Intimacy Quotes (116) Spiritual Sayings

Summary: Definition of Intimacy. Intimacy is closeness with another person, like the intimacy that develops between friends as you tell one another your life's story and all your secrets and dreams for the future. Intimate relationships play a central role in the overall human experience. Humans have a general desire to belong and to love, which is usually satisfied within an intimate relationship. These relationships involve feelings of liking or loving one or more people, romance, physical or sexual attraction, sexual relationships, or emotional and personal support between the members.Intimate relationships allow a social network for people to form strong emotional attachments.


Intimacy seems to be one of the major highs of life, whether it's getting to know yourself in a deeper way, or your partner, or the world and the society that you live in. 
~ Jeff Bridges

Passion is the quickest to develop, and the quickest to fade. Intimacy develops more slowly, and commitment more gradually still.
~ Robert Sternberg

Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.
~ Rollo May

For a marriage relationship to flourish, there must be intimacy. It takes an enormous amount of courage to say to your spouse, 'This is me. I'm not proud of it - in fact, I'm a little embarrassed by it - but this is who I am.
~ Bill Hybels

It is not time or opportunity that is to determine intimacy;—it is disposition alone. Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others.
~ Jane Austen

Intimacy is the capacity to be rather weird with someone - and finding that that's ok with them.
~ Alain de Botton

The value of the personal relationship to all things is that it creates intimacy and intimacy creates understanding and understanding creates love.
~ Anais Nin

That is to say, I pray for you. And there's an intimacy in it. That's the truth.
~ Marilynne Robinson

Again, our marriage problems are not really marriage problems. They are heart problems. They are God problems. Our lack of intimacy with God causes a void that we try to fill with the frailest of substitutes. Like wealth or pleasure. Like fame or respect. Like people. Like marriage.
~ Francis Chan

Emptiness is only a disguise for an intimacy of God's, that God's silence, the eerie stillness, is filled by the Word without words, by Him who is above all names, by Him who is all in all. And his silence is telling us that He is here.
~ Karl Rahner

Intimacies between women often go backwards, beginning in revelations and ending in small talk.
~ Elizabeth Bowen

The opposite of Loneliness is not Togetherness , It's Intimacy
~ Richard Bach

The married are those who have taken the terrible risk of intimacy and, having taken it, know life without intimacy to be impossible.
~ Carolyn Heilbrun

I'm certain that most couples expect to find intimacy in marriage, but it somehow eludes them.
~ James Dobson 

There is something intimate about painting I cannot explain to you ? but it is so delightful just for expressing one's feelings.
~ Vincent Van Gogh

The many faces of intimacy: the Victorians could experience it through correspondence, but not through cohabitation; contemporary men and women can experience it through fornication, but not through friendship.
~ Thomas Szasz

That moment when the person actually dictates the way I do the portrait is when the intimacy arrives.
~ Francesco Clemente

The true feeling of sex is that of a deep intimacy, but above all of a deep complicity....
~ James Dickey

Communication is a continual balancing act, juggling the conflicting needs for intimacy and independence
~ Deborah Tannen

Real intimacy; real love has to do with a joining of the mind, a joining of the spirit, a joining of the heart.
~ Marianne Williamson

One may discover a new side to his most intimate friend when for the first time he hears him speak in public. He will be stranger to him as he is more familiar to the audience. The longest intimacy could not foretell how he would behave then
~ Henry David Thoreau

All intimacy is rare-that's what makes it precious.
~ Amy Bloom

At least embarrasement is not an imitation. It is intimacy for beginners.
~ Alice Fulton

One of the characteristics of love relationships that flower is a relatively high degree of mutual self-disclosure
~ Nathaniel Branden

Intimacy requires courage because risk is inescapable. We cannot know at the outset how the relationship will affect us.
~ Rollo May

The human soul is not framed for continued proximity, and the result of this enforced neighbourhood is often an appalling loneliness for which the rules of the game forbid assuagement.
~ Iris Murdoch

As complicated as joint custody is, it allows the delicious contradiction of having children and maintaining the intimacy of life-before-kid s.
~ Delia Ephron

True intimacy is a human constant. People of all types find it equally hard to achieve, equally precious to hold. Age, education, social status, make little difference here; even genius does not presuppose the talent to reveal one's self completely and completely absorb one's self in another personality. Intimacy is to love what concentration is to work: a simultaneous drawing together to attention and release of energy.
~ Robert Grudin 

