Principles for healthy relationships (quotes)

The quality of your life is the quality of your relationships

  • The quality of your life is the quality of your relationships. Tony Robbins
  • Personal relationships are the fertile soil from which all advancement, all success, all achievement in real life grows. Ben Stein
  • I think what makes us human is our interconnectedness among people. It’s our ability to form and maintain relationships. It’s the barometer by which we call ourselves human. Thomas Jane
  • We will never be fully satisfied emotionally until we develop deep and loving relationships. James J. Jones
  • Human relationships always help us to carry on because they always presuppose further developments, a future – and also because we live as if our only task was precisely to have relationships with other people. Albert Camus
  • Life is relationships… The rest is just details.
  • One of the strongest findings in the literature is that happy people have better relationships than do their less happy peers. It’s no surprise, then, that investing in social relationships is a potent strategy on the path to becoming happier.  Sonja Lyubomirsky
  • Our greatest joy and our greatest pain comes in our relationships with others. Stephen Covey
  • Eighty percent of life’s satisfaction comes from meaningful relationships. Brian Tracy
  • Almost all of our sorrows spring out of our relations with other people. Arthur Schopenhauer
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The possibility for rich relationships exists all around you if you only follow certain principles

  • The possibility for rich relationships exists all around you – you simply have to open your eyes, and most importantly, open your heart. Cheryl Richardson
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See your relationships as existing to make you conscious rather than happy

  • Whatever relationships I have attracted into my life at this moment are precisely the ones I need in my life at this moment. Deepak Chopra
  • Never before have relationships been as problematic and conflict ridden as they are now. As you may continue to pursue the goal of salvation through a relationship, you will be disillusioned again and again. If you accept that the relationship is here to make you conscious instead of happy, then the relationship will offer your salvation, and you will be aligning yourself with the higher consciousness that wants to be born into this world.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Relationship are part of the vast plan for our enlightenment. Marianne Williamson
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See your relationships as an opportunity to give, not take

  • 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
  • Relationship works best when you think of it as a vehicle of giving and contributing and as a secular spiritual practice, keeping your own interests present but not predominant in your choice processes. Paul Richards
  • When we lose sight of each other as sacred souls on a sacred journey, then we cannot see the purpose behind all relationships. The purpose of a relationship is to decide what part of ourselves we would like to experience and express – not what part of another we can capture and hold. Not to have someone to complete us but to have another with whom to share our completeness. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Almost all of our relationships begin and most of them continue as forms of mutual exploitation, a mental or physical barter, to be terminated when one or both parties run out of goods. Wiston Auden
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Be loving

  • How wonderful to go beyond wanting and fearing in your relationships. Love does not want or fear anything. Eckhart Tolle
  • Love is what is left in a relationship after all the selfishness is taken out. Nick Richardson
  • As soon as the love relationship does not lead me to me, as soon as I in a love relationship do not lead another person to himself, this love, even if it seems to be the most secure and ecstatic attachment I have ever experienced, is not true love. For real love is dedicated to continual becoming. Leo Buscaglia
  • Yea, let all those who have ears to hear, listen. For I tell you this: at the critical juncture in all human relationships, there is only one question: What would love do now? Neale Donald Walsch
  • When we are in a truly loving relationship, we receive the gift of being known and accepted. We become more, not less, of who we are. We receive the space in which to bloom. This is how we know we are in a loving relationship. We are blooming, and the one we love is blooming as well. Brenda Shoshanna
  • In all relationships, there is only one question that has any importance to your soul: “What would love do now?” Neale Donald Walsch
  • No relationship is perfect, which is why it is so important that it be loving. Robert Brault
  • I want to be in a relationship where you telling me you love me is just a ceremonious validation of what you already show me. Steve Maraboli
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Be authentic

  • Our first responsibility in relationship is, therefore, to be true to ourselves. From this flows our responsibility to help the people we love to be true to themselves. The more authentic we are within ourselves, the more authentic we can be with those we love. Matthew Kelly
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Accept each other as you are, flaws and all…

