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40 Inspirational Quotes For A More Loving Valentine’s Day

40 Inspirational Quotes For A More Loving Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is coming up! It’s a great day to celebrate love. Use these quotes to make your own cards for your loved ones, or just read them to make yourself feel warm and fuzzy inside. Make your Valentine’s Day more loving with these inspirational Valentine’s Day quotes.

“When love is not madness, it is not love.” – Pedro Calderon de la Barca

“Loving is not just looking at each other, it’s looking in the same direction.” – Antoine de Saint-Expuery

“I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.” – Paulo Coelho

“Love is a symbol of eternity. It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end.” – Unknown

“Trip over love, you can get up. Fall in love and you fall forever.” – Unknown

“A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you.” – Unknown

“In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities.” – Janos Arany

“Who, being loved, is poor?” – Oscar Wilde

“Grow old with me! The best is yet to be.” – Robert Browning

“We loved with a love that was more than love.” – Edgar Allen Poe

“Are we not like two volumes of one book?” – Marceline Desbordes-Valmomre

“I’ve fallen in love many times…always with you.” – Unknown

“What I need to live has been given to me by the earth. Why I need to live has been given to me by you.” – Unknown

“I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“Take away love and our earth is a tomb.” – Robert Browning

“Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.” – Zora Neale Hurston

“Love is a game that two can play and both win.” – Eva Gabor

“Without love, the rich and poor live in the same house.” – Unknown

“Love unlocks doors and opens windows that weren’t even there before.” – Mignon McLaughlin

“Poetry spills from the cracks of a broken heart, but flows from one which is loved.” – Christopher Paul Rubero

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    “A man is not where he lives, but where he loves.” – Latin Proverb

    “The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of.” – Blaise Pascal

    “True love stories never have endings.” – Richard Bach

    “Nobody has ever measured, even poets, how much a heart can hold.” – Zelda Fitzgerald

    “Love is missing someone whenever you’re apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you’re close in heart.” – Kay Knudsen

    “Immature love says: I love you because I need you. Mature love says: I need you because I love you.” – Erich Fromm

    “Tell me who admires you and loves you, and I will tell you who you are.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

    “Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.” – Robert Frost

    “Love puts the fun in together, the sad in apart, and the joy in a heart.” – Unknown

    “Love me when I least deserve it, because that’s when I really need it.” – Swedish proverb

    “We need not think alike to love alike.” – Francis David

    “If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden.” – Claudia Ghandi

    “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” – Aristotle

    “You don’t marry someone you can live with – you marry the person who you cannot live without.” – Unknown

    “There is no remedy for love but to love more.” – Thoreau

    “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” – A.A. Milne

    “Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another.” – Thomas Merton

    “In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing.” – Mignon McLaughlin

    “A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.” – Frank Morgan

    “Meeting you was fate, becoming your friend was a choice, but falling in love with you was beyond my control.” – Anonymous

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    Last Updated on May 21, 2019

    How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

    How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

    For all our social media bravado, we live in a society where communication is seen less as an art, and more as a perfunctory exercise. We spend so much time with people, yet we struggle with how to meaningfully communicate.

    If you believe you have mastered effective communication, scan the list below and see whether you can see yourself in any of the examples:

    Example 1

    You are uncomfortable with a person’s actions or comments, and rather than telling the individual immediately, you sidestep the issue and attempt to move on as though the offending behavior or comment never happened.

    You move on with the relationship and develop a pattern of not addressing challenging situations. Before long, the person with whom you are in relationship will say or do something that pushes you over the top and predictably, you explode or withdraw completely from the relationship.

    In this example, hard-to-speak truths become never- expressed truths that turn into resentment and anger.

    Example 2

    You communicate from the head and without emotion. While what you communicate makes perfect sense to you, it comes across as cold because it lacks emotion.

    People do not understand what motivates you to say what you say, and without sharing your feelings and emotions, others experience you as rude, cold or aggressive.

    You will know this is a problem if people shy away from you, ignore your contributions in meetings or tell you your words hurt. You can also know you struggle in this area if you find yourself constantly apologizing for things you have said.

    Example 3

    You have an issue with one person, but you communicate your problem to an entirely different person.

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    The person in whom you confide lacks the authority to resolve the matter troubling you, and while you have vented and expressed frustration, the underlying challenge is unresolved.

    Example 4

    You grew up in a family with destructive communication habits and those habits play out in your current relationships.

    Because you have never stopped to ask why you communicate the way you do and whether your communication style still works, you may lack understanding of how your words impact others and how to implement positive change.

