Top 70 Love Quotes On What It Really Means To Say I Love You

The Ultimate Collection of Everlasting Love Inspiration

These are some of the most profound, compelling, heart-warming, fun and beautiful quotes about love that resonate deeply.

They sum up the essence of true wholehearted, lasting, powerful love: we are most deeply and healthily connected when we can love from a place of wholeness and abundance, when we realize that there is no other half, that we are already whole and enough and learn to love from fullness, not emptiness … rather than codependency and lack.

In other words, we can be alone, though we may not want to be as the profound connection to someone else and sharing the beauty of life with them make us even happier, even more fulfilled than we already are alone.

Enjoy the below timeless pieces of wisdom on what it really means to be in love!

  1. “If you are seeking, seek us with joy

For we live in the kingdom of joy.

Do not give your heart to anything else

But to the love of those who are clear joy,

Do not stray into the neighborhood of despair.

For there are hopes: they are real, they exist –

Do not go in the direction of darkness –

I tell you: suns exist.”



  1. “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”



  1. “Open your hands if you want to be held.”



  1. “One day you will ask me which is more important? My life or yours? I will say mine and you will walk away not knowing that you are my life.”

Khalil Gibran


  1. “If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don’t, they never were.”

Khalil Gibran


  1. “Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.”

Khalil Gibran


  1. “Let there be spaces in your togetherness,

And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.”

Khalil Gibran


  1. “Love one another, but make not a bond of love:

Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.

Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.

Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf

Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,

Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.”

Khalil Gibran


  1. “Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.

For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.

And stand together yet not too near together:

For the pillars of the temple stand apart,

And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.”

Khalil Gibran


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

Dr. Seuss

  1. “We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end.”

Benjamin Disraeli


  1. “To love is looking not at each other but the same direction”

Antoine De St Exupery


  1. “The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”

C.G. Jung


  1. “Just came from the museum. O how much I want to see these beautiful things with you. We must see these things together someday. I feel so lonely when I stand alone before a great work of art. Even in Heaven one must have a beloved companion in order to enjoy it fully.”

“You have the great gift of understanding, beloved Mary. You are a life-giver, Mary. You are like the Great Spirit,      who befriends man not only to share his life, but to add to it. My knowing you is the greatest thing in my days and nights, a miracle quite outside the natural order of things.”

Kahlil Gibran, The Love Letters of Kahlil Gibran and Mary Haskell, and Her Private Journal


  1. “It is a good sign, a broken heart, it means you have tried for something”

Elizabeth Gilbert


  1. “Buying a bond only for its yield is like getting married only for the sex. If the thing that attracted you in the first place dries up, you’ll find yourself realizing there is nothing left”

Benjamin Graham, The intelligent investor


  1. “In love lies the seed of our growth. The more we love, the closer we are to the spiritual experience”

Paulo Coelho


  1. “I looked at the menu, then I looked at my wife. The one thing about her that I always loved was that she was never one of those people who thinks that someone else is the answer to their happiness. Me or anybody else. She’s always had her own built-in happiness.”

Bob Dylan, Chronicles: Volume One


  1. “Love is misunderstood to be an emotion; actually, it is a state of awareness, a way of being in the world, a way of seeing oneself and others.”

David R. Hawkins


  1. “Love doesn’t see with eyes but with the soul.”


  1. “When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of you life to start as soon as possible.”

When Harry meets Sally, Movie


  1. “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.”

Honore de Balzac


  1. “I Belong to No Religion. My Religion Is Love. Every heart is my temple”



  1. “You dont have to love someone for their looks, or their car, or their fancy look, but because they sing a song to you heart which only you can hear”

Oscar Wilde


  1. “To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.”

Oscar Wilde


  1. “Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life.”

Leo Buscaglia


  1. “Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor. … Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.”

Mother Teresa


  1. “You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.”

Martin Luther King


  1. “You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free.”

Thich Nhat Hanh


  1. “A joyful heart is the normal result of a heart burning with love.”

Mother Teresa


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

Jimmy Hendrix


  1. “When someone else’s happiness is your happiness, this is love”

Lana Del Rey


  1. “I do not trust people who don’t love themselves and yet tell me, ‘I love you.’ There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.”

Maya Angelou


  1. “First best is falling in love. Second best is being in love. Least best is falling out of love. But any of it is better than never having been in love.”

Maya Angelou


  1. “Take a lover who looks at you like you are magic.”

Friday Kahlo


  1. “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, and irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”

C.S. Lewis


  1. “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


  1. “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”

Mother Teresa


  1. “You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,

Love like you’ll never be hurt,

Sing like there’s nobody listening,

And live like it’s heaven on earth.”

William W. Purkey


  1. “I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature. My attachments are always excessively strong.”

Jane Austen

  1. “Love consists in this, that two solitude protect and touch and greet each other.”

Rainer Maria Rilke


  1. “The greatest thing you will ever learn is to love and to be loved in return”

David Bowie


  1. “I am selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst then you sure as hell you don’t deserve me at my best.”

Marylin Monroe


  1. “To feel the love of people whom we love is a fire that feeds our life.”

Pablo Neruda


  1. “I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.”

Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets


  1. “Love is so short, forgetting is so long.”

Pablo Neruda, Love: Ten Poems


  1. “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind”

Shakespeare, Midsummer Night’s Dream


  1. “The strongest love is the love that can demonstrate its fragility.”

Paulo Coelho


  1. “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


  1. “If I get married, I want to be very married.”

Audrey Hepburn

  1. “We must be our own before we can be another’s.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


  1. “I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough.”


“She was my dream. She made me who I am, and holding her in my arms was more natural to me than my own heartbeat. I think about her all the time. Even now, when I’m sitting here, I think about her. There could never have been another.”


“An ordinary beginning, something that would have been forgotten had it been anyone but her. But as he shook her hand and met those striking emerald eyes, he knew before he’d taken his next breath that she was the one he could spend the rest of his life looking for but never find again. She seemed that good, that perfect, while a summer wind blew through the trees.”

Nicholas Sparks’s The Notebook


  1. “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

Antoine De St Exupery, The Little Prince


  1. “Your naked body should only belong to those who fall in love with your naked soul.”

Charlie Chaplin


  1. “We go through life discovering the truth about who we are and determining who has earned the right to share the personal space within our heart.”

Oprah Winfrey


  1. “Love should be like breathing. It should be just a quality in you – wherever you are, with whomsoever you are, or even if you are alone, love goes on overflowing from you. It is not a question of being in love with someone – it is a question of being love.”



  1. “To me, “FEARLESS” is not the absence of fear. It’s not being completely unafraid. […] FEARLESS is falling madly in love again, even though you’ve been hurt before. […] It’s FEARLESS to have faith that someday things will change. FEARLESS is having the courage to say goodbye to someone who only hurts you, even if you can’t breathe without them. I think it’s FEARLESS to fall for your best friend, even though he’s in love with someone else. And when someone apologizes to you enough times for things they’ll never stop doing, I think it’s FEARLESS to stop believing them. It’s FEARLESS to say “you’re NOT sorry”, and walk away. I think loving someone despite what people think is FEARLESS. I think allowing yourself to cry on the bathroom floor is FEARLESS. Letting go is FEARLESS. Then, moving on and being alright…That’sFEARLESS too. But no matter what love throws at you, you have to believe in it. You have to believe in love stories and prince charmings and happily ever after. That’s why I write these songs. Because I think love is FEARLESS.”

Taylor Swift


  1. “There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time.”

Coco Chanel


  1. “If they are dependent on each other, clinging, possessive, if they don’t allow each other to be alone, if they don’t allow each other space enough to grow, they are enemies, not lovers; they are destructive to each other, they are not helping each other to find their souls, their beings. What kind of love is this? It may be just fear of being alone; hence they are clinging to each other. But real love knows no fear. Real love is capable of being alone, utterly alone, and out of that aloneness grows a togetherness.”



  1. “The strongest relationships are between two people who can live without each other but don’t want to.”

Harriet Lerner

  1. “To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow — this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.”

Elizabeth Gilbert


  1. “Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. ‘Pooh?’ he whispered. ‘Yes, Piglet?’ ‘Nothing,’ said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand. ‘I just wanted to be sure of you'”

A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh


  1. ‘In fact I think our capacity for Wholeheartedness can never be greater than our willingness to be broken-hearted. It means engaging with the world from a place of vulnerability and worthiness. It’s about being all in, saying, “I’m here and I’m going to love you fully and if you cheat on me you’re going to devastate me and break my heart, but I’m not holding back because this is short.”’ Brene Brown


  1. “They made us believe that real love, the one that’s strong, only happens once, more likely before your 30s. They never told us that love is not something that you can put in motion, neither has time schedule.

They made us believe that each one of us is the half of an orange, and that life only makes sense when you find that other half. They did not tell us that we were born as whole, and that no-one in our lives deserve to carry on his back such responsibility of completing what is missing on us: we grow through life by ourselves. If we have a good company it’s just more pleasant.

They made us believe in a formula “two in one”: two people sharing the same line of thinking, same ideas, and that it is what works. It’s never been told that it has another name: invalidation. Only two individuals with their own personality is how you can have a healthy relationship. It has been made to believe that marriage is an obliged institution and that fantasies out of hour should be repressed.

They made us believe that there’s one way formula to be happy, the same one to everybody, and the ones that escape from that are condemned to be delinquents. We have never been told that those formulas go wrong, they get people frustrated, they are alienating, and that we can try other alternatives.

Oh! Also they did not tell us that no one will tell us these things. Each and every one of us will have to learn by ourselves. And, when we get to the point that you are in love with yourself first, that’s when you can fall in love with somebody…

We live in a world where we hide to make love … although violence is practiced in broad daylight.”

John Lennon


  1. “Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.”

Albert Einstein


  1. “To say I love you’ one must first be able to say the ‘I.’”

Ayn Rand


  1. “You, as much as anyone in the universe, deserve your love and respect.”



  1. “One does not fall ‘in’ or ‘out’ of love. One grows in love.”

Leo Buscaglia


  1. “Your task is not to seek for love but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it”



  1. “The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough of is love.”

Henry Miller