Relationship quotes

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

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Frida Kahlo photo

„Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are magic.“

—  Frida Kahlo Mexican painter 1907 - 1954

Variant: Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are a bourbon biscuit.

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

Hermann Hesse photo

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

—  Hermann Hesse, book Narcissus and Goldmund

Narcissus and Goldmund (1930)

Oprah Winfrey photo

„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 American businesswoman, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist 1954

Variant: Everyone wants 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.

George Sand photo

„There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.“

—  George Sand French novelist and memoirist; pseudonym of Lucile Aurore Dupin 1804 - 1876

William Shakespeare photo

„Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.“

—  William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well

Variant: Love all, trust a few.
Source: All's Well That Ends Well

James Baldwin photo

„Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.“

—  James Baldwin, book Nobody Knows My Name

"In Search of a Majority: An Address" (Feb 1960); reprinted in Baldwin, "Nobody Knows My Name: More Notes of a Native Son" (1961)

Wayne W. Dyer photo
Ernest Hemingway photo

„The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too“

—  Ernest Hemingway, book Men Without Women

Source: Claimed to be from Men Without Women, but it does not appear in that work. May have originated in a 2011 blogpost by Marc Chernoff entitled 30 things to stop doing to yourself

Bob Marley photo
Charlie Chaplin 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.

Bob Marley photo
A.A. Milne photo
Dr. Seuss photo

„To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.“

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

„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, How to Win Friends and Influence People

Variant: You can make more friends in two months by being interested in them, than in two years by making them interested in you.
Source: How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936), p. 52 (in 1998 edition)

Erich Fromm photo
Maya Angelou photo

„Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.“

—  Maya Angelou, book Letter to My Daughter

Variant: Be a rainbow in somebody else's cloud.
Source: Letter to My Daughter

Marilyn Monroe photo

„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 American actress, model, and singer 1926 - 1962

Attributed to Monroe in self-help books and on social media, this quotation is of unknown origin and date.

Alice Walker photo

„I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.“

—  Alice Walker American author and activist 1944

Source: Revolutionary Petunias

Angelina Jolie photo
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Henry James photo

„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 American novelist, short story author, and literary critic 1843 - 1916

Overheard by his nephew, Billy James, in 1902; quoted in Leon Edel, Henry James: A Life, vol V: The Master 1901-1916 (1972).

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)

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 (3 July 2009)

Alfred, Lord Tennyson photo
Will Ferrell photo
Anthony Robbins photo
Katharine Hepburn photo
John Lennon photo

„Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear.“

—  John Lennon English singer and songwriter 1940 - 1980

frequently attributed to Lennon, but entirely unsourced

„To live in this world you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go.“

—  Mary Oliver American writer 1935 - 2019

"In Blackwater Woods"
American Primitive (1983)
Source: New and Selected Poems, Vol. 1

Alain de Botton photo
Robert A. Heinlein photo

„Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.“

—  Robert A. Heinlein, book Stranger in a Strange Land

"Jubal Harshaw" in the first edition (1961); the later 1991 "Uncut" edition didn't have this line, because it was one Heinlein had added when he went through and trimmed the originally submitted manuscript on which the "Uncut" edition is based. Heinlein also later used a variant of this in The Cat Who Walks Through Walls where he has Xia quote Harshaw: "Dr. Harshaw says that 'the word "love" designates a subjective condition in which the welfare and happiness of another person are essential to one's own happiness.'"
Source: Stranger in a Strange Land (1961; 1991)

Eleanor Roosevelt photo

„There are no have-to's, just choices“

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

Gabriel García Márquez photo

„It's enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this moment.“

—  Gabriel García Márquez, book One Hundred Years of Solitude

Source: One Hundred Years of Solitude

Jean Paul Sartre photo

„You are -- your life, and nothing else.“

—  Jean Paul Sartre, No Exit

Source: No Exit

C.G. Jung photo

„Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.“

—  C.G. Jung, book Memories, Dreams, Reflections

ii. America: The Pueblo Indians (Extract from an unpublished ms) (Random House Digital, 2011).
Memories, Dreams, Reflections (1963)
Context: We always require an outside point to stand on, in order to apply the lever of criticism. This is especially so in psychology, where by the nature of the material we are much more subjectively involved than in any other science. How, for example, can we become conscious of national peculiarities if we have never had the opportunity to regard our own nation from outside? Regarding it from outside means regarding it from the standpoint of another nation. To do so, we must acquire sufficient knowledge of the foreign collective psyche, and in the course of this process of assimilation we encounter all those incompatibilities which constitute the national bias and the national peculiarity. Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. I understand England only when I see where I, as a Swiss, do not fit in. I understand Europe, our greatest problem, only when I see where I as a European do not fit into the world. Through my acquaintance with many Americans, and my trips to and in America, I have obtained an enormous amount of insight into the European character; it has always seemed to me that there can be nothing more useful for a European than some time or another to look out at Europe from the top of a skyscraper. When I contemplated for the first time the European spectacle from the Sahara, surrounded by a civilization which has more or less the same relationship to ours as Roman antiquity has to modem times, I became aware of how completely, even in America, I was still caught up and imprisoned in the cultural consciousness of the white man. The desire then grew in me to carry the historical comparisons still farther by descending to a still lower cultural level.

