Relationships take a lot of work but what you get in return is a strong and enduring relationship for life. The key to any relationship though is to have equal measures of giving and taking. Enter relationship quotes…
If someone is always taking without giving back, it’s not a balanced relationship. Just like motivational quotes that inspire, here are 75 amazing relationship quotes that help define what lasting relationships are all about.
1) Let the relationship quotes begin!
“Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you too can become great.” – Mark Twain
2) Relationship quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt.
“We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.” – Donna Roberts
4) Relationship quotes by Leo Buscaglia.
“A loving relationship is one in which the loved one is free to be himself — to laugh with me, but never at me; to cry with me, but never because of me; to love life, to love himself, to love being loved. Such a relationship is based upon freedom and can never grow in a jealous heart.” – Leo Buscaglia
“No road is long with good company.” – Turkish Proverb
6) Relationship quotes by Beau Taplin.
“You were a risk, a mystery, and the most certain thing I’d ever known.” – Beau Taplin
“Home is not where you are from, it is where you belong. Some of us travel the whole world to find it. Others, find it in a person.” – Beau Taplin
If you like relationship quotes by Beau Taplin, don’t miss #6.
8) Relationship quotes by Alain de Bottom.
“Intimacy is the capacity to be rather weird with someone – and finding that that’s OK with them.” – Alain de Botton
9) Relationship quotes by Benjamin Franklin.
“If you would be loved, love, and be loveable.” – Benjamin Franklin
10) Relationship quotes by Carl Jung.
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” – Carl Jung
11) Relationship quotes by Thomas Merton.
“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” – Thomas Merton
“Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. Don’t over-analyze your relationships. Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness.” – Leo Buscaglia
If you like relationship quotes by Leo Buscaglia, don’t miss #4.
13) Relationship quotes by William James.
“Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.” – William James
14) Relationship quotes by R. H. Sin.
“I guess what I’ve always wanted was someone who loves me enough to match my effort.” – R. H. Sin
15) Relationship quotes by John Tillotson.
“A good word is an easy obligation; but not to speak ill requires only our silence; which costs us nothing.” – John Tillotson
16) Relationship quotes by Anais Nin.
“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” – Anais Nin
17) Relationship quotes by Honore de Balzac.
“A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea.” – Honore de Balzac
18) Relationship quotes by Henry Winkler.
“Assumptions are the termites of relationships.” – Henry Winkler
19) Relationship quotes by Jane Austen.
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” – Jane Austen
20) Relationship quotes by Wayne Dyer.
“Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.” – Wayne Dyer
21) Relationship quotes by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
“It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
22) Relationship quotes by Andre Breton.
“Love is when you meet someone who tells you something new about yourself.” – Andre Breton
23) Relationship quotes by Confucius.
“What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.” – Confucius
24) Relationship quotes by Cornel West.
“We have to recognise that there cannot be relationships unless there is commitment, unless there is loyalty, unless there is love, patience, persistence.” – Cornel West
25) Relationship quotes by Dale Carnegie.
“The royal road to a man’s heart is to talk to him about the things he treasures most.” – Dale Carnegie
“When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.” – relationship quotes by Donald Miller
“Don’t smother each other. No one can grow in the shade.” – Leo Buscaglia
If you like relationship quotes by Leo Buscaglia, don’t miss #12.
“Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” – relationship quotes by Albert Camus
“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.” – relationship quotes by Ernest Hemingway
“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” – relationship quotes by Audrey Hepburn
“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.” – relationship quotes by Paul Boese
“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one” – relationship quotes by C.S. Lewis
“Having someone wonder where you are when you don’t come home at night is a very old human need.” – relationship quotes by Margaret Mead
“When a woman is talking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes.” – relationship quotes by Victor Hugo
“If men would consider not so much wherein they differ, as wherein they agree, there would be far less of uncharitableness and angry feeling in the world.” – relationship quotes by Joseph Addison
“If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.” – relationship quotes by Winnie the Pooh
“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” – relationship quotes by Walter Winchell
“What is uttered from the heart alone, will win the hearts of others to your own.” – relationship quotes by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“It is of practical value to learn to like yourself. Since you must spend so much time with yourself you might as well get some satisfaction out of the relationship.” – relationship quotes by Norman Vincent Peale
“We can improve our relationships with others by leaps and bounds if we become encouragers instead of critics.” – relationship quotes by Joyce Meyer
“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes the ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.” – relationship quotes by Albert Schweitzer
“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” – relationship quotes by George Burns
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – relationship quotes by Marcel Proust
“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.” – relationship quotes by Oprah Winfrey
“Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” – relationship quotes by James Baldwin
“What love we’ve given, we’ll have forever. What love we fail to give, will be lost for all eternity.” – Leo Buscaglia
If you like relationship quotes by Leo Buscaglia, don’t miss #27.
“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind, and the third is to be kind.” – Henry James
“An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.” – Mahatma Gandhi
If you like relationship quotes by Mahatma Gandhi, don’t miss #48.
“Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.” – Rainer Maria Rilke
“People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.” – Joseph F. Newton Men
“When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free.” – Catherine Ponder
“Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter a relationship in order to get something: they’re trying to find someone who’s going to make them feel good. In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give, and not a place that you go to take.” – Anthony Robbins
“Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.” – Dalai Lama XIV
“Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. Love me and I may be forced to love you.” – William Arthur Ward
“Relationships-of all kinds-are like sand held in your hand. Held loosely, with an open hand, the sand remains where it is.
The minute you close your hand and squeeze tightly to hold on, the sand trickles through your fingers. You may hold onto some of it, but most will be spilled. A relationship is like that. Held loosely, with respect and freedom for the other person, it is likely to remain intact. But hold too tightly, too possessively, and the relationship slips away and is lost.” – Kaleel Jamison
“If you love someone, set them free. If they come back they’re yours; if they don’t they never were.” – Richard Bach
“Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.” – Swedish Proverb
“Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
If you like relationship quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt, don’t miss #2.
“Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings.” – Miles Franklin
“Some think love can be measured by the amount of butterflies in their tummy. Others think love can be measured in bunches of flowers, or by using the words ‘for ever.’ But love can only truly be measured by actions. It can be a small thing, such as peeling an orange for a person you love because you know they don’t like doing it.” – Marian Keyes
“Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.” – Tennessee Williams
“The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when someone asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.” – Henry David Thoreau
“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” – Carl Jung
If you like relationship quotes by Carl Jung, don’t miss #10.
“There’s one sad truth in life I’ve found While journeying east and west – The only folks we really wound Are those we love the best. We flatter those we scarcely know, We please the fleeting guest, And deal full many a thoughtless blow To those who love us best.” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox
“The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.” – G. K. Chesterton
“They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” – Carl W. Buechner
“We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the tone of voice in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
“When we’re incomplete, we’re always searching for somebody to complete us. When, after a few years or a few months of a relationship, we find that we’re still unfulfilled, we blame our partners and take up with somebody more promising.
This can go on and on–series polygamy–until we admit that while a partner can add sweet dimensions to our lives, we, each of us, are responsible for our own fulfillment. Nobody else can provide it for us, and to believe otherwise is to delude ourselves dangerously and to program for eventual failure every relationship we enter.” – Tom Robbins
“True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.” – David Tyson Gentry
“When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.” – Dale Carnegie
If you like relationship quotes by Dale Carnegie, don’t miss #25.
72) We’ve almost reached the end of relationship quotes…
“Trust is the fruit of a relationship in which you know you are loved.” – Wm. Paul Young
“You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.” – Frederick Buechner
“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” – Dale Carnegie
If you like relationship quotes by Dale Carnegie, don’t miss #71.
75) The last relationship quotes…
“You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.” – Epicurus
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