136 Best Relationship Quotes That Speak Truth

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Whether you are in a new relationship or you’ve been in one for years, or you are just looking for a way to appreciate the love in your life, these relationship quotes will do the trick. From cute and sweet to funny and inspiring, we’ve rounded up some of the best relationship quotes from some of our favorite artists, authors, and other celebrities.

So whether you’re shopping for yourself or someone else in need of a little encouragement or inspiration, this list is sure to deliver.

Empowering Relationship Quotes

“As you remove toxic people from your life, you free up space and emotional energy for positive, healthy relationships.” – John Mark Green

“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” – Marilyn Monroe

“It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.” – John Joseph Powell

“Time is your most precious gift because you only have a set amount of it. You can make more money, but you can’t make more time. When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you’ll never get back. Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time. It is not enough to just say relationships are important; we must prove it by investing time in them. Words alone are worthless. “My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action.” Relationships take time and effort, and the best way to spell love is “T-I-M-E.” – Rick Warren

“We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.” – Sam Keen

“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

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”- Albert Schweitzer

“Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it” – Thomas Fuller

Great Relationship Advice Quotes

“Don’t settle for a relationship that won’t let you be yourself.”- Oprah Winfrey

“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

“You can talk with someone for years, everyday, and still, it won’t mean as much as what you can have when you sit in front of someone, not saying a word, yet you feel that person with your heart, you feel like you have known the person for forever…. connections are made with the heart, not the tongue.”- C. JoyBell C.

“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

“Every couple needs to argue now and then. Just to prove that the relationship is strong enough to survive. Long-term relationships, the ones that matter, are all about weathering the peaks and the valleys.” – Nicholas Sparks

“Sometimes it takes a heartbreak to shake us awake & help us see we are worth so much more than we’re settling for.” – Mandy Hale

“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

“If a girl starts out all casual with a guy and she doesn’t tell him that she wants a relationship, it will never become a relationship. If you give the guy the impression that casual is okay with you, that’s all he’ll ever want. Be straight with him from the start. If he gets scared and runs away, he wasn’t right for you.”- Susane Colasanti

“Truth is everybody is going to hurt you: you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.” – Bob Marley

“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

“Assumptions are the termites of relationships.” – Henry Winkler

“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

“All I’m telling you to do is to be smart about it. Know that if this man isn’t looking for a serious relationship, you’re not going to change his mind just because you two are going on dates and being intimate. You could be the most perfect woman on the Lord’s green earth-you’re capable of interesting conversation, you cook a mean breakfast, you hand out backrubs like sandwiches, you’re independent (which means, to him, that you’re not going to be in his pockets)-but if he’s not ready for a serious relationship, he going to treat you like sports fish.” – Steve Harvey

“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” – Brené Brown

“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

“Love is eternal, the aspect may change, but not the essence.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“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

“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

“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

“If you aren’t good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone, since you’ll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren’t even giving to yourself.” – Barbara De Angelis

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” – Rumi

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Best New Relationship Quotes

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” – Carl Gustav Jung

“I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” – When Harry Met Sally

“He touched my soul long before I knew what his hands felt like.” – Nikki Rowe 

“The love you take is equal to the love you make.” – Paul McCartney

“The very first moment I beheld him, my heart was irrevocably gone.” – Jane Austen

“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” – Aristotle

“You know someone’s right for you when the things they don’t have to say are even more important than the things they do.” – Jodi Picoult

Best Relationship Problem Quotes

“If you can’t figure out where you stand with someone, it might be time to stop standing and start walking.” – Shannon L. Alder

“The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.” – Ernest Hemingway.

“Do you know what it means to come home at night to a woman who’ll give you a little love, a little affection, a little tenderness? It means you’re in the wrong house, that’s what it means.” – Henny Youngman

“While you’re busy looking for the perfect person, you’ll probably miss the imperfect person who could make you perfectly happy.” – John Spence

“You Can’t Lose Something You Never Had.” – Kate G. Hudson

Relationships based on obligation lack dignity.– Wayne Dyer

Relationships, marriages are ruined where one person continues to learn, develop and grow and the other person stands still.” – Catherine Pulsifer

In a relationship, it is demeaning to seek your partner’s approval constantly. In such relationships, real caring, depth or even love is missing.” – Daisaku Ikeda

The worst feeling is to be ignored once, then twice, then again and again by someone you consider precious.– Betsy Kenton

A man who marries a woman to educate her falls victim to the same fallacy as the woman who marries a man to reform him.” – Elbert Hubbard

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

There is no pain equal to that which two lovers can inflict on one another.” – Cyril Connolly

Best Cute Relationship Quotes

“I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.” – Roy Croft

“I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone.” – The Lord of The Rings

“Every girlfriend has her best friend, boyfriend, and true love, but you’re really lucky if they are all the same person” – Anonymous

“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

“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

“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

“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

“You know you are in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams” – Dr. Seuss

“You are the first thing I think about when I wake up…And the last thing I think about when I fall asleep” – Anonymous

