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What Is Love?
"Everyone admits that love is wonderful and necessary, yet no one agrees on just what it is." —Unknown
Love—the inexplicable feeling that has puzzled humans for ages—is complicated, to put it mildly. While scientists are trying to understand the biological causes of the feelings we call love, others are trying to define it in words.
Our Attempts to Define Love
Scientists will try to explain love as chemical reactions that stimulate the neurons in our brains and the cells in our bodies, leading to the feelings we associate with love. Meanwhile, poets, songwriters, and philosophers attempt to give reason to the feelings that unite people together in the closest of bonds.
Dictionaries give varying definitions of the word "love":
- A deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person, such as that arising from kinship, recognition of attractive qualities, or a sense of underlying oneness.
- A feeling of intense desire and attraction toward a person with whom one is disposed to make a pair; the emotion of sex and romance.
Love Is in Our Actions, Not Our Words
However you try to define love, in the end, it can only be defined by our actions. Love without actions is not true love. This can be summed up with a quote by Kim Casali: “Love is the little things we do for each other.” This reflects the scripture “Let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth” (I John 3:18).
Your love for someone will be demonstrated by the things that you do for them—things that you do not because you have to, but because you want to. You do these things with the aim of pleasing them, and not as a means of promoting your own pleasure or earning any reward that may result from them.
My Comprehensive List of Quotes About Love
There are many blogs and websites listing love quotes, but it is hard to find one that is in any way extensive. I have attempted to compile a very comprehensive (but, I am sure, not exhaustive) list of quotes about love. They are arranged in alphabetical order under a number of headings:
- Expressions of Love: These are quotes that are spoken directly from one person to another.
- How We Should Give Our Love: These are quotes about how to go about giving your love to your beloved.
- Symptoms or Consequences of Love: These quotes explore the effect that being in love will have on you.
- General and Romantic Love Quotes: These are quotes that I have not categorised, but it is the most extensive section.
- When Love Ends: For many reasons, relationships break up. These quotes reflect how we may feel on such an occasion.
- And Without Love?: How do we cope without being loved? These quotes share what it is like not to be loved or to love.
- Humourous Love Quotes: These quotes take a light-hearted look at love (but not without a hint of truth).
- Cynical Quotes About Love: These quotes take a cynical view of relationships.
- Quotes About Kissing: A kiss is much more than the joining of one's lips with another, according to these quotes.
I hope you enjoy the list, and, if you make it to the end, please leave a comment. If you have any other favourite love quotes that I have missed, please add them via the comments section for others to enjoy.
1. Expressions of Love
- A hundred hearts would be too few
To carry all my love for you.
- All days are nights to see till I see thee,
And nights bright days when dreams do show thee to me.
—William Shakespeare, "Sonnet XLIII"
- As I gaze upon your beauty, I think to myself, never have I seen an angel fly so low . . . —Unknown
- Before I met you, I never knew what it was like to smile for no reason. —Unknown
- Come live in my heart and pay no rent. —Samuel Lover
- Come live with me, and be my love,
And we will some new pleasures prove,
Of golden sands, and crystal brooks,
With silken lines, and silver hooks.
- Do I love you because you are beautiful,
Or are you beautiful because I love you?
—Rodgers and Hammerstein
- Don't forget. I'm just a girl standing in front of a boy . . . asking him to love her. —From "Notting Hill"
- For you see, each day I love you more
Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.
- How do I love thee? Let me count the ways . . . —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
- I'd like to run away from you. But if you didn't come and find me . . . I would die. —Unknown
- If I could ask God one thing, it would be to stop the moon. Stop the moon and make this night and your beauty last forever. —From "A Knight’s Tale"
- If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you've made me smile, the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand. —Unknown
- If I had a rose for every time I thought of you, I’d be picking roses for a lifetime. —Swedish Proverb
- If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden. —Attributed to Claudia Gandhi
- If I had to choose between loving you and breathing, I would use my last breath to say I love you. —Unknown
- If I know what love is, it is because of you. —Herman Hesse
- If love is great, and there are no greater things, then what I feel for you must be the greatest. —Unknown
- If I tell you I love you, can I keep you forever? —From "Casper" (1995)
- If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you. —Winnie the Pooh
- I like you very much, just as you are. —From "Bridget Jones's Diary" (2001)
- I'll give you the moon at night
I'll give you star that lights your eyes
I'll give you the sun that made just one more dawn
So another day may come
I'll give you my heart and soul
I'll be there to catch you when you fall
When you ask me what I give to you
Girl I'll give it all
- I love thee—I love thee,
'Tis all that I can say
It is my vision in the night,
My dreaming in the day.
- I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach. —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
- I love you like crazy, baby
'Cuz I'd go crazy without you.
- I love you, not only for what you are,
But for what I am when I am with you.
- It takes a lot to hate you, it takes too much to forget you, but it took so little to love you. —Unknown
- It was beginning with you that I said yes to the world. —Paul Éluard
- I've fallen in love many times . . . always with you. —Unknown
- I was afraid of love, I thought love took time, like a fine wine aging in the cellar. I was wrong. Love is there from the moment you see that person, embrace it, let it grow, follow your heart, not your mind. —Unknown
- I wrote your name in the sand, but the waves washed it away. I wrote your name on a piece of paper, but it got thrown away. I wrote your name in the sky, but the wind blew it away. So, I wrote your name in my heart, and that's where it will stay. —Unknown
- I would rather fight with you than make love to anyone else. —From "The Wedding Date"
- It's not who you are to the world, it's who you are to me. It's not how many times I say I love you . . . it's how much I really do. —Mary Ann
- Let the world stop turning,
Let the sun stop burning,
Let them tell me love's not worth going through.
If it all falls apart,
I will know deep in my heart,
The only dream that mattered had come true . . .
In this life I was loved by you.
- My love for you is a journey . . . it starts at forever and ends at never! —Unknown
- My heart to you is given:
Oh, do give yours to me;
We'll lock them up together,
And throw away the key.
