142+ Love Quotes Everyone Should Have Read By Now

Love is the most powerful emotion a human being can experience. It’s also hard to put into words, but these best love quotes will capture what is so special about a deep connection, inspire romance and help you express how you feel for that special person.

The ancient Greeks called love “the madness of the gods.” Modern psychologists define it as it the strong desire for emotional union with another person. But what, actually, is love. It means so many different things to different people.

Love is bigger than you are. You can invite love, but you cannot dictate how, when, and where love expresses itself. You can choose to surrender to love or not, but in the end, love strikes like lightning: unpredictable and irrefutable. You can even find yourself loving people you don’t like at all. Love does not come with conditions, stipulations, addenda, or codes. Like the sun, love radiates independently of our fears and desires. –What Is Love, and What Isn’t?

Love can make you happier than you’ve ever been, sadder than you’ve ever been, angrier than you’ve ever been. It can elate you and deflate you almost at the same time.

Top 10 Love Quotes

Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. – James Baldwin

To the world you may be one person, but to one person you are the world. – Bill Wilson

The water shines only by the sun. And it is you who are my sun. – Charles de Leusse

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I got lost in him, and it was the kind of lost that’s exactly like being found. – Claire LaZebnik

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

I swear I couldn’t love you more than I do right now, and yet I know I will tomorrow. – Leo Christopher

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To the world, you may be one person, but to one person you are the world. – Dr. Seuss

Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky. – Rainer Maria Rilke

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You have found true love when you realize that you want to wake up beside your love every morning even when you have your differences.

‘I love you’ begins by I, but it ends up by you. – Charles de Leusse

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

You always gain by giving love. – Reese Witherspoon

The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in. – Morrie Schwartz

There is a madness in loving you, a lack of reason that makes it feel so flawless. – Leo Christopher

Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey. – Lord Byron

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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

All that you are is all that I’ll ever need. – Ed Sheeran

A view of the ocean, mountains and the sunset. But yet, he was still looking at me. – Aly Aubrey

I love her, and that’s the beginning and end of everything. – F. Scott Fitzgerald ​​

If I know what love is, it is because of you. – Herman Hesse

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Better than I was, more than I am, and all of this happened by taking your hand. – Tim McGraw

I love you not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am with you. – Roy Croft

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. – Aristotle

Love is a friendship set to music. – Joseph Campbell

There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart. – Jane Austen

There is my heart, and then there is you, and I’m not sure there is a difference. – A.R. Asher

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When I saw you, I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew. – Arrigo Boito

We are shaped and fashioned by what we love. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing. – Blaise Pascal

You are every reason, every hope and every dream I’ve ever had. – Nicolas Sparks

I know I am in love with you because my reality is finally better than my dreams. – Dr. Seuss

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When we are in love, we seem to ourselves quite different from what we were before. – Blaise Pascal

Love in its essence is spiritual fire. – Seneca

Love is friendship that has caught fire. – Ann Landers

The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost. – Gilbert K. Chesterton

I love that you are my person and I am yours, that whatever door we come to, we will open it together. – A.R. Asher

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Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart, and the senses. – Lao Tzu

It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know. We all know people who are so much afraid of pain that they shut themselves up like clams in a shell and, giving out nothing, receive nothing and therefore shrink until life is a mere living death. – Eleanor Roosevelt

If you find someone you love in your life, then hang on to that love. – Princess Diana

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

Don’t brood. Get on with living and loving. You don’t have forever. – Leo Buscaglia

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At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet. – Plato

She knew she loved him when ‘home’ went from being a place to being a person. – E. Leventhal

Everything I do, I do it for you. – Bryan Adams

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. – Maya Angelou

There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved. – George Sand

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

Distance means so little when someone means so much. – Tom McNeal

True love stories never have endings. – Richard Bach

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. – Rumi

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

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Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit. – Khalil Gibran

The only thing we never get enough of is love; and the only thing we never give enough of is love. – Henry Miller

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

You might not have been my first love, but you were the love that made all the other loves irrelevant. – Rupi Kaur

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

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If I had a flower for every time, I thought of you… I could walk through my garden forever. – Alfred Tennyson

You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. – Dr. Seuss

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other. – Audrey Hepburn

Lost with you, in you, and without you. – K. Towne Jr.

Love is not an emotion; it is your very existence. – Rumi

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When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. – Marcus Aurelius

I still haven’t figured out how to sit across from you, and not be madly in love with everything you do. – William C. Hannan

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

I fell in love the way you fall asleep. Slowly, and then all at once. – John Green

To be your friend was all I ever wanted; to be your lover was all I ever dreamed. – Valerie Lombardo

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A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love. – Max Muller

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride. – Pablo Neruda

You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest, and most beautiful person I have ever known and even that is an understatement. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

My love for you is past the mind, beyond my heart, and into my soul. – Boris Kodjoe

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

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My heart is and always will be yours. – Jane Austen

It was the way you laughed; I knew I wanted that in my life. – R. M. Drake

It’s always better when we’re together. – Jack Johnson

I will never be perfect for you, but I will always imperfectly try to be. – Atticus

‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. – Alfred Lord Tennyson

Most Famous Love Quotes of All Time

I love you right up to the moon—and back. – Sam McBratney

Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well. – Vincent Van Gogh

The art of love is largely the art of persistence. – Albert Ellis

So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you. – Paulo Coelho

If you would be loved, love, and be loveable. – Benjamin Franklin

I love you. I knew it the minute I met you. I’m sorry it took so long for me to catch up. I just got stuck. – Silver Linings Playbook

When you adopt the viewpoint that there is nothing that exists that is not part of you, that there is no one who exists who is not part of you, that any judgment you make is self-judgment, that any criticism you level is self-criticism, you will wisely extend to yourself an unconditional love that will be the light of the world. – Harry Palmer

Love is supposed to be based on trust, and trust on love, it’s something rare and beautiful when people can confide in each other without fearing what the other person will think. – E.A. Bucchianeri

Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness. – Euripides

A truly sensual woman is the kind of woman only a man with a deep soul can intoxicate and satiate. – Lebo Grand

Love does not dominate; it cultivates. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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 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. – Paulo Coelho

What I write comes from a place of deep love, and a deep understanding of all kinds of otherness. – Jacqueline Woodson

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

A healthy self-love means we have no compulsion to justify to ourselves or others why we take vacations, why we sleep late, why we buy new shoes, why we spoil ourselves from time to time. We feel comfortable doing things which add quality and beauty to life. – Andrew Matthews

Love asks me no questions and gives me endless support. – William Shakespeare

We are most alive when we’re in love. – John Updike

Love understands love; it needs no talk. – Francis Havergal

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

The beautiful thing about love is that you just need to plant it once and nurture it and it shall bloom into blossoms that would cover the valleys. – Hermann J. Steinherr

The giving of love is an education in itself. – Eleanor Roosevelt

The beauty of your life is predicated on the richness of your sensuality. – Lebo Grand

The more one judges, the less one loves. – Honore de Balzac

Love is so short, forgetting is so long. – Pablo Neruda

One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life. That word is love! – Sophocles

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 a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen. – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free. – Thich Nhat Hanh

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

You’re always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company. – Diane Von Furstenberg

I have no special gift. With deep love, I give what I have. – Debasish Mridha

Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says ‘I need you because I love you.’ – Erich Fromm

I knew why love was always described with eternity. A single minute stretched out for lifetimes. – Shannon A. Thompson

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. – Lao Tzu

Love is breathing each other with all madness – Seema Gupta

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven? And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives? When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see in truth that you are weeping for that which has been your delight. – Kahlil Gibran

Love is the enchanted dawn of every heart. – Lamartine

When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too. – Paulo Coelho

Love is when you meet someone who tells you something new about yourself. – Andre Breton

Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it. – Nicholas Sparks

Inspiring Love Quotes

Better to have lost and loved than never to have loved at all. – Ernest Hemingway

When someone loves you, the way they talk about you is different. You feel safe and comfortable. – Jess C. Scott

A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you. – Elbert Hubbard

We love the things we love for what they are. – Robert Frost

I found in my research that the biggest reason people aren’t more self-compassionate is that they are afraid they’ll become self-indulgent. They believe self-criticism is what keeps them in line. Most people have gotten it wrong because our culture says being hard on yourself is the way to be. – Kristen Neff

Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering. – Nicole Krauss

Love is a better teacher than duty. – Albert Einstein

We loved with a love that was more than love. – Edgar Allen Poe

True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked. – Erich Segal

If you aren’t good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone, since you’ll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren’t even giving to yourself. – Barbara De Angelis

Two people in love, alone, isolated from the world, that’s beautiful. – Milan Kundera

The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love. – Hubert H. Humphrey

You are, and always have been, my dream. – Nicholas Sparks

Every person has to love at least one bad partner in their lives to be truly thankful for the right one. – Unknown

If you remember me, then I don’t care if everyone else forgets. – Haruki Murakami

There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. – Anaïs Nin

Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new. – Ursula K. Le Guin

Love is what you’ve been through with somebody. – James Thurber

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

The best proof of love is trust. – Joyce Brothers

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

A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea. – Honore de Balzac

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. – Charles Schulz

When I loved myself enough, I began leaving whatever wasn’t healthy. This meant people, jobs, my own beliefs and habits – anything that kept me small. My judgment called it disloyal. Now I see it as self-loving. – Kim McMillen

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself. – Josh Billings

To love is nothing. To be loved is something. But to love and be loved, that’s everything. – T. Tolis

For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love. – Carl Sagan

Fortune and love favor the brave. – Ovid

Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart. – Washington Irving

Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver. – Barbara De Angelis

Where there is love there is life. – Mahatma Gandhi

Love is not only something you feel, it is something you do. – David Wilkerson

And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make. – Paul McCartney

Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world. – Wayne Dyer

Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings. – Anaïs Nin

We love because it’s the only true adventure. – Nikki Giovanni

Love is what makes the ride worthwhile. – Franklin P. Jones

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. – Martin Luther King Jr.

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. – A. A. Milne

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