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Love! Inspirational Quotes About Love

Love – we all want it – as much as we can get…The truth is that love is within us and around us and the more we love ourselves, the more we can love others.  These quotes on love are not only great for Valentine’s Day but for the year round, whenever you want to expand your thoughts on love and what it means.

 

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”~1 Corinthians 13:4-13

The music may have stopped but my heart beats to another tune, this rhythm called love.”~A.C. Van Cherub

Falling in love is so hard on the knees.”~Aerosmith

Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.”~Albert Einstein

The art of love… is largely the art of persistence.”~Albert Ellis

I’m far from perfect, but I’ll be perfect for that imperfect person that’s perfect for me.”~Amanda Bynes

Be everything with so much love in your heart that you would never want to do it any other way.”~Amrit Desai

Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.”~Anaïs Nin

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

The arms of love encompass you with your present, your past, your future, the arms of love gather you together.”~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Like I’ve always said, love wouldn’t be blind if the braille weren’t so damned much fun.”~Armistead Maupin

Love is the magician that pulls man out of his own hat.”~Ben Hecht

Less is more unless it’s love.”~Ben Mittleman

In a deep moment of love, thinking stops. The moment is so intriguing, the moment is so tremendously powerful, the moment is so intensely alive, that thinking stops. You are simply in awe, a great wonder surrounds you.”~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

When a man is in love or in debt, someone else has the advantage.”~Bill Balance

I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can play together all night.”~Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes

The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of.”~Blaise Pascal, Pensées, 1670

He’s not perfect. You aren’t either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can. He isn’t going to quote poetry, he’s not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him that he knows you could break. Don’t hurt him, don’t change him, and don’t expect for more than he can give. Don’t analyze. Smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad, and miss him when he’s not there. Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don’t exist, but there’s always one guy that is perfect for you.”~Bob Marley

when you love someone / you are scared of getting hurt / and you will get hurt”~Brandon Scott Gorrell

Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.”~Bruce Lee

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

Love is an electric blanket with somebody else in control of the switch.”~Cathy Carlyle

In this horror of solitude, this need to lose his ego in exterior flesh, which man calls grandly the need for love.”~Charles Baudelaire

Love does not care to define and is never in a hurry to do so.”~Charles du Bos

There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved. It is God’s finger on man’s shoulder.”~Charles Morgan

If grass can grow through cement, love can find you at every time in your life.”~Cher

Poetry spills from the cracks of a broken heart, but flows from one which is loved.”~Christopher Paul Rubero

Love is now, is always. All that is missing is the coup de grâce ‘ which is called passion.”~Clarice Lispector

Everyone wants to be the sun that lifts up your life, but I’d rather be your moon, so I may shine on you during your darkest hour when the sun isn’t around and the ghost white moonbeams will allow you to find comfort in my arms.”~Craig D. Slovak

Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it is found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration.”~D.H. Lawrence

And what’s romance? Usually, a nice little tale where you have everything as you like it, where rain never wets your jacket and gnats never bite your nose, and it’s always daisy-time.”~D.H. Lawrence

Love is the self-delusion we manufacture to justify the trouble we take to have sex.”~Dan Greenburg

Sometimes it’s a form of love just to talk to somebody that you have nothing in common with and still be fascinated by their presence.”~David Byrne

Love is staying up all night with a sick child or a healthy adult.”~David Frost

Love me and the world is mine.”~David Reed

People who are sensible about love are incapable of it.”~Douglas Yates

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

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

We loved with a love that was more than love.”~Edgar Allan Poe

The simple lack of her is more to me than others’ presence.”~Edward Thomas

Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze.”~Elinor Glyn

Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”~Emily Brontë

Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.”~Erich Fromm

True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.”~Erich Segal

Love is a game that two can play and both win.”~Eva Gabor

I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect. And it’s these things I’d believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all she should be. I love her and it is the beginning of everything.”~F. Scott Fitzgerald

We must get beyond passions, like a great work of art. In such miraculous harmony. We should learn to love each other so much to live outside of time… detached.”~Federico Fellini

Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as the wind blows out the candle and fans the bonfire.”~François VI de la Rochefoucault

True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen.”~François VI de la Rochefoucault

