Relationship quotes

A collection of quotes on the topic of friendship, for parents, for bestfriend, life.

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Will Ferrell photo
Epicurus photo
Pedro Calderón de la Barca photo
Albert Schweitzer photo

„We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.“

—  Albert Schweitzer French-German physician, theologian, musician and philosopher 1875 - 1965

Epicurus photo
Karl Menninger photo
Seneca the Younger photo
A.A. Milne photo
Anthony Robbins photo
Albert Camus photo
Mark Twain photo
Richard Bach photo
Leo Buscaglia photo
Leo Buscaglia photo
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Antoine de Saint-Exupéry photo
Khalil Gibran photo
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Christian Morgenstern photo
Alfred, Lord Tennyson photo

„The greatest thing you'll ever learn
Is just to love and be loved in return.“

—  Eden ahbez American songwriter and recording artist 1908 - 1995

"Nature Boy" (1948)
The greatest thing you'll ever learn is to love and be loved, just to love and be loved.
His assertion to Joe Romersa, of how his lyrics should be corrected, saying that "To be loved in return, is too much of a deal, and that has nothing to do with love."
Context: While we spoke of many things
Fools and kings
This he said to me:
"The greatest thing you'll ever learn
Is just to love and be loved in return."

Eleanor Roosevelt photo

„It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know.“

—  Eleanor Roosevelt, My Day

My Day (1935–1962)
Context: 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. (1 April 1939)

Tom Robbins photo

„When we're incomplete, we're always searching for somebody to complete us.“

—  Tom Robbins, book Still Life with Woodpecker

Still Life with Woodpecker (1980)
Context: 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 dimension 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.

Florbela Espanca photo

„To live is to not know that one is living“

—  Florbela Espanca Portuguese poet 1894 - 1930

Diary (20 April, 1930), quoted in Afinado desconcerto (2002), p. 262
Context: Sometimes I start looking at the mirror and examining myself, feature by feature: eyes, mouth, shape of the forehead, eyelids curve, the face line... And this vulgar and hideous-looking, grotesque and miserable amalgam, would it know how to do verses? Oh, no! There is something else … but what? After all, why think? To live is to not know that one is living... Why don't I forget that I am living... to live?

Sophocles photo

„One word
Frees us of all the weight and pain of life:
That word is love.“

—  Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus

Source: Oedipus at Colonus, Line 1616–18

Yoko Ono photo

„A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.“

—  Yoko Ono Japanese artist, author, and peace activist 1933

A line written by Ono many years before, and quoted by Lennon in December 1980, as quoted in All We Are Saying : The Last Major Interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono (2000) by John Lennon, Yōko Ono, David Sheff, p. 16.
Source: Grapefruit: A Book of Instructions and Drawings

„A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.“

—  Mignon McLaughlin American journalist 1913 - 1983

The Complete Neurotic's Notebook (1981), Marriage

Michael Jackson photo

„If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.“

—  Michael Jackson, book Dancing the Dream

Dancing the Dream (1992), also used in his funeral invitation. Quoted in "Dead stars and classic art will surround Michael Jackson" in CNN.com/entertainment (3 July 2009) http://edition.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Music/09/03/michael.jackson.funeral/index.html#cnnSTCOther1

„The real test of friendship is: can you literally do nothing with the other person? Can you enjoy those moments of life that are utterly simple?“

—  Eugene Kennedy American psychologist 1928 - 2015

Eugene Kennedy, cited in: Kathy Wagoner (2002) The Promise of Friendship. p. 284

Jayne Mansfield photo

„It is the most wonderful feeling in the world, you know, knowing you are loved and wanted.“

—  Jayne Mansfield American actress, singer, model 1933 - 1967

Source: On Being Blonde (2004), p. 79

Honoré de Balzac photo

„The man as he converses is the lover; silent, he is the husband.“

—  Honoré de Balzac French writer 1799 - 1850

L’homme qui nous parle est l’amant, l’homme qui ne nous parle plus est le mari.
Part I, ch. VII.
Letters of Two Brides (1841-1842)

George Gordon Byron photo

„Friendship may, and often does, grow into love, but love never subsides into friendship.“

—  George Gordon Byron English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement 1788 - 1824

Quoted by Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington in Conversations of Lord Byron with the Countess of Blessington http://books.google.com/books?id=w648AAAAYAAJ&q="Friendship+may+and+often+does+grow+into+love+but+love+never+subsides+into+friendship"&pg=PA179#v=onepage (1834).

