Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command.
Alan Watts

Such is the inconsistency of real love, that it is always awake to suspicion, however unreasonable; always requiring new assurances from the object of its interest.
Ann Radcliffe

To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving in all others.
Anne-Sophie Swetchine

Perhaps the feelings that we experience when we are in love represent a normal state. Being in love shows a person who he should be.
Anton Chekhov

To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.
Bertrand Russell

Love is not enough. It must be the foundation, the cornerstone – but not the complete structure. It is much too pliable, too yielding.
Bette Davis

Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what it loves.
Blaise Pascal

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.
Carl Jung

Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love.
Charles M. Schulz

It is the caring and sharing that count—love is not prevented by the things and the time that you haven’t shared.
Claudia Jewett Jarrett

There’s an evolutionary imperative why we give a crap about our family and friends. And there’s an evolutionary imperative why we don’t give a crap about anybody else. If we loved all people indiscriminately, we couldn’t function.
David Foster


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

Couples are jigsaw puzzles that hang together by touching in just enough points. They’re never total fits or misfits.
Diane Ackerman

There’s a lot to be said for self-delusionment when it comes to matters of the heart.
Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider

Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,
A medley of extemporanea;
And love is a thing that can never go wrong;
And I am Marie of Romania.
Dorothy Parker

One’s first love is always perfect until one meets one’s second love.
Elizabeth Aston

All love that has not friendship for its base, is like a mansion built upon sand.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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

People are such great mysteries. Just when we think we have understood them, a wonderful new aspect shows in them.
Eucharista Ward

When love is in excess it brings a man no honor nor worthiness.

There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.
Friedrich Nietzsche

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

I believe love is primarily a choice and only sometimes a feeling. If you want to feel love, choose to love and be patient.
Gordon Atkinson

I don’t think anyone can DO anything that would make him worthy of love. Love is a gift and cannot be earned. It can only be given.
Gordon Atkinson

You can’t love anyone until you understand that you can’t love everyone.
Gordon Atkinson

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
H. L. Mencken

Sometimes when you look back on a situation, you realize it wasn’t all you thought it was. A beautiful girl walked into your life. You fell in love. Or did you? Maybe it was only a childish infatuation, or maybe just a brief moment of vanity.
Henry Bromel

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

Just because you love someone doesn’t mean you have to be involved with them. Love is not a bandage to cover wounds.
Hugh Elliott

Passion makes the world go round. Love just makes it a safer place.
Ice T

A kiss is a lovely trick, designed by nature, to stop words when speech becomes unnecessary.
Ingrid Bergman

Love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.
Iris Murdoch

We can only learn to love by loving.
Iris Murdoch

When you have seen as much of life as I have, you will not underestimate the power of obsessive love.
J. K. Rowling

But when a young lady is to be a heroine, the perverseness of forty surrounding families cannot prevent her. Something must and will happen to throw a hero in her way.
Jane Austen

Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.
Jane Austen

I cannot think well of a man who sports with any woman’s feelings; and there may often be a great deal more suffered than a stander-by can judge of.
Jane Austen


I pay very little regard…to what any young person says on the subject of marriage. If they profess a disinclination for it, I only set it down that they have not yet seen the right person.
Jane Austen

The enthusiasm of a woman’s love is even beyond the biographer’s.
Jane Austen

The more I know of the world, the more am I convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!
Jane Austen

We certainly do not forget you as soon as you forget us. It is, perhaps, our fate rather than our merit. We cannot help ourselves. We live at home, quiet, confined, and our feelings prey upon us. You are forced on exertion. You have always a profession, pursuits, business of some sort or other, to take you back into the world immediately, and continual occupation and change soon weaken impressions. All the privilege I claim for my own sex (it is not a very enviable one; you need not covet it), is that of loving longest, when existence or when hope is gone.
Jane Austen

Love is, above all else, the gift of oneself.
Jean Anouilh

Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.
Jeanne Moreau

Is love supposed to last throughout all time, or is it like trains changing at random stops. If I loved her, how could I leave her? If I felt that way then, how come I don’t feel anything now?
Jeff Melvoin

What is it about possessing things? Why do we feel the need to own what we love, and why do we become jerks when we do? We’ve all been there– you want something, to possess it. By possessing something you lose it. You finally win the girl of your dreams, the first thing you do is change her. The little things she does with her hair, the way she wears her clothes or the way she chews her gum. Pretty soon what you like, what you changed, what you don’t like, blends together like a watercolor in the rain.
Jeff Melvoin

True love brings up everything – you’re allowing a mirror to be held up to you daily.
Jennifer Aniston

‘Light fuse and get away’ may work for a Roman candle, but not so much for the wrath of a woman scorned.
Jeph Jacques

A good relationship is like fireworks: loud, explosive, and liable to maim you if you hold on too long.
Jeph Jacques

Love is the delightful interval between meeting a beautiful girl and discovering that she looks like a haddock.

