Being in a relationship can be one of the most beautiful things in the world.
Falling in love with someone, sharing yourselves and experiences together creates the most powerful memories.
Its not always plain sailing but having somewhere there to support you, understand you and guide you through life’s rich tapestries is one of the most fulfilling aspects of life.
To honor relationships of all kinds, we’ve put together 40 of the best relationship quotes for you to share with your partner, friend or family member to express how you feel.
1. Bob Marley on Love and Suffering
Truth is everybody is going to hurt you: you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for. ~ Bob Marley
Love is never a safe exchange. The main ingredient of love is vulnerability. Only when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable with someone else we become open to love. Knowing that we might be hurt or rejected should not stop us for offering love. Love rewards only the brave ones, the ones who can accept that suffering can be part of the deal when it comes to love. The people who are most worthy of our love are also those who are worth our risk. See more Bob Marley quotes.
2. Jess. C. Scott on Love and Comfort
When someone loves you, the way they talk about you is different. You feel safe and comfortable. ~ Jess C. Scott
In the eyes of the person who loves us we are our greatest version. The eyes that love are always caring, forgiving, and admiring. We talk differently about those we love because we put emotion in every word. In love, communication has two layers that intertwine – a layer of meaning and one of emotion. The person who loves builds a sanctuary around the loved ones in which there is safety, protection, care, and understanding.
3. C. G. Jung on Chemistry and Relationships
The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed. ~ C.G. Jung
Love and friendship are not states, rather processes in which different types of reactions happen, with or without our intent. In a meeting of two minds and two souls, the persons discover each other bit by bit and they are able to bond through their similarities and differences. They are brought together by life to share their most inner selves and to learn from each other, to grow together so each of them can become empowered through the other. The reaction is continuous and lasts as long as their feelings and interest in each other lasts.
4. Friedrich Nietzsche on Love and Madness
There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
Love is irrational and no matter how much we study it, we can hardly define it or put it clearly in a pattern of rules or laws. This is the reason why love is exciting. It always works in mysterious and unpredictable ways, asking everything from us and changing our entire way of looking at life. There is no logic in love because love is in itself the most mystical experience of life. The madness that exists in love does not work well with our realistic selves, yet it is an essential type of madness, which has its own rationality outside of our power of reasoning.
5. Richard Bach on Love and Independence
If you love someone, set them free. If they come back they’re yours; if they don’t they never were. ~ Richard Bach
A love in which we lose our personality and our own individuality is not a fulfilling love. Love should not be an annihilation of who we are but a growth in which we add new and new layers to our identity, without actually mutilating it. When we really love, we learn to feel free in the presence of the other. We don’t seek escapes. If we think of freedom as an escape then our love is a prison in disguise which can only harm us.
6. Denis Waitley on Courage
Courage means to keep working a relationship, to continue seeking solutions to difficult problems, and to stay focused during stressful periods. ~ Denis Waitley
Maybe we don’t see ourselves as highly brave but the actual truth is that life demands from us in many various ways to be daring and courageous. There is a type of mental strength without which we cannot realize anything. As mysteriously as love works, a relationship is a different matter. Relationships take great courage and strength because they are a work in progress, almost a project. The project of love like any other encounters obstacles and difficulties and creates a lot of stress for those involved, yet the rewards make every effort worthy it.
7. Victor Hugo on Love and Communication
When a woman is talking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes. ~ Victor Hugo
We use words to communicate because it seems simple, yet language is deceiving. Language only conveys as much truth as the person who uses it wants to. No matter how truthful we use words, our expression and our body language always speak the truth. Through our eyes we say more than our words will ever do, even if we would be poets. In our eyes lay all the emotions that escape common language and every truth we try to hide.
8. William Shakespeare on Giving Love
Love sought is good, but given unsought, is better. ~ William Shakespeare
Love always has a powerful autonomy. We cannot decide who we love and we cannot decide who loves us. Moreover, we cannot demand love and we cannot give it on request. A real love emerges naturally and organically and develops in the same way. It finds us miraculously, sometimes when we least expect it. Love comes to us in different ways and not on the same path where we are searching for it. The best kind of love comes to us as a gift.