  • Change in others often occurs when you no longer need them to change. When you drop demands and expectations.  Eckhart Tolle
  • The greatest catalyst for change in a relationship is complete acceptance of your partner as he or she is, without needing to judge or change them in any way. That immediately takes you beyond ego. All mind games and all addictive clinging are then over. Eckhart Tolle
  • When we are in a truly loving relationship, we receive the gift of being known and accepted. We become more, not less, of who we are. Brenda Shoshanna
  • The best you can hope for in a relationship is to find someone whose flaws are the sort you don’t mind. It is futile to look for someone who has no flaws, or someone who is capable of significant change; that sort of person exists only in our imaginations. Scott Adams
  • When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are. Donald Miller
  • It isn’t your job to fix the relationship. It is the relationship’s job to fix you… Matthew Kelly
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… rather than judging each other…

  • In every encounter I can choose to exhibit understanding and empathy, or I can choose to be critical and judgmental. The first choice leads to meaningful relationships; the second leads to a life of empty assumptions and frustration. Kevin Hall
  • Real magic in relationships means an absence of judgment of others. Wayne Dyer
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… giving each other the space and freedom to be yourselves

  • 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 Buscaglia
  • Don’t settle for a relationship that won’t let you be yourself. Oprah Winfrey
  • Don’t smother each other. No one can grow in the shade.   Leo Buscaglia
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Focus on what you appreciate in the other person, not what is missing

  • To make a relationship work, focus on what you appreciate about the other person, and not your complaints. When you focus on the strengths, you will get more of them. Rhonda Byrne
  • Problems in relationship occur because each person is concentrating on what is missing in the other person. Wayne Dyer
  • When you look for the good in others, you discover the best in yourself. Martin Walsh
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Evoke the best in each other

  • In the most flourishing relationships, partners evoke the best in each other, helping them to come closer in reaching their ideal selves. Sonja Lyubomirsky
  • As soon as the love relationship does not lead me to me, as soon as I in a love relationship do not lead another person to himself, this love, even if it seems to be the most secure and ecstatic attachment I have ever experienced, is not true love. For real love is dedicated to continual becoming. Leo Buscaglia
  • When we are in a truly loving relationship, we receive the space in which to bloom. This is how we know we are in a loving relationship. We are blooming, and the one we love is blooming as well. Brenda Shoshanna
  • Before we open our mouths, we should ask ourselves: is what I am about to say going to help this person (or these people) become the best version of himself or herself?  Matthew Kelly

Allow each other the freedom to change

  • The key to long-term relationships is letting someone be different today than they were yesterday. I think one of the main reasons for divorce is that couples don’t always create the emotional space between them to allow for constant and continuous change.  When people say, “We grew apart,” it’s often a sign that when they entered the marriage, their emotional contract didn’t include this clause:  “I’ll let you grow.  You’ll let me grow.  We’ll learn from each other, and we can grow together.  Marianne Williamson
  • Relationships are never static. They have to evolve over time as the individuals in them change. Sherryl Woods
  • People change and forget to tell each other. Lillian Hellman
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Eliminate dependency and need in the relationship …

  • Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
  • It is only when we no longer compulsively need someone that we can have a real relationship with them. Anthony Storr
  • I finally understand, the only time to be in a relationship is when I don’t ‘need’ to be in a relationship to feel whole. Jilly Robertson
  • Remember that the best relationship is one where your love for each other is greater than your need for each other. Jackson Brown Jr.
  • In a strong relationship, you should love your companion more than you need them. Steve Maraboli
  • There are days when you need someone who just wants to be your sunshine and not the air you breathe. Robert Brault
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… for you need to complete yourself rather than looking to any relationship to complete you

  • Two halves do not make a whole when it comes to a healthy relationship: it takes two wholes. Patricia Fry
  • When we’re incomplete, we’re always searching for somebody to complete us. When, after a few years or a few months of a relationship, we find that we’re still unfulfilled, we blame our partners and take up with somebody more promising. This can go on and on until we admit that while a partner can add sweet dimensions to our lives, we, each of us, are responsible for our own fulfillment. Nobody else can provide it for us, and to believe otherwise is to delude ourselves dangerously and to program for eventual failure every relationship we enter. Tom Robbins
  • The purpose of a relationship is not to have another who might complete you; but to have another with whom you might share your completeness. Neale Donald Walsch
  • In any relationship in which two people become one, the end result is two half people. Wayne Dyer