- My whole heart for my whole life. —French saying used on posey rings
- No matter how many times I try and move on, my heart always takes me back here to you. —Unknown
- Please be careful with my heart. You can take it, just don't break it or my world would fall apart. —Unknown
- Seduce my mind and you can have my body, find my soul and I'm yours forever. —Unknown
- Take love, multiply it by infinity and take it to the depths of forever . . . and you still have only a glimpse of how I feel for you. —From “Meet Joe Black”
- The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it. You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough. —George Moore
- The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along. —Jalal-Uddin Rumi
- The most beautiful view is the one I share with you. —Unknown
- The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them. —Stephen Edwin King
- They say, 'A picture is worth a thousand words,' but when I saw yours, I was speechless. —Unknown
- Through any kind of weather, what if the sky should fall, just as long as we're together, doesn't matter much at all. —Judy Blume
- Time may take us apart, that's true, but I will always be there for you. You're in my heart, you'll be in my dreams, no matter the miles between. —Unknown
- What I need to live has been given to me by the earth. Why I need to live has been given to me by you. —Unknown
- When I found you, I felt as if my heart found its destination. —Unknown
- When I saw you, I was afraid to meet you. When I met you, I was afraid to kiss you. When I kissed you, I was afraid to love you. Now that I love you, I am afraid to lose you. —Unknown
- When you smiled, you had my undivided attention. When you laughed, you had my urge to laugh with you. When you cried, you had my urge to hold you. When you said you loved me, you had my heart forever. —Unknown
- Within you, I lose myself. Without you, I find myself wanting to be lost again. —Unknown
- You are my first romance and I'm willing to take a chance; until life is through, I'll still be loving you. I will be true to you, just a promise from you will do. From the very start, please be careful with my heart. —Jose Mari Chan
- You were made perfectly to be loved and surely I have loved you, in the idea of you, my whole life long. —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
2. How We Should Give Our Love
- A loving relationship is one in which the loved one is free to be himself—to laugh with me, but never at me; to cry with me, but never because of me; to love life, to love himself, to love being loved. Such a relationship is based upon freedom and can never grow in a jealous heart. —Leo F. Buscaglia
- Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart. —Marcus Aurelius
- Attention is the most basic form of love, through it we bless and are blessed. —John Tarrant
- Find a guy who calls you beautiful instead of hot, who calls you back when you hang up on him, who will lie under the stars and listen to your heartbeat, or will stay awake just to watch you sleep . . . wait for the boy who kisses your forehead, who wants to show you off to the world when you are in sweats, who holds your hand in front of his friends, who thinks you're just as pretty without makeup on. One who is constantly reminding you of how much he cares and how lucky his is to have you . . . The one who turns to his friends and says, "That's her." —Unknown
- It is best to love wisely, no doubt;
but to love foolishly is better than
not to be able to love at all.
- Let your love be like the misty rains, coming softly, but flooding the river. —Unknown
- Love grows by giving. The love we give away is the only love we keep. The only way to retain love is to give it away. —Elbert Hubbard
- Love is like playing the piano. First you must learn to play by the rules, then you must forget the rules and play from your heart. —Unknown
- Sometimes we make love with our eyes. Sometimes we make love with our hands. Sometimes we make love with our bodies. Always we make love with our hearts. —Unknown
- Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own home.
Give love to your children, to a wife or husband, to a next-door neighbour. —Mother Teresa
- The dedicated life is the life worth living. You must give with your whole heart. —Annie Dillard
- The important thing is not to think much but to love much; do, then, whatever most arouses you to love. —St. Teresa of Avila
- Truly loving another means letting go of all expectations. It means full acceptance, even celebration of another's personhood. —Karen Casey
- We can only learn to love by loving. —Iris Murdoch
- You have to walk carefully in the beginning of love; the running across fields into your lover's arms can only come later when you're sure they won't laugh if you trip. —Jonathan Carroll, "Outside the DogMuseum"
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3. Symptoms or Consequences of Love
- At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet. —Plato
- Falling in love is so hard on the knees. —Aerosmith
- Falling in love is not an extension of one’s limits or boundaries; it is a partial and temporary collapse of them. —M. Scott Peck
- It is astonishing how little one feels alone when one loves. —John Bulwer
- Love can make you do things that you never thought possible. —Phil Collins
- Love comforteth like sunshine after rain. —William Shakespeare
- Love cures people—both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it. —Dr. Karl Menninger
- Love is the only thing you get more of by giving it away. —Tom Wilson
- Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place. —Zora Neale Hurston
- The most powerful symptom of love is a tenderness which becomes at times almost insupportable. —Victor Hugo
- There is no remedy for love but to love more. —Henry David Thoreau
- To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving in all others. —Unknown
- Trip over love, you can get up. Fall in love and you fall forever. —Unknown
- When you love someone, all your saved-up wishes start coming out.
- Where does the family start? It starts with a young man falling in love with a girl—no superior alternative has yet been found. —Sir Winston Churchill
4. General and Romantic Love Quotes
- Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires. —Francois de La Rochefoucauld
- A bell is no bell 'til you ring it,
A song is no song 'til you sing it,
And love in your heart
Wasn’t put there to stay -
Love isn’t love
'Til you give it away.
—Oscar Hammerstein, "The Sound of Music," "You Are Sixteen (Reprise)"
- A full bottle of wine may not be intoxicating but a single drop of true love intoxicates. —Unknown
- A good love is delicious you can't get enough too soon. —Jewel Kilcher
- A heart in love hears music even when there is silence. —Tia Pilikian
- A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge. —Thomas Carlyle
- A simple "I love you" means more than money. —Frank Sinatra
- A true love never tires or wanes but is with us always, like our blood, our breath. I shall never weary of that brow, nor those grey, wistful eyes. —Abelard to Heloise
- A baby is born with a need to be loved—and never outgrows it. —Frank A. Clark
- A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love. —Henri B. Stendhal
- Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it. —Thomas Fuller
- Ah me! Love can not be cured by herbs. —Ovid
- All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. —Leo Tolstoy
- All is fair in love and war. —Unknown
- All love that has not friendship for its base, is like a mansion built upon the sand. —Ella Wheeler Wilcox
- All mankind loves a lover. —Ralph Waldo Emerson
- All you need is love. —John Lennon
- A man is not where he lives, but where he loves. —Latin Proverb
- A man loved by a beautiful woman will always get out of trouble. —Voltaire
- And when the future hinges on the next words that are said, don't let logic interfere, believe your heart instead. —Philip Robinson
- Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly. —Rose Franken
- Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart. —Unknown
- A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love. —Stendhal
- A woman knows the face of the man she loves like a sailor knows the open sea. —Honore de Balzac
- At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet. —Plato
- Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. —Lao Tzu
- Being in love is not looking at one another, but looking together in the same direction. —Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
- Blushing is the colour of virtue. —Diogenes
- But I being poor have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
- But there's nothing half so sweet in life as love's young dream. —George Moore
- But to see her was to love her, love but her, and love her forever. —Robert Burns
- Candlelight, moonlight, star light,
The brightest glow is from love light.
