30 Quotes on Building Healthy Relationships

The relationship advice you never knew you needed.

Being married is like having somebody permanently in your corner. It feels limitless, not limited. -Gloria Steinem

To know when to go away and when to come closer is the key to any lasting relationship. -Doménico Cieri Estrada

What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other? -George Eliot

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

The best way to remember your wife’s birthday is to forget it once. -E. Joseph Cossman

Marriage is three parts love and seven parts forgiveness of sins. -Lao Tzu

Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike. -J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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. -Leo Buscaglia

It’s no good pretending that any relationship has a future if your record collections disagree violently or if your favorite films wouldn’t even speak to each other if they met at a party. -Nick Hornby

The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree but to hold hands. -Alexandra Penney

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

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

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

Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation. -Oscar Wilde

A woman laughing is a woman conquered. -Napoleon Bonaparte

The extent to which two people in a relationship can bring up and resolve issues is a critical marker of the soundness of a relationship. -Henry Cloud

Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved. -Barbara Johnson

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. -Carl Jung

If we are incapable of finding peace in ourselves, it is pointless to search elsewhere. -Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Real giving is when we give to our spouses what’s important to them, whether we understand it, like it, agree with it, or not. -Michele Weiner-Davis

Love is no assignment for cowards. -Ovid

Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand. -Emily Kimbrough

It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. -Friedrich Nietzsche

Assumptions are the termites of relationships. -Henry Winkler

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

You can measure the happiness of a marriage by the number of scars that each partner carries on their tongues, earned from years of biting back angry words. -Elizabeth Gilbert

When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are. -Donald Miller

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

An intimate relationship does not banish loneliness. Only when we are comfortable with who we are can we truly function independently in a healthy way, can we truly function within a relationship. Two halves do not make a whole when it comes to a healthy relationship: it takes two wholes. -Patricia Fry


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Jessica Marati

Jessica Marati currently resides in New York City and covers travel and sustainability for EcoSalon. Catch her weekly column, Behind the Label.