Inspirational Quotes About Love

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“A life of love is one of continual growth, where the doors and windows of experience are always open to the wonder and magic that life offers. To love is to risk living fully.” Leo Buscaglia

“A thought transfixed me: for the first time in my life I saw the truth as it is set into song by so many poets, proclaimed as the final wisdom by so many thinkers. The truth — that love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which man can aspire. Then I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of man is through love and in love.” Viktor Frankl

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever: Its loveliness increases; it will never Pass into nothingness; but still will keep A bower quiet for us, and a sleep Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.” John Keats

“A universal love is not only psychologically possible; it is the only complete and final way in which we are able to love.” Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“Above all do not forget your duty to love yourself.” Søren Kierkegaard

“Affection is the broadest basis of a good life.” George Eliot

“All life is just a progression toward, and then a recession from, one phrase— ‘I love you.’” F. Scott Fitzgerald

“All mankind love a lover.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“All religions are incorporated in the principle of Truth, Simplicity and Love.” Haidakhan Babaji

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

“And looking to the Heaven, that bends above you, How oft! I bless the Lot, that made me love you.” Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“But is it what we love, or how we love, That makes true good?” George Eliot

“But love, I’ve come to understand, is more than three words mumbled before bedtime. Love is sustained by action, a pattern of devotion in the things we do for each other every day.” Nicholas Sparks

“Care and responsibility are constituent elements of love, but without respect for and knowledge of the beloved person, love deteriorates into domination and possessiveness.” Erich Fromm

“Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? 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 everything, you risk even more.” Erica Jong

“Duty makes us do things well, but love makes us do them beautifully.” Phillips Brooks

“Eat, friends, and drink; drink your fill of love.” Song of Solomon

“Even as the Sun doth not wait for prayers and incantations to rise, but shines forth and is welcomed by all: so thou also wait not for clapping of hands and shouts and praise to do thy duty; nay, do good of thine own accord, and thou wilt be loved like the Sun.” Epictetus

“Every beloved object is the center point of a paradise.” Thomas Carlyle

“Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.” James Russell Lowell

“Falling in love is not at all the most stupid thing that people do — but gravitation cannot be held responsible for it.” Albert Einstein

“Familiar acts are beautiful through love.” Percy Bysshe Shelley

“Fan Ch’ih asked, What is love? The Master said: “To rank the effort above the prize may be called love.”” Confucius

“Fathers and teachers, I ponder, “What is hell?” I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.” Fyodor Dostoevsky

“Feelings of love and gratitude arise directly and spontaneously in the baby in response to the love and care of his mother.” Melanie Klein

“First of all, let us try to know what love is. If love means to possess someone or something, then that is not real love, not pure love. If loves means to give oneself, to become one with everything and everyone, then that is real love. Real love is total oneness with the object loved and with the Possessor of love.” Sri Chinmoy

“Follow the voice of your heart, even if it leads you off the path of timid souls. Do not become hard and embittered, even if life tortures you at times. There is only one thing that counts: to live one’s life well and happily.” Wilhelm Reich

“For love reflects the thing beloved.” Alfred Tennyson

“For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.” Carl Sagan

“Freud’s prescription for personal happiness as consisting of work and love must be taken with the proviso that the work has to be loved, and the love has to be worked at.” Sydney J. Harris

“Give in to love, or live in fear.” Jonathan Larson

“He is not a lover who does not love for ever.” Euripides

“Henceforth I will look upon all things with love and I will be born again. I will love the sun for it warms my bones; yet I will love the rain for it cleanses my spirit. I will love the light for it shows me the way; yet I will love the darkness for it shows me the stars. I will welcome happiness because it enlarges my heart; yet I will endure sadness because it opens my soul. I will acknowledge rewards because they are my due; yet I will welcome obstacles because they are my challenge. I will greet this day with love in my heart.” Og Mandino

“How could I think the brief years were enough To prove the reality of endless love?” Delmore Schwartz

“I believe myself that romantic love is the source of the most intense delights that life has to offer. In the relation of a man and woman who love each other with passion and imagination and tenderness, there is something of inestimable value, to be ignorant of which is a great misfortune to any human being.” Bertrand Russell

“I believe that love is the main key to open the doors to the “growth” of man. Love and union with someone or something outside of oneself, union that allows one to put oneself into relationship with others, to feel one with others, without limiting the sense of integrity and independence. Love is a productive orientation for which it is essential that there be present at the same time: concern, responsibility, and respect for and knowledge of the object of the union. I believe that the experience of love is the most human and humanizing act that it is given to man to enjoy and that it, like reason, makes no sense if conceived in a partial way.” Erich Fromm

“I believe that we don’t need to worry about what happens after this life, as long as we do our duty here—to love and to serve.” Albert Einstein