Charlotte Brontë photo

„If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship, we must love friends for their sake rather than for our own.“

—  Charlotte Brontë English novelist and poet 1816 - 1855

Carolyn Warner (1992), page 135

„I want to be in a relationship where you telling me you love me is just a ceremonious validation of what you already show me.“

—  Steve Maraboli 1975

Source: Life, the Truth, and Being Free (2010), p. 98

Albert Einstein photo

„Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

Found anonymously in newspaper columns from the early 1920s http://quoteinvestigator.com/2015/12/31/kiss. Originally presented in dialogue format https://www.newspapers.com/clip/5219841/safety_first/: "Dorcas—”Do you ever allow a man to kiss you when you’re out motoring with him? Philippa—"Never, if a man can drive safely while kissing me he’s not giving the kiss the attention it deserves."
It does not seem to have been attributed to Einstein until the 1990s (e.g. here https://groups.google.com/forum/message/raw?msg=alt.freemasonry/YILn0A-U_WM/f1Grm2akU-4J).
Misattributed

Walter Winchell photo

„A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.“

—  Walter Winchell American gossip journalist 1897 - 1972

Attributed

Propertius photo

„Absence makes the heart grow fonder.“
Semper in absentes felicior aestus amantes.

—  Propertius Latin elegiac poet -47 - -14 BC

II, xxxiii, 43.
Elegies

Tennessee Williams photo

„Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.“

—  Tennessee Williams American playwright 1911 - 1983

Actually by the Chinese philosopher, educator and popular lecturer Dr. Tehyi Hsieh, Chinese epigrams inside out, and proverbs, 1948.
Misattributed
Variant: Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.

Hermann Hesse photo

„If I know what love is, it is because of you.“

—  Hermann Hesse, book Narcissus and Goldmund

Narcissus and Goldmund (1930)

Mitch Albom photo
Helen Schucman photo

„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.“

—  Helen Schucman Clinical Psychologist 1909 - 1981

Jesus' Course in Miracles (2000) by Helen Schucman and William Thetford, Ch. 16 The Forgiveness of Illusions, p. 162

Willa Cather photo

„The heart of another is a dark forest, always, no matter how close it has been to one's own.“

—  Willa Cather, book The Professor's House

Book I, Ch. 8
The Professor's House (1925)

Nico photo

„You are beautiful and you are alone.“

—  Nico German musician, model and actress, one of Warhol's superstars 1938 - 1988

Afraid

Thomas Aquinas photo

„To love is to will the good of the other.“

—  Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica

II-II, q. 26, art. 6
Summa Theologica (1265–1274)

Milton Friedman photo

„The business of business is business.“

—  Milton Friedman American economist, statistician, and writer 1912 - 2006

Widely attributed to Friedman, and sometimes cited as being in his work Capitalism and Freedom (1962) this is also attributed to Alfred P. Sloan, sometimes with citation of a statement of 1964, but sometimes with attestations to his use of it as a motto as early as 1923.
Disputed

Rumi photo

„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 Iranian poet 1207 - 1273

Helen Schucman in A Course in Miracles (1976) by Helen Schucman and William Thetford, Ch. 16 The Forgiveness of Illusions, p. 338,#6.
Misattributed

Chinmayananda Saraswati photo

„To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness.“

—  Chinmayananda Saraswati Indian spiritual teacher 1916 - 1993

Quotations from Gurudev’s teachings, Chinmya Mission Chicago

„The future was not what it used to be.“

—  K. A. Bedford, book Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait

Source: Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait (2008), Chapter 13 (p. 156)

Alfred P. Sloan photo

„The business of business is business.“

—  Alfred P. Sloan American businessman 1875 - 1966

Widely attributed to Milton Friedman, and sometimes cited as being in his work Capitalism and Freedom (1962) this is also attributed to Alfred P. Sloan, sometimes with citation of a statement of 1964, but sometimes with attestations to his use of it as a motto as early as 1923.
Disputed

Arthur Conan Doyle photo

„You are my heart, my life, my one and only thought.“

—  Arthur Conan Doyle, book The White Company

The White Company (1891)

Mahatma Gandhi photo

„An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.“

—  Mahatma Gandhi pre-eminent leader of Indian nationalism during British-ruled India 1869 - 1948

1914: "If…we were to go back to…'an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth,' there would be very few [Honourable] Gentlemen in this House who would not…be blind and toothless." — George Perry Graham, during a debate on capital punishment before the Canadian House of Commons. Official Report of the Debates of the House of Commons of the Dominion of Canada, Third Session-Twelfth Parliament, Vol CXIII, p. 496, February 5, 1914. http://parl.canadiana.ca/view/oop.debates_HOC1203_01/508
1950: "An-eye-for-an-eye-for-an-eye-for-an-eye … ends in making everybody blind" in The Life of Mahatma Gandhi by Louis Fischer (1950), though Fischer did not attribute it to Gandhi and seemed to be giving his own description of Gandhi's philosophy.
1958: "The old law of an eye for an eye leaves everybody blind" in Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story by Martin Luther King, Jr., 1958.
1982: "An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind" in the 1982 film, Gandhi. In a 1993 biographical article about screenwriter John Briley, Jon Krampner wrote, "…Gandhi never said it. Michigan graduate John Briley put those pithy words in his mouth." From "John Briley '51 - Epic Screenwriter", Michigan Today, March 1993, p. 12. http://michigantoday.umich.edu/93/Mar_and_Oct_93/Mar_93/briley.html
2006: There is a quaternary source in Yale Book of Quotations http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=w5-GR-qtgXsC&pg=PA269&dq=whole-world-blind+ (2006), in which editor Fred R. Shapiro states that the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence stated that Gandhi's family believes it authentic, but did not provide any further reference and provided no year, place or body of work.
2006: Discussed in The Quote Verifier: Who Said What, Where, and When, by Ralph Keyes (2006), 1st ed., p. 74.
2010: Research detailed by Garson O'Toole in "An Eye for an Eye Will Make the Whole World Blind" http://quoteinvestigator.com/2010/12/27/eye-for-eye-blind/ in Quote Investigator http://quoteinvestigator.com/.
Misattributed

