Did you know that unfortunately, according to Couples Therapy Inc., “Roughly 3,000 couples in the U.S. get divorced each day – well over 1 million per year?” and “20-25% of these people are divorcing for the second or even third time?”
This is a hard statistic to look at. As a daughter of a couple that has been married for almost 30 years, it is hard for me to even imagine what divorce might be like.
Even my parents have had problems like everyone else, they argue and have different opinions, but they always worked their problems out because the good outweighed the bad. They were not going to let the little things get in the way of their relationship.
Relationships rely on trust, happiness, and companionship. When one of these is broken, it’s hard for a couple to come back from.
Some of the most common causes for breakups according to Psychology Today are trust issues, different expectations, and miscommunications. Breakups can also come from you having different priorities as a couple — you are moving at different speeds in your life, and you may be finding that the compatibility between you is failing.
Or maybe you’re starting to notice that abuse of some form has started in your relationship — whether that be substance abuse, habitual, psychological, or physical abuse. Or you could be feeling that narcissism and money issues are making you argue a lot more than usual.
Some characteristics of a healthy, happy relationship, according to Inc, are reinforced by discussing whatever problems are going on face to face.
There can be a lot of miscommunication when you talk through text. The article also suggests waiting to have children because it can add a lot of stress to your relationship. They also talk about sharing chores, because you are much more likely to be happy when responsibilities are defined.
Because money is a common cause of fighting in a relationship, try to put in the effort to spend money similarly, then you will have fewer causes of stress.
Here are 41 powerful relationship quotes to show that you are not alone in your struggles with love, but that if you put effort into your relationship, you will be able to overcome anything.
41 Inspirational Relationship Quotes for Difficult Times
1. Love lasts through all fights.
“Relationships include: fights, jealousy, arguments, faith, tears, disagreements, but a real relationship fights through all that with love.”
2. You have to want to make it work.
“You can’t just give up on someone because the situation’s not ideal. Great relationships aren’t great because they have no problems. They’re great because both people care enough about the other person to find a way to make it work.”
3. Best relationships are like besties.
“Best relationship: talk like best friends, play like children, argue like husband and wife, protect each other like brother and sister.”
4. Let’s have hard times together.
“I’d rather have bad times with you than good times with someone else. I’d rather be beside you in a storm than safe and warm by myself. I’d rather have hard times together, than to have it easy apart. I’d rather have the one who holds my heart.”
5. Don’t stop talking to each other because once you do, your relationship is over.
“In a relationship, when communication starts to fade, everything else follows.”
6. “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” -Kelly Clarkson
“The couples that are meant to be, are the ones who go through everything that is meant to tear them apart, and come out even stronger.”
7. You have to be best friends with your partner.
“The best relationship is when you can act like lovers and best friends at the same time.”
8. Believe in your relationship.
“Forget all the reasons why your relationship won’t work. And believe the one reason why it will.”
9. Always forgive, even if you never forget.
“Hold no grudges and practice forgiveness. This is the key to having peace in all your relationships.” — Wayne Dyer
10. It’s easy to give up, but is that what you really want?
“It seems a lot of relationships fail, because when tough times come around … People want to give up too easy. The fact of the matter is every relationship is going to experience difficult times sooner or later. Don’t throw away a potential good lasting relationship just because things got a little hard.” — Bryan Burden
11. Always work on your relationship. Put it first.
“Work on your relationships… Relationships need renewal or they die.” — Bo Sanchez
12. Love is unstoppable.
“Relationships are hard work, but when the work is put in, the love is unstoppable.” — Dyllan Murray
13. If you both have the same feelings, everything will fall into place.
“If the feelings are mutual, the effort will be equal.”
14. When the relationship flatlines, everything else fails.
“In general, the problem in a relationship is when the couple stagnate.” — Simon Baker
15. Focus on the positives.
“At the end of the day, you can either focus on what’s tearing you apart or what’s keeping you together.”
16. You should never have to beg for your partner’s love.
“Never chase love, affection, or attention. If it isn’t given freely by another person, it isn’t worth having.”
17. You have to love yourself before you can love someone else.
“If your love for another person doesn’t include loving yourself then your love is incomplete.” — Shannon L. Alder
18. Hard times make your relationships stronger.
“If you have a difficult marriage, it’s the hard times that make it better. If you have a relationship, it’s the hard times that actually make it better, and that goes for life as well.” — Kerry Stokes
19. You don’t need your partner’s approval all of the time.
“In a relationship, it is demeaning to constantly seek your partner’s approval. In such relationships, real caring, depth or even love is missing.” — Daisaku Ikeda
20. Sometimes there is chaos.
“All relationships are tough. Just like with music, sometimes you have harmony and other times you have cacophony.” — Gayle Forman
21. You have to have feelings to have deeper emotional ties.
“A shallow person will have only shallow relationships.” — Daisaku Ikeda
22. You will be together through all of your problems.
“Every relationship has its own problems. But sometimes what makes it perfect is if you still wanna be together, when things go the wrong way.”
23. Love will help you find time for each other no matter what.
“No matter how busy you are, if you really care, you will always find the time for someone.”
24. You have to love to heal.
“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” — Steve Maraboli
25. If you don’t try to change each other, then it will be alright.
“Problems in a relationship occur because each person is concentrating on what is missing in the other person.” — Wayne Dyer
26. Never have assumptions.
“Assumptions are the termites of relationships.” — Henry Winkler
27. You are perfect for each other.
“There’s a reason why two people stay together. They give each other something nobody else can.”
28. Through love you find faith.
“If you truly love someone, being faithful is easy.”
29. True relationships are meant to make it.
“The best relationships are the ones that press on through the darkness, they are the people that look at each other and see the broke and hurt and say you are worthy.”
30. You can only control your own actions.
“Letting go doesn’t mean that you don’t care about someone anymore. It’s just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself.” — Deborah Reber
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31. When you have miscommunications, then everything goes haywire.
“Miscommunication is endless.” — JP Rattie
32. You can weather any storm.
“No relationship is all sunshine, but two people can share one umbrella and survive the storm together.”
33. You never have to second guess your relationship.
“You deserve a relationship with someone who never has you guessing where you stand with them.”
34. Never let anything come in between you and love.
“Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved.” — Barbara Johnson
35. You just have to fix the problems as they arise.
“A relationship is like a house. When a lightbulb burns out you do not go and buy a new house, you fix the light bulb.”
36. It’s hard to move on.
A lovers’ quarrel is always about every quarrel you ever had.” — Robert Brault
37. Don’t let someone treat you less than who you are.
“Never love anybody that treats you like you’re ordinary.” — Oscar Wilde
38. Don’t let secrets come between you and your partner.
“Secrets are festering parasites to a relationship, devouring their hosts from within, leaving behind an empty hollow husk of what once was.” — Mark W. Boyer
39. Your love can be too much for the other person in your relationship.
“Most relationships fail not because of the absence of love. Love is always present. It’s just that one loves too much and the other loves too little.”
40. True love works through all kinds of personal chaos.
“Someone who truly loves you, sees what a mess you can be, how moody you can get, and how hard you can be to handle, but still wants you.”
41. Avoidance is not the key to happiness.
“When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said.” — Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Emily Francos is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture and relationships.