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223 Inspirational Reciprocity Quotes And Sayings (2023)

1. “Competing against each other leaves little space for reciprocity and the growth of social capital. Running against another in a race may benefit our speed, but jointly organising the sports day produces cooperation and trust. There are many situations where cooperation and reciprocity are more effective than competition. Civic virtues come from building on what we have in common rather than by using our differences to create in-groups, outgroups and fear driven competition” ~ Eva Cox


2. “Love is a mutual self-giving which ends in self-recovery.” — Fulton J. Sheen


3. “There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called Yesterday and the other is called Tomorrow. Today is the right day to Love, Believe, Do and mostly Live.”


4. “Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.”


5. “One of the most powerful shocks of the Middle Passage is the collapse of our tacit contract with the universe-the assumption that if we act correctly, if we are of good heart and good intentions, things will work out. We assume a reciprocity with the universe. If we do our part, the universe will comply. Many ancient stories, including the Book of Job, painfully reveal the fact that there is no such contract, and everyone who goes through the Middle Passage is made aware of it.” ~ James Hollis


6. “A society that relies on generalized reciprocity is more efficient than a distrustful society, for the same reason that money is more efficient than barter. Trust lubricates social life. Networks of civic engagement also facilitate coordination and communication and amplify information about the trustworthiness of other individuals.” ~ Robert D. Putnam


7. “A reciprocal of a fraction is found by flipping it upside down. If you want the reciprocal of a mixed number or a whole number, just convert it to an improper fraction, and then flip it!” — Danica McKellar


8. “Every relationship between persons causes a picture of each to take form in the mind of the other, and this picture evidently is in a reciprocal relationship with that personal relationship.” — Georg Simmel


9. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”


10. “Love is never wasted, for its value does not rest upon reciprocity.” ~ C. S. Lewis


11. “For it is a true rule, that love is ever rewarded, either with the reciproque, or with an inward and secret contempt.”


12. “when someone she loves is sad, she stops at nothing to make sure they feel better. if she could, she would magic a double rainbow into the sky just to see a small smile on their face, even though she can’t think of a single soul in her life who would do the same for her.


13. “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard.”


14. “Reciprocity helps us balance the need for self-determination and creative individuality with mutual hope, and therefore what might be described as “solidarity”.” ~ David Blunkett


15. “Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it.” ~ Bernard Meltzer


16. “Between women love is contemplative; caresses are intended less to gain possession of the other than gradually to re-create the self through her; separateness is abolished, there is no struggle, no victory, no defeat; in exact reciprocity each is at once subject and object, sovereign and slave; duality become mutuality.” ~ Simone de Beauvoir


17. “Other people's life stories are not a topic for debate. One should hear them out, and reciprocate in the same coin.”


18. “Tsze-Kung asked, “Is there one word with which to act in accordance throughout a lifetime?” The Master said, “Is not reciprocity such a word? What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.” ~ Confucius


19. “As a black person of non-gender-conforming experience, my first existentially reciprocal and affirming experiences were in the New York ballrooms.” — Indya Moore


20. “Whenever you feel ‘short’ or in ‘need’ of something, give what you want first and it will come back in buckets. That is true for money, a smile, love, friendship. I know it is often the last thing a person may want to do, but it has always worked for me. I just trust that the principle of reciprocity is true, and I give what I want.” ~ Robert Kiyosaki , Reciprocal quotes friendship


21. “The universe is a vast system of exchange. Every artery of it is in motion, throbbing with reciprocity, from the planet to the rotting leaf.” ~ Edwin Hubbel Chapin


22. “Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” ~ Robert A. Heinlein


23. “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”


24. “We see things like reciprocity which are fairly central to our view of ethics. But if you’re talking about a set of worked-out rules on what we are supposed to do then, yes, it is a human product.” – Peter Singer


25. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”


26. “What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.”


27. “We see things like reciprocity which are fairly central to our view of ethics. But if you’re talking about a set of worked-out rules on what we are supposed to do then, yes, it is a human product.” ~ Peter Singer


28. “There is one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one’s life -reciprocity.” ~ Confucius


29. “She's a woman in love and is loved in return. That is a powerful thing.”


30. “...Where are these so-called moderate Muslims one always hears about in the press? Do they exist or are they merely figments of our imagination? If one insults the Prophet Muhammad, our Muslim countrymen pour into the streets in a sacred rage and threaten us with beheading. But when one of them commits murder in the Prophet's name..."


