37+ Best Tough Love Quotes & Sayings

37+ Best Tough Love Quotes & Sayings

These are inspirational, motivational, wise, sad and funny tough love quotes, sayings, and proverbs that inspire us. See more love quotes on MindBootstrap.

Tough love quotes for parents


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

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If you have never been hated by your child you have never been a parent. ~Bette Davis


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

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It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. ~Frederick Douglass


Children learn more from what you are than what you teach. ~W.E.B. DuBois


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


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.


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


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


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


Tough love quotes for son


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

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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.


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


A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be. ~Frank A. Clark


Tough love quotes for daughter

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


Life is tough, my darling, but so are you. ~Stephanie Bennett Henry


There is nothing more powerful than a mother’s love for her daughter and there is nothing more healing than daughter’s gratitude.


Quotes about tough love in a relationship


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.

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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

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A true relationship is two un-perfect people refusing to give up on each other.


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


The best person to talk to about the problems in you relationship is the person you’re in a relationship with.


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.

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Love is a tough, ever hopeful thing, not easily destroyed. ~Kirby Wright


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


You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better then your dreams. ~Dr. Seuss


I choose you. And I’ll choose you, over and over and over. Without pause, without a doubt, in a heartbeat. I’ll keep choosing you.

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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


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


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


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


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


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


Tough love is just the right phrase: love for the rich and privileged, tough for everyone else. ~Noam Chomsky


More inspirational tough love quotes


Tough love means being firm but kind while setting boundaries, and sticking to them.


Never love anybody who treats you like you’re ordinary. ~Oscar Wilde


We need some tough love in the system. If you’re a parent who’s drug-addicted, you lose a great deal of your rights.



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