101 Relationship Problem Quotes and Sayings That Strike A Chord

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All relationships go through hard times. The union of two individuals with different philosophies and opinions often leads to disagreements and fights. We bring relationship problem quotes and sayings that help you get a better understanding of the challenges that couples face through their journey. Once the steamy romance fades away, compatibility issues between the couple come to the fore. If you’re facing problems in your relationship, you would want to sit back and introspect what is going wrong and how you can fix it. In this post, we bring you some quotes about problems in a relationship that help you get the much-needed clarity.

Relationship Struggle Quotes

When relationships don’t work out the way we want them to, we experience pain, anger, hatred, hopelessness, and loneliness. These quotes are all about them.


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2. “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

3. “Relationships based on obligation lack dignity.” – Wayne Dyer

4.Long-term relationships, the ones that matter, are all about weathering the peaks and the valleys.” – Nicholas Sparks

5. “In a relationship, it is demeaning to seek your partner’s approval constantly. In such relationships, real caring, depth or even love is missing.” – Daisaku Ikeda

6. “Trouble is part of your life, and if you don’t share it, you don’t give the person who loves you enough chance to love you enough.” – Dinah Shore

7. “If your love for another person doesn’t include loving yourself then your love is incomplete.” – Shannon L. Alder

8. “The worst feeling is to be ignored once, then twice, then again and again by someone you consider precious.” – Betsy Kenton

9. “A lovers’ quarrel is always about every quarrel you ever had.” – Robert Brault

10. “Assumptions are the termites of relationship.” – Henry Winkler


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12. “Every relationship has its problems but what makes it perfect is when you still want to be there when everything goes wrong.” – Ritu Ghatourey

13. “All relationships have problems. Your ability to overcome them defines your relationship strength.”

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

15. “I think a relationship is like a shark. It has to move forward constantly, or it dies.” – Woody Allen

16. “A relationship is like a house. When a light bulb burns out you do not go and buy a new house, you fix the light bulb.”– Bernajoy Vaal

17. “You can’t have a relationship without any fights, but you can make your relationship worth the fight.”

18. “Nobody likes conflict, but sweeping issues under the rug ultimately causes more damage than addressing things directly.”

19. “The extent to which two people in a relationship can bring up and resolve issues is a critical marker of the soundness of a relationship.” – Henry Cloud

20. “Problems in relationship occur because each person is focusing on what is missing in the other person.” – Wayne Dyer


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22. “We can learn to use the pain in our relationships to transform us thereby turning them into entities which heal not harm.” – Donna Goddard.

23. “When you get hurt in love, there are very few things that can help you get over the pain.” – Melba Sean

24. “Hidden resentments poison a relationship; so if something bothers you, say it.”

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

26. “Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter a relationship to get something: they’re trying to find someone who’s going to make them feel good. In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give, and not a place that you go to take.” — Anthony Robbins

27. “Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes are uncertain. People are irrational.” – Hugh Mackay

28. “What love we’ve given, we’ll have forever. What love we fail to give, will be lost for all eternity.” — Leo Buscaglia

29. “Don’t rush into any relationship. Work on yourself. Feel yourself, experience yourself, and love yourself. Do this first, and you will soon attract that special loving other.” – Russ Von Hoelscher

30. “Once you accept the reality that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful relationship can grow.”


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32. “People who do not understand you will never settle for any proof, and people who appreciate you do not need any proof. “ —Seth (Jane Roberts)

33. “You may not be pushing me away, but you’re not fighting to keep me either.”

34. “A strong relationship requires choosing to love each other even in those moments when you struggle to like each other.”

35. “A man who marries a woman to educate her falls victim to the same fallacy as the woman who marries a man to reform him.” – Elbert Hubbard

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

37. “Without communication there is no relationship. Without respect there is no LOVE. Without trust there is no reason to continue.”

38. “When you struggle with your partner, you are struggling with yourself. Every fault you see in them touches a denied weakness in yourself.” – Deepak Chopra

39. “Never beg for a relationship. Be brave to accept the one who really wants to be with you and reject the one who just pretends to be with you.”

40. “The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree but to hold hands.”


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42. “When someone is hard on you it may have very little to do with you.” – Bryan McGill

43. “Love can sometimes be magic. But magic can sometimes be an illusion.”

44. “What we wait around a lifetime for with one person, we can find in a moment with someone else.”  –Stephanie Klein

45. “In general, the problem in a relationship is when the couple stagnates.” – Simon Baker

46. “A shallow person will have only shallow relationships.”– Daisaku Ikeda

47. “For lack of an occasional expression of love, a relationship strong at the seams can wear thin in the middle.” – Robert Brault

48. “There is no pain equal to that which two lovers can inflict on one another.” – Cyril Connolly

49. “The more insecure you are about yourself or your relationship, the more jealous you are, because you are afraid to lose your significant other to someone else.” – Oliver Markus, Why Men And Women Can’t Be Friends

50. “Looking back and wondering if it could have worked eventually hurts more than trying and failing.” – Dominic Riccitello