9. Ryan Lochte on Soul mates
I believe everyone has a soul mate that they can spend the rest of their life together. ~ Ryan Lochte
When we struggle to find love we might become hopeless. There are so many people in the world, how are we going to find the best person for us? The fact that there are so many people with so many different personalities should actually encourage us. Among millions of people it is impossible to not find great compatibility with someone. We are all unique individuals but our personalities complement each other in amazing ways. When we found someone who completes us in the most definite way we can be sure that person is a soul mate.
10. B. R. Ambedkar on Marriage and Friendship
The relationship between husband and wife should be one of closest friends. ~ B. R. Ambedkar
For a long and lasting relationship, lovers should foremost be best friends. Friendship lays a foundation of common goals, ideas, and preferences, of trust and confidence, and of real compatibility that goes behind the physical attraction. A love made of friendship and passion becomes a solid formation and only this kind of love can ensure a happy marriage. A husband and a wife are not just lovers. They are partners who have to share the good and the bad. In times of crisis, friendship is more effective than love.
11. Dale Carnegie on Emotions and Logic
When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion. ~ Dale Carnegie
We can never say how much our mind determines who we are and how much does our soul. We are an intermingling of thoughts, ideas, and emotions. Our main connection to other people and to the root of life itself is always emotional. We cannot think of our lives in terms of logical procedures and connections, because life is unpredictable, we are unpredictable, and we never have all the information we need for rational decisions. We decide with our heart, as a powerful guide who knows exactly what is essential for us, despite the logical, pragmatic constructions of the mind.
12. Henry James on Kindness
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
In our societies, we strive relentlessly towards power, success, and accumulation of resources. We don’t allow ourselves the time to look around and see how other people are doing. We forget to be there for others, yet we expect others to save us in our hard times. Besides everything that happens in the world, the real link that brings people together and that creates lasting connections and meaningful moments in existence is kindness. Being kind means being brave enough to break the mould of selfishness that separates people and doing it over and over again, as an imperative of our soul.
13. Alain de Botton on Intimacy and Connection
Intimacy is the capacity to be rather weird with someone – and finding that that’s ok with them. ~ Alain de Botton
We all have our quirks and peculiarities and one of the most satisfying feelings in the world is finding someone who shares the exact same quirks with us, who finds them funny, or who at least does not consider them a deal-breaker. Only with such a person we can develop real intimacy, in which vulnerability and honesty go hand in hand. Real intimacy doesn’t allow any space for fear of judgement and rejection, and any shared awkwardness stops being awkward.
14. Mother Teresa on Giving Love
Intense love does not measure, it just gives. ~ Mother Teresa
We cannot put labels or limits on love and we definitely cannot measure it, like it could be a random commodity. Love travels freely, on a continuous flow, according to the desire of our hearts. We cannot compare the love we give with the love we receive, because love is not an exact exchange, neither a fair one sometimes. Love pours freely and intensely until it consumes itself and real love does not ask for anything in return except the freedom to flow freely.
15. Barbara de Angelis on Love and Regret
You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back. ~ Barbara De Angelis
More daunting than losing our love is the regret of never having loved. Love comes and goes at its own will from our lives, it comes to change us, to give us hope, to make us grow, to allow us to connect deeply with another being, and to put us face to face with an incredible array of new emotions and sensations. By closing our hearts to love we hide ourselves in a comfort zone where nothing can grow or flourish.
16. Hugh Mackay on Life and Relationships
Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes are uncertain. People are irrational. ~ Hugh Mackay
Life is a series of unpredictable events united with our constant attempts of controlling these events and make sense of them. Our imagination is our worst enemy because we fabricate in our minds perfect versions of life, of ourselves, and of our relationships only to have life do her own thing, despite our plans. Our power to control our lives is in same points minimal. We can hardly know fully the insides of our own personalities and even our behaviour appears unpredictable to us sometimes. Just going with the flow saves us many headaches.
17. Lord Byron on Love and Friendship
Friendship may, and often does, grow into love, but love never subsides into friendship. ~ Lord Byron
Many times love grows naturally out of friendship in a very smooth way that allows both friendship and love to coexist in a happy and meaningful relationship. At the same time, love can never grow into friendship. Love burns and consumes us completely and when love fades, we can hardly find in us the resources necessary to kindle a different, more serene feeling. People who loved each other but who are no longer lovers prefer to be strangers and to cut all ties, than to be friends and have to keep the wound open all the time.
