250 Relationship Quotes That Will Make You More Connected

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Here are 250 of the best relationship quotes I could find. I hope you’ll feel inspired and more connected to your loved ones and your friends. After all, what would life be without them?

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A relationship where you can be weird together is your best choice. Paulo Coelho

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Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs. Charlotte Brontë

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Treat everyone as if they were a guest in your own house, because in reality, they are a guest in your own world. B. D. Schiers

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Never ask, “Who is my real friend?” Ask, “Am I a real friend to somebody?” That is the right question. Osho

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Be a loving person rather than in a love relationship. Osho


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When your heart has room for everybody then your heart is full of love. Fred Rogers

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Love is at the root of everything. All learning. All parenting. All relationships. Love, or the lack of it. Fred Rogers

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There’s only one thing more precious than our time and that’s who we spend it on. Leo Christopher

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In a sense, people are our proper occupation. Our job is to do them good and put up with them. Marcus Aurelius

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Stay away from people who makes you feel like you are wasting their time. Paulo Coelho


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If you love yourself you love others, if you hate yourself you hate others, because in relationship with others it is only you mirrored. Osho

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If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship, we must love friends for their sake rather than for our own. Charlotte Brontë

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My experience is that the teachers we need most are the people we’re living with right now. Byron Katie

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The most amazing friends – the ones who make life worth living – tend to be the ones who defy convention. Shane Parrish

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People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered. Love them anyway. Mother Teresa

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The Best Relationship Quotes

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My friends are my estate. Emily Dickinson

Never close your lips to those whom you have already opened your heart. Charles Dickens

We get so wrapped up in numbers in our society. The most important thing is that we are able to be one-to-one, you and I with each other at the moment. If we can be present to the moment with the person that we happen to be with, that’s what’s important. Fred Rogers

I’ve come to understand that listening is one of the most important things we can do for one another… if we care, we can listen. Fred Rogers

We are so different, yet so much the same. Gloria Steinem (My Life on the Road)

When humans are ranked instead of linked, everyone loses. Gloria Steinem (My Life on the Road)

You’ll have to drop this desire for attention, this desire for getting sympathy from people. In fact, it is very ugly to desire sympathy from people – it makes you a beggar. Osho

Politeness and consideration for others is like investing pennies and getting dollars back. Thomas Sowell

Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. Maya Angelou

There are many times when it is better to be kind than clever. Thibaut

Remember to stay away from people who have a problem for every solution. Paulo Coelho

Friendship isn’t a big thing – it’s a million little things. Paulo Coelho

When you lose a possession, you realize that you valued it too much. When you lose a person, you realize that you didn’t value them enough. Neil Strauss

Eliminate time spent with people who would rather drone on about their misery than hear about your successes. Taylor Burrowes

Associate with people who are likely to improve you. Welcome those who you are capable of improving. The process is a mutual one: men learn as they teach. Seneca

You should never be afraid of people… such fear can destroy us completely. You’ve simply got to get rid of it, if you want to turn into someone decent. You understand that, don’t you? Hermann Hesse (Demian)

When our friends are present, we ought to treat them well; and when they are absent, to speak of them well. Epictetus (Enchiridion)

We’re human beings; we’re not robots. And face-to-face contact is something totally different than typing a text message and then forgetting about it. Noam Chomsky

Never look up to anybody, never look down on anybody. You look them eye to eye. Unknown

We’re often afraid of being vulnerable, but vulnerability creates genuine connection. Gabby Bernstein

We humans definitely need other people to keep us human. Terry Pratchett

So much of life is being present with the people you love. Shane Parrish

Quit wanting them to be the way you want them to be. Just love them. Kamal Ravikant (This is one of my favorite relationship quote. Leave a reply here and let us know what’s yours!)

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Part 2. Relationship Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Relationship Quotes (Nietzsche, Dalai Lama, Lincoln, etc.)