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52. “Love always doesn’t come across as bad, but it always has two sides.” ― Auliq Ice

53. “If you love someone, set them free. If they come back they’re yours; if they don’t they never were.” – Richard Bach

54. “There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love.” — Bryant H. McGill

55. “People change and forget to tell each other.” – Lillian Hellman

56. “Falling in love and having a relationship are two different things.” – Keanu Reeves

57. “Relationships are complex. Outcomes are uncertain. People are irrational.” — Hugh Mackay

58. “It takes one person to forgive, it takes two people to be reunited.” — Lewis B. Smedes

59. “When you make the sacrifice in marriage, you’re sacrificing not to each other but to unity in a relationship.” – Joseph Campbell

Quotes About Overcoming Relationship Problems

Problems are a test of your maturity. You will know if you are good enough to wade through them or not. Don’t give up on a relationship just because there are problems in it. Make efforts to face them, and here are some quotes to inspire you:

60. “Every couple needs to argue now and then, just to prove that the relationship is strong enough to survive.”


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62. “You can’t just give up on someone just because the situation is not ideal. Great relationships aren’t great because they have no problems. They’re great because both people care about the other person to find a way to make it work.”

63. “We are told that people stay in love because of chemistry, or because they remain intrigued with each other, because of many kindnesses, because of luck. But part of it has got to be forgiveness and gratefulness.” – Ellen Goodman

64. “Relationships last long not because they’re destined to last long. Relationships last long because two brave people made a choice. To keep it, fight for it and to work for it.”

65. “You have to work at relationships. You can’t just walk out on them every time something goes wrong.”

66. “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

Difficult Relationship Quotes

Some relationships are so stifling that you see no purpose or reason in continuing in them. The wisdom lies in realizing when you need to walk out of it to retain your sanity. Here are a few difficult relationship quotes:

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

68. “It’s hard to wait for something you know might never happen, but it’s even harder to give up when you know it’s everything you want.”

69. “Some wounds never show on the body; they are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.” – Laurell K. Hamilton

70. “If you walked away from a toxic, negative, abusive, one-sided, dead-end, low vibrational relationship – you won.”


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72. “It’s hard to trust when all you have from the past is evidence why you shouldn’t.”

73. “If I love you, I won’t give up easily. Leaving is my last option, but if you push me away, I will walk away knowing I gave it my all.”

74. “I acted like it wasn’t a big deal when it was breaking my heart.”

75. “When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free.” — Catherine Ponder

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

77. “If someone truly loves you, they won’t make you feel like you need to fight for their attention constantly.”

78. “Sometimes, two people have to fall apart to realize how much they need to fall back together.”

79. “If someone makes you miserable more than they make you happy; it doesn’t matter how much you love them, you need to let them go.”

80. “Never get too attached to anyone unless they also feel the same towards you, because one sided expectations can mentally destroy you.”


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82. “Sometimes you need to give up on people, not because you don’t care but because they don’t.”

83. “Don’t let your loyalty become slavery.”

84. “I trusted you, but now your words mean nothing to me because your actions spoke the truth.”

85. “Even the strongest feelings expire when ignored and taken for granted.”

86. “Maybe it’s not always about trying to fix something broken. Maybe it’s about starting over and creating something better.”

87. “One of the hardest decisions you’ll ever face in life is choosing whether to walk away or try harder.”

88. “Never be afraid to start over. It’s a chance to rebuild your life the way you wanted all along.”

89. A relationship when held loosely with respect and freedom for the other person is likely to remain intact. But when held too tightly, too possessively, it slips away and is lost.” — Kaleel Jamison

90. “Relationships don’t always make sense. Especially from the outside.” – Sarah Dessen


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92. “Why did I always end up loving the person who hurt me the most? Why was love so cruel?” – J.C. Reed

93. “Obstacles in life get the best of a person from time to time. When two people experience obstacles separately, it leaves little room to help each other. This does not mean the relationship failed because you did not try hard enough, obstacles aren’t always conquered in general.” – Kimberly Danner

94. “Never marry at all. Men marry because they are tired, women, because they are curious: both are disappointed.” – Oscar Wilde

95. “Once you realize you deserve better, letting go will be the best decision ever.”

96. “Letting go of toxic people is an act of self-care.”

97. “There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”

98. “Just because the scars have healed, doesn’t mean the pain has.”

99. “I refuse to please others at the expense of my emotional well being. Even if it means saying “no” to people who are used to hearing ‘yes’.” – Anonymous

100. “You don’t have to wait for someone to treat you bad repeatedly. All it takes is once, and if they get away with it that once, if they know they can treat you like that, then it sets the pattern for the future.” – Jane Green


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Relationship problems quotes and sayings may help you express your feelings and flag the issues in your relationship with your partner. Quotes help you convey the loneliness, avoidance, or any other related issues with your partner. You may use meaningful quotes to convey your innermost feelings even though you are not ready for a detailed discussion or argument. Always try to communicate directly with your partner and make mutual decisions to resolve the problems in the relationship without delay to keep your bonds stronger and long-lasting.

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