Thirty Classic Quotes About Love

When the Academy Awards are on TV, we talk about the movies. On Super Bowl Sunday, it’s football, football, football. And at weddings, whether you’re the bride or the groom, a guest or the best man with a speech to deliver, the topic on everyone’s lips is love.

Love is the leveller, the one thing through history that everyone seeks, cherishes and celebrates, from poets, philosophers and politicians to storytellers, scientists and singers. Chances are, you’ll be at a wedding soon. Most likely yours! Here are some quotes, then, to get you in the mood. Feel free to drop a few on the day.

Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives. S. Lewis

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. Aristotle

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

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love. Mother Teresa

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

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. Victor Hugo

Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself – and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is. Jim Morrison

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

A man is already halfway in love with any woman who listens to him. Brendan Francis

Where there is love there is life. Mahatma Gandhi

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet. Plato

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you. A. Milne

Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible – it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could. Barbara de Angelis

If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than because he was he, and I was I. Michel de Montaigne

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

Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life. Leo Buscaglia

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other. Audrey Hepburn

Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop. L. Mencken

To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead. Bertrand Russell

We loved with a love that was more than love. Edgar Allan Poe

Life is the flower for which love is the honey. Victor Hugo

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

The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough is love. Henry Miller

Love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you. Loretta Young

Love is a game that two can play and both win. Eva Gabor

Love is being stupid together. Paul Valery

I believe in the compelling power of love. I do not understand it. I believe it to be the most fragrant blossom of all this thorny existence. Theodore Dreiser

For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love. Carl Sagan

Everything is clearer when you’re in love. John Lennon

You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love. Henry Drummond