That's what a Turkish Proverb would have us believe, and I'd like to think it was talking about the ups and downs that accompany any long-term, fulfilling romantic relationship. And that's what you'll find here:
So, yes, the quotations I have personally assembled and hand-picked are intended to be about relationships between ourselves and a significant other, but I'm sure most quotes can equally apply to ALL types of relationships, I'm sure they can. Like this relationship quotation, for example:
"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."
-- Marcel Proust
So let's get to it then, onwards and upwards with these inspirational life quotes about relationships and (occasionally) funny inspirational quotes...
Okay, I'm going to get the show on the road by choosing relationship quotes that highlight WHAT'S GOOD about relationships...
"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
"The purpose of a relationship is not to have another who might complete you, but to have another with whom you might share your completeness."
-- Neale Donald Walsch
(And this is the philosophy behind my ebook, "The Top 10 Relationship Questions... Answered. An ebook that helps you find your own relationship answers...)
"The most important ingredient we put into any relationship is not what we say or what we do, but what we are."
-- Stephen Covey
(Actions always speak louder than words, always - even in love. Funny that!)
"Having someone wonder where you are when you don't come home at night is a very old human need."
-- Margaret Mead
"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
(One thing you could do is share your relationship story - once you've read all of these quotes about relationships - share it with the rest of the world. Inspire us, and inspire yourself too - share your story here!)
"And ever has it been known that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation."
-- Khalil Gibran
"If need be, you can live in my heart...rent free...all utilities included."
-- Grace Nagar
"Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow."
-- Swedish Proverb
"What you call flaws are really just scars and wounds accumulated over a lifetime."
-- Deepak Chopra
Okay, so many quotes about relationships so little time. How 'bout you rest up for just a moment, and watch this short video called About Relationships (lasts 5mins,36s). You'll find some inspirational life quotes here, too...
Okay, you ready for more, now! How 'bout some passion quotes, then?...
"Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss, and ends with a teardrop."
"Love is not finding someone to go to bed with, but finding someone you want to wake up next to in the morning. Love is not finding the perfect person, but finding the imperfect person perfect."
"I like her because she smiles at me and means it."
"The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost."
-- G K Chesterton
"One of the greatest gifts you can give someone is the gift of attention."
-- Jim Rohn
(And isn't attention a great way to make any relationship work better? Well, that's what my ebook is all about, anyway, it answers the top 10 relationship questions!)
"You learn to like someone when you find out what makes them laugh, but you can never truly love someone until you find out what makes them cry."
"Any boy can get a girl, it takes a man to keep one."
-- Jess Mcgovern
"Soul-mates are people who bring out the best in you. They are not perfect but are always perfect for you."
"There is no feeling more comforting and consoling than knowing you are right next to the one you love."
-- Oscar Wilde
An, what a wag that Oscar Wilde is. His inspirational quote about relationships really should be appearing in the next section I reckon...
Yep, funny inspirational quotes about relationships anyone?
"The key to a good relationship is the key. Give me back the key."
-- Ronnie Edwards
"Relationships give us a reason to live. Revenge."
-- Ronny Shakes
"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
"Women marry men hoping they will change. Men marry women hoping they will not. So each is inevitably disappointed."
-- Albert Einstein
(Hmm, maybe Elbert and Albert might be onto something here! I know these quotes aren't "funny ha ha", per se - these funny inspirational quotes are, though - but they do reveal how funny we are as people, as men and women!)
"Relationships are like glass. Sometimes it’s better to leave them broken than to hurt yourself putting it back together."
"I know nothing about sex, because I was always married."
-- Gloria Leonard
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And now how about the difficulty of relationships, now we've given up on sex, and all... (No, I'm not sure why this is the biggest section of this quotes about relationships page - just happened that way, I guess! ;-) )
"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
"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
"Be honest, brutally honest. That is what's going to maintain relationships."
-- Lauryn Hill
"Problems in relationship occur because each person is concentrating on what is missing in the other person."
-- Wayne Dyer
"What angers us in another person is more often than not an unhealed aspect of ourselves. If we had already resolved that particular issue, we would not be irritated by its reflection back to us."