- Can miles truly separate you from friends . . . If you want to be with someone you love, aren't you already there? —Richard Bach
- Come let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves. —Proverbs 7:18
- Death cannot stop true love; all it can do is delay it for a while. —From "The Princess Bride"
- Destiny is something we've invented because we can't stand the fact that everything that happens is accidental. —From “Sleepless in Seattle”
- Distance, it is a test of love, many will fail, but for those who can withstand it have the answer: true love. —Unknown
- Don't let doubts lose the magic of love, because it's not every day you meet someone who has the magic to let you fall in love. —Unknown
- Don't say you love me unless you really mean it, because I might do something crazy like believe it. —Unknown
- Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I love. —William Shakespeare
- Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don't have to have college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. —Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
- Everyone admits that love is wonderful and necessary, yet no one agrees on just what it is. —Unknown
- Find the person who will love you because of your differences and
not in spite of them and you have found a lover for life. —Leo Buscaglia
- For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. —Galatians 5:14
- Forever is not a word, rather a place where two lovers go when true love takes them there. —Unknown
- For every beauty, there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth, there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love, there is a heart somewhere to receive it. —Ivan Panin
- For one human being to love another that is perhaps the most difficult of our tasks; the ultimate, the last test and proof; the work for which all other work is but preparation. —Rainer Maria Rilke
- For to be a lover will require
that you continually have
the subtlety of the very wise,
the flexibility of the child,
the sensitivity of the artist,
the understanding of the philosopher,
the acceptance of the saint,
the tolerance of the scholar and
the fortitude of the certain.
- Fortune and love favour the brave. —Ovid
- Give her two red roses, each with a note. The first note says, “For the woman I love,” and the second, “For my best friend.” —Unknown
- Give love and unconditional acceptance to those you encounter, and notice what happens. —Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
- Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love. —Albert Einstein
- Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be. —Robert Browning
- Harmony is pure love, for love is a concerto. —Unknown
- Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs. —Proverbs 10:12
- Hearts are not to be had as a gift—hearts are to be earned. —William Butler Yeats
- He looks at me and my heart starts skipping beats, my face starts to glow, and my eyes start to twinkle. Imagine what he would do to me if he smiled! —Unknown
- He that loves not, knows not God; for God is love. —John 4:8
- He who wants to do good, knocks at the gate;
He who loves, finds the door open.
- How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. —From "Annie"
More Romantic Quotes
- I guarantee there’ll be tough times; I guarantee that at some point, one, or both of us is gonna wanna get out of this thing; But I also guarantee, that if I don’t ask you to be mine, I’ll regret it for the rest of my life . . . because I know in my heart, that you’re the only one for me. —From "Runaway Bride" (1999)
- I have a very strong feeling that the opposite of love is not hate—it’s apathy. It's not giving a damn. —Leo Buscaglia
- I may not be a smart man, but I know what love is. —From “Forrest Gump”
- If he loves you, the only thing he'd want to change is your last name. —Unknown
- If I know what love is, it is because of you. —Unknown
- If music be the food of love; play on. —William Shakespeare
- If raindrops were kisses, I could send you showers. If hugs were seas, I could send you oceans. And if love was a person, I could send you me. —Unknown
- If it is not mutual it isn't love. —Bruce Kravetz
- If you judge people, you have no time to love them. —Mother Theresa
- If you love me, let me know. If not, gently let me go. —Unknown
- If you love someone, do not put their name in a heart because hearts can be broken; instead, put their name in a circle, because circles go on forever. —Unknown
- If you love someone, let them go. If they return to you, it was meant to be. If they don't, their love was never yours to begin with . . . —Unknown
- If you love the good that you see in another, you make it your own. —Saint Gregory the Great
- If you would be loved, love and be lovable. —Benjamin Franklin
- I have learned not to worry about love;
But to honour its coming with all my heart.
- I’ll be the moon when the sun goes down, just so you know I’m always around. —Unknown
- I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love. —Henry Ward Beecher
- I never loved another person the way I loved myself. —Mae West
- In every living thing there is the desire for love. —D.H. Lawrence
- In love the paradox occurs that two beings become one and yet remain two. —Erich Fromm
- In real love, you want the other person's good. In romantic love, you want the other person. —Unknown
- In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing. —Mignon McLaughlin
- I should like to lie at your feet and die in your arms. —Voltaire
- I tell you, the more I think, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. —Vincent Van Gough
- I think it’s nice when people find love, because I feel like everyone deserves it. —Drew Barrymore
- It is a ridiculous thought but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize how much you love them. —Agatha Christie
- It is better to be hated for who you are than to be loved for what you are not. —Andre Gide
- It is difficult to know at what moment love begins; it is less difficult to know that it has begun. —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- It is the same in love as in war; a fortress that parleys is half taken. —Marguerite de Valois
- It is the things in common that make relationships enjoyable, but it is the little differences that make them interesting. —Todd Ruthman
- It takes a second to say I love you, but a lifetime to show it. —Unknown
- Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.
