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Love Quotes

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“If I tell you I love you, can I keep you forever?” – Casper

When you’re in love the birds sing, the sun shines, and the flowers bloom.  When you’re broken hearted, the world turns cold and black.

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I decided to put together a collection of love quotes for your browsing pleasure.  I reached far and wide across songs, movies, and famous people to find some of the best quotable quotes.

Age Old Questions

Quotes can help us answer some of those age-old questions … Is love a many splendored thing, or did the J. Geils Band nail it with “One thing for sure, love stinks“?  … Who was the greatest lover of all time? … was it  Don Juan, who got way more than he gave, or was it Pepé Le Pew, who gave way more than he got? … Was the greatest love story ever told Romeo and Juliet? … or was it The Princess Bride?  … Did Huey Lewis teach us the power of love in one line with “Make a one man weep, make another man sing” … and is love how Stella really got her groove back?  We can even use quotes to help answer the question Jimmy Ruffin poses, “”What becomes of the broken hearted?”

Love Comes in All Shapes and Sizes

While loves is the universal language, it comes in different flavors, from puppy love, to summer romances, to true love that lasts a lifetime  Love also comes in all shapes and sizes:  Popeye has Olive Oyl, Mickey has Minnie, and the the whole Smurf Village has Smurfette.

Love Shapes Your Experience

How you express your love for your world, your life, your fellow travelers, and yourself, all shape the quality of your experience.  From hopeless romantics to bitter old Scrooges, love plays a role in how we lead our life.  It may be your rose-colored glasses, or the spring in your step, or the reason you’ve sworn off this or that.  Your favorite love song, whether it’s “Daydream Believer” or “Love Stinks” even tells you a lot.  If your metaphor for love isn’t working for you, change it, and change your life.

My most important lessons in love are that love is what you make of it, the more you give, the more you get, true love is falling in love with the same person over and over again, and, from A Peaceful Warrior, I learned that “Those who are the hardest to love, need it the most.”

Top 10 Love Quotes

I selected a few of my favorite quotes for a top 10 list:

  1. I have an everyday religion that works for me. Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line. – Lucille Ball
  2. Love is like heaven, but it can hurt like hell. – Unknown
  3. Love is not a feeling, it’s an ability. – Dan in Real Life
  4. 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
  5. One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can’t utter. – James Earl Jones
  6. One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life — that word is love. – Sophocles
  7. “The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” – Allan K. Chalmers
  8. The best things in life aren’t things. – Art Buchwald
  9. There is a place you can touch a woman that will drive her crazy. Her heart. – Milk Money
  10. You make me want to be a better man. – As Good As It Gets

Beauty

Is it beauty that makes us fall head over heels?  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and beauty ranges from acts of kindness to beautiful looks, and inner beauty can last a lifetime, while outer beauty is up against Mother Nature and gravity. With that in mind, here are quotes on beauty and love:

  • But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east and Juliet is the sun. – William Shakespeare
  • Do you love me because I am beautiful or am I beautiful because I am loved? – 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. – A Knight’s Tale
  • Kindness in women, not their beauteous looks, shall win my love.- William Shakespeare
  • See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand! Oh that I were a glove upon that hand, that I might touch that cheek! – William Shakespeare
  • Things are beautiful if you love them. – Jean Anouilh
  • Your eyes are the sweetest stars I’ve ever seen. – Moulin Rouge

Broken Hearts and Loss

  • ‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. – Alfred Lord Tennyson
  • Hearts will be practical only when they are made unbreakable. – The Wizard of Oz
  • How come we don’t always know when love begins, but we always know when it ends? – L.A. Story
  • If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on, is to remember them. Buildings burn, people die, but real love is forever. – The Crow
  • If you love something, set it free; if it comes back it’s yours, if it doesn’t, it never was. – Richard Bach
  • Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss, and ends with a teardrop. – Unknown
  • That’s why they call them crushes. If they were easy, they’d call them something else. – Sixteen Candles
  • The hottest love has the coldest end. – Socrates
  • The love that lasts the longest is the love that is never returned. – William Somerset Maugham
  • To fall in love is awfully simple, but to fall out of love is simply awful. – Bess Myerson
  • Who do you turn to when the only person in the world that can stop you from crying, is exactly the one making you cry? – Unknown

