Famous Quotes About Love

“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”
~ Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

"Do you want more love in your life? More friendship? More laughter? Then the answer is simple: Become a person who loves others without seeking anything in return! Cut through any hurt, resentment or unloveliness... and love - purely, unselfishnessly, completely. And you will expereince an abundance of love back, for it is true that you reap what you sow... so many times over."


Famous Quotes About Love are a hand-picked selection of great cute love sayings and inspirational short love quotes seeking to express and unravel the mysteries, wonder and beauty of love:

Let's start off with some of my favourite famous quotes about love:
“A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), political & spiritual leader of India [Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi]

“Age does not protect you from love but love to some extent protects you from age.”
~ Jeanne Moreau (1928-), French actress, screenwriter & director

“A goal, a love and a dream give you total control over your body and your life.”
~ John Wayne Schlatter, author

“All mankind love a lover.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American essayist, philosopher & poet

“Before we can ever learn to love one another as we would hope to do, we must first be willing to see that for too long we have loved only ourselves . . . and that even this has been done poorly.”
~ Guy Finley (1949-), American writer, philosopher, songwriter & musician

Famous quotes about love show that the value of love in priceless compared even to knowledge, power or wealth:
“Beware you be not swallowed up in books! An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge.”
~ John Wesley (1703-1791), American preacher & theologian

“By the accident of fortune a man may rule the world for a time, but by virtue of love and kindness he may rule the world forever.”
~ Lao-Tzu (attributed to 6th century BC), Ancient Chinese philosopher

The preciousness yet indefinable enigma of love is so aptly described in the following famous quotes about love:
“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 anything, you risk even more.”
~ Erica Jong (1942-), American author & teacher

“Everyone admits that love is wonderful and necessary, yet no one agrees on just what it is.”
~ Diane Ackerman (1948-), American author, poet & naturalist

“For a crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love.”
~ Francis Bacon (1561-1626), English philosopher, statesman, scientist, lawyer & author

Short love quotes can say so much, especially when from such an example of selfless love as Mother Teresa:
“God doesn't look at how much we do, but with how much love we do it.”
~ Mother Teresa (1910-1997), Roman Catholic missionary & humanitarian

These famous quotes about love teach some of the greatest pearls of wisdom we can learn from:
“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illumines it.”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), African American clergyman & civil rights movement leader

“He who is filled with love is filled with God himself.”
~ Saint Augustine (354-430), Philosopher & theologian

These next famous quotes about love highlight the importance and need for love in our lives:
“How bold one gets when one is sure of being loved!”
~ Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist & founder of psychoanalytic psychology

“If we all discovered that we only had five minutes left to say all that we wanted to say, every telephone booth would be occupied by people calling other people to tell them that they love them.”
~ Christopher Morley (1890-1957), American journalist, novelist & poet

“If you have it [love], you don’t need to have anything else. If you don’t have it, it doesn’t matter much what else you have.”
~ James Matthew Barrie (1860-1937), Scottish novelist & playwright

Short love quotes can often sweep us away with the volumes they say in but a few words:
“I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.”
~ Mother Teresa (1910-1997), Roman Catholic missionary & humanitarian

“...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 anything, you risk even more.”
~ Erica Jong (1942-)

"Yes... we're human. We make mistakes and we also get hurt by the mistakes of others. But should that mean that we cease our pursuit of life-long love... of soulmate tenderness and togetherness? Let's choose to pursue love like we've never been hurt, and with the faith to believe that it exists for us embrace, bask in and extend to another."


Our day-to-day lives are so often filled with hustle and bustle that we can unsuspectingly strangle those things most precious to us through inadequate care and attention. Famous quotes about love such as the following cause us to reflect on our current priorities, focus and motivation:

“I know of only one duty, and that is to love.”
~ Albert Camus (1913-1960), Algerian-born French author, philosopher & journalist

“If love does not know how to give and take without restriction, it is not love, but a transaction.”
~ Emma Goldman (1869-1940), known for her political activism, writing & speeches

More profound short love quotes:
“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”
~ Mother Teresa (1910-1997), Roman Catholic missionary & humanitarian

“In all that we do let us do it for love.”
~ Chris Cotton (details unknown)

“In order to love simply, it is necessary to know how to show love.”
~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881), Russian author, essayist & philosopher

“It is love alone that gives worth to all things.”
~ Saint Teresa of Ávila (1515-1582), Spanish Carmelite nun, writer & reformer

Famous quotes about love, such as the following by renowned philosopher Gibran, share of a spiritual soulmate connection that can be discovered even in an instant, where two people just know:
“It is wrong to think that love comes from long companionship and persevering courtship. Love is the offspring of spiritual affinity and unless that affinity is created in a moment, it will not be created for years or even generations.”
~ Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), Lebanese-American artist, poet, writer, philosopher & theologian

“Let me say, at the risk of seeming ridiculous, that the true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love.”
~ Che Guevara (1928-1967), Argentine Marxist revolutionary, politician, physician, military theorist & guerilla leader.

