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101 Relationship Quotes That Perfectly Capture Your Love Life

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Relationships are our biggest muse and inspiration. Whether funny or serious, painful or uplifting, we love to wax poetic about the relationships that shape our lives. From great novels to catchy songs, here are the 101 best relationship quotes of all time.

  1. “You have to have fun together. We’ve got three beautiful children together which our whole time is making them happy and making sure they’re healthy and good so most of our time is spent on them. But we have to also spend time together as a couple and that’s always important.” David Beckham
  2. “Everybody knows there is never just the tragedy of life, or the humor of life or pure joy of life. Relationships have those extremes. You can absolutely madly love the same person you want to kill.” Angelina Jolie
  3. “Being married means I can fart and eat ice cream in bed.” Brad Pitt
  4. “I asked my dad once, ‘How did you and Mum stay married for 33 years?’ And he said, ‘Well, we never wanted to get divorced at the same time.’ And I think that’s what happens. When two people throw in the towel at the same time, then you break up, but if one person’s saying: ‘Come on, we can do this,’ you carry on.” Gwyneth Paltrow 
  5. “A message to a friend: A wise man shared with me yesterday one word responsible for his 24 years of marriage. You know what that word was…forgiveness.” Jada Pinkett Smith  
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  6. “Love is an endless act of forgiveness. Forgiveness is me giving up the right to hurt you for hurting me.” Beyoncé
  7. “Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear.” John Lennon
  8. “Before you marry a person you should first make them use a computer with slow Internet to see who they really are.” Will Ferrell
  9. “True love is singing karaoke ‘Under Pressure’and letting the other person sing the Freddie Mercury part.” Mindy Kaling
  10. “Don’t settle for a relationship that won’t let you be yourself.” Oprah
  11. “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” Lao Tzu
  12. “Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.” Lady Gaga
  13. “We should not see ourselves as the contestant but as the prize… The energy in which we go into a relationship is usually what we get out of it. So if we go in quite hastily or not being ourselves or balanced, we will have to deal with that at some point in the relationship as it sets the tone for the whole relationship.” Kelly Rutherford
  14. “Never marry a man thinking you can change him, and I think that starts from your first date when you’re in the seventh grade on. Women are fixers so we have to just not fix. Don’t fix.” Jennifer Garner
  15. “It was hard to imagine I would ever walk down the aisle again. It was like a death in the family: You go through the mourning stage, then the rebellion, and then all of a sudden you have to find life by yourself. Once you do that, you feel complete—and that’s the only time you can truly fall in love again, and give yourself over completely to another person.” Jessica Simpson
  16. “It’s a humbling thing when you find someone to love. Even better if you’ve been waiting your whole life.” George Clooney
  17. “I’m just a big believer in ‘you must love yourself before you can love anybody else,’ and I think for me that breeds the most inspired relationships…” Scarlett Johansson
  18. “You get together and you’re two individuals and you feel inspired by each other, you challenge each other, you complement each other, drive each other beautifully crazy…when you have history with somebody, you’re friends in such a very real, deep way that there’s such a comfort, and an ease, and a deep love that comes from having been through quite a lot together.” Angelina Jolie
  19. “We have a couple of rules in our relationship. The first rule is that I make her feel like she’s getting everything. The second rule is that I actually do let her have her way in everything. And, so far, it’s working.” Justin Timberlake
  20. “The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree but to hold hands.” Alexandra Penney 
  21. “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
  22. “My mom always used to say, ‘You can’t say I love you before you can say I.’ And I think that sort of makes sense.” Mindy Kaling
  23. “The central idea of love is not even a relationship commitment, the first thing is a personal commitment to be the best version of yourself with or without that person that you’re with. You have to every single day, mind, body, and spirit, wake up with a commitment to be better.” Will Smith
  24. “There’s no perfect relationship. All relationships are work. If you put in the work, you’ll reap the rewards.” Jesse Metcalfe
  25. “Do you know how you tell real love? It’s when someone else’s interest trumps your own. I like to put it that way: trumps your own. Love of somebody else—of family, of your kids—becomes the most important, most worthwhile thing in your life. It’s what you foster and protect.” Brad Pitt
  26. “I doubt that fidelity is absolutely essential for a relationship. It’s worse to leave your partner and talk badly about him afterwards. The sparks fly at home if the nice Brad fails to see that he’s wrong and reacts in a defiant way. Then I can get so angry that I tear his shirt.” Angelina Jolie