Bob Dylan photo

„You can have your cake and eat it, too.“

—  Bob Dylan American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and artist 1941

Song lyrics, Nashville Skyline (1969), Lay Lady Lay

„To be in company is not to be with someone, but to be in someone.“

—  Antonio Porchia Italian Argentinian poet 1885 - 1968

Estar en compañía no es estar con alguien, sino estar en alguien.
Voces (1943)

Bob Marley photo
Nicholas Sparks photo
Henry Winkler photo
Jodi Picoult photo
Elizabeth Gilbert photo
F. Scott Fitzgerald photo
Elie Wiesel photo
Dr. Seuss photo

„You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.“

—  Dr. Seuss American children's writer and illustrator, co-founder of Beginner Books 1904 - 1991

Variant: You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.

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Maya Angelou photo
Walt Whitman photo

„We were together. I forget the rest.“

—  Walt Whitman American poet, essayist and journalist 1819 - 1892

Bram Stoker photo

„I have crossed oceans of time to find you.“

—  Bram Stoker, book Dracula

Source: Dracula

Albert Einstein photo

„Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

Variant: You can't blame gravity for falling in love.

A.A. Milne photo

„You are stronger than you seem,
Braver than you believe,
and smarter than you think you are.“

—  A.A. Milne, book Winnie-the-Pooh

Variant: You are braver than you believe,
Stronger than you seem,
And smarter than you think(:
Source: Winnie-the-Pooh

George Bernard Shaw photo

„The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.“

—  George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright 1856 - 1950

The attribution to Shaw comes from Leadership Skills for Managers (2000) by Marlene Caroselli, p. 71. But this quote seems more likely to come from William H. Whyte. The Biggest Problem in Communication Is the Illusion That It Has Taken Place, Quote Investigator, 2014-08-31, 2015-11-09 http://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/08/31/illusion/,
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Victor Hugo photo
Sarah Dessen photo
Sarah Dessen photo
Stephen R. Covey photo
Katharine Hepburn photo

„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 film, stage, and television actress 1907 - 2003

Source: Me: Stories of My Life

Isabel Allende photo
Henry David Thoreau photo

„Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?“

—  Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862 American poet, essayist, naturalist, and abolitionist 1817 - 1862

Albert Einstein photo

„You never fail until you stop trying.“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

Bruce Lee photo
Paramahansa Yogananda photo

„Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families, and nations.“

—  Paramahansa Yogananda Yogi, a guru of Kriya Yoga and founder of Self-Realization Fellowship 1893 - 1952

Frederick Buechner photo
Borís Pasternak photo
Sylvia Plath photo
Ian McEwan photo

„Find you, love you, marry you, and live without shame.“

—  Ian McEwan, book Atonement

Source: Atonement

Benjamin Disraeli photo

„The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.“

—  Benjamin Disraeli British Conservative politician, writer, aristocrat and Prime Minister 1804 - 1881

Henry Rollins photo
Jane Austen photo

„The Very first moment I beheld him, my heart was irrevocably gone.“

—  Jane Austen, book Love and Freindship

Source: Love and Friendship

Thomas Merton photo
Charlie Chaplin photo
Greg Behrendt photo

„A man who wants to make a relationship work will move mountains to keep the
woman he loves“

—  Greg Behrendt American comedian 1963

Source: He's Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys

Eleanor Roosevelt photo

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

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

François Lelord photo

„Happiness is feeling useful to others.“

—  François Lelord, book Hector and the Search for Happiness

Source: Hector and the Search for Happiness

Robert Fulghum photo

„We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.“

—  Robert Fulghum American writer 1937

Variant: You want my opinion? We're all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness — and call it love — true love.
Source: True Love (1998)

Carl Sagan photo

„For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.“

—  Carl Sagan, Contact

Source: Contact (1985), Chapter 24 (p. 430)

John Lennon photo
Libba Bray photo

„To live is to love, to love is to live.“

—  Libba Bray, Going Bovine

Source: Going Bovine

Baz Luhrmann photo

„The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.“

—  Baz Luhrmann Australian film director, screenwriter and producer 1962

Source: Moulin Rouge!: The Splendid Book That Charts the Journey of Baz Luhrmann's Motion Picture

George Burns photo

„Happiness is having a loving, close knit family in another city.“

—  George Burns American comedian, actor, and writer 1896 - 1996

As quoted in The Mammoth Book of Zingers, Quips, and One-Liners (2004) by Geoff Tibballs, p. 251

Robert Frost photo

„We love the things we love for what they are.“

—  Robert Frost American poet 1874 - 1963

"Hyla Brook" (1920)
1920s