Philosophical Quotes About Love from Wise Thinkers

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What defines true and profound love, a philosopher—or anyone who wants to better understand the emotion—might ask. To find answers, ponder wise words spoken by people who have achieved wisdom on the subject. Whether through experience, observation or examining the contents of their own mind, they've come up with insightful and memorable statements. Below is a collection of their philosophical and insightful quotes; some may shape your own view on love.

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"Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

"You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly." - Sam Keen

"You may only be one person to the world, but you may also be the world to one person." - anonymous quote

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

"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." - Lao Tzu

"There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness." - Nietzsche

"You don't love a woman because she's beautiful; she is beautiful because you love her." - anonymous

"It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death." - Thomas Mann

"When the one man loves the one woman and the one woman loves the one man, the very angels desert heaven and come and sit in the house and sing for joy." - Brahma Sutra

"A fool in love makes no sense to me.
I only think you are a fool
If you do not love."
- anonymous quote

"The most desired gift of love is not diamonds or roses or chocolate. It is focused attention." - Richard Warren

"If you would be loved, love and be lovable." - Benjamin Franklin, "Poor Richard's Almanac," 1755

"A loving heart is the truest wisdom." - Charles Dickens

"True love cannot be found where it truly does not exist,
Nor can it be hidden where it truly does."
- anonymous quote

"A happy man marries the girl he loves; a happier man loves the girl he marries." - anonymous quote

"Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along." - Rumi

"Age does not protect you from love but love to some extent love protects you from age." - Jeanne Moreau

"It is not so much what is on the table that matters, as what is on the chairs." - W.S. Gilbert

"Even a very small degree of hope is enough to cause the birth of love." - Stendhal

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

"Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that's a real treat." - Joanne Woodward

"An old man who marries a young wife grows younger - but she grows older." - folk saying

“Fortune and love favor the brave.” — Ovid

"Forgiveness is the final form of love." - Reinhold Niebuhr

"My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it is on your plate." - Thornton Wilder

"We never know we are beings till we love. And then it is we know the powers and potentialities of human existence." - Jean Toomer

"Whoso loves believes the impossible." - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

"You have to be very fond of men. Very, very fond. You have to be very fond of them to love them. Otherwise they're simply unbearable." - Marguerite Duras

"Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it, and it darts away." - Dorothy Parker

"I am in love - and, my God, it is the greatest thing that can happen to a man. I tell you, find a woman you can fall in love with. Do it. Let yourself fall in love. If you have not done so already, you are wasting your life." - D. H. Lawrence

"Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing." - Goethe

"I have loved to the point of madness / That which is called madness / That which to me / Is the only sensible way to love." - Francoise Sagan

"We learn only from those we love." - Johann Von Eckermann

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

"The three hardest tasks in the world are neither physical feats nor intellectual achievements, but moral acts: 1) To return love for hate; 2) To include the excluded; and 3) To say 'I was wrong.'" - Ernst Heinrich Haeckel

"What will survive of us is love." - Philip Larkin

"And in the end, the love you take
Is equal to the love you make."

- John Lennon and Paul McCartney

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