Put ‘forever’ in perspective.
Making a commitment to being in a romantic relationship with one person forever can be comforting, frightening, fulfilling … and often not only all of these things, but more.
And who among us has the clarity to put such a complex phenomenon as love into words?
Authors, of course.
That’s why, when you find yourself at a loss for either understanding or explaining the true meaning of commitment in relationships, finding the right love quotes is often the best solution possible.
Here are 16 of the best, most inspiring love quotes about commitment from talented writers who understand what commiting yourself to someone truly means.
1. Commitment is what seals the deal
“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.”― Peter F. Drucker
2. Not to be mistaken for a loss of freedom
“Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose — and commit myself to — what is best for me.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Zahir
3. Well, it is a word, but yes, it can be a verb
“Commitment is an act, not a word.” ― Jean-Paul Sartre
4. Without it, you don’t have much
“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, Breaking Bread: Insurgent Black Intellectual Life
5. Be prepared to dive deep
“Without commitment, you cannot have depth in anything, whether it’s a relationship, a business or a hobby.” ― Neil Strauss, The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists
6. Chicken or egg?
“To say that one waits a lifetime for his soulmate to come around is a paradox. People eventually get sick of waiting, take a chance on someone, and by the art of commitment become soulmates, which takes a lifetime to perfect.” ― Criss Jami, Venus in Arms
7. It just won’t work
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.” ― William Hutchison Murray
8. It all starts with numero uno
“Set the standard! Stop expecting others to show you love, acceptance, commitment, and respect when you don’t even show that to yourself.” ― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience
9. Who doesn’t want to be cherished?
“To fall in love and to commit yourself to love means you should make your loved one the one thing you cherish the most.” ― Kou Yoneda, No Touching At All
10. It’s not what you think
“I think when men hear that women want a commitment, they think it means commitment to a romantic relationship, but that’s not it. It’s a commitment to not floating around anywhere. I want a guy who is entrenched in his own life.” ― Mindy Kaling, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
11. It’s a conscious thing
“Love, above all things, is a commitment to your choice.” ― Rob Liano
12. Of course, the cynics will also exist among us
“Seems to me that there is a fine line between insanity and dedication … I call that line commitment.” ― Jeremy Aldana
13. Reciprocity required
“If you can’t value a commitment made by someone else, your own commitments lose their value too.” ― Ram Mohan
14. Some may get a tad extreme, but you do you
“To commit to loving a person for five minutes is easy. To commit to loving a person for the rest of your life, after you have met them, is a strong commitment. But when you commit to loving a person before you meet them and for the rest of your life, you have made the strongest commitment one can make to a relationship.” ― Tom Houck, Being Faithful To Your Future Spouse: Faithfulness Begins Before You Meet
15. The definition that defines all else
“Love grows and wanes, but honor, duty, and commitment, those things are constant and stable. They define who you are.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich, Eena, The Return of a Queen
16. And just in case you’re feeling cheeky about it …
“If you want a man who’s committed, go look in a mental hospital.” ― Alexandra Potter, Do You Come Here Often?