Relationships Quotes

Most popular relationships quotes

Our most meaningful relationships are often those that continued beyond the juncture at which they came closest to ending. - Cheryl Strayed quote.
Our most meaningful relationships are often those that continued beyond the juncture at which they came closest to ending.
Living together is an art. It's a patient art, it's a beautiful art, it's fascinating. - Pope Francis quote.
Living together is an art. It's a patient art, it's a beautiful art, it's fascinating.

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In human relations kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths. - Graham Greene quote.
In human relations kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths.

lies honesty kindness

The first duty of love is to listen. - Paul Tillich quote.
The first duty of love is to listen.

love parenting listening

To live happily with other people, ask of them only what they can give.
Relationships are never about power, and one way to avoid the will to power is to choose to limit oneself—to serve. - William P. Young quote.
Relationships are never about power, and one way to avoid the will to power is to choose to limit oneself—to serve.

power

When all you can see is your pain, perhaps then you lose sight of me? - William P. Young quote.
When all you can see is your pain, perhaps then you lose sight of me?

pain

Loss aversion is an innate flaw. Everyone who experiences emotion is vulnerable to its effects. It's part of a larger psychological phenomenon known as negativity bias, which means that, for the human mind, bad is stronger than good. This is why in marital interactions, it generally takes at least five kind comments to compensate for one critical comment. - Jonah Lehrer quote.
Loss aversion is an innate flaw. Everyone who experiences emotion is vulnerable to its effects. It's part of a larger psychological phenomenon known as negativity bias, which means that, for the human mind, bad is stronger than good. This is why in marital interactions, it generally takes at least five kind comments to compensate for one critical comment.

human nature criticism

The really clever trick is this: Can you accept the flaws? Can you look at your partner's faults honestly and say, 'I can work around that. I can make something out of that.'? Because the good stuff is always going to be there, and it's always going to be pretty and sparkly, but the crap underneath can ruin you. - Elizabeth Gilbert quote.
The really clever trick is this: Can you accept the flaws? Can you look at your partner's faults honestly and say, 'I can work around that. I can make something out of that.'? Because the good stuff is always going to be there, and it's always going to be pretty and sparkly, but the crap underneath can ruin you.
Human relations just are not fixed in their orbits like the planets — they're more like galaxies, changing all the time, exploding into light for years, then dying away. - May Sarton quote.
Human relations just are not fixed in their orbits like the planets — they're more like galaxies, changing all the time, exploding into light for years, then dying away.
We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person. - W. Somerset Maugham quote.
We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.
In marriage, you shouldn't look for someone with good looks and character. You look for someone with low expectations. - Charlie Munger quote.
In marriage, you shouldn't look for someone with good looks and character. You look for someone with low expectations.

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The best way to get a good spouse is to deserve a good spouse. - Charlie Munger quote.
The best way to get a good spouse is to deserve a good spouse.

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Everything of value takes work, particularly relationships. If a mother and daughter don't understand each other, and further don't have sympathy for each other's lack of understanding then the task is to build a bridge across the chasm of misunderstanding. - Maya Angelou quote.
Everything of value takes work, particularly relationships. If a mother and daughter don't understand each other, and further don't have sympathy for each other's lack of understanding then the task is to build a bridge across the chasm of misunderstanding.
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. - Maya Angelou quote.
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

dealing with people

When I sense myself filling with rage at the absence of a beloved, I try as soon as possible to remember that my concerns and questions, my efforts and answers should be focused on what I did or can learn from my departed love. What legacy was left which can help me in the art of living a good life? - Maya Angelou quote.
When I sense myself filling with rage at the absence of a beloved, I try as soon as possible to remember that my concerns and questions, my efforts and answers should be focused on what I did or can learn from my departed love. What legacy was left which can help me in the art of living a good life?
The same fence that shuts others out shuts you in.
There's one thing worse than being alone: wishing you were.
Our opinion of people depends less upon what we see in them than upon what they make us see in ourselves.
One can only face in others what one can face in oneself. - James Baldwin quote.
One can only face in others what one can face in oneself.

