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35 Greatest Quotes on Love, Sex, and Relationships

Has a quote or a line from a song ever struck a chord with your love life? These quotes will help you redefine love, sex, and breakups!

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Feeling uninspired when it comes to your relationship, or lacking the gusto to make love happen in your life? Don’t worry–while these questions may sound like a lead-up to a self-help book, we’re talking about something a little more carefree to inspire your love life.

Sometimes, not even our closest friends can find the right words to encourage us. That’s where quotes come in. Song lyrics and funny or thought-provoking quotes can sometimes be the final straw to help us make our big move in life, whether it’s revealing your true feelings to a crush, getting it on, or breaking off an unhealthy relationship.

We’re looking at 35 quotes to inspire your relationships!


Sing it, Aretha! Respect is the cornerstone of a healthy relationship. When you respect each other, you treat the other right, watch your words, show consideration, honor boundaries, and show each other that your feelings have value. Get inspired to treat your partner better with these fabulous quotes about respecting one another!

#1 “Respect is one of the greatest expressions of love.” – Unknown

#2 “Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.” – often misattributed Bob Marley

#3 “I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.” – Winston S. Churchill

#4 “There is no respect for others without humility in oneself.” – Henri Frederic Amiel

[Read: How self-respect affects you and your relationship]

Putting it out there

Revealing your tummy-turning, deep inner feelings for someone can be one of the most terrifying experiences ever. What if they don’t like you back? What if they shoot you down, and things get totally weird afterwards? What if you could be absolutely amazing together, but you never know because you were too scared to try? Use these quotes as a boost of courage to make it happen with your crush!

#5 “We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

#6 “Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.” – Wayne Dyer

#7 “It’s nice to have a crush on someone. It feels like you’re alive, you know?” – Scarlett Johansson

#8 “Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.” – James Stephens

[Read: How to tell a special someone you’re in love with them]

Bring on the romance

Can everyone just agree that romance is awesome and absolutely necessary in relationships? The most fun thing about romance is the various ways it can be achieved.

From a sweet and flowery grand gesture, to Rhett Butler’s aggressively snappy and sexy line: “No, I don’t think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That’s what’s wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how,” from Gone with the Wind.

No matter what type of romantic you are, there’s going to be a quote for you!

#9 “You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest, and most beautiful person I have ever known–and even that is an understatement.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

#10 “…Tell you what a rare and wonderful thing you are amidst all this darkness.” – Alistair, Dragon Age Origins

#11 “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” – Aristotle

#12 “In the middle of the flood, I felt my worth when you held onto me like I was your little life raft. Please know that you were mine, as well.” – Snow Patrol, Lifeboats

#13 “I wish I’d done everything on earth with you.” – from The Great Gatsby (2013)

[Read: 11 sweet and intimate ways to show someone you care]

You sexy thing, you: sex and relationships

Quotes about sex are fantastic, because they range from sarcastic and hilarious to downright naughty. Did you know that, according to a survey by Match.com, 65% of men and 69% of women agree that 10pm is the most ideal time to shag? We love sex stats and sex quotes… so check ‘em out!

#14 “Sex isn’t hard, but intimacy is terrifying.” – Tatiana Maslany

#15 “They slipped briskly into an intimacy from which they never recovered.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

#16 “Is sex dirty? Only when it’s being done right.” – Woody Allen

#17 “Sex is like air–it’s not important unless you aren’t getting any.” – John Callahan

#18 “Love is an ice cream sundae, with all the marvelous coverings. Sex is the cherry on top.” – Jimmy Dean

#19 “There is more to sex appeal than just measurements. I don’t need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much sex appeal picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain.” – Audrey Hepburn

#20 “To have her here in bed with me, breathing on me, her hair in my mouth–I count that something of a miracle.” – Henry Miller

#21 “Sex without love is as hollow and ridiculous as love without sex.” – Hunter S. Thompson

[Read: Floppies and other awkward things that happen during sex]

Love makes the world go ‘round

This is what it’s all about–what made all of your fretting and wooing and relationship trials worth it. Is there anything sweeter than “I love you”? Fall in love all over again by reading these thoughts throughout the ages on mankind’s oldest and most intense need.

#22 “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” – Unknown

#23 “You can never control who you fall in love with, even when you’re in the most sad, confused time of your life. You don’t fall in love with people because they’re fun. It just happens.” – Kirsten Dunst

#24 “I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control, and at times, hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” – often misattributed to Marilyn Monroe

#25 “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu

It’s all about trust

Trust is the most fascinating and troublesome aspect of a relationship. Trust is earned, but you rarely know it’s there until it’s been betrayed. Warren Buffet summed up trust in relationships perfectly when he said, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation, and five minutes to ruin it.” Be a good mate by never giving your partner a reason to question you.

#26 “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” – Ernest Hemingway

#27 “To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.” – George MacDonald

#28 “Love meant jumping off a cliff and trusting that a certain person would be there to catch you at the bottom.” – Jodi Picoult, Second Glance

#29 “Loving someone is giving them the power to break your heart, but trusting them not to.” – Julianne Moore

#30 “You must trust and believe in people, or life becomes impossible.” – Anton Chekhov

You’re better off

Breakups suck, whether you’re the one calling it quits, or you’re on the receiving end, but it’s important to remember that a breakup doesn’t always equal a failure. In some cases, a breakup is exactly what you need to get your life back.

Let’s be honest: not everyone has the best taste in partners, and sometimes, the one you put on a pedestal is the one who deserves the least amount of your time and respect. Our last set of quotes is here to tell you that, sometimes, you’re better off without!

#31 “Hearts will never be practical until they are made unbreakable.” – The Wizard of Oz

#32 “Only time can heal your broken heart, just as only time can heal his broken arms and legs.” – Miss Piggy

#33 “I would rather be alone with dignity than in a relationship that requires me to sacrifice my self-respect.” – Mandy Hale

#34 “Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.” – Oscar Wilde

#35 “Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it can. And just when you think it can’t get any better, it can.” – Nicholas Sparks, At First Sight

[Read: 12 signs you’re starting to fall out of love]

Whether you’re looking to start a new relationship, fall deeply in love, or get out of a relationship that’s just not working, let these quotes inspire you to grab life by the proverbial balls!

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Waverly Smith
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