General Quotes About Love, Continued
- Late at night when all the world is sleeping, I stay up and think of you. And I wish on a star, that somewhere you are thinking of me too. —Unknown
- Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine. —Song of Solomon 1:2
- Life and hope for the world are to be found only in the deeds of love. —Bertrand Russell
- Life is the flower for which love is the honey. —Victor Hugo
- Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction. —Saint-Exupery, "Wind, Sand, and Stars" (1939)
- Life without love is like a tree without blossom and fruit. —Khalil Gibran
- Like I've always said, love wouldn't be blind if the braille weren't so damned much fun. —Armistead Maupin, "Maybe the Moon"
- Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down. —Oprah Winfrey
- Love always creates, it never destroys; in this lie's man's only promise. —Leo Buscaglia
- Love, and a cough, cannot be hid. —George Herbert, "Jacula Prudentum" (1651)
- Love and electricity are one in the same, my dear. If you do not feel the jolt in your soul every time a kiss is shared, a whisper is spoken, a touch is felt, then your not really in love at all. —C. J. Franks
- Love - a wildly misunderstood although highly desirable malfunction of the heart which weakens the brain, causes eyes to sparkle, cheeks to glow, blood pressure to rise and the lips to pucker. —Unknown
- Love built on beauty, soon as beauty, dies. —John Donne
- Love cannot endure indifference. It needs to be wanted. Like a lamp, it needs to be fed out of the oil of another's heart, or its flame burns low. —Henry Ward Beecher
- Love cannot save you from your own fate. —Jim Morrison
- Love can sometimes be magic. But magic can sometimes . . . just be an illusion. —Unknown
- Love can touch us one time and last for a lifetime, and never let go till we're gone. —From “Titanic”
- Love cures people—both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it. —Karl Menninger
- Love doesn't make the world go round, love is what makes the ride worthwhile. —Elizabeth Browning
- Love feels no burden, thinks nothing of trouble and attempts what is above its strength. —Thomas A Kempis
- Love grows by giving. The love we give away is the only love we keep. The only way to retain love is to give it away. —Elbert Hubbard
- Love has features which pierce all hearts, he wears a bandage which conceals the faults of those beloved. He has wings, he comes quickly and flies away the same. —Voltaire
- Love has no desire but to fulfill itself. To melt and be like a running brook that signs its melody to the night. To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another loving day. —Kahlil Gibran
- Love in its essence is spiritual fire. —Emmanuel Swedenborg
- Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding. —Diane Arbus
- Love is a better teacher than duty. —Albert Einstein
- Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination. —Voltaire
- Love is a chain of love as nature is a chain of life. —Truman Capote
- Love is a choice you make from moment to moment. —Barbara de Angelis
- Love is a conflict between reflexes and reflections. —Mangnu Hirschfield
- Love is a cunning weaver of fantasies and fables. —Sappho
- Love is a fire; but whether it is going to warm your heart or burn down your house, you can never tell. —Joan Crawford
- Love is a friendship caught on fire. —Northern Exposure
- Love is a friendship set to music. —E. Joseph Cossman
- Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand. —Mother Teresa
- Love is a game that two can play and both win. —Eva Gabor
- Love is a gift, not an obligation, follow your heart and always trust the person you love. —Unknown
- Love is a gift of one's inner most soul to another so both can be whole. —Tea Rose
- Love is a grave mental disease. —Plato
- Love is a great beautifier. —Louisa May Alcott
- Love is a language spoken by everyone, but understood only by a heart. —Shirley Rindani
- Love is a mutual self-giving which ends in self-recovery. —Fulton J. Sheen
- Love is a path to the heart that knows its own way. —Unknown
- Love is a portion of the soul itself, and it is of the same nature as the celestial breathing of the atmosphere of paradise. —Victor Hugo
- Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs. —William Shakespeare
- Love is a state in which a man sees things most decidedly as they are not. —Friedrich Nietzsche
- Love is a state of being. Your love is not outside; it is deep within you. You can never lose it, and it cannot leave you. —Eckhart Tolle
- Love is a symbol of eternity. It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end. —Unknown
- Love is a thing, well, its kind of like quicksand:
The more you are in it, the deeper you sink.
And when it hits you, you've just got to fall.
- Love is a tyrant sparing none. —Pierre Corneille
- Love is all we have, the only way that each can help the other. —Euripides
- Love is all you need. —Paul McCartney
- Love is always bestowed as a gift—
freely, willingly, and without expectation . . .
We don't love to be loved; we love to love.
- Love is always open arms. If you close your arms about love, you will find that you are left holding only yourself. —Leo Buscaglia
- Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit. —Peter Ustinov
- Love is an electric blanket with somebody else in control of the switch. —Cathy Carlyle
- Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired. —Robert Frost
- Love is an ocean of emotions entirely surrounded by expenses. —Thomas Robert Dewar
- Love is as much of an object as an obsession, everybody wants it, everybody seeks it, but few ever achieve it, those who do will cherish it, be lost in it, and among all, never . . . never forget it. —Unknown
- Love is being stupid together. —Paul Valery
- Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition. —Alexander Smith
- Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. —Aristotle
- Love is energy: it can neither be created nor destroyed. It just is and always will be, giving meaning to life and direction to goodness . . . Love will never die. —Bryce Courtney
- Love is everything it's cracked up to be. That's why people are so cynical about it . . . It really is worth fighting for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don't risk everything, you risk even more. —Erica Jong
- Love is forever, and if it doesn't last forever it isn't love. —Dottie Kinealy
- Love is friendship set on fire. —Jeremy Taylor
- Love is friendship set to music. —E. Joseph Crossmann
- Love is great when you find someone to give it to. —Unknown
- Love is hard work; and hard work sometimes hurts. —Unknown
- Love is like a bed of roses; there are many thorns. The path to true happiness lies in learning to avoid the thorns, while enjoying the roses. —Lillian Carol Russell
- Love is like a butterfly; it settles upon you when you least expect it. —Unknown
- Love is like a mountain,
Hard to climb,
But once you get to the top
The view is beautiful.
—Daniel Monroe Tuttle
- Love is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties. —Jules Renard
- Love is like dew that falls on both nettles and lilies. —Swedish Proverb
- Love is like playing the piano. First you must learn to play by the rules, then you must forget the rules and play from your heart. —Unknown
- Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it, and it darts away. —Unknown
More Quotes About "Love Is . . . "
- Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life. —Leo Buscaglia
- Love is loveliest when embalm'd in tears. —Walter Scott
- Love is metaphysical gravity. —R. Buckminster Fuller
- Love is missing someone whenever you're apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you're close in heart. —Kay Knudsen
- Love is more than three words mumbled before bedtime. Love is sustained by action, a pattern of devotion in the things we do for each other every day. —Nicholas Sparks
- Love is much nicer to be in than an automobile accident, a tight girdle, a higher tax bracket or a holding pattern over Philadelphia. —Judith Viorst, "Redbook"(1975)
- Love is not a matter of counting the years . . . But making the years count. —Michelle St. Amand
- Love is not always convenient, but if it is true love, it will outlast any strain, overcome any obstacle, and grow consistently and exponentially for all eternity. —Russell Conner
- Love is not blind—it sees more, not less. But because it sees more, it is willing to see less. —Julius Gordon
- Love is not consolation, it is light. —Friedrich Nietzsche
- Love is not knowing what you are talking about. —Charles Schulz
- Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds. —William Shakespeare
- Love is not singular except in syllable. —Marvin Taylor
- Love is not weakness. It is strong. Only the sacrament of marriage can contain it. —Boris Pasternak
- Love is or it ain't. Thin love ain't love at all. —Toni Morrison
- Love is patient and kind;
Love is not jealous or boastful;
It is not arrogant or rude.