    If you find yourself in any of the situations described above, this article is for you.

    Communication can build or decimate worlds and it is important we get it right. Regardless of your professional aspirations or personal goals, you can improve your communication skills if you:

    • Understand your own communication style
    • Tailor your style depending on the needs of the audience
    • Communicate with precision and care
    • Be mindful of your delivery, timing and messenger

    1. Understand Your Communication Style

    To communicate effectively, you must understand the communication legacy passed down from our parents, grandparents or caregivers. Each of us grew up with spoken and unspoken rules about communication.

    In some families, direct communication is practiced and honored. In other families, family members are encouraged to shy away from difficult conversations. Some families appreciate open and frank dialogue and others do not. Other families practice silence about substantive matters, that is, they seldom or rarely broach difficult conversations at all.

    Before you can appreciate the nuance required in communication, it helps to know the familial patterns you grew up with.

    2. Learn Others Communication Styles

    Communicating effectively requires you to take a step back, assess the intended recipient of your communication and think through how the individual prefers to be communicated with. Once you know this, you can tailor your message in a way that increases the likelihood of being heard. This also prevents you from assuming the way you communicate with one group is appropriate or right for all groups or people.

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    If you are unsure how to determine the styles of the groups or persons with whom you are interacting, you can always ask them:

    “How do you prefer to receive information?”

    This approach requires listening, both to what the individuals say as well as what is unspoken. Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson noted that the best communicators are also great listeners.

    To communicate effectively from relationship to relationship and situation to situation, you must understand the communication needs of others.

    3. Exercise Precision and Care

    A recent engagement underscored for me the importance of exercising care when communicating.

    On a recent trip to Ohio, I decided to meet up with an old friend to go for a walk. As we strolled through the soccer park, my friend gently announced that he had something to talk about, he was upset with me. His introduction to the problem allowed me to mentally shift gears and prepare for the conversation.

    Shortly after introducing the shift in conversation, my friend asked me why I didn’t invite him to the launch party for my business. He lives in Ohio and I live in the D.C. area.

    I explained that the event snuck up on me, and I only started planning the invite list three weeks before the event. Due to the last-minute nature of the gathering, I opted to invite people in the DMV area versus my friends from outside the area – I didn’t want to be disrespectful by asking them to travel on such short notice.

    I also noted that I didn’t want to be disappointed if he and others declined to come to the event. So I played it safe in terms of inviting people who were local.

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    In the moment, I felt the conversation went very well. I also checked in with my friend a few days after our walk, affirmed my appreciation for his willingness to communicate his upset and our ability to work through it.

    The way this conversation unfolded exemplified effective communication. My friend approached me with grace and vulnerability. He approached me with a level of curiosity that didn’t put me on my heels — I was able to really listen to what he was saying, apologize for how my decision impacted him and vow that going forward, I would always ask rather than making decisions for him and others.

    Our relationship is intact, and I now have information that will help me become a better friend to him and others.

    4. Be Mindful of Delivery, Timing and Messenger

    Communicating effectively also requires thinking through the delivery of the message one intends to communicate as well as the appropriate time for the discussion.

    In an Entrepreneur.com column, VIP Contributor Deep Patel, noted that persons interested in communicating well need to master the art of timing. Patel noted,[1]

    “Great comedians, like all great communicators, are able to feel out their audience to determine when to move on to a new topic or when to reiterate an idea.”

    Communicating effectively also requires thoughtfulness about the messenger. A person prone to dramatic, angry outbursts should never be called upon to deliver constructive feedback, especially to people whom they do not know. The immediate aftermath of a mass shooting is not the ideal time to talk about the importance of the Second Amendment rights.

    Like everyone else, I must work to ensure my communication is layered with precision and care.

    It requires precision because words must be carefully tailored to the person with whom you are speaking.

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    It requires intentionality because before one communicates, one should think about the audience and what the audience needs in order to hear your message the way you intended it to be communicated.

    It requires active listening which is about hearing verbal and nonverbal messages.

    Even though we may be right in what we say, how we say it could derail the impact of the message and the other parties’ ability to hear the message.

    Communicating with care is also about saying things that the people in our life need to hear and doing so with love.

    The Bottom Line

    When I left the meeting with my dear friend, I wondered if I was replicating or modeling this level of openness and transparency in the rest of my relationships.

    I was intrigued and appreciative. He’d clearly thought about what he wanted to say to me, picked the appropriate time to share his feedback and then delivered it with care. He hit the ball out of the park and I’m hopeful we all do the same.

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