50 Quotes About Love That Will Make You Swoon

If you've ever had trouble trying to articulate just how you feel about someone or love in general, you're not alone. Thankfully a few of the world's greatest writers have taken the liberty of attempting to explain the simultaneously complicated and effortless emotion for you.

From authors and screenwriters to poets and playwrights, wordsmiths of every kind have taken a stab at making sense of love through their craft. Their words are inspiring, thought-provoking, infuriating, and all too relatable. Whether you're happily in love and looking for a way to express yourself or aren't having much luck in the romance department, there's a love quote sure to hit home for you.

Ahead, discover 50 of the best quotes about love from a variety of books, movies, plays, and poems. Who knows, perhaps you'll be inspired to make your own declaration of love to that special someone (or, at least, write down how you feel until you muster the courage to say it out loud).

Love Quotes From Books:

  1. “You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.” - Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  2. “I wish I knew how to quit you.” - Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx
  3. “I hope you find a love like that-one that is all-consuming and powerful that makes you feel like you're going slightly mad. And if you do find that love, embrace it. Hold onto it. When you give yourself over to love like that, your heart will get bruised. It will get battered. But you will also feel invincible and infinite.” - The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
  4. “He came. He left. Nothing else had changed. I had not changed. The world hadn't changed. Yet nothing would be the same. All that remains is dream making and strange remembrance.” - Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman
  5. “We are asleep until we fall in love!” - War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  6. “What are men to rocks and mountains?” - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  7. “He looked at her the way all women want to be looked at by a man.” - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  8. “I've never had a moment's doubt. I love you. I believe in you completely. You are my dearest one. My reason for life.” - Atonement by Ian McEwan
  9. “He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking.” - Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  10. “The way her fingers flutter through the space around her. Each a thing he hopes never to forget.” - All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  11. “As you wish.” - The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  12. “To love another person is to see the face of God.” - Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  13. “You and I, it's as though we have been taught to kiss in heaven and sent down to earth together, to see if we know what we were taught.” - Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

Love Quotes From Movies:

  1. “To me, you are perfect.” - Love Actually
  2. “Falling in love is kind of like a form of socially acceptable insanity.” - Her
  3. “It was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together and I knew it. I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home. Only to no home I'd ever known. I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like magic.” - Sleepless in Seattle
  4. “You had me at hello.” - Jerry McGuire
  5. “In my opinion, the best thing you can do is find someone who loves you for exactly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you.” - Juno
  6. "The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love, and be loved in return." - Moulin Rouge
  7. “And I'm so mad at you. I'm really mad at you for what you did. But I'm mad at myself too. Because I should not have jumped out of the car, I should have fought for you. Cause you fight for your soul mates.” - Crazy Stupid Love
  8. “Shut up and deal.” - The Apartment
  9. “If you love someone you say it, you say it right then, out loud. Otherwise, the moment just passes you by.” - My Best Friend's Wedding
  10. “Me? I'm scared of everything. I'm scared of what I saw, I'm scared of what I did, of who I am, and most of all I'm scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I'm with you.” - Dirty Dancing
  11. "I'd only give one piece of advice to anyone marrying. We're all quite similar in the end. We all get old and tell the same tales too many times. But try and marry someone kind” - About Time
  12. “What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down.” - It's a Wonderful Life
  13. "I love that you get cold when it's 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you're looking at me like I'm nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it's not because I'm lonely, and it's not because it's New Year's Eve. I came here tonight because 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
  14. "I would rather have had one breath of her hair, one kiss from her mouth, one touch of her hand, than eternity without it." - City of Angels
  15. “If that plane leaves the ground and you're not with him, you'll regret it. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.” - Casablanca

Love Quotes From Plays:

  1. “When Love speaks, the voice of all the gods makes heaven drowsy with the harmony.” - Love's Labour's Lost by William Shakespeare
  2. “In all these years, you never believed I loved you. And I did. I did so much. I did love you. I even loved your hate and your hardness.” - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams
  3. “My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite.” - Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  4. “Child, when do you think is the time to love somebody the most? When they done good and made things easy for everybody? Well then, you ain't through learning-because that ain't the time at all… when you starts measuring somebody, measure him right, child, measure him right. Make sure you done taken into account what hills and valleys he come through before he got to wherever he is.” - A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  5. "If music be the food of love, play on; give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, the appetite may sicken, and so die.” - Hamlet by Shakespeare
  6. “The very essence of romance is uncertainty.” - The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  7. “You know we're connected, May. We'll always be connected. That was decided a long time ago.” - Fool for Love by Sam Shepard
  8. “Soul meets soul on lovers' lips.” - Prometheus Unbound by Percy Bysshe Shelley
  9. “Love is merely a madness; and, I tell you, deserves as well a dark house and a whip as madmen do; and the reason why they are not so punish'd and cured is that the lunacy is so ordinary that the whippers are in love too.” - As You Like It by William Shakespeare
  10. “She is a mortal danger to all men.” - Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand

Love Quotes From Poems:

  1. “May our broken hearts fuel us to fix our world.” - Cleo Wade
  2. “How you love yourself is how you teach others to love you.” - Rupi Kaur
  3. “I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.” - Pablo Neruda
  4. "Love is anterior to life, posterior to death, initial of creation, and the exponent of breath." - Emily Dickinson
  5. “I would like to be the air that inhabits you for a moment only. I would like to be that unnoticed & that necessary.” - Margaret Atwood
  6. “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” - Rumi
  7. “I am not to speak to you, I am to think of you when I sit alone or wake at night alone, I am to wait, I do not doubt I am to meet you again, I am to see to it that I do not lose you.” - Walt Whitman
  8. “For he would be thinking of love till the stars had run away and the shadows eaten the moon.” - W.B. Yeats.
  9. “Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.” - Khalil Gibran
  10. “I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.” - W.B. Yeats
  11. "We love the things we love for what they are." - Robert Frost
  12. "Have enough courage to trust love on more time and always one more time." - Maya Angelou

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