The 50 Best Quotes About Love

EcoSalon’s 50 favorite quotes about love. 

If you love someone, the greatest gift you can give them is your presence. – Thich Nhat Hanh

I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best. – Marilyn Monroe

Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary. – Oscar Wilde

Love, the poet said, is woman’s whole existence. – Virginia Woolf

My heart has more rooms in it than a whore house. – Gabriel García Márquez

It was a hubba, hubba, ding dang, baby you are just everythang. – Tom Waits

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

When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. – Mae West

Those that I fight I do not hate, those that I guard I do not love. – William Butler Yeats

Will you love me in December as you do in May? – Jack Kerouac

And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make. – The Beatles

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

I’ve looked at love from both sides now, from give and take, and still somehow, it’s love’s illusions I recall. I really don’t know love at all. – Joni Mitchell

Fare thee well my nightingale, I lived but to be near you. Tho’ you are singing somewhere still I can no longer hear you. -Leonard Cohen

Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it; let’s do it, let’s fall in love. – Cole Porter

Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it and it darts away. – Dorothy Parker

Love is not love which alters when it alterations finds, or bends with the remover to remove. Oh no! It is an ever-fixed mark that looks on tempests and is never shaken. – William Shakespeare

All discarded lovers should be given a second chance, but with somebody else. – Mae West

Love is a great beautifier. – Louisa May Alcott

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

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

Do you love this world? Do you cherish your humble and silky life? Do you adore the green grass, with its terror beneath? – Mary Oliver

I saw that nothing was permanent. You don’t want to possess anything that is dear to you because you might lose it. – Yoko Ono

How long do you want to be loved? Is forever enough, is forever enough?  – The Dixie Chicks

Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives. – C.S. Lewis

All love shifts and changes. I don’t know if you can be wholeheartedly in love all the time. – Julie Andrews

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

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

It’s useless to hold a person to anything he says while he’s in love, drunk, or running for office. – Shirley MacLaine

You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection. – Buddha

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

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

If you love me, let me know. If not, please gently let me go. – Anonymous

Change everything except your loves. – Voltaire

Love must be as much a light, as it is a flame. – Henry David Thoreau

If you wish to be loved, love! – Seneca

It is wrong to think that love comes from long companionship and persevering courtship. Love is the offspring of spiritual affinity and unless that affinity is created in a moment, it will not be created for years or even generations. – Khalil Gibran

The power of love, as the basis of a State, has never been tried. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction. – Antoine de Saint Exupery

Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane. – Honore de Balzac

Love is space and time measured by the heart. – Marcel Proust

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

Love and desire are the spirit’s wings to great deeds. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), It’s always our self we find in the sea. – e.e. cummings

Women are made to be loved, not understood. – Oscar Wilde

The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return. – David Bowie

If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that’s his problem. Love and peace are eternal. – John Lennon

Have you noticed, with whatever quality of love you have experienced, that when true love arises, it opens up both your mind and emotions? It’s an openness to whatever is happening. – Adyashanti

Because the world is round, it turns me on. Because the wind is high, it blows my mind. Because the sky is blue, it makes me weep. – The Beatles

You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly. – Sam Keen


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Anna Brones

Anna Brones is a food + travel writer with a love for coffee and bikes. She is the author of The Culinary Cyclist and Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break. Catch her weekly column, Foodie Underground.