31. “An entire sea of water can’t sink a ship unless it gets inside the ship. Similarly, the negativity of the world can’t put you down unless you allow it to get inside you.”


32. “Social peace requires reciprocity.” — Ralph Peters


33. “If you ask anyone, what is morality based on? These are the two factors that always come out: One is reciprocity, … a sense of fairness, and the other one is empathy and compassion.” ~ Frans de Waal


34. “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.”


35. “Pleasure is a necessary reciprocal.” — Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield


36. “The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.”


37. “The central law of all wholesome life is reciprocity, mutuality. … But the group is valuable only as it permits personalities, not automatons, to emerge.” ~ Norman Thomas


38. “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”


39. “Reciprocal accountability, or criticism is the only known antidote to error.”


40. “The darker dynamics of narcissism imply that one person in the relationship gives just about everything, and the other (the narcissist) just takes. If the relationship is reciprocal, compromise is effortless. The more challenging disappointments are the lack of empathy, the lack of connection, the lack of support.”


41. “Only now did I recognize the reciprocal relationship which exits between manufacturing power and the national system of transportation, and that the one can never develop to its fullest without the other.” — Friedrich List


42. “There is a myth that those who do humanitarian work have a saviour mentality, but the relationship is reciprocal.” — Meghan Markle


43. “Life cannot subsist in society but by reciprocal concessions.” — Samuel Johnson


44. “(Male) culture was (and is) parasitical, feeding on the emotional strength of women without reciprocity.” ~ Shulamith Firestone


45. “Human beings have a natural urge to worship that “something greater” which coheres us, but we, in modernity, are living in a kind of spiritual cul-de-sac where our gifts only serve the human community. Unlike the many shamanic cultures that practice dreamwork, ritual, and thanksgiving, Westerners have forgotten what indigenous people understand to be cardinal: that this world owes its life to the unseen. Every hunt and every harvest, every death, and every birth is distinguished by ceremony for that which we cannot see, feeding back that which feeds us. I believe our epidemic alienation is, in good part, the felt negligence of that reciprocity.”


46. “Tell me who I’ve got to be to get some reciprocity.” — Lauryn Hill


47. “To guide our actions toward others, we need only look at our own reactions to different experiences.


48. “I’ve argued that many of what philosophers call moral sentiments can be seen in other species. In chimpanzees and other animals, you see examples of sympathy, empathy, reciprocity, a willingness to follow social rules. Dogs are a good example of a species that have and obey social rules; that’s why we like them so much, even though they’re large carnivores.” ~ Frans de Waal


49. “Reciprocity, a symbiotic relationship, is a relationship in which two people have worked out certain terms. I am using you in certain ways; you are using me in certain ways. That is a balanced relationship.” ~ Frederick Lenz , Reciprocal quotes relationships


50. “Tell me who I’ve got to be, to get some reciprocity” ~ Lauryn Hill


51. “If you don’t make the time to work on creating the life you want, you’re eventually going to be forced to spend a lot of time dealing with a life you don’t want.”


52. “Work is the way we contribute to society, part of a reciprocal social contract.” — Chuka Umunna


53. “...she grasped the terrible truth that love can never be compelled, from man, from sprite, from beast; that one who loves, however she longs for requital, however long she waits, may receive in return the reverse of what she gives, the dark side of the moon.”


54. “Typical relationship books, they are about communicating more clearly, being more loving, and making time for your relationship. All of this is lovely advice, only if the other person is noticing or listening! Kierkegaard noted that “Love is the expression of the one who loves, not of the one who is loved.” The challenge is that when this expression is not met with any reciprocity, and in fact the opposite, it can be exhausting and demoralising. If you love more, then you will get more back. It’s not that linear, and while that may apply in a factory— work harder, make more widgets—it does not work in relationships, least of all with a narcissist. Personality patterns tend to be pretty entrenched—and the rules of rescue do not apply.”


55. “Those who feel themselves despised do well to look despising.”


56. “As we apprentice ourselves to the way of nature, we begin to understand that all of life is in a continuous cycle of giving and receiving. It is the honouring of this cycle that makes us feel at home in ourselves and in relation to the rest of nature. In order to experience true belonging, we must not only acknowledge the gifts we are receiving, but also give our beauty away, no matter how it may be received by others.”