A baby is born with a need to be loved and never outgrows it.”~Frank A. Clark

Love makes time pass; time makes love pass.”~French Proverb

Love is not consolation. It is light.”~Friedrich Nietzsche

Love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared with love in dreams.”~Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.”~G.K. Chesterton

And now we’re apart and you’re just some stranger who knows all my secrets and all my family members and all my quirks and flaws and it doesn’t make sense.”~Gaby Dunn

Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else.”~George Bernard Shaw

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

The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it. You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough.”~George Moore

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A heart that loves is always young.”~Greek Proverb

In true love the smallest distance is too great, and the greatest distance can be bridged.”~Hans Nouwens

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Without love, what are we worth? Eighty-nine cents! Eighty-nine cents worth of chemicals walking around lonely.”~Hawkeye (MASH)

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

Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another.”~Henry Louis Mencken

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

Ah me! why may not love and life be one?”~Henry Timrod

Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.”~Henry Van Dyke

I don’t think you can keep someone you truly love at arm’s length on purpose, they’ll always end up in your arms.”~Holly Nichole Miller

Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane.”~Honoré de Balzac

Love is the poetry of the senses.”~Honoré de Balzac

Passion makes the world go round. Love just makes it a safer place.”~Ice T

I was half in love with her by the time we sat down. That’s the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty, even if they’re not much to look at, or even if they’re sort of stupid, you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are.”~J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, 1945

I’m so in love, every time I look at you my soul gets dizzy.”~Jaesse Tyler

Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”~James Baldwin

As a girl where I was a Flower of the mountain yes when I put the rose in my hair like the Andalusian girls used or shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes.”~James Joyce

Love touches the soul and awakens a desire so powerful that even the most vigilant heart is lured by its radiance.”~Jamie Lynn Morris

I don’t wish to be everything to everyone, but I would like to be something to someone.”~Javan

Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.”~Jean Anouilh

If I love you, what business is it of yours?”~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is astonishing how little one feels alone when one loves.”~John Bulwer

Love is the word used to label the sexual excitement of the young, the habituation of the middle-aged, and the mutual dependence of the old.”~John Ciardi

Love is why I came here in the first place.”~John Denver

Love is my religion — I could die for it.”~John Keats

Love is real, real is love.”~John Lennon

So dear I love him, that with him all deaths I could endure, without him live no life.”~John Milton

You have to walk carefully in the beginning of love; the running across fields into your lover’s arms can only come later when you’re sure they won’t laugh if you trip.”~Jonathan Carroll

Love is a friendship set to music.”~Joseph Campbell

Love is much nicer to be in than an automobile accident, a tight girdle, a higher tax bracket or a holding pattern over Philadelphia.”~Judith Viorst

Love is not blind-it sees more, not less. But because it sees more, it is willing to see less.”~Julins Gordon

What most people call loving consists of picking out a woman and marrying her. They pick her out, I swear, I’ve seen them. As if you could pick in love, as if it were not a lightning bolt that splits your bones and leaves you staked out in the middle of the courtyard. They probably say that they pick her out because-they-love-her, I think it’s just the siteoppo. Beatrice wasn’t picked out, Juliet wasn’t picked out. You don’t pick out the rain that soaks you to a skin when you come out of a concert.”~Julio Cortázar

Love is how you earn your wings.”~Karen Goldman

Love cures people – both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.”~Karl Menninger

Love is missing someone whenever you’re apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you’re close in heart.”~Kay Knudsen

Love is not a matter of what happens in life. It’s a matter of what’s happening in your heart.”~Ken Keyes

Love has no desire but to fulfill itself. To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.”~Khalil Gibran

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

A man is not where he lives, but where he loves.”~Latin Proverb

He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began.”~Leo Tolstoy

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

Romance is dead-it was acquired in a hostile takeover by Hallmark and Disney, homogenized, and sold off piece by piece.”~Lisa Simpson, The Simpsons

‘Tis sweet to know there is an eye will mark our coming, and look brighter when we come.”~Lord Byron

Love is an ocean of emotions entirely surrounded by expenses.”~Lord Dewar

Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two.”~Louis de Bernières, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Love is an exploding cigar we willingly smoke.”~Lynda Barry

Let your love be like the misty rains, coming softly, but flooding the river.”~Malagasy Proverb

