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20 Astute Quotations on Love and Relationships

We can always use more wisdom on love, relationships, setting boundaries, and practicing healthy self-care. Here are 20 thought-provoking quotations offering inspiration and advice.

“Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.”
— Wayne Dyer

“The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree but to hold hands.”
— Alexandra Penney

“True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.”
— Erich Segal

“The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.”
— Ernest Hemingway

“A woman should never invest in a relationship she wouldn’t want for her daughter, nor allow any man to treat her in a way she would scold her son for.”
— Unknown

“Givers need to set limits because takers rarely do.”
— Rachel Wolchin

“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.”
— Maya Angelou

“Love guards the heart from the abyss.”
— Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“Sometimes, in a relationship, we fail to put two and two together because we want so much to keep one and one together.”
— Robert Brault

“You best teach others about healthy boundaries by enforcing yours.”
— Bryant McGill

“Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.”
— Oscar Wilde

“I have to remember it is not love that has hurt me; but someone who could not love me in the right way.”
— R.Y.S. Perez

“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

“What love we’ve given, we’ll have forever. What love we fail to give, will be lost for all eternity.”
— Leo Buscaglia

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”
— Dale Carnegie

“Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”
— James Baldwin

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

“We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt

“Sometimes it takes a heartbreak to shake us awake and help us see we are worth so much more than we are settling for.”
— Mandy Hale

“When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You know that your name is safe in their mouth.”
— Jess C. Scott

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20 Astute Quotations on Love and Relationships

Dan Neuharth, Ph.D., MFT

Dan Neuharth, PhD, is a marriage and family therapist and best-selling author based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has more than 25 years’ experience providing individual, couples and family therapy. Dr. Neuharth is the author of If You Had Controlling Parents: How to Make Peace with Your Past and Take Your Place in the World. He writes two blogs for PsychCentral: Love Matters and Narcissism Decoded. He is licensed as a marriage and family therapist in California, Florida, Texas and Virginia. His website:

Please note: Dr. Neuharth's posts are for information and educational purposes only. These posts are not intended to be therapy or professional psychotherapeutic advice, and are not a replacement for psychotherapy. I cannot give psychotherapeutic advice about your individual situation outside of a therapist-client relationship. The posting of these blogs and the information therein does not constitute the formation of a therapist-client relationship. Please consult your physician or mental health provider for individual advice or support for your health and well-being. If you are in crisis, please call your local 24-hour crisis or mental health hotline or dial 911.

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Neuharth, D. (2019). 20 Astute Quotations on Love and Relationships. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 1, 2020, from


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