57. “Amity itself can only be maintained by reciprocal respect, and true friends are punctilious equals.” — Herman Melville


58. “Whatever mourns when many leave these shores: Whatever shares The eternal reciprocity of tears.” — Wilfred Owen


59. “Today i will do what others won't so tomorrow i can do what others can’t.”


60. “Reciprocity is key in a Permaculture Economy.”


61. “We must remember how to honor and respect life with each breath, step, word, and thought. What you bless blesses you in return. This is the power of reciprocity.” ~ Sandra Ingerman


62. “Love is a reciprocal torture.” — Marcel Proust


63. “I already know what giving up feels like. I want to see what happens if I don’t.”


64. “I’m too busy working on my own grass to notice if yours is greener.”


65. “It could all be so simple, but you’d rather make it hard, lovin you is like a battle, and we both end up with scars, tell me who i have to be, to get some reciprocity.” ~ Michael Baisden


66. “The very ingredients that nurture love – mutuality, reciprocity, protection, worry, responsibility for the other – are sometimes the very ingredients that stifle desire.” ~ Esther Perel , Reciprocal quotes love


67. “If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.”


68. “Is it possible for a person to love without wanting love back? Is anything so pure? Or is love, by its nature, a reciprocity, like oceans and clouds, an evaporating of seawater and a replenishing by rain?” — Alan Lightman


69. “Forms in nature are a byproduct of a reciprocal action between a given material and the conditions of the environment.” — Neri Oxman


70. “Make time for those who make time for you. Treasure those who care enough to invest their time and energy. Friendship is for giving.”


71. “The one you love and the one who loves you are never, ever the same person.”


72. “A year from now you may wish you had started today.”


73. “I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”


74. “Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings and emotions.”


75. “If I slip up and receive a good gift, I will not have given a good gift. This is probably a natural law that affects us all and needs a name. The Gift Reciprocal Law.” — Padgett Powell


76. “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”


77. “All creatures are united to God alone in an immediate union. They depend essentially and directly upon Him. Being all alike equally impotent, they cannot be in reciprocal dependence upon one another.” — Nicolas Malebranche


78. “Everybody hated the Chinese, and the Chinese, ever willing to oblige, reciprocated.”


79. “Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.”


80. “Lack of reciprocity ruins friendships, but makes love affairs exciting for a time.” ~ Mason Cooley


81. “The basis of social relationships is reciprocity: if you cooperate with others, others will cooperate with you.” — Carroll Quigley


82. “Two things define you: Your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.”


83. “The universe is a vast system of exchange. Every artery of it is in motion, throbbing with reciprocity, from the planet to the rotting leaf. The vapor climbs the sunbeam, and comes back in blessings upon the exhausted herb. The exhalation of the plant is wafted to the ocean. And so goes on the beautiful commerce of nature. And all because of dissimilarity–because no one thing is sufficient in itself, but calls for the assistance of something else, and repays by a contribution in turn.” ~ Edwin Hubbel Chapin


84. “While we are threading our way through the vagaries of life, our shortage of reciprocity and solidarity may corner us into breaches of culpability. We can eschew this and kindle a dream of universalism that does not impose itself but emerges from the world's numerous cultural and topical particularities and enable us to compare, discern, and identify, allowing us to marvel at the diversity. In this way, we can embrace universal recognition, human understanding, peace of mind, and compassion with others and with ourselves. ("I only needed a light ")”


85. “Volleyball is one of the most interactive games going. It is a game of intuition, imagination, improvisation – but most of all, of reciprocity – of teamwork. There is no way to free-lance in volleyball.” ~ Marv Dunphy


86. “An equally compelling point regarding the power of reciprocity comes from an account of a woman who saved her life not by giving a gift as did the captured soldier, but by refusing a gift and the powerful obligations that went with it.”


87. “Dance, when you're broken open. Dance, if you've torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you're perfectly free.”


88. “No love is ever wasted. Its worth does not lie in reciprocity.” ~ Neal A. Maxwell


89. “What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.” — Confucius


90. “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.


91. “What’s mine is yours, and what is yours is mine.”


92. “You deserve the level of peace you give to others.”


93. “Insofar as international law is observed, it provides us with stability and order and with a means of predicting the behavior of those with whom we have reciprocal legal obligations.” — J. William Fulbright


94. “The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.”


95. “If we are going to grow good citizens, then let us teach reciprocity. If what we aspire to is justice for all, then let it be justice for all of creation.”


