Tough Love Quotes

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E.A. Bucchianeri
“An acquaintance merely enjoys your company, a fair-weather companion flatters when all is well, a true friend has your best interests at heart and the pluck to tell you what you need to hear.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly,

Kresley Cole
“Kaderin didn't believe, as a whole, the nymphs were more beautiful than the Valkyrie, but everything about them screamed, "Easy lay! When you don't want to work for it!" And curiously, many males found that more appealing than the Valkyrie's "Do it and die, simian".”
Kresley Cole, No Rest for the Wicked

Leigh Bardugo
“Because the whole world loves to tell us what we can’t do, that we aren’t good enough. The people in your own house should be on your side. It’s the people who never learn the word impossible who make history, because they’re the ones who keep trying.”
Leigh Bardugo, Wonder Woman: Warbringer

Nakia R. Laushaul
“Stop begging God to increase your territory when you can't even maintain the territory you already have. Work with what you got first.”
Nakia R. Laushaul

Eve Silver
“Mal dragged the last few inches of the sword free of his flesh, wincing at the raw pain. She's stabbed him. She'd f**king pinned him to the wall like a bug. She'd fed from him and used his own blood and power against him. He hadn't seen that coming. He was both affronted by - and admiring of - her resourcefulness.”
Eve Silver, Sins of the Flesh

Ana Claudia Antunes
“How can I shut down
If you don't open up??”
Ana Claudia Antunes, Pierrot & Columbine

Friedrich Nietzsche
“This is what is hardest: to close the open hand because one loves.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Julian Barnes
“You realize that tough love is also tough on the lover.”
Julian Barnes, The Only Story

Joyce Rachelle
“One cannot prevent abuse through discipline, when abuse and discipline feel exactly the same.”
Joyce Rachelle

Frank Sonnenberg
“It can’t be done for you; it must be done by you.”
Frank Sonnenberg, Listen to Your Conscience: That's Why You Have One

“Stand Up High; Fall Down Deep”
Snow Liber Dionysus

“Once someone's hurt you, it's harder to relax around them, harder to think of them as safe to love...”
Skylar Blue

Lisa Kleypas
“Let's dispense with the nonsense, Victoria. This isn't a question of suitability, yours or his. You're perfectly capable of accustoming yourself to new circumstances.... and marrying a man of good fortune, though untitled, is not exactly a lordship." Vivien rolled her eyes and sighed. "It is so like you to analyze a situation until you've made it ten times more complicated than it really is! Just as Father used to do."
"Father was a wonderful man," Victoria said, stiffening.
"Yes... a wonderful, virtuous, lonely martyr. After Mama left him, Father retreated into his shell and hid from the world. And you stayed with him and tried to atone for everything that had happened by becoming exactly like him. You've been living in this same damned cottage, poring over the same bloody books. It's morbid, I tell you."
"You don't understand-" Victoria began hotly.
"Don't I?" Vivien interrupted. "I understand your fears better than you do. It's always been safer for you to hide here alone than take the chance of loving someone and have them leave you. *That's* what your real worry is. Mama abandoned you, and now you expect the same of anyone else you might love.”
Lisa Kleypas, Someone to Watch Over Me

“You said you wanted the truth. Now what are you willing to do with it?”
Monika Zands

“If someone offers you 'tough love', run screaming for the door.”
Marty Rubin

Brittany Burgunder
“Hope is important. It allows you to survive.
But there's a point where tough love is required if you want to change.
Action is necessary. It allows you to live.”
Brittany Burgunder

“We promise it's all going to be okay
There is one way to make it
And if necessary you will fake it
You see, it's not a spiral pattern
Of tears and trial and your denial
Love, we won’t let you crawl
And sprawl and get lost in despair
We will hold you tight, you'd feel your
Ribcage filled with intense heat of
Our love for you”

A.D. Aliwat
“Truth—something between fact and faith—leads to God. ‘Love isn’t about rules. It’s a feeling. You know when it’s there and when it’s not, and it can be brought on by different things for different people. That, that’s truth. One’s truth leads to God. Some people see it in kindness, others in tough love, like you’re showing me. Someone’s truth is in what they love.’”
A.D. Aliwat, In Limbo

