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Not Ready To Say 'I Love You'? 40 Best 'I Like You' Quotes For Valentine's Day That Are Just As Sweet

Not Ready To Say 'I Love You'? 40 Best 'I Like You' Quotes For Valentine's Day That Are Just As Sweet

Valentine's Day is around the corner and if you have a significant other —whether it's someone you're just talking to, someone new you're dating or a boyfriend in a new relationship— you're not always ready to express your feeling's so early on. You might even question your feelings — you know you like them, but how much?

Do you ever wonder if they feel what you feel? You want to tell them how much you like them, but you don't want to scare them away with the "L" word. Sometimes we have to realize that we don't need to push ourselves so quickly and lay out all of our feelings onto the table. Instead, we can drop subtle hints and go slow in our relationships.

There are ways to powerfully use your words to tell your partner how you feel without having to reveal everything. Let them read between the lines.

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But let me ask you this, are you in love? How many times did you have to ask yourself to know if you're sure? Traditionally, women aren't typically the ones who make the first move to "I love yous" in a relationship, but times have changed —​ not only do some of us pay for dinners, it's now becoming more common for women to be the one to get on one knee and ask for marriage.

Sure, proposing might be a big step for now, so why not start small and take things slow, even during Valentine's Day? Start by telling your partner how you really feel about them with a simple "I like you," and see where things go from there. Did you know there are tons of different ways to tell someone how much you like them without actually having to say "I love you"? Take a look at our list below for 40 creative and caring ways to say "I like you" for Valentine's day without every having to use the word "love". These "I like you" quotes take the pressure off of saying "I love you" and are a sweet way to tell your S.O. exactly how you feel.

1. This is especially cute to say after they do something weird.

"You're weird. I like you." — Unknown

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2. Sometimes you just need to say how much you like them.

"I like you a lot." — Unknown

3. Cheesy, but still cute.

"I like you a latte." — Unknown

4. You could be madly in love? This is a great way to downplay your feelings when you don't want to say the "L" word.

"I kinda like you." — Unknown

5. You could say this using any food you really enjoy.

"I like you more than pizza and I really like pizza." — Unknown

6. Let them understand that you want to feel safe enough to fall for them slowly.

"I like you more than I thought in that scares me." — Unknown

7. Your partner's happiness means a lot to you.

"I like it when you smile, but I love when I'm the reason." — Unknown

8. Let them know they give you butterflies.

"I always smile like an idiot when I talk to you." — Unknown

9. Something about this is kind of romantic — like, imagine saying this and then kissing them.

"I really f---ing like you!" — Unknown

10. Sounds a little intense, but it's kind of romantic.

"I am going to punch you in the mouth with my own mouth softly because I like you." — Unknown

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11. You're always thinking about them.

"I never thought I'd like you this much and I never planned to have you on my mind this often." — Unknown

12. You might be close to loving them soon, but take your time.

"It turns out I like you more than I originally expected." — Unknown

13. Compliments that are more than just compliments.

"I like you! I think you're cute. You make me smile." — Unknown

14. You're not being creepy.

"I like your face that's why I stare." — Unknown

15. This is so romantic.

"Sitting next to you doing absolutely nothing means absolutely everything to me." — Unknown

16. A fun play on an old saying.

"I like you like a fat kid likes cake." — Unknown

17. You never want them to change.

"I like you just the way you are." — Unknown

18. You don't even need to say "I love you" at the end to get your point across.

"When I'm with you hours feel like second. When we're apart days feel like years." — Unknown

19. Subtle, but still sweet.

"I like you because you are a good person to like." — Unknown

23. Even just running an errand is better when they're around.

" I like you because I don't know why but everything that happens is nicer with you." — Unknown

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21. Reassure them that "like" is enough right now.

"I only like you." — Unknown

22. Let them know you want them around for a while.

"I like you, stay in my life." — Unknown

23. This is a good saying to see if they can back up their actions with words.

"I think I like you more than you like me." — Unknown

24. Being corny is a cute way to say it.

" I like you a lottle it's like a little except a lot." — Unknown

25. When you just don't want to leave their side.

"I just wanna be with you." — Unknown

26. This can be taken a few different ways.

"I want you." — Unknown

27. Just one step deeper than just saying "I like you".

"I care about you." — Unknown

28. They need to know they matter.

"You're really important to me." — Unknown

29. You could replace work with whatever place you bump into them at usually.

"You're the reason I come to [work]." — Unknown

30. It seems like you're nervous, but that's what makes it adorable.

"I kind of sort of really like you a lot." — Unknown

31. It's a mouthful to say, but oh-so-romantic.

"I really like you, a lot. I know sometimes I mess up and do things that make it seem like I don't care but trust me, you're my world." — Unknown

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32. Who remembers when will Will Ferrel said this in Elf?

"I feel really warm when I'm around you." — Unknown

33. Do they know you're interested in more? This will make it clear.

"I'm really into you." — Unknown

34. When s/he makes you feel complete.

"When you are with me I feel perfect." — Unknown

35. Your partner doesn't need to change anything.

"Just so you know, I like everything about you." — Unknown

36. They give you joy.

"You are my happiness." — Unknown

37. Let them know they're important to you.

"You mean something to me." — Unknown

38. Let them know that you appreciate them for who they are.

"All I ever want is for you to keep being you." — Unknown

39. When they mean so much to you that words can't describe it.

"Words can't describe the way I feel about you." — Unknown

40. The precursor to saying "I love you" without all the added pressure.

"I'm falling for you." — Unknown

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Essence Lopez is a writer who covers pop culture, astrology, and relationship topics.