On my next trip to the United States I went with a group of American friends to visit the Indians of New Mexico, the city-building Pueblos...

Jane Austen photo
Rainer Maria Rilke photo
Sylvia Plath photo
Frederick Buechner photo
Walt Whitman photo

„We were together. I forget the rest.“

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

Khalil Gibran photo
Albert Camus photo
A.A. Milne photo
Edna St. Vincent Millay photo

„I know I am but summer to your heart,
and not the full four seasons of the year.“

—  Edna St. Vincent Millay American poet 1892 - 1950

Source: I know I am but summer to your heart (Sonnet XXVII)

Nicholas Sparks photo

„You never lose by loving, you lose by holding back.“

—  Barbara De Angelis American psychologist 1951

Variant: You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back.
Source: Chicken Soup for the Couple's Soul

„Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding“

—  Diane Arbus American photographer and author 1923 - 1971

Variant: Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding.

Paulo Coelho photo
Jim Morrison photo
Washington Irving photo

„Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.“

—  Washington Irving writer, historian and diplomat from the United States 1783 - 1859

Attributed to Irving as early as 1883. [Hit and miss : a story of real life, Angie Stewart, Manly, Chicago, J.L. Regan, 1883, i,] However, it does not seem to appear in Irving's known works. Other citations from the same year leave the quotation unattributed. [Henry S. (ed.), Clubb, The Peacemaker and Court of Arbitration, Volume 1, Universal Peace Union, 1883, 125, Philadelphia,] [The Australian Women's Magazine and Domestic Journal, Vol. 2 No. 2 (May 1883), 1883, Melbourne, 435,]. A similar passage is found in a pseudonymous novel published two years earlier in 1881: "Julia knew that sacrifices to patience are not in vain. Although they often do not produce the happiness for which they are made, they will, always, flow back and soften and purify the heart of the one who makes them". [Illma, Or, Which was Wife?, Miss, M.L.A., Cornwell & Johnson, 1881, 239, New York,]

Mitch Albom photo

„Death ends a life, not a relationship.“

—  Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

Source: Tuesdays with Morrie (1997)

Toni Morrison photo
Gabriela Mistral photo

„Love that stammers, that stutters, is apt to be the love that loves best.“

—  Gabriela Mistral Chilean poet-diplomat, writer, educator and feminist. 1889 - 1957

Anthony Burgess photo
Charlie Kaufman photo
Francis of Assisi photo

„For it is in giving that we receive.“

—  Francis of Assisi Catholic saint and founder of the Franciscan Order 1182 - 1226

Jacques Lacan photo
Bill Maher photo
Ayn Rand photo
Neale Donald Walsch photo
Friedrich Nietzsche photo

„There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900

Ernest Hemingway photo
Natalie Wood photo
Lenny Bruce photo

„There are never enough 'I love you's.“

—  Lenny Bruce comedian and social critic 1925 - 1966

Albert Schweitzer photo

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

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

Variant: Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.

Maya Angelou photo
Edward Thomas photo

„The simple lack of her is more to me than others' presence.“

—  Edward Thomas Poet and journalist 1878 - 1917

Source: "The Unknown", line 16, cited from Collected Poems (London: Selwyn & Blount, 1920), p. 116.

Robert Frost photo

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

—  Robert Frost American poet 1874 - 1963

"Hyla Brook" (1920)

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

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

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

Bruce Lee photo
Isabel Allende 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

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

Elizabeth Gilbert photo
Jodi Picoult photo

„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)

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

„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."

Charles M. Schulz photo
Seneca the Younger photo
Epicurus photo
Cornel West photo

„We have to recognise that there cannot be relationships unless there is commitment, unless there is loyalty, unless there is love, patience, persistence.“

—  Cornel West African-American philosopher and political/civil rights activist 1953

Source: Breaking Bread: Insurgent Black Intellectual Life

Oscar Wilde photo

„Never marry at all, Dorian. Men marry because they are tired, women, because they are curious: both are disappointed.“

—  Oscar Wilde, book The Picture of Dorian Gray

Lord Illingworth, Act III.
A Woman of No Importance (1893)
Variant: Men marry because they are tired; women because they are curious. Both are disappointed.
Source: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Jodi Picoult photo

„Love is not a because, it's a no matter what.“

—  Jodi Picoult, book Second Glance

Source: Second Glance

Thomas Merton photo

„The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves and not to twist them to fit our own image.“

—  Thomas Merton Priest and author 1915 - 1968

Variant: The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image.
Source: The Way of Chuang Tzu

Eleanor Roosevelt photo

„You get more joy out of the giving to others, and should put a good deal of thought into the happiness you are able to give.“

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

As quoted in Sheroes: Bold, Brash, and Absolutely Unabashed Superwomen from Susan B. Anthony to Xena (1998) by Varla Ventura, p. 150

Margaret Atwood photo
Jane Austen photo
Paul McCartney photo

„And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.“

—  Paul McCartney English singer-songwriter and composer 1942

"The End"; The last full song track of Abbey Road (1969) the last Beatles album to be recorded before the band broke up. (Let It Be was the last album released, but had been recorded earlier.)
Lyrics, The Beatles
Source: The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics

Leo Tolstoy photo
Martin Luther photo
Gloria Steinem photo