  27. “To make it work you have to pay attention. You have to want to make sure they’re okay. I know if Jenna’s had a bad dream. I know if she’s going to wake up in a good mood. I just know. Maybe because I’ve spent a lot of time with her, but pay attention guys. If you love the person, just figure out how to make them happy. Write a little note. Put it under the toilet seat. Do something crazy. Make them laugh. It’s not that hard to pay attention and care.” Channing Tatum
  28. “There’s no bad consequence to loving fully, comma with all your heart. You always gain by giving love.” Reese Witherspoon
  29. “You know, what can I say. If a relationship can’t work out, make a record.” Miley Cyrus
  30. “I love her and it is the beginning of everything.” F. Scott Fitzgerald
  31. “Don’t forget. I’m also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.” Notting Hill
  32. “That’s my sweetheart in there. Wherever she is, that’s where my home is.” The Notebook
  33. “We accept the love we think we deserve.” The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  34. “The things that people in love do to each other, they remember. And if they stay together, it’s not because they forget. It’s because they forgive.” Indecent Proposal
  35. “I know they say the first love is the sweetest but that first cut is the deepest.” Drake
  36. “Three things I want in a relationship: Eyes that won’t cry, lips that won’t lie, and love that won’t die.” Wiz Khalifa
  37. “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.” The Beatles
  38. “You don’t want to live your life and then meet someone. You want to share your life with someone.” Rihanna
  39. “There are all kinds of love in this world but never the same love twice.” F. Scott Fitzgerald
  40. “Do what you did in the beginning of a relationship and there won’t be an end.” Anthony Robbins
  41. “I think it’s important to have closure in any relationship that ends – from a romantic relationship to a friendship. You should always have a sense of clarity at the end and know why it began and why it ended. You need that in your life to move cleanly into your next phase.” Jennifer Aniston
  42. “Sometimes the greatest relationships are the ones you never expected to be in. The ones that sweep you off your feet and challenge every view you’ve ever had.” The Vampire Diaries
  43. “When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.” Donald Miller
  44. “Relationships-of all kinds-are like sand held in your hand. Held loosely, with an open hand, the sand remains where it is. The minute you close your hand and squeeze tightly to hold on, the sand trickles through your fingers. You may hold onto some of it, but most will be spilled. A relationship is like that. Held loosely, with respect and freedom for the other person, it is likely to remain intact. But hold too tightly, too possessively, and the relationship slips away and is lost.” Kaleel Jamison
  45. “The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” Thomas Merton
  46. “Some think love can be measured by the amount of butterflies in their tummy. Others think love can be measured in bunches of flowers, or by using the words ‘for ever.’ But love can only truly be measured by actions. It can be a small thing, such as peeling an orange for a person you love because you know they don’t like doing it.” Marian Keyes
  47. “Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” James Baldwin
  48. “We can improve our relationships with others by leaps and bounds if we become encouragers instead of critics.” Joyce Meyer
  49. “Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter 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
  50. “For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.” Stephanie Perkins 
  51. “Well, it seems to me that the best relationships – the ones that last – are frequently the ones that are rooted in friendship. You know, one day you look at the person and you see something more than you did the night before. Like a switch has been flicked somewhere. And the person who was just a friend is… suddenly the only person you can ever imagine yourself with.” Gillian Anderson
  52. “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
  53. “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.” Dr. Steve Maraboli
  54. “Every couple needs to argue now and then. Just to prove that the relationship is strong enough to survive. Long-term relationships, the ones that matter, are all about weathering the peaks and the valleys.” Nicholas Sparks
  55. “To say that one waits a lifetime for his soulmate to come around is a paradox. People eventually get sick of waiting, take a chance on someone, and by the art of commitment become soulmates, which takes a lifetime to perfect.” Criss Jami
  56. “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
  57. “I like my relationships like I like my eggs. Over easy.” Jarod Kintz
  58. “I find the best way to love someone is not to change them, but instead, help them reveal the greatest version of themselves.” Dr. Steve Maraboli
  59. “Can officially confirm that the way to a man’s heart these days is not through beauty, food, sex, or alluringness of character, but merely the ability to seem not very interested in him.” Bridget Jones’s Diary
  60. “The best relationships in our lives are the best not because they have been the happiest ones, they are that way because they have stayed strong through the most tormentful of storms.” Pandora Poikilos
  61. “Because isn’t that the point of every relationship: to be known by someone else, to be understood? He gets me. She gets me. Isn’t that the simple magic phrase?” Gone Girl
