100 Best Love Quotes

There's an inexhaustible supply of love quotes out there. I've spent hours reviewing and compiling 100 of the best romantic quotes (in my own opinion) and here's the collection.

Many of these quotes are inspiring, meaningful, and romantic. Some are well-known and famous quotes, and there's even a couple that might get a laugh out of you.

Savor each of them, use them in your greeting cards or messages and be love-inspired! I'm sure you'll find resonance with a handful of them. Hopefully, you'll gain a new perspective on love or find a softer and kinder approach to matters of the heart.

These quotes are arranged in alphabetic order because it'll be quite impossible for me to rate them in order of importance. :-)

Top Love Quotes

1. "A loving relationship is one in which the loved one is free to be himself - to laugh with me, but never at me; to cry with me, but never because of me; to love life, to love himself, to love being loved. Such a relationship is based upon freedom and can never grow in a jealous heart."
~ Leo F. Buscaglia

2. "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!"
~ From the movie Moulin Rouge

3. "Age does not protect us from love, but love to some extent protects us from age."
~ Author Unknown

4. "All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love."
~ Leo Tolstoy

5. "And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye."
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

6. "Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving someone deeply gives you courage."
~ Lao Tzu

7. "Do you love me because I'm beautiful, or am I beautiful because you love me?"
~ Oscar Hammerstein

8. "Don’t frown because you never know who might be falling in love with your smile."
~ Author Unknown

9. "Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything it's cracked up to be. That's why people are so cynical about it. . . . It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more."
~ Erica Jong

10. "Falling in love with someone isn't always going to be easy... Anger... tears... laughter.. It's when you want to be together despite it all. That's when you truly love another. I'm sure of it."
~ Author Unknown

11. “Find a guy who calls you beautiful instead of hot, who calls you back when you hang up on him, who will lie under the stars and listen to your heartbeat, or will stay awake just to watch you sleep... wait for the boy who kisses your forehead, who wants to show you off to the world when you are in sweats, who holds your hand in front of his friends, who thinks you're just as pretty without makeup on. One who is constantly reminding you of how much he cares and how lucky his is to have you.... The one who turns to his friends and says, 'that's her.'”
~ Author Unknown

12. "For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it. "
~ Ivan Panin

13. “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

14. "I am so glad that you are here... It helps me realize how beautiful my world is."
~ Goethe

15. "I believe in a kind of love that brings sailors home from the sea. Made up of seconds and years and the nospace between hands on skin. I cannot believe how much goes on. I can't even cut out enough red hearts to keep up."
~ Sarah Mimnaugh

16. “I don't pretend to know what love is for everyone, but I can tell you what it is for me; love is knowing all about someone, and still wanting to be with them more than any other person, love is trusting them enough to tell them everything about yourself, including the things you might be ashamed of, love is feeling comfortable and safe with someone, but still getting weak knees when they walk into a room and smile at you.”
~ Author Unknown

17. "I have learned not to worry about love;
But to honor its coming with all my heart."
~ Alice Walker

18. "I have you. A lover and a friend. You are everything I need. You are the sun, the air I breathe. Without you, life wouldn't be the same. Please don't ever go away. And if you go, then don't forget to take me with you."
~ Basia

19. "I love you, not for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you."
~ Ray Croft

20. "I tell you I love you every day for fear that tomorrow isn't another."
~ Author Unknown

21. "I wished for nothing beyond her smile, and to walk with her thus, hand in hand, along a sun-warmed, flower-bordered path."
~ Andre Gide

22. "If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you've made me smile, the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand."
~ Author Unknown

23. "If I know what love is, it is because of you."
~ Herman Hesse

24. "If you have love in your life it can make up for a great many things you lack. If you don't have it, no matter what else there is, it's not enough."
~ Ann Landers

25. "If you judge people, you have no time to love them."
~ Mother Teresa

26. "If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don't, they never were."
~ Kahlil Gibran

27. "In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities."
~ Janos Arany

28. "In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing."
~ Mignon McLaughlin

29. "In true love the smallest distance is too great, and the greatest distance can be bridged."
~ Hans Nouwens

30. "Just because someone doesn't love you in the way you want them to, doesn't mean that they don't love you with all they've got."
~ Author Unknown

31. "Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and a richness to life that nothing else can bring."
~ Oscar Wilde

32. "Let love be the sweet elixir that awakens your spirit and moves your soul to dance."
~ Author Unknown

33. "Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction."
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

34. "Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit."
~ Kahlil Gibran

35. "Love comes when manipulation stops; when you think more about the other person than about his or her reactions to you. When you dare to reveal yourself fully. When you dare to be vulnerable."
~ Dr. Joyce Brothers

36. "Love comforteth like sunshine after rain."
~ William Shakespeare

37. "Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other."
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

38. "Love doesn't make the world go 'round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile."
~ Franklin P. Jones

39. "Love doesn't sit there like a stone. It has to be made like bread; remade all the time,...made new."
~ Le Guin

40. "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

41. "Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get--only with what you are expecting to give--which is everything."
~ Katharine Hepburn

42. "Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination."
~ Voltaire

43. "Love is a choice you make from moment to moment."
~ Barbara De Angelis

44. "Love is a gift. You can't buy it, you can't find it, someone has to give it to you. Learn to be receptive of that gift."
~ Kurt Langner

