140+ Famous Love Quotes: I Love You Quotes To Share

Love, we can’t live without it.

What would the essence of our experience be without love and all that it offers in this human experience?

Throughout our life, no matter the stage we find ourselves in, we find passages where we are blessed with love and support. Often, we forget that love should sometimes be given without expectation of reciprocity, that is truly how we make this world better.

Falling in love can be one of the strongest feelings we feel; lifted and altered. We feel grand and full of optimism. Losing love on the other hand can prove to be devastating and can shatter our esteem.

If you are looking for love inspiration and want to share some of the most iconic love quotes with a lover or loved one, look no further, we’ve got a list covering the most iconic love quotes.

140+ Famous Love Quotes: I Love You Quotes To Share

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  1. “It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

2. “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”

William Shakespeare


3. “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
Dr. Seuss


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


5. “When love is not madness it is not love.”
Pedro Calderon de la Barca

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6. “Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.”
Robert Frost


7. “Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.”

― C.S. Lewis


8. “It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know. We all know people who are so much afraid of pain that they shut themselves up like clams in a shell and, giving out nothing, receive nothing and therefore shrink until life is a mere living death.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

9. “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

10. “We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.”

― Orson Welles

11. “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


12. “Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.” ― Henry Van Dyke


13. “To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.” ― David Viscott


14. “We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.” ― Tom Robbins


15. “Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.”

― Lao Tzu


16. “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


17. “Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.”

― Oscar Wilde


18. “Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.”

― Alexander Smith


19. “Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.”

― Ann Landers


20. “There is always something left to love. And if you ain’t learned that, you ain’t learned nothing.”

― Lorraine Hansberry


21. “All love shifts and changes. I don’t know if you can be wholeheartedly in love all the time.”

― Julie Andrews


22. “Only love interests me, and I am only in contact with things that revolve around love.”

― Marc Chagall


23. “Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.”

― James Baldwin


24. “The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed.”

― Jiddu Krishnamurti


25. “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.


26. “It’s useless to hold a person to anything he says while he’s in love, drunk, or running for office.”

― Shirley MacLaine


27. “Those who have never known the deep intimacy and the intense companionship of mutual love have missed the best thing that life has to give.”

― Bertrand Russell

28. “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
29. “Do not seek the because – in love there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions.”

― Anais Nin

30. “Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.”

― C. S. Lewis

31. “Loving others always costs us something and requires effort. And you have to decide to do it on purpose. You can’t wait for a feeling to motivate you.”

― Joyce Meyer

32. “Love is a springtime plant that perfumes everything with its hope, even the ruins to which it clings.”

― Gustave Flaubert

33.My wife, my family, my friends – they’ve all taught me things about love and what that emotion really means. In a nutshell, loving someone is about giving, not receiving.”

― Nicholas Sparks

34. “When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”

― Jimi Hendrix

35. “If you love someone, set them free. If they come back they’re yours; if they don’t they never were.”

― Richard Bach
36. “Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.”

― Thomas Fuller

37. “There is only one page left to write on. I will fill it with words of only one syllable. I love. I have loved. I will love.”
Dodie Smith

38. “Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.”
Elie Wiesel

39. “The heart has its reasons which reason knows not.”
Blaise Pascal

40. “Trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward.”
E.E. Cummings

41. “The more one judges, the less one loves.”
Honoré de Balzac

42. “I love mankind, he said, “but I find to my amazement that the more I love mankind as a whole, the less I love man in particular.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

43. “The human heart is a strange vessel. Love and hatred can exist side by side.”
Scott Westerfield

44. “You say you love rain, but you use an umbrella to walk under it. You say you love sun, but you seek shelter when it is shining. You say you love wind, but when it comes you close your windows. So that’s why I’m scared when you say you love me.”
Bob Marley

45. “Lovers alone wear sunlight.”
E.E. Cummings

46. “I think it is all a matter of love; the more you love a memory the stronger and stranger it becomes”
Vladimir Nabokov

47. “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”
Maya Angelou

48. “Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.”
Mahatma Gandhi

49. “Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.”
Dali Lama

50. “Love is like a brick. You can build a house, or you can sink a dead body.”
Lady Gaga

51. “One ought to hold on to one’s heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

52. “In this part of the story I am the one who
dies, the only one, and I will die of love because I love you,
because I love you, Love, in fire and in blood.”
Pablo Neruda

53. “Nothing in this world was more difficult than love.”
Gabriel García Márquez

54. “Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite in fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun, more last than star…”
E.E Cummings

55. “Self-love is the source of all our other loves.”

― Pierre Corneille

56. “I can live without money, but I cannot live without love.”

― Judy Garland

57. “Love is the attempt to form a friendship inspired by beauty.”― Marcus Tullius Cicero

58. “We love because it’s the only true adventure.”

― Nikki Giovanni

59. “Do you have to have a reason for loving?”

― Brigitte Bardot

60. “If you wished to be loved, love.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

61. “I love that feeling of being in love, the effect of having butterflies when you wake up in the morning. That is special.”

― Jennifer Aniston

62. “Love is energy of life.”

― Robert Browning

63. “A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.”

― Joseph Joubert

64. “Love has no errors, for all errors are the want for love.”

― William Law

65. “Love is a springtime plant that perfumes everything with its hope, even the ruins to which it clings.”

― Gustave Flaubert
66. “It is difficult to know at what moment love begins; it is less difficult to know that it has begun.”

― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

67. “Love seeketh not itself to please, nor for itself hath any care, but for another gives its ease, and builds a Heaven in Hell’s despair.”

― William Blake

68. “There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.”

― George Sand

69. “Love yourself for who you are, and trust me, if you are happy from within, you are the most beautiful person, and your smile is your best asset.”

― Ileana D’Cruz

70. “You know, all that really matters is that the people you love are happy and healthy. Everything else is just sprinkles on the sundae.”

― Paul Walker

71. “With love and patience, nothing is impossible.”

― Daisaku Ikeda

72. “One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life. That word is love.”

― Sophocles

73. “Love yourself. It is important to stay positive because beauty comes from the inside out.”

― Jenn Proske

74. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”

― Steve Jobs

75. “Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality.”

― Emily Dickinson

76. “To love is to burn, to be on fire.”

― Jane Austen

77. “Love is the strange bewilderment which overtakes one person on account of another person.”

James Thurber

What is the most famous love quote?

Although this can be arguably impossible to decide, I would say that this quote is as iconic as it gets:
‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. – Alfred Lord Tennyson