Relationship Quotes

“I know that you believe you understand what you think I said,
but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.”
~ Robert McCloskey (1914-2003)

"We all seek to be in a loving relationship... one in which our partner has eyes only for us, does thoughtful things and seeks never to put us down with words. But how do we actually FIND what we're looking for?

The best way to achieve this is to actually BE the sort of person you seek to attract... Instead of consuming your energies and focus by searching, fill it with a giving and joyous heart that is there to help and encourage others. Genuine friendship and love given without ulterior motive will only come back to bless you."


Relationship Quotes are great love quotes that share the beauty, pasaion and frustrations of caring deeply for another. New relationship quotes, famous relationship quotes and funny relationship quotes. Something for everyone...

“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 (1924-1998), professor & author

“A man reserves his true and deepest love, not for the species of woman in whose company he finds himself electrified and enkindled, but for that one in whose company he may feel tenderly drowsy.”
~ George Jean Nathan (1882-1958), American drama critic & editor

These next few love and relationship quotes discuss some of the villians that can damage trust within a relationship:
“Assumptions are the termites of relationships.”
~ Henry Winkler (1945-), American actor, director, producer & author

“A woman's flattery may inflate a man's head a little; but her criticism goes straight to his heart, and contracts it so that it can never again hold quite as much love for her.”
~ Helen Rowland (1875-1950), American journalist & humorist

“Between lovers a little confession is a dangerous thing.”
~ Helen Rowland (1875-1950), American journalist & humorist

One of my favourite relationship quotes:
“But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you”
~ Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), Lebanese-American artist, poet, writer, philosopher & theologian

“But you realize, love should ALWAYS start as friendship. If you can't be friends first, then love is USELESS. And I will be adamant about this fact. Lovers must be best friends. If you ask me, if you ask a married couple who their best friends are, and they reply someone OTHER than their spouse, their marriage will fail. Friends first. Always.”
~ Unknown Author

The simple practical wisdom that can be found in relationship quotes:
“Find the good – and praise it.”
~ Alex Haley (1921-1992), American writer [Alexander Murray Palmer Haley]

“For one human being to love another, that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), Czech-born German poet

Another of my favourite (and very romantic) relationship quotes:
“From every human being there rises a light that reaches straight to heaven. And when two souls that are destined to be together find each other, their streams of light flow together, and a single brighter light goes forth from their united being.””
~ Baal Shem Tov (1698-1760), Jewish mystical rabbi [Yisroel ben Eliezer]

“If you really love one another, you will not be able to avoid making sacrifices.”
~ Mother Teresa (1910-1997), Roman Catholic missionary & humanitarian

One of the classic funny relationship quotes (...based on so much truth):
“I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.”
~ Robert McCloskey (1914-2003), American author & illustrator of children’s books

“Inside the heart of each and every one of us there is a longing to be understood by someone who really cares. When a person is understood, he or she can put up with almost anything in the world.”
~ Ed Hird, minister, author & speaker

“It’s the things in common that make relationships enjoyable, but it’s the little differences that make them interesting.”
~ Todd Ruthman (details unclear)

One of the most famous relationship quotes:
“Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.”
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-44), French pilot & poet

Beautiful relationship sayings that show the tenderness of love:
“Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals”
~ J. Isham (details unknown)

“Love does not cause suffering: what causes it is the sense of ownership, which is love's opposite.”
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-44), French pilot & poet

“Love, honor, and negotiate.”
~ Alan Loy McGinnis (1933-2005), Christian psychotherapist

“Love is the expansion of two natures in such fashion that each include the other, each is enriched by the other.”
~ Felix Adler (1884-1963), American screenwriter

“Love me when I least deserve it, because that’s when I really need it.”
~ Swedish proverb

Some of the simplest things can also be the most challenging, as these relationship quotes describe:
“Love one another and you will be happy. It’s as simple and as difficult as that.”
~ Michael Leunig (1945-), Australian cartoonist

“Men always want to be a woman’s first love; women have a more subtle instinct: what they like is to be a man’s last romance.”
~ Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Irish dramatist & novelist (note: this quote has two variations)

“More marriages might survive if the partners realized that sometimes the better comes after the worse.”
~ Doug Larson (details unclear)

“Seek not every quality in one individual.”
~ Confucius (551-479 BC)

"It's usually the things that take the most work and are the most challenging that are also most rewarding... and maintaining a healthy and loving relationship is certainly one of them!"


