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75 Relationship Quotes to Live By

75 Relationship Quotes to Live By

Here are 75 relationship quotes gathered from our sister site, Everyday Life Lessons, to help you keep things in perspective and move your relationships in a positive direction.

  1. In life you’ll realize there is a purpose for everyone you meet.  Some will test you, some will use you, and some will teach you.  But most importantly, some will bring out the best in you.
  2. Keep people in your life who truly love you, motivate you, encourage you, enhance you, and make you happy.  If you know people who do none of these things, let them go.
  3. Love is not about sex, going on fancy dates, or showing off.  It’s about being with a person who makes you happy in a way nobody else can.
  4. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring – all of which have the potential to turn a life around.  Read The 5 Love Languages.
  5. The most beautiful thing is to see a person you love smiling.  And even more beautiful is knowing that you are the reason behind it.
  6. Choose your relationships wisely.  It’s better to be alone than to be in bad company.
  7. Being alone does not mean you are lonely, and being lonely does not mean you are alone.
  8. Fall in love when you’re ready, not when you’re lonely.
  9. Love means giving someone the chance to hurt you, but trusting them not to.
  10. You know you’ve found true love when you catch yourself falling in love with the same person over and over again.
  11. Don’t wait for the right person to come into your life.  Rather, be the right person to come to someone’s life.
  12. The one who is meant for you encourages you to be your best, but still loves and accepts you at your worst.
  13. Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.
  14. Some relationships are like glass.  It’s better to leave it broken, than to hurt yourself more by trying to put it back together.
  15. Just because one person doesn’t seem to care for you, doesn’t mean you should forget about everyone else who does.
  16. Someone else doesn’t have to be wrong for you to be right.
  17. It is okay to be angry.  It is never okay to be cruel.
  18. Never do something permanently foolish just because you are temporarily upset.
  19. Silence is often the loudest cry.  Pay attention to those you care about.
  20. We don’t always need advice.  Sometimes all we need is a hand to hold, an ear to listen, and a heart to understand.
  21. It’s not so much what you say that counts, it’ how you make people feel.
  22. A silent hug means a thousand words to the unhappy heart.
  23. Don’t mess with someone’s feelings just because you’re unsure of yours.
  24. True happiness comes from within, not from someone else.  Don’t make the mistake of waiting on someone or something to come along and make you happy.
  25. Don’t choose the one who is beautiful to the world, choose the one who makes your world beautiful.
  26. If you feel like your ship is sinking, it might be a good time to throw out the stuff that’s been weighing it down.  Let go of people who bring you down, and surround yourself with those who bring out the best in you.
  27. Just because it didn’t last forever, doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth your while.
  28. Say what you mean and mean what you say.  Don’t expect others to read your mind, and don’t play games with their heads and hearts.  Don’t tell half-truths and expect people to trust you when the full truth comes out.  Half-truths are no better than lies.  And don’t ignore someone you care about, because lack of concern hurts more than angry words.
  29. Lies help no one in the long run.  So… 1) Don’t say “I love you” if you don’t mean it. 2) Don’t say “I understand” if you have no clue. 3) Don’t say “I’m sorry” if you’re not. 4) Be honest with yourself and your loved ones.
  30. Tell the truth, or eventually someone will tell it for you.  Read The Four Agreements.
  31. Good relationships don’t just happen; they take time, patience and two people who truly want to work to be together.
  32. Falling in love is not a choice.  To stay in love is.
  33. Love doesn’t hurt.  Lying, cheating and screwing with people’s feelings and emotions hurts.
  34. When it comes to relationships, remaining faithful is never an option but a priority.  Loyalty is everything.
  35. A great relationship is about two things: First, appreciating the similarities, and second, respecting the differences.
  36. Jealousy is the art of counting someone else blessings instead of your own.  Don’t waste your time on jealousy.  The only person you’re competing against is yourself.
  37. Do not become possessive.  The purpose of a relationship is to complement each other, grow together, and achieve your common goals as a couple.  At the same time, you must each maintain your individual identity as a human being.
  38. Don’t ever change just to impress someone.  Change because it makes you a better person and leads you to a better future.
  39. Give, but don’t allow yourself to be used.  Listen to others, but don’t lose your own voice.
  40. Don’t look for someone who will solve all your problems; look for someone who will face them with you.
  41. You don’t really need someone to complete you.  You only need someone to accept you completely.
  42. Speak when you are very angry, and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret.
  43. Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness.  Let it go.
  44. As we grow up, we realize it becomes less important to have more friends and more important to have real ones.
  45. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick.  Your friends will.  Stay in touch.
  46. Respect is earned, honesty is appreciated, trust is gained, and loyalty is returned.
  47. Never waste a moment, it may be the last with someone you love.
  48. If you love someone, tell them.  Forget about the rules or the fear of looking ridiculous.  What is really ridiculous is passing up on an opportunity to tell someone that your heart is invested in them.
  49. Nobody gets through life without losing someone they love, someone they need, or something they thought was meant to be.  But it is these losses that make us stronger and eventually move us toward future opportunities.
  50. Never stop doing little things for others.  Sometimes those little things occupy the biggest part of their hearts.
  51. The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.
  52. A real person is not perfect, and a perfect person is not real.
  53. To the world, you might be just one person.  But to one person, you might be the world.
  54. Just because you have a past with someone, doesn’t mean you should have a future with them.
  55. No relationship is a waste of time.  The wrong ones teach you the lessons that prepare you for the right ones.
  56. The first to apologize is the bravest.  The first to forgive is the strongest.  The first to move forward is the happiest.
  57. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
  58. Characterize people by their actions and you will never be fooled by their words.
  59. When the pain of holding on is worse than the pain of letting go, it is time to let go.
  60. If a friend is in trouble, don’t bother them by asking if there is anything you can do.  Think of something appropriate and do it.
  61. Sometimes it is better to be kind than to be right.  We do not always need an intelligent mind that speaks, just a patient heart that listens.
  62. Be the friend that you want to have.
  63. There are times when family are like strangers, and strangers are like family.  Both sets of people are priceless.
  64. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation.  Don’t bring up the past.
  65. Instead of judging people by their past, stand by them and help repair their future.
  66. Don’t try to be everything to everyone.  Be everything to someone.
  67. Let us remember that we can’t force anyone to love us.  We can’t beg someone to stay when they want to leave and be with someone else.  This is what love is all about. However, the end of love is not the end of life.  It should be the beginning of understanding that love leaves for a reason, but never leaves without a lesson.
  68. When things fall apart, consider the possibility that life knocked it down on purpose.  Not to bully you, or to punish you, but to prompt you to build something that better suits your personality and your purpose.  Sometimes things fall apart so better things can fall together.  Read The Road Less Traveled.
  69. Everyone wants a perfect ending.  But over the years I’ve learned that some of the best poems don’t rhyme, and many great stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, or end.  Life is about not knowing, embracing change, and taking a moment and making the best of it without knowing what’s going to happen next.
  70. In human relationships, distance is not measured in miles but in affection.  Two people can be right next to each other, yet miles apart.  So stay in touch with those who truly matter to you.  Not because it’s convenient, but because they’re worth the extra effort.
  71. Never neglect the people who are most important to you simply because you think they will always be there.  Because one morning you might wake up and realize you lost the moon while counting the stars.
  72. True love isn’t about being inseparable; it’s about two people being true to each other even when they are separated.
  73. True friendship and true love do sustain the tests of distance and time.
  74. When someone gives you their time, they are giving you a portion of their life that they will never get back.  It’s one of the most precious gifts you can receive.  Don’t waste it.
  75. Good relationships are not just about the good times you share; they’re also about the obstacles you go through together, and the fact that you still say “I love you” in the end.

