Rebekah is a nature enthusiast who enjoys collecting and sharing quotes and creating poetry and prose.
What Is Love?
Most adults have probably heard the song "What’s Love Got to Do With It?" Maybe you even sing along when you hear this old, classic Tina Turner song. What is love? What is it? Is love really just a sweet old-fashioned notion? I suppose that could be left to one’s own perspective and interpretation. How many poems have been written describing love and romance?
For this article, I will share a few of the expressions of love I have written and the love quotes I have collected over the years. I think our feelings can express so much when written and expressed through words. There is a language of words and a language without words, that which is felt. Do the feelings and the words make love real? For a moment? For a season? For a lifetime?
Lovely Love Quotes
- “Someone who does not run towards the allure of love walks a road where nothing lives.” —Rumi
- “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
- “What cannot letters inspire? They have souls; they speak, they have in them all that force which expresses the transport of the heart, they have all the fire of our passions.” —Heloise to her lover
- “There is no remedy for love but to love more.” —Henry David Thoreau
- “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” —Oscar Wilde
- “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”
Oh continue to love me, never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved. Ever thine, ever mine, ever ours.
Love Quotes From Classic Literature
- "He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her like the sun, even without looking." —Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
- "When you fall in love, it is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake, and then it subsides." —Louis de Bernieries, Corelli's Mandolin
- "A little she strove, and much repented, and whispering, 'I will ne'er consent' - consented." —Lord Byron, Don Juan
A rose is a rose is a rose.
— Gertrude Stein
Romantic Love Quotes
- “But I being poor have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”
- “License my roving hands,
and let them go behind,
before, above, between, below.”
- “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.”—
Cyrano De Bergerac
- “She walks in beauty, like the night
of cloudless climes and starry skies;
and all that’s best of dark and bright
meet in her aspect and her eyes.”
- “Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.” —Robert Frost
- “Never marry but for love, but see that thou lovest what is lovely.” —William Penn
And when you appear all the rivers sound in my body, bells shake the sky, and a hymn fills the world.
— Pablo Neruda
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.
Expressions of Love by rebekahELLE
- “Remember how I told you I would write you a love letter with my pen? It is tonight I tell you how happy beyond words I am to know you and to have this anticipation, to see you and hold you so close to me.”
- “I think the most important moments in our lives happen at those times when we truly, completely experience the deepest of emotions.”
- “Nothing great is ever gained without first having desire.”
- “Everywhere around me green
the sky above me blue,
I lay down upon
the soft, soft grass
and look tenderly at you.”
- “It is endless fun being alive, isn’t it . . . there are times when life just feels very good.”
I awoke and felt as though I was being held in the arms of a god.
There was a blanket of serenity covering me,
my eyes closed again,
could this be real . . .
or the midst of my midnight dream?
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"But earthlier happy is the rose . . . "
— William Shakespeare
What Is Love?
To define love is to give it boundaries, and as far as I can understand from reading and living and experiencing this grand emotion, it has no boundaries, only those we place upon "it." It is comprised of our thoughts, our energies, our emotions, physical attraction, intimacy, understanding, forgiveness, desire to be a part of someone's life, and to be united and committed to something grander than our own self.
Love is a gift to treasure and share.
Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.
— Louis de Bernieries, "Corelli's Mandolin"
Thank You For Reading and Feel Free to Leave Comments.
Oyollah samuel on October 23, 2018:
i love much as i had never loved any one apart from you new feelings starts in my heart for you'every passing---------
Geoffrey Oenga-Kenya on November 15, 2017:
Love is what we say, feel,like and do, all rolled into one.
Melanie on April 16, 2015:
Sometimes a video can say more than a thousand words.
