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100 Quotes About Anxiety in Relationships

So, if you’re feeling worried or nervous right now, take a deep breath and check out our list of 100 quotes about anxiety in relationships.

“Anxiety is love’s greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you: you want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic.” – Anais Nin, Writer.

“Reminder: it’s called a ‘love life’, not a ‘stressed out all the time’ life. – Karen Salmansohn, Self-help Author.

“Cry, forgive, learn, move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.” – Steve Maraboli, Behavioral Scientist.

“Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.” – Kalil Gibran, Poet.

“Be with someone who brings out the best in you, not the stress in you.” – Unknown

“A relationship should be about helping each other deal with the stress the world brings, not adding unnecessary stress to each others’ lives.” –  Unknown

“Today I escaped anxiety. Or no, I discarded it, because it was within me, in my own perceptions – not outside.” – Marcus Aurelius, Stoic Philosopher and Roman Emperor.

“When anxious, uneasy, or bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused.” – Rainer Maria Rilke, Poet.

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: ‘it goes on.’” – Robert Frost, Poet.

“Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work  really hard, and you’re kind – amazing things can happen.” – Conan O’Brien, Talk Show Host

“Nothing is permanent in this wicked world. Not even our troubles.” – Charlie Chaplin, Actor

“Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strengths.” – Charles Spurgeon, Preacher.

“I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy because they know what it’s like to feel absolutely worthless, and they don’t want anyone else to feel like that.” – Robin Williams, Comedian.

“A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.” – Aesop, Writer.

“If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.” – Pema Chodron, Buddhist Teacher

“Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. The best is yet to come.” – Zig Zigler, Motivational Speaker.

“I am an old man and have known a great many troubles. But most of them never happened.” – Mark Twain, Author.

“Anxiety is a sly parasite. It creeps slowly into your mind, until one day, it takes over completely. Then you find yourself alone and scared to go anywhere because you may have another panic attack. You fear you may not be able to control it. You fear the unknown.” – T.A. Massa, Author.

“We suffer more often in imagination than in reality.” – Seneca, Stoic Philosopher.

“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things that are beyond the power of our will.” – Epictetus, Philosopher.

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” – William James, Psychologist.

“Sometimes when people are under stress, they hate to think, and it’s the time when they most need to think.” – Bill Clinton, Former President of the United States of America.

“Adopting the right attitude can turn a negative stress into a positive one.” – Hans Selye, Physician.

“Do what you can, with what you’ve got, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt, Former President of the United States of America.

“There is nothing that wastes the body like worry.” – Mahatma Gandhi, Nonviolent Leader and Activist.

“In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.” – Fred Rogers, Former Children’s Television Star.

“Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we care about is called passion.” – Simon Sinek, Author.

“When we stop opposing reality, action becomes simple, fluid, kind, and fearless.” – Byron Katie, Author.

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer, Motivational Speaker.

“It’s a good idea to always do something relaxing prior to making an important decision in your life.” – Paulo Coelho, Lyricist.

“Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” – Proverbs 12.25.

“Mind is a beautiful servant, but a dangerous master.” – Buddhist Proverb.

“Stress is not what happens to us. It’s our response to what happens, and response is something we can choose.” – Maureen Killoran, Author.

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddhist Proverb.

“Happily ever after is not a fairy tale, it’s a choice.” – Fawn Weaver, Author.

“Communication to a relationship is like oxygen is to life: without it, it dies.” – Tony A. Gaskins Jr., Motivational Speaker.

“Neither does philosophy deny the utility of certain kinds of anxiety. After all, as successful insomniacs have long suggested, it may be the anxious who survive best in the world.” – Alain de Botton, British Philosopher.

“Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety.” – Plato, Ancient Greek Philosopher.

“No amount of anxiety makes any difference to anything that is going to happen.” – Alan Watts, Writer.

“If you’re under stress, your life is complex. Simplify your life to reduce stress.” – Debasish Mridha, Author.

“Many a calm river begins as a turbulent waterfall, yet none hurdles and foams all the way to the sea.” – Mikhail Lermontov, Russian Poet.

“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that is your own self.” – Aldous Huxley, Author.

“Things get bad for all of us, almost continually. And what we do under the constant stress reveals who we are.” Charles Bukowski, Writer.

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Nelson Mandela, South African Political Leader.

“We have to be continually jumping off cliffs and developing wings on the way down.” – Kurt Vonnegut, Author.

“For all those who over-schedule, over-think, over-work, over-worry, and over-everything, please know that you’re not alone.” – Ryan Reynolds, Actor.

“Anxiety is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far.” – Jodie Picoult, Writer.

“Free time is death to the anxious, and thank goodness I don’t have any right now.” – Jon Stewart, Former TV Show Host.

“Be a solution to your spouse’s stress, not the cause of it.” – Dave Willis, Pastor and Writer.

“More marriages might survive if more partners realize that sometimes, the better comes after the worse.” – Doug Larson, Columnist.

“You may have had an unfair past, but you don’t have to have an unfair future. You may have gotten off to a rough start in life, but it’s not how you start that matters, it’s how you finish.” – Joel Osteen, Televangelist.

