Short Quotes About Relationships

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"Relationship is when two or more people come together to fulfill an inner and an outer need." [1]

“Alone you can do nothing, for nothing in life is done alone.” [2]

"We give personal relationships the greatest priority, for they have the greatest potential for strengthening or weakening those who participate."[3]

The Pillar of relationship

"In living in the world, there are the Four Pillars of life. These are all part of your foundation building. They are the pillars of relationships, health, work and spiritual development. These are the cornerstones of your foundation in life." [4]


“You must have a sense of who you are and where you are going in life based upon Knowledge before you can know who to be with and how to be with them.”[5]

"If you feel love for someone, then feel it, but do not give it a form. Observe the situation and see if this is correct, if this person really understands your deeper nature and is going where you are going and is called as you are being called."[5]

“Choose your engagements carefully, enter into them slowly and allow your Knowledge, as opposed to your ambition, to guide your actions. You lose nothing by moving slowly; you risk everything by moving quickly. If you cannot allow yourself to move slowly, you have good cause to distrust your motives already.” [6]

"You have to have a sound relationship with your mind and your body. You have to develop your health. You have to develop your Pillar of Work. You have so many things to do now to build your foundation in life. You have the Steps to Knowledge to take to build your connection with Knowledge. No one should be pining away for a relationship when they have all of this work to do to build their foundation." [7]

"Learning from a teacher involves several things. It involves receiving, evaluation and application. It also involves supporting that individual, which is your form of giving to them. Particularly in The Way of Knowledge, real teachers of Knowledge rely upon this, for they are giving their life to this service and they are worthy of generous support. Do not bargain with your support, but give what you know you have to give. Then there will be no inequality and no uncertainty in the relationship."[8]

Relationship with God Quotes

“Through Knowledge you can feel the Presence of all relationships. This is the experience of God.” [9]

"This relationship, however, which is so primary, can never be your sole focus, for God wants your eyes turned to the world where you have come to serve and to work. The more God abides with you as your work progresses and becomes a deeper experience and a greater commitment for you, the more God grows in your experience. Here God becomes more a context than an individual, more a greater experience of relationship than an authority. In this way, God is able to work through you without distracting you. In this way, you are able to work with God without losing your focus in the world." [10]

"You cannot reach God directly without joining in holy relationships. Therefore, your interest in relationships is truly motivated, yet it is misinterpreted and misdirected. You feel the impulse, but you do not know where it comes from."[11]

“What is God, what is the return to God, but the return to relationship? Some people wish to return to God and commit themselves to God, but they cannot be with anybody. And so they are trying to be with everything, but they do not know how to be with any one thing.” [12]

"If you cannot engage with God, how are you going to really engage with anyone else? If you cannot experience affinity with the Power and the Presence of God, how are you going to experience affinity with anyone else? You may become intoxicated, falling in love temporarily with someone. You may be delighted with another’s presence, but will you be able to experience true affinity with them? If you do not trust God, how will you trust anyone else?" [13]

"The road to Heaven is through relationships. It is a road of relationships. You may try your hardest to feel whole and joined with life, and you will have experiences of this now and then, but until you can be joined to another, give yourself and dedicate your resources in conjunction with another’s dedication, you are only flirting with reality." [14]

"We have spoken many times about the experience of God in the context of relationship and communication. It is brought to you in this way so that you may practice with everything with which you come into contact."[15]

Relationship with Knowledge

“There is only Knowledge and the need for Knowledge. These are the only two things that any relationship can demonstrate to you.” [16]

“Your first and primary relationship is with Knowledge. Can your relationships with others support this?” [17]

"Knowledge is your primary relationship because it is your connection to God." [18]

"If Knowledge cannot be brought into your relationships and into your decisions regarding relationships, then Knowledge remains only a potential within you." [17]

Knowledge is the foundation for your ability to be in relationship with anyone or anything. Without Knowledge, people are in relationship only to gain advantage. They use others and they use life to gain advantage or to provide protection. They barter with their affections. They negotiate with their feelings. Here relationship is a form of commerce rather than a form of union. Prices are paid. Services are rendered. Can this be the real meaning of relationship?” [19]

Knowledge will not support a wrong decision in a relationship, and Knowledge will not go with you into that relationship. If you commit yourself prematurely, you pull yourself away from Knowledge. You can still come back to Knowledge, but it will not go along with you. It will become mute and silent, patiently waiting once again while you live out another long and perilous error in life.” [17]

