Quotations About
relationships

Though familiarity may not breed contempt, it takes off the edge of admiration.

Characteristics, in the manner of Rochefoucauld's Maxims (1823)
Posted in: William Hazlitt

Dexter Morgan: She’s the only person in the world who loves me. I think that’s nice. I don’t have feeling about anything, but if I could have feelings at all, I’d have them for Deb.

Dexter (season 1, episode 1)
Posted in: Dexter

Well, no, not married as such, but yes, there is a specific girl that I’m not married to.

In a word, it was impossible for me to separate her, in the past or in the present, from the innermost life of my life.

Great Expectations
Posted in: Charles Dickens

Lina: Oh Donny! You couldn’t kiss me like that and not mean it just a teensy bit!
Don: Meet the greatest actor in the world! I’d rather kiss a tarantula.
Lina: You don’t mean that.
Don: I don’t – hey Joe! Get me a tarantula.

Lisa: Just because you end a relationship with somebody doesn’t mean you cut them out of your life.
Dave: Oh really? Isn’t that actually the definition of ending a relationship?

Posted in: NewsRadio

Woman wants monogamy:
man delights in novelty.
Love is woman’s moon and sun;
man has other forms of fun.
Woman lives but in her lord;
Count to ten and man is bored.
With this the gist and sum of it,
What earthly good can come of it?

Posted in: Dorothy Parker

April: This is my boyfriend, Derek, and this is Derek’s boyfriend, Ben.
Ben: Hey.
Leslie: Hey…oh…wait, sorry. What’s the situation?
April: What do you mean?
Leslie: How does this work?
April: Derek is gay but he’s straight for me, but he’s gay for Ben, and Ben’s really gay for Derek. And I hate Ben.
Derek: It’s not that complicated.

Will: Yeah, I get that there are moments, small moments, infrequent moments, where I’m not the easiest guy to work with, but who the hell is?
Charlie: I am.
Will: Well, it helps that you’re drunk most of the time.
Charlie: It certainly does.

Posted in: The Newsroom

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

Posted in: Marcel Proust

River: I get confused. I remember everything. I remember too much. And… some of it’s made up, and… some of it can’t be quantified, and… there’s secrets, and …
Simon: It’s okay.
River: But I understand. You gave up everything you had to find me. You found me broken. It’s hard for you. You gave up everything you had.
Simon: Mei-mei. Everything I have is right here.

Posted in: Firefly

International relationships are … preordained to be clumsy gestures based on imperfect knowledge.

The Strange Necessity, ch. 10 (1928).
Posted in: Rebecca West

No man is offended by another man’s admiration of the woman he loves, it is the woman only who can make it a torment.

Posted in: Northanger Abbey

I am greatly pleased with your account of Fanny; I found her in the summer just what you describe, almost another sister; and could not have supposed that a niece would ever have been so much to me. She is quite after one’s own heart; give her my best love, and tell her that I always think of her with pleasure.

Letter, October 7, 1808, to her sister, Cassandra. Jane Austen
Posted in: Jane Austen

I have always felt that humor was a wonderful vehicle to let us become connected with each other and ourselves… I try to portray the similarities and polarities in men and women, so that we can acknowledge and embrace our collective consciousness.

Variety magazine (2003)
Posted in: Lily Tomlin

Rachel: You know, I don’t really know what’s going to happen between us, but I know that you used to be the guy that would make me feel like the most special girl in the whole world, and it doesn’t feel that way anymore. Now it just feels sad and confusing. And the worst part is that it doesn’t even feel that bad anymore.

Glease (season 4, episode 6)
Posted in: Glee

Emma: I would rather be here, far from you, but feeling really close, rather than close to you but feeling really far away.

The Role You Were Born to Play (season 4, episode 5)
Posted in: Glee

Marcie: Don’t feel bad, Chuck. Peppermint Patty didn’t mean all those things she said. Actually, she really likes you.
Charlie Brown: I don’t feel bad for myself, I just feel bad because I’ve ruined everyone’s Thanksgiving.
Marcie: But Thanksgiving is more than eating, Chuck. You heard what Linus was saying out there. Those early Pilgrims were thankful for what had happened to them, and we should be thankful, too. We should just be thankful for being together. I think that’s what they mean by ‘Thanksgiving,’ Charlie Brown.

Blane: You said you couldn’t be with someone who didn’t believe in you. Well, I believed in you. I just didn’t believe in me. I love you… always.

Posted in: Pretty in Pink

Blane: You couldn’t buy her, though, that’s what’s killing you, isn’t it? Steff? That’s it, Steff. She thinks you’re shit. And deep down, you know she’s right.

Posted in: Pretty in Pink

Ford looked stunned.
“Where have you been?” he demanded.
“Making some coffee,” said Arthur, still wearing his very placid face. He had long ago realized that the only way of being in Ford’s company successfully was to keep a large stock of very placid faces and wear them at all times.

Ben: So, why didn’t you guys ever even try to get together?
Jason: It’s too much familiarity. It’s like she’s one of my limbs.
Ben: And that’s bad, because?
Jason: Because I hate myself.

Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made:
Our times are in his hand
Who saith, “A whole I planned,
Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid!”

Dramatis Personae (1864)
Posted in: Robert Browning

Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.

Terre des Hommes (1939)

Dexter Morgan: People fake a lot of human interactions, but I feel like I fake them all, and I fake them very well. That’s my burden, I guess.

Dexter (season 1, episode 1)
Posted in: Dexter

I have now come to the conclusion never again to think of marrying, and for this reason; I can never be satisfied with anyone who would be blockhead enough to have me.

Letter to Mrs. Orville H. Browning (1 April 1838)
Posted in: Abraham Lincoln

Whenever I’m with my mother, I feel as though I have to spend the whole time avoiding land mines.

The Kitchen God's Wife (1991)
Posted in: Amy Tan

I have just discovered something I have always known: we can no more escape from one another than we can escape from God.

La joie (Joy) 1929
Posted in: Georges Bernanos

So I can’t live either without you or with you.

Amores, III, xi, 39.
Posted in: Ovid

Dexter Morgan: I chose Rita because she is, in her own way, as damaged as me.

Dexter (season 1, episode 1)
Posted in: Dexter

Mitchell Pritchett: Cam thinks that if he were straight, he and Julia Roberts would be dating.

Cameron Tucker: I met her once at an AIDS walk and we had a real connection.

Mitchell Pritchett: You handed her a bottle of water.

Cameron Tucker: Her hand lingered.

Mitchell Pritchett: Because you wouldn’t let go.

Treehouse (season 3, episode 7)
Posted in: Modern Family

Tony Soprano: Carmela, something I gotta confess. What are you doing?
Carmela Soprano: Getting my wine in position to throw in your damn face!
Tony Soprano: You’re always with the drama, you.

Pilot (season 1, episode 1)
Posted in: The Sopranos

Don Draper: We should get married.
Midge: You think I’d make a good ex-wife?

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (season 1, episode 1)
Posted in: Mad Men