50 Love Quotes That Express Exactly What 'I Love You' Really Means


Here's a little inspiration to tell your love how you really feel.

Here's the thing about love: It's hard to put into words.

Love brings up emotions that run the gamut from agony to ecstasy. Love can inspire us to accomplish some of the craziest and most amazing feats.

Love can make you happier than you've ever been, sadder than you've ever been, angrier than you've ever been. It can elate you and deflate you almost at the same time. 

While we can all pretty much recognize the emotions associated with love, actually finding the words to explain those feelings is a pretty tough order.

People have searched for centuries to find the right way to say "I love you" and to try to explain those butterflies in your stomach, that warm fuzzy feeling in your belly and that heart skipping a beat. 

One thing we DO know is that  whether you've love and won — or loved and lost, it's ALWAYS worth it.

While there are plenty of non-verbal ways to express your love, finding that perfect love quote that sums up exactly what you're feeling can be pretty amazing.

Luckily, some the world's greatest artists, poets, musicians and hopeless romantics (like ourselves) have managed to articulate the magic of love using words so simple and perfect, sharing them can mean the world.


Here are 50 of the best love quotes you will find online, perfect for sharing with that special someone. We couldn't have put these inspirational phrases better ourselves. 


How love works ...

1. "The best love is the kind that awakens the soul; that makes us reach for more, that plants the fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. That’s what I hope to give you forever."

— The Notebook 

How love feels ... 

2. "I look at you and see the rest of my life in front of my eyes."

— (Unknown)


Love brings happiness ... 

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

— Victor Hugo

What you learn from love ...

4. "All, everything that I understand, I only understand because I love."

— Leo Tolstoy


Where love is, God is ...

5. "And remember, as it was written, to love another person is to see the face of God."

— Les Miserables 

Why love matters ... 

6. "I'm much more me when I'm with you."

— (Unknown)


Why love hurts ...

7. "It's a very dangerous state. You are inclined to recklessness and kind of tune out the rest of your life and everything that's been important to you. It's actually not all that pleasurable. I don't know who the hell wants to get in a situation where you can't bear an hour without somebody's company."

— Colin Firth  

How love colors your world ...

8. "The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart." 

— Helen Keller 


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Love is giving ...

9. "To love is nothing. To be loved is something. But to love and be loved, that’s everything."

— T. Tolis

Love is blind ...

10. "I saw that you were perfect, and so I loved you. Then I saw that you were not perfect and I loved you even more."

— Angelita Lim  


Love is unselfish ...

11. "In order to be happy oneself it is necessary to make at least one other person happy."

— Theodor Reik


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When love takes over ...

12. "The heart wants what it wants. There's no logic to these things. You meet someone and you fall in love and that's that."

— Woody Allen

Love does not judge ... 

13. "There's no substitute for a great love who says, 'No matter what's wrong with you, you're welcome at this table.'"

— Tom Hanks


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Love grow and grows ...

14. "I swear I couldn't love you more than I do right now, and yet I know I will tomorrow."

— Leo Christopher

Love means togetherness ...

15. "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. A. Milne

When love is real ...

16. "You don't love someone because they're perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they're not."

― Jodi PicoultMy Sister's Keeper

Love without end ...

17. "I would rather spend one lifetime with you, than face all the ages of this world alone."

— Lord of The Rings


Love is friendship ...


18. "You are my best friend, my human diary and my other half. You mean the world to me and I LOVE YOU."

— (Unknown)

Love is a teacher ... 

19. "If I know what love is, it is because of you." 

 Herman Hesse


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Love is vulnerable ...

20. "Don’t forget I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her."

— Anna (Julia Roberts) to William (Hugh Grant) in Notting Hill

Love is a choice ...

21. "I choose you. And I'll choose you over and over and over. Without pause, without a doubt, in a heartbeat. I'll keep choosing you."

— (Unknown)

Love is complicated ...

22. "It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages."

― Friedrich Nietzsche

Love is crazy, mad, wonderful ...

23. "When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible."

— When Harry Met Sally


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How love is poetic ...

24. "At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet."

― Plato

How you love like crazy ...

25. "I realized I was thinking of you, and I began to wonder how long you'd been on my mind. Then it occurred to me: Since I met you, you've never left."

— (Unknown)

Why love hurts ...

26. "Pleasure of love lasts but a moment. Pain of love lasts a lifetime."

— Bette Davis

Love is strength ...

27. "Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage."

— Lao-Tzu

How love works ...

28. "Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop."

— H. L. Mencken

Love is life ...

29. "Thinking of you keeps me awake. Dreaming of you keeps me asleep. Being with you keeps me alive."

— (Unknown)


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When love finds you ...

30. "We are shaped and fashioned by those we love." 

— Geothe

Love is wild and crazy ...

31. "When love is not madness it is not love." 

― Pedro Calderón de la Barca

Love is magical ...

32. "You have bewitched me body and soul, and I love, I love, I LOVE YOU."

— Pride & Prejudice

What is love ...

33. "Love is an untamed force. When we try to control it, it destroys us. When we try to imprison it, it enslaves us. When we try to understand it, it leaves us feeling lost and confused." 

― Paulo Coelho

How love should be ...

34. "Love is so short, forgetting is so long." 

― Pablo Neruda

Love is freedom ...

35. "One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love." 

― Sophocles

How love begins ...

36. "I wish I could turn back the clock. I'd find you sooner and love you longer."

— (Unknown)

Love is unselfish ...

37. "You know it's love when all you want is that person to be happy, even if you're not part of their happiness."

— Julia Roberts

Why love is important ...

38. "The greatest thing you'll ever learn Is to love and be loved in return."

— "Unforgettable with Loveby Natalie Cole

Love is the little things ...

39.  "I hope you know that every time I tell you to get home safe, stay warm, have a good day, or sleep well what I am really saying is I love you. I love you so damn much that it is starting to steal other words' meanings. " 

— Open-365


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Love brings joy ...

40. "I have decided to stick to love; hate is too great a burden to bear."

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

How love lasts ...

41. "You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear."

— Oscar Wilde

Love is worth it ...

42. "Better to have lost and loved than never to have loved at all."

— Ernest Hemingway

How love changes over time ...

43. "When I say I love you more, I don't mean I love you more than you love me. I mean I love you more than the bad days ahead of us, I love you more than any fight we will ever have. I love you more than the distance between us, I love you more than any obstacle that could try and come between us. I love you the most." 

— (Unknown)


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Love is silly ...

44.  "All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt."

— Charles Schulz

Where love lies ...

45. "Where there is love there is life."

— Mahatma Gandhi

Love is unconditional ...

46. "I want you. All of you. Your flaws. Your mistakes. Your imperfections. I want you, and only you."

— (Unknown)

Love is give and take ...

47. "And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make."

— Paul McCartney

Because love makes everything beautiful ...

48. "Because I could watch you for a single minute and find a thousand things that I love about you."

— (Unknown)

Love makes you lose your mind a little ...

49.  "There is a madness in loving you, a lack of reason that makes it feel so flawless."

— Leo Christopher

Love is EVERYTHING ...

50.  "All of me loves all of you."

— John LegendAll of Me


Anthropologist and YourTango Expert Helen Fisher has spent her career trying to understand it. Here's what she knows:


If you're searching for the best quotes and memes to share with the people you love (or just want to feel inspired yourself) ... look no further! From the sweetest love quotesinspirational sayings, and hilarious relationship truths, we've got you covered.


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