As we learn to truly respect one another’s differences, the most sought-after ideal — loving partnership that fosters emotional and spiritual growth — is becoming a reality.
— Art Klein quoted in The New Intimacy by James Sniechowski and Judith Sherven
The value of a personal relationship to things is that it creates intimacy and intimacy creates understanding and understanding creates love.
— Anais Nin quoted in The Temple in the House by James Lawlor
Enlightenment is just intimacy with all things.
— Eihei Dogen quoted in No Beginning, No End by Jakusho Kwong and Peter Levitt
Intimacy is a song of spirit inviting two people to come and share their spirit together. It is a song that no one can resist. We hear it while awake or sleeping, in community or alone. We cannot ignore it.
— Sobonfu E. Some in The Spirit of Intimacy
The F.A.C.E. of the inflated ego is Fear, Attachment, Control and Entitlement — the most vicious enemies of intimacy.
— David Richo in How to Be an Adult in Relationships
Zen Buddhist Wisdom
Spiritual intimacy with your partner helps create emotional intimacy and makes your physical intimacy more fulfilling. The three kinds of intimacy are interconnected.
— Thich Nhat Hanh in Fidelity: How to Create a Loving Relationship That Lasts
All true intimacies are gifts. They appear as if from behind us, beside us, above us, below us. We usually cannot see them coming. They take our whole attention, and in the process we have a chance to come face-to-face with something we did not know about ourselves and the world.
— Gunilla Norris in Journeying in Place