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Top 100: Love Quotes (of All-Time)

Romantic love is one of the most cherished ideas of Western society — after all, don’t the majority of songs we hear, movies we watch, and books we read tell some kind of love story? Of course, romantic love isn’t the only kind of love there is — there’s also the type of love you have for your friends, love for God or nature, familial love, the love you express to the world at large, and even the love you have for yourself.

Because love is so idealized in our culture, quotes on love abound, and a lot of them are pretty cheesy and overused. For this reason, we’ve narrowed down the top 100 love quotes of all-time, so that you can find all of the most insightful and revered love quotes in one place. Here you can find the perfect love quote to send to your sweetheart, or to soothe your broken heart.

1
Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Interpretation: Whereas hatred causes paralysis, confusion, and darkness, love is mobilizing, harmonizing, and illuminating. In other words, love is the antidote to hate.

2
Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says ‘I need you because I love you.’ - Erich Fromm

Interpretation: Immature people don’t really understand what love is; they misinterpret a feeling of need for love. A mature person realizes that you only truly “need” someone whom you truly love, not the other way around. In other words, you must learn to love someone without being dependent on them.

3
Tell me who admires you and loves you, and I will tell you who you are. - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Interpretation: The people who love and look up to you say a lot about who you are. For example, if only the people you give money to love you, you are a rather pathetic person who has to “buy” friendship. On the other hand, if you are loved by many people whom others also love and respect, then you are likely a great person who is worthy of admiration.

4
Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires. - François (VI) (Duc de La Rochefoucauld)

Interpretation: You have probably heard the saying, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder,” in regards to love. This quote presents an extension of that idea. It means that while the absence of a much-loved person or passion (say, playing the violin  indeed makes you realize how much you really love that person or thing, absence actually makes you forget about people and pursuits that you don’t feel strongly about. This perfectly fits the metaphor of wind blowing out small flames (candles) but increasing large ones (fires).

5
Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired. - Robert Frost

Interpretation: Love is not necessarily desire for the person you love, but a desire for the beloved to find you irresistible. This suggests a kind of love that is more about the self than it is about the other person, as it serves to feed one’s own ego above all else.

6
I would rather have eyes that cannot see; ears that cannot hear; lips that cannot speak, than a heart that cannot love. - Robert Tizon

Interpretation: The author is saying he would rather be blind, deaf, and mute, rather than be unable to love.

7
Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand. - Mother Teresa

Interpretation: Love is nourishment that does not discriminate or expire; anyone can have it at any time.

8
Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination. - Voltaire

Interpretation: Love is like a blank canvas that the universe gives us; but the image we paint on it — how we express and experience love — is created by our imagination.

9
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway. - Kent M. Keith

Interpretation: People are very flawed — they are irrational and selfish. However, we must overlook their flaws and love them regardless.

10
‘Tis better to have loved and lost, Than never to have loved at all. - Alfred Lord Tennyson

Interpretation: Even if your heart ends up getting broken, the experience of being in love is worth the pain it brings. Appropriately, this is something people sometimes say to comfort someone who has just had their heart broken.

Comments

  • http://movemequotes.com/ Matthew Hogan

    Great quote collection! Loved how you included the interpretation section as well! Thanks for sharing :)

  • orim

    THIS IS AWESOME.

  • jeffrey

    i love it…

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    nice