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  • Some great relationship advice here - I have shared this on Facebook and Google+ to spread these insights to others as well.

  • Great post as always! Love this collection of quotes. You guys always put together a wonderful, inspiring read.

  • I love all of these relationship quotes. So much truth here. Thank you for this.

  • What a fantastic, positive concept. Love this post!

  • Agree with everyone above - great post. I think that retirement gives you the time to evaluate your relationship anew and enter a new stage of romance and appreciation, even if you’ve been together for decades.

  • Sage advice in every quote here… and in every article you publish. :)

  • Some invaluable advice and inspiration we could all do with! I will be sharing it. Well done!

  • Great collection! Can I have your permission to re-blog this post?

  • akbar y.khorakiwala
    August 17th, 2012 at 8:22 am

    excellent article !!!

  • <3

  • Thank you so much for all these wonderful quotes. Gives my heart joy and hope to know that there are so many people out there that truly believe that kindness and a smile can actually have an affect on people’s lives. An act of kindness has far-reaching affects. I know because many times in my life I have needed kindness more than love. Thanks again and keep up this inspiring work. PS: I save and reread them all the time.

  • “10. You know you’ve found true love when you catch yourself falling in love with the same person over and over again.” This one reminds me of my wife. Not every day, but often enough, I find myself thinking how lucky I am, or seeing her doing something and thinking how wonderful she is. I just keep loving her more and more! Haha! Great quotes.

  • Your content is terrific, but sometimes lengthy.

    Consider breaking these 75-item posts down into 15 five-item posts (easier to digest).

    Thank you. Keep up the good work!

  • “…The purpose of a relationship is to complement each other..” I’ve thought about this before, and I’m torn. We’re here to live our own lives, without needing another, and yet we’re here to be valued by others, so..should our partner complement us or supplement us?
    I love your other statement, “Someone else doesn’t have to be wrong for you to be right.”
    So many years I spent thinking the opposite.
    How long did this list take to create?

  • I agreed with all of these - except where is states that respect is earned. It’s not. It’s like saying someone is not worthy of respect unless they show me they are … I think respect can be a lot like love - I mean, do we love people only because they’ve proved they are loveable? No.

    You can withdraw respect, but its never earned. We are asked to respect our spouses, but do we make them earn it? No. We even respect total strangers - have they earned it? No. You extend it until a really good reason (e.g. anything abusive) is given to not extend it.

    Just my thoughts. ♥

  • This is quite the article. It really feels like you post article conducive to what’s going on in my life.

