True Love Quotes

“Love enables you to put your deepest feelings and fears in the palm of your partner’s hand, knowing they will be handled with care."
~ Carl S. Avery

"True love seeks to give, to listen, to understand and see another grow.

In contrast, selfishness is the antithesis of love. It undermines the foundation needed for true love to develop, blossom and become a mutual synergy of trust. While selfishness comes from a desire to see one's own desires fulfilled before those of another, true love respects, protects and is willing to sacrifice if necessary."


These true love quotes are beautiful short romantic quotes that express the emotion and tenderness you would expect from quotes about true love. These are without doubt a selection of the best cute love quotes you'll find:

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
~ Lao-Tzu (attributed to 6th century BC), Ancient Chinese philosopher

These true love quotes display the power and invincibility of love:
“Blessed is the influence of one true loving human soul on another.”
~ George Eliot (1819-1880), English novelist & poet [pseudonym for Mary Ann Evans]

“But when two people are at one in their inmost hearts, they shatter even the strength of iron or of bronze.”
~ From The I Ching (ancient Chinese text)

“For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of our tasks; the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), Czech-born German poet

“I could never love where I could not respect.”
~ Charlotte Elizabeth Aisse (1694-1733), French letter-writer

One of my favourite down-to-earth true love quotes that so effortlessly expresses what so many of us feel:
“I don’t pretend to know what love is for everyone, but I can tell you what it is for me; love is knowing all about someone, and still wanting to be with them more than any other person, love is trusting them enough to tell them everything about yourself, including the things you might be ashamed of, love is feeling comfortable and safe with someone, but still getting weak knees when they walk into a room and smile at you.”
~ From “The OC” (American TV series)

Some short romantic quotes speak volumes in but a few words:
“In true love the smallest distance is too great, and the greatest distance can be bridged.”
~ Hans Nouwens (details unknown)

“It is with true love as it is with ghosts; everyone talks about it, but few have seen it.”
~ François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680); French author of maxims & memoirs

“Love enables you to put your deepest feelings and fears in the palm of your partner’s hand, knowing they will be handled with care.”
~ Carl S. Avery (details unknown)

The following two true love quotes highlight the unselfishness, richness and depth of true love:
“Love is always bestowed as a gift - freely, willingly, and without expectation . We don't love to be loved; we love to love.”
~ Leo Buscaglia (1924-1998), professor & author

“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 (1940-1973), Chinese-American actor, philosopher & martial artist

One of those quotes about true love that displays the passion and yearning that each of us has for uninhibited and fearless love:
"Love me without fear, Trust me without questioning, Need me without demanding, Want me without restrictions, Accept me without change, Desire me without inhibitions."
~ Dick Sutphen, (dates unclear), American author, New Age counsellor & hypnotist

“Love talked about can be easily turned aside, but love demonstrated is irresistible.”
~ W. Stanley Mooneyham, consultant & minister, Quote from Come Walk the World (1978)

The ease of distinction that true love quotes can bring:
“Lust is when you love what you see. Love is when you lust for what's inside.”
~ Renee Conkle (details unclear)

True love quotes that show the challenges, courageousness and vulnerability associated with true love:
“Perfect love is rare indeed – for to be a lover will require that you continually have the subtlety of the very wise, the flexibility of the child, the sensitivity of the artist, the understanding of the philosopher, the acceptance of the saint, the tolerance of the scholar and the fortitude of the certain.”
~ Leo Buscaglia (1924-1998), professor & author

“Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.”
~ Dalai Lama (1950-), spiritual leader

So many quotes about true love and passion talk about the search, the courtship, the newness of love... However, of all the true love quotes that depict what real love is, this is one that simply and beutifully resonates what our hearts long for:

“The Beauty of Love: The question is asked, “Is there anything more beautiful in life than a young couple clasping hands and pure hearts in the path of marriage? Can there be anything more beautiful than young love?” And the answer is given. “Yes, there is a more beautiful thing. It is the spectacle of an old man and an old woman finishing their journey together on that path. Their hands are gnarled, but still clasped; their faces are seamed, but still radiant; their hearts are physically bowed and tired, but still strong with love and devotion for one another. Yes, there is a more beautiful thing than young love. Old love.”
~ Unknown Author

