The 100 Best Love Quotes of all Time

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

99. “Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around.” – Bob Marley

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

97. “You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.” – Jodi Picoult

96. “Tis better to have loved and lost, Than never to have loved at all.” – Alfred Tennyson

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

94. “Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says ‘I need you because I love you.’”- Erich Fromm

93. “Don’t settle for a relationship that won’t let you be yourself.” – Oprah Winfrey

92. “All, everything that I understand, I only understand because I love.” — Leo Tolstoy

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

90. “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

89. “Perhaps it is our imperfections that make us so perfect for one another.” — Jane Austen

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

87. “I like not only to be loved, but also to be told I am loved.” – George Eliot

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

85. “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.” – Paul McCartney 84.

“True love is rare, and it’s the only thing that gives life real meaning.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

83. “Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

82. “To love is nothing. To be loved is something. But to love and be loved, that’s everything!” – Unknown

81. “The greatest science in the world; in heaven and on earth; is love.” – Mother Theresa

80. “Life is the flower for which love is the honey.” – Victor Hugo

79. “A man is already halfway in love with any woman who listens to him.” – Brendan Francis

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

77. “To find someone who will love you for no reason, and to shower that person with reasons, that is the ultimate happiness.” – Robert Brault

76. “No one ever fell in love gracefully.” ― Connie Brockway

75. “We’re all a little weird.  And life is a little weird.  And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness – and call it love – true love.” -Robert Fulghum

74. “Love is a game that two can play and both win.” -Eva Gabor

73. When love is not madness, it is not love.” – Pedro Calderon de la Barca

72. “Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.” - Robert Frost

71. “Pure love is a willingness to give without a thought of receiving anything in return.” - Peace Pilgrim

70. “The most precious possession that ever comes to a man in this world is a woman’s heart.” -Josiah G. Holland

69. “You will find as you look back upon your life, that the moments when you have really lived, are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.” – Henry Drummond

68. “You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back. “- Barbara DeAngelis

67. “Love cannot endure indifference. It needs to be wanted. Like a lamp, it needs to be fed out of the oil of another’s heart, or its flame burns low.”  – Henry Ward Beecher

66. “Love is not something you feel. It’s something you do.” – David Wilkerson

65. “Friendship often ends in love; but love in friendship – never.”  – Anonymous

64. “Love is a lot like a backache, it doesn’t show up on X-rays, but you know it’s there.” – Gracie Allen

63. “Nothing spoils the taste of peanut butter like unrequited love.” – Charlie Brown

62. “Love builds bridges where there are none.” – Anonymous

61. “To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” – Mark Twain

60. “Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.” -William Shakespeare

59. Love does not dominate; it cultivates.” – Goethe

58. “We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself. You’ve got to keep watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.” – John Lennon

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

56. “Where there is love there is life.” – Gandhi

55. “Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” – Franklin P. Jones

54. “A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.” - Ingrid Bergman

53. “We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.” - Orson Welles

52. “Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible – it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could.” – Barbara de Angelis

51. “I can live without money, but I cannot live without love.” – Judy Garland

50. “If you want to be loved, be lovable.” - Ovid

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

48. “There is no remedy for love than to love more.” – Henry David Thoreau

47. “Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.” – Peter Ustinov

46. “Life is messy. Love is messier.” – Catch and Release

45. “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” – Love Story

44. “I think that when you get to the end of your life, you have to ask yourself only two questions: Did I live fully and did I love well? And if you can say yes to those two things, then you’re home free.”  - Unknown

43. “There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

42. “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

41. “Do I love you because you’re beautiful, or are you beautiful because I love you?” – Oscar Hammerstein II

40. “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” – Emily Bronte

39. “It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for something you are not.” – Andre Gide

38. “You complete me.” — Jerry Maguire

37. “We say we love flowers, yet we pluck them. We say we love trees, yet we cut them down. And some people still wonder why some are afraid when they are told they are loved….” – Unknown

