People have been thinking and writing eloquently about love for all of human history. For those lucky enough to be in strong, supportive relationships with partners who lift them up and encourage their careers, the following quotes are great reminders of what you both get from your relationship.
"No road is long with good company." — Turkish proverb"In a relationship, each person should support the other; they should lift each other up." — Taylor Swift"When it comes time to settle down, find someone who wants an equal partner." — Sheryl Sandberg"Be honest, brutally honest. That is what's going to maintain relationships." — Lauren Hill"Personal relationships are the fertile soil from which all advancement, all success, all achievement in real life grows." — Ben Stein"The intense happiness of our union is derived in a high degree from the perfect freedom with which we each follow and declare our own impressions." — George Eliot"The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree but to hold hands." — Alexandra Penney"Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction." — Antoine de Saint-Exupery"We have to recognize that there cannot be relationships unless there is commitment, unless there is loyalty, unless there is love, patience, persistence." — Cornel West"People are weird. When we find someone with a weirdness that is compatible with ours, we team up and call it love." — Dr. Seuss"There is no more lovely, friendly, and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage." — Martin Luther"The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed." — Carl Gustav Jung"The compatibility of a couple and the quality of a relationship lies in the way they handle their arguments and differences." — Nishan Panwar"Love is a choice you make every day." — Gary Chapman"The heart that's meant to love you will fight for you when you want to give up, pick you up when you're feeling down, and will give their smile when it's hard for you to find yours. They will never get strength from seeing you weak, power from seeing you hurt, or joy from seeing you cry. The heart that's meant to love you wants to see the best you, not the hurt you! Never forget that." — Trent Shelton"We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them — we can only love others as much as we love ourselves."—Brené BrownLove is made up of three unconditional properties in equal measure: 1) acceptance, 2) understanding, 3) appreciation. Remove any one of the three and the triangle falls apart. Which, by the way, is something highly inadvisable. Think about it — do you really want to live in a world of only two dimensions? So, for the love of a triangle, please keep love whole.” — Vera Nazarian"True love is not a hide-and-seek game; in true love, both lovers seek each other." — Michael Bassey Johnson“It’s true that nothing in this world makes us so necessary to others as the affection we have for them.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe"Intense love does not measure, it just gives." — Mother Teresa"But let there be spaces in your togetherness and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls." — Khalil Gibran"Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom." — Rabindranath Tagore"We've got this 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 by itself. You've got to keep watering it. You've got to really look after it and nurture it." — John Lennon"Don't smother each other. No one can grow in the shade." — Leo Buscaglia"A relationship isn't going to make me survive. It's the cherry on top." — Jennifer Aniston"Courage means to keep working a relationship, to continue seeking solutions to difficult problems, and to stay focused during stressful periods." — Denis Waitley"There is a time for risky love. There is a time for extravagant gestures. There is a time to pour out your affections on one you love. And when the time comes — seize it, don't miss it." — Max Lucado"You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back." — Barbara de Angelis
- "Never above you, never below you, always beside you." — Walter Winchell
- "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." — Steve Jobs
- "Never love anybody that treats you like you're ordinary." — Oscar Wilde
- "Love is a game that two can play and both win." — Eva Gabor
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Lorelei Yang is a New York-based consultant and freelance writer/researcher. Find her on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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