Love does not insist on its own ways;
It is not irritable or resentful;
It does not rejoice at wrong.
But rejoices in the right.
Love bears all things,
Believes all things,
Hopes all things,
Endures all things.
Love never ends...
But the greatest of these is
—1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 13
- Love is perfect kindness. —Joseph Campbell
- Love is something eternal—the aspect may change, but not the essence There is the same difference in a person before and after he is in love as there is in an unlighted lamp and one that is burning. The lamp was there and was a good lamp, but now it is shedding light too, and that is its real function. And love makes one calmer about many things, and that way, one is more fit for one's work. —Vincent Van Gogh
- Love is something far more than desire for sexual intercourse; it is the principal means of escape from the loneliness, which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives. —Bertrand Russell
- Love is something that cannot be explained. It is the force that drives us to protect the ones we care about. —Unknown
- Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. —Robert Heinlein
- Love is the emblem of eternity: it confounds all notion of time:
effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end. —Germaine De Stael
- Love is the exchange of two fantasies and the contact of two skins. —Chamfort
- Love is the expansion of two natures in such fashion that each include the other, each is enriched by the other. —Felix Adler
- Love is the beauty of the soul. —Unknown
- Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it is found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration. —D.H. Lawrence
- Love is the flower you've got to let grow. —John Lennon
- Love is the greatest refreshment in life. —Picasso
- Love is the history of a woman's life; it is an episode in man's. —Germaine De Stael
- Love is the immortal flow of energy that nourishes, extends and preserves. Its eternal goal is life. —Smiley Blanton
- Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the gods. —Plato
- Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness. —Oliver Wendell Holmes
- Love is the magician that pulls man out of his own hat. —Ben Hecht
- Love is the only gold. —Lord Alfred Tennyson
- Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence. —Erich Fromm
- Love is the poetry of the senses. —Honoré de Balzac
- Love is the silent saying and saying of a single name. —Mignon McLaughlin, "The Neurotic's Notebook" (1960)
- Love is the thing that enables a woman to sing while she mops up the floor after her husband has walked across it in his barn boots. —Hoosier Farmer
- Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. —Henry Louis Mencken
- Love is the true means by which the world is enjoyed:
our love to others, and others' love to us.
- Love is what you've been through with somebody. —James Thurber, quoted in "Life Magazine" (1960)
- Love isn't finding a perfect person, it's seeing an imperfect person perfectly. —Unknown
- Love, like a river, will cut a new path whenever it meets an obstacle. —Crystal Middlemas
- Love looks through a telescope; envy through a microscope. —Josh Billings
- Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; And therefore is wing’d cupid painted blind. —William Shakespeare
- Love means never having to say you're sorry. —Erich Segal, from "Love Story"
- Love means to commit oneself without guarantee, to give oneself completely in the hope that our love will produce love in the loved person. Love is an act of faith, and whoever is of little faith is also of little love. —Erich Fromm
- Love must have wings to fly away from love,
And to fly back again.
—Edwin Arlington Robinson
- Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. —1 Corinthians 14:1
- Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends. —Proverbs 17:9
- Love puts the fun in together, the sad in apart, and the joy in a heart. —Unknown
- Love would never be a promise of a rose garden unless it is showered with light of faith, water of sincerity and air of passion. —Unknown
- Love reckons hours for months, and days for years; and every little absence is an age. —John Dryden
- Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination, full of hope. —Maya Angelou
- Love sought is good, but given unsought is better. —William Shakespeare
- Love the heart that hurts you, But never hurt the heart that loves you. —Unknown
- Love unlocks doors and opens windows that weren't even there before. —Mignon McLaughlin, "The Second Neurotic's Notebook" (1966)
- Love vanquishes time. To lovers, a moment can be eternity; eternity can be the tick of a clock. —Unknown
- Love which has been tested by distance and obstacles, and has passed, is true love. —Unknown
- Love won't be tampered with, love won't go away. Push it to one side and it creeps to the other. —Louise Erdrich
- Love works in miracles every day: such as weakening the strong, and stretching the weak; making fools of the wise, and wise men of fools; favouring the passions, destroying reason, and in a word, turning everything topsy-turvy. —Marguerite De Valois
- Look inside your heart, I'll look inside mine. —Steve Winwood
- Love your enemies, for they tell you your faults. —Benjamin Franklin
- Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world. —Wayne Dyer
Quotes About Romance, Continued
- Man loves little and often. Woman much and rarely. —Unknown
- Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. —Song of Solomon 8:7
- May no gift be too small to give,
nor too simple to receive,
which is wrapped in thoughtfulness
and tied with love.
