55 Intimacy Quotes To Inspire Emotional & Physical Intimacy

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Intimacy in relationships is commonly misconstrued. It's not all about the physical aspect of your relationship. It's deeper and more meaningful and emotional than that.

You have to give love more credit — if someone only finds intimacy with their significant other only in the physicality of their relationship, maybe that connection and those feelings should be reconsidered. Everyone deserves to be loved entirely for everything they are and stand for.

Intimacy is emotions, love, thoughts, effort, smiles, laughs, memories, fights, and passion.

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Too many times, intimacy is taken for granted and not appreciated the way that it should be.

Lust is so frequently mistaken for love. Feelings and attachments that develop from a purely physical relationship make things complicated when people are trying not to build an actual relationship.

It’s so hard to be physical with a person without developing some sort of feelings or attachments for them. That’s how people work. A lot of love stories start from a simple hook up because they end up spending so much time together due to their moments of lust and horniness that they can’t help but start to get to know that person regardless of their intentions going into the situation.

Intimacy in a relationship is often not given enough respect either. People tend to dive right into the physical aspect of a relationship because that’s fun and exciting, but it can also take away from the real emotional connections between two people.

Or it can even distract the couple from a lack of emotional connection between them that they’re not yet ready to address. If two people are in a bad relationship and they just avoid their problems by being physical, it prevents them from growing closer and getting better emotionally and mentally with each other because all they think about and focus on is the intimacy between them physically.

To get a better idea of what it really means to be emotionally intimate, here are the best intimacy quotes.

1. “There’s a place in your heart where nobody’s been. Take me there.” — Rascal Flatts, "Take Me There"

2. “Intimacy is about truth. When you realize you can tell someone your truth, when you can show yourself to them, when you stand in front of them and their response is ‘you’re safe with me’, that’s intimacy.” — Taylor Jenkins Reid

3. “Let’s meet in our dreams tonight.” — Anonymous

4. “There are no accidental meetings between souls.” — Anonymous

5. “Intimacy is not who you let touch you. Intimacy is who you text at 3 A.M. about your dreams and fears. Intimacy is giving someone your attention when ten other people are asking for it. Intimacy is the person always in the back on your mind, no matter how distracted you are.” — Anonymous

6. “I literally love affection. It’s not about sex. I crave somebody to cuddle with me and to lay their head on my lap. I crave kisses, holding hands and running my thumb across theirs. Just looking at someone and thinking ‘how did I get this lucky’.” — Anonymous

7. “We’re a mess you and I, but the truth is, you captivate me in ways no soul ever will.” — Perry Poetry

8. “We think we want sex, but it’s not always about sex. It’s intimacy we want. To be touched. Looked at. Admired. Smiled at. Laugh with someone. Feel safe. Feel like someone’s really got you. That’s what we crave.” — Anonymous

9. “Intimacy is not purely physical. It’s the act of connecting with someone so deeply, you feel like you can see into their soul.” — Anonymous

10. “To have someone understand your mind is a different kind of intimacy.” — Anonymous

11. “A girl is happiest when she knows that you make her your everything, in front of everyone, every time.” — Anonymous

12. “There’s so much intimacy in understanding. Someone who doesn’t understand you is not going to know how to love you, because they don’t know who you are.” — Anonymous

13. “You don’t fall in love with a body, you fall in love with a soul. And once in love with a soul, everything about that body becomes beautiful.” — Anonymous

14. “Intimacy is not just physical; it is the deep bond of knowing.” — Anonymous

15. “The first thing you should know about me is that I’m not you. A lot more will make sense after that.” — Anonymous

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16. “Intimacy transcends the physical. It is a feeling of closeness that isn’t about proximity but of belonging. It is a beautiful emotional space in which two become one.” — Steve Maraboli

17. “It’s not always about sex, sometimes the best type of intimacy is where you just lay back, laugh together at the stupidest things, hold each other, and enjoy each other’s company.” — Anonymous

