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25 Quotes on Love

Countless poets have expounded endlessly on love. Harlequin novels and pop songs have done the same, but with less grace. Rock stars, movie stars, my little brother, my parents, Oprah Winfrey and Lao Tzu have all had something to say about love. And we’ve heard it all. Countless times, in fact. But for some reason, no matter how many rom-coms we see or how many romance novels we read, the notion, the art, the elusive, inexplicable something about love never fails to enthrall us, charm us, and deeply move us.

Here are some of the best 25 quotes on love to inspire even the most cynical:

“All, everything that I understand, I only understand because I love.” — Leo Tolstoy

“When you trip over love, it is easy to get up. But when you fall in love, it is impossible to stand again.” – Albert Einstein

“A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all-knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“And remember, as it was written, to love another person is to see the face of God.” –Les Miserables

“…If you love someone, don’t wait for them to give you a sign, because it might never come. Don’t let people happen to you, don’t let me happen to you, or her, she’s not a television show or tornado … Go scream it and be with her in meaningful ways because that is beautiful and that is generous and that is what loving someone is, that is raw and that is unguarded, and that is all that is worth anything, really.” – Harvey Milk

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

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

“… To a poet, the human community is like the community of birds to a bird, singing to each other. Love is one of the reasons we are singing to one another, love of language itself, love of sound, love of singing itself, and love of the other birds.” – Sharon Olds

“I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear.” – Oprah Winfrey

“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

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” – William Shakespeare

“When you love a man, he becomes more than a body. His physical limbs expand, and his outline recedes, vanishes. He is rich and sweet and right. He is part of the world, the atmosphere, the blue sky and the blue water.” – Gwendolyn Brooks

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

“Love is all we have, the only way that each can help the other.” – Euripides

“Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“Love is basic for the very survival of mankind. I’m convinced that love is the only absolute ultimately; love is the highest good. He who loves has somehow discovered the meaning of ultimate reality. He who hates does not know God; he who hates has no knowledge of God. Love is the supreme unifying principle of life.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference.” – Helen James

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances; if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” – Carl Gustav Jung

“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha

“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

“Love—it surrounds every being and extends slowly to embrace all that shall be.” – Khalil Gibran

“I think what motivates people is not great hate, but great love for other people.” – Huey Newton

“I have never met a person whose greatest need was anything other than real, unconditional love. You can find it in a simple act of kindness toward someone who needs help. There is no mistaking love … it is the common fiber of life, the flame that heats our soul, energizes our spirit and supplies passion to our lives.” – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” – Aristotle

“Love is that condition in the human spirit so profound that it allows me to survive, and better than that, to thrive with passion, compassion, and style.” – Maya Angelou

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