90 Tough Love Quotes For Your Relationship

Looking for heart touching quotes about tough love? We have rounded up the best collection of tough love quotes, sayings, captions, status messages, (with images and pictures) that you might relate to if you are treating someone you love with firmness be it your daughter, son, friends, parents, or others.

What does tough love actually mean? Tough love is the act of treating a person harshly or sternly with the intent to help them in the long run. It might be hard on the person doing it, but sometimes its the best thing to do.

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The intention to be strict or disciplined with the person you love is their well-being in the long run. This also holds very true in case of addicts or when your child runs into a bad company or bad habits. You need to be a little harsh with them but that doesn’t mean you don’t love them. You just be a little hard on them for their greater good with discipline, rules and boundaries.

These tough love sayings are categorized into the following sections;

  • Tough Love Quotes
  • Tough Love Quotes About Parents & Child

Tough Love Quotes

  1. “Real love is tough love.”                                                                                                                   
    Tough Love Quotes Images
    Tough Love Quotes Images

  2. “Tough love builds character.” ― Asad Meah

  3. “Tough love makes you tough.” ― Asad Meah

  4. “It’s tough love. They know I care.” ― Leo Nesmith                                                                       
    Tough Love Quotes For Him
    Tough Love Quotes For Him

  5. “ Tough love is the hardest to give.” ― Octavia Spencer                                                                     
    Quotes About Tough Love
    Quotes About Tough Love

  6. “Sometimes giving into that tough love is exactly what you need.”

  7. “Tough love makes you grow stronger from within.” ― Asad Meah

  8. “The love that lasts the longest is the love that can never be.”- S Maugh

  9. “No, I don’t believe in tough love. I just believe in love.” ― David Sheff

  10. “In a world that has gone soft, tough love is a necessity.” ― Asad Meah

  11. “You realize that tough love is also tough on the lover.” ― Julian Barnes

  12. “If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not you’ll find an excuse.”

  13. “Love is a tough, ever hopeful thing, not easily destroyed.” – Kirby Wright

  14. “Tough love is what we need to really ask ourselves, ‘What am I even doing?’”

  15. “What’s the difference between tough love and acting like a jerk?” ― Ricki Lake

  16. “If someone offers you ‘tough love’, run screaming for the door.” ― Marty Rubin

  17. “Receiving tough love is never easy, especially when you know the person is right.”

  18. “You must show tough love to yourself so that you get to the next level.” ― Asad Meah

  19. “Tough love means being firm but kind while setting boundaries and sticking to them.”                                                                                                                                       
    Tough Love Quotes for Drug Addicts
    Tough Love Quotes for Drug Addicts

  20. “Love is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties.”- Jules Renard

  21. “Sometimes you must seem to hurt something in order to do good for it.” ― Susan Cooper                                                                                                                                       
    Tough Love Quotes For Friends
    Tough Love Quotes For Friends

  22. “If you’re looking for love in these eyes, walk away. I’ve been blinded before!”- Carl Stoynoff

  23. “Is all love tough love? Coz I have only loved you but now I dread all love.” – Siddhant Gupta

  24. “Tough love―I’m kind of weary of that. I don’t think it’s so effective.” ― Marguerite Moreau

  25. “Hearts are tough, Most times they don’t break. Most times they are only bend.”- Stephen King

  26. “I am tough, and sometimes I tell it like it is. Tough love can work wonders.” ― Bikram Choudhury

  27. “I wish I never fell so deep in love with you and now it ain’t no way we can be friends.”- Trey Songz

  28. “I don’t want you to be just somebody I love. I want you to be the LOVE of MY LIFE!”- Daffy Catalan

  29. “If a hug represented how much I loved you, I would hold you in my arms forever.”- Mandy Hampton

  30. “Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.”- Sir Arthur Pinero

  31. “When we first sort of break in or bust into the house, if you will, there’s some tough love.”- Thom Filicia

  32. “Tough love will either break you or it will make you into the person that you can truly be.” ― Asad Meah

  33. “Nothing glows brighter than the heart awakened to the unseen light of Love that lives within it.”- Guy Finley

  34. “Tough love may be tough to give, but it is a necessity of life and assurance of positive growth.” ― T.F. Hodge

  35. “Don’t make me sad. Don’t make me cry. Sometimes love is not enough and the road gets tough I don’t know why.”

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

  37. “We perceive when love begins and when it declines by our embarrassment when alone together.”- Jean De La Bruyere

  38. “Real love is tough love. Why? Because it’s never easy. It hurts the giver far more than the receiver.” ― Bobby W. Miller                                                                                   
    Tough Love Quotes for Your Child
    Tough Love Quotes for Your Child

  39. “Tough love is just the right phrase: love for the rich and privileged, tough for everyone else.” ― Noam Chomsky

  40. “There is a difference between “tough love” and being straight mean. Don’t let anyone run away with your happiness.”