Falling in Love

  • A man falls in love through his eyes, a woman through her ears. – Woodrow Wyatt
  • Do you ever put your arms out and just spin and spin and spin? Well, that’s what love is like. Everything inside of you tells you to stop before you fall, but you just keep going. – Practical Magic
  • Do you want to know the easiest way to fall in love? Just associate with all your pleasant experiences with someone, and disassociate from all the unpleasant ones. — Richard Bandler
  • Fate exists but it can only take you so far, because once you’re there, it’s up to you to make it happen. – Can’t Hardly Wait
  • Love is like a butterfly, it settles upon you when you least expect it. – Unknown
  • To be loved, be lovable. – Unknown
  • Wise men say, only fools rush in. But I can’t help falling in love with you. – Elvis Presley

Fear

  • If you love someone you say it, you say it right then, out loud. Otherwise the moment just … passes you by. – My Best friend’s Wedding
  • I would rather have eyes that cannot see; ears that cannot hear; lips that cannot speak, than a heart that cannot love. – Robert Tizon
  • Tell her that you love her. You’ve got nothing to lose, and you’ll always regret it if you don’t. – Love Actually
  • You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back.- Barbara De Angelis
  • What is love … Oh baby, don’t hurt me … Don’t hurt me no more. – Haddaway

Fun

  • If love is the answer, can you please repeat the question? – Unknown
  • Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. Second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience. – Samuel Johnson
  • My husband and I fell in love at first sight… maybe I should have taken a second look. – Crimes and Misdemeanors
  • Nothing spoils the taste of peanut butter like unrequited love. – Charlie Brown
  • Swoon. I’ll catch you. – The English Patient
  • You are what I never knew I always wanted. – Fools Rush In
  • You can’t put a price tag on love, but you can on all its accessories. – Melanie Clark
  • Your heart is my piñata. – Chuck Palahniuk

Kissing

  • A kiss isn’t worth anything until you give it to somebody else. – Unknown
  • 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
  • Kiss me. Kiss me as if it were the last time. – Casablanca
  • There have been five great kisses since 1642 B.C. (before then couples hooked thumbs) … and the precise rating of kisses is a terribly difficult thing, often leading to great controversy.  Well, this one left them all behind. – The Princess Bride
  • What do you want to marry me for anyhow? … So I can kiss you anytime I want. – Sweet Home Alabama
  • You know, that moment when you kiss someone and everything around you becomes hazy. And the only thing in focus is you and that person. And you realize that that person is the only person that you’re supposed to kiss for the rest of your life. And for one moment you get this gift. And you want to laugh and you want to cry because you feel so lucky that you found it and so scared that it will go away all at the same time. – Never Been Kissed

Love and Life

  • A life filled with love must have some thorns, but a life empty of love will have no roses. – Unknown
  • All our young lives we search for someone to love, someone to make us complete. We choose partners and change partners. We dance to a song of heartbreak and hope, all the while wondering if somewhere, somehow, someone perfect is searching for us. – The Wonder Years
  • Beginnings are usually scary and endings are usually sad, but it’s everything in between that makes it all worth living. – Hope Floats
  • Life is messy. Love is messier. – Catch and Release
  • Love doesn’t just sit there like a stone; it has to be made – like bread, remade all the time, made new. – Ursula K. LeGuin
  • 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 makes life so confusing, but without love would you really want to live? – Unknown
  • The rules of fair play do not apply in love and war.- John Lyly
  • The secret of love is seeking variety in your life together, and never letting routine chords dull the melody of your romance.- Unknown