Two things I do value a lot, intimacy and the capacity for joy, didn't seem to be on anyone else s list. I felt like the stranger in a strange land, and decided I'd better not marry the natives.
~ Richard Bach

I feel like we're all here on this planet, and intimacy is important. I can't bear small talk, it's awful. I want to get beyond that thing of discussing how the weather is a bit better today than it was yesterday, and how this is a nice restaurant. I want to get to what are the problems, what's really going on. Are you in love? Are you in a lot of pain? What's really going on in your life? I'm interested in that area, whether it's on stage or in real life.
~ Simon Amstell

It's funny; in this era of e-mail and voice mail and all those things that even I did not grow up with, a plain old paper letter takes on amazing intimacy.
~ Elizabeth Kostova

Even so, there were times I saw freshness and beauty. I could smell the air, and I really loved rock 'n' roll. Tears were warm, and girls were beautiful, like dreams. I liked movie theaters, the darkness and intimacy, and I liked the deep, sad summer nights.
~ Haruki Murakami

True intimacy with God always brings humility.
~ Beth Moore

The Spirit of God is jealous over us; He doesn't want superficial fellowship, but genuine intimacy.
~ John Bevere

Aloneness can lead to loneliness. God's preventative for loneliness is intimacy - meaningful, open, sharing relationships with one another. In Christ we have the capacity for the fulfiling sense of belonging which comes from intimate fellowship with God and with other believers.
~ Neil T Anderson

Intimacy with God is that I can come in with the honesty of my heart, tell Him how much I'm hurting.
~ Beth Moore

My willingness to be intimate with my own deep feelings creates the space for intimacy with another.
~ Shakti Gawain

The story of human intimacy is one of constantly allowing ourselves to see those we love most deeply in a new, more fractured light. Look hard. Risk that.
~ Cheryl Strayed

All fruitfulness flows from intimacy.
~ Heidi Baker

In every friendship hearts grow and entwine themselves together, so that the two hearts seem to make only one heart with only a common thought. That is why separation is so painful; it is not so much two hearts separating, but one being torn asunder.
~ Fulton J. Sheen

My primary relationship is with myself- all others are mirrors of it. As I learn to love myself, I automatically receive the love and appreciation that I desire from others. If I am commited to myself and to living my truth, I will attract others with equal commitment. My willingness to be intimate with my own deep feelings creates the space for intimacy with another.
~ Shakti Gawain

As with a wound on one's own body, it is possible to develop an intimacy with the most disturbing of things
~ Kazuo Ishiguro

Intercession is God’s brilliant strategy for including the saints in ruling with Him in power. Yet, it has such great impact on us as it draws us into intimacy with God, protects with humility, transforms with holiness, anoints with power, unifies in community, releases revelation, and increases our inheritance while it trains us to rule with His wisdom.
~ Mike Bickle

Most people are slow to champion love because they fear the transformation it brings into their lives. And 
Judging is a preemptive attack against that which you most desire - intimacy and acceptance - that is launched before you can be rejected or refused.
~ Gary Zukav

We even refuse to be our true self with God- and then wonder why we lack intimacy with him.
~ Brennan Manning 

By my intimacy with nature I find myself withdrawn from man. My interest in the sun and the moon, in the morning and the evening, compels me to solitude.
~ Henry David Thoreau

This is intimacy: the trading of stories in the dark.
~ Elizabeth Gilbert

I have the great privilege of being both witness and storyteller. Intimacy, trust and intuition guide my work.
~ Jim Goldberg

The Five A’s (attention, appreciation, acceptance, affection, allowing) are simultaneously the fulfillment of our earliest needs, the requirements of adult intimacy and of universal compassion, and the essential qualities of mindfulness practice.
~ David Richo

It is now clear to me that the family is a microcosm of the world. To understand the world, we can study the family: issues such as power, intimacy, autonomy, trust, and communication skills are vital parts underlying how we live in the world. To change the world is to change the family.
~ Virginia Satir

The highest form of love is the love that allows for intimacy without the annihilation of difference.
~ Parker J. Palmer

Today I want to belong. I want to feel safe and at home. I want to be aware of what it is like simply to be, without defenses or desires. I will appreciate the flow of life for what it is-my own true self. I will notice those moments of intimacy with myself, when I feel that “I am” is enough to sustain me forever. I will lie on the grass at one with nature, expanding until my being fades into the infinite.
~ Deepak Chopra

I wonder if this is how people always get close: They heal each other's wounds; they repair the broken skin.
~ Lauren Oliver