Relationship Quotes really can transcend time and place... as does the following romantic quote:
“Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person; having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then, with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.”
~ Dinah Craik (1826-1887), English novelist & poet [Dinah Maria Mulock], Quote from A Life for a Life (1859)

“Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue to exist, a wonderful living side by side can grow up, 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 (1875-1926), Czech-born German poet

The wisdom and truth contained within these love and relationship quotes are so important, they should be committed to memory (or better yet, the heart)!
“One man by himself is nothing. Two people who belong together make a world.”
~ Hans Margolius (1902-), German philosopher

“Opposites attract, but after marriage, opposites attack. Most of the time, we are attracted to people who don’t have the things that we have. Incompatibility is why we get married, but it’s also used as a reason to divorce. Incompatibility is just a lack of communication. If we just try to love the way we want to be loved, we are in trouble. Unless you communicate, it’s difficult to know how to love another person.”
~ Charles Lowery, American motivator & educator

“Presence is more than just being there.”
~ Malcolm Forbes (1919-1990), publisher of Forbes magazine

“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 mostly it will be spilled. A relationships 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.”
~ Kahlil Jamison (details unknown)

One of the oldest, wisest and most famous relationship quotes:
“Seek not every quality in one individual.”
~ Confucius (551-479 BC), Chinese thinker & social philosopher

Love and relationship quotes can show the preciousness of kindred spirited friendship and connectedness:
“Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some people move our souls to dance. They awaken us to new understanding with the passing whisper of their wisdom. Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon. They stay in our lives for awhile, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never ever the same.”
~ Flavia Weedn, painter & writer

“Tenderness emerges from the fact that the two persons, longing, as all individuals do, to overcome the separateness and isolation to which we are all heir because we are individuals, can participate in a relationship that, for the moment, is not of two isolated selves but a union.”
~ Rollo May (1909-1994), American existentialist psychologist & author

“The absolute yearning of one human body for another particular body and its indifference to substitutes is one of life's major mysteries.”
~ Iris Murdoch (1919-1999), author & philosopher [Jean Iris Murdoch]

New relationship quotes discuss what love relationships look like in their beginnings:
“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 (1915-1968), Catholic monk, writer, poet & social activist

“The entire sum of existence is the magic of being needed by just one person.”
~ Vii Putnam, Author

Another favourite of the relationship quotes:
“The most wonderful of all things in life is the discovery of another human being with whom one’s relationship has a growing depth, beauty and joy as the years increase. This inner progressiveness of love between two human beings is a most marvelous thing; it cannot be found by looking for it or by passionately wishing or it. It is a sort of divine accident, and the most wonderful of all things in life.”
~ Hugh Walpole, Sir (1884-1941), English novelist

This is one of the simplest and most profound of relationship quotes - certainly deserving of some thoughtful consideration:
“The one who loves the least, controls the relationship.”
~ Robert Anthony (dates unclear), American psychotherapist & self-help author

“The quarrels of lovers are like summer storms. Everything is more beautiful when they have passed.”
~ Suzanne Necker (1773-1794), French writer

There is nothing more priceless than having found your soulmate to walk through life with:
“There is nothing you can do, achieve or buy that will outshine the peace, joy and happiness of being in communion with the partner you love.”
~ Drs Evelyn and Paul Moschetta, American marriage counselors

“The same passions in man and woman nonetheless differ in tempo; hence man and woman do not cease misunderstanding one another.”
~ Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher & writer

Perhaps variety truly is the spice of life:
“The secret of love is seeking variety in your life together, and never letting routine chords dull the melody of your romance.”
~ Unknown Author