“I found the greatest love of all inside of me. The greatest love of all is easy to achieve. Learning to love yourself, it is the greatest love of all.” Michael Masser and Linda Creed

“I saw clearly only when I saw with love.” Arthur Miller

“I want the loved person to grow and unfold for his own sake, and in his own ways, and not for the purpose of serving me.” Erich Fromm

“I will make love my greatest weapon and none on whom I call can defend against its force. My reasoning they may counter; my speech they may distrust; my apparel they may disapprove; my face they may reject; and even my bargains may cause them suspicion; yet my love will melt all hearts liken to the sun whose rays soften the coldest clay. I will greet this day with love in my heart.” Og Mandino

“I wish I could take what I’m feeling right now and put it in the water system so everybody could drink it and we would all love each other.” Jamie Foxx

“I’ll never regret the years I’m giving, they’re easy to give when you’re in love, and I’m so in love!” Billie Holiday

“I’ve made the most important discovery of my life. It’s only in the mysterious equation of love that any logical reasons can be found.” John Forbes Nash

“If everything is imperfect in this imperfect world, love is most perfect in its perfect imperfection.” Gunar Björnstrand

“If I know what love is, it is because of you.” Hermann Hesse

“If one loves, one need not have an ideology of love.” Bruce Lee

“If you want something very, very badly, let it go free. If it comes back to you, it’s yours forever. If it doesn’t, it was never yours to begin with.” Jess Lair

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

“If you wish to be loved, love.” Hecato of Rhodes

“If you would be loved, love and be lovable.” Benjamin Franklin

“Ignorance of each other is what has made unity impossible in the past. Therefore we need enlightenment. We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity. Once we have more knowledge (light) about each other, we will stop condemning each other and a united front will be brought about.” Malcolm X

“Immature love says: “I love you because I need you.” Mature love says: “I need you because I love you.”” Erich Fromm

“In love there are no penalties and no payments, and what is given is indistinguishable from what is received.” Eleanor Farjeon

“In many ways doth the full heart reveal, The presence of the love it would conceal.” Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“It is one of Heaven’s best gifts to hold such a dear creature in one’s arms.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“It is sad not to be loved, but it is much sadder not to be able to love.” Miguel de Unamuno

“It isn’t enough to love people because they’re good to you, or because in some way or other you’re going to get something by it. We have to love because we love loving.” John Galsworthy

“It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know.” Eleanor Roosevelt

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.” Oscar Wilde

“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” Rumi

“Life and hope for the world are to be found only in the deeds of love.” Bertrand Russell

“Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.” Antoine de Saint Exupéry

“Love alone is capable of uniting living beings in such a way as to complete and fulfill them, for it alone takes them and joins them by what is deepest in themselves. All we need is to imagine our ability to love developing until it embraces the totality of men and the earth.” Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

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

“Love conquers all; let us, too, yield to love.” Virgil, Eclogues

“Love does not care for time or order.” Mallanaga Vātsyāyana

“Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; re-made all the time, made new.” Ursula K. Le Guin

“Love each other dearly always. There is scarcely anything else in the world but that: to love one another.” Jean Valjean

“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 fulfills and accomplishes much where one not a lover falls and lies helpless.” Thomas à Kempis

“Love grants in a moment, What toil can hardly achieve in an age.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Love has power that dispels Death; charm that conquers the enemy.” Khalil Gibran

“Love is a passion, Which kindles honor into noble acts.” John Dryden

“Love is a temple, love the higher law.” U2

“Love is all there is, it makes the world go round.” Bob Dylan

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

“Love is not consolation, it is light.” Simone Weil

“Love is not love if it compelled by reason and driven by logic — love exists in spite of those things, not because of them. It is an emotion which needs no fuel to fire it or oxygen to feed it; if you have to look for the why, then stop looking; it was never there at all.” Julia Cameron

“Love is our response to our highest values.” Ayn Rand

“Love is something in the will, the will to share other people’s burdens, and that this will can come only from a humble heart.” Gerald Vann

“Love is the axis and breath of my life.” Anaïs Nin

“Love is the capacity to take care, to protect, to nourish. If you are not capable of generating that kind of energy toward yourself — if you are not capable of taking care of yourself, of nourishing yourself, of protecting yourself — it is very difficult to take care of another person.” Nhat Hanh

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

“Love is the crowning grace of humanity, the holiest right of the soul, the golden link which binds us to duty and truth, the redeeming principle that chiefly reconciles the heart to life, and is prophetic of eternal good.” Petrarch

“Love is the emblem of eternity; it confounds all notion of time; effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end: we fancy that we have always possessed what we love, so difficult is it to imagine how we could have lived without it.” Anne Louise Germaine de Staël