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Seek first to understand, then to be understood. Stephen R. Covey

It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Warren Buffett

When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time. Maya Angelou

We are like chameleons. We take our hue and the color of our moral character, from those who are around us. John Locke

Tell me with whom you consort and I will tell you who you are; if I know how you spend your time, then I know what might become of you. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We must bear up against them and make the best of mankind as they are, since we cannot make them as we wish. George Washington

Genuine friendship is not based on money and power, but on trust, which in turn develops as a result of showing concern for other people’s well-being. In other words, friendship is founded on warm-heartedness. 14th Dalai Lama

I’m Tibetan, I’m Buddhist and I’m the Dalai Lama, but if I emphasize these differences it sets me apart and raises barriers with other people. What we need to do is to pay more attention to the ways in which we are the same as other people. 14th Dalai Lama

The aim of spiritual practice is to become the friend of all beings, concerned and ready and able to help them. 14th Dalai Lama

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? Abraham Lincoln

The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends. Friedrich Nietzsche

Do not cling to any one person, not even your most beloved: every person is a prison and also a hiding place. Friedrich Nietzsche

To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind. William Hazlitt

Do not waste time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him. C. S. Lewis

The deepest principle of human nature is the craving to be appreciated. William James

Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door. Charles Dickens

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Short Relationship Quotes

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One liners, short relationship quotes, sayings, thoughts and captions for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, backgrounds.

Avoid boring people. Josh Wolfe

People aren’t projects. Bob Goff

Compliment people behind their back. Sahil Lavingia

Stop networking, start making friends. Sahil Lavingia

#1 relationship rule: over communicate. Carlos Del Valle

Assumptions are the termites of relationships. Henry Winkler

Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are magic. Frida kahlo

Give without a sense of superiority or charity. Unknown

Trust yourself, you will start to trust others. Santosh Kalwar

Nobody raises his reputation by lowering others. Tim Fargo

You don’t know yourself – how can you know others. Osho

Never chase a person running away from themselves. Thibaut (@Kpaxs)

Time spent with people you can no longer trust is wasted. @orangebook

Of each other, we should be kind while there is still time. Philip Larkin

When you love someone you want to take care of that person as you would take care of yourself. Thich Nhat Hanh

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Inspirational Relationship Quotes

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Nobody is superior, nobody is inferior but nobody is equal either. People are simply unique, incomparable. You are you, I am I. Osho

Find someone who makes reality better than dreams and do your best to deserve them. Shane Parrish

Become what you want to see in the world and it will be so. If you want an amazing relationship with your partner, be an amazing partner. If you want people to be thoughtful and kind, be thoughtful and kind. Small changes in your actions change your entire world. Shane Parrish

What I really would like said about me is that I dared to love. By love, I mean that condition in the human spirit so profound it encourages us to develop courage and build bridges, and then to trust those bridges and cross the bridges in attempts to reach other human beings. Maya Angelou

Be kind. Right now, right here, in your own life, in whatever way you can. Just be kind. There’s so much going on that we cannot solve. So many people we cannot help. So much cruelty we can do nothing about. But we can be kind to one another. That’s a step we can all take today. Jason Garner

As you improve, you’ll find yourself more disappointed with those around you. To avoid this, be hard on yourself but understanding of others. Ed Latimore

We must each adopt as much responsibility as possible for individual life, society and the world. We must each tell the truth and repair what is in disrepair and break down and recreate what is old and outdated. It is in this manner that we can and must reduce the suffering that poisons the world. It’s asking a lot. It’s asking for everything. Jordan Peterson (12 Rules for Life)

What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life – to strengthen each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting? George Eliot

The greatest achievement is selflessness. The greatest worth is self-mastery. The greatest quality is seeking to serve others. Atiśa Dīpaṃkara Śrījñāna

If you think something positive about someone, you should tell them. It is the easiest and cheapest way to create value that exists in the world. Justin Kan

Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home… it’s your responsibility to love it, or change it. Chuck Palahniuk

Whenever we see something which would benefit others, no matter how small, then we should do it. Tai Situ Rinpoche

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Funny And Surprising Relationship Quotes

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Every man I meet wants to protect me. I can’t figure out what from. Mae West

Everyone is normal until you get to know them. Brent Beshore

All relationships go through hell, real relationships get through it. Unknown

Pointless and disingenuous questions are the hallmarks of socialization. James Pierce

Everyone remembers the first time they thought an old friend wanted to catch up, but it was really a pyramid scheme pitch. Ed Latimore

