Love Is in the Air: Quotes About Love


Love is a much talked about subject, and rightfully so. After all, love provides us with the protection of parents, the companionship of friends, and the devotion of romantic partners. It’s also a gift we can offer ourselves. Regardless how you think about love, it’s obvious people have been thinking about it and talking about it for ages. Below are a collection of quotes about this vital life force which most of us want more of. Enjoy!

C.S. Lewis: “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to 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, irredeemable.”


“Love is our essential nutrient. Without it, life has little meaning. It’s the best thing we have to give and the most valuable thing we receive. It’s worthy of all the hullabaloo.” Cheryl Strayed


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

Anna Louise Strong: “To fall in love is easy, even to remain in it is not difficult; our human loneliness is cause enough. But it is a hard quest worth making to find a comrade through whose steady presence one becomes steadily the person one desires to be.”

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


Sylvia Plath: “How we need that security. How we need another soul to cling to, another body to keep us warm. To rest and trust, to give your soul in confidence: I need this. I need someone to pour myself into.”

Charles Schultz: “All you need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”

Fyodor Dostoyevsky: “Only the heart knows how to find what is precious.”

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Rumi: “Everything / has to do with loving and not loving.”

Ann Patchett: “The love between humans is the thing that nails us to the earth.”

e. e. cummings: “Be of love (a little) / more careful / than of everything.”


Soren Kierkegaard: “Don’t forget to love yourself.”

Anne Lamott: “Learning to love back is the hardest part of being alive.”

Saint Therese of Lisieux: “It isn’t enough to love; we must prove it.”

Nikki Giovanni: “We love because it is the only true adventure.”

Victor Hugo: “To love another person is to see the face of God.”

Jeremy Taylor: “Love is friendship set on fire.”

Benjamin Franklin: “If you would be loved, love and be lovable.”

Victor Hugo: “The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved—loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.”

Po Bronson: “Love that has been tested is far more awe-inspiring than love that has never known anything but bliss.”

Christine Hale: “If only something does work. If only some genuine connection can be found: some path, some portal, by which to become neighbors, lovers, earnest human friends.”

Ann Voskamp: “Isn’t falling in love always the fullest life?”


Henri Nouwen: “What makes us human is our ability to love, not think.”

Mark Twain: “Love is a language which the blind can see and the deaf can hear.”

Zora Neale Hurston: “Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.”

Lynda Barry: “If it is your time, love will track you down like a cruise missile.”


Ella Wheeler Wilcox: “Love much. Earth has enough of bitter in it.”

Zelda Fitzgerald: “I don’t want to live—I want to love first, and live incidentally.”

Sigmund Freud: “We must love or we grow ill.”

Elizabeth Gilbert: “Do you think there’s any way humans can love each other without complication?”


Orson Scott Card: “Life is full of grief, to exactly the degree we allow ourselves to love other people.”

Joseph Campbell: “Love is exactly as strong as life.”

Sue Monk Kidd: “Nobody should go through life without falling in love.”

Paulo Coelho: “So I loved you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.”


Donald Miller: “And when you find love, or when you are mature enough to understand it, the feeling you get is gratitude.”

Rumi: “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.”

Mark Twain: “Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century.”

Saint Augustine: “There is no greater invitation to love than loving first.”

Blaise Pascal: “The heart has reasons which reason cannot understand.”

Ezra Pound: “What thou lov’st well is thy true heritage.”

Mozart: “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.”


Judy Garland: “I can live without money, but I cannot live without love.”

Jean Anouilh: “Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.”

Karen Sunde: “To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven.”

Iris Murdoch: “We can only learn to love by loving.”


Paul Tillich: “The first duty of love is to listen.”

M. Scott Peck: “Real love is a permanently self-enlarging experience.”

Friedrich Nietzsche: “What else is love but understanding and rejoicing in the fact that another person lives, acts, and experiences otherwise than we do…”

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


Erica Jong: “Love is everything it’s cracked up to be… It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for.”

Kate Braestrup: “If you are intent on becoming a truly loving person, learn to apologize. Love means having to say you’re sorry over, and over, and over…”

Goethe: “We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.”

Rainer Maria Rilke: “It is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult; that something is difficult must be a reason the more for us to do it. To love is good, too: love being difficult.”

Elizabeth Gilbert: “There is hardly a more gracious gift that we can offer somebody than to accept them fully, to love them almost despite themselves.”


Zelda Fitzgerald: “Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.”

Henry David Thoreau: “There is no remedy for love but to love more.”

C.S. Lewis: “Why love is losing hurts so much? We love to know that we are not alone.”

Franklin P. Jones: “Love doesn’t make the world go ‘round; love is what makes the ride worthwhile.”


Rainer Maria Rilke: “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.”

Soren Kierkegaard: “Love does not alter the beloved, it alters itself.”

Sigmund Freud: “Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.”

George Eliot: “Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.”

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

A song about love to wrap things up

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DonnaDM 18 months ago

I love quotes. Love quotes (sigh) nicely done.

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Julie K Henderson 18 months ago Author

I am glad you approve. I also love quotes, and I am always finding new quotes to add to my collection. Thank you for commenting.

pramal 18 months ago

Love is eternal source of mankind. None can survive without its existence.It is the love that brings happiness.It is the love that takes care of each other. It is the love that bonds one another in the family,the community, the society and the country. Love is all and pervasive. Love encompasses the humanity, It is the love that covers nature, the wild animals, the pets, the fishes in the ponds, the lakes, the rivers, and the oceans. Without love none can exist in the world.

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Julie K Henderson 18 months ago Author

Thank you for your wise words. I agree nothing can survive without love.

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