When my husband showed this to me I wanted to marry him again :)
peachy from Home Sweet Home on February 01, 2015:
shakeseare love quote is the best, voted beautiful
Joe on November 10, 2013:
"The expression of love
gives the soul wings
and a never-ending
span of light"
by Joe DiMino
happy man on May 02, 2013:
maybe love will get only the grief for our hearts , i wish i never tried to love , i wish i never trusted the love , i wish i never belived in love , i wish i be the man who has the iron heart so as to live with no hurts with no pain nothin except life , my love was always true even i always fall in the people who don't love me ,
missavefriends on November 08, 2012:
So good !!I love your comments !! It's intelligent!!I think your are an artist !!
sligobay from east of the equator on September 09, 2012:
This is such a wonderful hub which I found on page one when I googled "expressions of love". I appreciate your collection of these expressions.
naheedyousufzai on August 31, 2012:
sooooo sweet , this is beautiful "love is a gift to treasure and share"
edliin dela cruz on June 21, 2012:
It was really inspired me a lot to show to feel wht love mean!love it
asimwe on March 25, 2012:
love is kind, never being rude, and never denied. its all physical and natural.
Eliakim on February 22, 2012:
i think love is not a matter of loving such that the on who is love cannot go around and i am loved but, a person must deserve to be loved
Osas.G. on January 26, 2012:
Thanks,love re make the world to live and make us to have a beautiful life.
amel on December 06, 2011:
i say it proudly
i love ya
i wanna hear ya
make it back to me
WillSteinmetz on September 17, 2011:
Informative hub. THanks.
naturalsolutions on September 12, 2011:
"Romance is not something you do, it is a way to live" simply amazing thoughts. I love this hub a lot i learned a lot of new, great and really inspiring quotes.
rebekahELLE (author) from Tampa Bay on August 05, 2011:
Thanks Alladream. I'm glad you also enjoyed the video. It's certainly a beautiful performance by Journey. Thanks for stopping by and enjoying some love inspiration.
Victor Mavedzenge from Oakland, California on August 05, 2011:
Always good to find comfort in words.I love Oscar Wilde and Journey (This song is heavenly).Thanks for a great hub
Janell Rhiannon from CA, USA on February 27, 2011:
Rumi is my favorite poet.
Ronnie_Dey from West Bengal, India on February 03, 2011:
I have these words to say "Simply Beyond awesome"
rebekahELLE (author) from Tampa Bay on February 01, 2011:
Thanks for reading and taking the time to leave your comments. Love is always in the air, but especially now before Valentine's Day, we think of how to express our love to our partners and loved ones. enjoy. xo
Tricia on November 13, 2010:
To Francesco, You'll always be the only man that I have ever really loved, and I'll never stop loving you...
pradeep kundalkar on November 09, 2010:
very nice... an indepth approch towards conception of love..though it generates in eyes..brought up by heart.. but its fregrance spread all dimensions beyond spectrum of universe..endless n everlasting.. and i sum up it.. "love is the only reason which make earth worth living"
lea86 on November 07, 2010:
Nice and I Like it. It really inspired me.
rebekahELLE (author) from Tampa Bay on September 10, 2010:
thanks for all the comments. I guess a lot of people enjoy reading romantic love quotes. hitalot, your poems are nice, thanks for sharing.
richard thomas, I love that quote too.. there's something eternal about a rose.
hitalot on September 03, 2010:
How you had fought so very hard and fierce,
My one true love was gone from here ?
The challenge to be free is a question of time ?
My one solution is using my mind,
Living on the edge
It's going to my head
Sitting up at night all alone in bed,
Following the rainbow to the sky
I see a crystal clear vision of you pass me by !
Richard Thomas on September 02, 2010:
A rose is a rose is a rose... love that quote!! thanks!
scottstyris26 on September 01, 2010:
A nice hub it is. Bryan Adams is my favorites.Really defining a love is so simple but so complicated. Some time I think that the feeling of love cannot be described in words we can just feel it in our heart.
hitalot on September 01, 2010:
Quick conclusions often will lead the best of us astray ?
The wisest move in life is just to wait,
Otherwise our galloping emotions run away like horses at the gate !
PR_am from Oregon on September 01, 2010:
Great hub on love.
rebekahELLE (author) from Tampa Bay on August 31, 2010:
thank you epigramman, what a nice compliment! :)
@Christoph, a pleasure to see you here. thanks so much for reading and leaving such a loverly comment. :]
@prasetio, thank you! I always enjoy reading your comments and your hubs! enjoy~~
prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on August 31, 2010:
Very beautiful and romantic, indeed. Thanks for share with us. Love comes from the sweetest word. Vote up.
