Thanks to a friend of mine for discovering and sharing this beautiful ancient gem:
“An intelligent, discreet, and pious young woman is worth more than all the money in the world. Tell her that you love her more than your own life, because this present life is nothing, and that your only hope is that the two of you pass through this life in such a way that, in the world to come, you will be united in perfect love.”
St. John Chrysostom
May its light shine throughout the Church and the world, to fortify and exhort boys and men to their natural nobility, and to comfort and affirm girls and women in their great dignity!
[UPDATE] This quotation is from the Saint’s homily “On Marriage and Family Life” I’ve briefly scanned it, and there are many more gems where that one comes from! [/UPDATE]