“Your Knowledge cannot emerge within you alone. It must emerge in the context of relationship. It is absolutely hopeless for you alone to find out why you are here. You may have some wonderful definitions, but you are still a slave of your mind.” [20]

"Your relationship with Knowledge represents your relationship with God. This is how God speaks to you. And you may not hear this as a voice. It may be a feeling, an image, a sound, a voice. People experience the power and presence of Knowledge differently, according to their individual orientation." [21]

"Knowledge will prepare you for these relationships. If you can find the way to Knowledge and dedicate yourself to it, then gradually all of your difficulties and dilemmas in relationship will be resolved." [22]

Relationship with the Inner Teachers

"The Teachers will give you a pure experience of relationship. You cannot see them; they are hard to judge. Your affinity for them will be firmly established before their appearance becomes known."[23]

"Any attempt to use your relationship with the Teachers to satisfy your personal ends is of no concern to them. They acknowledge their purpose and nothing else. And since they do not have personal ends, they cannot corrupt the bond that you establish with them."[24]

"If you wish to experience the Teachers of God who surround you, call them Angels or whatever you wish, you must have a place within yourself that is open for this. Therefore, empty your mind of grand thoughts. Then you may enter the present, which is the beginning of the experience of Knowledge."[25]

"The Unseen Ones pay special attention to those who are responding. These individuals require greater care and emphasis. Those few who can advance will have a greater relationship with the Unseen Ones, whom they will rightly call Teachers. However, they will rarely experience the Teachers, and they may never know within this life who is speaking to them, helping them and guiding them."[26]

"Your Teachers know about everything you want—all your preferences, everything. You don’t need to say, 'I want to find my husband or wife.' They know this already. Perhaps you need to say it to convince yourself that you are finally willing to do something about it or that you want something else. Here you may be enlisting yourself into active duty, but the Teachers know already."[27]

Relationship with the world

"The world represents a relationship in which your purpose is initiated, fostered and realized. That is why seeking escape from the world or a permanent retreat from the world is counterproductive. The very tribulations in the world that you find so difficult and so unpleasant are the very things that will call out of you the greatness that you have come to give." [28]

“Relationship is the essence of your environment, the environment in which you live. What you decide to do in your relationships will determine the kind of life you will have and the kind of problems you will have to solve.” [29]

"You are a part of life and you will need to rely upon your relationships with others and with life as a whole to accomplish anything, even to survive." [30]

“There is a means for you to escape the world of ideas and enter the world of relationship, where everything is viable and real and based upon a foundation that can never change.” [31]

Relationship with Self

"Much of human engagement is merely an escape from one's self." [32]

“You have a relationship with yourself, which is primarily your relationship with your mind and your body.” [33]

"Underneath everyone’s desperate pursuits, addictions, goals and fears is the desire to be known and recognized.” [34]

Purpose in Relationships Quotes

"Your purpose is to discover your Knowledge, follow Knowledge and let Knowledge shape and redirect your life. Your Calling is what Knowledge asks you specifically to do once you are ready to move in a specific direction. It is here that your relationships must become connected to your Calling, and not just to your Purpose. In essence all relationships can serve your Purpose if understood correctly. But only a few are connected to your real Calling. If the New Message from God is your calling then all your core relationships will need to be connected to that." [35]

“Your time in life is precious. Your opportunity here is great. The more you are aware that it is great, the less you will want to waste it on any endeavor or relationship that compromises you or that leads you astray.” [22]

“You see, if your life is about contribution, you do not have a problem finding people to be with you. Your problem now is choosing the right people to be with. You do not have to worry about a good career. Your problem is choosing the right career. Life bends itself to you who give, so thirsty for giving is life here. If the Presence is with you, people will come to you like magnetism.” [36]

“Your purpose has been established and relationships have been designed for you already. Therefore, you need not be the author of your relationships, only a wise participant.” [16]

“What you have brought from your Ancient Home is meant to be given here and what you have brought is needed here as well. What you have brought from your Ancient Home is the power of relationship.” [16]

“Who you are with will determine what you can know and your ability to follow what you know.” [5]

“Once you prepare a place in your life for true purpose, true relationship must find you, for purpose requires relationship and will draw relationship unto itself.” [16]

