Whether we’re talking about relationships based on romance, friendship, or kinship, having the support of others can help you cope with whatever you’re experiencing.

If we manage to surround ourselves with a few people with whom we keep healthy relationships, we’ll automatically be happier. Having people that we can count on and can trust us back makes us feel valued; loving and being loved makes us feel on top of the world.

Regardless of their nature, relationships are never easy — they require time, energy and sometimes compromise. But for the right person, all of these investments are worthwhile and whenever someone does the same for us, the least we can do is to show our appreciation. And because feelings can be tricky to put into words, we have handpicked some of the best relationship quotes for you.

Let us not fall into the cliché of appreciating someone only after they’re gone. Meaningful relationships are among the most precious gifts life can offer you, so hold onto them.

Here are 27 relationship quotes to cherish the ones you love:

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

MARCEL PROUST (more Marcel Proust quotes)

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

EMILY KIMBROUGH

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

ROBERT BRAULT

Treasure your relationships, not your possessions.

ANTHONY J. D’ANGELO

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

ALEXANDRA PENNEY

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

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.

CARL JUNG (more Carl Jung quotes)

What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?

GEORGE ELIOT (more George Eliot quotes)

Having someone wonder where you are when you don’t come home at night is a very old human need.

MARGARET MEAD (more Margaret Mead quotes)

To know when to go away and when to come closer is the key to any lasting relationship.

DOMÉNICO CIERI ESTRADA

Fall in love with someone who makes you glad to be different.

SUE ZHAO

True love stories never have endings.

RICHARD BACH

The most important ingredient we put into any relationship is not what we say or what we do, but what we are.

STEPHEN R. COVEY

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 relationship requires a lot of work and commitment.

GRETA SCACCHI

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

LAO TZU (more Lao Tzu quotes)

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

ANTHONY ROBBINS

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

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

EPICURUS

The relationship between husband and wife should be one of closest friends.

B. R. AMBEDKAR

No relationship is perfect, ever. There are always some ways you have to bend, to compromise, to give something up in order to gain something greater.

SARAH DESSEN

Each relationship nurtures a strength or weakness within you.

MIKE MURDOCK

***When you’re in a relationship and it’s good, even if nothing else in your life is right, you feel like your whole world is complete.

KEITH SWEAT

Three things I want in a relationship: Eyes that won’t cry, lips that won’t lie, and love that won’t die.

WIZ KHALIFA

Every couple needs to argue now and then. Just to prove that the relationship is strong enough to survive. Long-term relationships, the ones that matter, are all about weathering the peaks and the valleys.

NICHOLAS SPARKS

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

OPRAH WINFREY (more Oprah Winfrey quotes)

There is no more lovely, friendly, and charming relationship, communion, or company than a good marriage.

MARTIN LUTHER