117 Relationship Quotes for When Love Leaves You Tongue-Tied

These sweet sayings will conjure up serious relationship goals.
Relationship Quotes
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Jamie Cuccinelli the knot writer and wedding expert
Jamie Cuccinelli
Jamie Cuccinelli the knot writer and wedding expert
Jamie Cuccinelli
Senior Editor, Sex & Relationships
  • Jamie is a Senior Editor for The Knot where she oversees all sex and relationship editorial content.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, she worked with an array of digital publications that include Brides, The Zoe Report, Bustle and MyDomaine.
  • Jamie graduated with a degree in English and Media, Culture & Communications from New York University.
Updated Sep 27, 2023

Whether you've been together for what seems like forever or you're simply smitten after a few dates, relationships—and the feelings that come with them—can be tricky to put into words. If you need some help expressing yourself (and who doesn't from time to time?), we recommend turning to relationship quotes to help get you started.

Here, we've gathered the best relationship quotes from movies, TV, books, celebrities, love experts and more. If you and your partner are always cracking each other up, consider one of our favorite funny relationship quotes to make them smile. Looking for cute relationship quotes to caption all those adorbs couple photos with on Insta? Don't worry, we have those too. And of course, sweet relationship quotes (and plenty more) are also on the docket.

All that to say, if all that kissing has left you tongue-tied, the relationship quotes below will have you saying what you feel.

In this article:

Best Relationship Quotes

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Like you and your honey, these ultra-romantic phrases are simply the best. Whether you're penning a love letter or your wedding vows, consider the best relationship quotes below.

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

2. "I would have really liked just doing laundry and taxes with you." —Everything Everywhere All At Once

3. "I would rather spend one lifetime with you, than face all the ages of this world alone." —J.R.R. Tolkien

4. "Nothing is safer than the sound of you reading aloud to me—the perfect date." —Rupi Kaur

5. "Fall in love with someone who makes you glad to be different." —Sue Zhao

6. "I exist in two places: Here and where you are." —Margaret Atwood

7. "Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time."—Maya Angelou

8. "It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight." —Vladimir Nabokov

9. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same." —Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

Relationship Goals Quotes

Whether your personal relationship goals are Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, Westley and Buttercup or your very own 'rents, these relationship goals quotes will describe that kind of aspirational love to a tee.

1. "A soulmate is someone who you carry with you forever. It's the one person who knew you and accepted you and believed in you before anyone else did or when no one else would." —Dawson's Creek

2. "Since the invention of the kiss, there have been only five kisses that were rated the most passionate, the most pure. This one left them all behind." —The Princess Bride

3. "We loved with a love that was more than love." —Edgar Allan Poe

4. "You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams." —Dr. Seuss

5. "You and I, it's as though we have been taught to kiss in heaven and sent down to earth together, to see if we know what we were taught." —Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago

6. "Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." —Lao-Tzu

7. "You meet thousands of people and none of them really touch you. And then you meet one person and your life is changed forever." —Love & Other Drugs

8. "Affection is when you see someone's strengths. Love is when you accept someone's flaws." —One Day

9. "Wherever she is, that's where my home is." —Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

Long-Distance Relationship Quotes

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They say absence makes the heart grow fonder—hard agree. These long-distance relationship quotes prove that even when you're worlds apart, you can still hold the other person's heart in yours.

1. "I think we dream so we don't have to be apart for so long. If we're in each other's dreams, we can be together all the time." —A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

2. "That's how you know you love someone, I guess, when you can't experience anything without wishing the other person were there to see it, too." —Kaui Hart Hemmings, The Descendents

3. "We were together even when we were apart." —Shannon A. Thompson, Death Before Daylight

4. "I will return. I will find you. Love you. Marry you. And live without shame." —Atonement

5. "There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart." —Mahatma Gandhi

6. "It's enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this moment." —Gabriel Garcia Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

7. "The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again." —Charles Dickens, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

8. "It feels good to think about you when I'm warm in bed. I feel as if you're curled up there beside me, fast asleep. And I think how great it would be if it were true." —Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

9. "But I must admit, I miss you quite terribly. The world is too quiet without you nearby." —Lemony Snicket, The Beatrice Letters

Cute Relationship Quotes

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Even more adorable than you and your love (and that's tough to do!), these cute relationship quotes are sure to give you a sugar rush.