“The power of relationship is the power given to carry out true purpose in the world. The power of relationship is to engage each person beyond their preferences and fear so that their true gifts may be brought forth into the world. The blessing of true relationship is the blessing born of Knowledge, which is the greatest gift that can be rendered, which is the gift that I am sent here to give and to receive, to discover and to leave behind. Let me, then, prepare for my Ancient Home by recognizing the quality of relationship here that truly exists there.” [16]

“The great lives, what did they accumulate here? Only one thing and that is relationship. When they left, whether they were penniless or rich, what did they take Home with them? They took relationship.” [36]

"People are gambling their existence. They are gambling their freedom. They are gambling their life, giving their lives away to people and situations that have no real promise for them, that are not really connected to the deeper criteria, the deeper agenda that exists within them that remains to be discovered." [21]

Pacification in Relationships

"Look at the relationships of a pacified person, who says, 'Well, we’re together as long as it feels good, as long as it’s okay, and if we’re not together, it’s okay, and whatever we do is okay.' But it’s not okay. And they know it’s not okay, but their natural knowing has been removed from their awareness. As a result, they say, 'I will not feel those things. They disrupt my happiness, my peace, my equanimity.' And yet there is no peace or equanimity because there is no integrity, and because there is no integrity, there is no real relationship."[37]

Metaphor for viewing relationships

"The emphasis here is for you to reach that vantage point where you can see your relationship with God and with yourself clearly while you are in the world. It is from this vantage point that you will be able to see the relationship of all things. Like climbing a great mountain, you must reach a certain position where the relationship of that mountain to everything around it becomes self-evident." [38]


  1. Relationships & Higher Purpose, Chapter 12: Relationships
  2. Steps to Knowledge, Step 249: Alone I can do nothing.
  3. Secrets of Heaven, Secret 165
  4. Living The Way of Knowledge, Chapter 2: The Four Pillars of Life
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Love and Relationships (April 21, 2011)
  6. Relationships & Higher Purpose, Chapter 3: Your Relationship with Others
  7. Love and Relationships: Discernment in Relationships
  8. Wisdom from the Greater Community Volume II, Chapter 20: Learning from Others
  9. Steps to Knowledge, Step 169: The world is within me. This I know.
  10. Greater Community Spirituality, Chapter 17: How does revelation occur in human life?
  11. Secrets of Heaven, Secret 18
  12. Wisdom from The Greater Community Volume I, Chapter 5: Marriage
  13. God’s Power & Presence in the World (April 23, 2011)
  14. Living The Way of Knowledge, Chapter 8: Building Spiritual Community
  15. Secrets of Heaven, Secret 45
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 Steps to Knowledge Continuation Training, Step 23: “Today I will use conflict to deepen my experience of Knowledge.”
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Living The Way of Knowledge, Chapter 3: The Pillar of Relationships
  18. Ending Separation (March 3, 2011)
  19. The Meaning of Christmas (December 23, 1994)
  20. Wisdom from The Greater Community Volume I, Chapter 13: Spiritual Community
  21. 21.0 21.1 Following the Presence (February 17, 2008)
  22. 22.0 22.1 Greater Community Spirituality, Chapter 12: Whom will you meet?
  23. Secrets of Heaven, Secret 42
  24. Secrets of Heaven, Secret 98
  25. "Secrets of Heaven", Secret 226
  26. Greater Community Spirituality, Chapter16: Who are the Unseen Ones?
  27. Wisdom from the Greater Community Volume II, Chapter 13: Religion as Mystery
  28. Greater Community Spirituality, Chapter 18: What Is Human Destiny?
  29. Wisdom from The Greater Community Volume II, Chapter 6: Discernment
  30. Steps to Knowledge, Step 250: I will not hold myself apart today.
  31. Steps to Knowledge, Step 277: My ideas are small, but Knowledge is great.
  32. Harmful Influences (May 13, 2011)
  33. Relationships & Higher Purpose, Chapter 2: Your Relationship with Yourself
  34. A Deeper Recognition in Relationships (September 11, 2008)
  35. Marshall Vian Summers, School Campfire Chat, June 30, 2012
  36. 36.0 36.1 Wisdom from the Greater Community, Book 1, Chapter 15: Giving 1
  37. The Greater Darkness: The Effects of the Pacification Program
  38. Relationships and Higher Purpose, Chapter 1: Your Most Primary Relationship

See also


Ending relationships

Maintaining relationships



Relationships of higher purpose

Starting relationships

Further study