  41. “Love is cruel, but if you actually love someone, it doesn’t matter how tough your relationship is, you’ll fight for each other.”

  42. “A strong relationship requires choosing to love each other even in those moments when you struggle to like each other.”

  43. “If things get tough, remember the journey you started together. Remember why you first fell in love. Don’t give up easily.”

  44. “There is nothing in the world so wonderful as to love and be loved; there is nothing so devastating as love lost.”- Larry Latta

  45. “And at the end of the day, we all just want someone to tell us when we are heading down the wrong path. That is true tough love.”                                                                     
    Tough Love Message
    Tough Love Message

  46. “If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don’t, they never were.”- Kahlil Gibran

  47. “To love someone is nothing, to be loved by someone is something, but to be loved by the one you love is everything.”- Bill Russell

  48. “The couples that are meant to be, are the ones who go through everything that is meant to tear them apart, and come out even stronger.”

  49. “If you listen long enough, you can hear my skin grow tough love is painful to the touch must be made of stronger stuff.” ― Tom Petty

  50. “There’s no changing your mind about whom you love. That’s part of the tough thing about being in love – it’s sort of undeniable.” – Piper Perabo

  51. “I believe in tough love. But for tough love to work, love must come first. We must love tough to bring out the best in those who lead.” ― Jon Gordon

  52. “Tough love does not mean to be mean. It’s called tough love because accepting the impossibility of changing someone else’s behavior is tough to do.”                                                                                                                                                           
    Tough Love Quotes
    Tough Love Quotes

  53. “It takes a minute to have a crush on someone, an hour to like someone and a day to love someone – but it takes a lifetime to forget someone.”- Johnny Depp

  54. “The worst thing you can do for love is deny it; so when you find that special someone, don’t let anyone or anything to get in your way.”- Brandi Snyder

  55. “Sympathy constitutes friendship; but in love there is a sort of antipathy, or opposing passion. Each strives to be the other, and both together make up one whole.”- Samuel Taylor

  56. “By 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

  57. “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

  58. “The world has already been too tough on her, the least she needs is tough love. Be tough when you need to be, but always be soft with her. She has thorns, but she is a flower.” – L. Figaro

  59. “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” – Hebrews 12:11 (Bible Verse)

  60. “Tough love and brutal truth from strangers are far more valuable than Band-Aids and half-truths from invested friends, who don’t want to see you suffer any more than you have.” ― Shannon L. Alder

  61. “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

  62. “Words ride on the energy of tone, its warmth or coldness; think of tone as the music of how words are expressed. You want this music to be soulful, whether you’re giving sweet talk or tough love.” ― James Cook

  63. “Love is not warm and fuzzy or sweet and sticky. Real love is tough as nails. It’s having your heart ripped out, putting it back together, and the next day, offering it back to the same world that just tore it up. Carry on, warrior.”

  64. “You can’t stop loving or wanting to love because when its right, it’s the best thing in the world. When you’re in a relationship and it’s good, even if nothing else in your life is right, you feel like your whole world is complete.” – Keith Sweat

  65. “You can’t just give up on someone because the situation’s not ideal. Great relationships aren’t great because they have no problems. They’re great because both people care enough about the other person to find a way to make it work.”

  66. “There aren’t really many compliments flying around with me and my friends. It’s a lot of tough love. But you know, that love is there and if you need to have a serious conversation, you just gotta wait for the right time to do it.” ― Mark Wahlberg

  67. “Over the years, I’ve grown more comfortable with making people uncomfortable because that is when growth can happen. You need a little conflict. You need a little tension. And that is part of my calling. A little tough love goes a long way!” ― Mark Batterson

  68. “Tough love is the habit of self-discipline because getting tough with yourself is actually a very loving gesture. By being stricter with yourself, you will begin to live life more deliberately, on your terms rather than reacting to life. The tougher you are on yourself, the easier like will be on you.”