Hold loosely, rather than gripping or grabbing

  • 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 mostly it will be spilled. A relationships is like that. Held loosely, with respect and freedom for the other person, it is likely to remain intact. But hold too tightly, too possessively, and the relationship slips away and is lost. Kahlil Jamison

Listen to each other, giving the gift of your full attention

  • A beautiful thing happens when we start paying attention to each other. It is by participating more in your relationship that you breathe life into it. Steve Maraboli
  • Honor your relationships by developing listening skills. Allan Lokos
  • True listening is another way of bringing stillness into the relationship. When you truly listen to someone, the dimension of stillness arises and becomes an essential part of the relationship. Eckhart Tolle
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Communicate openly and tell each other how you really feel

  • Once a human being has arrived on this earth, communication is the largest single factor determining what kinds of relationships he makes with others and what happens to him in the world about him. Virginia Satir
  • A deadness occurs in relationships when people are no longer willing to tell each other how they really feel. Shakti Gawain
  • Assumptions are the termites of relationships. Henry Winkler
  • It’s hard to communicate anything exactly and that’s why perfect relationships between people are difficult to find. Gustave Flaubert
  • When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said. Catherine Gilbert Murdock
  • The more you let yourself go, the less others let you go. Friedrich Nietzsche
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Seek to understand before being understood

  • When we listen with the intent to understand others, rather than with intent to reply, we begin true communication and relationship building. Opportunities to then speak openly and to be understood come much more naturally and easily.  Stephen Covey
  • Seeking first to understand before being understood isn’t about who’s right or wrong; it is a philosophy of effective communication. When you practice this method, you’ll notice that the people you communicate with will feel listened to, heard, and understood. This will translate into better, more loving relationships. Richard Carlson
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Have the courage to ask for what you want and need

  • Living with integrity means: Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships. Asking for what you want and need from others. Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension. Barbara De Angelis
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Be authentic, genuine and open …

  • How would your life be different if…You approached all relationships with authenticity and honesty? Let today be the day… You dedicate yourself to building relationships on the solid foundation of truth and authenticity.  Steve Maraboli
  • Scholars, theologians, and even poets have yet to be able to truly describe and touch upon the beauty, romance, and magic of a relationship built on 100% authenticity. Steve Maraboli
  • The most important ingredient we put into any relationship is not what we say or what we do, but what we are. And if our words and our actions come from superficial human relations techniques (the Personality Ethic) rather than from our own inner core (the Character Ethic), others will sense that duplicity. We simply won’t be able to create and sustain the foundation necessary for effective interdependence. Stephen Covey
  • A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness. Leo F. Buscaglia
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… for only in this way can you create intimacy and connection

  • The more connections you and your lover make, not just between your bodies, but between your minds, your hearts, and your souls, the more you will strengthen the fabric of your relationship, and the more real moments you will experience together. Barbara De Angelis
  • In human relations one should penetrate to the core of loneliness in each person and speak to that. Bertrand Russell
  • Pretense of perfection destroys intimacy in relationships. Christian Pankhurst
  • For a relationship to flourish, there must be intimacy. It takes an enormous amount of courage to say to your partner, “This is me. I’m not proud of it — in fact, I’m a little embarrassed by it — but this is who I am.” Bill Hybels
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Nurture the relationship constantly like a garden …

  • That’s another lesson I’ve learned the hard way. All relationships will die if they aren’t nurtured.  Just as a flower will die if it’s not watered. Because love is demonstration, not declaration.  Patti LaBelle
  • Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike. K. Rowling
  • Your family and your love must be cultivated like a garden. Time, effort, and imagination must be summoned constantly to keep any relationship flourishing and growing. Jim Rohn
  • Little kindness and courtesies are so important. In relationships, the little things are the big things. Stephen Covey

