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45 Relationship Expectations Quotes

The following collection of quotes is all about relationship expectations.

It’s an interesting concept of what we expect from others – and how we need to respect ourselves in a relationship. To avoid disappointment and resentment, its beneficial to set standards of what you and your partner need and want from a relationship and to communicate this well together.

What are normal expectations in a relationship?

Different people will have different expectations of what they want or need in their relationships. Overall though, shared values and strong communication are an essential starting point.

It’s said that we ‘teach’ others how to treat us. We show them by what we’re willing to accept and not accept. It’s not just the ‘big stuff’,  but in all the little interactions, the ability to communicate and set standards that both people are comfortable with and to respect ourselves enough to communicate when we’re not happy.

Relationships are dynamic and ever-changing. For this reason, there really is no one definition of what constitutes ‘normal’ relationship expectations. What can be said for certain, however, is that it’s often best when both partners try to meet in the middle – respecting both themselves and each other.

The following quotes all touch on the concepts of relationships, respect, expectations of others, setting standards , honoring yourself and the joy of sharing your life with another.  


Relationship Expectations Quotes


“Far too many people are looking for the right person, instead of trying to be the right person.” Gloria Steinem


“Do what you did in the beginning of the relationship and there won’t be an end.” Anthony Robbins


“If you expect nothing from somebody you are never disappointed.” Sylvia Plath


“Intense love does not measure, it just gives.” Mother Teresa


“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” Carl Jung


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


“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” Walter Winchell


“Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.” Tennessee Williams


“Remember: we all get what we tolerate. So stop tolerating excuses within yourself, limiting beliefs of the past, or half-assed or fearful states.” Tony Robbins


“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.” Mahatma Gandhi


“Don’t settle for a relationship that won’t let you be yourself.” Oprah


“The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.” Gilbert K. Chesterton


“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


“A loving relationship is one in which the loved one is free to be himself — to laugh with me, but never at me; to cry with me, but never because of me; to love life, to love himself, to love being loved. Such a relationship is based upon freedom and can never grow in a jealous heart.” Leo F. Buscaglia


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


“Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.” Swedish Proverb


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


“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” Maya Angelou


“If you would be loved, love, and be loveable.” Benjamin Franklin


“Don’t smother each other. No one can grow in the shade.” Leo Buscaglia


“Love is a two-way street constantly under construction.” Carroll Bryant


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


“Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.” Alexander Pope


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


“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


“Love is a game that two can play and both can win.” Eva Gabor


“Love is an endless act of forgiveness. Forgiveness is me giving up the right to hurt you for hurting me.” Beyoncé


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


“You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.” Epicurus


“The person you’re meant to be with will never have to be chased, begged or given an ultimatum.” Mandy Hale


“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo. But what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” Oprah Winfrey


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


“You deserve someone who is utterly obsessed with you.” Ella December


“Relationships, marriages are ruined where one person continues to learn, develop and grow and the other person stands still.” Catherine Pulsifer


“Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” James Baldwin


“Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be.” Stephen R. Covey


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


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


“There is no challenge strong enough to destroy your marriage as long as you are both willing to stop fighting against each other, and start fighting for each other.” Dave Willis


“Assumptions are the termites of relationships.” Henry Winkler


“There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.” Mahatma Gandhi


“Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.” – Emily Kimbrough


“Love is when you meet someone who tells you something new about yourself.” Andre Breton


“Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation.” Oscar Wilde


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



Relationships don’t stand still; they’re constantly evolving just as people do. They require work and commitment to make them last and to get through the harder times, as well as enjoying the good times together. If you’re interested in further inspiring words, be sure to check out:

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