50 Amazing Life Quotes That You Can Apply To Your Relationships

Updated May 29, 2023by Regain Editorial Team

Learning from the wisdom of others has the potential to help us be the best versions of ourselves in our relationships. And quotes can offer a powerful way to learn these lessons, see things from a different perspective, and find inspiration to foster growth and love in all areas of life. 

Therapy is another effective way to learn about life and bring your best to your relationships. But sometimes, we just want to read life quotes to get us through a rough patch, and that's okay! You might keep your favorite quotes with them or even discuss them with your therapist. Whatever the case, we hope some of these quotes speak to your heart and are useful for your relationships. 

50 Life Quotes That Can Apply To Your Relationships 

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Life Quotes Can Inspire Us, And So Can Therapy

Individuals with different sexualities and identities experience varying levels of attraction and prefer various types of relationships, and all are valid. Regardless of what your relationships look like, be they friendships, relationships with family, romantic partnerships, or something else, shared wisdom about love will often apply. 

Here are 50 life quotes that might speak to you and inspire you to enjoy, care for, and improve your relationships with others: 

"If you would be loved, love, and be loveable." - Benjamin Franklin

"Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust and hostility to evaporate." - Albert Schweitzer

"A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out." - Walter Winchell

"You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships every day. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity." - Epicurus

"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone." - Audrey Hepburn

"A loving relationship is one in which the loved one is free to be himself - to laugh with me, but never at me; to cry with me, but never because of me; to love life, to love himself, to love being loved. Such a relationship is based upon freedom and can never grow in a jealous heart." - Leo F. Buscaglia

"The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed." - Carl Jung

"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born." - Anais Nin

"They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel." - Carl W. Buechner

"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 possessive, and the relationship slips away and is lost." - Kaleel Jamison

"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 kind words like, 'please,' 'may I', or 'would you like to.' Using the words' for ever' might also do the trick. 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

"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

"No road is long with good company." - Turkish Proverb

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"Love is when you meet someone who tells you something new about yourself." - Andre Breton

"Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings." - Miles Franklin

"A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea." - Honore de Balzac

"True love is not a hide and seek game: in true love, both lovers seek each other." - Michael Bassey Johnson

"What love we've given, we'll have forever. - Leo Buscaglia

"When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible." - Harry, When Harry Met Sally

"Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within." - James Baldwin

"Love always cures people – both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it." - Karl Menninger

"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." - Tony Robbins

"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

"The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when someone asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer." - Henry David Thoreau

"The best thing to hold onto in life is each other." - Audrey Hepburn

"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

"Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings' infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky." - Rainer Maria Rilke

"Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies." - Aristotle

"Intimacy is the capacity to be rather weird with someone - and finding that that's ok with them." - Alain de Botton

"Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. Love me, and I may be forced to love you." - William Arthur Ward

"The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost." - Gilbert K. Chesterton

"You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams." - Dr. Seuss

"You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world, but a world lives in you." - Frederick Buechner

"It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light, it scattered the night and made the day worth living." - F. Scott Fitzgerald

"Don't smother each other. No one can grow in the shade." - Leo Buscaglia

"What is uttered from the heart alone, will win the hearts of others to your own." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart." - Helen Keller

"Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." - Marcel Proust

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Life Quotes Can Inspire Us, And So Can Therapy

"Having someone wonder where you are when you don't come home at night is a very old human need." - Margaret Mead

"Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. Don't over-analyze your relationships. Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness." - Leo F. Buscaglia

"We are most alive when we're in love." - John Updike

"There's one sad truth in life I've found

While journeying east and west -

The only folks we really wound

Are those we love the best.

We flatter those we scarcely know,

We please the fleeting guest,

And deal full many a thoughtless blow

To those who love us best."

- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"At a touch of love, everyone becomes a poet." - Plato

"A loving heart is the truest wisdom." - Charles Dickens

"I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen." - Ernest Hemingway

"If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you." - Winnie the Pooh

"The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in." - Morrie Schwartz

"True love stories never have endings." - Richard Bach

"Love is totally nonsensical. But we have to keep doing it, or else we're lost, and love is dead, and humanity should just pack it in. Because love is the best thing we do." - Ted, How I Met Your Mother


We hope some of these quotes made you smile or reflect on your relationships with those close to you. Consider keeping your favorites with you to read in times of need or sharing them with those they reminded you of. 

For those working on improving their relationships or mental health, therapy is an excellent place to discuss these quotes. And it offers many benefits, like helping you improve your communication skills, gain insights about life, make healthier life choices, and learn coping strategies to manage stress. 

The choice between in-person and online therapy is yours – they're equally effective for most people. Online sessions are often more convenient, allowing you to search outside your local area for a professional. You'll also be able to have your sessions from the comfort of your home or even while you're traveling, as long as you have a device with an internet connection. 

If you'd like to talk about your relationships, personal growth, or emotions with an online therapist, ReGain can help. We'll match you with a therapist based on your needs and preferences, and you can have your sessions on your schedule, anywhere, anytime, using any device with an internet connection. 

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