1. "Fall in love with someone who makes you glad to be different." —Sue Zhao

2. "Do you ever put your arms out and just spin and spin and spin? Well, that's what love is like. Everything inside of you tells you to stop before you fall, but you just keep going." —Practical Magic

3. "You are my greatest adventure." —The Incredibles

4. "It is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them." —Agatha Christie

5. "But for now let me say, without hope or agenda, to me, you are perfect." —Love Actually

6. "You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear." —Oscar Wilde

7. "If I had a flower for every time I thought of you... I could walk through my garden forever." —Alfred Tennyson

8. "You're more likely to talk about nothing than something. But I just want to say that all this nothing has meant more to me than so many somethings." —You've Got Mail

9. Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place." —Zora Neale Hurston

10. "A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person." —Mignon McLaughlin

11. "I want to be with you. It's as simple and as complicated as that." —Charles Bukowski

12. "Lonely days of uncertainty, they disappear when you're near me, when you're around my life's worthwhile, and now I long to see you smile." —Big Star, "My Life is Right"

13. "Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are magic." —Frida Kahlo

Happy Relationship Quotes

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There's no smile quite as big as the one you wear when you're in love, and these happy relationship quotes capture the feeling behind that hundred-watt smile.

1. "The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves." —Victor Hugo

2. "Happiness is holding someone in your arms and knowing you hold the whole world." ―Orhan Pamuk

3. "There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved." —George Sand

4. "There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort." ―Charlotte Brontë

5. Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." —Marcel Proust

6. "Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow."—Swedish Proverb

7. "It was the kind of kiss that made me know that I was never so happy in my whole life." ―Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

8. "They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for." ―Tom Bodett

9. "What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?" —George Eliot

10. "Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering." —Nicole Krauss, The History of Love

Healthy Relationship Quotes

Keeping a relationship healthy takes work—but oh boy, is it worth it! Looking for a bit of motivation? Take in the healthy relationship quotes below.

1. "Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get; only with what you are expecting to give, which is everything," —Katharine Hepburn, Me: Stories of My Life

2. "Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo. But you want someone who'll help you catch the bus," —Oprah Winfrey

3. "People think that intimacy is about sex. But intimacy is about truth. When you realize you can tell someone your truth, when you can show yourself to them, when you stand in front of them bare and their response is 'You're safe with me,' that's intimacy." —Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

4. "Far too many people are looking for the right person, instead of trying to be the right person." —Gloria Steinem

5. "Trust is the glue of life. It is the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships." —Stephen R. Covey

6. "Your relationship with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship you have." —Robert Holden

7. Every good relationship, especially marriage, is based on respect. If its not based on respect, nothing that appears to be good will last very long. —Amy Grant

8. "Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation." —Oscar Wilde

9. "Trust is the fruit of a relationship in which you know you are loved." —William Paul Young

10. "Don't settle for a relationship that won't let you be yourself." —Oprah Winfrey

11. "The purpose of a relationship is not to have another who might complete you, but to have another with whom you might share your completeness." —Neale Donald Walsch

12. "We have to recognize that there cannot be relationships unless there is commitment, unless there is loyalty, unless there is love, patience, persistence." —Cornel West

Funny Relationship Quotes

If humor is what connects your hearts, funny relationship quotes are the perfect punchlines to keep that humorous spark alive.

1. "But the thing is this, after a while, you just want to be with the one that makes you laugh." —Sex and the City

2. "I want to hear that you guys watch every episode of The Bachelorette together in secret shame, or that one got the other hooked on Breaking Bad and if either watches it without the other, they're dead meat. I want to see you guys high-five each other like teammates on a recreational softball team you both do for fun." ―Mindy Kaling

3. "A lot of people told me I was crazy to wait this long for a date with a girl I work with but I think, even then, I knew that… I was waiting for my wife." —The Office

4. "Remember, we're madly in love, so it's alright to kiss me anytime you feel like it." —The Hunger Games

5. Honestly, if you're not willing to sound stupid, you don't deserve to be in love. —A Lot Like Love

6. "She is the only evidence of God I have seen with the exception of the mysterious force that removes one sock from the dryer every time I do my laundry." —St. Elmo's Fire

7. "It wasn't love at first sight. It took a full five minutes." —Lucille Ball

8. "Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves." —Albert Einstein

9. "If you're ever with a girl that's too good for you, marry her." —Valentine's Day

10. "We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly." —Sam Keen, To Love and Be Loved

11. "A relationship where you can be weird together is your best choice." —Paulo Coelo

Inspirational Relationship Quotes

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These inspirational relationship quotes prove love has no boundaries and can carry you through if you just open your heart.

1. "The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard. They must be felt with the heart." —Helen Keller

2. "There are dreamers and there are realists in this world. You'd think the dreamers would find the dreamers and the realists would find the realists. But more often than not, the opposite is true. You see, the dreamers need the realists to keep them from soaring too close to the sun. And the realists? Well, without the dreamers, they might not ever get off the ground." —Modern Family

3. "Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope." —Maya Angelou

4. "From all the offspring of the earth and heaven, love is the most precious." ―Sappho

5. "Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold." —Zelda Fitzgerald

6. "Don't ever think I fell for you or fell over you. I didn't fall in love; I rose in it." —Toni Morrison, Jazz

7. "For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love." —Carl Sagan, Contact

New Relationship Quotes

Are your insides all aflutter? Are you counting down the seconds until you'll see them next? Then these new relationship quotes are bound to put those butterflies into hyperdrive.