- Men always want to be a woman's first love. What women like is to be a man's last romance. —Oscar Wilde
- My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. —I John 3:18
- Nobody has ever measured, even poets, how much a heart can hold. —Zelda Fitzgerald
- No cord or cable can so forcibly draw, or hold so fast, as love can do with a twined thread. —Robert Burton
- No one can understand love who has not experienced infatuation. And no one can understand infatuation, no matter how many times he has experienced it. —Mignon McLaughlin
- No one has ever loved anyone the way everyone wants to be loved. —Mignon McLaughlin
- Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness. —Bertrand Russell
- One word frees us, of all the weigh and pain in life, that word is Love. —Sophocles
- Our soulmate is the one who makes life come to life. —Richard Bach
- People happy in love have an air of intensity. —Unknown
- Poetry spills from the cracks of a broken heart, but flows from one which is loved. —Christopher Paul Rubero
- Pure love and suspicion cannot dwell together: at the door where the latter enters, the former makes its exit. —Alexandre Dumas
- Real loss only occurs when you've loved something more than you love yourself. —From “Good Will Hunting”
- Real love isn't blind; it sees, sees everything but loves anyway. —From "Touched by an Angel"
- Reason and love are sworn enemies. —Unknown
- Romance has been elegantly defined as the offspring of fiction and love. —Benjamin Disraeli
- Smile at each other; smile at your wife, smile at your husband, smile at your children, smile at each other—it doesn't matter who it is—and that will help you to grow up in greater love for each other. —Mother Teresa
- So, fall asleep love, loved by me . . . for I know love, I am loved by thee. —Robert Browning
- So Jacob worked seven years to pay for Rachel. But his love for her was so strong that it seemed to him but a few days. —Genesis 29:20
- So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate. —Mark 10:8-9
- Some love lasts a lifetime. True love lasts forever. —Unknown
- Someday my wish is for him to hold me in his arms, in a sea of deep blue, together at last, together as two. —From "Can't Buy Me Love" (1987)
- Some pray to marry the man they love, my prayer will somewhat vary: I humbly pray to Heaven above that I love the man I marry. —Rose Pastor Stokes
- Soul meets soul on lovers' lips. —Percy Bysshe Shelley
- Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes. Every day you are alive is a special occasion. Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God. —Mary Manin Morrissey
- Sympathy constitutes friendship; but in love there is a sort of antipathy, or opposing passion. Each strives to be the other, and both together make up one whole. —Samuel Taylor Coleridge
- Tell me who admires you and loves you and I will tell you who you are. —Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve
- That's love: giving everything, sacrificing all without hope of returns. —Albert Camus
- The art of love . . . is largely the art of persistence. —Albert Ellis
- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. —Helen Keller
- The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts, of kindness and of love. —William Wordsworth
- The best proof of love is trust. —Joyce Brothers
- The best thing about loving and being hurt is that you get to know what true love really is. For as gold is tested in fire, and so will love be perfected in pain. —Marvin Jay M. Torres
- The chemist who can extract from his heart's elements compassion, respect, longing, patience, regret, surprise, and forgiveness and compound them into one can create that atom which is called love. —Kahlil Gibran
- The course of true love never did run smooth. —William Shakespeare
- The Eskimo has fifty-two names for snow because it is important to them; there ought to be as many for love. —Margaret Atwood
- The greatest happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved—loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. —Victor Hugo
- The greatest love is that of God. To love otherwise is mere imperfection. —Emily Holt
- The greatest thing you ever learn is just to love and be loved in return. —Nat King Cole
- The hardest part of dreaming about someone you love is having to wake up. —Unknown
- The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of. —Blaise Pascal, "Pensées" (1670)
- The heart has reasons that reason does not understand. —Jacques Benigne Bossuel
- The heart is the place where we live our passions. It is frail and easily broken, but wonderfully resilient. There is no point in trying to deceive the heart. It depends upon our honesty for its survival. —Leo F. Buscaglia
- The law of Love is based on abundance; we are completely filled with Love all the time, and our supply is always full and running over. When we give our Love unconditionally to others with no expectations of return, the Love within us extends, expands, and joins. So by giving our Love away we increase the Love within us and everyone gains. —Gerald G. Jampolsky
- The lover is a monotheist who knows that other people worship different gods but cannot himself imagine that there could be other gods. —Theodor Reik
- The loving are the daring. —Bayard Taylor
- The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed. —J. Krishnamurti
- The most precious possession that ever comes to a man in this world is a woman's heart. —Josiah G. Holland
- The only gift is a portion of thyself. —Ralph Waldo Emerson
- The price of love is simply love. One must love if one wants to be loved. —Unknown
- The richest love is that which submits to the arbitration of time. —Lawrence Durrell
- The truth [is] that there is only one terminal dignity—love. And the story of a love is not important—what is important is that one is capable of love. It is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity. —Helen Hayes
- The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree but to hold hands. —Alexandra Penney
- The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost. —Unknown
- There are people you have a connection with, and there are people you really, really like. Your true love will be both. —Unknown
- There are three things I have always loved, and never understood—painting, music, women. —Fontenelle
- There is a law that man should love his neighbor as himself. In a few hundred years it should be as natural to mankind as breathing or the upright gait; but if he does not learn it he must perish. —Alfred Adler
- There is no disguise which can hide love for long where it exists, or simulate it where it does not. —Francois de La Rochefoucauld
- There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread. —Mother Teresa
- There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear. —John 4:18
- There is no remedy for love but to love more. —Henry David Thoreau
- There is no instinct like that of the heart. —Lord Byron
- There is no spectacle on earth more appealing than that of a beautiful woman in the act of cooking dinner for someone she loves. —Alice Adams
- There is nothing more important in life than love. —Barbra Streisand
- There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved. —George Sand
- These things I command you, that ye love one another. —John 15:17
- Think about it, there must be higher love,
Down in the heart or hidden in the stars above,
Without it, life is a wasted time.
—Steve Winwood and Will Jennings (sung by Whitney Houston and Kygo)
- This is true love. Do you think this happens everyday? —From "The Princess Bride"
- This was love at first sight, love everlasting: a feeling unknown, unhoped for, unexpected-in so far as it could be a matter of conscious awareness; it took entire possession of him, and he understood, with joyous amazement, that this was for life. —Thomas Mann
- Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity. —Henry Van Dyke
- This kind of certainty comes, but once in a lifetime. —From "The Bridges of Madison County" (1995)
Even More Romantic Love Quotes (End of This Section)
- To be able to say how much you love is to love but little. —Petrarch
- To be loved for what one is, is the greatest exception. The great majority love in others only what they lend him, their own selves, their version of him. —Goethe
- To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead. —Bertrand Russell, Earl Russell
- To get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with." —Mark Twain
- To laugh often and love much . . . to appreciate beauty,
to find the best in others, to give one's self . . .
this is to have succeeded.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
- To love and win is the best thing, to love and lose, the next best. —William Makepeace Thackeray
- To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides. —Unknown
- To love another person is to see the face of God. —"Les Misérables"
- To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage. —Lao Tzu
- To love someone is to see a miracle invisible to others. —Francois Mauriac
- To see you is what my eyes long for, to touch you is what my body longs for, but to love you, my heart has done already for a long time. —Unknown
- To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world. —Unknown
- Treasure the love you receive above all. It will survive long after your good health has vanished. —Og Mandino
- True love begins when nothing is looked for in return. —Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
- True love is a discipline in which each divines the secret self of the other and refuses to believe in the mere daily self. —William Butler Yeats
- True love is eternal, infinite, and always like itself. It is equal and pure, without violent demonstrations; it is seen with white hairs and is always young in the heart. —Honore de Balzac
- True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen. —La Rochefoucauld
- True love is night jasmine, a diamond in darkness, the heartbeat no cardiologist has ever heard. It is the most common of miracles, fashioned of fleecy clouds a handful of stars tossed into the night sky. —Jim Bishop
- True love is when you put someone on a pedestal, and they fall—but you are there to catch them. —Anonymous
- True love never dies for it is lust that fades away. Love bonds for a lifetime but lust just pushes away. —Alicia Barnhart
- True love never lives happily ever after—true love has no ending. —K. Knight
- True love's the gift which God has given
To man alone beneath the heaven:
It is not fantasy's hot fire,
Whose wishes soon as granted fly;
It liveth not in fierce desire.