… making regular deposits into the emotional bank account

  • The Emotional Bank Account is a metaphor that describes the amount of trust you build up in a relationship. Much like a financial bank account, deposits are made and withdrawals are taken from an Emotional Bank Account. When you do something positive for another person, it can be a major deposit for that person. Deposits build a reserve of goodwill and trust. On the other hand, when you do something negative toward another person, you make a withdrawal. When withdrawals exceed deposits, the account is overdrawn and the level of trust deteriorates. With your relationships, it’s vital that you make continual deposits in order to sustain a high level of trust. Stephen Covey
  • The quality of the relationship depends on what you put into it. Keeping promises, being courteous and kind, offering support, listening and taking time for the other person are just a few ways to make deposits.  Stephen Covey
  • Make deposits into the Emotional Bank Accounts of your key relationships, and nurture the people you are close to. Success and harmony at home precede all other successes. Stephen Covey
  • Each relationship requires a unique type of deposit. Some relationships equate hugs, compliments, and small gifts with deposits.  For other relationships, dependability and pulling your weight are the primary deposits.  Stephen Covey
  • Our most constant relationships, like marriage, require our most constant deposits into the Emotional Bank Account. Stephen Covey

Nurture trust

  • Quality relationships are built on principles – especially the principle of trust. Stephen Covey
  • Trust is a skill, one that is an aspect of virtually all human practices, cultures, and relationships. Robert C. Solomon
  • In business and in family relationships, remember that the most important thing is trust. Jackson Brown, Jr
  • Trust is to human relationships what faith is to gospel living. It is the beginning place, the foundation upon which more can be built. Where trust is, love can flourish. Barbara Smith
  • Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships. Stephen Covey
  • Quality relationships are built on principles – especially the principle of trust. And trust grows out of trustworthiness, out of the character to make and keep commitments, to share resources, to be caring and responsible, to belong, to love unconditionally. Stephen Covey
  • The glue that holds all relationships together is trust, and trust is based on integrity. Brian Tracy
  • Trust is the fruit of a relationship in which you know you are loved. Paul Young
  • Every couple has ups and downs, every couple argues, and that’s the thing—you’re a couple, and couples can’t function without trust. Nicholas Sparks
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Nurture mutual respect

  • Love and respect are the most important aspects of parenting, and of all relationships. Jodie Foster
  • Every good relationship, especially marriage, is based on respect. If it’s not based on respect, nothing that appears to be good will last very long. Amy Grant
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Manage conflict in a healthy way

  • Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude. William James
  • Lose battles to win wars means consider letting go of your need to be right in favour of your bigger picture. Your big picture may include wanting a harmonious relationship, supporting your partner’s desires or creating a compassionate, warm and loving relationship. Clinton Power
  • Ironically, people who suppress the mini-confrontations for fear of conflict tend to have huge conflicts later, which can lead to separation, precisely because they let minor problems fester. On the other hand, people who address the mini- conflicts head-on in order to straighten things out tend to have the great, long-lasting relationships. Ray Dalio
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Don’t take things personally

  • Nothing that your partner does is personal. Your partner is dealing with her own garbage. If you don’t take it personally, it will be so easy for you to have a wonderful relationship with your partner. Miguel Ruiz
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Apologise readily when you need to

  • Apologies and forgiveness are the glue in family relationships
  • Apologies have more power than most of us realize to restore strained relationships, free us from vengeful impulses, and create possibilities for growth. John Kador
  • Apologizing is a sign you deem the relationship more important than being right
  • A relationship becomes easier when you realize that you don’t have to be the one at fault to be the one who’s sorry. Robert Brault
  • Apologizing does not always mean that you are wrong and the other person is right. It just means that you value your relationship more than your ego.
  • Apology is the practice of extending ourselves because we value the relationship more than we value the need to be right. John Kador
  • Apology calls for a willingness to sacrifice on behalf of the wronged party and the inherent value of the relationship, not for what it brings to you but for what you can bring to it. John Kador
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Think win-win

