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100 Love Quotes That Say Exactly What 'I Love You' Means

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100 Best, Most Inspiring Love Quotes & Ways To Say, 'I Love You' For Men & Women (April 2019)
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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. Luckily, we found 100 of the best, most inspiring love quotes and phrases to make finding new and creative ways to say, "I love you" and let your partner know how you truly feel a whole lot easier.

Feeling love brings up all kinds of additional emotions that run the gamut from agony to ecstasy.

Loving someone can inspire you to accomplish some of the craziest and most amazing feats you'll ever undertake.

Being in love can make you feel happier than you've ever been, sadder than you've ever been, and even angrier than you've ever been. It can elate you and deflate you at almost at the exact same time.

However, while most people can recognize the sensations they associate most closely with love fairly easily, finding just the right words to express those feelings is a far more difficult order.

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People have searched for centuries to find the right ways to say, "I love you" for the first (or the billionth) time in order to try explaining those butterflies you get in your stomach, that warm fuzzy feeling in your head and that heart skipping a million beats in your chest.

But one thing we do know is that, whether you've love and won or loved and lost, when love is real, it's always worth it.

And while there are plenty of ways to express your love through body language and nonverbal communication, finding the perfect love quote that sums up exactly what you're thinking and feeling can be pretty darn amazing.

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

Here are the 100 best, most inspiring love quotes perfect for sharing with that special someone when you're searching for new, creative ways to say, "I love you."

1. How love works

"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." — Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

2. How love feels

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

3. It brings happiness

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

4. What you learn from love

"All, everything that I understand, I only understand because I love." — Leo Tolstoy

5. Where love is, God is

"And remember, as it was written, to love another person is to see the face of God." — Victor Huge, Les Miserables

6. Why love matters

"I'm much more me when I'm with you." — Unknown

7. Why love hurts

"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

8. How love colors your world

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

9. Love is giving

"To love is nothing. To be loved is something. But to love and be loved, that’s everything." — T. Tolis

10. Love is blind

"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

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11. Love is unselfish

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

12. All there is to say

"Maybe the only vow we ever need to offer the one we love is this: I will never, not for a sliver of a second, make you feel alone." — Tyler Knott Gregson

13. Love does not judge

"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

14. Love grow and grows

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

15. Love means togetherness

"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, Winnie the Pooh

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16. When love is real

"You don't love someone because they're perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they're not." ― Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper

17. Love without end

"I would rather spend one lifetime with you, than face all the ages of this world alone." — J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of The Rings

18. Love is friendship

"You are my best friend, my human diary and my other half. You mean the world to me and I love you." — Unknown

19. Love is a teacher

"If I know what love is, it is because of you." — Herman Hesse

20. Love is vulnerable

"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

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21. Love is a choice

"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

22. Love is complicated

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

23. Love is crazy, mad, wonderful

"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." — Harry (Billy Crystal) in When Harry Met Sally

24. How love is poetic

"At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet." ― Plato

25. How you love like crazy

"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

26. Why love hurts

"Pleasure of love lasts but a moment. Pain of love lasts a lifetime." — Bette Davis

27. Love is strength

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

28. How love works

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

29. Love is life

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

30. When love finds you

"We are shaped and fashioned by those we love." — Geothe

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31. Love is wild and crazy

"When love is not madness it is not love." ― Pedro Calderón de la Barca

32. Love is magical

"You have bewitched me body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you." — Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice

33. Love is untamed

"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

34. How love should be

"Love is so short, forgetting is so long." ― Pablo Neruda

35. Love is freedom

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

36. How love begins

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

37. Love is unselfish

"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

38. Why love is important

"The greatest thing you'll ever learn Is to love and be loved in return." — Nat King Cole, Nature Boy

39. Love is the little things

"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

40. Love brings joy

"I have decided to stick to love; hate is too great a burden to bear." — Martin Luther King, Jr.

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41. How love lasts

"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

42. Love is worth it

"Better to have lost and loved than never to have loved at all." — Ernest Hemingway

43. How love changes over time

"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

44. Love is silly

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

45. Where love lies

"Where there is love there is life." — Mahatma Gandhi

46. Love is unconditional

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

47. Love is give and take

"And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make." — Sir Paul McCartney, "The End" (by The Beatles)

48. Because love makes everything beautiful

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

49. Love makes you lose your mind a little

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

50. Love is everything

"All of me loves all of you." — John Legend, "All of Me"

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51. Love feels like coming home

"She knew she loved him when 'home' went from being a place to being a person." — E. Leventhal

52. Love makes all the negative thoughts disappear

"His love roared louder than her demons." — Unknown

53. When love means all your favorite memories are with each other

"I never want to stop making memories with you." — Pierre Jeanty

54. Love cannot be rushed

"You can't rush something you want to last forever." — Unknown

55. When love remains true

"It was always you." — Maroon 5, "It Was Always You"