36. “Love is what is left in a relationship after all the selfishness is taken out.” – Nick Richardson

35. “Love is its own reward.” – Thomas Merton 34. “For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.” ― Stephanie Perkins

33. “If he’s not calling you, it’s because you are not on his mind. If he creates expectations for you, and then doesn’t follow through on little things, he will do same for big things. Be aware of this and realize that he’s okay with disappointing you. Don’t be with someone who doesn’t do what they say they’re going to do. If he’s choosing not to make a simple effort that would put you at ease and bring harmony to a recurring fight, then he doesn’t respect your feelings and needs.” – Greg Behrendt

32. “The mouth is made for communication, and nothing is more articulate than a kiss.” ― Jarod Kintz

31. “I’m up for it. Whatever it is. As long as it means I’ll always be with you.” ― Melissa de la Cruz

30. “Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.” – Benjamin Franklin

29. “Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.” – William Shakespeare

28. “Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking together in the same direction.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

27. “Love is blind.” – Unknown

26. “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” – Dr. Seuss

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

24. “Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given, never forgotten, never let it disappear.” – John Lennon

23. “Love isn’t a decision. It’s a feeling. If we could decide who we loved, it would be much simpler, but much less magical.” – Unknown

22. “The art of love… is largely the art of persistence.” – Albert Ellis

21. “Love is not an equation, it is not a contract, and it is not a happy ending. Love is the slate under the chalk, the ground that buildings rise, and the oxygen in the air. It is the place you come back to, no matter where you’re headed” ― Jodi Picoult

20. “Love has the power of making you believe what you would normally treat with the deepest suspicion.” –Mirabeau

19. “The best thing about loving and being hurt is that you get to know what true love really is. For as gold is tested in fire, and so will love be perfected in pain.” – Marvin Jay M. Torres

18. “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” -Mignon McLaughlin

17. “If you love something, set it free; if it comes back it’s yours, if it doesn’t, it never was.” – Richard Bach

16. “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

15. “Falling in love consists merely in uncorking the imagination and bottling the common sense.” – Helen Rowland

14. “The course of true love never did run smooth.” – William Shakespeare

13. “I would rather have eyes that cannot see; ears that cannot hear; lips that cannot speak, than a heart that cannot love” - Robert Tizon

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

11. “I don’t want the heavens or the shooting stars. I don’t want gemstones or gold. I have those things already. I want . . . a steady hand. A kind soul. I want to fall asleep, and wake, knowing my heart is safe. I want to love, and be loved.” – Shana Abe

10. “Love is not a matter of counting the years . . . But making the years count.” – Michelle Amand

9. “People who are sensible about love are incapable of it.” – Douglas Yates

8. “The entire sum of existence is the magic of being needed by just one person.” – Vi Putnam

7. “A day without love is a day without life.” – George Van Valkenburg

6. “Some people come into our lives, Leave footprints in our hearts,And we are never ever the same.” – Unknown

5. “Love does not die easily. It is a living thing. It thrives in the face of all of life’s hazards, save one: neglect.” – James D. Bryden

4. “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” – Mother Teresa

3. “You don’t love a woman because she is beautiful, but she is beautiful because you love her.” – Unknown

2. “True love never lives happily ever after – true love has no ending.” – K Knight

1. “Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved.” - Barbara Johnson

5 User Comments

  1. Emory

    I think this is my favorite, #51 from Judy Garland:

    “I can live without money, but I cannot live without love.”

    Oh, and the classic wisdom from the Beatles:

    “Money can’t by me love.”

  2. AnnaLynn Fox

    Love is blind. I agree… hopefully it’s not the blind leading the blind.

  3. Bob

    You need a new proofer, Yates is quoted twice, and the same quote

  4. Bob

    Dr Seuss is quoted twice too, they should have labeled this the top fifty quotes of love,….twice

    • Emory

      Bob, the job is yours if you want it! Thanks. #79 and #88 updated with Brendan Francis and Plato respectively.

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