Surround yourself with really good friends. Have people around you who cheer you on, and applaud you, and support you, and are honest with you, and tell you, you know, when your breath stinks. Kamala Harris

The most painful moments are not those we spend with uninteresting people; rather, they are those spent with uninteresting people trying hard to be interesting. Nassim Nicholas Taleb (The Bed of Procrustes)

Sweet, crazy conversations full of half sentences, daydreams and misunderstandings more thrilling than understanding could ever be. Toni Morrison (Beloved)

Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience. Mark Twain

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Deep And Emotional Relationship Quotes

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Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful. Friedrich Nietzsche

Don’t consider how many you can please, but whom. Publius Syrus (The Moral Sayings of Publius Syrus)

If you attack someone’s identity, you shut down all conversations with them. Naval Ravikant

The more you judge, the more you separate yourself. Naval Ravikant

If you gossip about your enemies, you gossip about your friends. Shane Parrish

Trust yourself more and others less. Robert Greene

We love people not so much for the good they’ve done us, as for the good we’ve done them. Leo Tolstoy (War and Peace)

Vulnerability is the essence of connection and connection is the essence of existence. Leo Christopher

We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken. Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Crime and Punishment)

Many argue; not many converse. Louisa May Alcott

Comparing yourself to others is a dangerous game. Either you feel like shit or grow arrogant. Better to compare yourself to your old self and no one else. Ed Latimore

What kills peer relationships is hierarchy. Since hierarchy emerges automatically in groups, avoid crowds. Michael

How you make others feel about themselves, says a lot about you. Unknown

Our sense of identity is held captive by the judgements of those we live among. Alain de Botton (Status Anxiety)

Sometimes the best way to “manage” a relationship is to end it. Too few get this. Fateh Singh

Selfish people will never get to experience the joy of human connection. Carlos Del Valle

Relationship is a process of self-discovery, a wider and deeper understanding; relationship is a constant adjustment in self-discovery. Jiddu Krishnamurti

We treat those who don’t mean anything to us far better than those who mean everything to us. Thibaut

Your relationship with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship you have. Robert Holden

The only relationship we can have is the relationship we have with the “self.” Everything else is a reflection of that relationship. Iyanla Vanzant

Every human interaction is composed of: need, competition, or war. Kapil Gupta

Whenever I look at the ocean, I always want to talk to people, but when I’m talking to people, I always want to look at the ocean. Haruki Murakami

Is it possible, in the final analysis, for one human being to achieve perfect understanding of another? We can invest enormous time and energy in serious efforts to know another person, but in the end, how close can we come to that person’s essence? We convince ourselves that we know the other person well, but do we really know anything important about anyone? Haruki Murakami (The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle)

The ones who refer to you repeatedly as “my friend” are most likely to betray you. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

We are interested in others, when they are interested in us. Publius Syrus

What is the true significance of relationship? Is it not a process of self-revelation? Jiddu Krishnamurti

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See also: How to Have a Better Relationship (nytimes.com)

Wise Relationship Quotes (Words of Wisdom)

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Watch people like a hawk, and when they do something good, tell them. Jordan Peterson

Don’t return it, give it away. Don’t keep fixing it, create something new. Don’t force the relationship, find someone else. Naval Ravikant

Become more loving and more silent. It is a difficult task! Be loving to others, and when you are alone be silent. Osho

When love is a relationship, it creates misery. When love is a state of being, it creates bliss. Osho

Be human: accept the other person’s humanity with all the frailty humanity is prone to. Osho

If your relationship isn’t right, have the courage and respect to tell your partner what you’re feeling. You really have three options: fix it, leave, or accept the status quo. Shane Parrish

We don’t need to be constantly reasonable in order to have good relationships; all we need to have mastered is the occasional capacity to acknowledge with good grace that we may, in one or two areas, be somewhat insane. Alain de Botton (The Course of Love: A Novel)

Successful relationships start by giving up control, giving up the need to be loved or wanted or right all the time. Mark Manson

One can no more approach people without love than one can approach bees without care. Such is the quality of bees. Leo Tolstoy

Forget trying to change people. Either change yourself or change your environment. Or both. Ed Latimore

The quality of your life is proportional to the quality of people in your life. The quality of people you attract depends on the quality of your own person. It’s a two way process. To attract better people become a better person. To become better seek the company of better people. @TheAncientSage

