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Inspirational Love Quotes, Memes, Sayings

These inspirational love quotes are the perfect anecdote whether you’re on the verge of falling in love, in a long-term romance, or seeking one.

Take a look at how some great writers and notables have defined love, expressed their affection, or described their irresistible desires for their chosen ones.

So, here are the best, inspirational love quotes of all time. Enjoy!

Inspirational Love Quotes.

Best Inspirational Love Quotes

Little prince quote on love.

1.) But the eyes are blind. One must look with the heart.

This love quote was a part of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s book The Little Prince.

The book was written in 1943 and has been voted the best book of the 20th century in France. It sells over 2 million copies annually. At first glance, it’s a children’s book. But, upon reading, many of the insights into life, love, and loss are fair game for adults as well.

The book begins with analyzing how grown-ups perceive things in different ways than kids. The author was a pioneering aviator, poet, and journalist. In this insight, the author highlights the importance of viewing people with your heart.

Love is a friendship - Inspirational love quotes.

2.) Love is a friendship set to music.

This contribution from Joseph Campbell speaks to how many people feel when they are in love. Foods taste better, the sun shines brighter, and everything seems to be set to your favorite music. Being in love can have that effect.

Robert Frost desire love quotes.

3.) Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.

Ultimately, doesn’t this quote describe the essence of the word? Every person craves affection.

On Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, the need to be loved is higher up the chain than some basic physical needs, but something we all crave. Robert Frost coined this quote about love.

Leo Tolstoy love quote.

4.) All, everything that I understand, I only understand because I love.

Leo Tolstoy’s loving quote tells how important the topic is to all of us. To understand the ups and downs of life, one must look through a loving lens. To show you care, one must dig deeper than the surface level to understand.

Herman Hesse quote.

5.) If I know what love is, it is because of you.

One of the best sayings about love comes to us from German writer, poet, and painter, Herman Hesse. A couple of his best works include Steppenwolf and Siddhartha.

Hesse received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946. In this expression, he expresses his affection by thanking his partner for teaching him.

See Spanish Romantic Sayings.

Love is a smoke and is made with the fume of sighs.

6.) Love is a smoke and is made with the fume of sighs.

This thought is from William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. The star-crossed lovers are the couple best known for their mutual adoration.

Shakespeare, perhaps more so than any other author, has seen more of his romance words and love phrases come into popular use.

A kiss is a lovely trick.

7.) A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.

Another of the famous love quotes, Ingrid Bergman put to words something probably we’ve all thought about. Sometimes it’s easier to express affection by just kissing someone than trying to say the right thing.

Who can forget the scene from It’s a Wonderful Life when the neighbor suggests to George Bailey, “Just kiss her,” when he thinks George is talking too much.

Don't have to live without you quote.

8.) 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.

When Joan Powers wrote about Winnie the Pooh in Pooh’s Little Instruction Book, she came up with this gem. While it is widely attributed to A.A. Milne, Powers is the author.

When one is in love, you want to spend every moment with the person you cherish. This romantic saying captures that feeling.

Better to have loved and lost.

9.) It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson addresses that condition when folks are shy are just too nervous to approach the person whom they have a crush on.

Gatsby quotation.

10.) Gatsby looked at Daisy in a way that every young girl wanted to be looked at.

In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote what many consider to be the great, American novel. In this line, Fitzgerald recognizes that when you’re crazy about someone, you not only look at that person more but also in a different way.

That’s why it is sometimes easy to spot lovers even when they’re trying to keep it a secret.

Lord of the rings romance.

11.) I would rather spend one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone.

From the Lord of The Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien notes how important one individual can be in our lives. So important, that we’d be willing to give up all else.

Les Miserables - Inspirational Love Quotes.

12.) And remember, as it was written, to love another person is to see the face of God.

The memorable Victor Hugo novel, Les Miserables, gave us this gem.

Watch you for a single minute.

13.) Because I could watch you for a single minute and find a thousand things that I love about you.

Yes, tell me more. This is the type of love saying that everyone would love to hear more of.

Love is of all passions.

