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What is love? What makes it so incredibly beautiful, yet so devastatingly painful? Is love a mysterious, unquantifiable force, or the predictable, measurable effects of complex chemical interactions in our brain?
Is there a “formula” for capturing love, or is it merely a role of the dice? Do we each have one true soulmate, or are we drawn to those we love through circumstance and chance?
Perhaps the most well-regarded definition of love is that true love as we know it involves 3 major elements – intimacy, passion, and commitment. Is this true? That’s ultimately up to you to decide.
Here are some inspirational love quotes that delve into the only way love can be truly experienced – by loving and being loved.
Don’t settle for a relationship that won’t let you be yourself.Oprah Winfrey
I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.Marilyn Monroe
Only time can heal your broken heart, just as only time can heal his broken arms and legs.Miss Piggy
Sexiness is a state of mind – a comfortable state of being. It’s about loving yourself in your most unlovable moments.Halle Berry
We love the things we love for what they are.Robert Frost
It’s better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone.Marilyn Monroe
The greater your capacity to love, the greater your capacity to feel the pain.Jennifer Aniston
Hearts will never be practical until they are made unbreakable.The Wizard of Oz
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.Tom Hanks, Sleepless In Seattle
Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.Martin Luther King Jr.
To be brave is to love unconditionally without expecting anything in return.Madonna
Your heart is free, have the courage to follow it.Braveheart
I refuse to let what happened to me make me bitter. I still completely believe in love and I’m open to anything that will happen to me.Nicole Kidman
Love to me is someone telling me, ‘I want to be with you for the rest of my life, and if you needed me to I’d jump out of a plane for you.’Jennifer Lopez
Don’t forget I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.Notting Hill
You don’t marry someone you can live with – you marry the person who you cannot live without.Unknown
Love is just a word, but you bring it definition.Eminem
Pleasure of love lasts but a moment. Pain of love lasts a lifetime.Bette Davis
Men are a luxury. Not a necessity.Cher
Life is messy. Love is messier.Catch and Release
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
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
A book without words is like love without a kiss; it’s empty.Andrew Wolfe
Love is absolute loyalty. People fade, looks fade, but loyalty never fades. You can depend so much on certain people; you can set your watch by them. And that’s love, even if it doesn’t seem very exciting.Sylvester Stallone
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.William Shakespeare
We accept the love we think we deserve.Stephen Chbosky
Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.Oscar Wilde
My heart is, and always will be, yours.Sense and Sensibility
Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.Alfred Tennyson
The best way to mend a broken heart is time and girlfriends.Gwyneth Paltrow
It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.Friedrich Neitzsche
A simple ‘I love you’ means more than money.Frank Sinatra
I like to believe that love is a reciprocal thing, that it can’t really be felt, truly, by one.Sean Penn
When you break up, your whole identity is shattered. It’s like death.Dennis Quaid
Love is blind. It will take over your mind. What you think is love, is truly not. You need to elevate your mind.Eve
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.Lao Tzu
Love is needing someone. Love is putting up with someone’s bad qualities because they somehow complete you.Sarah Dessen
“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.” – The Notebook
Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart, and the senses.Lao Tzu
Love is an emotion experienced by the many and enjoyed by the few.Author Unknown
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