Relationship Quips ...by Stan Hyman, PhD, LCSW
This is the time of year when we could all use a break from the stresses and demands of our lives. We should take some time to laugh, relax and generally give ourselves permission to decompress.
It is in the spirit of the holiday season and with my very best wishes for a wonderful holiday to all my readers, that I put together this month’s Newsletter, “Relationship Quips”.
What follows are some quotations made by well known celebrities, both alive and deceased, on relationships. I find some poignant and others amusing and thought you would as well.
I hope you all have a wonderful, happy and healthy holiday.
Turkish Proverb. No road is long with good company.
Jon Bon Jovi. My wife tells me that if I ever decide to leave, she is coming with me.
Socrates. My advice to you is to get married. If you find a good wife, you'll be happy; if not, you'll become a philosopher.
John Gray. Men are motivated and empowered when they feel needed. Women are motivated and empowered when they feel cherished.
Dave Barry. What women want: To be loved, to be listened to, to be desired, to be respected, to be needed, to be trusted, and sometimes, just to be held. What men want: Tickets to the World Series.
Jerry Seinfeld. Men want the same thing from their underwear that they want from women: a little bit of support, and a little bit of freedom.
Deepak Chopra. However good or bad you feel about your relationship, the person you are with at this moment is the "right" person, because he or she is the mirror of who you are inside.
Ogden Nash. Marriage is the alliance of two people, one of whom never remembers birthdays and the other never forgets them.
Rodney Dangerfield. My wife and I were happy for 20 years… then we met.
Carl Reiner. Lust is easy. Love is hard. Like is most important.
Alan King. Marriage is nature's way of keeping us from fighting with strangers.
Doug Larson. More marriages might survive if the partners realized that sometimes the better comes after the worse.
Wayne W. Dyer. You cannot be lonely if you like the person you're alone with.
Phyllis Diller. Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight.
Warren Beatty. For me, the highest level of sexual excitement is in a monogamous relationship.
Ann Landers. An open marriage is nature’s way of telling you that you need a divorce.
Joyce Brothers. My husband and I have never considered divorce... murder sometimes, but never divorce.
Bill Doherty. I now think of marriage like I think about living in my home state of Minnesota. You move into marriage in the springtime of hope, but eventually arrive at the Minnesota winter, with its cold and darkness. Many of us are tempted to give up and move south at this point, not realizing that maybe we've hit a rough spot in a marriage that's actually above average. The problem with giving up, of course, is that our next marriage will enter its own winter at some point. So do we just keep moving on, or do we make our stand now – with this person, in this season? That's the moral, existential question we face when our marriage is in trouble.
Zsa Zsa Gabor. Husbands are like fires. They go out when unattended.
John-Paul Sartre. Everything comes to us from others. To be is to belong to someone.
Rita Rudner. I love being married. It's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.
Henry Winkler. Assumptions are the termites of relationships.
Barbra Streisand. Why does a woman work ten years to change a man's habits and then complain that he's not the man she married?
Gloria Steinem. Some of us are becoming the men we want to marry.
Lily Tomlin. To me, "sexual freedom" means freedom from having to have sex.
Leo Buscaglia. Don't smother each other. No one can grow in the shade.
Mae West. Every woman should have four pets in her life. A mink in her closet, a jaguar in her garage, a tiger in her bed, and a jackass to pay for it all.
Lee Trevino. My wife tells me she doesn't care what I do when I'm away, as long as I'm not enjoying it.
Bill Doherty. Divorce to like an amputation. Sometimes it's necessary but it should be avoided if at all possible because it brings about a permanent disability.
Sigmund Freud. The great question... which I have not been able to answer despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is 'What does a woman want’?
Henry Youngman. The secret to a happy marriage remains a secret