The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love.”~Margaret Atwood

We don’t believe in rheumatism and true love until after the first attack.”~Marie Ebner Von Eschenbach, Aphorism

It’s often just enough to be with someone. I don’t need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You’re not alone.”~Marilyn Monroe

Love is much like a wild rose, beautiful and calm, but willing to draw blood in its defense.”~Mark Overby

Love is not singular except in syllable.”~Marvin Taylor

Love one another and you will be happy. It’s as simple and as difficult as that.”~Michael Leunig

If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than because he was he, and I was I.”~Michel de Montaigne

Love is the child of illusion and the parent of disillusion.”~Miguel de Unamuno

To lovers! To the have-been’s, the are-now’s, and the may-be’s.”~Minna Thomas Antrim, A Book of Toasts, 1902

Love is the law of life.”~Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.”~Mother Teresa

A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love.”~Mother Teresa

When you’re in love you never really know whether your elation comes from the qualities of the one you love, or if it attributes them to her; whether the light which surrounds her like a halo comes from you, from her, or from the meeting of your sparks.”~Natalie Clifford Barney

A lover is a man who tries to be more amiable than it is possible for him to be.”~Nicholas de Chamfort

Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.”~Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

Who, being loved, is poor?”~Oscar Wilde

Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love; it is the faithless who know love’s tragedies.”~Oscar Wilde

When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving oneself, and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.”~Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Ah me! Love can not be cured by herbs.”~Ovid

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.”~Pablo Neruda

Love is the greatest refreshment in life.”~Pablo Picasso

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

Love is being stupid together.”~Paul Valery

Love is like those second-rate hotels where all the luxury is in the lobby.”~Paul-Jean Toulet

What the world really needs is more love and less paper work.”~Pearl Bailey

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

Love withers under constraints: its very essence is liberty: it is compatible neither with obedience, jealousy, nor fear: it is there most pure, perfect, and unlimited where its votaries live in confidence, equality and unreserve.”~Percy Bysshe Shelley

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

The learned compute that seven hundred and seven millions of millions of vibrations have penetrated the eye before the eye can distinguish the tints of a violet. What philosophy can calculate the vibrations of the heart before it can distinguish the colours of love?”~Pisistratus Caxton

At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.”~Plato

An old man in love is like a flower in winter.”~Portuguese Proverb

Love is a sweet tyranny, because the lover endureth his torments willingly.”~Proverb

Love is metaphysical gravity.”~R. Buckminster Fuller

Only in love are unity and duality not in conflict.”~Rabindranath Tagore

While God waits for His temple to be built of love, men bring stones.”~Rabindranath Tagore

Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.”~Rainer Maria Rilke

Before I met my husband, I’d never fallen in love. I’d stepped in it a few times.”~Rita Rudner

Take away love and our earth is a tomb.”~Robert Browning

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

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

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

Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly.”~Rose Franken

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

Come live in my heart and pay no rent.”~Samuel Lover

Forget love-I’d rather fall in chocolate!”~Sandra J. Dykes

It is really one moment of looking love dead in the eye that takes us everywhere in a flash.”~Swami Chetanananda

Love is like dew that falls on both nettles and lilies.”~Swedish Proverb

I learned the real meaning of love. Love is absolute loyalty. People fade, looks fade, but loyalty never fades. You can depend so much on certain people, you can set your watch by them. And that’s love, even if it doesn’t seem very exciting.”~Sylvester Stallone

The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.”~Thich Nhat Hanh

The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.”~Thomas Merton

I but know that I love thee, whatever thou art.”~Thomas Moore

Platonic love is love from the neck up.”~Thyra Smater Winsolow

The love game is never called off on account of darkness.”~Tom Masson

We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.”~Tom Robbins

Fall not in love therefore; it will stick to your face.”~Tony Hendra, “Deteriorata”

Before you love, learn to run through the snow leaving no footprint.”~Turkish Proverb

Love doesn’t sit there like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all of the time, made new.”~Ursula K. Le Guin

Men love because they are afraid of themselves, afraid of the loneliness that lives in them, and need someone in whom they can lose themselves as smoke loses itself in the sky.”~V.F. Calverton

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved – loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.”~Victor Hugo

Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.”~Voltaire

Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species.”~W. Somerset Maugham

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

You don’t have to go looking for love when it’s where you come from.”~Werner Erhard

True love is a discipline in which each divines the secret self of the other and refuses to believe in the mere daily self.”~William Butler Yeats

What “love” is I don’t know if it’s not the response of our deepest natures to one another.”~William Carlos Williams

As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words.”~William Shakespeare

Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.”~William Shakespeare

Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds.”~William Shakespeare

Nobody has ever measured, even poets, how much a heart can hold.”~Zelda Fitzgerald

Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.”~Zora Neale Hurston

Healing Powers of Solitude and Alone Time

Often we think of solitude in conjunction with loneliness and sometimes it is true.  Too much time alone can indeed lead to a feeling of loneliness.  But there is beauty in solitude, being alone can be beautiful. You can enjoy your solitude. Time alone can give you time to refresh and recharge your body and brain.  A long bath, time with a good book, time to write in your journal, to make your plans and to daydream are all things that you can benefit from.

Benefits of Solitude and Being Alone

I have traveled all over the world, generally alone, and while often it would have been lovely to share my experiences with someone else, I learned there are a lot of benefits to doing things alone:

  • You can do things on your own timeline. You can take things at your own pace, spend as much time or as little time as you like in a museum, sightseeing, or in any activity.
  • You don’t have to pretend you are interested in things you aren’t interested in.
  • You can go exactly where you want to go and do what you want to do. There is no need to discuss all the options with another person, or God forbid, several other people.
  • You can take time to really observe and absorb the world around you, experience the moments as they occur, stop to watch a street performer for as long as you like without being dragged away before you are ready to go.
  • You can meet new people, engage in conversation with people you might not otherwise talk to or meet when you are not within the safe bubble of having someone with you.
  • You can write your thoughts or perhaps a bit of poetry, take photographs, listen to music on your IPod, stroll slowly, walk briskly, or run.

After years of thinking that my love of solitude was a flaw in my nature, I realized that it solitude is a gift and my time alone is precious to me. It is only in solitude that you can really get in touch with your emotions, get to know yourself better and spend time in reflection.

Solitude increases productivity and creativity

If your life is in turmoil because of work or relationships,  alone time provides the opportunity to think things through, to get a new perspective, to calm down, and to resolve issues. When you have time alone, you can stop procrastinating, stop putting off projects and tasks that you would like to or need to get done.  You can put your energies into pursuing projects that are dear to you or getting things done you keep putting off.

There is no doubt that generally you can be more productive alone.  There are fewer distractions. You can explore your creativity.  You are not constrained by having to deal with other peoples’ desires or ideas – you can do it your way. Doing things your way when you are alone has the added benefit of making you feel more independent and self-assured when you are with others.

Alone time can enhance your relationships

Once you enjoy your time alone you will also enjoy and appreciate your relationships more.  In some respects, it is all part and parcel of loving yourself.  If you can enjoy your time alone, you automatically become a more interesting person.  You can appreciate your relationships for what they are and strengthen your relationships because you have spent time alone. The independence that comes with feeling comfortable alone contributes to a higher sense of self and a higher level of confidence.  You don’t require validation from someone else when you are alone nor do you need to apologize for doing what you want to do.  You can see, be, and do whatever you want.

I am not saying that being alone all the time is the answer.  I am not advocating becoming a monk or a hermit.  We all need people in our lives and relationships are something to nurture and be grateful for.  But being comfortable with being alone can make your life richer and happier.  Once you find the pleasures in being alone, a whole new world will open to you and you will discover new ways of seeing and doing things.

Find peace and joy in hours of solitude

When you are alone you can be mindful, be in the moment, in ways you cannot when you are with others. Be grateful for the quiet hours for in the hectic world around us moments of peace are sometimes few and far between.  We are bombarded with stimuli, we over commit to things, we get so busy with the hundreds of little things life throws at us that we lose touch with ourselves.

You may not want to go as far as Henry David Thoreau who said, “I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude”.  Instead, you might want to keep in mind what Ralph Waldo Emerson said,

“It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.”

Solitude is a gift.  Treasure it and your love for yourself, your life and others will flourish in unexpected and wonderful ways.

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