Quotes that relate to the Relationship Lifeclass

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend.”


The Bible

“True love does not come from finding ‘the perfect person but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.”


Jack London

“Life is not a fairytale, if you lose your shoe at midnight, you’re drunk.”



“Almost all of our sorrows spring out of our relations with other people.”


Arthur Schopenhauer

“The good life is built with good relationships”


Robert Waldinger

“In the context of our cultural mythology, which continually casts love as something that happens to us passively and by chance, something we fall into, something that strikes us arrow-like, rather than a skill attained through the same deliberate practice as any other pursuit of human excellence. Our failure to recognize this skillfulness aspect is perhaps the primary reason why love is so intertwined with frustration.”


Maria Popova

“We need more words for this thing called happiness.”


Daniel Kahneman

“Happiness is a state of inner fulfilment, not the gratification of inexhaustible desires for outward things.”


Mattieu Ricard

“Happiness is a skill, emotional balance is a skill, compassion and altruism are skills, and like any skill they need to be developed. That’s what education is about.”


Mattieu Ricard

“To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn’t always know this and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.”


Roger Ebert

“Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.”


Marcel Proust

“Most of our psychological stress is from our past.”


Prof Bruce McKewan

“We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are.”


Richard Rohr

“While the human brain receives 11 million pieces of information every second from our environment it can only process about 40 bits per second. This means it has to choose what tiny percentage to process and attend to and what massive chunk to dismiss or ignore. Thus your reality is a choice, what you choose to focus on shapes how you perceive and interpret your world.”


Shawn Achor

“We all have blind spots – those areas for improvement and growth. As painful as it can be to admit we’re doing things we never wanted to do and saying things we never wanted to say, it is this acknowledgement that enables us to take the first step toward change. Be gentle with yourself. Be real with yourself. Take baby steps.”


Rhonda Louise Robbins

“Once you create a self-justifying storyline, your emotional entrapment within it quadruples.”


Pema Chödrön

“Memory, the ultimate self-serving historian.”


Carol Tarvis

“Confabulation, distortion & just plain forgetting are the foot soldiers of memory.”


Carol Tarvis

“We mis-remember in order to live with ourselves.”


“To love without knowing how to love wounds the person we love,”


the great Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hahn

“Love is when the other person’s happiness is more important than your own.”


H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”


Melodie Beattie

“We may define therapy as a search for value”


Melodie Beattie

“Kind words are a creative force, a power that concurs in the building up of all that is good, and energy that showers blessings upon the world.”


Lawrence G. Lovasik

“Envy is the art of counting other people’s blessings instead of your own.”



“Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.”


Dale Carnegie

“Of all the weapons of destruction that man could invent, the most terrible and the most powerful was the word. Daggers and spears left traces of blood; arrows could be seen at a distance. Poisons were detected in the end and avoided. But the word managed to destroy
without leaving clues.”


Paul Coelo

“Words! What power they hold. Once they have rooted in your psyche, it is difficult to escape them. Words can shape the future of a child
and destroy the existence of an adult. Words are powerful.
Be careful how you use them because once you have pronounced them, you cannot remove the scar they leave behind.”


Vashti Quiroz-Vega

“Kindness is the car that carries our relationships”


Toni Powell

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”



“And so let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love…”


Mother Theresa

“There’s one sad truth in life I’ve found While journeying east and west – The only folks we really wound are those we love the best.
We flatter those we scarcely know, We please the fleeting guest, And deal full many a thoughtless blow To those who love us best.”


Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“Expectation is the mother of resentment.”


Tony Barry

“Truth is that everyone is going to hurt you at some point.”


Bob Marley

“Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”



“Moving on is easy, it’s staying moved on that is trickier.”


Katerina Stoykova Klemer

“My philosophy is: It’s none of my business what people say of me or think of me. I am what I am, I do what I do. I expect nothing and accept everything. And it makes life so much easier.”


Anthony Hopkins

“Some people will never ‘get you’. Do not spend eternity asking why. People will see you differently, just cherish those who lift your soul.”


Dodinsky’s Garden of Thoughts

“We have no more right to put our discordant states of mind into the lives of those around us and rob them of their sunshine and brightness than we have to enter their houses and steal their silverware.”


Julia Moss Seaton

“If you don’t like something change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.”


Maya Anjelou

“Whining is not only graceless, it is dangerous It can alert a brute to the fact there is a victim in the neighbourhood.”


Maya Anjelou

“This is the true joy in life: being used for a purpose recognised by yourself as a mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a
feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”


George Bernard Shaw

“To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow – this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.”


Elizabeth Gilbert

“To keep your marriage brimming, with love in the wedding cup. Whenever you’re wrong, admit it. Whenever you’re right, shut up.”


Ogden Nash

“There isn’t time, so brief is life, for bickerings, apologies, heartburnings, callings to account. There is only time for loving, & but an instant, so to speak, for that.”


Mark Twain

“Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings.”


Miles Franklin

“When we focus on our gratitude the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in.”

Kristin Armstrong