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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.

Author: Stephen R. Covey

Profession: American Speaker, Author of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People"

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.

Author: Quentin Crisp (1908)

Profession: 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.

Author: Quentin Crisp (1908)

Profession: British Author

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

Author: Colette Dowling

Profession:

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.

Author: Marguerite Duras (1914)

Profession: French Author, Filmmaker

Relationships based on obligation lack dignity.

Author: Wayne Dyer (1940)

Profession: American Psychotherapist, Author, Lecturer

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.

Author: Eknath Easwaran

Profession: American Author, Lecturer, Professor

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.

Author: Barbara Ehrenreich (1941)

Profession: 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.

Author: Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Profession: 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.

Author: George Eliot (1819-1880)

Profession: 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.

Author: Richard L. Evans

Profession:

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

Author: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Profession: American Scientist, Publisher, Diplomat

It is easier to live through someone else than to become complete yourself.

Author: Betty Friedan (1921)

Profession: American Feminist Writer

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.

Author: John A. Hannah

Profession:

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.

Author: Barbara Grizzuti Harrison (1941)

Profession: American Author, Publicist