18. Lewis B. Smedes on Forgiveness
It takes one person to forgive, it takes two people to be reunited. ~ Lewis B. Smedes
Forgiveness is not something we do, but something that is given to us. We have wronged someone and we ask them to forgive us. The forgiveness happens only when they want to. Forgiveness is a mutual decision to restore a relationship back to a moment when nothing infringed upon it. To be reunited is a decision that belongs to all the parts involved and it can only happen when both the apology and the forgiveness have been completely sincere, with no remorse and regret tainting them.
19. Donald Miller on Perfection and Expectation
When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are. ~ Donald Miller
Our minds have the tendency to idealize people or circumstances. Moreover, we are more tolerant with our flaws than with other people’s flaws. For these reasons people seem to disappoint us often. We impose expectations on them that have no real basis on reality. We want them to be perfect and flawless, even though we are not. When we stop expecting them to fit our image but let them be sincere and vulnerable, then we can start to see the beauty of their being.
20. On Good Company
No road is long with good company. ~ Turkish Proverb
Good company makes everything better. Every time when we share a specific moment with someone, either by talking, laughing, or simply enjoying each other’s presence that moment becomes meaningful. A good company is entertaining but it can also be helpful and eye-opening. No matter how long the road, you know you have someone to laugh with, to count on, and to share the joy as well as the struggle. A good company becomes even more important than the road itself.
21. Henry Winkler on Relationships
Assumptions are the termites of relationships. ~ Henry Winkler
A relationship is successful and rewarding as long as it is based on an honest and profound communication. When communication is lacking, we start to make guesses, to project our own thoughts into the mind of the other, and to make assumptions founded on incomplete information. As insignificant as they might appear, assumptions erode slowly but effectively the solid foundation of a relationship. When we communicate clearly and honestly, we leave no room for such a thing to happen. With good communication everything becomes transparent.
22. Miles Franklin on Sharing
Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings. ~ Miles Franklin
Sharing is an innate desire of all human beings. We like to connect with others and to feel we belong so we learn to express ourselves by sharing ideas, thoughts, stories, or opinions. When we tell to another person about something we did or we witnessed we can see that experience again through their eyes and through their insights. Keeping everything private is a sort of intentional disconnection that ends up making us unhappy. We love to share and we need to do it to maintain a sense of belonging with other being and with the world itself.
23. Joyce Meyer on Support and Relationships
We can improve our relationships with others by leaps and bounds if we become encouragers instead of critics. ~ Joyce Meyer
We seek relationships because they are a safe zone where we can find and offer love, support, and appreciation. When a relationship becomes a battle field where people criticize or blame each other, the whole purpose of the relationship is sabotaged. Only when we learn to provide a calming, encouraging, and supporting atmosphere for the other, the relationship reaches its goal and can become something real and profound. Nobody likes critics but we all like people who encourage us and believe in us.
24. James Baldwin on Honesty and Vulnerability
Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. ~ James Baldwin
We have the habit of hiding or supressing parts of ourselves out of fear of being misunderstood or judged by others. When loves comes in our lives, it finally allows us the freedom to let go of all the disguises. Love does not accept masks but it offers the occasion to feel safe enough to let go of them. We hide behind these masks because we are not sure how the world will see us, but love gives us faith that we will be accepted and treasured for who we are, with our flaws and our qualities put together.
25. Leo Buscaglia on Love and Freedom
Don’t smother each other. No one can grow in the shade. ~ Leo Buscaglia
While it creates a powerful, almost indestructible bond between people, love doesn’t have to impose an unhealthy co-dependency. When we love people we want to take care of them, to be always at their disposal and help them in everything they do. There is a fine line, however, between being there for the other and smothering. Smothering actually does more harm than good because it shows that we don’t trust the other so much as to believe in their ability to take care of themselves. We damage their independence and sense of self.
26. On Affection and Fear
We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all. ~ Unknown
We can never measure how much love and care we put into a relationship and how much the other puts in return. We cannot control the depth or the intensity of our feelings. That is why sometimes we become afraid that we might put too much heart into our relationship and that the other might not even put his heart at all. This type of fear only appears when we think of love as an exchange where you have to give and receive at the same time. Yet love does not work like this. Real love does not impose expectations or rules. It just gives selflessly.