The following love and relationship quotes discuss some of the challenges associated with relationships, and the qualities needed for true love to triumpth:
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
~ Martin Luther King Jr (1929-1968); African American clergyman, activist & leader in the American civil rights movement

“The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree but to hold hands.”
~ Alexandra Penney, author

“The woman is increasingly aware that love alone can give her full stature, just as the man begins to discern that spirit alone can endow his life with its highest meaning. Fundamentally, therefore, both seek a psychic relation to the other, because love needs the spirit, and the spirit love, for their fulfillment.”
~ Carl Jung (1875-1961), Swiss psychiatrist, Quote from Contributions to Analytical Psychology (1928), p. 185

Such cute romantic love quotes:
“They gave each other a smile with a future in it.”
~ Ring Lardner (1885-1933), American writer

“Think lovingly, speak lovingly, act lovingly, and every need shall be supplied.”
~ James Allen (1864-1912), English author & poet

Rowland, a master of witty and funny relationship quotes, works her magic again:
“To be happy with a man you must understand him a lot and love him a little. To be happy with a woman you must love her a lot and not try to understand her at all.”
~ Helen Rowland (1875-1950), American journalist & humorist

The wisdom of relationship sayings continues:
“To get the full value of joy, you must have someone to divide it with.”
~ Mark Twain (1835-1910), American author & humorist

“Tolerance and celebration of individual differences is the fire that fuels lasting love.”
~ Tom Hannah (details unclear)

“Treasure each other in the recognition that we do not know how long we shall have each other.”
~ Joshua Liebman (1907-1948), American writer

“Trouble is part of your life, and if you don’t share it, you don’t give the person who loves you a chance to love you enough.”
~ Dinah Shore (1916-1994), American singer, actress & television personality

Are you an investor? Take time to work on growing your greatest investments - relationships with those whom you love:
“True happiness and a fullness of joy can be found only in the tender and intimate relationships of the family. However earnestly we may seek success and happiness outside the home through work, leisure activities, or large bank accounts, we will never be fully satisfied emotionally until we develop deep and loving relationships.”
~ James J. Jones, Entrepreneur, product developer & marketer

“Vacations are not about 'getting away' - but about ‘getting in touch’.”
~ Chinese Fortune

Another of my favourite television love and relationship quotes:
“Well, it seems to me that the best relationships - the ones that last - are frequently the ones that are rooted in friendship. You know, one day you look at the person and you see something more than you did the night before. Like a switch has been flicked somewhere. And the person who was just a friend is... suddenly the only person you can ever imagine yourself with.”
~ Danna Scully (played by Gillian Anderson) (1968-), The X-Files

“We look at each other wondering what the other is thinking but we never say a thing.”
~ Dave Matthews Band (1991-), American rock band, Quote from song Ants Marching (1994)

“We seek the comfort of another. Someone to share and share the life we choose. Someone to help us through the neverending attempt to understand ourselves. And in the end, someone to comfort us along the way.”
~ Marlin Finch Lupus (details unknown)

“We talk about the quality of product and service. What about the quality of our relationships and the quality of our communications and the quality of our promises to each other?”
~ Max DePree, American writer

“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 (1842-1910), American psychologist, philosopher & author

“When male and female combine, all things achieve harmony.”
~ Lao-Tzu (unknown but attributed to 6th century BC), Ancient Chinese philosopher, recorded in the Tao Te Ching (Ancient Chinese text)

“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 (1936-), American author

Oh, the power of love:
“You can’t stop loving or wanting to love because when it’s right, it’s the best thing in the world. When you’re in a relationship and it’s good, even if nothing else in your life is right, you feel like your whole world is complete.”
~ Keith Sweat (1961-), American R&B/soul singer-songwriter & record producer

I trust that these love and relationship quotes caused you to think about the degree to which you prioritize relationship with those you most love. Why not act on this love and show another how much you really do appreciate them!

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