When you’re in love, you feel as if you and the person you’re in love with are the only two people in the world. Your passion is so strong that it feels like no one in the history of the world could ever have felt the way you do. But then you’ll hear a song on the radio or read a few lines from a book and realize that love is the ultimate unifier of our world. Here are quotes about love that will perfectly distill your emotions and make you even more aware of how magical the feeling is.
“The giving of love is an education in itself.” – Eleanor Roosevelt Love isn’t always enjoyable or obviously rewarding, but it does teach us important lessons. And sometimes the painful ones are the most useful.
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu Being loved gives you confidence and a sense of self-worth, but if you want to be truly brave, you have to put your heart on the line, throw caution to the wind, and show someone how deeply you care.
“Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Looking into the eyes of the person you’re in love with might feel like the definition of romance, but you can’t shut out the real world forever. You know you’re in love when you’re with a partner who shares your goals and is ready to move toward them together.
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” – Rumi As Rumi puts it, our essence is love. We don’t have to look for it in other people because it’s already within us. We are the ones who hide it from ourselves.
“When you love someone, you love the person as they are, and not as you’d like them to be.” – Leo Tolstoy You can’t fall in love with a person whose flaws you don’t accept. You’re only falling for your projection of them.
“True love is singing karaoke Under Pressure and letting the other person sing the Freddie Mercury part.” – Mindy Kaling In other words, compromise, sacrifice, and selflessness. Even when it comes to Queen.
“I swear I couldn’t love you more than I do right now, and yet I know I will tomorrow.” – Leo Christopher The difference between love and infatuation is that, with love, your feelings strengthen with time, while with infatuation, your feelings dwindle with time.
“When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.” – Arrigo Boito Sometimes love happens in an instant. You see someone for the first time, and it just clicks: you recognize each other on a spiritual level.
“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… When Harry Met Sally… is one of the greatest romantic comedies of all time, partly due to this line. Sometimes, love takes years to develop, but once you know you’re in love, you can’t wait another second to get your life together started.
“Love is an endless act of forgiveness.” – Beyoncé Rumors about Jay-Z’s infidelity may be behind this quote, but it applies more broadly: No relationship is perfect, even Beyoncé’s. If you’re caught up in an idealized version of romance, you will never be happy in love because love is all about accepting another person’s flaws.
More inspiring quotes for when you’re in love
“I love being married. It’s so great to find one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.” – Rita Rudner Love isn’t all hand holding and buying Valentine’s cards. No matter how obsessed you are with another person, you will be annoyed with them (often) if you’re lucky enough to spend a lifetime together.
“When you’re lucky enough to meet your one person, then life takes a turn for the best. It can’t get better than that.” – John Krasinski John Krasinski and Emily Blunt’s marriage is more romantic than any movie either of them has ever made. If you have a relationship that comes anywhere close to it, you are one of the lucky ones.
“You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.” – Jodi Picoult No one is perfect. If you go into a relationship thinking the other person is perfect, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Loving someone for their imperfections is true love.
“Love isn’t something natural. Rather it requires discipline, concentration, patience, faith, and the overcoming of narcissism. It isn’t a feeling, it is a practice.” – Eric Fromm We all imagine love as a heady, mysterious, even spiritual phenomenon that descends upon us and sweeps us away. But it isn’t. For love to last, it has to be worked at. Being passive in relationships is one of the fastest ways to ruin them.
“True love stories never have endings.” – Richard Bach Even relationships that end leave something with you. It might be a memory or a more resilient heart. Maybe it’s the conviction to never fall for the same kind of person. But love never leaves you empty-handed.
“Passion makes the world go ’round. Love just makes it a safer place.” – Ice-T Love is often depicted as passion, but while passion is one of the initial stages of falling in love, it cools over time. In its place, you gain stability and peace.
“To be brave is to love someone unconditionally, without expecting anything in return.” – Madonna Being guarded in love will never lead you to the romance you’re looking for. If you only date people who are already in love with you, you will be bored and unfulfilled. Love fiercely, knowing that you might have your heart broken. That’s the only way to find something meaningful.
“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” – Aristotle If you meet someone who you feel like you’ve known your whole life, it may be because you share a soul. This person is called a twin flame. Your romance may burn out quickly, but it will be passionate.
“Love does not dominate; it cultivates.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Love shouldn’t be tragic. It shouldn’t tear you down and make you feel frantic and obsessive. It should make you feel like a better version of yourself than you were before.
“Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.” – Zora Neale Hurston We’re all hiding ourselves from the outside world, afraid of letting anyone in. Falling in love is the process of opening up to someone in a way that you can’t do with anyone else. It’s finding home.