45. "Love is always open arms. If you close your arms about love you will find that you are left holding only yourself."
~ Leo Buscaglia

46. "Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition."
~ Alexander Smith

47. "Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies."
~ Aristotle

48. “Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning.”
~ Chuck Palahniuk

49. "Love is like a friendship caught on fire: In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable."
~ Bruce Lee

50. "Love is like a river, always changing, but always finding you again somewhere down the road."
~ Kelly Elaine

51. "Love is like pi -- natural, irrational, and very important."
~ Lisa Hoffman

52. "Love is like seaweed; even if you have pushed it away, you will not prevent its coming back."
~ Nigerian Proverb

53. "Love is like a campfire: It may be sparked quickly, and at first the kindling throws out a lot of heat, but it burns out quickly. For long lasting, steady warmth (with delightful bursts of intense heat from time to time), you must carefully tend the fire."
~ Molleen Matsumura

54. "Love is missing someone whenever you're apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you're close in heart."
~ Kay Knudsen

55. "Love is not blind, it sees more not less;
But because it sees more it chooses to see less."
~ Will Moss

56. "Love is not obedience, conformity, or submission. It is a counterfeit love that is contingent upon authority, punishment, or reward. True love is respect and admiration, compassion and kindness, freely given by a healthy, unafraid human being."
~ Dan Barker

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

58. "Love is the expansion of two natures in such fashion that each include the other, each is enriched by the other."
~ Felix Adler

59. "Love is the enchanted dawn of every heart."
~ Alphonse Marie de la Martine

60. "Love is the irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired."
~ Mark Twain

61. "Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness."
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

62. "Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence."
~ Henry Louis Mencken

63. "Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two."
~ St. Augustine

64. "Love looks through a telescope, envy through a microscope."
~ Josh Billings

65. "Love means to commit oneself without guarantee, to give oneself completely in the hope that our love will produce love in the loved person. Love is an act of faith, and whoever is of little faith is also of little love."
~ Erich Fromm

66. "Love puts the fun in together, the sad in apart, the hope in tomorrow, the joy in a heart."
~ Author Unknown

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

68. "Love... What is love? Love is to love someone for who they are, who they were, and who they will be."
~ Chris Moore

69. "Men always want to be a woman's first love. Women have a more subtle instinct: What they like is to be a man's last romance."
~ Oscar Wilde

70. "Never let a problem to be solved become more important than the person to be loved."
~ Barbara Johnson

71. "On reflection, one of the things I needed to learn was to allow myself to be loved."
~ Isha McKenzie-Mavinga

72. "Once in awhile, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale."
~ Author Unknown

73. "Perhaps love is the process of my leading you gently back to yourself."
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

74. "Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul."
~ Saint Augustine

75. "Sometimes your nearness takes my breath away; and all the things I want to say can find no voice. Then, in silence, I can only hope my eyes will speak my heart."
~ Robert Sexton

76. "The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain signing to it...you and you alone make me feel that I am alive...Other men, it is said, have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough."
~ George Moore

77. "The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed."
~ J. Krishnamurti

78. "The most beautiful things in the world are not seen nor touched. They are felt with the heart."
~ Helen Keller

79. "The most precious possession that ever comes to a man in this world is a woman's heart."
~ by Josiah G. Holland

80. "There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness."
~ Nietzsche

81. "There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved."
~ George Sands

82. "There's this place in me where your fingerprints still rest, your kisses still linger, and your whispers softly echo. It's the place where a part of you will forever be a part of me."
~ Gretchen Kemp

83. "To a person in love, the value of the individual is intuitively known. Love needs no logic for its mission."
~ Charles A. Lindbergh

84. "To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with."
~ Mark Twain

85. "True love begins when nothing is looked for in return."
~ Antoine De Saint-Exupery

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

87. "True love is like a pair of socks you gotta have two and they've gotta match."
~ Author Unknown

88. "We are each of us angels with only one wing. And we can only fly while embracing each other."
~ Lucian de Croszonza

89. "We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly."
~ Sam Keen

90. "We lie in each other's arms eyes shut and fingers open and all the colors of the world pass through our bodies like strings of fire."
~ Marge Piercy

91. "We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love."
~ Tom Robbins

92. "When you love someone, all your saved-up wishes start coming out."
~ Elizabeth Bowen

93. "Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts."
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

94. "What we need to know about loving is no great mystery. We all know what constitutes loving behavior; we need but act upon it, not continually question it. Over-analysis often confuses the issue and in the end brings us no closer to insight. We sometimes become too busy classifying, separating, and examining, to remember that love is easy. It's we who make it complicated."
~ Leo Buscaglia

95. "When you smiled you had my undivided attention. When you laughed you had my urge to laugh with you. When you cried you had my urge to hold you. When you said you loved me, you had my heart forever."
~ Author Unknown

96. "Where there is love there is life."
~ Mohandas K. Gandhi

97. “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.”
~ Author Unknown

98. "You may only be one person to the world, but you may also be the world to one person."
~ Author Unknown

99. "You must love yourself before you love another. By accepting yourself and fully being what you are, your simple presence can make others happy.
~ Author Unknown

100. "You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back."
~ Barbara De Angelis

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