Every relationship is unique, and people come together for many different reasons. Part of what defines a healthy relationship is sharing a common goal for exactly what you want the relationship to be and where you want it to go. And that’s something you’ll only know by talking deeply and honestly with your partner. However, there are also some characteristics that most healthy relationships have in common. Knowing these basic principles can help keep your relationship meaningful, fulfilling and exciting whatever goals you’re working towards or challenges you’re facing together.
All romantic relationships go through ups and downs and they all take work, commitment, and a willingness to adapt and change with your partner. But whether your relationship is just starting out or you’ve been together for years, there are steps you can take to build a healthy relationship. Even if you’ve experienced a lot of failed relationships in the past or struggled before to rekindle the fires of romance in your current relationship, you can learn to stay connected, find fulfilment, and enjoy lasting happiness.
I used to advertise my loyalty and I don’t believe there is a single person I loved that I didn’t eventually betray.
Relationships dont always make sense. Especially from the outside
Those sweet lips. My, oh my, I could kiss those lips all night long.
Good things come to those who wait.
Jess C. Scott
I may not always be with you
But when we’re far apart
Remember you will be with me
Right inside my heart
A dame that knows the ropes isn’t likely to get tied up.
I know my heart will never be the same
But I’m telling myself I’ll be okay
When we face pain in relationships our first response is often to sever bonds rather than to maintain commitment.
― bell hooks
Mocking a woman is like drinking too much wine. It may be fun for a short time, but the hangover is hell.
What we wait around a lifetime for with one person, we can find in a moment with someone else.
We have to recognise that there cannot be relationships unless there is commitment, unless there is loyalty, unless there is love, patience, persistence.
There comes a time in your life when you have to choose to turn the page, write another book or simply close it.
Shannon L. Alder
I felt like an animal, and animals don’t know sin, do they?
Jess C. Scott
Sometimes it takes a heartbreak to shake us awake & help us see we are worth so much more than we’re settling for.
It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.
John Joseph Powell
Don’t leave a piece of jewelry at his house so you can go back and get it later; he may be with his real girlfriend.
I find the best way to love someone is not to change them, but instead, help them reveal the greatest version of themselves.
Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised or a little mistaken.
How would your life be different if…You walked away from gossip and verbal defamation? Let today be the day…You speak only the good you know of other people and encourage others to do the same.
Moving on is easy. It’s staying moved on that’s trickier.
Katerina Stoykova Klemer
Every woman that finally figured out her worth, has picked up her suitcases of pride and boarded a flight to freedom, which landed in the valley of change.
Shannon L. Alder
He loved her for almost everything she was & she decided that was enough to let him stay for a very long time.
If equal affection cannot be,
Let the more loving one be me.
We rip out so much of ourselves to be cured of things faster than we should that we go bankrupt by the age of thirty and have less to offer each time we start with someone new. But to feel nothing so as not to feel anything—what a waste!
Unrequited love is the infinite curse of a lonely heart.
Love doesn’t mean anything if you’re not willing to make a commitment, and you have to think not only about what you want, but about what he wants. Not just now, but in the future.
Wanting him to come back before anyone notices part of the world has not moved since he left.
Most men claim to desire driven, independent and confident women. Yet when confronted with such a creature reverence often evolves into resent. For just like women, men need to be needed.
We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everyhwere.
When God knows you’re ready for the responsibility of commitment, He’ll reveal the right person under the right circumstances.
Intimacy is the capacity to be rather weird with someone – and finding that that’s ok with them.
Alain de Botton
Submission is not about authority and it is not obedience; it is all about relationships of love and respect.
Wm. Paul Young
Hope for love, pray for love, wish for love, dream for love…but don’t put your life on hold waiting for love.
We ruined each other by being together. We destroyed each other’s dreams.
My girlfriend is sad and quiet and keeps me up all night worrying about her.
My head’ll explode if I continue with this escapism.
Jess C Scott
You Can’t Lose Something You Never Had
Kate G. Hudson
I got my heart’s desire, and there my troubles began.
Rejection is an opportunity for your selection.
Don’t worry about hurting me, if that’s what you’re afraid of. I want to get hurt. At least I´ll feel something for a change.
I just…I just miss him. And I hate being so alone.
When someone loves you, the way they talk about you is different. You feel safe and comfortable.
Jess C. Scott
Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.
There is greatness in doing something you hate for the sake of someone you love.
When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.
The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.
Carl Gustav Jung
Come sleep with me: We won’t make Love, Love will make us.
The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.
A guy and a girl can be just friends, but at one point or another, they will fall for each other…Maybe temporarily, maybe at the wrong time, maybe too late, or maybe forever
Dave Matthews Band
I suffer from girlnextdooritis where the guy is friends with you and that’s it.