27. Carl Jung on Acceptance
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. ~ Carl Jung
We are always more tolerant with our mistakes and flaws and we rarely treat others with the same level of tolerance. However, we understand ourselves better in a rapport with the others. When we stop judging others and start analysing their behaviour, we start having insights about people and about our own identity by recognizing patterns and models of behaviour that are common to us all. Everything that we find annoying in others can be found in us as well, even if to a different degree.
28. Winnie the Pooh on Love and Loss
If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you. ~ Winnie the Pooh
Life loses its charm and vitality when we no longer have our love to empower us. When those we love are not with us anymore we rediscover life as a dull and empty place, where we don’t belong. Living without the people we love means losing our entire way of being and seeing the world. When we don’t have those we love with us, we are no longer the person we were when they were with us. Our pain and loneliness crush us until we hardly recognize who we are.
29. Marcel Proust on Gratitude and Relationships
Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. ~ Marcel Proust
Relationships are the main ingredient in a happy and meaningful life. The people in our lives can make us happy simply by being with us and by bringing their own hearts, minds, and perspective into our world, thus making it more rich and exciting. We need people to be happy because through people we connect with life and its flow, and don’t remain isolated and selfish on its margins. People can teach us to see better, to love better, and to be a better person.
30. Candace Bushnell on Risk
Man may have discovered fire, but women discovered how to play with it. ~ Candace Bushnell
Men are explorers who like to know things and to think about possibilities, while women like to take risks and explore every facet of every possibility. While men are daring when it is needed, women are daring just for the sake of passion and excitement. Women don’t care only about things that are useful, but also about things that make their heart tick. Besides utility, they like passion and boldness, even if it is dangerous.
31. Rihanna on Sharing Life
You don’t want to live your life and then meet someone. You want to share your life with someone. That’s what I’m missing right now. ~ Rihanna
We all want to find our soul mates, but as times go by, we become hopeless and restless. What if our soul mate appears too late when we have already lived a long and lonely life which made us disillusioned and cynics? What if we no longer have the ability to love purely and completely when our soul mate finally finds us? We want someone so we can build together a beautiful life, not have someone coming into our lives after we struggled alone to build something by ourselves.
32. On Finding the Right Person
We may love the wrong person or cry for the wrong reason. But one thing is sure, mistakes help us find the right person. ~ Unknown
It takes a lot of time and many trials and errors to learn exactly who is compatible with us, what we actually want from a partner, and how we want our relationship to be like. Even before we know what we search for, we actually invest feelings in relationships that might not be good for us. However, with every relationship we get closer to what we actually want and we learn who is more suitable for us.
33. Lillian Hellman on Change and Relationships
People change and forget to tell each other. ~ Lillian Hellman
Our personalities are always a work in progress. As we live, we discover new things about life and about ourselves. We change our dreams, goals, desires, or opinions. If we remain the same, it means we failed to grow and thus our live is no longer the meaningful journey we want it to be. The problem is that as we grow and change, our relationships can suffer. In a relationship, people have to grow together or at least keep track of the direction where the other wants to go. Otherwise, separation becomes inevitable.
34. Helen Rowland on Trust
Never trust a husband too far, nor a bachelor too near. ~ Helen Rowland
Love and relationships are very complex. People have different ideas about love, independence, or attraction. They even have different boundaries when it comes to what is permitted to do or not to do in a loving relationship. That is why most relationships only work when they are based on a solid and mutual feeling of trust. We always meet interesting and attractive people that could incite us, so we always have to be careful to respect the boundaries of our relationship while still being able to enjoy meeting new people.
35. Anthony Storr on Relationships and Validation
It is only when we no longer compulsively need someone that we can have a real relationship with them. ~ Anthony Storr
Being needy is one of the most unattractive things that ruin a relationship. People need to feel complete on their own to be able to be happy with someone else. We don’t seek relationships because we are desperate for other person to give us the meaning which lacks in our lives, but rather because we love the idea of sharing our lives with someone, and do together things in which we find pleasure, comfort, and excitement. Only when we are happy by ourselves we are able to bring happiness and positivity in a relationship.