John Barrymore (1882 – 1942)
Breaking up isn’t something that gets done to you; it’s something that happens with you.
John Green

I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.
John Green

That’s who you really like. The people you can think out loud in front of.
John Green

The best way to get people to like you is not to like them too much.
John Green

There’s some people in this world who you can just love and love and love no matter what.
John Green

When you’re a teenager and you’re in love, it’s obvious to everyone but you and the person you’re in love with.
John Scalzi

‘Tis the most tender part of love, each other to forgive.
John Sheffield

Gravity. It keeps you rooted to the ground. In space, there’s not any gravity. You just kind of leave your feet and go floating around. Is that what being in love is like?
Josh Brand and John Falsey

How we treasure (and admire) the people who acknowledge us!
Julie Morgenstern

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

Passion is seldom the end of any story, for it cannot long endure if it is not soon supplemented with true affection and mutual respect.
Kathryn L. Nelson


She makes me love her and I like people who make me love them. It saves me so much trouble in making myself love them.
L. M. Montgomery

There is no use in loving things if you have to be torn from them, is there? And it’s so hard to keep from loving things, isn’t it?
L. M. Montgomery

When people mean to be good to you, you don’t mind very much when they’re not quite—always.
L. M. Montgomery

Our hearts can deceive us. Our hearts cannot reason. They cannot judge a man’s character. All they can do is see a man and think, ‘There is a fine specimen. He is handsome and attentive. He will father healthy children.’ It is only our mind that we can trust. Our mind can catch him in lies. Our mind can fathom his honesty and honor.
Laura Moncur

Honesty is the only way with anyone, when you’ll be so close as to be living inside each other’s skins.
Lois McMaster Bujold

When you give each other everything, it becomes an even trade. Each wins all.
Lois McMaster Bujold

Love is an exploding cigar we willingly smoke.
Lynda Barry

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

To be brave is to love someone unconditionally, without expecting anything in return. To just give. That takes courage, because we don’t want to fall on our faces or leave ourselves open to hurt.

Love is the big booming beat which covers up the noise of hate.
Margaret Cho

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

Think about a woman. Doesn’t know you’re thinking about her. Doesn’t care you’re thinking about her. Makes you think about her even more.
Martin Sage and Sybil Adelman

Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra and then suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come.
Matt Groening

Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all.
Michael Masser and Linda Creed

I always like a good math solution to any love problem.
Michael Patrick King

The perversity of the human spirit is such that when a young lady longs for one specific partner, every other partner counts for nothing.
Monica Fairview

When a person is uncertain in love, there is nothing easier than for him to put one and one together and to make three out of them.
Monica Fairview

Fall not in love, therefore; it will stick to your face.
National Lampoon

She hadn’t chosen him over all the others. The truth was that she hadn’t even thought about anyone else.
Paolo Giordano

The love of those we don’t love in return settles on the surface and from there quickly evaporates.
Paolo Giordano

The first duty of love is to listen.
Paul Tillich

Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.
Peter Ustinov

Love is not blind – it sees more, not less. But because it sees more, it is willing to see less.
Rabbi Julius Gordon

For one human being to love another; that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.
Rainer Maria Rilke

He who is in love is wise and is becoming wiser, sees newly every time he looks at the object beloved, drawing from it with his eyes and his mind those virtues which it possesses.
Ralph Waldo Emerson


Could you imagine how horrible things would be if we always told others how we felt? Life would be intolerably bearable.
Randy K. Milholland

You can’t show love to someone at the expense of someone else who loves you.
Randy K. Milholland

You make me understand how wonderful it is for little lizards when they find that one special rock that’s perfect for sunning themselves on. You make me lizard-happy.
Randy K. Milholland

Before I met my husband, I’d never fallen in love, though I’d stepped in it a few times.
Rita Rudner

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

Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith.
Saint Francis of Assisi

In the end, I decide that the mark we’ve left on each other is the color and shape of love. That the unfinished business between us. Because love, love is never finished. It circles and circles, the memories out of order and not always complete.
Sara Zarr

Maybe kissing is sort of like nature’s coffee.
Scott Westerfeld

The human heart is a strange vessel. Love and hatred can exist side by side.
Scott Westerfeld

We don’t always get to choose what we love.
Scott Westerfeld

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

Some relationships start with fights… But, usually only in romantic comedies. Life’s not the movies.
Takayuki Ikkaku

Love is or it ain’t. Thin love ain’t love at all.
Toni Morrison

Love isn’t a decision. It’s a feeling. If we could decide who we loved, it would be much simpler, but much less magical.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone

Life’s greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.
Victor Hugo

Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.

A woman can forgive a man for the harm he does her…but she can never forgive him for the sacrifices he makes on her account.
W. Somerset Maugham

The important thing was to love rather than to be loved.
W. Somerset Maugham

There’s always one who loves and one who lets himself be loved.
W. Somerset Maugham

Women are often under the impression that men are much more madly in love with them than they really are.
W. Somerset Maugham

Never marry but for love; but see that thou lovest what is lovely.
William Penn

Against love’s fire fear’s frost hath dissolution.
William Shakespeare

Alas, their love may be call’d appetite. No motion of the liver, but the palate.
William Shakespeare

All fancy-sick she is and pale of cheer, with sighs of love, that costs the fresh blood dear.
William Shakespeare

And ruin’d love when it is built anew,
Grows fairer than at first, more strong, far greater.
William Shakespeare

Belike you thought our love would last too long, if it were chain’d together.
William Shakespeare

But love is blind and lovers cannot see
The pretty follies that themselves commit;
For if they could, Cupid himself would blush
To see me thus transformed to a boy.
William Shakespeare

But miserable most, to love unloved? This you should pity rather than despise.
William Shakespeare

Love’s best habit is a soothing tongue.
William Shakespeare

Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
William Shakespeare

Love’s reason’s without reason.
William Shakespeare

My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love love as deep; the more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite.
William Shakespeare

My love admits no qualifying dross.
William Shakespeare

My love is strengthen’d, though more weak in seeming;
I love not less, though less the show appear:
That love is merchandised whose rich esteeming
The owner’s tongue doth publish every where.
William Shakespeare

My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips’ red…
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound.
William Shakespeare

Now my love is thaw’d; which, like a waxen image ‘gainst a fire, bears no impression of the thing it was.
William Shakespeare

Where love is great, the littlest doubts are fear; where little fear grows great, great love grows there.
William Shakespeare

Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?
William Shakespeare