A relationship, I think, is like a shark, you know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark.
All things need watching, working at, caring for and marriage is no exception. Marriage is not something to be treated indifferently, or abused or something that simply takes care of itself. Nothing neglected will remain as it was or is, or will fail to deteriorate. All things need attention care and concern and especially so in this most sensitive of all relationships of life.
Almost all of our sorrows spring out of our relations with other people.
Assumptions are the termites of relationships.
Constant togetherness is fine — but only for Siamese twins.
Do good to your friends to keep them, to your enemies to win them.
Each relationship nurtures a strength or weakness within you.
For me, the highest level of sexual excitement is in a monogamous relationship.
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.
I know for me the subject of how to be in a relationship is precious and complicated and challenging. It wouldn't be right to make it look too easy. [On her approach to Mad About You]
I present myself to you in a form suitable to the relationship I wish to achieve with you.
I want relations which are not purely personal, based on purely personal qualities; but relations based upon some unanimous accord in truth or belief, and a harmony of purpose, rather than of personality. I am weary of personality. Let us be easy and impersonal, not forever fingering over our own souls, and the souls of our acquaintances, but trying to create a new life, a new common life, a new complete tree of life from the roots that are within us.
I want to be the white man's brother, not his brother-in-law.
If we are a metaphor of the universe, the human couple is the metaphor par excellence, the point of intersection of all forces and the seed of all forms. The couple is time recaptured, the return to the time before time.
If you're in a relationship and you want to make it work, you have to be a little selfless at times.
In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.
In the mythic schema of all relations between men and women, man proposes, and woman is disposed of.
It is easier to live through someone else than to become complete yourself.
It is explained that all relationships require a little give and take. This is untrue. Any partnership demands that we give and give and give and at the last, as we flop into our graves exhausted, we are told that we didn't give enough.
It is only when we no longer compulsively need someone that we can have a real relationship with them.