An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





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.


Woody Allen (1935-, American director, screenwriter, actor, comedian)


We are never more discontented with others than when we are discontented with ourselves.


Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


You must go to bed with friends or whores, where money makes up the difference in beauty or desire.


W. H. Auden (1907-1973, Anglo-American poet)


The easiest kind of relationship is with ten thousand people, the hardest is with one.


Joan Baez (1941-, American singer, songwriter)


For me, the highest level of sexual excitement is in a monogamous relationship.


Warren Beatty (1937-, American actor, director, producer, screenwriter)


The only way of knowing a person is to love them without hope.


Walter Benjamin (1982-1940, German critic, philosopher)


Constant togetherness is fine -- but only for Siamese twins.


Victoria Billings (1945-, American journalist, author)


The key to any good relationship, on-screen and off, is communication, respect, and I guess you have to like the way the other person smells -- and he smelled real nice.


Sandra Bullock (1964-, American actress)

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Now the whole dizzying and delirious range of sexual possibilities has been boiled down to that one big, boring, bulimic word. RELATIONSHIP.


Julie Burchill (British journalist, writer)


People must be taken as they are, and we should never try make them or ourselves better by quarreling with them.


Edmund Burke (1729-1797, British political writer, statesman)


My attachment has neither the blindness of the beginning, nor the microscopic accuracy of the close of such liaisons.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


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 (1913-1960, French existential writer)


The "Inside-Out" approach to personal and interpersonal effectiveness means to start first with self; even more fundamentally, to start with the most inside part of self -- with your paradigms, your character, and your motives. The inside-out approach says that private victories precede public victories, that making and keeping promises to ourselves precedes making and keeping promises to others. It says it is futile to put personality ahead of character, to try to improve relationships with others before improving ourselves.


Stephen R. Covey (1932-, American speaker, trainer, author of "The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People")


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 R. Covey (1932-, American speaker, trainer, author of "The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People")


People who are having a love-sex relationship are continuously lying to each other because the very nature of the relationship demands that they do, because you have to make a love object of this person, which means that you editorialize about them. You cut out what you don't want to see, you add this if it isn't there. And so therefore you're building a lie.


Truman Capote (1942-, American author)


In the mythic schema of all relations between men and women, man proposes, and woman is disposed of.


Angela Carter (1940-1992, British author)


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.


Quentin Crisp (1908-1999, British author)


The formula for achieving a successful relationship is simple: you should treat all disasters as if they were trivialities but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster.


Quentin Crisp (1908-1999, British author)


Treasure your relationships, not your possessions.


Anthony J. D'Angelo


Relationships are like a dance, with visible energy racing back and forth between partners. Some relationships are the slow, dark dance of death.


Colette Dowling


The thing that's between us is fascination, and the fascination resides in our being alike. Whether you're a man or a woman, the fascination resides in finding out that we're alike.


Marguerite Duras (1914-1996, French author, filmmaker)


Relationships based on obligations lack dignity.


Wayne Dyer (1940-, American  psychotherapist, author, lecturer)

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It takes a lot of experience of life to see why some relationships last and others do not. But we do not have to wait for a crisis to get an idea of the future of a particular relationship. Our behavior in little every incidents tells us a great deal.


Eknath Easwaran (1910-1999, Indian-American professor, author)


Surely there must be some way to find a husband or, for that matter, merely an escort, without sacrificing one's privacy, self-respect, and interior decorating scheme. For example, men could be imported from the developing countries, many parts of which are suffering from a man excess, at least in relation to local food supply.


Barbara Ehrenreich (1941-, American author, columnist)


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.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


The intense happiness of our union is derived in a high degree from the perfect freedom with which we each follow and declare our own impressions.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


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.


Richard L. Evans


Do good to your friends to keep them, to your enemies to win them.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and influence their actions. A chip on the shoulder is too heavy a piece of baggage to carry through life.


John A. Hannah


Kindness and intelligence don't always deliver us from the pitfalls and traps: there are always failures of love, of will, of imagination. There is no way to take the danger out of human relationships.


Barbara Grizzuti Harrison (1941-, American author, publicist)


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]


Helen Hunt


The relationship is the communication bridge between people.


Alfred Kadusbin


I want to be the white man's brother, not his brother-in-law.


Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968, American Civil Rights leader, Nobel Prize winner, 1964)


We can never establish with certainty what part of our relations with others is the result of our emotions -- love, antipathy, charity, or malice -- and what part is predetermined by the constant power play among individuals.


Milan Kundera (1929-, Czech author, critic)


One can find women who have never had one love affair, but it is rare indeed to find any who have had only one.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


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.


D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930, British author)


Long-term commitment to an intimate relationship with one person of whatever sex is an essential need that people have in order to breed the qualities out of which nurturing thought can rise.


Gerda Lerner (1920-, American educator, author)


Relationships is a growing part of life; not life growing apart.


Douglas Murray McGregor (1906-1964, American management theorist, educator)


There is no substitute for the comfort supplied by the utterly taken-for-granted relationship.


Iris Murdoch (1919-, British novelist, philosopher)


There is no substitute for the comfort supplied by the utterly taken-for-granted relationship.


Iris Murdoch (1919-, British novelist, philosopher)


Each relationship nurtures a strength or weakness within you.


Mike Murdock


When people are like each other they tend to like each other.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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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.


Octavio Paz (1914-1998, Mexican poet, essayist)


The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree but to hold hands.


Alexandria Penney


I present myself to you in a form suitable to the relationship I wish to achieve with you.


Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936, Italian author, playwright)


The bonds that unite another person to our self exist only in our mind.


Marcel Proust (1871-1922, French novelist)


All of life is relationship.


Swami Rama


To be a complete person is to be a part of others, and share a part of them.


Elliot Richardson


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.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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The quality of your life is the quality of your relationships.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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The most important thing in any relationship is not what you get but what you give.


Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962, American First Lady, columnist, lecturer, humanitarian)


Today we are faced with the preeminent fact that, if civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships...the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world, at peace.


Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945, American President (32nd))


Nowadays love is a matter of chance, matrimony a matter of money and divorces a matter of course.


Helen Rowland (1875-1950, American journalist)


It is the things in common that make relationships enjoyable, but it is the little differences that make them interesting.


Todd Ruthman


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


Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860, German philosopher)


When you're in a relationship, you're always surrounded by a ring of circumstances... joined together by a wedding ring, or in a boxing ring.


Bob Seger (1945-, American musician, singer)


It is only when we no longer compulsively need someone that we can have a real relationship with them.


Anthony Storr (1920-, British psychiatrist)


Relationships are the hallmark of the mature person.


Brian Tracy (1944-, Canadian-born American trainer, speaker, author, businessman)

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A relationship is what happens between two people who are waiting for something better to come along.


Author Unknown


I don't know if I should care for a man who made life easy; I should want someone who made it interesting.


Edith Wharton (1862-1937, American author)


By persistently remaining single, a man converts himself into a permanent public temptation. Men should be more careful.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


If you're in a relationship and you want to make it work, you have to be a little selfless at times.


Montel Williams (1956-, American TV personality, author)


Personal contact will accomplish ten times what a cold letter will. Use that personal touch!


John J. Wilson


Never give up your power to another person.


Oprah Winfrey (1954-, American TV personality, producer, actress, author)


Assumptions are the termites of relationships.


Henry Winkler (1945-, American actor, comedian)


It takes two men to make a brother.


Israel Zangwill (1864-1926, British writer)


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