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68 Inspiring Relationship Quotes

Relationship Quotes

At the heart of life lie the relationships we have with other people.

With family, co-workers and friends close by and far away at the other side of the world.

And how you let these relationships flow and grow has huge impact on the happiness both in your life and in the lives of the people you care about.

So this week I’d like to look back into the past and share some of the best advice from the wise people who have walked this earth.

This is 68 of the most thought-provoking, touching, inspiring and helpful quotes on relationships.

  1. “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
  2. “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 F. Buscaglia
  3. “A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.”
    – Walter Winchell
  4. “The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”
    – Carl Jung
  5. “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
  6. “When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.”
    – Donald Miller
  7. “If you would be loved, love, and be loveable.”
    — Benjamin Franklin
  8. “No road is long with good company.”
    — Turkish Proverb
  9. “They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”
    — Carl W. Buechner
  10. “People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.”
    — Joseph F. Newton Men
  11. “Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.”
    — Swedish Proverb
  12. “You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.”
    — Epicurus
  13. “Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust and hostility to evaporate.”
    — Albert Schweitzer
  14. “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.”
    — Audrey Hepburn
  15. “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
  16. “Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”
    — Mahatma Gandhi
  17. “As you think so shall you be! Since you cannot physically experience another person, you can only experience them in your mind.
    Conclusion: All of the other people in your life are simply thoughts in your mind. Not physical beings to you, but thoughts. Your relationships are all in how you think about the other people of your life. Your experience of all those people is only in your mind. Your feelings about your lovers come from your thoughts.
    For example, they may in fact behave in ways that you find offensive. However, your relationship to them when they behave offensively is not determined by their behavior, it is determined only by how you choose to relate to that behavior. Their actions are theirs, you cannot own them, you cannot be them, you can only process them in your mind.”
    — Wayne Dyer
  18. “Assumptions are the termites of relationships.”
    — Henry Winkler
  19. “A good word is an easy obligation; but not to speak ill requires only our silence; which costs us nothing.”
    — John Tillotson
  20. “Love is when you meet someone who tells you something new about yourself.”
    — Andre Breton
  21. “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
  22. “A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea.”
    — Honore de Balzac
  23. “Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings.”
    — Miles Franklin
  24. “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one”
    — C.S. Lewis
  25. “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
  26. “When a woman is talking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes.”
    — Victor Hugo
  27. “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
  28. “We can improve our relationships with others by leaps and bounds if we become encouragers instead of critics.”
    — Joyce Meyer
  29. “Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”
    — James Baldwin
  30. “Don’t smother each other. No one can grow in the shade.”
    — Leo Buscaglia
  31. “We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.”
    — Eleanor Roosevelt
  32. “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
  33. “The royal road to a man’s heart is to talk to him about the things he treasures most.”
    — Dale Carnegie
  34. “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
  35. “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.”
    — Norman Vincent Peale
  36. “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.”
    — Oprah Winfrey
  37. “What love we’ve given, we’ll have forever. What love we fail to give, will be lost for all eternity.”
    — Leo Buscaglia
  38. “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
  39. “The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when someone asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.”
    — Henry David Thoreau
  40. “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
  41. “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
  42. “The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.”
    — Gilbert K. Chesterton
  43. “True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.”
    — David Tyson Gentry
  44. “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
  45. “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.”
    — Joseph Addison
  46. “Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.”
    — Tennessee Williams
  47. “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”
    — Carl Jung
  48. “When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.”
    — Dale Carnegie
  49. “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
  50. “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
  51. “Intimacy is the capacity to be rather weird with someone – and finding that that’s ok with them.”
    — Alain de Botton
  52. “An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”
    — Mahatma Gandhi.
  53. “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
  54. “What is uttered from the heart alone, will win the hearts of others to your own.”
    – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  55. “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.”
    – George Burns
  56. “What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.”
    – Confucius
  57. “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.”
    – Albert Camus
  58. “Having someone wonder where you are when you don’t come home at night is a very old human need.”
    – Margaret Mead
  59. “I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.”
    – Ernest Hemingway
  60. “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
  61. “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 F. Buscaglia
  62. “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
  63. “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
  64. “Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.”
    — Wayne Dyer
  65. “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
  66. “Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.”
    – Paul Boose
  67. “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
  68. “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
    – Marcel Proust

What is your favorite quote on relationships? Feel free to share the best one(s) you have found in this article or in your life in the comments section below.

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  • Ishmael August 29, 2014, 7:17 pm

    Incredible stuff.That shows will can train human beings to be better.With those quotes is possible.Great stuff.Keep it up.

  • patrick August 29, 2014, 10:45 pm

    Thankyou very much for sharing the quotes. They are all very inspiring and also educational.. i like quotes 36, 62,and 68. Very healthy reminders that we must show love, appreciate love and shave our love with those who genuinely love us Those who rode the bus with us in the past when we had no limo.

    Love compels you to share with us those helpful and encouraging quotes. So thankyou for your love to mankind.

    Ends.

  • Keerthi Ganesh August 30, 2014, 9:00 am

    Henrik,

    Below quote is one of my favourite always !, and definitely many others from this lot are awesome 🙂

    “People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.”
    — Joseph F. Newton Men

    Regards,
    Keerthi.

  • Chrispin August 30, 2014, 2:07 pm

    The quotes have made me love more

  • Andrew Walton August 30, 2014, 7:46 pm

    Thanks for the great list Henrik!

    “Intimacy is the capacity to be rather weird with someone – and finding that that’s ok with them.”— Alain de Botton

    I think this one speaks volumes. So often we put on a mask out in the world, hiding our authentic selves. To be able to share our “weirdness” with someone is an important form of intimacy.

  • Anonymous August 30, 2014, 8:28 pm

    Formal courtesy between husband and wife is even more important than it is between strangers
    – Unknown

  • susan August 31, 2014, 3:29 am

    I liked Donna Roberts’ very much… thank you for such lovely quotes.

  • Beverly Champion August 31, 2014, 3:52 am

    Send More !!!

  • Tom Eng August 31, 2014, 9:42 pm

    Great post and some great quotes! Thanks for sharing these!!

  • Amruta patil September 1, 2014, 12:33 pm

    Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”

  • Theresa September 2, 2014, 5:33 am

    I love the Quote’s they are very inspiring.

  • Debra September 2, 2014, 12:10 pm

    Love, Love Love these! Thank you!!!

  • Sahel September 3, 2014, 9:57 pm

    the most inspiring quotes in my life is:
    don’t compare people’s outer life face with your real life

  • Tsegaye bonsa September 6, 2014, 11:02 am

    Thank you a lot for sharing me interesting sayings!!

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