96. “Abundance is a dance with reciprocity—what we can give, what we can share, and what we receive in the process.” — Terry Tempest Williams


97. “The activity you’re most avoiding contains your biggest opportunity.”


98. “Transparency is key to reciprocal accountability, which we use to be both free and smart. It is the miracle tool that enables us to question the lies of monsters.” — David Brin


99. “When a man is guided by the principles of reciprocity and consciousness, he is not far from the moral law. Whatever you don’t wish for yourself don’t do unto others.” ~ Confucius


100. “Reciprocity helps us balance the need for self-determination and creative individuality with mutual hope, and therefore what might be described as solidarity.” — David Blunkett


101. “Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”


102. “Never did I dream that the Nobel Prize could be awarded for the reciprocal relations.” — Lars Onsager


103. “My experience has shown me that we win justice quickest by rendering justice to the other party.”


104. “The first step to getting anywhere is deciding you’re no longer willing to stay where you are.”


105. “a lot of brothers don’t understand. When it comes to making love, reciprocity is everything.” ~ Pearl Cleage


106. “In masturbation there is nothing but loss. There is no reciprocity. There is merely the spending away of a certain force, and no return. The body remains, in a sense, a corpse, after the act of self-abuse. There is no change, only deadening. There is what we call dead loss. And this is not the case in any act of sexual intercourse between two people. Two people may destroy one another in sex. But they cannot just produce the null effect of masturbation.” ~ D. H. Lawrence


107. “On No Work of Words


108. “The habits that took years to build, do not take a day to change.”


109. “Through reciprocity the gift is replenished. All of our flourishing is mutual.”


110. “One of the worst things you can do is put kindness out into the world and expect to get it back. Kindness isn’t meant to be reciprocated in vain. It’s a gift. Give it for the sake of giving it. Those who don’t give it back may need it the most, and that in itself is the reward.”


111. “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”


112. “If love be rough with you, be rough with love.”


113. “But I think we are called to go beyond cultures of gratitude, to once again become cultures of reciprocity.”


114. “It struck me how the human capacity for receptivity is a kind of birthright, an asset given to us in the moment of our creation by which we are intended to regulate the currency of our souls. Unless we give back to life as much as we take from it, this faculty will fail us sooner or later.”


115. “Those who have never known the deep intimacy and the intense companionship of happy mutual love have missed the best thing that life has to give.” ~ Bertrand Russell


116. “The need to speak the truth and even to seek it for oneself is only conceivable in so far as the individual thinks and acts as one of a society, and not of any society (for it is just the constraining relations between superior and inferior that often drive the latter to prevarication) but of a society founded on reciprocity and mutual respect, and therefore on cooperation.” ~ Jean Piaget , Reciprocal quotes respect


117. “We think that we live in a heterosexual society because most men are fixated on women as sexual objects; but, in fact, we live ina homosexual society because all credible transactions of power, authority, and authenticity take place among men; all transactions based on equity and individuality take place among men. Men are real; therefore, all real relationship is between men; all real communication is between men; all real reciprocity is between men; all real mutuality is between men.” ~ Andrea Dworkin


118. “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”


119. “Whatever mourns when many leave these shores: Whatever shares The eternal reciprocity of tears.” ~ Wilfred Owen


120. “hate and love are reciprocal passions.”


121. “The concentration and reciprocal effect of industry and agriculture conjoin in a growth of productive powers, which increases more in geometrical than in arithmetical proportion.” — Friedrich List


122. “o relație bună, am mai spus-o, este reciprocă: amândoi, în egală măsură, investim energie, grijă, preocupare pentru relație”


123. “If you don’t build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs.”


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


125. “Ideally citizens are to think of themselves as if they were legislators and ask themselves what statutes, supported by what reasons satisfying the criterion of reciprocity, they would think is most reasonable to enact.” ~ John Rawls


126. “Abundance is a dance with reciprocity – what we can give, what we can share, and what we receive in the process.” ~ Terry Tempest Williams


127. “Just stick with it. What seems so hard now will one day be your warm up.”


128. “When someone tells me “no,” it doesn’t mean I can’t do it, it simply means I can’t do it with them.”


129. “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”


130. “I like to believe that love is a reciprocal thing, that it can’t really be felt, truly, by one.” ~ Sean Penn


131. “Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.”


