Intimacy Quotes For Romance And Inspiration

Updated September 27, 2021

Medically Reviewed By: Karen Devlin, LPC

Intimacy is the capacity to be rather weird with someone – and finding that that’s ok with them. This quote by Alain de Botton is spot-on. To be intimate with someone, we need to know that they love us just as we are. For this reason, intimacy in relationships, both physical and emotional, is what keeps the flame of love burning long after the first fire of lust and infatuation have gone.

Here are some of the most inspirational quotes about intimacy and romance to keep your love flame burning high. Enjoy!

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I wonder if this is how people always get close: They heal each other’s wounds; they repair the broken skin. – Lauren Oliver, Pandemonium

There’s nothing more intimate in life than simply being understood. And understanding someone else. – Brad Meltzer, The Inner Circle

It wasn’t a thing I had consciously missed, but having it now reminded me of the joy of it; that drowsy intimacy in which a man’s body is accessible to you as your own, the strange shapes and textures of it like a sudden extension of your own limbs. – Diana Gabaldon, Voyager

His hand lay across my stomach as he slept soundly. I entwined my fingers with his and breathed through the warmth that seeped through my chest. Such a simple, sweet thing to do, yet holding hands in bed was incredibly intimate. – N.R. Walker, Spencer Cohen, Book Three

With callused hands
i tasted
the softness of the moon

in the coldest winds
i discovered
my soul’s
warmest fireplace

in the roughness
of his stubble
the tenderest love.

  • Sanober Khan, A Thousand Flamingos


Then you stripped me of more than my

grey sweatpants,

sloppy top and socks –

Clichés, coherence, memories,

muffled half-objections.

Pain, even.

Standing in front of you as naked as a fish, at your request,

shivering with bashfulness

and a complicated fear,


you peeled pain

off me.

With all your loving worshipping

of me.

 Mila Van Heerde, chiaroscuro

Intimate Quotes For Him


Among men, sex sometimes results in intimacy; among women, intimacy sometimes results in sex. – Barbara Cartland

the sweet juices of your mouth
are like castles bathed in honey.
i’ve never had it done so gently before.
you have put a circle of castles
around my penis and you swirl them
like sunlight on the wings of birds.

  • Richard Brautigan, Trout Fishing in America / The Pill vs. the Springhill Mine Disaster / In Watermelon Sugar

My skin will never work like that again, so aware of the other person that I’m unsure where she ends and I begin. Never again. Never again will my skin be a thing that can so perfectly communicate; in losing my skin to the fire, I also lost the opportunity to make it disappear with another person. – Andrew Davidson, The Gargoyle

A physical attraction is often desired above many things but you’ll discover it to be short lived. Find yourself someone that gets under your skin, seduces the dusty corners of your heart, and provides you with a mental connection. That is when you’ll know true intimacy. – M.J. Abraham

I had a dream about you. It’s been a while since I could remember any of my dreams, and still, this one has left me with such strong impression. Even now, when I am fully awake, your face flashes before my eyes. It’s a face I can totally relate to, as if it wasn’t any more yours than it is mine. Terrifying thing, you know? I can’t say I’ve felt that sort of intimacy with anyone. For a moment you knew all my secrets, without me even having to tell them. For a moment I even knew them myself… – Aleksandra Ninkovic, Dreaming is for lovers


Because with alarming accuracy
she’d been identifying patterns
I was unaware of-this tic, that
tendency, like the way I’ve mastered
the language of intimacy
in order to conceal how I felt-

I knew I was in danger
of being terribly understood.

