Quotes about Love

Love is not consolation, it is light. Simone Weil

Love does not make you weak, because it is the source of all strength, but it makes you see the nothingness of the illusory strength on which you depended before you knew it. Leon Bloy

No disguise can long conceal love where it exists, or long feign it where it is lacking. Francois duc de La Rochefoucauld

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

Perfect love means to love the one through whom one became unhappy. Soren Kierkegaard

The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can ever end. Benjamin Disraeli

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

Love looks through a telescope; envy, through a microscope. Josh Billings

The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost. G K Chesterton

The quarrels of lovers are the renewal of love. Terence.

Real love is a pilgrimage. It happens when there is no strategy, but it is very rare because most people are strategists. Anita Brookner

Love is not enough. It must be the foundation, the cornerstone – but not the complete structure. It is much too pliable, too yielding. Bette Davis

The moods of love are like the wind,
And none knows whence or why they rise.
Coventry Patmore

Love is a blazing, crackling, green-wood flame, as much smoke as flame; friendship, married friendship particularly, is a steady, intense, comfortable fire. Love, in courtship, is friendship in hope; in matrimony, friendship upon proof. Samuel Richardson

For one human being to love another; that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation. Rainer Maria Rilke

This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love: the more they give, the more they possess. Rainer Maria Rilke

Everybody longs to be loved. And the greatest thing we can do is let somebody know that they are loved and capable of loving. Fred Rogers

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

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

If we really want to love we must learn how to forgive. Mother Teresa

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love. Mother Teresa

To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage. Lao Tzu

We can do no great things; only small things with great love. Mother Teresa

Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence. Sydney Smith

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

To fall in love you have to be in the state of mind for it to take, like a disease. Nancy Mitford

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend. Martin Luther King, Jr

Love seeketh not itself to please, nor for itself hath any care, but for another gives its ease, and builds a Heaven in Hell’s despair. William Blake

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

There is nothing more lovely in life than the union of two people whose love for one another has grown through the years from the small acorn of passion to a great rooted tree. Surviving all vicissitudes, and rich with its manifold branches, every leaf holding its own significance. Vita Sackville-West

Love is indestructible. It’s holy flame forever burneth; from Heaven it came, to Heaven returneth. Robert Southey

Love is not weakness. It is strong. Only the sacrament of marriage can contain it. Boris Pasternak

Let no one who loves be called unhappy
Even love unreturned has its rainbow.
J M Barrie

Pains of love be sweeter far than all other pleasures are. John Dryden

Give me love and work – these two only. William Morris

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

On the last analysis, then, love is life. Love never faileth and life never faileth so long as there is love. Henry Drummond

What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like. Saint Augustine

A loving heart is the truest wisdom. Charles Dickens

A man is only as good as what he loves. Saul Bellow

Love is the ultimate expression of the will to live. Thomas Wolfe

Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. Henry Fielding

Love is a great beautifier. Louisa May Alcott

Love’s like the measles – all the worse when it comes late in life. Douglas Jerrold

Love feels no burden, regards not labors, strives toward more than it attains, argues not of impossibility, since it believes that it may and can do all things. Therefore it avails for all things, and fulfils and accomplishes much where one not a lover falls and lies helpless. Thomas a Kempis

No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. Nelson Mandela

We don’t love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities. Jacques Maritain

We can only learn to love by loving. Iris Murdoch

My true love hath my heart, and I have his,
By just exchange, one for the other given.
I hold his dear, and mine he cannot miss,
There never was a better bargain driven.
Sir Philip Sidney

Real love is when you become selfless and you are more concerned about your mate’s or children’s egos than your own. You’re now a giver instead of a taker. Sylvester Stallone

When two people loved each other they worked together always, two against the world, a little company. Joy was shared; trouble was split. You had an ally, somewhere, who was helping. Paul Gallico

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

It is impossible to repent of love. The sin of love does not exist. Muriel Spark

Things are beautiful if you love them. Jean Anouilh

We cheerfully assume that in some mystic way love conquers all, that good outweighs evil in the just balances of the universe and at the 11th hour something gloriously triumphant will prevent the worst before it happens. Brooks Atkinson

I believe that love cannot be bought except with love. John Steinbeck

It is best to love wisely, no doubt; but to love foolishly is better than not to be able to love at all. William Makepeace Thackeray

Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness. Sigmund Freud

We look forward to the time when the power to love of will replace the love of power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace. W E Gladstone

Sex is a momentary itch, love never lets you go. Kingsley Amis

Many a man has fallen in love with a girl in a light so dim he would not have chosen a suit by it. Maurice Chevalier

Heaven Hath no rage like a love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned. William Congreve

Love has no age, no limit; and no death. John Galsworthy

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

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

The fate of love is that it always seems too little or too much. Amelia E Barr

Love ceases to be a pleasure, when it ceases to be a secret. Aphra Behn

To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god. Jorge Luis Borges