tolerance

We appreciate frankness from those who like us. Frankness from others is called insolence. - Andre Maurois quote.
We appreciate frankness from those who like us. Frankness from others is called insolence.
The better we feel about ourselves, the fewer times we have to knock somebody else down to feel tall.

self-esteem

A man can't ride your back unless it's bent. - Martin Luther King Jr. quote.
A man can't ride your back unless it's bent.

self-esteem

One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don't come home at night. - Margaret Mead quote.
One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don't come home at night.

human nature

Getting people to like you is only the other side of liking them. - Norman Vincent Peale quote.
Getting people to like you is only the other side of liking them.

friendship

It's the things in common that make relationships enjoyable, but it's the little differences that make them interesting.
We love those who know the worst of us and don't turn their faces away. - Walker Percy quote.
We love those who know the worst of us and don't turn their faces away.

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Expect people to be better than they are; it helps them to become better. But don't be disappointed when they are not; it helps them to keep trying. - Mary Browne quote.
Expect people to be better than they are; it helps them to become better. But don't be disappointed when they are not; it helps them to keep trying.

wisdom how to live life

Basically, the only thing we need is a hand that rests on our own, that wishes it well, that sometimes guides us. - Hector Bianciotti quote.
Basically, the only thing we need is a hand that rests on our own, that wishes it well, that sometimes guides us.
Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.

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In the coldest February, as in every other month in every other year, the best thing to hold on to in this world is each other. - Linda Ellerbee quote.
In the coldest February, as in every other month in every other year, the best thing to hold on to in this world is each other.
Only discretion allows intimacy, which depends on shared reticence, on what is not said—unsolvable things that would leave the other person ill at ease. - Hector Bianciotti quote.
Only discretion allows intimacy, which depends on shared reticence, on what is not said—unsolvable things that would leave the other person ill at ease.

intimacy

It is possible that blondes also prefer gentlemen.

funny

The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree but to hold hands.

conflict

I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.

love

Love at first sight is easy to understand. It's when two people have been looking at each other for years that it becomes a miracle. - Sam Levenson quote.
Love at first sight is easy to understand. It's when two people have been looking at each other for years that it becomes a miracle.

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Love is not measured by how many times you touch each other but by how many times you reach each other.

love

Seek not every quality in one individual. - Confucius quote.
Seek not every quality in one individual.
Love endures only when the lovers love many things together and not merely each other. - Walter Lippmann quote.
Love endures only when the lovers love many things together and not merely each other.

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A married couple that plays cards together is just a fight that hasn't started yet. - George Burns quote.
A married couple that plays cards together is just a fight that hasn't started yet.
Love, honor and negotiate.
In every marriage more than a week old, there are grounds for divorce. The trick is to find, and continue to find, grounds for marriage.

marriage divorce

If you made a list of reasons why any couple got married, and another list of the reasons for their divorce, you'd have a lot of overlapping.

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It takes a loose rein to keep a marriage tight.

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In a successful marriage, there is no such thing as one's way. There is only the way of both, only the bumpy, dusty, difficult, but always mutual path. - Phyllis McGinley quote.
In a successful marriage, there is no such thing as one's way. There is only the way of both, only the bumpy, dusty, difficult, but always mutual path.

marriage

All that a husband or wife really wants is to be pitied a little, praised a little, appreciated a little. - Oliver Goldsmith quote.
All that a husband or wife really wants is to be pitied a little, praised a little, appreciated a little.

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The greatest of all arts is the art of living together.

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A sound marriage is not based on complete frankness; it is based on a sensible reticence. - Morris Ernst quote.
A sound marriage is not based on complete frankness; it is based on a sensible reticence.

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Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes. There's too much fraternizing with the enemy. - Henry Kissinger quote.
Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes. There's too much fraternizing with the enemy.

men and women marriage

Never fear spoiling children by making them too happy. Happiness is the atmosphere in which all good affections grow.

parenting advisory

Nothing in the world is so rare as a person one can always put up with. - Giacomo Leopardi quote.
Nothing in the world is so rare as a person one can always put up with.
Accept me as I am—only then will we discover each other.
— FROM FEDERICO FELLINI’S
The man who offers an insult writes it in sand, but for the man who receives it, it's chiseled in bronze.

insults

Always do what you say you are going to do. It is the glue and fiber that binds successful relationships.