132. “Peace is not just the absence of war, it is the active presence of a capacity for love and compassion, and reciprocity. It is an awareness that our lives are not to be lived simply for ourselves through expressing our individuality, but we confirm the purpose of our lives through the work of expressing our shared sense of community in a purposeful and practical way; to sustain our own lives we sustain the lives of others – in family, in a community of neighborhoods called a city, and in a community of nations called the world.” ~ Dennis Kucinich


133. “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.”


134. “Granted, we may try to help our own family members because they share our DNA. Or help someone else in expectation that they will help us later. But when you look at what we admire as the most generous manifestations of altruism, they are not based on kin selection or reciprocity. An extreme example might be Oskar Schindler risking his life to save more than a thousand Jews from the gas chambers. That’s the opposite of saving his genes.” ~ Richard Dawkins


135. “That which you do not wish for yourself, do not impose on others.” ~ Umar


136. “Love loves to love love.”


137. “A little reciprocity goes a long way.” ~ Malcolm Forbes


138. “Those who have never known the deep intimacy and the intense companionship of happy mutual love have missed the best thing that life has to give.” — Bertrand Russell


139. “Very different from eros is philia, a serene love much more akin to friendship, with its reciprocal kindnesses. You love each other for the happy experiences and pleasures you share.” — Francois Lelord


140. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”


141. “When one cultivates to the utmost the principles of his nature, and exercises them on the principle of reciprocity, he is not far from the path.” ~ Confucius


142. “Multinational companies use their technological know-how in their foreign subsidiaries, so reciprocal multinational relationships are key – they lead to a vested interest in both countries to remaining open.” — Edward C. Prescott


143. “Is it possible for a person to love without wanting love back? Is anything so pure? Or is love, by its nature, a reciprocity, like oceans and clouds, an evaporating of seawater and a replenishing by rain?” ~ Alan Lightman


144. “Only by affirming the animateness of perceived things do we allow our words to emerge directly from the depths of our ongoing reciprocity with the world.” ~ David Abram


145. “Reciprocity is a deep instinct; it is the basic currency of social life.” ~ Jonathan Haidt


146. “Listening is a reciprocal process – we become more attentive to others if they have attended to us.” — Margaret J. Wheatley


147. “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.”


148. “Information: the negative reciprocal value of probability.” — Claude Shannon


149. “Your soulmate never makes you chase them; they might challenge your idleness or lack of initiative, but they never play games with you. You never really count who contributes more in a soulmate relationship. The giving process happens naturally and intuitively, balanced on both sides.This creates abundance and there is never any scarcity in the relationship.


150. “The truly gifted negotiator, then, is one whose initial position is exaggerated enough to allow for a series of concessions that will yield a desirable final offer from the opponent, yet is not so outlandish as to be seen as illegitimate from the start.”


151. “Love is a mutual self-giving which ends in self-recovery.” ~ Fulton J. Sheen


152. “When one cultivates to the utmost the principles of his nature and exercises them on the principle of reciprocity, he is not far from the path.” — Confucius


153. “As we apprentice ourselves to the way of nature, we begin to understand that all of life is in a continuous cycle of giving and receiving. It is the honoring of this cycle that makes us feel at home in ourselves and in relation to the rest of nature. In order to experience true belonging, we must not only acknowledge the gifts we are receiving, but also give our beauty away, no matter how it may be received by others.”


154. “True community is based on upon equality, mutuality, and reciprocity. It affirms the richness of individual diversity as well as the common human ties that bind us together.” ~ Pauli Murray


155. “Hospitality is always an act that benefits the host even more than the guest. The concept of hospitality arose in ancient times when the reciprocity was easier to see: in nomadic cultures, the food and shelter one gave to a stranger yesterday is the food and shelter one hopes to receive from a stranger tomorrow. By offering hospitality, one participates in the endless reweaving of a social fabric on which all can depend-thus the gift of sustenance for the guest becomes a gift of hope for the host.” ~ Parker J. Palmer


156. “If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done.”


157. “Sometimes loneliness makes the loudest noise.”


158. “Commerce, trade and exchange make other people more valuable alive than dead, and mean that people try to anticipate what the other guy needs and wants. It engages the mechanisms of reciprocal altruism, as the evolutionary biologists call it, as opposed to raw dominance.” – Steven Pinker


159. “THE UNFORGIVEN


160. “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.”


161. “Throw me to the wolves and I will return leading the pack.”


162. “To stand emotionally open before the world & give of our hearts without fear of hurt or demand of reciprocity – this is the ultimate act of human courage.” ~ Brendon Burchard


163. “I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.””