14.) Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart, and the senses.

Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu addresses the all-encompassing aspects of being in a relationship.

Sunny smile - inspirational love quotes.

15.) It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night describes how a small sign of affection can go a long way.

16.) You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.

Being able to relate to a person on many levels plays a major role in love and relationships.

17.) If music be the food of love, play on.

In William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, this passionate line expresses the desire to keep a good thing going. Love doesn’t wear a stopwatch.

18.) I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words how wonderful life is while you’re in the world.

Elton John’s Your Song is a classic tribute.

19.) Romance is thinking about your significant other when you are supposed to be thinking about something else.

The romance novelist Nicholas Sparks puts into words how it’s easy to daydream about the special person in your life.

20.) The most desired gift of love is not diamonds or roses or chocolate. It is focused attention.

Richard Warren notes the most important thing you can give is your own time.

21.) Your face is my heart and the love of you my soul.

Jamie Frasier, one of the featured characters on Starz’s smash hit, Outlander, is noted for his romance quotes.

22.) Familiarity breeds attempt.

Goodman Ace said this on the Easy Aces Radio Show. Funny love quotes bring on a smile or two.

23.) There are only three things women need in life: food, water, and compliments.

Chris Rock – Check out Chris in concert via YouTube

24.) My friends tell me I have an intimacy problem. But they don’t really know me.

The always-funny Gary Shandling delivers again.

25.) I love being married. It’s so great to find one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.

Rita Rudner came up with this funny quip.

26.) Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.

Joan Crawford captures the thought that there can be a thin line between love and anger.

27.) The four most important words in any marriage: “I’ll do the dishes.”

Sometimes, the day-to-day expressions of love in the form of small sacrifices are what make a relationship or marriage work.

28.) Men want the same thing from their underwear that they want from women: a little bit of support, and a little bit of freedom.

A funny love quote from funnyman, Jerry Seinfeld.

29.) Love is a two-way street constantly under construction.

Carroll Bryant is credited with this quotation. Any strong relationship is frequently changing, growing, and adapting. Compromise and communication are essential parts of a strong tie.

Kissing Meme

A kiss is a rosy dot.

30.) A kiss is a rosy dot over the “I” of loving.

Long of the nose but long in romance as well, Cyrano de Bergerac.

31.) Mutual love the crown of bliss.

John Milton’s quote shows that the highest point of happiness isn’t a single throne chair.

32.) Just be you and wait for people who want that.

This romance saying from Naval Ravikant confirms the importance of being yourself in a relationship.

33.) A person is only as good as what they love.

Better call Saul Bellow for this term of endearment.

34.) I wish I could turn back the clock. I’d find you sooner and love you longer.

Again, the constant desire to be with your significant other as much as you can.

35.)I swear I couldn’t love you more than I do right now, and yet I know I will tomorrow.

Leo Christopher’s line says it all.

37.) Familiar acts are beautiful through love.

Percy Bysshe Shelley notes that everyday tasks can be expressions of affection.

38.) Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.

Voltaire had it right.

39.) Baby, you’re all that I want when you’re lying here in my arms, I’m finding it hard to believe we’re in heaven.

Bryan Adams knows just what to say.

40.) I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self-respect. And it’s these things I’d believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all she should be. I love her, and it is the beginning of everything.

F. Scott Fitzgerald tells a friend about his wife, Zelda, in this touching letter.

See Feeling Blue About Lost Love.

41.) To love and win is the best thing. To love and lose, the next best.

William Makepeace Thackeray lets us know that losing is second best when it comes to the art of romance. Not trying is last place.

42.) Cause all of me loves all of you. Love your curves and all your edges, all your perfect imperfections.

John Legend’s All of Me is one of those songs where you wonder, “Who wouldn’t want to hear this?”

43.) And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.

Paul McCartney, maybe the best singer of love songs, lays it on the line here.

44.) Maybe I don’t know that much but I know this much is true, I was blessed because I was loved by you.

Celine Dion’s Because You Love Me speaks for itself.

45.) You’re still the one I run to, the one that I belong to, you’re still the one I want for life.