—Sir Walter Scott
- True love stories never have endings. —Richard Bach
- We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love. —Unknown
- We are all born for love . . . it is the principle of existence and its only end. —Disraeli
- We are, each of us angels with only one wing; and we can only fly by embracing one another. —Luciano de Crescenzo
- We cannot really love anybody with whom we never laugh. —Agnes Repplier
- We don't believe in rheumatism and true love until after the first attack. —Marie Ebner Von Eschenbach, "Aphorisms"
- We find rest in those we love, and we provide a resting place
in ourselves for those who love us.
—Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
- We loved with a love that was more than love. —Edgar Allan Poe
- We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love. —Tom Robbins
- We were given two hands to hold, two legs to walk, two eyes to see, two ears to listen. But why only one heart? Because the other was given to someone else, for us to find. —Unknown
- What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined . . . to strengthen each other . . . to be at one with each other in silent unspeakable memories. —George Eliot
- What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you. —Ralph Waldo Emerson
- What the heart has once owned and had, it shall never lose. —Henry Ward Beecher
- When love feels like magic, you call it destiny. When destiny has a sense of humour, you call it serendipity. —From “Serendipity”
- When love is not madness, it is not love. —Pedro Calderon de la Barca
- When one finds a worthy wife, her value is far beyond pearls. Her husband entrusting his heart to her, has an unfailing prize. —Proverbs 31:10-11
- When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. —Jimi Hendrix
- When two souls, that have shed their loneliness, embrace and melt into one; from out of loneliness, love is born. —Mori Yuriko
- When you are in Love you can't fall asleep because reality is better than your dreams. —Dr. Seuss
- When you're in love you never really know whether your elation comes from the qualities of the one you love, or if it attributes them to her; whether the light which surrounds her like a halo comes from you, from her, or from the meeting of your sparks. —Natalie Clifford Barney
- When you love someone,
And you love them with your heart,
It never disappears,
When you're apart.
And when you love someone
And you've done all you can do,
You set them free,
And if that love was true . . .
When you love someone
It will all come back to you.
—From "Forget Paris" (1995)
- When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible. —From “When Harry Met Sally”
- Whenever I despair, I remember that the way of truth and love has always won. There may be tyrants, murderers and for a time, they may seem invincible, but in the end they always fail. —From “Gandhi”
- Where love is concerned, too much is not even enough. —Pierre De Beaumarchais
- Where there is great love, there are always wishes. —Willa Cather
- Where there is love, there is God also. —Leo Tolstoy
- Where there is love there is life. —Mahatma Gandhi
- Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts. —Unknown
- Who, being loved, is poor? —Oscar Wilde
- Who ever loved, that loved not at first sight? —Christopher Marlowe
- Who says love never lives? Maybe we've never lived. —Unknown
- With love and patience, nothing is impossible. —Daisaku Ikeda
- Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law. —Boethius, "The Consolation of Philosophy"
- Women wish to be loved not because they are pretty, or good, or well bred, or graceful, or intelligent, but because they are themselves. —Henri Frederic Amiel
- You call it madness, but I call it love. —Don Byas
- You can always close your eyes to the things you don't want to see. But you can’t close your heart to the things you don't want to feel. —Unknown
- You can't stop loving or wanting to love because when its right, it's the best thing in the world. When you're in a relationship and it's good, even if nothing else in your life is right, you feel like your whole world is complete. —Keith Sweat
- You come to love not by finding the perfect person,
but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly.
- You don't marry someone you can live with—you marry the person who you cannot live without. —Unknown
- You give me something no one else can, a reason to live. —Unknown
- You know when you have found your prince because you not only have a smile on your face but in your heart as well. —Unknown
- You told me I was pretty when I looked like a mess. —Unknown
- You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived, are the moments when you have done things in a spirit of love. —Henry Drummond
5. When Love Ends
- A heart can be broken; but it keeps beating just the same. —From "Fried Green Tomatoes" (1991)
- Better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all. —St. Augustine
- Breaking up is just like having the worst nightmare after having the best dream. —Unknown
- Cry as I may, these tears won’t wash you away. —Unknown
- Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation. —Kahlil Gibran
- I miss you a little, I guess you could say, a little too much, a little too often, and a little more each day. —Unknown
- It is better to have loved and lost than never to have lost at all. —Samuel Butler
- Looking back, I have this to regret, that too often when I loved, I did not say so. —David Grayson
- Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss, and ends with a teardrop. —Unknown
- Love is like a balloon, easy to blow up and fun to see grow, but hard to let go and watch fly away. —Unknown
- Romantic love is an illusion. Most of us discover this truth at the end of a love affair or else when the sweet emotions of love lead us into marriage and then turn down their flames. —Thomas Moore
- Some things are not meant to last, they just take a place in your heart and make you smarter the next time. —From “Alex and Emma”
- The hottest love has the coldest end. —Socrates
- The times we were happy together are worth the times I cry alone. —Unknown
- There are two times in every man's life when he is thoroughly happy; just after he has met his first love and just after he has parted from his last one. —H. L. Mencken
- There's this place in me where your finger prints still rest . . . your kisses still linger and your whispers softly echo . . . It's the place where a part of you will forever be a part of me. —Unknown
- Trying to forget someone you love is like trying to remember someone you never met. —Unknown
- Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell. —Edna St Vincent Millay