A.D. Aliwat
“Go. Quit. Give up the ghost, motherfucker.”
A.D. Aliwat, In Limbo

Phil Foglio
“Agatha: I don't want anyone dying on my behalf. Not even you!
Tarvek: Why, that's the nicest thing you've said to me since Sturmhalten.
Agatha: Treasure it, and get out!”
Phil Foglio, Agatha Heterodyne and the Heirs of the Storm

“I am real I don't do fake. What you see is what you get. Love me or hate me the choice is yours.”
Charles E Hudson

Tim Dorsey
“...they grab you off the street without warning, sack over your head and into the back of a van. Variation on tough love, but incredible success rate...”
Tim Dorsey, The Riptide Ultra-Glide

“[B]y not standing firm and by not exercising tough love, we often cause the figurative “death” of others and sometimes ourselves, our goals, our destiny.”
Deborah Smith Pegues, Confronting Without Offending: Positive and Practical Steps to Resolving Conflict

Charles Martin
“Pain is weakness leaving your body”
Charles Martin, The Mountain Between Us

Charles Martin
“You entered the picture and lit my world with laughter and light and wonder. Welcome and warm. You ran by me, a dart of the eyes, a quick glance, flicking of sweat off your fingertips, and I wanted to take a shower, wash off Dad, and bathe in you.
So much of what I am, he made. Forged it in me. I know that. But Dad used pain to rid me of pain. Leaving me empty and hurting. You poured in you and filled me up. For the first time, I felt no pain.
You gave me the one thing he never did. Love, absent a stopwatch.”
Charles Martin, The Mountain Between Us

Diana Wynne Jones
“Chrestomanci looked from Estelle to Nirupam, to Nan, and then at Brian and Charles. He seemed astounded, and not vague at all. The room seemed to go very quiet and sinister and unloving. 'What's all this?' he said. It was so gentle that they all shivered. 'I did understand you, didn't I? The five of you, between you, turn your school upside down. You cause what I am sure is a great deal of trouble to a great many teachers and policemen. You summon me a long way from some extremely important business, in a manner which makes it very difficult for me to get back. And now you all propose just to walk out and leave the mess you've made. Is that what you mean?”
Diana Wynne Jones, Witch Week

A.D. Aliwat
“Love isn’t about rules. It’s a feeling. You know when it’s there and when it’s not, and it can be brought on by different things for different people. That, that’s truth. One’s truth leads to God. Some people see it in kindness, others in tough love, like you’re showing me. Someone’s truth is in what they love.”
A.D. Aliwat, In Limbo

“Stop breaking your heart. Learn to love people for who they are and not how you imagined them to be.”
Kierra C.T. Banks

Jen Calonita
“Yeah, well, love is a fickle thing, isn't it? One minute you have it, the next it's gone... or someone is trying to say you can't be together because you live in different zip codes.”
Jen Calonita, Go the Distance

Lisa Kleypas
“The day after you pop up at your distillery alive and kicking, someone will come to finish you off."
"Let them try," Keir shot back. "I can defend myself."
The duke arched a mocking brow. "Impressive. Only a matter of days ago, we were celebrating that you were able to drink through a straw. And now apparently you're well enough for an alley fight."
Keir was instantly hostile.
"I know how to keep up my guard."
"That doesn't matter," Kingston replied. "As soon as your arm muscles fatigue, your elbows will drift outward, and he'll find an opening."
"What would a toff like you know about fighting? Even with my ribs cracked, you couldn't take me down."
The older man's stare was that of a seasoned lion being challenged by a brash cub.
Calmly he picked up a small open pepper cellar from the table and dumped a heap of ground black pepper in the center of Keir's plate.
Perplexed, Keir glanced down at it, as a puff of gray dust floated upward. His nose stung, and in the next breath, he sneezed. A searing bolt of agony shot through his rib cage. "Aghhh! He turned away from his plate and doubled over. "Devil take your sneakit arse!" he managed to gasp.”
Lisa Kleypas, Devil in Disguise

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