Empowering Relationship Quotes

Some relationships test you, some bless you, some crush your heart.

And I’ve experienced it all.  Blessed, tested and heartbroken.

I’ve found myself bolting out of a grocery store because grief overwhelmed me. I’ve managed to sit brooding, staring into space for hours on end feeling hopeless and powerless. 

But I’ve also had a heart so filled with love for another that I felt I might float away on a cloud of happiness.

Whatever your current relationship status; be it with a dear friend, or you’re struggling with rekindling a love that once was, relationships are the heart and soul of our life here on earth.

Okay – so why do so many relationships have to fizzle out?

What do we have to do to have our relationships stand the test of time?

If you have no clue as to what your next step will be, or even if you and your significant other are in a great place, my hope is that these words touch your heart and spirit and empower you to experience great love in life.

Let’s get started with 60 of the most empowering, inspiring, uplifting and supportive quotes on relationships. Be they with friends, significant others or family near and far.


Empowering Relationship Quotes – Friendship

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, for in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

Khalil Gibran

The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.

Elisabeth Fole

Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.

Tennessee Williams

Love is a friendship set to music.

Joseph Campbell

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.

Anais Nin

A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.

Arnold H. Glasgow

There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.

Jane Austen

Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.

Barbara De Angelis

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.

Walter Winchell

The best mirror is an old friend.

George Herbert

You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.

Dale Carnegie

A friend is one of the best things you can be and the greatest things you can have.

Sarah Valdez

A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.

Bernard Meltzer

Stick to the basics: Hold on to your family and friends—they will never go out of fashion.

Niki Taylor

When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.

Donald Miller

No road is long with good company.

Turkish Proverb

Empowering Relationship Quotes – Inspirational

Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.

Antoine de Saint-Expiry

One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life. That word is love.


If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.

David (Hugh Grant), from Love, Actually

Love is something eternal; the aspect may change, but not the essence.

Vincent Van Gogh

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

Elizabeth Gilbert

Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

Marcel Proust

Never love anybody who treats you like you’re ordinary.

Oscar Wilde

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

People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.

Joseph Fort Newton

Nobody has ever measured – not even poets – how much love the human heart can hold.

Zelda Fitzgerald

We can improve our relationships with others by leaps and bounds if we become encouragers instead of critics.

Joyce Meyer

That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Love is like the wind. You can’t see it, but you can feel it.

Nicholas Sparks, from A Walk to Remember

Don’t try to be something to everyone. Be everything to someone.


Deep in your wounds are seeds, waiting to grow beautiful flowers.

Niti Majethia

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Empowering Relationship Quotes – Spiritual

The spiritual meaning of love is measured by what it can do. Love is meant to heal. Love is meant to renew. Love is meant to bring us closer to God.

Marcus Aurelius

What is planted in each person’s soul will sprout.


Where there is great love there are always miracles.

Willa Cather

For some people, the point of no return begins at the very moment their souls become aware of each others existence.

JoyBell C.

Your giving and searching for ways to give is love in action. This is the evidence of Spirit at work.

Marshall Vian Summers

If you want the moon, do not hide at night. If you want a rose, do not run from the thorns. If you want love, do not hide from yourself.


To see the universal and all pervading Spirit of Truth face to face, one must be able to love the meanest of all creation as oneself.

Mahatma Gandhi

The human soul is on its journey from the law to love, from discipline to liberation, from the moral plane to the spiritual.

Rabindranath Tagore

The real meaning of detached love is to let others exist without forcing our will upon them. That is spiritual love.

Harold Klemp

It is love alone that leads to right action. What brings order in the world is to love and let love do what it will.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

You give but little when you give of your possession.  It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

Khalil Gibran

When there is love in your heart, everything outside of you also becomes lovable.


Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.

Ursula K. Le Guin

The spiritual meaning of love is measured by what it can do.  Love is meant to heal.  Love is meant to renew.  Love is meant to bring us closer to God.

Deepak Chopra
Angel-wings- Krishnamarti-quote

The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

And if you want more on the relationship you have with yourself then check out this post with quotes on self care and this popular one on hope for more general inspiration. 

Empowering Relationship Quotes – Encouragment

People hear you on the level you speak to them from. Speak from your heart, and they will hear with theirs.

Marianne Williamson

The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image.  Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.

Thomas Merton

Happy ever after is not a fairy tale – it’s a choice.

Fawn Weaver

I’m not telling you it is going to be easy- I am telling you it is going to be worth it.

Art Williams


Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust and hostility to evaporate.

Albert Schweitzer

Whether it is a friendship or a relationship, all bonds are built on trust. Without it, you have nothing.


When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said.

Catherine Gilbert Murdock

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

Miles Franklin

Treasure your relationships, not your possessions.

Anthony J. D’Angelo

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

Love is a two-way street constantly under construction.

Carroll Bryant

Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation.

Oscar Wilde

The one who is meant for you encourages you to be your best, but still loves and accepts you at your worst.


The extent to which two people in a relationship can bring up and resolve issues is a critical marker of the soundness of a relationship.

Henry Cloud

In the end there doesn’t have to be anyone who understands you. There just has to be someone who wants to.

Robert Brault

What is your favorite quote on relationships?

Feel free to tell us which quote you love best in this article or one that’s been meaningful in your life in the comments section below. We’d love to hear your thoughts.


Encourage one another.

Love Elle



Elle Sommer is the author of 4 books and a workbook. Her latest publications are a series called The Power of Consciousness, and you will find all three books in this trilogy now available on Kindle. She shares quotes, inspiration and positive vibes on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. And her greatest desire is to encourage and inspire others to create not just a good life, but a phenomenal life.


  1. Whether it is a friendship or a relationship, all bonds are built on trust. Without it, you have nothing.

  2. Kreigh Moulton

    My dear friend Elle –
    We have never actually met but this article is so amazing that I feel that we have. Obviously, this is an article that took a large investment of time and thought. And it’s not just the quantity or quality of the quotes because there is certainly both but rather the choice of these particular quotes. I must say, that this is an article that I will return to and savor time and time again. So, thank you for such a long lasting gift. However, what I found so intriguing was that I felt that the choice of these beautiful quotes was so purposely precise that I garnered an insight into you that revealed a powerful serene sense of self. Thank you for that gift as well.
    Until the next time,

    • Wow – thank you for your awesome comment Kreigh. Now you’ve made me blush! I’m so happy that these quotes are useful to you and I hope you can delve into them anytime you feel in need of a little inspiration. 🙂

  3. I like this one: “A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” Walter Winchell When I had my brain injury, all my friends fell away – except one or two and some new people entered the picture.

    • How sad that some of your friends fell away after your traumatic experience Debbie. Yet, how wonderful that some genuine friends entered the picture. That is a real blessing. 🙂

  4. These are gorgeous, Elle. I couldn’t possibly pick a single one! I love that they are about friends and all types of relationships, not just romantic ones. So uplifting!

    • Hi Sandra. So glad you enjoyed the article. And yes, I’m a strong believer in that anything to do with relationships doesn’t automatically mean its only about romantic relationships, wonderful as they are.

  5. Dear Elle,

    I’m very happy that I found your website and read some parts of your sweet and amazing texts. Your wonderful texts are able to change the roads of our lives. Thank you so much for sharing such beautiful messages on the website.

    Best wishes,
    Majid from Iran

    • Hi Majid, thank you for your kind words and I am happy to hear that they are helpful in your life. Would love to see you here again. 🙂

  6. I love these quotes. This one speaks to me, “Happy ever after is not a fairy tale – it’s a choice.” So true! Thank you!

    • Hi Cathy, thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you found a quote that resonated with you.

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