Significance and Meaning

  • I love you not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am with you. – Roy Croft
  • No one is perfect until you fall in love with them. – Unknown
  • The greatest possession we have costs nothing, it’s known as love. – Brian Jett
  • There are four questions of value in life… What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for, and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same. Only love. – Don Juan DeMarco
  • To be able to say how much you love is to love but little.- Petrarch
  • To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world. – Unknown
  • We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love. – Mother Teresa
  • What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. – William Shakespeare
  • You will see a lot of things, but they will mean nothing to you, if you lose sight of the thing you love. – At First Sight

The Power of Love

  • All you need is love, love, love is all you need. – The Beatles
  • Faith makes all things possible. Love makes them easy. – Unknown
  • I will find you. No matter how long it will take, no matter how far. – The Last Of The Mohicans
  • Let your heart guide you. It whispers so listen carefully. – The Land Before Time
  • Love has given me wings, so I must fly. – A Knight’s Tale
  • Love is like a knife, it can stab the heart or it can carve wonderful images into the soul that will last a lifetime. – Unknown
  • Suddenly the world seems such a perfect place, suddenly it moves with such a perfect grace, suddenly my life doesn’t seem such a waste, it all revolves around you. – Moulin Rouge
  • 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. – Meet Joe Black
  • The best love is the kind that weakens the soul, that makes us reach for more, that plants fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. And that’s what you’ve given me. That’s what I hope to give to you forever. – The Notebook
  • When a man loves a woman, he can’t keep his mind on nothing else. – Percy Sledge
  • When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. – Jimi Hendrix

True Love

  • Don’t say we aren’t right for each other, the way i see it is … we aren’t right for anyone else. – The Cutting Edge
  • Have you never met a woman who inspires you to love? Until your every sense is filled with her? You inhale her. You taste her. You see your unborn children in her eyes and know that your heart has at last found a home. Your life begins with her, and without her it must surely end. – Don Juan DeMarco
  • I am someone else when I’m with you, someone more like myself. – Original Sin
  • I wonder how many people never get the one they want, but end up with the one they’re supposed to have. – Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Lucky is the man who is the first love of a woman, but luckier is the woman who is the last love of a man. – Unknown
  • This kind of certainty comes but once in a lifetime. – Bridges of Madison County
  • True love cannot be found where it does not truly exist, nor can it be hidden where it truly does. – Kissing A Fool
  • True love is like a fine wine, the older the better. – Fred Jacob
  • True love is when your heart and your minds are saying the same thing.- Leanna L. Bartram
  • Trying to make someone fall in love with you is about as pointless as trying to control who you fall in love with. – Unknown
  • You’re not perfect sport, and let me save you the suspense, this girl you met, she isn’t perfect either. But the question is whether or not you’re perfect for each other. – Good Will Hunting
  • We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly. – Unknown

General

  • A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. –Mignon McLaughlin
  • An immature love says I love you because I need you, but a mature love says I need you because I love you. – Unknown
  • I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love. – Mother Teresa
  • I love you. I am who I am because of you. You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I’ve ever had, and no matter what happens to us in the future, everyday we are together is the greatest day of my life. I will always be yours. – The Notebook
  • In these dreams I’ve loved you so, that by now I think I know what it’s like to be loved by you. I will love being loved by you. – The King and I
  • I’ve been saying it so long to you, you just wouldn’t listen. Every time you said ‘Farm Boy do this’ you thought I was answering ‘As you wish’ but that’s only because you were hearing wrong. ‘I love you’ was what it was, but you never heard. – The Princess Bride
  • Love comforteth like sunshine after rain. – William Shakespeare
  • Summer romances begin for all kinds of reasons, but when all is said and done, they have one thing in common. They’re shooting stars, a spectacular moment of light in the heavens, fleeting glimpse of eternity, and in a flash they’re gone. – The Notebook
  • The heart has its reasons that reason does not know.- Pascal
  • The mark of a true crush, Is that you fall in love first, and grope for reasons afterward. -Shana Alexander
  • What will NY152 say today, I wonder. I turn on my computer, I wait impatiently as it boots up. I go online, and my breath catches in my chest until I hear three little words: You’ve got mail. I hear nothing, not even a sound on the streets of New York, just the beat of my own heart. I have mail. From you. – You’ve Got Mail
  • When they ask me what I liked best, I’ll tell them it was you. – City Of Angels