  • People who think win-win have a frame of mind and heart that seeks mutual benefit and mutual respect in all interactions. They think in terms of abundance and opportunity – in terms of “we” and not “me.” They continually seek to build more trusting relationships with others by making deposits into the Emotional Bank Account.  Stephen Covey
  • People who continually practice a Win-Win approach cultivate high-trust relationships. Why? Because they are treating others as they would like to be treated. Stephen Covey
  • Relationships of trust depend on our willingness to look not only to our own interests, but also the interests of others. Peter Farquharson
  • If I seek to fulfill my own needs at the expense of my partner, we are sure to experience unhappiness, resentment, and conflict. The secret of forming a successful relationship is for both partners to win. John Gray
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Be present with each other, mindfully, letting go of past hurts and projections

  • In a true you-and-I relationship, we are present mindfully, nonintrusively, the way we are present with things in nature. We do not tell a birch tree it should be more like an elm. We face it with no agenda, only an appreciation that becomes participation: ‘I love looking at this birch’ becomes ‘I am this birch’ and then ‘I and this birch are opening to a mystery that transcends and holds us both. David Richo
  • Your closest relationships are often the ones that have the most effect on you, but they are frequently the ones most difficult to change. These relationships are complex and have long histories.  Lifetime habits of avoiding being really present with each other may exist in many of them.  Family members, for instance, might want to support you, but will not necessarily know how to genuinely listen or be present with you in a way that is enlivening. . . . Even with the best intentions, it can be very difficult to get beyond the past and into the Now.  Richard Moss
  • Forgive the past. It is over. Learn from it and let go. People are constantly changing and growing. Do not cling to a limited, disconnected, negative image of a person in the past. See that person now. Your relationship is always alive and changing. Brian L. Weiss
  • The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • It’s almost impossible to really know someone. You have to get out of your own way an awful lot to not just see the projections on to that person of your own mind.  Jon Kabat-Zinn
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Dedicate time to your most important relationships

  • If you are going to have extraordinary relationships, then you have to decide to make them a priority by allocating significant time and energy to them. Matthew Kelly
  • Carefree timelessness is time together without an agenda. All relationships thrive under the condition of carefree timelessness. Carefree timelessness is carefree. It has nothing to achieve other than the enjoyment of each other’s company… The lack of carefree timelessness is the reason the rest of us fall out of love so easily. Carefree timelessness causes us to fall in love with life and others. Matthew Kelly
  • Infinite expansion is possible, but not in an infinite number of relationships. You have only so much time and energy, so you have to decide which relationships matter most. Matthew Kelly

Choose relationships that make you stronger

  • Surround yourself with people who are better than you in a hundred different ways and allow the force of their character to inspire you to change, grow, and strive to become the best version of yourself. Matthew Kelly
  • Each relationship nurtures a strength or weakness within you. Mike Murdoch
  • Surround yourself with positive people

Realise the most important relationship you have in life is your relationship with yourself

  • By all means, love your family (and everyone else on this planet). Treasure all of your relationships, but first and foremost make your relationship to your highest self your priority. Wayne Dyer
  • The most important relationship in your life is the relationship you have with yourself. Because no matter what happens, you will always be with yourself. Diane Von Furstenberg
  • One of the first principles to honor in your relationship with yourself is to respect and trust your own inner voice. This form of trust is the way of the heart, the epitome of well-being. Michael Bernard Beckwith
  • An individual’s self-concept is the core of his personality. It affects every aspect of human behavior: the ability to learn, the capacity to grow and change. A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success in life. Joyce Brothers
  • The deeper you love yourself, the more the universe will affirm your worth. Then you can enjoy a lifelong love affair that brings you the richest fulfillment from inside out.  Alan Cohen
  • The reason you have to love yourself is because it is impossible to feel good if you don’t love yourself. When you feel bad about yourself, you are blocking all the love and all the good that the Universe has for you. Rhonda Byrne
  • It’s not your job to like me – it’s mine. Byron Katie
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Learn to love and accept yourself …