-- Simon Peter Fuller
"Sex is always about emotions. Good sex is about free emotions; bad sex is about blocked emotions."
-- Deepak Chopra
"Don't be reckless with other people's hearts, and don't put up with people that are reckless with yours."
-- Kurt Vonnegut
"Lust is easy. Love is hard. Like is most important."
-- Carl Reiner
(This is one of those quotes about relationships that sounds more like a recipe for happiness, doesn't it!)
"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
"I am getting nowhere with you and I can't let you go and I cant get through."
-- Ani Difranco
"Don't smother each other. No one can grow in the shade."
-- Leo Buscaglia
"To know when to go away and when to come closer is the key to any lasting relationship."
-- Domenico Cieri Estrada
"Nobody can hurt me without my permission."
-- Mahatma Gandhi
(This is self-esteem talking, and in particularly low-self-esteem. Yes, these quotes about relationships really do stir up 'issues' in ourselves!)
"When a man loves a woman, periodically he needs to pull away before he can get closer."
-- John Gray
"Assumptions are the termites of relationships."
-- Henry Winkler
"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going."
-- Beverly Sills
"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
(This is what I found as I considered my own biggest relationship mistakes, by the way!)
"Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves."
-- Carl Jung
"Love looks through a telescope; envy through a microscope."
-- Josh Billings
"When men and women are able to respect and accept their differences then love has a chance to blossom."
-- John Gray
"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
And if you're interested in solving relationship problems, via the power of quotes about relationships or otherwise, then why not check out our brand new relationship forum advice page! (Find relationship questions and answers from you, me, and Paula Renaye!)
Okay, now let's talk about relationships in more general terms - relationship quotes as inspirational life quotes you might say:
"I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love."
-- Mother Teresa
"Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that many people enter into 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
"People change and forget to tell each other."
-- Lillian Hellman
"Love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared with love in dreams."
-- Fyodor Dostoevski
(Written by the same man who wrote Crime and Punishment, no less!)
"Just because somebody doesn't love you the way you want them to, doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have."
"To grow in our ability to love ourselves we need to receive love as well."
-- John Gray
"I swear - by my life and my love of it - that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine."
-- Ayn Rand
"A loving person lives in a loving world; a hostile person lives in a hostile world. Each person is your mirror."
-- Ken Keyes, Jr.
"The fundamental glue that holds any relationship together is trust."
-- Brian Tracy
"Before you try to change others, remember how hard it is to change yourself."
-- Bill Bluestein
(Fear of success is, after all, fear of change.)
"The three ingredients of a successful union between two ... humor, commitment & undying love."
-- Bill Cosby
Which, with the help of Mr Cosby, leads me seamlessly to the funny quotes section of this quotes about relationship page. Doesn't it?
No! That would be obvious, wouldn't it, and nobody wants to be 'obvious' in any kind of relationship. So, instead - and perhaps illustrating the nature of your relationship with me, dear reader - let's finish this page with some quotes about long distance relationships...
... That's right! All the way down at the bottom of this inspirational quotes page, the relationship quotes you have patiently waited for... yep, some quotes about long distance relationship (ah, I've been there - yikes!)...
"Missing you could turn from pain to pleasure, if I knew you were missing me too."
"It's the way I miss you even before you leave."
"True love doesn't mean being inseparable; it means being separated and nothing changes."
"I hate the stars, because I look at the same ones you do, without you."
"In human relationships, distance is not measured in miles but in affection. Two people can be right next to each other, yet miles apart."
(Ooh, I think that quote about relationships should be in the Problems section, not here in the lovey-dovey long-distance section. Don't you? Those two people might want to download/read my ebook, "The Top 10 Relationship Questions... Answered!")
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart."
-- Helen Keller
"Our greatest joy-and our greatest pain comes in our relationships with others."
-- Stephen R. Covey
And I'll finish with this relationship quote from no less than Leo Buscaglia (Dr Love) himself...
"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
Okay, here's something you could do to satisfy your appetite for quotations on what could loosely be called "inspired living":