What’s your favorite all time love quote?

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14 Comments on "Love Quotes"

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  1. Great list of quotes, I love it! Bookmarked and shared! :)

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    Cheers,
    Miche :)

  2. Golly you’ve been busy! I’m not sure there are words big enough for love, but there are actions that speak it enormously. I LOVE the picture at top and the beginning quote. Perfect for today — and everyday really.

    Now I have Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing Running through my mind… :)

  3. Patricia says:

    Another winner! I just loved reading it all…ah! did you watch all those movies and google for all those quotes or do you keep an organized notebook of them all?

    I will add another Mother Theresa to the list: There is enough bread in the world for everyone, what we are lacking is love and appreciation.

  4. JD says:

    @ Miche

    Thank you — Happy Valentine’s Day to you as well!

    @ Barb

    I agree — actions speak louder than words in my book, but I do love when the right words, say the right things, the right way … It’s poetry in motion.

    @ Patricia

    Thank you!

    I keep a personal Knowledge Base (KB) with my favorite quotes, book nuggets, lessons from people, and stories of success. I’ll actually write about how to build a “success KB” someday. Since I started my KB, people send me their favorite quotes and stories, too, so success begets success.

  5. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius

  6. What an exquisite collection! Especially what with all the global warming falling in North America, this is perfect to share with my lovely bride as we spend our business/pleasure trip together this week of St. Valentine’s Day in the tropical paradise of Curaçao.

    Our relationship mirrors Pépé & Penolope’s. Our wedding cake was even topped with a replica of them.

    Remarkably, I’ve been remiss in that my own collection of quotes has a deficit in terms of love. That is, until today.

  7. Thanks for putting this together JD, what a collection! I am going to write a lot of them down.
    BTW, the quote from Peaceful Warrior that you mentioned “Those who are the hardest to love, need it the most” is the one that stuck in my mind the most after I watched the movie.

  8. JB King says:

    From Moulin Rouge:
    “Love? Above all things I believe in love. Love is like oxygen. Love is a many-splendored thing, love lifts us up where we belong, all you need is love”

    I think my favorite long song is “Love Is All Around” which I heard from “Four Weddings and a Funeral.”

  9. pam says:

    hello best quotes ive ever read =)

  10. JD says:

    @ Alik

    That’s one of my favorite quotes – a blend of happiness, career, love and life.

    @ Jimmy

    I bet your wedding cake was a hit … Pepe is a classic Rico Suave, cartoon style.

    May this collection serve you well.

    @ Lana

    It was such a powerful movie with so many sticky ideas. I think that’s the quote I remember the most, followed by “put your bags down.”

    @ JB

    I’m not familiar with Love is All Around, so I’ll have to check it out. Moulin Rouge has some classic lines.

    @ Pam

    I like how the right words can really light things up.

  11. gracy says:

    ::u can love two person at the same time but not in the same degree . .

  12. Marianaaaa says:

    Life is full of chices& i think the riqht one i ever did or will do is choosinq you to be in my life.. IlooveyouBabe<3

  13. Marianaaaa says:

    Yes, I miqht be a bitch sometimes but your the only person i need in my life is you.Thanks for beeinq my lil boo when ever i want you to be with my or when ever i really need you i love you babe..

  14. babymae says:

    WOW.. I love reading the quotes, over and over again…:)