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.
Being in love is a one-of-a-kind feeling. Our phrases about love might help you put your emotions in perspective.
So, here they are the best love quotes of all time. Enjoy!
Best Inspirational Love Quotes and Memes
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 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 an analysis of 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.
My Best Friend Meme
Love is a friendship set to music.
This contribution from Joseph Campbell speaks as 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.
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 nevertheless, something we all crave. Robert Frost coined this quote about love.
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 really 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.
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.
Love is a smoke and is made with the fume of sighs.
This thought from William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. The star crossed lovers is 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 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. 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.
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.
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 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 sometimes easy to spot lovers even when they’re trying to keep it a secret.
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.
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.
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 sayings that everyone would love to hear more of.
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.
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.
From F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night describes how a small sign of affection can go a long way.
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.
If music be the food of love, play on.
From William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, this passionate line expresses the desire to keep a good thing going. Love doesn’t wear a stop watch.
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.
Romance is thinking about your significant other when you are supposed to be thinking about something else.
The romance novelist Nicholas Sparks puts to words how it’s easy to daydream about the special person in your life.
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.
Your face is my heart and the love of you my soul.
Jamie Frasier, one of the featured characters on the Starz’s smash hit, Outlander, is noted for his romance quotes.
Familiarity breeds attempt.
Goodman Ace said this on the Easy Aces Radio Show. Funny love quotes bring on a smile or two.
There are only three things women need in life: food, water, and compliments.
Chris Rock – Check out Chris in concert via YouTube
My friends tell me I have an intimacy problem. But they don’t really know me.
The always funny Gary Shandling delivers again.
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.
People who throw kisses are hopelessly lazy.
Bob Hope, who has entertained millions, raises a good point.
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.
The four most important words in any marriage: “I’ll do the dishes.”
Sometimes is the day-to-day expressions of love in the form of small sacrifices are what make a relationship or marriage work.
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.
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.
A kiss is a rosy dot over the “I” of loving.
Long of the nose but long in romance as well, Cyrano de Bergerac.
Mutual love, the crown of bliss.
John Milton’s quote shows that the highest point of happiness isn’t a single throne chair.
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.
A person is only as good as what they love.
Better call Saul Bellow for this term of endearment.
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.
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.
Familiar acts are beautiful through love.
Percy Bysshe Shelley notes that everyday tasks can be expressions of affection.
Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.
Voltaire had it right.
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.
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.
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.
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?”
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.
I realized I was thinking of you, and I began to wonder how long you’d been on my mind. Then it occurred to me: Since I met you, you’ve never left.
Thinking of a partner between the seconds is a constant for those who are “an item.”
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.
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.
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.
Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.
Maya Angelou knows power.
Love is a great beautifier.
We overlook small imperfection when we’re crazy about someone Louisa May Alcott seems to suggest.
The best proof of love is trust.
Joyce Brothers communicates the importance of believing each other.
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 express affection to those you’re closest to.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Fortune and love favor the brave.
Ovid said it, but we all know it.
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.
Laughter is the closest distance between two people.
Having fun together is what it is all about in this Victor Borge saying.
In order to be happy oneself it is necessary to make at least one other person happy.
Giving is as important as getting in relationships per Theodor Reik. He’s right.
If I had a flower for every time I thought of you… I could walk through my garden forever.
Alfred Tennyson obviously had a very big garden.
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 of which love is the honey.
Victor Hugo uses another nature analogy to draw a comparison.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The art of love is largely the art of persistence.
Albert Ellis addresses the on-going needs of a relationship.
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.
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:
- A strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties.
- Affection and tenderness felt by lovers.
- Warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion.
- The object of devotion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 compassions, gentleness, and deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.
Elizabeth Kubler-Ross wrote these lines. So true.
Man will do many things to get himself loved, he will do all things to get himself envied.
Leave it to Mark Twain to come up with another funny love quote.
Love doesn’t make the world go ‘round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.
I love this one from Franklin P. Jones.
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.
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.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Martin Luther King knew strength came from seeing the best in each other.
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.
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.
Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.
Washington Irving: Amen!
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What are the signs of true love?
- Viewing your partner as part of your life and in your future plans.
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Love is a game that two can play and both win.
Eva Gabor is right on!
True love stories never have endings.
Well, we sure hope Richard Bach is right.
One is very crazy when in love.
Sigmund Freud apparently has the same type of friends that I have.
Love is a hole in the heart.
Ben Hecht’s short, but effective saying on the subject.
Don’t smother each other. No one can grow in the shade.
Well said, Leo Buscaglia!
To love is to burn, to be on fire.
Jane Austin seems to foreshadow a Johnny Cash song.
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.
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.
The giving of love is an education in itself.
Eleanor Roosevelt knew her stuff.
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.
— Mike O’Halloran
Mike is an author and the editor of Greeting Card Poet.
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