In this Shania Twain song, You’re Still the One, addresses a longer relationship.

46.) I saw that you were perfect, and so I loved you. Then I saw that you were not perfect, and I loved you even more.

Angelita Lim recognizes that every person has flaws, but when in love, they’re easy to overlook.

47.) Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, and penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.

Maya Angelou knows power.

49.) Love is a great beautifier.

We overlook small imperfections when we’re crazy about someone Louisa May Alcott seems to suggest.

50.) The best proof of love is trust.

Joyce Brothers communicates the importance of believing each other.

51.) If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don’t be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning “Good Morning” at total strangers.

Maya Angelou recognizes the importance of expressing affection to those you’re closest to.

e.e. cummings inspirational love quotes.

52.) Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite in fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun, more last than star.

e.e. cummings addresses the strong force of the emotion.

53.) One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.

Sophocles was spot on many years ago with this line.

54.) Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.

The importance of acknowledging differences is called out in this Peter Ustinov quotation.

55.) At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.

Plato knew that folks act differently when under the trance of a romance (trying to keep in the poet theme).

56.) Fortune and love favor the brave.

Ovid said it, but we all know it.

57.) All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.

Charles Schulz, no stranger to bon mots, nailed it again.

58.) Laughter is the closest distance between two people.

Having fun together is what it is all about in this Victor Borge saying.

59.) In order to be happy oneself it is necessary to make at least one other person happy.

Giving is as important as getting into relationships per Theodor Reik. He’s right.

60.) Love is what you’ve been through with somebody.

James Thurber knows that a shared history makes memories and increases affection for one.

Life is a flower quote.

61.) Life is a flower of which love is the honey.

Victor Hugo uses another nature analogy to draw a comparison.

62.) True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.

It’s not all about the bling with relationships, per Erich Segal.

63.) Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.

Oscar Wilde with another garden comparison.

64.) Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

The give and take of love is an important component in life per Lao Tzu.

65.) The only thing we never get enough of is love, and the only thing we never give enough of is love.

Henry Miller knows that we need more giving and receiving.

66.) The art of love is largely the art of persistence.

Albert Ellis addresses the ongoing needs of a relationship.

67.) Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking together in the same direction.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s Wind, Sand, and Stars book addresses a shared mindset and its importance.

68.) Love is like war, easy to begin but very hard to stop.

Hard to improve on this H.L. Mencken quotation.

What is the definition of love?

Merriam-Webster defines love as:

  1. A strong affection for another arises out of kinship or personal ties.
  2. Affection and tenderness are felt by lovers.
  3. Warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion.
  4. The object of devotion.
Those who bring sunshine.

69.) Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.

Sir James Matthew Barrie understands you get what you give in this saying.

70.) Love is an untamed force. When we try to control it, it destroys us. When we try to imprison it, it enslaves us – when we try to understand it, it leaves us feeling lost and confused.

I think we all can agree with Paulo Coelho that it’s a complex subject.

71.) The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.

Victor Hugo again with another great insight.

72.) To give pleasure to a single heart by a single kind act is better than a thousand head-bowings in prayer.

As Saadi wrote, actions speak louder than words.

73.) The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross wrote these lines. So true.

Makes the ride worthwhile.

74.) Love doesn’t make the world go ‘round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.

I love this one from Franklin P. Jones.

75.) How should we like it
were stars to burn
With a passion for us we
could not return.
If equal affection there cannot be
Let the more loving one be me.

W.H. Auden’s poetic words are a call to action in a relationship.

76.) If we cannot love unconditionally, love is already in critical condition.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, one of my favorite quote contributors, is at it again.

77.) In those whom I like, I can find no common denominator, in those whom I love I can: they all make me laugh.

W.H. Auden, the English-American poet, wrote this and many other great lines on the topic.

78.) Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.

Lucille Ball’s quote on self-love is very popular.

79.) Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.

Washington Irving: Amen!

Tip: These inspirational love quotes can make for excellent photo captions for social media outlets like Facebook and Instagram.

What are the signs of true love?

