriage
when I didn’t believe anything was my fault.
I had to face what my part was,
and only because of that difficult work
was I able to trust a man again.”
~ Connie Sellecca,
Actress, Producer, Spokesperson, Activist & Model

These Are My Best Years

“I used to think that my best years were my twenties.
But now I have the home of my dreams, the man of my dreams,
my daughter is grown, my mother is happy.
These are my best years. My sixties are my best years.
Age ain’t nothing but a number. It’s your attitude that counts.”
~ Monica Kaufman Pearson,
Television Broadcast Journalist, News Anchor (WSB-TV Atlanta, 37 yrs),
Radio Host, Guest Lecturer, College Instructor, Columnist & Emmy Awards (33X)

Our Best Days are Ahead

“I seriously feel like the best days are ahead,
and I like the idea of getting to do everything I did before but with
more knowledge, experience, and street smarts. There’s a certain love,
appreciation, and gratitude that you have at 40 that you don’t
have when you’re younger, and it makes every accomplishment feel so much better.”
~ Jennifer Lynn Lopez,
Actress, Author, Fashion Designer, Dancer, Producer & Singer

The Right Woman & The Right Time

“I always wanted to be a father and thought it would be great,
but it just took the right woman
and the right time to make it all happen.”
~ Matthew McConaughey,
Actor, Director, Producer, Writer &
Founder – just keep livin Foundation

A Big Reason for My Life

“People in love look into each other’s souls,
and it is that feeling that I try to capture when I sing.
I listen to the people.
That was a big reason for my life, maybe the main reason,
I’m singing because I love it when people say to me,
‘Thank you.’ I thank them. It’s a marriage.”
~ Julio Iglesias,
a.k.a. Julio José Iglesias de la Cueva
Singer, Songwriter, Guinness Record (3x),
2600+ Certified Gold and Platinum Albums,
Grammy Award, Latin Grammy, World Music Award,
Billboard Awards, Silver Gull, ASCAP,
American Music Award & Lo Nuestro Awards

YOUR Inner Peace

“If there’s no inner peace, people can’t give it to you.
The husband can’t give it to you. Your children can’t give it to you.
YOU have to give it to you.”
~ Linda Evans,
a,k,a. Linda Evanstad
Actress, Author & Golden Globe Award

He Recognized Destiny Calling

“I was a wife and a mother, and I was completely fulfilled.
But my husband recognized the signals in me which said,
“I’ve been doing enough gardening, I’ve cooked enough good dinners,
I’ve sat around the house and mooned about what more interior decoration
I can get my fingers into.”
It’s a curious thing with actors and actresses,
but suddenly the alarm goes off.
My husband is a very sensitive person to my moods
and he recognized the fact that I had to get on with something.
‘Mame’ came along out-of-the-blue, just at this time.
Now isn’t that a miracle?”
~ Angela Lansbury
a.k.a Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury,
Actress, Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Writer
Golden Globe Awards (6x), Tony Awards (5x),
& Grammy Award

Actress, singer, Songwriter, Producer, Writer

The Once-In-a-Lifetime Love

“A song like ‘Once in a Lifetime’ is inspired by my marriage –
it’s a good, life-changing happening in my life.
… your once-in-a-lifetime love, that’s what everybody’s looking for.”
~ Keith Urban,
Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist,
Musician & Record Producer

Love: More Than Attraction

“Love comes to everybody in many different ways.
Attraction is always the first thing, no?
But love must be more than that. It must be magic.”
~ Julio Iglesias,
a.k.a. Julio José Iglesias de la Cueva
Singer, Songwriter, Guinness Record (3x),
2600+ Certified Gold and Platinum Albums,
Grammy Award, Latin Grammy, World Music Award,
Billboard Awards, Silver Gull, ASCAP,
American Music Award & Lo Nuestro Awards

Satisfied & Happy

I’m extremely happy in my life.
I consider myself to be very blessed.
I’ve three children, three grandchildren,
I work, I travel, and I’m very happily married.
I’m very satisfied and happy with my life
and there really isn’t anything I want.
~ Joan Collins, DBE,
Actress, Author, Columnist, Wig Designer,
Eye-Wear Designer & Creator/Founder – Timeless Beauty

The Only Secret

“Ultimately, I believe the only secret to a happy marriage
is choosing the right person. Life is a series of choices, right?”
~ Michelle Pfeiffer,
Actress, Singer, Painter,
BAFTA Award & Golden Globe Award

 

Because You Really Want to Be

“Look for someone who has a complete life without you in it.
If you have a person you don’t need for anything, that’s ideal.
You’re just together because you really want to be.”
~ Kirstie Alley,
Actress, Comedian, Spokesmodel & Founder of Organic Liason

It Is Speaking to Us

“When I look at the Gospel,
I see how it is speaking to me at this time.
I see how to be to others and it helps.”
~ George Lopez,
Comedian, Actor, Talk Show Host, Imagen Vision Award (2003),
Latino Spirit Award for Excellence in Television (2003),
National Hispanic Media Coalition Impact Award,
& One of “The Top 25 Hispanics in America” by Time (2005)

One Extra Help

“The romantic love we feel toward the opposite sex is probably
one extra help from God to bring you together, but that’s it.
All the rest of it, the true love, is the test.”
~ Joan Chen a.k.a. Chen Chong,
Actress, Film Director, Screenwriter, & Film Producer

Looked After & Protected

“I went to the school and put it to William, particularly,
that if you find someone you love in life,
you must hang onto it, and look after it, and
if you were lucky enough to find someone who loved you,
then you must protect it.”
~ Diana Frances Windsor,
Princess of Wales

The Manicured, Romantic, Happy Believer

“I believe in manicures.
I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick.
I believe in pink.
I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner.
I believe in kissing, kissing a lot.
I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong.
I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.
and
I believe in miracles.”