I mean, if the relationship can’t survive the long term, why on earth would it be worth my time and energy for the short term?
Holding Eleanor’s hand was like holding a butterfly. Or a heartbeat. Like holding something complete, and completely alive.
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.
For there to be betrayal, there would have to have been trust first.
Man, when you lose your laugh you lose your footing.
Never marry at all, Dorian. Men marry because they are tired, women, because they are curious: both are disappointed.
I know enough to know that no woman should ever marry a man who hated his mother.
When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said.
Catherine Gilbert Murdock
To say that one waits a lifetime for his soulmate to come around is a paradox. People eventually get sick of waiting, take a chance on someone, and by the art of commitment become soulmates, which takes a lifetime to perfect.
I will find that special person who is wrong for me in just the right way.
Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.
We know from daily life that we exist for other people first of all, for whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends.
Have you ever noticed how parents can go from the most wonderful people in the world to totally embarrassing in three seconds?
How could I be sleeping with this particular man…. Surely only true love could justify my lack of taste.
I believe in love the verb, not the noun.
Because isn’t that the point of every relationship: to be known by someone else, to be understood? He gets me. She gets me. Isn’t that the simple magic phrase?
And now you are and I am and we’re a mystery which will never happen again.
Some people come into our lives and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never ever the same.
I’m not crying because of you; you’re not worth it. I’m crying because my delusion of who you were was shattered by the truth of who you are.
Siblings: children of the same parents, each of whom is perfectly normal until they get together.
Caring about someone isn’t complicated. It isn’t easy. But it isn’t complicated, either. Kinda like lifting the engine block out of a car.
Your absence has not taught me to be alone, it merely has shown that when together we cast a single shadow on the wall.
Right now we are here, and nothing can mar our perfection, or steal the joy of this perfect moment.
Why don’t we break up? I guess I stay with her because she stays with me. And that’s not an easy thing to do.
My love is pizza shaped. Won’t you have a slice? It’s circular, so there’s enough to go around.
Dora J. Arod
Love lasts about seven years. That’s how long it takes for the cells of the body to totally replace themselves.
Love without sacrifice is like theft
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
He knew me in all the ways that truly mattered: the shape of my fears, the contours of my dreams.
Justina Chen Headley
When you say “I” and “my” too much, you lose the capacity to understand the “we” and “our”.
I would rather a romantic relationship turn into contempt than turn into apathy. The passion in the extremities make it appear as though it once meant something. We grow from hot or cold, but lukewarm is the biggest insult.
Be sure it’s your real self you’re showing. Because it is your real self that needs to be loved.
Daphne Rose Kingma
When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures bristling with prejudice and motivated by pride and vanity.
Can officially confirm that the way to a man’s heart these days is not through beauty, food, sex, or alluringness of character, but merely the ability to seem not very interested in him.
When you struggle with your partner, you are struggling with yourself. Every fault you see in them touches a denied weakness in yourself.
If you need something from somebody always give that person a way to hand it to you.
Sue Monk Kidd
This is what happened in love. One of you cried a lot and then both of you grew sarcastic.
I want to be around people that do things. I don’t want to be around people anymore that judge or talk about what people do. I want to be around people that dream and support and do things.
People die, I think, but your relationship with them doesn’t. It continues and is ever-changing.
Do you know what it means to come home at night to a woman who’ll give you a little love, a little affection, a little tenderness? It means you’re in the wrong house, that’s what it means.
When what you hear and what you see don’t match, trust your eyes.
You like every one; that is to say, you are indifferent to every one.
Most everything you think you know about me is nothing more than memories.
Lonely people tend, rather, to be lonely because they decline to bear the psychic costs of being around other humans. They are allergic to people. People affect them too strongly.
David Foster Wallace
The best relationships in our lives are the best not because they have been the happiest ones, they are that way because they have stayed strong through the most tormentful of storms.
It’s probably a bad indicator of your lifestyle when you miss your ex-boyfriend because he’s absolutely lethal.
Statistically speaking, there is a 65 percent chance that the love of your life is having an affair. Be very suspicious.
Failed relationships can be described as so much wasted make-up.
When you hold a grudge, you want someone else’s sorrow to reflect your level of hurt but the two rarely meet.
There are so many things that demand to be said. Where did you go? Do you ever think about me? You’ve ruined me. Are you okay? But of course, I can’t say any of that.
When you loved someone and had to let them go, there will always be that small part of yourself that whispers, “What was it that you wanted and why didn’t you fight for it?
Shannon L. Alder
A busy, vibrant, goal-oriented woman is so much more attractive than a woman who waits around for a man to validate her existence.