18. “She cherishes small intimacies. A head resting against a shoulder, lips brushing against a nose, a kiss on the neck, a hand reaching out for her.” — Anonymous

19. “Chemistry is you touching my mind and setting my body on fire.” — Anonymous

20. “I have looked at you in millions of ways and I have loved you in each.” — Anonymous

21. “I crave you in the most innocent form. I crave to say goodnight and give you forehead kisses and to say that I adore you when you feel at your worst. I crave you in ways where I just want to be next to you and nothing more or less.” — Anonymous

22. “No matter how painful distance can be, not having you in my life would be worse.” — Anonymous

23. “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” — Dr. Seuss

24. “If you only knew how much those little moments with you mattered to me.” — Anonymous

25. “They slipped briskly into an intimacy from which they never recovered.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald

26. “If the feelings are mutual, the effort will be equal.” — Anonymous

27. “Intimacy is the capacity to be rather weird with someone — and finding that that's OK with them.” — Alain de Botton

28. “She’s been through hell and came out, an angel. You didn’t break her, darling. You don’t own that kind of power.” — BMM Poetry

29. “Cuddle me hardcore.” — Anonymous

30. “I don’t crave an intimacy that involves a touch of a hand, but instead one that causes a flame to burn in my soul.” — Anonymous

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31. “Take a lover who looks at you like you are magic.” — Frida Kahlo

32. “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” — Oprah Winfrey

33. “The people who succeed are irrationally passionate about something.” — Naval Ravikant

34. “And in the middle of my chaos, there was you.” — Anonymous

35. “I wish I could explain your eyes, and how the sound of your voice gives me butterflies. How your smile makes my heart skip a beat and how every time I’m with you, I feel so complete.” — Anonymous

36. “I waited for you my entire life and you were worth every minute.” — Mark Anthony

37. “Every cell in my body is telling me that you are my happily ever after.” — Anonymous

38. “I love you, not only for what you are but for what I am when I am with you.” — Roy Croft

39. “May you fall in love with someone, who never gets tired of saving you from your own chaos.” — Anonymous

40. “My favorite place is inside your hug.” — Anonymous

41. “I choose you. And I’ll choose you over and over. Without pause, without a doubt, in a heartbreak. I’ll keep choosing you.” — Anonymous

42. “In you, I’ve found the love of my life and my closest, truest friend.” — Anonymous

43. “So, this is what real love feels like.” — Anonymous

44. “I fell in love with his soul before I could even touch his skin. If that isn’t true love, then please tell me what is.” — Anonymous

45. “I love when you text me first, cause then I know you’re thinking about me.” — Anonymous

46. “Words can’t describe the ache that runs through my body when I’m missing you.” — Anonymous

47. “When a girl is in love, you can see it in her smile. When a guy is in love, you can see it in his eyes.” — Anonymous

48. “I hate waking up with you on my mind and not in my bed.” — Anonymous

49. “You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I’ve ever had.” — Anonymous

50. “It is not time or opportunity that is to determine intimacy;—it is disposition alone. Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others.” ― Jane Austen, "Sense and Sensibility"

51.“It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.” ― John Joseph Powell, "The Secret of Staying in Love"

52. “Real intimacy is a sacred experience. It never exposes its secret trust and belonging to the voyeuristic eye of a neon culture. Real intimacy is of the soul, and the soul is reserved.” — John O'Donohue, "Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom"

53.“I wonder if this is how people always get close: They heal each other’s wounds; they repair the broken skin.” — Lauren Oliver, "Pandemonium"

54.“The trick ... is to find the balance between the bright colors of humor and the serious issues of identity, self-loathing, and the possibility for intimacy and love when it seems no longer possible or, sadder yet, no longer necessary.” ― Wendy Wasserstein

55. “If I could have anyone in the world, it would still be you.” — Anonymous

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Hayley Small is a writer who focuses on pop culture, religion and relationship topics.