  • By all means, love your family (and everyone else on this planet). Treasure all of your relationships, but first and foremost make your relationship to your highest self your priority. Wayne Dyer
  • I find that as we really love and accept and approve of ourselves exactly as we are, then everything in life works. It’s as if little miracles are everywhere. Our health improves, we attract more money, our relationships become much more fulfilling, and we begin to express ourselves in creatively fulfilling ways. All this seems to happen without even trying. Louise L. Hay
  • My primary relationship is with myself – all others are mirrors of it. As I learn to love myself, I automatically receive the love and appreciation that I desire from others. Shakti Gawain
  • Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. Lucille Ball
  • One of the first principles to honor in your relationship with yourself is to respect and trust your own inner voice. This form of trust is the way of the heart, the epitome of well-being. Michael Bernard Beckwith
  • Don’t rush into any kind of relationship. Work on yourself. Feel yourself, experience yourself and love yourself. Do this first and you will soon attract that special loving other. Russ Von Hoelscher
  • Practising self-acceptance is about refusing to be in an adversarial relationship with myself. Nathaniel Branden
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… for your relationship with yourself sets the tone for all your relationships

  • One of the best ways to educate our hearts is to look at our interaction with other people, because our relationships with others are fundamentally a reflection of our relationship with ourselves. Stephen Covey
  • The most important relationship in your life is the relationship you have with yourself. Because no matter what happens, you will always be with yourself. Diane Von Furstenberg
  • When you’re happy with yourself, then all of your other relationships improve, too. A happy person is very attractive to others. If you’re looking for more love, then you need to love yourself more. Louise L. Hay
  • You must first have a good relationship with yourself before you can have a good relationship with others. You have to feel worthwhile and acceptable in your own eyes. The more independent you are, the better you’ll be able to connect and relate with others. Gary Emery
  • Your relationship with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship you have. Robert Holden
  • How I relate to my inner self influences my relationships with all others. My satisfaction with myself and my satisfaction with other people are directly proportional. Sue Atchley Ebaugh
  • I believe with all my heart that the cliches are true, that we are our own best friends and best company, and that if you’re not right for yourself, it’s impossible to be right for anyone. Rachel Machacek
  • It’s surprising how many persons go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you’re not comfortable within yourself, you can’t be comfortable with others. Sidney J. Harris
  • Before we can have a successful relationship with anyone, we first need a perfect personal relationship. Russ Von Hoelscher

Having the freedom and power to say “no” is important for healthy relationships

  • Learn to say no. People worry that saying no is selfish. It’s not. Rather, setting healthy limits is important to having healthy relationships. Margarita Tartakovsky
  • Men are much more willing to say yes if they have the freedom to say no. John Gray
  • When you ask a man for support and you do not reject him for saying no, he will remember that, and next time he will be much more willing to give. John Gray
  • One key to successful relationships is learning to say “no” without guilt, so that you can say “yes” without resentment. Bill Crawford
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More qualities in flourishing relationships

  • 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
  • I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship. Brené Brown
  • We have to recognise that there cannot be relationships unless there is commitment, unless there is loyalty, unless there is love, patience, persistence. Cornel West

Final thoughts

  • To know when to go away and when to come closer is the key to any lasting relationship. Doménico Cieri Estrada
  • When two people meet, there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as he wants to be seen, and each man as he really is. Michael De Saintamo
  • The very nature of relationship is giving, not getting. Matthew Kelly
  • Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. Don’t over-analyse your relationships. Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness. Leo F. Buscaglia
  • We have to recognise that there cannot be relationships unless there is commitment, unless there is loyalty, unless there is love, patience, persistence. Cornel West
  • It’s the things in common that make relationships enjoyable, but it’s the little differences that make them interesting. Todd Ruthman
  • When we face pain in relationships our first response is often to sever bonds rather than to maintain commitment. Bell Hooks
  • The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree but to hold hands. Alexandra Penney
  • Nothing is more exciting and bonding in relationships than creating together. Stephen Covey
  • Relationship is an art. The dream that two people create is more difficult to master than one.   Don Miguel
  • We die to each other daily. What we know of other people is only our memory of the moments during which we knew them. And they have changed since then. To pretend that they and we are the same is a useful and convenient social convention which must sometimes be broken. We must also remember that at every meeting we are meeting a stranger. S. Eliot
  • Relationships are either growing or dying. Matthew Kelly
  • Knowing what energizes us and what energizes the people we love is one very powerful part of building and sustaining a dynamic relationship… Matthew Kelly