36. Justin Timberlake on Love and Intensity
Every relationship I’ve been in, I’ve overwhelmed the girl. They just can’t handle all the love. ~ Justin Timberlake
In love, some people take their pleasure and satisfaction from giving while others from taking. Not all are ready or willing to love with their entire being or to make love the first priority of their lives. For some people, love stories are always too dramatic, too romantic, or too emotional and they prefer a more calm, and serene type of love, one more similar to a friendship. Only when two people love with the same intensity of feeling and are not being scared of this intensity their relationship will be fulfilling for both.
37. Shirley MacLaine on Individuality
I don’t need anyone to rectify my existence. The most profound relationship we will ever have is the one with ourselves. ~ Shirley MacLaine
We want and we need relationships, but we should never seek them out of wrong reasons. If the need for a relationship hides a cry for validation, every new relationship that will become unhealthy. Clinginess and neediness show that we have no respect for ourselves and we don’t value who we are, always trying to make others offer us what we lack in terms of self-confidence and self-esteem. Most importantly, relationships come and go, so we need to establish a sincere and profound relationship with ourselves and to learn to be content alone.
38. Neil LaBute on Honesty
In a relationship you have to open yourself up. ~ Neil LaBute
The basis of a relationship is the common acceptance and the decision to make all masks fall down. A real, lasting relationship does not work with half measures. You have to open yourself completely and honestly and let the other do the same. A relationship is about this type of vulnerability, where we are allowed to show ourselves as maybe we never had the chance before. When there is acceptance, tolerance, and support in a relationship, the vulnerability acts as a bonding element.
39. On Mental Connection
Physical attractions are common but a mental connection is rare. ~ Unknown
We can meet attractive people daily, yet stay single for a long time.
Physical attraction doesn’t say anything about emotional and mental connection, and it doesn’t say anything about compatibility. We can find other people attractive and others can find us attractive, yet when we want to talk and try to see in which direction our conversation can go, we discover that we hardly have any common ground. When our minds and ours souls don’t communicate, physical attraction slowly fades.
40. Bryant H. McGill on Forgiveness and Love
There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love. ~ Bryant H. McGill
Forgiveness is always difficult and challenging. To be able to forgive we need to rely on the powerful feelings we hold for the person which has wronged us. Forgiveness finds support in the love we share with the other and love allows us to forgive more easily. At the same time, love is not sustainable if we don’t learn to forgive. Intently or not, people are often prone to mistakes. As much as we would fight against, it is possible to fail people we love and that they fail us. Forgiveness allows us to repair and leave behind every crack that damages the foundation of our love.
41. Greta Scacchi on Commitment
A relationship requires a lot of work and commitment. ~ Greta Scacchi
Relationships are definitely not easy. Depending on our level of compatibility and on our desire to make a relationship strong and lasting, we have to put in a lot of work and effort. People are not pieces with sharp lines that fit perfectly together in a puzzle. Every compatible meeting is an intersection of common dreams, goals, or ideas, but it is never perfect. Commitment can, however, transform a compatible meeting in a satisfying relationship where each of the two can maintain its own sense of identity while also sharing as much as possible with the other.
42. Anthony J. D’Angelo on Relationships
Treasure your relationships, not your possessions. ~ Anthony J. D’Angelo
People make our lives interesting and meaningful, and they give us things that money can never buy. We cannot buy love, affection, or intimacy. Our friends entertain us, make us laugh, share things we might never find on our own, help us, and even do therapy with us in our most vulnerable moments. For these reasons and many more, relationships provide meaning and a sense of connection that allow us to be happy. Without that feeling of connection, we are more often than not miserable, despite having success in other areas of life.
43. Keanu Reeves on Falling in Love
Falling in love and having a relationship are two different things. ~ Keanu Reeves
Falling in love is easy and out of our control. A relationship, on the other hand, takes serious work and it often involves a conscious decision. We don’t decide to fall in love with someone, but we can decide to have or not have a relationship with that person. Falling in love happens naturally and it is matter of chemistry and physical attractiveness, which often ignores compatibility. For a relationship to exist and to develop, compatibility is vital.