Two short wedding quotes that are appropriate for a son include "Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife," from the classical composer Franz Schubert; and "A good husband makes a good wife," which is attributed to linguist John Florio. A third good quote is "When a marriage works, nothing on earth can take its place," from the Broadway actress and politician Helen Gahagan Douglas.
American actress Helen Gahagan fell in love with actor Melvyn Douglas and married him, later giving birth to a son and a daughter. The two stayed married throughout his term in the U.S. military and her time served in the U.S. Congress, up until her death in 1980. The Italian linguist John Florio was also a married man, as he met and wed a friend's sister in England when he was around 30 years of age, shortly after publishing his first book in 1578. Despite his apparent confidence in the institution of marriage, Austrian music teacher and composer Franz Schubert never actually experienced matrimony himself, perhaps due to the fact that he became ill in 1822 and died six years later, at only 31 years old.