~ Audrey Hepburn,
Actress and Humanitarian

Being a Partnership

Helen Mirren, 2014, ageless beauty,
Helen Mirren
“The great marriages are partnerships. It can’t be
a great marriage without being a partnership.”
~ Helen Mirren,
Actress
Image courtesy of Wikipedia & Creative Commons

No Heart, No Love

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“In all the world there is no heart for me, like yours.
In all the world, there is no love for you, like mine.”

~ Maya Angelou,
Poet, Civil Rights Activist, Dancer,
Film Producer, Television Producer, Playwright,
Film Director, Author, Actress, and Professor

Succeed at Home, Too!

“No amount of success can compensate for failure at home.”
~ Nathaniel Bronner, Sr.,
Founder & President – Bronner Brothers (1947–1993)

The Richest Relationships

“Without a doubt, my richest relationships are my long-term friendships
with musical partners, because we make music together.
That’s what we love to do with our lives.
My wife, Gayle, is a wonderful musician and singer.
We share music, so it’s a deep bond.
~ Chick Corea
a.k.a Armando Anthony Corea
,
Jazz and Fusion Pianist, Keyboardist & Composer

Lead-Parent Husbands

“Many of us can’t make it without lead-parent husbands.
If you have a lead-parent husband, celebrate him!”
~ Anne-Marie Slaughter,
Author & President, New America Foundation

Just as Business Partners

“My husband and I sit down, just as business partners, around our kitchen table
and look at the schedule for the week and figure out
where we need to be and what we need to do,
what each of our commitments are and
what our children’s commitments are”
~ Egypt Sherrod,
Multi-media Personality, Author, Real Estate Expert and Philanthropist.

Being Okay On Your Own

“You’ve got to love yourself first.
You’ve got to be okay on your own
before you can be okay with somebody else.”
~ Jennifer Lynn Lopez,
Actress, Author, Fashion Designer, Dancer, Producer, and Singer

It’s a Great Sport!

“And I highly recommend for all the women in the world, even if they’re 71,
you can never take for granted that he loves you.
It’s always good to flirt with him. It’s a great sport.”
~ Salma Hayek,
Actress, Director, Producer
Glamour ‘Woman of the Year Award’ recipient (2001)
Producers Guild of America Celebration of Diversity Award recipient (2003)
Time ’25 Most Influential Hispanics’ recipient (2005)
Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year Award recipient (2006)
Knight (Chevalier) of the National Order of the Legion of Honour recipient (France, 2011)

Really, Really Love

“It is really rare to find someone you really, really
love and that you want to spend your life with and all
that stuff that goes along with being married.
I am one of those lucky people. And I think she feels that way too.
So, the romantic stuff is easy because you want them to be happy.”
~ Harry Connick, Jr.
a.k.a Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr.,
,
Singer, Pianist, Composer/Arranger & Actor

Good Being

“I’m a good son, a good father, a good husband –
I’ve been married to the same woman for 30 years.
I’m a good friend.
I finished college, I have my education,
I donate money anonymously.
So, when people criticize the kind of characters
that I play on screen, I go,
‘You know, that’s part of history.'”
~ Samuel Leroy Jackson,
Actor & Film Producer

Happy to Be Home

“I know this sounds generic, yet I’m so happy to be home
with my husband, my family, and my dog.”
~ Fergie
a.k.a Stacy Ann Ferguson
,
Singer, Songwriter, Rapper, Actress & Fashion Designer,
American Music Award, amfAR Inspiration Gala Awards (3),
ASCAP Awards (6), Billboard Music Awards (8), FiFi Award
Footwear News Achievement Award, Glamour Award & Grammy Awards (8)

For Me, Her & The Children

“I came back to my wife. I came back to her
after I made a few boo-boos in my life.
Coming back to her was good
for me, good for her and good for the children.”
~ Jean-Claude Van Damme
a.k.a Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg,,
,
Actor, Martial Artist, Director & Writer

Would He Be?

“When you are getting ready to become a mom,
being in love with someone just isn’t enough.
You need to think about whether he would be a good parent
and raise your children with similar beliefs.”
~ Cindy Crawford a.k.a Cynthia Ann Crawford,
Entrepreneur, Model,
Actress, & Television Personality
~ Image via NAME HERE

In Love, Many Times

“A successful marriage requires
falling in love many times,
with the same person.”
~ Mignon McLaughlin,
Journalist, Author,
Writer (Redbook, Cosmopolitan & other magazines),
Copy Editor + Managing Editor (Glamour)

For Her, Every Day

“Marriage has made me a lot happier
and I’m deeply in love with my wife,
I thank God for her every day.”
~ Harry Connick, Jr.
a.k.a Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr.
,
Singer, Pianist, Composer/Arranger & Actor

No Power Struggles

homemakers, housewives & daughter baking together
“I love being a wife and homemaker – because it’s my choice.
My husband doesn’t expect me to do it. I don’t mind doing things for him
because he does so much for me; we both feel that way
so there is no power struggle.”
~ Salma Hayek,
Actress, Director, Producer
Glamour ‘Woman of the Year Award’ recipient (2001)
Producers Guild of America Celebration of Diversity Award recipient (2003)
Time ’25 Most Influential Hispanics’ recipient (2005)
Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year Award recipient (2006)
Knight (Chevalier) of the National Order of the Legion of Honour recipient (France, 2011)