A life of intimacy with God is characterized by joy.
~ Oswald Chambers

Only intimacy with the self will bring about true healing.
~ Deepak Chopra

With you, intimacy colors my voice. Even 'hello' sounds like 'come here'.
~ Warsan Shire

Meditation is like giving a hug to our ourselves, getting in touch whith that awesome reality in us. While meditating we feel a deep sense of intimacy with God, a love that is inexplicable.
~ Paramahansa Yogananda

We must have a strong inner life of fellowship and intimacy with Jesus if we are going to have a strong outer life of ministry
~ Timothy Keller

And when one of them meets the other half, the actual half of himself, whether he be a lover of youth or a lover of another sort, the pair are lost in an amazement of love and friendship and intimacy and one will not be out of the other's sight, as I may say, even for a moment...
~ Plato

I tell my students that when you write, you should pretend you’re writing the best letter you ever wrote to the smartest friend you have. That way, you’ll never dumb things down. You won’t have to explain things that don’t need explaining. You’ll assume an intimacy and a natural shorthand, which is good because readers are smart and don’t wish to be condescended to.
~ Jeffrey Eugenides

The battle of prayer is against two things in the earthlies: wandering thoughts and lack of intimacy with God's character as revealed in His word. Neither can be cured at once, but they can be cured by discipline.
~ Oswald Chambers

Enlightenment is intimacy with all things.
~ Dogen 

It is not love that is to blame. But each of us has resistance to the very love we desire. We also have resistance to the space and independence we need. So we go back and forth, not letting ourselves have one or the other. It all boils down to this: Are you willing to have your relationships be a pathway to fully revealing yourself and your potential? If you answer is Yes, real intimacy can be yours on a daily basis.
~ Gay Hendricks

Our world does not need to hear more people talk about God or even about Jesus if those people do not have a lifestyle that reinforces every word they utter. The interesting thing is that the closer we walk in intimacy with God, the less we have to say. Our very lives become a bold and beautiful testimony to the ~ purity, the freedom, and the beauty of the Lord Jesus.
Dennis F. Kinlaw

The lasting value of our public service for God is measured by the depth of the intimacy of our private times of fellowship and oneness with Him.
~ Oswald Chambers

The words ‘I Love You’ kill, and resurrect millions, in less than a second.
~ Aberjhani

We are made in the image of God; we carry within us the desire for our true life of intimacy and adventure. To say we want less than that is to lie.
~ John Eldredge

They spent their time doing nothing... they let intimacy fuse them.
~ Jean Genet

Never are voices so beautiful as on a winter's evening, when dusk almost hides the body, and they seem to issue from nothingness with a note of intimacy seldom heard by day.
~ Virginia Woolf

When we are securely rooted in personal intimacy with the source of life, it will be possible to remain flexible without being relativistic, convinced without being rigid, willing to confront without being offensive, gentle and forgiving without being soft, and true witnesses without being manipulative.
~ Henri Nouwen

Every intimacy carries secreted somewhere below its initial lovely surfaces, the ever-coiled makings of complete catastrophe.
~ Elizabeth Gilbert

In my mind, marriage is a spiritual partnership and union in which we willingly give and receive love, create and share intimacy, and open ourselves to be available and accessible to another human being in order to heal, learn and grow.
~ Iyanla Vanzant

I'm willing to show good taste, if I can, in somebody else's living room, but our reading life is too short for a writer to be in any way polite. Since his words enter into another's brain in silence and intimacy, he should be as honest and explicit as we are with ourselves.
~ John Updike

I don't know why it is, exactly, but the people with the healthiest self-esteem, are also the greatest at intimacy. I'm not talking about arrogant people. I'm talking about people who know they are both good and bad yet believe at the deepest level they are really good for people.
~ Donald Miller

Cancer is a passport to intimacy. It is an invitation, maybe even a mandate, to enter the most vital arenas of human life, the most sensitive and the most frightening, the ones that we never want to go to - but when we do go there, we feel incredibly transformed.
~ Bruce Feiler

Intimacy is being seen and known as the person you truly are.
~ Amy Bloom

When we learn from experience, the scars of sin can lead us to restoration and a renewed intimacy with God.
~ Charles Stanley

When we really want to hear, and be heard by, someone we love, we do not go rushing into noisy crowds. Silence is a form of intimacy. That's how we experience it with our friends and lovers. As relationships grow deeper and more intimate, we spend more and more quiet time alone with our lover. We talk in low tones about the things that matter... That is why Christ comes to us when our hearts and minds are still and silent.
~ J. Brent Bill

