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Polyamory pride parade in San Francisco 2004

Polyamory is the practice or lifestyle of being part of more than one long-term, intimate, and, often, sexual loving relationship at the same time, with the full knowledge and consent of all partners involved. Persons who consider themselves emotionally suited to such relationships may define themselves as polyamorous, often abbreviated to poly.


  • There is a key trait in people who do polyamory well, and it's this: They are good at regulating their strong emotions. By that I mean, when something emotionally intense is happening to you, either good or bad, you're able to see it as part of a larger whole and keep it in perspective.
  • In my experience and observation, the following factors most positively influence the odds for [poly relationship] success:
    1. General attitude of goodwill and a generosity of spirit
    2. Willingness to be honest, especially when the news is likely to hurt
    3. Independent spirit
    4. Strong personal desire for a poly life
    5. Reasonably good emotional intelligence and self-esteem
    6. Reading poly literature and discussing it with partners


  • Polyamory — that's where you're freely confessed that you have more than one lover at a time. And actually I'm less that way than I used to be, but I was trying to make people understand, that at least for some folks, this was a fairly natural state. And instead of skulking around about it that we'd all do better to avoid the deceit and be honest.
  • Hard work is damn near as overrated as monogamy.
  • The practice, state or ability of having more than one sexual loving relationship at the same time, with the full knowledge and consent of all partners involved.
  • My polyamorous friend / you got me in a mass of trouble again...
    • Breaking Benjamin
  • Confusing monogamy with morality has done more to destroy the conscience of the human race than any other error.
  • I believe that trust is more important than monogamy.

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