  • Admiration.
  • Respect.
  • Care.
  • Affection.
  • Happiness.
  • Viewing your partner as part of your life and in your plans.

Love is a Game Meme

Love is a game - inspirational love quotes.

80.) Love is a game that two can play and both win.

Eva Gabor is right on!

81.) True love stories never have endings.

Well, we sure hope Richard Bach is right.

82.) One is very crazy when in love.

Sigmund Freud has the same type of friends that I have.

83.) Don’t smother each other. No one can grow in the shade.

Well said, Leo Buscaglia!

84.) To love is to burn, to be on fire.

Jane Austin seems to foreshadow a Johnny Cash song.

85.) You look amazing. I am so lucky.

Prince Harry said it. Who would’ve ever thought he’d end up with Rachel Zane? A cute couple, indeed.

86.) There is no remedy for love but to love more.

Easy tiger. Oh, now I get it. Henry David Thoreau suggests that strong love continues to grow.

87.) The giving of love is an education in itself.

Eleanor Roosevelt knew her stuff.

88.) If a man wants you, nothing can keep him away. If he doesn’t want you, nothing can make him stay.

Oprah Winfrey knows her stuff.

Heartfelt Love Quotes

89.) Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like nobody is listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.
William W. Purkey

90.) Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.
Zelda Fitzgerald

91.) Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.
Maya Angelou

92.) You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.

93.) Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
Robert A. Heinlein

94.) The love we give away is the only love we keep.
Elbert Hubbard

Romantic Love Quotes

95.) I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.
Paul Coelho, The Alchemist

96.) I am grateful that you were born, that your love is mine, and our two lives are woven and welded together.
Mark Twain

97.) For you see, each day I love you more, today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.
Rosemonde Gérard

98.) The real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space.
Marilyn Monroe

99.) Maybe you don’t need the whole world to love you, you know. Maybe you just need one person.
The Muppets

100.) I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul.
Pablo Neruda

101.) Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.

Short Inspirational Love Quotes

102.) True love stories never have endings.
Richard Bach

103.) Loved you yesterday, love you still, always have, always will.
Elaine Davis

104.) I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.
John Green

105.) You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.
Pride & Prejudice

106.) Love is so short, forgetting is so long.
Pablo Neruda

107.) Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.
Oscar Wilde

108.) Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.
Robert Frost

Funny Inspirational Love Quotes

109.) You can’t blame gravity for falling in love.
Albert Einstein

110.) Love is something sent from heaven to worry the hell out of you.
Dolly Parton

111.) Love means having to say you’re sorry every fifteen minutes.
John Lennon

112.) Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.
The Princess Bride

113.) Love is being stupid together.
Paul Valery

114.) If love is the answer, could you rephrase the question?
Lily Tomlin

115.) A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.
Ingrid Bergman

116.) It wasn’t love at first sight. It took a full five minutes.
Lucille Ball

Sweet Love Quotes

117.) 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.
When Harry Met Sally

118.) It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.
Vladimir Nabokov

119.) Do I love you? My god, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches.
The Princess Bride

120.) You are the last thought in my mind before I drift off to sleep and the first thought when I wake up each morning.

121.) Take my hand, take my whole life too. For I can’t help falling in love with you.
Elvis Presley

Inspirational Quotes for Love

122.) You know it’s love when all you want is that person to be happy, even if you’re not part of their happiness.
Julia Roberts

See Loving Quotes For Her.

123.) There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.
Sarah Dessen

124.) The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard but must be felt with the heart.
Helen Keller

125.) My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
Maya Angelou

Without Love Insights

126.) Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.
Khalil Gibran, Lebanese American poet.

127.) How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

128.) The greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being.
Dalai Lama

By Michael O’Halloran

About Michael O'Halloran

Michael O’Halloran founded Greeting Card Poet in 2014 and has worked as its publisher and editor ever since. He’s the author of Best Sports Slogans and Captions. He has co-authored four books on kids’ trivia and authored four books on coaching. Previously, Michael was the president of Magnetic Poetry. He has invented and brought to market over 75 new gift and toy products — most of them dealing with wordplay.

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