  • Stephen Dunn

I wanted to wear her as you would a piece of clothing, to fold into her ribs, be a stone in her mouth. – Hisham Matar, Anatomy of a Disappearance

Intimacy with one person could do this-empty the world of friendships, give a distaste for women’s kisses and their bright chatter, make the ordinary world a little unreal and very uninteresting. – Graham Greene, Orient Express

Intimate Quotes For Everyone

A woman’s highest calling is to lead a man to his soul, so as to unite him with Source. Her lowest calling is to seduce, separating man from his soul and leave him aimlessly wandering. A man’s highest calling is to protect woman, so she is free to walk the earth unharmed. Man’s lowest calling is to ambush and force his way into the life of a woman. – Cherokee Proverb

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

In every friendship hearts grow and entwine themselves together, so that the two hearts seem to make only one heart with only a common thought. That is why separation is so painful; it is not so much two hearts separating, but one being torn asunder. – Fulton J. Sheen

Real intimacy is a sacred experience. It never exposes its secret trust and belonging to the voyeuristic eye of a neon culture. Real intimacy is of the soul, and the soul is reserved. – John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

See, don’t just look. Your partner is so much more than their appearance. It’s how kind their heart is, how lovely they smile, how much they care and have compassion, how generous and giving they are which becomes much more attractive. – Suzan Battah, Five Senses of Romance A Self Help Guide for Gentlemen and Ladies, Both Single and Taken

Jason once told me that eye contact is the most intimacy two people can have – forget sex – because the optic nerve is technically an extension of the brain, and when two people look into each other’s eyes, it’s brain-to-brain. – Douglas Coupland, Hey Nostradamus!

It was the wildness of it that got me going: the primal lust, the sheer needs of two people in heat, quickly finding ways to express their sacred hunger to each other in animal passion. – Fiona Thrust, Naked and Sexual

If fear is the great enemy of intimacy, love is its true friend. – Henri Nouwen

If you age with somebody, you go through so many roles – you’re lovers, friends, enemies, colleagues, strangers; you’re brother and sister. That’s what intimacy is, if you’re with your soulmate. – Cate Blanchett

Intimacy is not purely physical. It’s the act of connecting with someone so deeply; you feel like you can see into their soul. – Reshall Varsos

Two people making love, she once said, are like one drowned person resuscitating the other. – Anatole Broyard, Kafka Was the Rage: A Greenwich Village Memoir

There are people one knows and people one doesn’t. One shouldn’t cheapen the former by feigning intimacy with the latter. – Tony Horwitz, Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War

Being apart was wrong. Simply lying side by side did more for a relationship than words. A warm bed, a nest of animal intimacy. Words could be misunderstood, whereas loving companionship bred trust. – Michel Faber, The Book of Strange New Things

I loved being near you. Even though I felt that bubble you had around you, even though I never quite knew what you were thinking, damn, did I love being near you. Somehow, I knew you would rip me apart and drown me. Somehow, I knew we wouldn’t last. It didn’t matter. You were my sun. I loved feeling you upon me, around me, between me. Even though you could only love me from a distance, I didn’t care. I never felt more warmth inside of me than when you were against me. – Jacqueline Simon Gunn

It’s in giving yourself that you possess yourself. – Lou Andeas-Salome

But love doesn’t control, and I suppose that’s why it’s the ultimate risk. In the end, we have to hope the person we’re giving our heart to won’t break it, and be willing to forgive them when they do, even as they will forgive us. Real love stories don’t have dictators, they have participants. Love is an ever-changing, complicated, choose-your-own-adventure narrative that offers the world but guarantees nothing. When you climb a mountain or sail an ocean, you’re rewarded for staying in control. Perhaps that’s another reason true intimacy is so frightening. It’s the one thing we all want, and must give up control to get. – Donald Miller, Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy

Come to me in the dark, bring me all of your scars. I want to know every crack in your heart, every ache, every memory that haunts you. I want to see the realness in your face, the way your eyes stay light even when you talk of pain, and the way your lips are uneven when you smile. The grooves carved into your soul have made you beautiful and I want to run my fingers across the etches. I know people cover wounds and disguise their damage, but this is what makes you, you, and I want to know you. I want to sink inside of you and feel your depth. Don’t protect me from your story. We all have a story and I’m tired of drowning alone. – Jacqueline Simon Gunn

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