56. When love makes everything else disappear

"We were together. I forget the rest." — Walt Whitman

57. When your love is just as weird as you

"If you are lucky enough to find a weirdo, never let them go." — Unknown

58. When love makes you infatuated with every little thing they do

"I still haven't figured out how to sit across from you, and not be madly in love with everything you do." — William C. Hannan

59. Loves accepts you and all of your flaws

"Someone who really loves you sees what a mess you can be, how moody you can get, how hard you are to handle, but still wants you." — Unknown

60. When you're missing your other half

"In French, you don't say 'I miss you.' You say 'Tu me manques', which means 'you are missing from me.' I love that." — Unknown

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61. When you wish he was the first thing you saw when you woke up

"Mornings would be better if I woke up next to you." — Unknown

62. Love makes you happy

"By the way, I'm wearing the smile you gave me." — Unknown

63. Love is for better or worse

"Real love doesn't meet you at your best. It meets you in your mess." — Unknown

64. When you can listen to him talk for hours

"Your voice is my favorite sound." — Unknown

65. When you know you won't have to fight your battles alone

"I can't promise to fix all your problems, but I can promise you won't have to face them all alone." — Unknown

66. When you share the same sense of humor

"Make sure you marry someone who laughs at the same things you do." — J.D. Salinger

67. When it's the little things that matter most

"If you only knew how much those little moments with you mattered to me." — Unknown

68. When you found the person of your dreams

"How strange to dream of you even when I am wide awake." — d.j.

69. When you're madly in love and don't care who knows it

"I am totally completely eye popping seriously groundbreaking passionately deliciously in love with you." — Unknown

70. When no words can describe your love

"I love you more than I have ever found a way to say to you."Ben Folds, "The Luckiest"

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71. When love is defined by your person

"You're pretty much my most favorite of all time in the history of ever." — Unknown

72. When your life will never be the same because love is in it

"Sometimes, someone comes into your life, so unexpectedly, takes your heart by surprise, and changes your life forever." — Unknown

73. When you knew immediately this love was special

"I remember the first day I ever looking into your eyes and felt my entire world flip." — Unknown

74. When you can't help but write love letters

"P.S. I love you." — Cecelia Ahern

75. When every love song reminds you of your love

"And suddenly all the love songs were about you." — Unknown

76. When love is the best decision you've made

"If I did anything right in my life, it was when I gave my heart to you." — Unknown

77. When your love is bigger than this Earth

"I love you past the moon and miss you beyond the stars." — J.M. Storm

78. When it's impossible to love anyone as much

"Love you more." — Unknown

79. When you stick around when things get tough

"Saw your worst and I stayed." — Unknown

80. When your love is your best friend

"I looked at him as a friend until I realized I loved him." — Unknown

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81. When you feel like being lovey-dovey

"I just wanna see you. Hold you. Hug you. Touch you. Kiss you. Cuddle with you. Love you." — Unknown

82. When your love is everything you've ever wanted

"Darling, you are all I ever wanted love to be." — Unknown

83. When you don't want to live without your love

"You are what I need in my life. You are my one." — Unknown

84. When your love was meant to be

"The first time you touched me, I knew I was born to be yours." — Unknown

85. When you go through life together

"I love that you are my person and I am yours, that whatever door we come to, we will open it together." — A.R. Asher

86. When all you do is talk about your love

"You're all my heart ever talks about." — Unknown

87. When love's kisses are addictive

"I'll never have enough of your lips." — Unknown

88. Love can turn a bad day into a perfect one

"Talking to you makes my day." — Unknown

89. When you'll be in love forever

"I was, and I remain, utterly and completely and totally in love with you." — J.R. Ward

90. When your relationship isn't perfect, but you wouldn't want it any other way

"We fight, we kiss, we hug, we text, we talk, we argue, we laugh, we smile, we love ... That's us." — Unknown

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91. When your love is one of a kind

"And when I loved you, I realized, I have never truly loved anyone. I realized, I never will truly love anyone the way I love you." — Unknown

92. When love is your favorite thing on Earth

"I want you to continue being the absolute best part of my life." — Unknown

93. When the universe brought you together

"So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you." — Pablo Coelho

94. When love lights up your phone

"You are my favorite notification." — Unknown

95. When your love only grows deeper over time

"I fall more deeply in love with you, every single day." — Unknown

96. When you even love how much they bug you

"I love you. You annoy me more than I ever thought possible. But I want to spend every irritating minute with you." — Unknown

97. When their happiness means everything

"If I could give you one thing in life, I would give you the ability to see yourself through my eyes, only then would you realize how special you are to me." — Unknown

98. When your love is the only one you'll ever want

"It's not being in love that makes me happy. It is the person that I am in love with that does." — Unknown

99. Love is never perfect

"I'm not perfect. I'll annoy you, piss you off, say stupid things, then take it all back. But put that all aside and you'll never find a person who cares or loves you more than me." — Unknown

100. When you're simply in love

"I love you, idiot."Gilmore Girls

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 quotes, inspirational sayings, and hilarious relationship truths, we've got you covered.

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