No one changes unless they want to. Not if you beg them. Not if you shame them. Not if you use reason, emotion, or tough love. There’s only one thing that makes someone change: their own realization that they need to do it. And there’s only one time it will happen: when they decide they’re ready. Lori Deschesne (tinybuddha.com)

All top level relationships require radical honesty. Pat Stedman

In relationship there must be affection, consideration, adjustment, self-denial, yielding; not to conquer but to live happily. Jiddu Krishnamurti

To understand you, I must have no preconceived formulations about you, no prejudice; I must be open, without judgment, without comparison. Jiddu Krishnamurti

When you can love all people for who they are, not for what they can give you, you are a wealthy being. Iyanla Vanzant

Don’t create expectations around things you don’t control. One of those things: other people’s actions. Justin Kan

You are as good as how nice you are to people you don’t have to be nice to. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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See also: Tips for Building a Healthy Relationship (helpguide.org)

Part 3. Relationship Quotes About…

Relationship Quotes About Love, Couple, Heartbreak

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Neediness makes people blind. Neil Strauss

At the end of a relationship, it is the one who is not in love that makes the tender speeches. Alain de Botton (Essays in Love)

Love is dividend of gratitude for our lover’s insight into our own confused and troubled psyche. Alain de Botton (The Course of Love: A Novel)

One has to go into relationships with equal expectations, ready to give as much as the other – not with one person wanting a fling and the other real love. Alain de Botton (Essays In Love)

The success of a relationship should be measured not by never having conflict, but by decreasing the recovery time between conflicts. Neil Strauss

Only when your love for someone exceeds your need for them do you have a shot at a genuine relationship together. Neil Strauss

Part 1. Unless meditation is achieved, love remains a misery. Once you have learned how to live alone, once you have learned how to enjoy your simple existence, for no reason at all, then there is a possibility of solving the second, more complicated problem of two persons being together. Osho

Part 2. Only two meditators can live in love – and then love will not be a koan. But then it will not be a relationship, either, in the sense that you understand it. It will be simply a state of love, not a state of relationship. Osho

The moment love becomes a relationship, it becomes a bondage, because there are expectations and there are demands and there are frustrations, and an effort from both sides to dominate. It becomes a struggle for power. Osho

If you love a flower, don’t pick it up. Because if you pick it up, it dies and it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation. Osho

The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too. Ernest Hemingway (Men Without Women)

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

The direction in which a relationship goes is usually determined by the partner who doesn’t care how it goes. J.D. Landis

A strong gives forgiveness but weak gives permission. Santosh Kalwar

To love is easy, to be in a relationship is extremely difficult. Santosh Kalwar

I don’t care what you say to me. I care what you share with me. Santosh Kalwar

The things that matter most in our lives are not fantastic or grand. They are the moments when we touch one another. Jack Kornfield

We do things for the one we love, but sometimes just being there expresses even deeper love. Give the gift of your full presence. Haemin Sunim

Love is people caring for people. That is love. Fred Rogers

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See also: Here’s What 15 Relationship Experts Can Teach Us About Love (greatist.com) or The Complete Guide to Relationships (psychologytoday.com)

Relationship Quotes About Friendship

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A new friend represents a new universe, created the day she/he arrived. Paulo Coelho

A friend accepts us as we are, and helps us to be what we should. Paulo Coelho

A faithful friend is a strong defense; And he that hath found him hath found a treasure. Louisa May Alcott

A friend is one to whom one may pour out the contents of one’s heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that gentle hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away. George Eliot

My old grandmother always used to say, “Summer friends will melt away like summer snows, but winter friends are friends forever’. George R.R. Martin (A Feast for Crows)

As you grow older, you realize it becomes less important to have more friends and more important to have real ones. Ralph Napolitano

If your friends don’t support your healthy lifestyle, then why do you still hang onto them? Life’s too short to not have the support we need to be our best selves. Joe De Sana

Every morning when I wake up, I dedicate myself to helping others to find peace of mind. Then, when I meet people, I think of them as long time friends; I don’t regard others as strangers. 14th Dalai Lama

If people would dare to speak to one another unreservedly, there would be a good deal less sorrow in the world a hundred years hence. Samuel Butler