    It’s been about a solid year since I’ve spoken to my ex of about 2 years. Long story short–I loved her with all my heart but she decided we didn’t work well together. She tried to keep contact initially but it was decided we give each other space (which is what I wanted).

    It’s been about a year since we’ve spoken and part of me wants to say hi and see how she is. Despite her breaking up with me I don’t have resentment or hatred toward her. She’s probably one of the best things that could’ve happened to me in life. She taught me a lot about myself in regard to my own worth and how to treat myself.

    It hurts that we couldn’t stay together but there were a lot of precious memories and experiences I had with her that I won’t forget. I struggle with whether or not I should talk to her again not to initiate friendship or consistent conversation–I don’t think those things are healthy. There’s no real impression that I hate her but I abruptly just didn’t initiate conversation and stopped talking to her.

    Not having her in my life has made it better but for some reason the notion that I could be giving an impression that I hate her bothers me, because I don’t. I really still care about her which is scary but its the truth.

  • I have to share this!

  • Thank you for sharing …I love reading and sharing your posts! Wonderful way to start my day. Keep them coming!

  • Many fantastic quotes. I love this one best… No relationship is a waste of time.  The wrong ones teach you the lessons that prepare you for the right ones.
    Thanks so much.
    Best regards,

  • thanks a lot. since i started reading your site I feel my life and relationships have improved.

  • Wow. These quotes are so simple and so kind. Quotes are the food for thoughts. Thanks Marc And Angel. I love you both.

  • When aren’t your posts meaningful, inspiring, and helpful? Thank you for sharing! It means so much.

  • I am always encouraged by your posts! Please keep doing what you are doing :)

  • Thank you so much for these beautiful quotes!


  • I love getting your posts regularly and they often have tidbits I need to hear. And, this list is wonderful, but I read it and often wondered how more wonderful it would be if you took the negativity out of it. Could you rephrase the items that start with “Never” or “Don’t”? You’ve done this with some of the entries. I found myself getting down as I read all the don’ts and never-dos.

    Just a thought to share.

  • I think the word ‘respect’ here means that more than just ‘being considerate.’ I am ‘considerate’ to all,, but give my respect to those who have shown themselves to be of a character that i find admirable. There is a difference. :) just my thoughts as well. .. and honesty is a gift to be more than just appreciated.. honesty is a gift to be repected… and more..

  • I found all of them true. Thanks for sharing with us your great insight. Love them! Keep up the good work!

  • revealing. thanks marc and angel.

  • great! great! great!

  • Thanks for putting this together Angel. A great list to keep handy.

    On a list like this there are always certain ones that you’ve never seen or have forgotten. It’s amazing what a short sentence can inspire, isn’t it?

  • Please tell me how to print your wonderful lists—or if they are compiled in a book–where can I buy a copy.

  • Thank you for sharing this. :)

    My favorite: “Sometimes it is better to be kind than to be right. We do not always need an intelligent mind that speaks, just a patient heart that listens.”

    I’m not always the person with the right think to say, but I’m pretty good at listening. :)

  • ” Say what you mean and mean what you say. Don’t expect others to read your mind, and don’t play games with their heads and hearts. Don’t tell half-truths and expect people to trust you when the full truth comes out. Half-truths are no better than lies. And don’t ignore someone you care about, because lack of concern hurts more than angry words. ”

    Appreciate what you are doing…its simply great and so inspiring too..above is my favourite :)

  • Absolutely nice quotes
    Life is simple let live with ourselves and as how I want other with ourselves.

  • “Falling in love is not a choice. To stay in love is” - One needs to put effort for that. As the lyrics go, Love is a verb, Love aint a thing. Its not something you own, its not something you scream!

  • i love this post!!! thanks for sharing, angel

  • Love the quote be the friend you wish you had.

  • Really good advices and quotes are here. You’re doing great job. Thanks a lot for it!

  • “The one who is meant for you encourages you to be your best, but still loves and accepts you at your worst.”

    Thank you for sharing! We often think that saying words of encouragement / affirmation is an act of love but real love shows only by our action upon seeing the worst of our partners. I gave up on someone who said he loved me but went into a retreat when I was at my worst.

  • I’m in full agreement with every quote above… thank you for sharing. This gives me a way to impress/inspire my gf… and it surely will :)

  • Thanks. These quotes made my weekend.

  • I shared these quotes with my husband and he loved them

  • An inspirational set of relationship quotes and a wonderful site all the way around. Loved it. I wish you all the very best.

  • Simply Just Superb collection. Touched ma Heart deeply. Just Love it and hereby i promise that i will live ma life ahead keeping these small wonderful things in mind.

    Kudos to the writer.

  • Thank you for sharing these nice relationship quotes. They are really nice to read. Simply inspiring!

  • Saurabh Banerjee
    July 27th, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    This post helped me in the past when I needed it most and I am realizing it now again… Thanks Angel.

  • These relationship quotes are really touching… thanks for all that you do on this blog.

  • Wonderful Quotes list.

    Love this:
    “The first to apologize is the bravest.
    The first to forgive is the strongest.
    The first to move forward is the happiest.”

    In relationship, it’s about trust; no trust, no relationship.

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