1. "Without warning, as a whirlwind swoops on an oak, love shakes my heart." ―Sappho

2. "The right one does not stand in your way. They make space for you to step forward." —Rupi Kaur

3. "I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible." —When Harry Met Sally

4. "You were worth the wait, and I don't just mean tonight." —Friends

5. "At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet." —Plato

6. "If it is right, it happens. The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away." —John Steinbeck

7. "Look, in my opinion, the best thing you can do is find a person who loves you for exactly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you." —Juno

8. "I love her and that's the beginning and end of everything." —F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

9. "Love is when you meet someone who tells you something new about yourself." — Andrew Breton

10. "I feel safe when you're holding me near. Love the way that you conquer your fear. You know hearts don't break around here." —Ed Sheeren, "Hearts Don't Break Around Here"

11. "No relationship is perfect, ever. There are always some ways you have to bend, compromise, and give something up to gain something greater." —Sarah Dessen

Strong Relationship Quotes

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Being in love and sharing your life with another takes strength and commitment. (But the sense of camaraderie that comes with a lasting relationship? Worth it.) These strong relationship quotes describe that forever-and-always type of love.

1. "Time, wondrous time, gave me the blues and then purple-pink skies… And isn't it just so pretty to think all along there was some invisible string tying you to me?" —Taylor Swift, "Invisible String"

2. "It isn't possible to love and to part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal." —E.M. Forster, A Room with a View

3. "I'm in love with you, and I'm not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things." —John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

4. "You don't love someone because they're perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they're not." —Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper

5. "Finding someone you love and who loves you back is a wonderful, wonderful feeling. But finding a true soul mate is an even better feeling. A soul mate is someone who understands you like no other, loves you like no other, will be there for you forever, no matter what. They say that nothing lasts forever, but I am a firm believer in the fact that for some, love lives on even after we're gone." —Cecelia Ahern, P.S. I Love You

6. "Don't read the last page. But I stay when you're lost, and I'm scared, and you're turning away. I want your midnights. But I'll be cleaning up bottles with you on New Year's Day." —Taylor Swift, "New Year's Day"

7. "Don't promise me fair sky above. Don't promise me kind road below. Just walk beside me, love, any way the wind blows." —Hadestown, "Promises"

Real Relationship Quotes

These raw and real relationship quotes from celebrity couples prove that not even the stars can escape Cupid's arrow.

1. "I knew he would always be my best friend for my whole life. That was the biggest thing to me. I'd never known anything like the friendship that I had with him. I could like him as much as I loved him." —Blake Lively, Marie Claire

2. "The most important relationship in your life is the relationship you have with yourself. Because no matter what happens, you will always be with yourself," —Diane Von Furstenberg, Diane: A Signature Life

3. "Meeting John really changed my life. When I feel the support that I have from him, I feel invincible. There's someone behind you on your good days, and someone in front of you on your bad days." —Emily Blunt

4. "When you're lucky enough to meet your one person, then life takes a turn for the best. It can't get better than that," —John Krasinski, The Daily Beast

5. "If you were going to list the 100 most popular things that I have done as president, being married to Michelle Obama is number one." —Barack Obama

6. "When you are missing someone, time seems to move slower, and when I'm falling in love with someone, time seems to be moving faster," —Taylor Swift, Billboard

7. "True love is singing karaoke 'Under Pressure' and letting the other person sing the Freddie Mercury part." —Mindy Kaling

8. "We support each other in everything that we do and I love seeing her succeed at the things she loves to do and she loves seeing me succeed at things that I love to do. That's the way you should be with your partner." —John Legend

Deep Relationship Quotes

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Dig deep, maybe get a little philosophical and open up to your love via these deep relationship quotes.

1. "There is no remedy for love but to love more." —Henry David Thoreau

2. "Who, being loved, is poor?" —Oscar Wilde

3. "In the flush of love's light, we dare be brave. And suddenly we see that love costs all we are, and will ever be. Yet it is only love which sets us free." —Maya Angelou, "Touched by an Angel"

4. "Love is the only gold." – Alfred Lord Tennyson, Becket

"Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction." — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

5. "Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable." —Bruce Lee, "Love Is Like a Friendship Caught on Fire"

6. "If you are intolerable, let me be the one to tolerate you," I said, and then I kissed her and tasted the lemon juice on her lips." —Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

7. "If you wished to be loved, love." —Lucius Annaeus Seneca

8. "The love we give away is the only love we keep." —Elbert Hubbard

9. "In the end, there doesn't have to be anyone who understands you. There just has to be someone who wants to." —Robert Brault

Contributions by Carrie Anton

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