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See also: 10 Ways to Have Peaceful, Loving Relationships (tinybuddha.com)

Relationship Quotes About Respect, Kindness, Trust, Changing Others

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Real trust is like real love. It can only be earned, never mandated or demanded. Shane Parrish

If I want to convince someone, I listen attentively first. Even if I am right, he won’t be convinced until he feels heard and respected. Haemin Sunim

Everyone is kind to someone they meet for the first time. The question is how long their kindness lasts. Haemin Sunim

If you ask perfection in any human being you will create trouble for yourself and for the other, and your life will be nothing but misery. Osho

Trying to please people less will make them more likely in the long run to respect and treat you better. Robert Greene

Being nice counts the most when you are nice to people ignored by others. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Life is much, much easier when you treat all humans as flawed and imperfect, but flawed in quite different ways. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Dignity really means that I deserve the best treatment I can receive, that I have the responsibility to give the best treatment to others. Maya Angelou

Mutual caring relationships require kindness and patience, tolerance, optimism, joy in the other’s achievements, confidence in oneself, and the ability to give without undue thought of gain. Fred Rogers

You can’t have a relationship with someone hoping they’ll change. You have to be willing to commit to them as they are, with no expectations. And if they happen to choose to change at some point along the way, then that’s just a bonus. Neil Strauss

Stay close to those who are not afraid to be vulnerable, because they have confidence in themselves and know that we all stumble – including you. Paulo Coelho (Hippie)

In the best, the friendliest and simplest relations flattery or praise is necessary, just as grease is necessary to keep wheels turning. Leo Tolstoy (War and Peace)

Treat other people how you want to be treated. If you’ve failed to do that, it’s ok, you’re human: go back, own your mistake, apologize and make things right. Justin Kan

Accept people as they are. Not for their sake, but for yours: relying on others to change to make you happy will never work. Justin Kan

I’m only interested in cultivating relationships where there are independent and evolving souls coming together to help each other become the highest version of themselves. Jad Everett

People die all the time. Life is a lot more fragile than we think. So you should treat others in a way that leaves no regrets. Fairly, and if possible, sincerely. Haruki Murakami

Compliment others more. You’ll barely remember you did it, but the other person may never forget that you did. Kindness has unlimited upside. James Clear

Seeing others for what they are, and accepting them – it is the single greatest revolution one can undergo in one’s relationship with others and the world. Janus Faustus

Always think of how others are kind and precious. Treat them as you would like to be treated. Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Never trust the words of a man who is not free. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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See also: How To Show Respect For Others (+ Why It’s Important In Life) (aconsciousrethink.com)

Relationship Quotes About Work, Coworkers

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Prefer to be defeated in the presence of the wise than to excel among fools. Dogen

The best way, perhaps the only way, to change others is to become an example. Naval Ravikant

Hang out with people smarter than you, it keeps you humble. Ralph Napolitano

The further you want to climb, the more carefully you need to construct your tribe. James Clear

Every morning, you have a choice. You can strive to lift people up or cut them down. Don’t fall for the worst impulses in others. Rise to the occasion and bring out the best in others. Adam Grant

I wish success was about being a great artist, writer, painter, engineer. But it’s just as much about who you know, and who knows you. Too many creatives focus on honing their craft, and not enough on how they can meet the people who will change their trajectory with one intro. Sahil Lavingia

How to surround yourself with smart, hard-working people: be smart and hard-working. Sahil Lavingia

We can not control a relationship. We can only contribute to a relationship. All relationships, business or personal, are an opportunity to serve another human being. Simon Sinek

The best ROI early in your career is to work closely with someone in the .01% of their field. It will show you what good habits, clear thinking and perseverance looks like. Thereafter, you can tweak their “models” to fit your world view. This is the fastest path to greatness. Brian Norgard

The primary reason people believe in anything is because others believe. Brian Norgard

When you criticize someone, see if you are doing it out of envy. Your criticism reveals more about yourself than you realize. Haemin Sunim

If you are successful, it’s almost always because some people went out of their way to help you. You have a moral obligation to pay it forward. Sam Altman

Treat everyone you work with like a peer, and you’ll usually be surprised on the upside. Sam Altman