Christoph Reilly from St. Louis on August 31, 2010:
What a sweet hub. And beautifully presented too. Love the illustrative pics and you chose great quotes from some of my favorites. Just lovely...or should I say, loverly?
epigramman on August 31, 2010:
...you make this thing called 'love' a special place to be!!!!!
rebekahELLE (author) from Tampa Bay on August 30, 2010:
thanks guys and gals. it's always nice to see people want to read some good old fashioned love quotes. lovely to see you here. yes, Doug, those three little words will do it every time. :]
Doug Hughes on August 30, 2010:
I have to share the three romantic words my wife wants most to hear, "You were right." :)
maheshpatwal from MUMBAI on August 30, 2010:
Rebekah awesome hub with awesome love quotes
Artoflegendindia on August 30, 2010:
Lovely hub.Your love quotes is nice and amiable.I love rose.I like your hub.love is a feelings which is born on two person.
evilia_lim from Jakarta, Indonesia on August 30, 2010:
Ms. R, I think you are a very romantic person...by presenting this beautiful hub :) great video....I'm enjoying it now, thanks :) pEaCE !
farisy on August 05, 2010:
i really love and respect this session,it help me alot.THANKS GUYS
rebekahELLE (author) from Tampa Bay on July 25, 2010:
thanks everyone for the comments! @receptionist, so glad to help awaken the romance in life! enjoy.
receptionist on July 21, 2010:
Awesome Hub... These are nice quotes... You have awaken the romantic side mo me... :)
MyDirtySecrets on June 23, 2010:
These are really good. ;}
tuku20026 from Dhaka on June 21, 2010:
aboudyDx on June 17, 2010:
Wonderful rly romanticcc !!!!
Surya on May 31, 2010:
Nice qu0tes i just save this page...really gud ...
BuzzNights on May 24, 2010:
"Open your heart and take us in, Love - love and me."
World-Traveler from USA on May 19, 2010:
I liked the quotes. The quotes express love in a number of different and interesting ways demonstrating the diverse nature of human personality and character.
rebekahELLE (author) from Tampa Bay on April 28, 2010:
thanks so much mirror, hpw and lovely for your comments!
love is a nice feeling and inspiring emotion.
@lovely, I enjoy the song and video very much also. he certainly captures the emotion and depth of this feeling of love.
Renee S from Virginia on April 28, 2010:
Beautiful hub and beautiful song.
hubpageswriter on April 28, 2010:
Love is a nice feeling, and the love for God is more greater. Great hub.
themirror from PALAKOL on April 27, 2010:
love is a feeling of heart.
rebekahELLE (author) from Tampa Bay on April 25, 2010:
thanks mhuze! I also love the Frost quote. I think he captures it perfectly!
hi susan, thanks for reading and happy you found it. the flowers are gorgeous, aren' they? hope you didn't miss the video. :)
susanlang on April 25, 2010:
I can not believe I missed this hub, how beautiful! I love the flowers too.
mhuze from USA on April 02, 2010:
I love the quotes. Frost's is my favorite.
rebekahELLE (author) from Tampa Bay on February 28, 2010:
thanks so much englightenedsoul for your compliments! I appreciate your kind words. I guess we never get too much love!
englightenedsoul on February 28, 2010:
Really amazing hub....No wonder this hub has a perfect score of 100..I also liked your way of presentation..Rated up!!
Dao Hoa on February 15, 2010:
It is lovely for Valentine's Day.
rebekahELLE (author) from Tampa Bay on February 12, 2010:
thanks helen for your comments. yes, love can be felt in many ways, I guess that's why we love it so much, but I don't think it ever dies...
@runway, yes, the big day is coming, hope you enjoy it!
@alex and klc, thanks for dropping in and reading. :]
Runway from New York on February 11, 2010:
oh, thanks! V-day is coming up and these are great!
helen1000 from Lincolnshire, UK on February 11, 2010:
Mmmmmmmmmm ... yes Love is ...truly wonderful...it is felt in many ways...children, however old, for their parents; parents for their children; for trusty loyal dogs, horses and pets; for food; for books; for Art; for hobbies; and for that Special Someone....it's a 'bond' ... a togetherness...it makes you feel 'as one' and so strong...
