101 Relationship Quotes

Having someone wonder where you are when you don't come home at night is a very old human need.

Margaret Mead

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If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?

Stephen Levine

Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand.

Emily Kimbrough

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

Oh, the comfort - the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person - having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.

Dinah Craik, A Life for a Life, 1859

Sticks and stones are hard on bones Aimed with angry art, Words can sting like anything But silence breaks the heart.

Phyllis McGinley, "Ballade of Lost Objects," 1954

Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.

Swedish Proverb

We mistakenly assume that if our partners love us they will react and behave in certain ways - the ways we react and behave when we love someone.

John Gray

When men and women are able to respect and accept their differences then love has a chance to blossom.

John Gray

To grow in our ability to love ourselves we need to receive love as well.

John Gray

A man's sense of self is defined through his ability to achieve results.

John Gray

A woman's sense of self is defined through her feelings and the quality of her relationships.

John Gray

Just as a man is fulfilled through working out the intricate details of solving a problem, a woman is fulfilled through talking about the details of her problems.

John Gray

When a man loves a woman, periodically he needs to pull away before he can get closer.

John Gray

Man is a knot into which relationships are tied.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Assumptions are the termites of relationships.

Henry Winkler

I like her because she smiles at me and means it.


You can't stop loving or wanting to love because when its 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

At bottom the world isn't a joke. We only joke about it to avoid an issue with someone, to let someone know that we know he's there with his questions; to disarm him by seeming to have heard and done justice to his side of the standing argument.

Robert Frost

We rarely confide in those who are better than we are.

Albert Camus

Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings.

Miles Franklin

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

Present your family and friends with their eulogies now - they won't be able to hear how much you love them and appreciate them from inside the coffin.


Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. 'Pooh!' he whispered. 'Yes, Piglet?' 'Nothing,' said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw. 'I just wanted to be sure of you.'

A.A. Milne

Relationships give us a reason to live. Revenge.

Ronny Shakes

Are we not like two volumes of one book?

Marceline Desbordes-Valmore

When I want to end a relationship I just say, 'You know, I love you. I want to marry you. I want to have your children.' Sometimes they leave skid marks.

Rita Rudner

Trouble is part of your life, and if you don't share it, you don't give the person who loves you enough chance to love you enough.

Dinah Shore

Lust is easy. Love is hard. Like is most important.

Carl Reiner

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

Marcel Proust

To know when to go away and when to come closer is the key to any lasting relationship.

Domenico Cieri Estrada

If fame were based on kindness instead of popularity, on understanding and not on worldwide attention, you would be the biggest celebrity on earth. And to my heart, you already are.


Soul-mates are people who bring out the best in you. They are not perfect but are always perfect for you.

Author Unknown

You cannot be lonely if you like the person you're alone with.

Wayne W. Dyer

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.

From the movie Annie

Sister is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship.

Margaret Mead

Our greatest joy-and our greatest pain comes in our relationships with others.

Stephen R. Covey

When you struggle with your partner, you are struggling with yourself. Every fault you see in them touches a denied weakness in yourself.

Deepak Chopra

If one does not wish bonds broken, one should make them elastic and thereby strengthen them.

Ardant du Picq

However good or bad you feel about your relationship, the person you are with at this moment is the right person, because he or she is the mirror of who you are inside.

Deepak Chopra

A relationship is like a rose. How long it lasts, no one knows. Love can erase an awful past, love can be yours, you'll see at last. To feel that love, it makes you sigh. To have it leave, you'd rather die. You hope you've found that special rose, cause you love and care for the one you choose.


Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships.

Stephen R. Covey

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

The most important ingredient we put into any relationship is not what we say or what we do, but what we are.

Stephen R. Covey

Little kindness and courtesies are so important. In relationships, the little things are the big things.

Stephen R. Covey

The fundamental glue that holds any relationship together is trust.

Brian Tracy

Commitment is inherent in any genuinely loving relationship.

Scott Peck

Any relationship primarily built on physical attractiveness is predestined to be short lived.

Zig Ziglar

Before we can have a successful relationship with anyone, we first need a perfect personal relationship.

Russ Von Hoelscher

Don't rush into any kind of relationship. Work on yourself. Feel yourself, experience yourself and love yourself. Do this first and you will soon attract that special loving other.