Not only are you highly susceptible to the emotions of the people around us, but we also unconsciously adjust our work ethic to theirs. Shane Parrish

Work with and under people you admire, and avoid the inverse when at all possible. Shane Parrish

If you want to do anything in the world, and this is as true personally as well as professionally, it’s all about creating a vision for others to join. Shane Parrish

We are all conditioned to want approval from others. It was important for our evolution as a social species, and it served us well in the past. But don’t let it own you now. Justin Kan

I try to get rid of people who always confidently answer questions about which they don’t have any real knowledge. Charlie Munger

If you hang around with people who behave worse than you, pretty soon you’ll start being pulled in that direction. Warren Buffett

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See also: How to Develop Effective Work Relationships (thebalancecareers.com)

Relationship Quotes About Life, Tough Times, Happiness

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Develop the habit of not depending on other people to protect or shelter you. Robert Greene

The ability to understand people is one of the greatest assets anyone can ever have. John C. Maxwell

If you are unhappy, you will always make a relationship with an unhappy person… A miserable person tends to find a miserable partner. Osho

Love in itself, or just having a relationship with someone, is not going to give you happiness unless you bring happiness with you. Osho

Relationships do not cause pain and unhappiness. They bring out the pain and unhappiness that is already in you. Eckhart Tolle

The secret to life is not to take it personally. The things people do and say are not always about you. Usually they’re about their own fears. Neil Strauss

When it comes to yourself, don’t compromise. You can’t take care of others if you don’t take care of yourself first. Justin Kan

Helping someone else has asymmetric upside. You won’t remember the effort it took and they won’t forget it. Neal Khosla

Honest concern for others is the key factor in improving our day to day lives. When you are warm-hearted, there is no room for anger, jealousy or insecurity. Healthy, happy families and a healthy peaceful nation are dependent on warm-heartedness. 14th Dalai Lama

You have to work at relationships. You can’t just walk out on them every time something goes wrong. Nick Hornby

The best time to have a difficult conversation is when you first feel it. The second best time is now. Difficult conversations don’t get easier if you wait to have them. The sooner you open up about hard things the better. The longer you wait, the harder it gets. Shane Parrish

Intentional living is the art of making our own choices before others’ choices make us. Richie Norton

If you over-coddle people, if you protect them from everything that’s sharp, you make them dull and narcissistic. Jordan Peterson

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See also: How Healthy Couples Handle Tough Times (psychcentral.com)

Relationship Quotes About Family

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The single most important factor in our long-term happiness is the relationships we have with our family and close friends. Clayton Christensen

Sisterhood and brotherhood are conditions people have to work at. Maya Angelou

Family isn’t always blood, it’s the people in your life who want you in theirs: the ones who accept you for who you are, the ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what. Maya Angelou

There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human society, are created, strengthened and maintained. Winston Churchill

If you want to see mankind fully, look at a family. Within the family minds become organically one, and for this reason the family is total poetry. Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

I can’t help detesting my relations. I suppose it comes from the fact that none of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves. Oscar Wilde

When we understand the connection between how we live and how long we live, it’s easier to make different choices. Instead of viewing the time we spend with friends and family as luxuries, we can see that these relationships are among the most powerful determinants of our well-being and survival. Dean Ornish

What is home? My favorite definition is “a safe place,” a place where one is free from attack, a place where one experiences secure relationships and affirmation. It’s a place where people share and understand each other. Its relationships are nurturing. The people in it do not need to be perfect; instead, they need to be honest, loving, supportive, recognizing a common humanity that makes all of us vulnerable. Gladys M. Hunt

I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection. Sigmund Freud

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See also: 40 Ways to Respect Your Parents (inspiringtips.com)

Quotes About Good Relationships

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Hang out with people better than you, and you cannot help but improve. Warren Buffett

Make friends with people who want the best for you. Jordan Peterson

Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other. 14th Dalai Lama

Only create associations with positive affinities. Make this a rule of life and you’ll benefit more than from all the therapy in the world. Robert Greene

Surround yourself with people who will tell you how it is. Subtlety is a waste of time. Preethi Kasireddy

Being with someone who doesn’t rush you is like being in heaven. @Jaja

Surround yourself with people who tell you uncomfortable truths. Carlos Del Valle