Yet it can waver,be fragile, transient, and like life itself... it can die..and then Oh How It HURTS ....
rebekahELLE (author) from Tampa Bay on February 11, 2010:
Seta, welcome to HubPages and thank you for your sweet words.
how wonderful that this hub has helped you recover, and yes, you will! love weaves itself throughout our lives and makes us strong. I hope you enjoy HP, it is a great place to write and read others writings! :)
Seta Smith on February 11, 2010:
Only just joined a couple of minutes ago, your hub is the very first I've read.
As I'm slowly recovering from a heartbreak.....two & a half years later....reading your hub has finally made me realise that there is still so much good out there, that whilst ours was such a great love story....it just wasn't mine.
Thankyou! Thankyou!! Thankyou!!!
I commend you immensely for this breakthrough I've been waiting for.
rebekahELLE (author) from Tampa Bay on February 10, 2010:
wow, thanks everyone for these wonderful comments! it brings me a lot of smiles to know you are enjoying reading this hub.
we can never give or receive too much love. :}
cosette on February 10, 2010:
Rumi, yum. and Cyrano, wow. excellent hub. Steve Perry's voice was created especially to sing love songs.
Fitria Manggiasih from Surabaya, Indonesia on February 10, 2010:
Yeah.... We all agree that he was and still is the expert in love. Thanks.
Mr Nice from North America on February 10, 2010:
Lovely quotes rebekah,
Love is everything but hard to explain, I enjoyed your hub.
~Giving someone all your love is never an assurance that they'll love you back...don't expect love in return; just wait for it to grow in their heart but if it doesn't, be content it grew in yours.~
Janet on February 08, 2010:
Thank you for this. I shall remember thishub for Valentine's Day - I'm always looking for verses to put inside a homemade card.
mebratu legesse on February 08, 2010:
I am joining hub for the first time and i am interested
on what i get about love. Thank you......
rebekahELLE (author) from Tampa Bay on February 08, 2010:
thanks nick and ladies for comments, love to see these words have been a source of inspiration for you.
@Fitria, I'm sure it was so interesting for you to analyze 'how do I love thee'. I do think Shakespeare says it well when he says 'love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.' :)
abchs_princess on February 08, 2010:
Fitria Manggiasih from Surabaya, Indonesia on February 08, 2010:
Wow! I love those words. Shakespeare reminds me of life few years ago when my lectures asked me to analyze "How Do I Love Thee". Well, Love is Love. "There are times when life just feel very good", and that's because of love.
pinkhawk from Pearl of the Orient on February 05, 2010:
...wow, inspiring! :)...it can trigger the emotion to fall in love or be more inlove ! :)... thank you for sharing! :)
Nicks on February 05, 2010:
rebkahELLE, I think that there are some wonderful modern poets but I think to express 'love' memorably is really difficult. So much depends upon expressing it delicately (without it being syrupy) whilst also managing to describe it as a powerful and life changing (but not hysterical) emotion. Well beyond my meagre capacity, sadly.
rebekahELLE (author) from Tampa Bay on February 04, 2010:
thanks ladies for your nice words and taking time to leave a comment. Jane, I think I'm in love with SP, his voice is so beautiful, and this video just says it all. come back and enjoy~ :]
Jane@CM on February 03, 2010:
Steve Perry gotta love that voice! Your quotes are wonderful. Bookmarked to read again.
StrictlyQuotes from Australia on February 02, 2010:
Great collection of love quotes!
rebekahELLE (author) from Tampa Bay on February 01, 2010:
nicks and mortgagestar, now you are talking about some of my favorite poets! along with many other English poets Bryon, Keats, Browning and Tennyson to name a few. I also enjoy reading the poets from the pre-raphaelite period. so what do you think has happened with these modern poets? where's the sensuality and beauty of words? thanks for sharing. enjoy reading your comments.
Mortgagestar1 from Weirton,West Virginia on February 01, 2010:
Read the works of John Donne. Keep in mind hae was a contemporary of William Shakespeare. Men then WERE erotic romantics and the very masters of sensuality and metaphysicals. Today men's poetry are smut and pornographic at best. We modern men have NOTHING on Donne!
Nicks on February 01, 2010:
I am always rather drawn to W.H. Auden's stunning Twelve Songs which has:
'He was my north my south, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song...'