Russ Von Hoelscher

Problems in relationship occur because each person is concentrating on what is missing in the other person.

Wayne Dyer

Personal relationships are the fertile soil from which all advancement...all success... all achievement in real life grows.

Ben Stein

The quality of your life is the quality of your relationships.

Anthony Robbins

To succeed with the opposite sex, tell her you're impotent. She can't wait to disprove it.

Cary Grant

I present myself to you in a form suitable to the relationship I wish to achieve with you.

Luigi Pirandello

An intimate relationship does not banish loneliness. Only when we are comfortable with who we are can we truly function independently in a healthy way, can we truly function within a relationship. Two halves do not make a whole when it comes to a healthy relationship: it takes two wholes.

Patricia Fry

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.

Wiston Auden

The bonds that unite another person to our self exist only in our mind.

Marcel Proust

People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.

Joseph F. Newton

Some people come into our lives and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never ever the same.

Flavia Weedn

Nowadays love is a matter of chance, matrimony a matter of money and divorce a matter of course.

Helen Rowland

You meet someone and you're sure you were lovers in a past life. After two weeks with them, you realize why you haven't kept in touch for the last two thousand years.

Al Cleathen

Every person, all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you.

Richard Bach

It is only when we no longer compulsively need someone that we can have a real relationship with them.

Anthony Storr

Guys are like dogs. They keep comin' back. Ladies are like cats. Yell at a cat one time, they're gone.

Lenny Bruce

Today we are faced with the preeminent fact that, if civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships... the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world, at peace.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

True friends are those who, when you make a fool of yourself, don't believe that this condition is permanent.

Erwin T. Randall

In terms of the formation of long-term relationships, it's far better to get false negatives than false positives.

Eric Pepke

The difference between being in a relationship and being in prison is that in prisons they let you play softball on the weekends.

Bobby Kelton

Basically, the only thing we need is a hand that rests on our own, that wishes it well, that sometimes guides us.

Hector Bianciotti

There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.

Martin Luther

It is the things in common that make relationships enjoyable, bit it is the little differences that make them interesting.


My girlfriend told me that she was seeing another man. I told her to rub her eyes.

Emo Philips

Relationships are the hallmark of the mature person.

Brian Tracy

People change and forget to tell each other.

Lillian Hellman

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.


A man in a relationship trades intimacy to get sex. A woman in a relationship trades sex to get intimacy.

Old Proverb

Sometimes you have to get to know someone really well to realize you're really strangers.

Mary Tyler Moore

Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.


Be the kind of person you would like to be with. Some people come into our lives, make footprints on our hearts and we are never the same. People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.

Joseph F. Newton Men!

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

Eighty percent of life's satisfaction comes from meaningful relationships.

Brian Tracy

The more connections you and your lover make, not just between your bodies, but between your minds, your hearts, and your souls, the more you will strengthen the fabric of your relationship, and the more real moments you will experience together.

Barbara De Angelis

Good company upon the road is the shortest cut.


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

I think a relationship is like a shark. It has to constantly move forward or it dies.

Woody Allen

If we are incapable of finding peace in ourselves, it is pointless to search elsewhere.

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Don't smother each other. No one can grow in the shade.

Leo Buscaglia

Sticks and stones are hard on bones Aimed with angry art, Words can sting like anything But silence breaks the heart.

Suzanne Nichols

I like her because she smiles at me and means it.

Tas Soft Wind

Almost all of our sorrows spring out of our relations with other people.

Arthur Schopenhauer

I respect only those who resist me, but cannot tolerate them.

Charles de Gaulle

The easiest kind of relationship for me is with 10,000 people. The hardest is with one.

Joan Baez

When the man is at home, his standing in society is well known and quietly taken; but when he is abroad, it is problematical, and is dependent on the success of his manners.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

With three or more people there is something bold in the air: direct things get said which would frighten two people alone and conscious of each inch of their nearness to one another. To be three is to be in public - you feel safe.

Elizabeth Bowen

It is always safe to assume that people are more subtle and less sensitive than they seem.

Eric Hoffer

The more you let yourself go, the less others let you go.

Friedrich Nietzsche

No road is long with good company.

Turkish Proverb

I felt it shelter to speak to you.

Emily Dickinson

Science may have found a cure for most evils: but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings.

Helen Keller

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