The Best Love Quotations on the Web

Quotations about love, marriage, relationships, and more.

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Love quotations — spoken by the famous or the anonymous, the young or old, those planning a wedding and honeymoon and those who have felt its warmth — have the power to describe the most powerful emotion in just a few words.

The subject of love has inspired poets, writers, and others to comment on in memorable quotations. Wise quotes, funny ones, bitter lines, profound thoughts, silly sayings: it seems as if everyone has an opinion on the the subject -- and I've gathered their best love quotes for you to access starting here.

 

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Quotations are organized by theme:

"Love is..." Quotes - a range of definitions from a multitude of voices
Famous Names Quotes - what celebrities and other well-known people have to say on the subject
Kissing Quotes - lines about the intoxication of a kiss gentle or passionate
First Love Quotes - in the springtime of a romance or when you first feel it
Tender Quotes - deep emotions
Romantic & Passionate Quotes - the warmth of love
Quotes on Marriage - words truthful and rueful
Philosophical Love Quotes - removed from the heat of the feeling
Comforting Love Quotes - the different shades of live
Inspirational Love Quotes - ideas to keep you going
Humorous Love Quotes - these may make you laugh.

    One of the most thoughtful -- and most inexpensive gifts -- one lover can give to another is a letter that expresses how one feels about the other. Imagine finding such a missive on your pillow one night.

    Not only would it affirm your love for the moment; it would be a treasure to preserve for a lifetime. (And it can also do wonders to soothe a hurt after a fight or misunderstanding.)

    Should you be inspired by a quote to write a love letter but need help getting started, I recommend How to Write a Love Lettera step-by-step guide to putting your thoughts on paper.

      Some Favorite Quotations on the Subject of Love

      “To love is to burn, to be on fire.” — Jane Austen

      "Love has the power of making you believe what you would normally treat with the deepest suspicion." - Mirabeau

      "When you love someone, all your saved-up wishes start coming out." - Elizabeth Bowen

      "Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight." - Phyllis Diller

      "I detest 'love lyrics.' I think one of the causes of bad mental health in the United States is that people have been raised on 'love lyrics." - Frank Zappa

      "I should like to see any kind of a man, distinguishable from a gorilla, that some good and even pretty woman could not shape a husband out of." - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

      "A kiss can be a comma, a question mark, or an exclamation point. That's basic spelling that every woman ought to know." - Mistinguett

      “The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else.” — Carson McCullers

      "You'd be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap." - Dolly Parton

      "I feel like Zsa Zsa Gabor's eighth husband on her wedding night: I know what I'm supposed to do... I just have to figure out a way to make it interesting." - many attributions

      “I have to remind myself to breathe -- almost to remind my heart to beat!” — Emily Brontë

      "The most wasted day is that in which we have not laughed." - Chamfort

      "Thou art to me a delicious torment." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

      “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

      Love By Topic:

      "Love is..." | Famous Names | Kissing | First Love | Tender | Romantic & Passionate | On Marriage | Philosophical | Comforting | Inspirational | Humorous |