70 Inspirational Commitment Quotes To Strengthen Your Relationship

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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.

Commitment means that you are serious about making a future with one person that you know you want to spend the rest of your life with.

Commitment in love is that first step towards forever with someone you believe could be your soulmate.

Having a commitment in love is important in life because it's something we all desire: to have that special someone to come home to every night. And you can show that special person commitment by being loyal to them and proclaiming your love every day.

But 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.

Show your commitment to your partner by expressing your love by sharing some of these commitment quotes with your loved one.

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These little love notes will keep you on their mind and make them smile when they need a reminder of your love and commitment at their most vulnerable.

After all, you're far from the only person to ever feel perplexed when explaining such a powerful topic.

Here are the best, most inspirational quotes about the meaning of commitment in relationships from men and women who understand what that truly means.

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1. "Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans." ​― Peter F. Drucker

2. “There’s always a way — if you’re committed.” — Tony Robbins

3. “The level of success you achieve will be in direct proportion to the depth of your commitment.” ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

4. "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"

5. “You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear.” — Sammy Davis, Jr.

6. "Commitment is an act, not a word." ― Jean-Paul Sartre

7. "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

8. “Commitment turns a promise into reality with words that speak boldly of your intentions and actions that speak louder than words.” — Steve Brunkhorst

9. “Commitment is what transforms a promise into a reality.” — Abraham Lincoln

10. “When confronted with a challenge, the committed heart will search for a solution. The undecided heart searches for an escape.” — Andy Andrews

11. "Love is a vessel that contains both security and adventure, and commitment offers one of the great luxuries of life: time. Marriage is not the end of romance, it is the beginning." — Esther Perel

12. “It takes a deep commitment to change and an even deeper commitment to grow.” — Ralph Ellison

13. '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"

14. “Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.” — Albert Einstein

15. "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

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16. “Love is not maximum emotion. Love is maximum commitment.” — Sinclair B. Ferguson

17. “There’s a higher form of happiness in commitment. I’m counting on it.” — Claire Forlani

18. "Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness." ― William Hutchison Murray

19. “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

20. "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

21. “Falling in love was simple; one had only to yield. Digesting another person, however, and sustaining love, was bloody work, and not a soft job.”― Hanif Kureishi

22. “At times it seems as if arranging to have no commitment of any kind to anyone would be a special freedom. But in fact the whole idea works in reverse. The most deadly commitment of all is to be committed only to one’s self. Some come to realize this after they are in the nursing home.” ― John D. MacDonald

23. “Love is not really a mystery. It is a process like anything else. A process that requires trust, effort, focus and commitment by two willing partners” ― Elizabeth Bourgeret

24. “There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.” — Kenneth Blanchard

25. “Real love has little to do with falling. It’s a climb up the rocky face of a mountain, hard work, and most people are too selfish or too scared to bother. Very few reach the critical point in their relationship that summons the attention of the light and the dark, that place where they will make a commitment to love no matter what obstacles-or temptations- appear in their path.” ― Stacey Jay

26. “To have a caring and committed heart toward someone—a heart so firm in its devotion as to sooner stop beating than neglect the object of its desire despite the person’s state of health, appearance, reputation, finances, troubles, or challenges — that, dear world, is love. It is a rare find.” — Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway: Quotes, Verse, & Grumblings for Every Day of the Year

27. “Commitment means that it is possible for a man to yield the nerve center of his consent to a purpose or cause, a movement or an ideal, which may be more important to him than whether he lives or dies.” — Howard Thurman

28. "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"

29. "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?"

30. “We may like to know the relevance of loyalty in an ever-shifting world and comprehend the essence of "commitment" in a rapidly altering relationship. In a frame of the "easy come easy go syndrome” many interpretations are brought to mind like "It was all a misunderstanding" or "I liked what the other did, but at this moment I must recognize he didn't do what I really do like". ("Was it all worthwhile?")” ― Erik Pevernagie

31. “There was a moment when I changed from an amateur to a professional. I assumed the burden of a profession, which is to write even when you don't want to, don't much like what you're writing, and aren't writing particularly well.” ― Agatha Christie, Agatha Christie: An Autobiography

32. "Love, above all things, is a commitment to your choice." ― Rob Liano

33. “When women hold off from marrying men, we call it independence. When men hold off from marrying women, we call it fear of commitment.” ― Warren Farrell

34. "Seems to me that there is a fine line between insanity and dedication ... I call that line commitment." ― Jeremy Aldana​

35. “I knew that most people would consider us too young to talk about lifelong commitments or marriage, but I couldn’t imagine taking her to bed without that promise. Even if it meant never being with her, I didn’t want to have one desperate, hurried, hidden night. I wanted to put a ring on her finger. I wanted a future—or nothing. I knew, in her heart, that she would want that, too” ― Beth Fantaskey, Jekel Loves Hyde