  69. “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

  70. “This tough-love, winner-take-all narrative dominating policymaking is far too limited a way to think about how a complex, modern, diverse economy like ours expands and thrives. The strongest periods of economic growth in the 20th century were also times when incomes rose across the board.” ― John Podesta

  71. “To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering, one must not love. But then, one suffers from not loving. Therefore, to love is to suffer; not to love is to suffer; to suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love. To be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy. Therefore, to be happy, one must love or love to suffer or suffer from too much happiness.”- Woody Allen

  72. “You are not some holiday destination for people to have a good time in, and then forget. You are not a grave for people to bury their pain inside, never to be remembered again. You are not a piece of toilet paper. So why are you letting other people use and dispose of you? You are made of magic, don’t you dare allow yourself to be treated like you are any less.” – Nikita Gill

  73. “It’s okay to walk away. If they don’t appreciate what you bring to the table, I recommend you don’t stay for dessert. How are you supposed to maintain feelings for someone, when every time you turn around you are getting hurt? Time is too precious to waste on people who take your kindness for weakness. Direct them to their seat in the bleachers. Never “Joe” them; wake up one day and act like you don’t know them. If their presence doesn’t add value, subtract yourself and I bet they’ll notice. Some kids learn :the hard way” the hard way.”

Tough Love Quotes About Parents & Child

Parenting can be tough at times. Whether it is coming from your mom/father who is worried about your addiction habits, current relationship, work performance, at times tough love is the push we need to get back into the right gear and take back control of our lives.

The decision to be tough on your loved ones is very difficult, be it on your son, daughter or your teenage child who has lost control over his life. Maintaining a balance between being right and not go wrong is the toughest part.

  1. “My parents loved us, but I wasn’t always sure they liked us.” ― Tahereh Maf

  2. “Children learn more from what you are than what you teach.” – W.E.B. DuBois

  3. “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” – Frederick Douglass

  4. “If you can give your son or daughter only one gift, let it be – enthusiasm.” – Bruce Barton

  5. “If you have never been hated by your child, you have never been a parent.” ― Bette Davis

  6. “A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be.” – Frank A. Clark

  7. “The bond between a mother and a son is a special one. It remains unchanged by time or distance.”

  8. “Words are not enough to express the unconditional love that exists between a mother and a daughter.”

  9. “Encourage and support your kids because children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.” – Lady Bird Johnson

  10. “Your job as a parent is to listen. And to dole out as much love as you can. That includes tough love.” ― Christie Brinkley

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

  12. “Where parents do too much for their children, the children will not do much for themselves.” ― Elbert Hubbard

  13. “Some people need to learn to be a parent and not a friend. Quit being scared of making your kids mad. They’ll get over it.”

  14. “Parents must get across the idea that I love you always, but sometimes I do not love your behavior.” – Amy Vanderbilt

  15. “It takes tremendous strength and resolve to allow your kids to suffer the consequences of their decisions.” ― Smart Money

  16. “Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” – Anne Frank

  17. “Loving a child doesn’t mean giving in to all his whims; to love him is to bring out the best in him, to teach him to love what is difficult.” ― Nadia Boulanger

  18. “Just because I love you unconditionally does not mean I’m going to co-sign your behavior unconditionally. You are going to learn the difference one way or the other.”                                                                                                                           
    Tough Love Quotes Relationship
    Tough Love Quotes Relationship

  19. “I got a lot of support from my parents. That’s the one thing I always appreciated. They didn’t tell me I was being stupid; they told me I was being funny.”― Jim Carrey

  20. “I am a responsible parent and have always provided for my children. That fact cannot be disputed. I have made mistakes in my life, but failing to care for my children is not one of them.” – Jamal Lewis

  21. “It takes tough love to order kids to step away from the iPhone or iPad during dinner or to take the devices away if they’re interrupting and interfering with everyone else’s pleasure at a movie, concert or other public event.” ― Regina Brett

  22. “The greatest gift a parent can give a child is unconditional love. As a child wanders and strays, finding his bearings, he needs a sense of absolute love from a parent. There’s nothing wrong with tough love, as long as the love is unconditional.” ― George W. Bush

  23. “When we don’t allow others to suffer the consequences of their actions we cripple them emotionally. We deprive them of the ability to learn from their mistakes. We also take away their ability to overcome their problems and change their life for the better.” – Randi G Fine

  24. “I mean, most parents would be proud of a kid like that – good-lookin’ and smart and everything, but they gave in to him all the time. He kept trying to make someone say ‘No’ and they never did. They never did. That was what he wanted. For somebody to tell him ‘No.’ To have somebody lay down the law, set the limits, give him something solid to stand on. That’s what we all want, really.” ― S. E. Hinton

  25. “What parents need to teach their children is not how to keep from falling down, but rather to understand that, no matter how many times they fall down, they can always get up again! Right! … It’s like that proverb! The one about the lion pushing his own cubs over the cliff to make them tough… Hey! I got it, Mayama!! Next time you see Yamada, drag her up to the roof and throw her over! That’s not tough love, that’s homicide!” ― Chika Umino

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