20 Short Love Quotes That Will Make Every Hopeless Romantic Smile

Sometimes the wisest truths come in the shortest sentences. All the hopeless romantics will understand the simplicity of these short quotes about love. Whether you’re wading through heartbreak or tumbling into love, these pearls of wisdom will have you smiling and nodding in recognition.

  1. “Love is something sent from heaven to worry the hell out of you.” – Dolly Parton Yes, love feels amazing, but that can be more of a curse than a blessing. The more you care about someone, the more anxious you get about keeping their interest.
  2. “It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize how much you love them.” – Agatha Christie When you have a crush on someone, it’s hard not to put them on a pedestal. But once you see them looking awkward or tripping over their own feet, they become irresistibly lovable rather than impossibly perfect.
  3. “All that you are is all that I’ll ever need.” – Ed Sheeran Oh, come on! Who wouldn’t faint if someone said this to them? Ed Sheeran’s lyrics are basically a handbook for how to be the perfect boyfriend.
  4. “You had me at hello.” – Jerry Maguire Anyone who’s seen Jerry Maguire and not sobbed ugly tears when Tom Cruise says this to Renée Zellweger either wasn’t in the room at the time or had it on mute. It’s enough to make you believe in love at first sight.
  5. “Love is a fire. But whether it’s going to warm your heart or burn down your house, you can never tell.” – Joan Crawford Every hopeless romantic jumps into a love affair head first without a second thought. But let’s be real: love can be just as cruel as it can be heavenly, and it’s usually impossible to know which it’s going to be until it’s already happened.
  6. “You always gain by giving love.” – Reese Witherspoon The good news for those who love too much is that, no matter how disproportionate their feelings are, the act of giving love brings something in return.
  7. “Nobody has ever measured, even poets, how much a heart can hold.” – Zelda Fitzgerald For some people, it feels like their heart can hold an ocean of feeling. Maybe even the universe. Your heart’s capacity may be infinite.
  8. “Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” – Maya Angelou Hopeless romantics live on a constant roller coaster of optimism and nihilism. When you fall for someone, you forget all the heartbreak you ever experienced and believe that this one will be “The One.” When you’re going through heartbreak, you think that love will be the death of you. But as long as you can regain that sense of optimism, you will find your person someday.
  9. “If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk through my garden forever.” – Alfred Lord Tennyson “Obsession” is the only word that fits your feelings for the person you have a crush on. Your thoughts turn to them constantly. So constantly, in fact, that they are pretty much the only thing you think about.
  10. “I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you.” – Dirty Dancing Dirty Dancing captures the feeling of what it’s like to find your romantic soulmate better than almost any other movie. If you meet the person who makes you feel more alive than you ever knew a person could feel, walking away feels like torture.
  1. “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 Before you fall for a person, you probably have some idea of what you want out of love. But once you’re head-over-heels, you’re consumed. The only thing you can think about is how deeply you feel for the person. Everything else is secondary, for better or for worse.
  2. “To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.” – David Viscott Everyone knows what it’s like to be infatuated with someone who doesn’t even know you exist. It hurts. But it also hurts when someone you don’t have feelings for is in love with you. Falling for someone who loves you back is a rare and glorious gift, and one that hopeless romantics are always waiting for.
  3. “Romance is the glamor which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze.” – Elinor Glyn Being an adult has its perks, but it can also be really boring. Working, saving money, buying groceries, paying rent–it all gets monotonous. But love is never dull. It shocks you out of your routine and makes everything seem sparkly and new.
  4. “At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet” – Plato You know when you’re in love and it feels like every sappy song on the radio was written specifically for you? Love has a way of making even the corniest clichés sound personal.
  5. “I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.” – Paulo Coelho Even if you don’t believe in destiny, it’s hard to explain how two people who are absolutely perfect for each other can end up meeting. Whether it’s through friends, a dating app, or a chance encounter on an airplane, love stories always have a hint of improbability about them.
  6. “To feel the love of people whom we love is a fire that feeds our life.” – Pablo Neruda Love inspires you to be the best version of yourself. It can push you to do extraordinary things and live your fullest life.
  7. “I love her and it is the beginning of everything.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald No matter how many times you’ve had your heart broken, all the pain is erased the moment you fall for someone new. All of a sudden, it feels like you’ve never been in love before.
  8. “We are most alive when we are in love.” – John Updike Love makes your five senses sharper. The world seems clearer. The future is exciting. The volume of the world is amplified.
  9. “I think I’d miss you even if we never met.” – The Wedding Date Have you ever met someone and felt like you’d known each other forever? In those moments, it’s hard to imagine your life without them, even if you’ve only known them a few minutes.
  10. “I want all of you, forever, you and me, every day.” – Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook Yeah, it’s cheesy, but anyone who is a slave to their heart knows that feeling of being completely and utterly consumed by infatuation. There’s nothing like it.
Rose Nolan is a writer and editor from Austin, TX who focuses on all things female and fabulous. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from the University of Surrey and a Master's Degree in Law from the University of Law. She’s been writing professional since 2015 and, in addition to her work for Bolde, she’s also written for Ranker and Mashed. She's published articles on topics ranging from travel, higher education, women's lifestyle, law, food, celebrities, and more.