164. “Social peace requires reciprocity.” ~ Ralph Peters


165. “A semi-civilized state of society, equally removed from the extremes of barbarity and of refinement, seems to be that particular meridian under which all the reciprocities and gratuities of hospitality do most readily flourish and abound. For it so happens that the ease, the luxury, and the abundance of the highest state of civilization, are as productive of selfishness, as the difficulties, the privations, and the sterilities of he lowest.” ~ Charles Caleb Colton


166. “The basis of social relationships is reciprocity: if you cooperate with others, others will cooperate with you.” ~ Carroll Quigley


167. “Both of these branches of evolutionary science, are, in my opinion, in the closest causal connection; this arises from the reciprocal action of the laws of heredity and adaptation.” — Ernst Haeckel


168. “Despair is paralysis. It robs us of agency. It blinds us to our own power and the power of the earth… Restoration is a powerful antidote to despair. Restoration offers concrete means by which humans can once again enter into positive, creative relationship with the more-than-human world, meeting responsibilities that are simultaneously material and spiritual. ...


169. “Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry: Worry never fixes anything


170. “Your soulmate never makes you chase them; they might challenge your idleness and lack of initiative, but they never play games with you. You never really count who contributes more in a soulmate relationship. The giving process happens naturally and intuitively, balanced on both sides.This creates abundance and there is never any scarcity in the relationship.


171. “I don’t count my sit-ups. I only start counting when it starts hurting. When I feel pain, that’s when I start counting, because that’s when it really counts.”


172. “We should expect hope’s reciprocity as a natural flowering of the life of hope. Helping others and nurturing hope is expressive of hopefulness itself. It is an extension of the hopeful self to reach out to others, promoting the connection of agency and the enrichment of horizons of meaning. Hope’s reciprocity grows out of the very social nature of hope; we thus frequently see it live in family relations, in intimacy, in love. And so hope spreads. This spreading should not surprise us; like love, it is freely given, fostered, and nurtured.” ~ Patrick Shade


173. “Reciprocity is not mandatory.” ~ David Lubar


174. “He has willed—He wills incessantly—that the modifications of the mind and those of the body shall be reciprocal.” — Nicolas Malebranche


175. “If you ask anyone, what is morality based on? These are the two factors that always come out: One is reciprocity… a sense of fairness, and the other one is empathy and compassion.” — Frans de Waal


176. “There is one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one’s life—reciprocity.” — Confucius


177. “I think that all moralities adequately serving the function of fostering social cooperation must contain a norm of reciprocity—a norm of returning good for good received.” — David Wong


178. “One thing I’ve always struggled with in life is loving people too much. It’s painful when that love is not reciprocated. But one thing I always comfort myself with is the fact that Allah will always show greater love to those who love Him. Allah doesn’t disappoint you so keep your heart attached to Him.” ~ Omar Suleiman


179. “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”


180. “There's always one who loves and one who lets himself be loved.”


181. “The relationship between reader and writer is reciprocal in a way. We co-create each other. We are constantly emerging out of the relationship we have with others.” — Ruth Ozeki


182. “The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.”


183. “I think that all moralities adequately serving the function of fostering social cooperation must contain a norm of reciprocity – a norm of returning good for good received. Such a norm is a necessity, I argue, because it helps relieve the strains on motivation of contributing to social cooperation when it comes into conflict with self-interest.” ~ David Wong


184. “When 99% of people doubt your idea, you’re either gravely wrong or about to make history.”


185. “The fruits of charity are joy, peace, and mercy; charity demands beneficence and fraternal correction; it is benevolence; it fosters reciprocity and remains disinterested and generous; it is friendship and communion: Love is itself the fulfillment of all our works. There is the goal; that is why we run: we run toward it, and once we reach it, in it we shall find rest.” ~ Saint Augustine


186. “Know that you get second chances so that you may change the art of your interaction, not so that others might finally treat you with the loving respect you deserve (and you do deserve loving respect).”


187. “I like to believe that love is a reciprocal thing, that it can’t really be felt, truly, by one.” — Sean Penn


188. “Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” — Robert A. Heinlein


189. “the only way to have a friend is to be one.”


190. “The inventions and the great discoveries have opened up whole continents to reciprocal communication and interchange, provided we are willing.” — Alva Myrdal


191. “Apart from what I say, though, is the feeling. People can relate to that feeling. It’s a reciprocal relationship. They feed off me, and I feed off them.” — Burna Boy


192. “Do not judge so that you will not be judged.