“The quality of your life ultimately depends on the quality of your relationships.” – Esther Perel, Psychotherapist.

“The source of anxiety lies in the future. If you can keep the future out of your mind, you can forget your worries.” – Milan Kundera, Writer.

“I was flying home from LA and all of the sudden I realized… we are really flying, and it was the most wondrous and miraculous thing, and about a minute later the anxiety and panic set in. I feel the same way about marriage today.” – Suzanne Finnamore, Author.

“The goal in a marriage is not to think alike, but to think together.” – Robert C. Dodds, Reverend.

“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.” – Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist Monk.

“The Buddhists say if you meet somebody and your heart pounds, your hands shake, and your knees go weak, that’s not the one. When you meet your ‘soul mate’ you’ll feel calm. No anxiety, no agitation.” – Monica Drake, Author.

“What else does anxiety about the future bring you but sorrow?” – Thomas a Kempis, German-Dutch Author.

“Your mind is like the water. When it is turbulent, it’s difficult to see. When it’s calm, everything becomes clear.” – Prasad Mahes, Writer.

“There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea.” – Bernard-Paul Heroux, Writer.

“The greatest cause of anxiety is endless expectations.” – Radhanath Swami, Guru and Activist.

“Is it possible that anxiety ends at the moment we no longer have time for it?” – Ann Patchett, Author.

“Why did children seem to be so often spontaneous, joy-filled, and concentrated while adults seemed controlled, anxiety-filled, and diffused? It was the sense of having a self.” – Luke Rhinehart, Writer.

“Every burden is a blessing.” – Walt Kelly, Cartoonist.

“Anxiety is often your body’s way of seeking reassurance that you have your own back.” – Nat Lue, Writer.

“There is strength in anxiety. It makes you sensitive, empathetic, and compassionate. All of this will benefit you when you fall in love.” – Unknown.

“Your relationship with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship you have.” – Robert Holden, Psychologist.

“You don’t know how to love if you don’t know how to listen.” Karen Salmansohn, Self-help Author.

“Put your thoughts to sleep. Do not let them cast a shadow over the moon of your heart. Let go of thinking.” – Rumi, Poet.

“People can look extremely happy on the outside, while they’re dying on the inside.” – Unknown

“Without trust and safety, social relationships tend to become strategic rather than cooperative, increasingly full of skepticism and even anxiety and fear about others’ intentions.” – Donald Rothberg, Teacher and Author.

“Do what you did at the beginning of a relationship, and there won’t be an end.” – Tony Robbins, Motivational Speaker.

“When somebody else’s happiness is your happiness, that is love.” – Lana Del Rey, Singer.

“People who love you don’t treat you badly.” – Oprah Winfrey, TV Show Host and Author.

“Smile, breathe, and go slowly.” – Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist Monk.

“One of the most courageous decisions you’ll ever make is to let go of what’s hurting your heart and soul.” Brigitte Nicole, Artist and Poet.

“Give your stress wings and let it fly away.” – Anna Bolton, Writer.

“Trust yourself. You’ve survived a lot, and you’ll survive whatever is coming.” – Robert Tew, Author.

“Uncertainty causes more anxiety than perhaps any other single factor.” – Liz Miller, Psychologist and Writer.

“A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.” – Charlotte Bronte, Author.

“Anxiety is the handmaiden of contemporary ambition.” – Alain de Botton, British Philosopher.

“At its worst, anxiety can feel like death. At its best, anxiety feels like a cramping stomach.” – Ari Eastman, Spoken Word Poet.

“I promise you: nothing is chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth diminishing your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear.” – Steve Maraboli, Behavioral Scientist.

“Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength – carrying two days at once. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” – Corrie Ten Boom, Christian Writer.

“Relaxing your mind is the number one key in unleashing its power… and it has power in itself. All other keys start with your mind at rest, with your alertness high, and your stress levels low.” – Marc Salem, Mentalist.

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” Mary Anne Radmacher, Writer and Artist.

“Worry is a prayer to chaos.” – Gabrielle Bernstein, Author.

“Anxiety is not being able to sleep because of something you said 3 months ago, that no one remembers but you.” – Unknown.

“Such is the love of praise, so great the anxiety for victory.” – Virgil, Roman Poet.

“Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be.” – Sonia Ricotti, Author.

“Love is the absence of anxiety.” – Wilhelm Reich, Psychoanalyst.

“Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.” – Soren Kierkegaard, Philosopher.

“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment. Live in the breath.” – Amit Ray, Author

“Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important.” – Natalie Goldberg, Speaker and Writer.

“Not being able to govern events, I govern myself.” – Michel de Montaigne, Philosopher.

“The greatest thing you can give yourself is freedom from what others think.” – Abraham Hicks, International Speaker.

“Stress is the alarm clock that lets you know you’ve attached to something not true for you.” – Byron Katie, Author

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” – William Shakespeare, Playwright

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” Margaret Thatcher, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

As you can see, many philosophers, artists, and authors have weighed in on the topics of stress and similar feelings over the years. Clearly, you are not in the minority if you’ve been experiencing anxiety in your relationships!

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