  62. “I think you have different soul mates throughout your life, that your soul needs different things at different times.” Kim Kardashian  
  63. “You don’t love because: you love despite; not for the virtues, but despite the faults.” William Faulkner
  64. “I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.” Alice Walker
  65. “Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other.” Rainer Maria Rilke
  66. “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
  67. “I believe that two people are connected at the heart, and it doesn’t matter what you do, or who you are or where you live; there are no boundaries or barriers if two people are destined to be together.” Julia Roberts
  68. “We’ve got the gift of love. But love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard, or just think it’s going to get on with itself. You gotta keep watering it. You’ve got to really look after it, and be careful of it, and keep the flies off and see that it’s alright, and nurture it.” John Lennon
  69. “Be honest, brutally honest. That is what’s going to maintain relationships.” Lauryn Hill
  70. “Intense love does not measure… it just gives.” Mother Teresa 
  71. “It’s nice to be with someone, but I don’t think you need to be in a relationship to feel complete. That would be really sad.” Kristin Davis
  72. “In a relationship each person should support each other. They should lift each other up.” Taylor Swift
  73. “The more connections you and your lover make, not just between your bodies, but between your minds, your hearts, and your souls, the more you will strengthen the fabric of your relationship, and the more real moments you will experience together.” Barbara De Angelis
  74. “So many people prefer to live in drama because it’s comfortable. It’s like someone staying in a bad marriage or relationship – it’s actually easier to stay because they know what to expect every day, versus leaving and not knowing what to expect.” Ellen DeGeneres
  75. “It is only when we no longer compulsively need someone that we can have a real relationship with them.” Anthony Storr
  76. “Nobody can predict the future. You just have to give your all to the relationship you’re in and do your best to take care of your partner, communicate and give them every last drop of love you have. I think one of the most important things in a relationship is caring for your significant other through good times and bad.” Nick Cannon
  77. “If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.” Steve Jobs
  78. “To be fully seen by somebody… and be loved anyhow – this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.” Elizabeth Gilbert
  79. “You know it’s never fifty-fifty in a marriage. It’s always seventy-thirty, or sixty-forty. Someone falls in love first. Someone puts someone else up on a pedestal. Someone works very hard to keep things rolling smoothly; someone else sails along for the ride.” Jodi Picoult
  80. “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 
  81. “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” Dr. Seuss
  82. “It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” Friedrich Nietzsche
  83. “I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I don’t know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep it is your eyes that close.” Pablo Neruda
  84. “Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” Robert A. Heinlein
  85. “I am nothing special; just a common man with common thoughts, and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who’s ever lived: I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul; and to me, this has always been enough.” The Notebook
  86. “You don’t love someone because they’re perfect. You love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.” Jodi Picoult
  87. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
  88. “So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.” The Alchemist
  89. “There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.” John Lennon
  90. “Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.” Louise Erdrich 
  91. “A guy and a girl can be just friends, but at one point or another, they will fall for each other… maybe temporarily, maybe at the wrong time, maybe too late, or maybe forever.” Dave Matthews
  92. “No relationship is perfect, ever. There are always some ways you have to bend, to compromise, to give something up in order to gain something greater …The love we have for each other is bigger than these small differences. And that’s the key. It’s like a big pie chart, and the love in a relationship has to be the biggest piece. Love can make up for a lot.” Sarah Dessen 
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  93. “He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” Wuthering Heights
  94. “Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your heart or burn down your house, you can never tell.” Joan Crawford
  95. “There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.” Friedrich Nietzsche
  96. “Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  97. “Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; re-made all the time, made new.” Ursula K. Le Guin
  98. “We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.” Tom Robbins
  99. “It isn’t possible to love and to part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.” A Room with a View
  100. “Truth is everybody is going to hurt you: you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.” Bob Marley
  101. “Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” Maya Angelou