trust promises

A friend of mine spent twenty years looking for the perfect woman; unfortunately, when he found her, he discovered that she was looking for the perfect man. - Warren Buffett quote.
A friend of mine spent twenty years looking for the perfect woman; unfortunately, when he found her, he discovered that she was looking for the perfect man.
If you love someone but rarely make yourself available to him or her, that is not true love. - Thích Nhất Hạnh quote.
If you love someone but rarely make yourself available to him or her, that is not true love.

parenting love

Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.

love

We always deceive ourselves twice about the people we love - first to their advantage, then to their disadvantage. - Albert Camus quote.
We always deceive ourselves twice about the people we love - first to their advantage, then to their disadvantage.

love

The hardest learned lesson: that people have only their kind of love to give, not our kind.

love

If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it. - Ernest Hemingway quote.
If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it.

love cynical

If we are a metaphor of the universe, the human couple is the metaphor par excellence, the point of intersection of all forces and the seed of all forms. The couple is time recaptured, the return to the time before time. - Octavio Paz quote.
If we are a metaphor of the universe, the human couple is the metaphor par excellence, the point of intersection of all forces and the seed of all forms. The couple is time recaptured, the return to the time before time.

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Is suffering so very serious? I have come to doubt it. It may be quite childish, a sort of undignified pastime—I'm referring to the kind of suffering a man inflicts on a woman or a woman on a man. It's extremely painful. I agree that it's hardly bearable. But I very much fear that this sort of pain deserves no consideration at all. It's no more worthy of respect than old age or illness. - Colette quote.
Is suffering so very serious? I have come to doubt it. It may be quite childish, a sort of undignified pastime—I'm referring to the kind of suffering a man inflicts on a woman or a woman on a man. It's extremely painful. I agree that it's hardly bearable. But I very much fear that this sort of pain deserves no consideration at all. It's no more worthy of respect than old age or illness.
The heart of another is a dark forest, always, no matter how close it has been to one's own. - Willa Cather quote.
The heart of another is a dark forest, always, no matter how close it has been to one's own.

understanding others heart

Man is a knot, a web, a mesh into which relationships are tied. Only those relationships matter. - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry quote.
Man is a knot, a web, a mesh into which relationships are tied. Only those relationships matter.
The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.

other people

People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for that person.
Everyone in life is gonna hurt you, you just have to figure out which people are worth the pain.
One realizes that even in harmonious families there is this double life: the group life, which is the one we can observe in our neighbour's household, and, underneath, another – secret and passionate and intense – which is the real life that stamps the faces and gives character to the voices of our friends. Always in his mind each member of these social units is escaping, running away, trying to break the net which circumstances and his own affections have woven about him. One realizes that human relationships are the tragic necessity of human life; that they can never be wholly satisfactory, that every ego is half the time greedily seeking them, and half the time pulling away from them. In those simple relationships of loving husband and wife, affectionate sisters, children and grandmother, there are innumerable shades of sweetness and anguish which make up the pattern of our lives day by day. - Willa Cather quote.
One realizes that even in harmonious families there is this double life: the group life, which is the one we can observe in our neighbour's household, and, underneath, another – secret and passionate and intense – which is the real life that stamps the faces and gives character to the voices of our friends. Always in his mind each member of these social units is escaping, running away, trying to break the net which circumstances and his own affections have woven about him. One realizes that human relationships are the tragic necessity of human life; that they can never be wholly satisfactory, that every ego is half the time greedily seeking them, and half the time pulling away from them. In those simple relationships of loving husband and wife, affectionate sisters, children and grandmother, there are innumerable shades of sweetness and anguish which make up the pattern of our lives day by day.

the self family the human condition

Faults are thick where love is thin.

shortcomings

The longest absence is less perilous to love than the terrible trials of incessant proximity. - Ouida quote.
The longest absence is less perilous to love than the terrible trials of incessant proximity.

absence love

Never dull your shine for somebody else. - Tyra Banks quote.
Never dull your shine for somebody else.

men and women advisory

Assumptions are the termites of relationships.
As for breaking up, once the relationship is over, you never really know what went wrong; you just feel nauseous whenever the subject comes to mind. After a plane crash there's the black box that tells the FAA what caused the crack-up. Too bad there's no black box of relationships.