193. “Quadratic reciprocity is the song of love in the land of prime numbers.” ~ Kato


194. “Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it.” — Bernard Meltzer


195. “The characteristics of healthy boundaries include self-respect; non-tolerance of abuse or disrespect; responsibility for exploring and nurturing personal potential; two-way communication of wants, needs, and feelings; expectations of reciprocity; and sharing responsibility and power.”


196. “Brain connections are heavily reciprocal and recursive so that a direction of information flow can be inferred but sometimes not proven.” — Thomas R. Insel


197. “Work hard in silence, let your success be your noise.”


198. “Reciprocity is a deep instinct; it is the basic currency of social life.”


199. “Mutual forbearance and reciprocal concessions: thro’ their agency the Union was established—the patriotic spirit from which they emanated will forever sustain it.” — Martin Van Buren


200. “Inscrutably involved, we live in the currents of universal reciprocity.” ~ Martin Buber


201. “Unconditional love. That’s what he wants to give her and what he wants from her. People should give without wanting anything in return. All other giving is selfish. But he is being selfish a little, isn’t he, by wanting her to love him in return? He hopes that she loves him in return. Is it possible for a person to love without wanting love back? Is anything so pure? Or is love, by its nature, a reciprocity, like oceans and clouds, an evaporating of seawater and a replenishing of rain?” ~ Alan Lightman


202. “The essence of the Torah is the command: Do not do unto others as you should not want them to do unto you—the rest is commentary. Go and study.”


203. “Perhaps the most legitimately dispiriting thing about reciprocal altruism is that it is a misnomer. Whereas with kin selection the "goal" of our genes is to actually help another organism, with reciprocal altruism the goal is that the organism be left under the impression that we've helped; the impression alone is enough to bring the reciprocation.”


204. “Reciprocal accountability, or criticism [is] the only known antidote to error.”


205. “Nature is purposeless. Nature simply is. We may find nature beautiful or terrible, but those feelings are human constructions. Such utter and complete mindlessness is hard for us to accept. We feel such a strong connection to nature. But the relationship between nature and us is one-sided. There is no reciprocity. There is no mind on the other side of the wall.” ~ Alan Lightman , Reciprocal quotes feelings


206. “Err on the side of generosity. Not because you want something in return. Banking on reciprocity is a recipe for manipulation. Be generous because you’re human and you care.”


207. “Friendships are reciprocal.” — Kenya Moore


208. “If people are not laughing at your goals, your goals are too small.”


209. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”


210. “Allegiance, after all, has to work two ways; and one can grow weary of an allegiance which is not reciprocal.”


211. “Protection and patriotism are reciprocal. This is the way which has led nations to greatness.” — John C. Calhoun


212. “Because I was more often happy for other people, I got to spend more time being happy. And as I saw more light in everybody else, I seemed to have more myself. (250)”


213. “When these red flags appeared early on, the narrative was “shaped” in a way that was at times romantic, passionate, and even practical. The old saying of “love is blind” applies here, and before these patterns set in, hope is often what allows people to look the other way when the red flags arise. Over time, the narratives become a bit more realistic, hope begins to fade, and it becomes brutally clear that these patterns of mistrust, anger, and deceit are here to stay. A human relationship should not be built on what you can do for someone, but simply on a mutual partnership. A narcissistic relationship can often devolve into superficial attributes, such as jobs, schools, titles, resources, addresses, photo-shopped images, status posts, quiet children, well-appointed homes, and possessions.”


214. “The line "too much love will kill you" is not true. It's not too much love that kills, but the lack of its reciprocity.”


215. “By a divine paradox, wherever there is one slave there are two. So in the wonderful reciprocities of being, we can never reach the higher levels until all our fellows ascend with us.” ~ Edwin Markham


216. “Friendship- my definition- is built on two things. Respect and trust. Both elements have to be there. And it has to be mutual. You can have respect for someone, but if you don't have trust, the friendship will crumble.”


217. “What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.” ~ Confucius


218. “A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.”


219. “Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.” ~ Oscar Wilde


220. “We should give to others what we intend to get. What enters into a circle will complete a full cycle and return to its origin in kind.”


221. “Love is a positive, symbiotic, reciprocal flow between two or more entities.” — Inga Muscio


222. “there is one word that can be the guide for your life- it is the word reciprocity.” ~ Pearl S. Buck


223. “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”

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