Surround yourself with people who: give a f*ck, motivate you, you can learn from, respect you, challenge you, support you, you can vulnerable, tell you the truth, make you better. Relationships like these are priceless. Carlos Del Valle

When you are attracted to people, it’s because of the details. Their kindness. Their eyes. The fact that they can get you to laugh when you need it the most. Jodi Picoult (Sing You Home)

Great relationships are based on the mutual exchange of unique perspectives. @orangebook

Some look for people they can feel superior to. Others look for people they can learn from. The first is a path to stagnation. The second is a path to growth. @TheStoicEmperor

All friendships and relationships develop inside jokes. The longer the relationship, the more inside jokes you develop. The more inside jokes you develop, the weirder they get. Thus, at some point, all the best friendships and relationships get really weird. James Clear

It’s easy to make someone feel special. Ask open-ended questions and listen with genuine interest. Attention is the expression of love. Haemin Sunim

The company should always be better than the food. Brian Norgard

The bar for who you spend time with should be incredibly high. Shane Parrish

See also: forgiveness quotes

See also: 7 Key Habits For Building Better Relationships (fastcompany.com)

Quotes About Bad Relationships, Hatred, Lies, Sadness

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Pay close attention to people who don’t clap when you win. Leonardo DiCaprio

It is a true proverb, that if you live with a lame man, you will learn to limp. Plutarch

The true test of a relationship is not in how good the times together are, but in how well you handle the bad times – and how quickly you legitimately recover from them. Neil Strauss

Every relationship is a blessed gift – even those which you believe have brought you nothing but sadness and pain. Neale Donald Walsch

Avoid those who believe they are stronger than you, because they are actually concealing their own fragility. Paulo Coelho

When you delete or block negative people from your life, good things will start happening to you and it won’t be a coincidence. Paulo Coelho

Stop running to those who ignore you and start running to those who adore you. Joseph Simmons

People will take from you what they can. If they sense that you are the type of person who accepts and submits, they will push and push until they have established an exploitative relationship with you. Robert Greene

People can be treacherous. They bring endless battles into your life. Your task is to resist the temptation to wish it were all different; instead you must fearlessly accept these circumstances, even embrace them. Robert Greene

Learn to measure people by the narrowness or breadth of their vision; avoid entangling yourself with those who cannot see the consequences of their actions, who are in a continual reactive mode. They will infect you with this energy. Robert Greene

Surround yourself with: achievers, doers, dreamers, men of character. Get rid of: complainers, talkers, cynics, sociopaths. Carlos Del Valle

Don’t get mad when people don’t support you, half don’t support themselves. Carlos Del Valle

Avoid people who are more interested in social validation than discovering the truth. Carlos Del Valle

Some people hate when you change because it reminds them that they haven’t. Ed Latimore

Always amazed how much people talk, but how little they listen. Preethi Kasireddy

If the relationship can’t survive the long term, why on earth would it be worth my time and energy for the short term? Nicholas Sparks (The Last Song)

We often hang on to old, toxic relationships that keep our lives cluttered and prevent new, more nurturing relationships from coming in. Iyanla Vanzant

Winners get happy when they see their friends win. Losers get unhappy, jealous, and downright treasonous. @LifeMathMoney

So much relationship misery arises from one person reaching out to another and saying “are you there?… am I important to you” and the other person says “I’m busy right now. I’ll tell you later”. Shane Parrish

Don’t spend time trying to maintain relationships with people you don’t like, and cut negative people out of your life. Sam Altman

People often criticize you most for what they most wish they had in themselves. Sam Altman

See also: quotes about sadness, courage quotes

See also: 10 Signs You’re In The Wrong Relationship (huffingtonpost.ca)

Part 4. Conclusion

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If you want people to listen to you, you have to listen to them. If you hope people will change how they live, you have to know how they live. If you want people to see you, you have to sit down with them eye-to-eye. Gloria Steinem (My Life on the Road)

What is your favorite relationship quote? What defines a good relationship to you? Would you like to add another one here? Please let us know in the comment section below!

Call to action: Watch How to Be a Good Friend (YouTube video by The School of Life) or read All Successful Relationships Need Work And Here’s Why (thriveglobal.com)

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