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We hear many relationship proverbs all the time. However, sayings and platitudes are, at most, broad generalisations, so you should keep them from serving as the basis for your decisions. Instead, put greater faith in common sense, as it is more reliable than a proverb passed down through the generations. After all, navigating real relationships requires much more than a simple cliché. Here is a collection of sayings whose conveyed ideas can be found in various languages and cultural contexts; allow us to analyse them!

1-     “Opposites Attract”

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You two may be opposites, and that’s okay, but you have to at least agree on the key points. While it may be true that opposites attract in magnetism, this does not always hold in interpersonal interactions. In a healthy relationship, both partners should be able to find common ground on important subjects.

2-     “Love Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry”

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Let’s be honest; avoiding saying you’re sorry is immature. The lack of trust between you two will only worsen if you never apologise. Naturally, both you and your partner will make blunders, but it’s essential to apologise when you screw up.

It’s also important to discover the meaning of forgiveness in your partnership. Unresolved animosity will eat away at your relationship if you never apologise for your faults, but learning to accept an apology is just as crucial.

3-     “Never Go to Bed Angry”

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You will wear yourself out attempting to resolve all your disagreements quickly, especially when not all can be solved in one night. Sometimes, some time to breathe and distance is needed to resolve conflict. A better option proving more beneficial is to agree on when to resume the conversation before getting some sleep.

4-     “Love Conquers All”

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Everything would be different if this were true. Couples wouldn’t have to worry about problems at home, money, or the office. Love is, without a doubt, the most amazing experience there is. However, it is impossible to resolve everything, nor should we expect love to do so. Love will not show up to work daily, nor will it wash the dishes while “your love” sleeps! So it is crucial that we take care of business ourselves.

5-     “There Are Plenty of Fish  in the Sea”

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Those who have just gone through a breakup and are particularly vulnerable may hear this. Intended to be encouraging, the phrase really just means “you’re going to find someone else”. However, heartbroken folks don’t need off-the-wall wisdom relating to aquatic life; they are merely seeking sympathy and friends’ companionship.

On another note, if you are in a relationship and going through a rough patch, you might be tempted to go elsewhere for a partner who can better weather your storms. If someone tells you this very saying or you start thinking about it, remember that there are indeed fish in the sea — but plenty? Well, there are fish, but you never know your fishing odds!