A tragic poem but the words semme to express infinite love (whether male of female). Wonderful, I think.
rebekahELLE (author) from Tampa Bay on February 01, 2010:
thanks twIVY, this steve perry video is one of my favorites and yes, bryan adams also has beautiful love songs and such a nice voice. I'm a huge romantic, so I have collected many quotes over time. that's a great place to keep favorite quotes, where you see them often! thanks for stopping by! :)
TheWriterIVY from Savannah on February 01, 2010:
Very good HUB - I especially love the "shout out" to Steve Perry, one of my all time favorites - Also Bryan Adams, "Have you ever really loved a woman & Please forgive me" are amazing love songs. I also really enjoyed the quotes and prose as I love poetry and have 25 or so sayings on the wall above my computer. Beautifully done.
rebekahELLE (author) from Tampa Bay on February 01, 2010:
thanks for the lovely compliments. it's so nice to know others read and find joy and pleasure and memories with the words here. love is always with us waiting to be shared. :)
sophs on February 01, 2010:
What a lovely hub, great work :-)
ateenyi from Chicago on February 01, 2010:
The hub is very interesting. It provides immense joy and pleasure, while going through your hub. The love is most basic and fundamental need of every person. Quotes related on love are highly acclaimed across the globe. Thanks a lot for providing the collection.
fasam08 on January 31, 2010:
to be in love is a really nice feelings and especially if it was a true one. i am missing my pass and i hope god will bring us together this time and stay forever together. i love u and i will always do LG may god protect u baby.
shalbin on January 31, 2010:
"LOVE" REALLY I JUST THINK ABOUT MY PAST .............ITS FANTASTIC...............
rebekahELLE (author) from Tampa Bay on January 30, 2010:
thank you Tony, my pleasure. much love and peace to you also.
your words are very nice. :)
Tony McGregor from South Africa on January 30, 2010:
"Love" the quotes! Thanks for reminding me of so many of them.
Love and peace
rebekahELLE (author) from Tampa Bay on January 30, 2010:
beautiful, thank you screation, love it! and yes, I do love nature. :)
and thank you philipo, I appreciate your kind words.
screation on January 30, 2010:
I dreamed a dream
I know not why
I dreamed a dream of you.
I dreamed a dream
I now know why
I dreamed a dream of you.
Philipo from Nigeria on January 27, 2010:
rebekahELLE (author) from Tampa Bay on January 23, 2010:
thank you antonrosa and philip for your comments. love is alive here and I agree philip, that it is the end of questioning. love is.
philip carey 61 on January 23, 2010:
I second antonrosa. Love is the pinnacle of human experience--it's the end of questioning, and I think it is nothing less than holy.
antonrosa from USA on January 18, 2010:
I love these! Thanks for sharing. Romance is truly alive here.
rebekahELLE (author) from Tampa Bay on January 16, 2010:
winsome, thank you for such an inspiring comment, very poetic yourself, aren't you? I have experienced great love, yes, and believe love is without dimensions, love for a partner, a child, family, friends, strangers, humanity, nature, our pets... we can welcome love in our lives however it arrives, and share it and enjoy it.
your comment says a lot about you. :) thank you.
Winsome from Southern California by way of Texas on January 14, 2010:
Like a rainbow in the sun. Very lovely R Elle. The quotes express a depth similar to your own words. So glad you enjoy the pursuit of love. Love moves us into dimensions transcending the very words and thoughts that brought us there---color on our canvas, music in our voice, treasure in our seeking, exhilaration in our souls. We cannot trap it, define or understand it, but when we catch it's wave, what a ride! Thanks for another great hub.
rebekahELLE (author) from Tampa Bay on January 14, 2010:
Thank you Veronica and Maita for your nice comments. It's always nice to be reminded of love and romance and happy to know I have put a smile on your face! isn't there a song, 'in the mood'? it was one of my parents favorite songs. :)
prettydarkhorse from US on January 14, 2010:
I love most YOUR EXPRESSION OF LOVE Ms REBEKKAH, and I love all the pics and the video that goes with it, lovely and wonderful ,
And with this oen too, "Love is a gift to treasure and share",
You inspire me today and thanks for that, I am having my coffee with your quotes and I am smiling as usual, good day, Maita
Veronica Allen from Georgia on January 13, 2010:
This is beautiful, it really puts one in a romantic mood.