“Love is the reason of all things. It was here before all and will remain after all else is gone.” Eyran Katsenelenbogen

“Love is the substance of all life. Everything is connected in love, absolutely everything.” Julia Cameron

“Love is the true antithesis of fear. It expands where fear constricts. It embraces where fear repels.” Marion Woodman

“Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite in fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun, more last than star.” E. E. Cummings

“Love isn’t how you feel. It’s what you do.” Madeleine L’Engle

“Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.” Vincent van Gogh

“Love on through all ills, and love on till they die!” Thomas Moore

“Love personalizes all that it loves. Only by personalizing it can we fall in love with an idea.” Miguel de Unamuno

“Love reduces the complexity of living.” Anaïs Nin

“Love rests on no foundation. It is an endless ocean, with no beginning or end.” Rumi

“Love said to me, there is nothing that is not me. Be silent.” Rumi

“Love that leads life upward is the noblest and the best.” Henry van Dyke

“Love which does not act is hardly love at all. Love in action is the essence of love.” Benjamin Creme

“Love will conquer at the last.” Alfred Tennyson

“Love would master self; and having made the mastery stretch onward and upward toward infinitude.” Donald G. Mitchell

“Love, the strongest and deepest element in all life, the harbinger of hope, of joy, of ecstasy; love, the defier of all laws, of all conventions; love, the freest, the most powerful moulder of human destiny.” Emma Goldman

“Love, whether newly-born or aroused from a death-like slumber, must always create a sunshine, filling the hearts so full of radiance, that it overflows upon the outward world.” Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Love,—the shining goal of every human soul.” Blanche Shoemaker Wagstaff

“Loving other people starts with loving ourselves and accepting ourselves.” Ellen Page

“Make haste to learn how to love and appreciate each other. But nothing requires such delicate and attentive care as love!” Helena Roerich

“My love for you is past the mind, beyond my heart, and into my soul.” Boris Kodjoe

“Neither family, nor privilege, nor wealth, nor anything but Love can light that beacon which a man must steer by when he sets out to live the better life.” Plato

“No one but a woman in love ever sees the maximum of men’s greatness.” Anaïs Nin

“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

“Nothing is impossible for pure love.” Mahatma Gandhi

“Nothing truly valuable arises from ambition or from a mere sense of duty; it stems rather from love and devotion towards men and towards objective things.” Albert Einstein

“O, there is nothing holier, in this life of ours, than the first consciousness of love,—the first fluttering of its silken wings.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“One can give without loving, but one cannot love without giving.” Amy Carmichael

“One makes mistakes; that is life. But it is never a mistake to have loved.” Romain Rolland

“Only love makes fruitful the soul.” John Galsworthy

“Only the free mind knows what Love is.” Jiddu Krishnamurti

“Our souls are brought together so that we could love each other.” Alicia Keys

“Profound love demands a deep conception and out of this develops reverence for the mystery of life. It brings us close to all beings, to the poorest and smallest as well as all others.” Albert Schweitzer

“Psychoanalysis is in essence a cure through love.” Sigmund Freud

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” Steve Jobs

“Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly.” Leo Tolstoy

“So long as we love we serve; so long as we are loved by others, I would almost say that we are indispensable; and no man is useless while he has a friend.” Robert Louis Stevenson

“Some prices are just too high, no matter how much you may want the prize. The one thing you can’t trade for your heart’s desire is your heart.” Lois McMaster Bujold

“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking. Don’t settle.” Steve Jobs

“The axis of the universe — love” E. E. Cummings

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen nor even touched, but just felt in the heart.” Helen Keller

“The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.” G. K. Chesterton

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

“The enemy of a love is never outside, it’s not a man or woman, it’s what we lack in ourselves.” Anaïs Nin

“The ethic of Reverence for Life is the ethic of Love widened into universality.” Albert Schweitzer

“The feeling of love – is a fervent desire of goodness to a man.” Simon Soloveychik

“The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.” Bertrand Russell

“The growth of one blesses all. I am committed to grow in love. All that I touch, I leave in love. I move through this world consciously and creatively.” Julia Cameron

“The highest of generalizations is the synergetic integration of truth and love.” Buckminster Fuller

“The more I think it over, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.” Vincent van Gogh

“The most beautiful sight this earth affords is a man or woman so filled with love that duty is only a name, and its performance the natural outflow and expression of the love which has become the central principle of their life.” Josiah Gilbert Holland

“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.” Morrie Schwartz

“The most wonderful of all things in life, I believe, is the discovery of another human being with whom one’s relationship has a glowing depth, beauty, and joy as the years increase. This inner progressiveness of love between two human beings is a most marvelous thing, it cannot be found by looking for it or by passionately wishing for it. It is a sort of Divine accident.” Hugh Walpole