Enlightenment is the key to everything, and it is the key to intimacy, because it is the goal of true authenticity.
~ Marianne Williamson

...available people are the ones who are dangerous, because they confront us with the possibility of real intimacy.
~ Marianne Williamson 

Marriage is those two thousand indistinguishable conversations, chatted over two thousand indistuinguishable breakfasts, where intimacy turns like a slow wheel. How do you measure the worth of becoming that familiar to somebody—so utterly well known and so thoroughly ever-present that you become an almost invisible necessity, like air?
~ Elizabeth Gilbert

Secrets are the currency of intimacy
~ Frank Warren

Intimacy requires courage because risk is inescapable. We cannot know at the outset how the relationship will affect us. Like a chemical mixture, if one of us is changed, both of us will be. Will we grow in self-actualization, or will it destroy us? The one thing we can be certain of is that if we let ourselves fully into the relationship for good or evil, we will not come out unaffected.
~ Rollo May

for it was not knowledge but unity that she desired, not inscriptions on tablets, nothing that could be written in any language known to men, but intimacy itself, which is knowledge
~ Virginia Woolf

This practice of adoration is based on strong and solid reasons. For the Eucharist is at once a sacrifice and a sacrament; but it differs from the other sacraments in that it not only produces grace, but contains in a permanent manner the Author of Grace Himself. When, therefore, the Church bids us to adore Christ hidden behind the Eucharistic veils and to pray to Him for spiritual and temporal favors, of which we ever stand in need, she manifests faith in her divine Spouse who is present beneath these veils, she professes her gratitude to Him, and she enjoys the intimacy of His friendship
~ Pope Pius XII

Besides the obvious difference, there was not much distinction between losing a best friend and losing a lover: it was all about intimacy. One moment, you had someone to share your biggest triumphs and fatal flaws with; the next minute, you had to keep them bottled inside. One moment, you'd start to call her to tell her a snippet of news or to vent about your awful day before realizing you did not have that right anymore; the next, you could not remember the digits of her phone number.
~ Jodi Picoult

It is a curious subject of observation and inquiry, whether hatred and love be not the same thing at bottom. Each, in its utmost development, supposes a high degree of intimacy and heart-knowledge; each renders one individual dependent for the food of his affections and spiritual life upon another; each leaves the passionate lover, or the no less passionate hater, forlorn and desolate by the withdrawal of his object.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

Charleston has a landscape that encourages intimacy and partisanship. I have heard it said that an inoculation to the sights and smells of the Carolina lowcountry is an almost irreversible antidote to the charms of other landscapes, other alien geographies. You can be moved profoundly by other vistas, by other oceans, by soaring mountain ranges, but you can never be seduced. You can even forsake the lowcountry, renounce it for other climates, but you can never completely escape the sensuous, semitropical pull of Charleston and her marshes.
~ Pat Conroy

Perhaps we had at last reached that stage of intimacy that destroys intimacy.
~ Lorrie Moore

Yoga is your direct intimacy with the nurturing power of Life. It is the practical means adapted to personal needs, age, health and all cultures.
~ Mark Whitwell

You don't stop loving someone just because you hate them.
~ Hanif Kureishi

The joy of intimacy is the reward of commitment.
~ Joshua Harris

We are at this moment as close to God as we really choose to be. True, there are times when we would like to know a deeper intimacy, but when it comes to the point, we are not prepared to pay the price involved.
~ J. Oswald Sanders

The intimacy that arises in listening and speaking truth is only possible if we can open to the vulnerability of our own hearts. Breathing in, contacting the life that is right here, is our first step. Once we have held ourselves with kindness, we can touch others in a vital and healing way.
~ Tara Brach

Intimacy doesn't have all that much to do with backseats of cars. Real intimacy is brushing your teeth together.
~ Gabrielle Zevin

Gold, silver, jewels, purple garments, houses built of marble, groomed estates, pious paintings, caparisoned steeds, and other things of this kind offer a mutable and superficial pleasure; books give delight to the very marrow of one's bones. They speak to us, consult with us, and join with us in a living and intense intimacy.
~ Petrarch

You see, the deaf have an intimacy with silence. It’s there in their dreams.
~ Shane Koyczan

It is precisely in relationships of intimacy that your craziness (and mine) will be hardest to conceal.
~ Stephanie Dowrick

The beauty of what I read in the gospel is the intimacy of what we're called to, that there's no middle man.
~ Jon Foreman