“Love never seeks to constrict, demand or force through brut strength,
but speaks a totally different language that is so powerful it can move mountains.”


These inspirational famous quotes about love showcase the goodness and preciousness of love:
“Let your love be stronger than your hate or anger. Learn the wisdom of compromise, for it is better to bend a little than to break.”
~ Jane Wells (details unknown)

“Love and time – those are the only two things in all the world and all of life that cannot be bought, but only spent.”
~ Gary Jennings (1928-1999), novelist, Quote from the novel Aztec (1980)

I love the following famous quotes about love:
“Love and you shall be loved. All love is mathematically just, as much as the two sides of an algebraic equation.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American essayist, philosopher & poet

“Love asks me no questions, And gives me endless support.”
~ William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English poet & playwright

“Love begins by taking care of the closest ones- the ones at home.”
~ Mother Teresa (1910-1997), Roman Catholic missionary & humanitarian

“Love changes darkness into light and makes the heart take a wingless flight.”
~ Helen Steiner Rice (1900-1981), American poet

Famous quotes about love don't have to be long and verbose. These short love quotes say it all:
“Love conquers all things; let us surrender to Love.”
~ Virgil (70-19 BC), Classical Roman poet

“Love cures people, both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.”
~ Karl Menninger (1893-1990), American psychiatrist

“Love does not die easily. It is a living thing. It thrives in the face of all life’s hazards, save one – neglect.”
~ James D. Bryden (details unknown)

“Love gives itself; it is not bought.”
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), American poet & educator

“Even the smallest person feels like a giant when truly loved.”


These famous quotes about love share of selflesness, care and consideration for those beyond ourselves:
“Love grows by giving. The love we give away is the only love we keep. The only way to retain love is to give it away.”
~ Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915), American writer, publisher, artist & philosopher

“Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get – only with what you are expecting to give – which is everything.”
~ Katherine Hepburn (1907-2003), American actress

More delightful famous quotes about love that bring a smile to your face:
“Love in its essence is spiritual fire.”
~ Emmanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), Swedish scientist, philosopher, theologian & inventor

“Love looks through a telescope; envy through a microscope.”
~ Josh Billings (1818-1885) American humor writer & lecturer [Henry Wheeler Shaw]

Love gives us hope for the present and the future, as the following short love quotes state:
“Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.”
~ Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), American author

“Love never claims, it ever gives. Love ever suffers, never resents, never revenges itself.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), political & spiritual leader of India [Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi]

Some famous quotes about love describe what we've always felt within us:
“Love partakes of the soul itself. It is of the same nature. Like it, it is a divine spark; like it, it is incorruptible, indivisible, imperishable. It is a point of fire which is within us, which is immortal and infinite, which nothing can limit and which nothing can extinguish. We feel it burn even in the marrow of our bones, and we see it radiate even in the depths of the sky.”
~ Victor Hugo (1802-1885); French poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, visual artist & human rights activist, Quote from Les Misérables

Love truly does set a person free:
“Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”
~ James Baldwin (details unclear)

“Love that is not madness is not love.”
~ Pedro Calderón de la Barca (1600-1681), Spanish dramatist & poet

“Love, you know, seeks to make happy rather than to be happy.”
~ Ralph Connor (1860-1937), Canadian novelist & minister [pseudonym for Charles William Gordon]

“Love allows us to be unencumbered by the cares of the world and be as carefree as a child.
To allow the frozeness of our heart and self-consciousness to melt away,
and the buds of openness, trust and vulnerability to bloom."


Some of my very favourite famous quotes about love:
“Loving is the only sure road out of darkness, the only serum known that cures self-centeredness.”
~ Rod McKuen (1933-), American poet, composer & singer

“Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), African American clergyman & civil rights movement leader

“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 (1756-1791), classical composer

Such powerful short love quotes:
“Never forget that the most powerful force on earth is love.”
~ Nelson Rockefeller (1908-1979), 41st Vice-President of the United States & a governor of New York

“No one worth possessing can be quite possessed.”
~ Sara Teasdale (1884-1933), American lyrical poet

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