36. “Often we find ourselves in a trap of commitment wondering if your partner can be faithful to you completely. Most people will not commit to this kind of relationship. But if you have found your Soul mate, this will not be a challenge for you. It all depends on the actions of yourself and your partner.” ― Kevin Dellinger

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37. “To love is to accept a soul entirely, not wishing that the person was otherwise, nor hoping for change, nor clinging to some ideal past. To love is to cherish the individual standing before you presently―charms, quirks, and all. To love is to give someone a piece of your heart that you will never, ever reclaim.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway: Quotes, Verse, and Grumblings for Every Day of the Year

38. "If you can't value a commitment made by someone else, your own commitments lose their value too." ― Ram Mohan

39. “You need to make a commitment, and once you make it, then life will give you some answers.” — Les Brown

40. “If we commit ourselves to one person for life, this is not, as many people think, a rejection of freedom; rather, it demands the courage to move into all the risks of freedom, and the risk of love which is permanent; into that love which is not possession but participation.” ― Madeleine L'Engle

41. "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

42. "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"

43. “The only people that can ruin a relationship or make that relationship work are the two people in it.” ― Rob Liano

44. "If you want a man who's committed, go look in a mental hospital." ― Alexandra Potter

45. “All too often women believe it is a sign of commitment, an expression of love, to endure unkindness or cruelty, to forgive and forget. In actuality, when we love rightly we know that the healthy, loving response to cruelty and abuse is putting ourselves out of harm's way.” ― Bell Hooks, All About Love: New Visions

46. “Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.” — Tony Robbins

47. “Once you have the commitment, you need the discipline and hard work to get you there.” — Haile Gebrselassie

48. “INTENT reveals desire; ACTION reveals commitment.” ― Steve Maraboli

49. “A solid commitment splices two lives together and holds through the storms.” ― Margot Datz

50. “If you make the unconditional commitment to reach your most important goals, if the strength of your decision is sufficient, you will find the way and the power to achieve your goals.” — Robert Conklin

51. “If you promise to love, trust, respect, support and stand by someone no matter what, do not just speak those words when times are good. Live those words when challenges arise. The stronger the love and commitment, the more unbreakable the bond. United hearts will never be easily divided.” ― Carlos Wallace

52. "The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic one. Commitment is healthiest when it is not without doubt but in spite of doubt." — Rollo May

53. "To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us." — Timothy Keller

54. "We believe that marriage, by its very definition, can exist only between a man and a woman. Moreover, study after study - not to mention common sense - show that children fare better in life when raised in a home with a loving father and mother in a stable, committed relationship." — Salvatore J. Cordileone

55. "I'm so happy to be in a committed relationship." — Adam Lambert

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56. "A successful lie cannot be brought into this world and capriciously abandoned; like any committed relationship, it must be maintained, and with far more devotion than the truth, which carries on being carelessly true without any help." — Lionel Shriver

57. "But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God." — Timothy Keller

58. "I won't have a traditional marriage; I don't find the value in that anymore. But I am such a hopeless romantic and I really want love and I want a committed relationship, so I am going to reinvent marriage for myself." — Halle Berry

59. "But I couldn't. Was nowhere near ready for a committed relationship, and it wouldn't be fair. I needed time — to become the right man for a woman like you." — Marci Shimoff

 

60. "Every one of us, as human beings, even in a committed relationship, has moments and thoughts and actions that, whether or not they share them with their loved one, tells you, as much as anything, about them as people and their relationship." — Jeff Pinkner

61. "I have a family. I'm married. I'm very, very happy. I wanted to make a movie for my wife and a movie that speaks to what it is to be in a long term, very, very committed relationship because at the heart that's really what it is." — Robert Schwentke

62. "Marriage was designed by God to be a lifetime commitment, not a temporary one." — Tania Martinez-Beasley

63. "In order to be happy, you must first decide to be happy. You must make a commitment to happiness." —Richard Carlson, You Can Feel Good Again

64. "We should remain true to our course; which may mean committing yourselves to things that people around you would normally disapprove." — Olehile Fischer Thataone

65. "When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results." — Ken Blanchard

66. "If you're in a committed relationship, then you don't want to pursue anything." — Andrew W.K.

67. “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” — Vince Lombardi

68. "Inward spiritual practices such as meditation, breathing techniques and self-analysis generate insights and enhance abilities, but none are so useful as learning to live harmoniously in a committed relationship, being a skillful parent, or juggling the demands of daily life." — Dan Millman

69. “We cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing to die for it.” — Che Guevara

70. "Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal — a commitment to excellence — that will enable you to attain the success you seek." — Mario Andretti

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