“The only business of the head in the world is to bow a ceaseless obeisance to the heart.” William Butler Yeats

“The song within your heart could never rise, Until love bade it spread its wings and soar. Joyce Kilmer

“The soul of love is the invincible difference of lovers, while its subtle matter is the identity of their desires.” Paul Valéry

“The wise are wise only because they love.” Paulo Coelho

“The woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam; not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be beloved.” Matthew Henry

“The world is wonderful and beautiful and good beyond one’s wildest imagination. Never, never, never could one conceive what love is, beforehand, never. Life can be great-quite god-like. It can be so. God be thanked I have proved it.” D. H. Lawrence

“There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“There is love enough in this world for everybody, if people will just look.” Kurt Vonnegut

“There is no formula for generating the authentic warmth of love. It cannot be copied.” Alan Watts

“There is no gift more great than love.” James Branch Cabell

“There is no language that love does not speak.” Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“They say it is to know the union with love that the soul takes union with the body.” Tiruvalluvar

“They say love dies between two people. That’s wrong. It doesn’t die. It just leaves you, goes away, if you are not good enough, worthy enough. It doesn’t die; you’re the one that dies.” Charlotte Rittenmeyer

“Those who have never known the deep intimacy and the intense companionship of happy mutual love have missed the best thing that life has to give.” Bertrand Russell

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

“To be in love is not the same as loving. You can be in love with a woman and still hate her.” Fyodor Dostoevsky

“To be in love is to surpass one’s self.” Oscar Wilde

“To have faith in the possibility of love as a social and not only exceptional-individual phenomenon, is a rational faith based on the insight into the very nature of man.” Erich Fromm

“To love is to act.” Victor Hugo

“To love is to find pleasure in the happiness of others.” Gottfried Leibniz

“To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk pain. To try is to risk failure, but risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.” Leo Buscaglia

“To love means to open ourselves to the negative as well as the positive — to grief, sorrow, and disappointment as well as to joy, fulfillment, and an intensity of consciousness we did not know was possible before.” Rollo May

“To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.” Oscar Wilde

“To love, and to be loved, is the greatest happiness of existence.” Sydney Smith

“True love is not the helpless desire to possess the cherished object of one’s fervent affection; true love is the disciplined generosity we require of ourselves for the sake of another when we would rather be selfish; that, at least, is how I have taught myself to love my wife.” Stephen L. Carter

“True love is radical because it requires us to see ourselves in all people. Otherwise, it isn’t love. Love is revolutionary because it has us treat ALL people as we would ourselves – not because we are charitable, but because we are one. That is love’s radical conclusion.” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

“Truth, like a woman, must be wooed and won – and this is only through the purity of mind and the heart’s deep love.” David Zindell

“Try not to change the world. You will fail. Try to love the world. Lo, the world is changed. Changed forever.” Sri Chinmoy

“We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence and its only end.” Benjamin Disraeli

“We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.” W. Somerset Maugham

“We love what we love. Reason does not enter into it. In many ways, unwise love is the truest love. Anyone can love a thing because. That’s as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.” Patrick Rothfuss

“Wedded love is founded on esteem.” Elijah Fenton

“What is life without the radiance of love?” Friedrich Schiller

“What you feel only matters to you. It is what you do to the people you love; that’s what matters. That’s the only thing that counts.” Tom Wilkinson

“When I listen to love, I am listening to my true nature. When I express love, I am expressing my true nature. All of us love. All of us do it more and more perfectly. The past has brought us both ashes and diamonds. In the present we find the flowers of what we’ve planted and the seeds of what we are becoming. I plant the seeds of love in my heart. I plant the seeds of love in the hearts of others.” Julia Cameron

“When once the mind has raised itself to grasp and to delight in excellence, those who love most will be found to love most wisely.” Francis Turner Palgrave

“When one has once fully entered the realm of Love, the world — no matter how imperfect — becomes rich and beautiful, it consists solely of opportunities for Love.” Søren Kierkegaard

“When we “fall” in love, as the expressive verb puts it, the world shakes and changes around us, not only in the way it looks but in our whole experience of what we are doing in the world.” Rollo May

“Where there is the greatest love, there are always miracles.” Willa Cather

“Who are wise in love, Love most, say least.” Alfred Tennyson

“Whoever lives true life, will love true love.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“Whose is the world? Whose is thought? His who loves them.” Vilhelm Ekelund

“Yet is there one true line, the pearl of pearls: Man dreams of Fame while woman wakes to love.” Alfred Tennyson

“Your first love has no beginning or end. Your first love is not your first love, and it is not your last. It is just love. It is one with everything.” Nhat Hanh

“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.” Helen Schucman

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