divorce

Human relations just are not fixed in their orbits like the planets—they're more like galaxies, changing all the time, exploding into light for years, then dying away.

the human condition

Let there be spaces in your togetherness. - Kahlil Gibran quote.
Let there be spaces in your togetherness.

marriage

Mature people relate to each other without the need to merge. - Anaïs Nin quote.
Mature people relate to each other without the need to merge.

maturity

A relationship, I think, is, is like a shark, you know?  It has to constantly move forward or it dies.  And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark. - Woody Allen quote.
A relationship, I think, is, is like a shark, you know?  It has to constantly move forward or it dies.  And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark.
Almost all of our relationships begin and most of them continue as forms of mutual exploitation, a mental or physical barter, to be terminated when one or both parties run out of goods. - Wystan Auden quote.
Almost all of our relationships begin and most of them continue as forms of mutual exploitation, a mental or physical barter, to be terminated when one or both parties run out of goods.
Now the whole dizzying and delirious range of sexual possibilities has been boiled down to that one big, boring, bulimic word.  RELATIONSHIP.
My attachment has neither the blindness of the beginning—nor the microscopic accuracy of the close of such liaisons. - Lord Byron quote.
My attachment has neither the blindness of the beginning—nor the microscopic accuracy of the close of such liaisons.
It is all explained that all relationships require a little give and take.  This is untrue.  Any partnership demands that we give and give and give and at the last, as we flop into our graves exhausted, we are told that we didn't give enough. - Cyril Connolly quote.
It is all explained that all relationships require a little give and take.  This is untrue.  Any partnership demands that we give and give and give and at the last, as we flop into our graves exhausted, we are told that we didn't give enough.
The formula for achieving a successful relationship is simple: you should treat all disasters as if they were trivialities but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster. - Quentin Crisp quote.
The formula for achieving a successful relationship is simple: you should treat all disasters as if they were trivialities but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster.
There is no way to take the danger out of human relationships. - Barbara Grizzuti Harrison quote.
There is no way to take the danger out of human relationships.
Underground issues from one relationship or context invariably fuel our fires in another. - Harriet Lerner quote.
Underground issues from one relationship or context invariably fuel our fires in another.
A good relationship has a pattern like a dance and is built on some of the same rules.  The partners do not need to hold on tightly, because they move confidently in the same pattern, intricate but gay and swift and free, like a country dance of Mozart's. - Anne Morrow Lindbergh quote.
A good relationship has a pattern like a dance and is built on some of the same rules.  The partners do not need to hold on tightly, because they move confidently in the same pattern, intricate but gay and swift and free, like a country dance of Mozart's.
The only thing as challenging as getting tangled in the underbrush of relationship is trying to write about it. - Thomas Moore quote.
The only thing as challenging as getting tangled in the underbrush of relationship is trying to write about it.
In every relationship, sooner or later, there is a court scene.  Accusations, counter-accusations, a trial, a verdict. - Anaïs Nin quote.
In every relationship, sooner or later, there is a court scene.  Accusations, counter-accusations, a trial, a verdict.
Any relationship is like a house with an upstairs: it's got two stories. - Dolly Parton quote.
Any relationship is like a house with an upstairs: it's got two stories.
Dolly Parton Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business
In all proper relationships there is no sacrifice of anyone to anyone. - Ayn Rand quote.
In all proper relationships there is no sacrifice of anyone to anyone.
Man is a knot, a web, a mesh into which relationships are tied.
There can be nothing more baffling in a human relationship than silence, the dark loom of doubts and questions unexpressed. - Wallis Simpson quote.
There can be nothing more baffling in a human relationship than silence, the dark loom of doubts and questions unexpressed.
Wallis Simpson The Heart Has Its Reasons: The Memoirs of the Duchess of Windsor

speak your mind

I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.

enemies

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 quote.
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.

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I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them. - Mark Twain quote.
I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.

Travel

We should always be grateful for the faults in our partner because if they didn't have those faults from the start, they would have been able to marry someone much better than us.
Ajahn Brahm Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung? Stories for Welcoming Life's Difficulties

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