- Why do people have to lose things to find out what they really mean? —Unknown
6. And Without Love?
- A day without love is a day without life. —George Van Valkenburg
- Don’t hold to anger, hurt or pain. They steal your energy and keep you from love. —Honore de Balzac
- Faults are thick where love is thin. —Unknown
- I may be able to speak the languages of human beings and even of angels, but if I have no love, my speech is no more than a noisy gong or a clanging bell. I may have the gift of inspired preaching; I may have all knowledge and understand all secrets; I may have the faith needed to move mountains—but if I have no love, I am nothing. I may give away everything I have, and even give up my body to be burned—but if I have no love, this does me no good. —1 Corinthians, 13:1-13
- It is sad not to love, but it is much sadder not to be able to love. —Miguel de Unamuno
- Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit. —Kahlil Gibran
- Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible. —Mother Teresa
- Take away love and our earth is a tomb. —Robert Browning
- Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love. —Charlie Brown
- someone who does not run towards the allure of love walks a road where nothing lives. —Rumi
- The only abnormality is the incapacity to love. —Anais Nin
- The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration. —Pearl S. Buck
- What was the point of having unending life if that life was without love? —Unknown
- When no one loves you, you have to pretend that everyone loves you. —Charles Schulz
- Without love, the rich and poor live in the same house. —Unknown
- Without love, what are we worth? Eighty-nine cents! Eighty-nine cents worth of chemicals walking around lonely. —Hawkeye, "M*A*S*H"
- Woe to the man whose heart has not learned while young to hope, to love—and to put its trust in life. —Joseph Conrad
7. Humourous Love Quotes
- A lady friend of mine asked me, "Well, what do you love most?" That's how I started painting money. —Andy Warhol
- An archaeologist is the best husband any woman can have; the older she gets, the more interested he is in her. —Agatha Christie
- Between lovers a little confession is a dangerous thing. —Helen Rowland
- If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular? —Unknown
- I don't understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine's Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon. —Unknown
- If love is the answer, could you rephrase the question? —Lily Tomlin
- I recently read that love is entirely a matter of chemistry. That must be why my wife treats me like toxic waste. —David Bissonette
- I was nauseous and tingly all over. I was either in love or I had smallpox. —Woody Allen
- Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished. —Goethe
- Love is being stupid together. —Unknown
- Love is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties. —Jules Renard
- Love may be blind, but marriage is a real eye-opener. —Unknown
- Never go to bed mad—stay up and fight. —Phyllis Diller
- Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes.
There’s too much fraternizing with the enemy.
- One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry. —Oscar Wilde
- Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT'S relativity. —Albert Einstein
- The bravest thing that men do is love women. —Mort Sahl
- There are three kinds of men who do not understand women: young, old, and middle-aged. —Unknown
- There is a place you can touch a woman that will drive her crazy. Her heart. —Unknown
- The perfect love affair is one which is conducted entirely by post. —Unknown
- True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked. —Erich Segal
- What the world really needs is more love and less paper work. —Pearl Bailey
- When a man opens the door of his car for his wife, you can be sure of one thing: Either the car is new or the wife is. —Unknown
- You can't put a price tag on love, but you can on all its accessories. —Melanie Clark
8. Cynical Love Quotes
- Like measles, love is most dangerous when it comes late in life. —Lord Byron
- No man is truly married until he understands every word his wife is NOT saying. —Unknown
- You can't buy love, but you can pay heavily for it. —Henny Youngman
9. Quotes About Kissing
- A kiss can be a comma, a question mark, or an exclamation point. That's basic spelling that every woman ought to know. —Mistinguett
- A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous. —Ingrid Bergman
- A kiss is something you cannot give without taking and cannot take without giving. —Unknown
- A kiss is the shortest distance between two. —Henny Youngman
- A kiss, when all is said, what is it?
A rosy dot placed on the ‘i’ in loving;
‘Tis a secret told to the mouth
Instead of to the ear.
—From "Cyrano De Bergerac"
- For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul. —Judy Garland
- Give me a kisse, and to that kisse a score;
Then to that twenty, adde a hundred more;
A thousand to that hundred; so kisse on,
To make that thousand up a million;
Treble that million, and when that is done,
Let's kisse afresh, as when we first begun.
—Robert Herrick, "To Anthea (III)"
- How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said. —Victor Hugo
- I have found men who didn't know how to kiss. I've always found time to teach them. —Mae West
- I’ve kissed a guy. I’ve kissed guys. I just haven’t felt that thing. That thing, that moment when you kiss someone and everything around you becomes hazy, and the only thing in focus is you and this person. And you realize that that person is the only person you’re supposed to kiss for the rest of your life. And for one moment you get this amazing gift. And you wanna laugh and you wanna cry, ‘cause you feel so lucky that you’ve found it, and so scared that it’ll go away all at the same time. —From "Never Been Kissed" (1999)
- “Kiss me. Kiss me as if it were the last time." —From "Casablanca"
- Kisses are a better fate than wisdom. —e.e. Cummings
- Never close your lips to those whom you have opened your heart. —Charles Dickens
- The soul that can speak with its eyes can also kiss with a gaze. —Unknown
- There's this place in me where your fingerprints still rest, your kisses still linger, and your whispers softly echo. It's the place where a part of you will forever be a part of me. —Gretchen Kemp
Love Is a Many-Splendored (and Oft-Quoted) Thing
Thank you for persevering this far. I won't call it the end because I intend to continue adding more quotes as I find them; I could've gone on and on with these, but I had to stop and publish this article at some point!
I hope you have enjoyed reading these quotes and sayings. I would love to hear your thoughts about them and learn which is your favourite. If your favourite quote isn't listed, please add it to the comments for others to enjoy (and add the name of the author, if you can).
Laurinzoscott from Kanab, Utah on March 21, 2020:
Hey, I am a heless AND hopeless romantic...so your article reallly hit home...Awesome read and love image choice Derek
Nicole on September 06, 2012:
My favorite? "Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes. There’s too much fraternizing with the enemy." - Henry Kissinger. Also the one by Einstein about relativity.
Electro-Denizen from UK on March 27, 2012:
This is a great hub! worth keeping in mind for writing and ideas etc.
Derek Slark (author) on February 17, 2012:
Sweetguide, Thank you for taking the time to look at my hub and for the note of appreciation... And what is that on your head?
sweetguide from River side on February 14, 2012:
Good one. Thanks dear Derek
mercy on November 29, 2011:
Derek Slark (author) on November 27, 2010:
Lady_E, thank you for stopping by, and for your comment which is much appreciated.
Elena from London, UK on November 19, 2010:
Beautiful and Inspiring. I'll be sending this to Prince William and Kate Middleton. Thanks