“Look, you want to know what marriage is really like? Fine. You wake up, she’s there. You come back from work, she’s there. You fall asleep, she’s there. You eat dinner, she’s there. You know? I mean, I know that sounds like a bad thing, but it’s not.” – Everybody Loves Raymond

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Best Inspirational Relationship Quotes

“Some people don’t understand the promises they’re making when they make them,” I said. “Right, of course. But you keep the promise anyway. That’s what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway.” – John Green

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” – Maya Angelou

“Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get—only with what you are expecting to give—which is everything.” – Katharine Hepburn

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu

“Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” – Alfred Lord Tennyson

“Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.” – Ann Landers

“He loved her for almost everything she was & she decided that was enough to let him stay for a very long time.” – Brian Andreas

“It is not time or opportunity that is to determine intimacy;—it is disposition alone. Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others.” – Jane Austen

“Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.” – Erich Fromm

“Anyone can love a thing because. That’s as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect. – Patrick Rothfuss

“Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding.” – Diane Arbus

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust

“Love is a two-way street constantly under construction.” – Carroll Bryant

“Nobody has ever measured—not even poets—how much love the human heart can hold.” – Zelda Fitzgerald

“Deep in your wounds are seeds, waiting to grow beautiful flowers.” – Niti Majethia

“The only thing we never get enough of is love, and the only thing we never give enough of is love.” – Henry Miller

“Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite in fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun, more last than star.” – E.E. Cummings

“The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.” – Victor Hugo

“We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“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

“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

“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust and hostility to evaporate.” – Albert Schweitzer

“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

“First and foremost, self-love, and then give love away.” – Katy Perry

“Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation” – Oscar Wilde

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind

And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.” – William Shakespeare

“Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction” – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Best Funny Relationship Quotes

“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up in mutual weirdness and call it love.” – Dr. Seuss

“True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.” – Erich Segal

“I know I’m old enough to be his mother, but when the Duck laid that kiss on me last night, I swear my thighs just went up in flames! He must practice on melons or something.” – Pretty in Pink

“I want a soul mate who can sit me down, shut me up, tell me ten things I don’t already know, and make me laugh. I don’t care what you look like, just turn me on. And if you can do that, I will follow you on bloody stumps through the snow. I will nibble your mukluks with my own teeth. I will do your windows. I will care about your feelings. Just have something in there.” – Henry Rollins

“Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.” – Albert Einstein

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Touching and Beautiful Relationship Quotes

“If equal affection cannot be, Let the more loving one be me.” – W.H. Auden

“We know from daily life that we exist for other people first of all, for whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends.” – Albert Einstein

“You know that when I hate you, it is because I love you to a point of passion that unhinges my soul.” – Julie de Lespinasse

“Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” – James Baldwin

“Having someone wonder where you are when you don’t come home at night is a very old human need.” – Margaret Mead

“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

“It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know. We all know people who are so much afraid of pain that they shut themselves up like clams in a shell and, giving out nothing, receive nothing and therefore shrink until life is a mere living death.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.” – Seneca

“My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and the courage to accept the love in return.” – Maya Angelou

“You know it’s love when all you want is that person to be happy, even if you’re not part of their happiness.” – Julia Roberts

“A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself — and especially to feel, or not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at any moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is.” – Jim Morrison

“Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.” – Anais Nin

“Blessed are they who have the gift of making friends, for it is one of God’s greatest gifts. It involves many things, but above all the power of going out of one’s self and appreciating what is noble and loving in another.” – Thomas Hughes

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.” – Henri Nouwen

“Patience is the mark of true love. If you truly love someone, you will be more patient with that person.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“To say that one waits a lifetime for his soulmate to come around is a paradox. People eventually get sick of waiting, take a chance on someone, and by the art of commitment become soulmates, which takes a lifetime to perfect.” – Criss Jami

“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you… I could walk through my garden forever.” – Alfred Tennyson

“There is only one happiness in this life, to love and to be loved” – George Sand

” A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality” – John Lennon

“Souls tend to go back to who feels like home” – N.R. Hart

“Love cures people- both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it” – Karl A. Menninger

“Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow” – Anonymous

“One word frees us of all the weight and pain of lie: That word is love” – Sophocles

“For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home” – Stephanie Perkins

Summary

There you have it, some of the best relationship quotes that speak truth. Maybe they’ve made you think. Maybe they’ve made you smile. Maybe you’ve found one that speaks to you in a way that resonates deep down in your soul that will help you put into words your own values and beliefs. In the end, we hope that these quotes have at least provided you with something fun to look at or helpful food for thought.

But they are by no means an exhaustive list of the best relationship quotes out there. If this list is any indication, there are plenty of other wise and insightful thoughts out there on love and relationships.

Dan Western
Dan Westernhttps://wealthygorilla.com/
Dan Western is the founder of Wealthy Gorilla. Dan has been running Wealthy Gorilla and studying self-development, personal finance, and investment for the last 7 years. To this day, Wealthy Gorilla has become one of the fastest growing wealth infotainment sites in the world; with over 300 million views worldwide. Dan doesn't use personal social media anymore, so you won't be able to find him on Instagram, or Twitter.

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