These true love quotes simply remind us that real love is not always easy or free from concern:
“The course of true love never did run smooth.”
~ William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English poet & playwright, Quote from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act I, Scene I, 134, spoken by Lysander

“The proof of true love is to be unsparing in criticism.”
~ Molière (1622-1673), French playwright & actor [stage name for Jean-Baptiste Poquelin], Quote from French play Le Misanthrope (1666)

Wisdom, wit and good everday humour based on truth show true love quotes such as this to be gems:
“The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather in spite of ourselves.”
~ Victor Hugo (1802-1885); French poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, visual artist & human rights activist

“Whatever souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”"
~ Emily Brontë (1818-1848)

"Most think that opposites attract. Instead, I believe that couples are attracted by similarities - those "non-negotiables" that they consider most important in their own lives, such as their core values, sense of spirituality and level of adventure. Differences in negotiable areas such as personality and hobbies then contribute to the relationship by way of variety, difference and curiosity.

Thus, in a great relationship, individuals find togetherness through their core beliefs and values, and variety through their non-essential differences."


Selflessness and a generous spirit are two themes consistent throughout these quotes about true love:

“This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love; the more they give, the more they possess.”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), Czech-born German poet

“This is the true measure of love: when we believe that we alone can love, that no one could ever have loved so before us, and that no one will ever love in the same way after us.”
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1842), German author

The following true love quotes challenge us to think of God's perspective: that neither age nor external beauty matter compared to attitude of spirit and individual potential:
“Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.”
~ Sir Arthur Wing Pinero (1855-1934), English dramatist

“To love someone means to see him as God intended him.”
~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881), Russian author, essayist & philosopher

It's often so much easier to seek than give. Imagine what the world would be like if we each came from an attitude of seeking to bless others than with the underlying motivation of what we can get for ourselves! These next two true love quotes express this sentiment:

“Too many of us are searching rather than loving. Truly loving another means letting go of all expectations. It means full acceptance, even celebration of another's personhood.”
~ Karen Casey (dates unclear), author, Quote from Each Day a New Beginning, p. Aug 3

“True love begins when nothing is looked for in return.”
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-44), French pilot & poet, Quote from The Wisdom of the Sands (1948) – posthumous

Sometimes we so desperately want to find true love that we almost "imagine it" into existence, when it's really not there... At other times, it may be just under our nose, but "we can't see the wood for the trees"! The next few true love quotes discuss these issues:

“True love cannot be found where it truly does not exist, nor can it be hidden where it truly does.”
~ Unknown Author

“True love comes quietly without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.”
~ Erich Segal (1937-), American author, screenwriter & educator

One of the best cute love quotes about true love:
“True love doesn’t have a happy ending: True love doesn’t have an ending.”
~ Unknown Author

And now for some true love quotes that define: "True love is...":
“True love is eternal, infinite, and always like itself. It is equal and pure, without violent demonstrations: it is seen with white hairs and is always young in the heart.”
~ Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist & playwright

“True love is not something that comes everyday; follow your heart, it knows the right answer.”
~ Unknown Author

“True love is the most enduring of all of life's worldly possessions, never tarnishing over time, but ever to remain bright and brilliant in the light of love.”
~ Unknown Author

Another of my favourite quotes about true love, and so aptly communicated by it's author in word and deed:
“We can do no great things, only small things with great love.”
~ Mother Teresa (1910-1997), Roman Catholic missionary & humanitarian

“We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.”
~ Sam Keen, American author, professor & philosopher

“We don't love qualities; we love a person; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as their qualities.”
~ Jacques Maritain (1882-1973), French Catholic philosopher & author

Another classic of the short romantic quotes:
“Whatever souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”
~ Emily Brontë (1818-1848), British novelist & poet

“When one loves somebody, everything is clear – where to go, what to do – it all takes care of itself and one doesn’t have to ask anybody about anything."
~ Maxim Gorky (1868-1936), Russian/Soviet author & political activist, Quote from his play The Zykovs (1913)

The final two quotes about true love illustrate the power and depth of clarity of this emotion:
“When you say that you love someone, you're not always right. But when you feel that you love someone, you know that it's true.”
~ Unknown Author

“Where love reigns the impossible may be attained.”
~ Indian Proverb

May you feel even more inspired and motivated to love selflessly after having read these true love quotes. Sow seeds of love and care consistently into your relationship and watch these mature and grow in abundance!

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