Monogamy gets a bad rap these days- but it shouldn’t
Monogamy — or being in a relationship with only one person at a time — is a traditional way of looking at relationships, but despite modern ideals and an ever-evolving moral code, monogamous relationships remain the standard in terms of romance. And for good reason.
When it comes to commitment and relationships, there are many different options for the contemporary couple who is interested in non-monogamy: many people opt for open relationships (where both partners agree that they can have relationships with other people, but those relationships may or may not be known by the other party), polyamory (which is the practice of having relationships with more than one partner at the same time, with the consent of all partners involved), “friends with benefits” (a relationship that isn’t fully committed to someone) or polyfidelity (a relationship that can be with many different people, but sexual fidelity is maintained in the closed relationship).
But the biggest downfall of both monogamous and non-monogamous relationships is cheating — which is breaking the trust and commitment in a relationship with one (or many) people.
Humans innately need something sacred — especially when it comes to relationships and commitment. Having a unique love that you have with no one else is something that each of us craves, so that’s why it’s so important to have an oath to stay faithful — ultimately the more vulnerability you show to your partner, the happier you’ll be when you meet your ideal match.
Monogamy means always having someone you trust by your side when times are tough, so having faith in your partner and making a commitment to each other is the first step to a trustful relationship.
Take a look at the list below of our collection of the best monogamy quotes that talk about why commitment is so important, and ultimately the different ways trust is earned in a committed relationship.
1. Don’t expect anything.
“Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter a relationship in order to get something: they’re trying to find someone who’s going to make them feel good. In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give, and not a place that you go to take.” — Tony Robbins
2. Be complete.
“The purpose of relationship is not to have another who might complete you, but to have another with whom you might share your completeness.” – Neale Donald Walsch
3. Bring your best version.
“When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.”– William Arthur Ward
4. Find the right person.
“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness — and call it love — true love.”– Robert Fulghum
5. Look for the soul.
“Every woman wants a man who’ll fall in love with her soul as well as her body.”– Rainbow Rowell
6. See who’s worth it.
“Truth is everybody is going to hurt you: you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.”– Bob Marley
7. Look at the positives.
“Problems in relationship occur because each person is concentrating on what is missing in the other person.”– Wayne Dyer
8. Care for the other.
“We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.”– Eleanor Roosevelt
9. Your partner mirrors you.
“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.”– Deepak Chopra
10. Give more than receive.
“Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.”– Dalai Lama
11. Don’t look for Mr. Perfect.
“Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations.”– Leo Buscaglia
12. Don’t assume.
“Assumptions are the termites of relationships.”– Henry Winkler
13. Relationships build people up.
“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”– Carl Jung
14. Be someone great.
“The most important ingredient we put into any relationship is not what we say or what we do, but what we are.”– Stephen Covey
15. We need strong relationships.
“If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships– the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.”– Franklin D. Roosevelt
16. Look at verbal cues.
“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.“– Peter Drucker
17. Give more than take.
“The only way a relationship will last is if you see it as a place that you go to give, and not a place that you go to take.”– Tony Robbins
18. How do you deal with the problems.
“What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are but how you deal with incompatibility.”– Leo Tolstoy
19. Partners are connected in the way they feel.
“When you struggle with your partner, you are struggling with yourself. Every fault you see in them touches a denied weakness in yourself.”– Deepak Chopra
20. People respond based on emotions.
“When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.”– Dale Carnegie
21. Silence is the key.
“Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer.”– Muhammad Ali
22. Cherish your man.
“Men are motivated when they feel needed while women are motivated when they feel cherished.“– John Gray
23. Don’t quit, seek a solution.
“Courage means to keep working a relationship, to continue seeking solutions to difficult problems, and to stay focused during stressful periods.”– Denis Waitley
24. Relationships are a reflection of you.
“It’s surprising how many persons go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you’re not comfortable within yourself, you can’t be comfortable with others.“– Sydney J. Harris
25. Don’t keep secrets.
“If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.”– Regina Brett
26. Work for it.
“Relationships last long not because they’re destined to last long. Relationships last long because two brave people made a choice. To keep it, fight for it and to work for it.” – Unknown
27. Believe the first time.
“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”– Maya Angelou
28. Learn to forgive.
“Love is not how you forget but how you forgive. Not how you listen but how you understand. Not what you see but how you feel. And not how you let go but how you hold on.” – Unknown
29. Tell the truth.
“A deadness occurs in relationships when people are no longer willing to tell each other how they really feel.”– Shakti Gawain
30. It’s about personality.
“Any relationship primarily built on physical attractiveness is predestined to be short lived.”– Zig Ziglar