Pretentiousness repels but authenticity attracts, and vulnerability is the pathway to intimacy.
~ Rick Warren

The more familiar two people become, the more the language they speak together departs from that of the ordinary, dictionary-defined discourse. Familiarity creates a new language, an in-house language of intimacy that carries reference to the story the two lovers are weaving together and that cannot be readily understood by others.
~ Alain de Botton 

A ministry of power must be the fruit of a holy, peaceful, loving intimacy with the Lord.
~ Horatius Bonar

Solitude is very different from a 'time-out' from our busy lives. Solitude is the very ground from which community grows. Whenever we pray alone, study, read, write, or simply spend quiet time away from the places where we interact with each other directly, we are potentially opened for a deeper intimacy with each other.
~ Henri Nouwen

We need to imagine a world in which every woman is the presiding genius of her own body. In such a world women will truly create new life, bringing forth not only children if and as we choose but the visions, and the thinking, necessary to sustain, console and alter human existence-a new relationship to the universe. Sexuality, politics, intelligence, power, motherhood, work, community, intimacy will develop new meanings; thinking itself will be transformed. This is where we have to begin.
~ Adrienne Rich

The dangerous time when mechanical voices, radios, telephones, take the place of human intimacies, and the concept of being in touch with millions brings a greater and greater poverty in intimacy and human vision.
~ Anais Nin

Many abused children cling to the hope that growing up will bring escape and freedom. But the personality formed in an environment of coercive control is not well adapted to adult life. The survivor is left with fundamental problems in basic trust, autonomy, and initiative. She approaches the tasks of early adulthood-establishing independence and intimacy-burdened by major impairments in self-care, in cognition and memory, in identity, and in the capacity to form stable relationships. She is still a prisoner of her childhood; attempting to create a new life, she reencounters the trauma.
~ Judith Lewis Herman

There is no intimacy like that between two women who have chosen to be sisters.
~ Warsan Shire

The struggle for true openness and intimacy is a lifelong struggle for all of us, gay and straight alike. And besides, a difficult life brings you to the core of yourself, where you learn what justice is and how it has to be fought for.
~ Paul Monette

I think the point of cinematography, of what we do, is intimacy. Is intent, is the balance between the familiar and the dream, it is being subjective and objective, it is being engaged and yet standing back and noticing something that perhaps other people didn’t notice before, or celebrating something that you feel is beautiful or valid, or true or engaging in some way.
~ Christopher Doyle

The main thing going on around intimacy is that we've developed a lot of strategies so we'll be a desirable package.
~ Tara Brach

I would love to be able to play anywhere, but to me the sweet spot is clubs and theaters, just because I feel like you lean in to tell a joke. You don't back up. Comedy lives in that area. I've played amphitheaters, big clubs, and pool halls, and the most fun rooms hold anywhere from 500 to 2,000 people. That intimacy is where comedy really lives.
~ Michael Che

I think the primary gift of the animal is offered to writer and non-writer alike; they teach us about love, or attunement, which is love in action. A lot of people have closer relationships with animals than they do with other humans, because real intimacy requires both parties to consistently lean in, and animals are so good at this. They remain consistently, amazingly attuned to us, even when we fail them, and so we stay present, because we sense we're safe.
~ C.E. Morgan

Ultimately, I don't know if love is an organizing principle we choose or if it's innate. I'm not sure the distinction matters to me much anymore; I just care about how we can reduce unnecessary suffering. I think that means learning to love in both the micro and the macro; engaging in ethical action at the level of intimacy and friendship, but also at the vocational level through our chosen work in the world, our right livelihood.
~ C.E. Morgan

Silence Of The Lambs is a fantastic film. It's a horror film, and it's an incredibly well-told film that is about point of view in such a unique way. The way that film is shot, the way the eyelines are so close, if not directly into camera, betrays an intimacy with the characters and the audience.
~ Bryan Fuller

I want to be completely honest, I have to say that I love the intimacy of the camera.
~ Laura Vandervoort

I take it as a sign of intimacy and friendship when you feel comfortable enough with someone to have a little rough and tumble.
~ Kenneth Lonergan

We want to be in open, loving communion with each other and our greatest fear is intimacy. That it won't work and we'll be rejected.
~ Tara Brach

Even going through the motions is a way of establishing a new relationship with our inner life that is caring and tender, versus one that is judging, distancing or ignoring. This is the beginning of being capable of intimacy with others.
~ Tara Brach

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