Inspiring Love Quotes to Warm Your Heart

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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.

Love Quotes

“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” – Mother Teresa

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
“Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” – Ernest Hemingway

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
“Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” – Ali MacGraw, Love Story

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.


Your heart is free, have the courage to follow it.


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
“Two people in love, alone, isolated from the world, that’s beautiful.” – Milan Kundera

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.


Love is just a word, but you bring it definition.


Pleasure of love lasts but a moment. Pain of love lasts a lifetime.

Bette Davis

Men are a luxury. Not a necessity.

“Love is a promise; love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear.” – John Lennon

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
“The heart wants what it wants. There’s no logic to these things. You meet someone and you fall in love and that’s that.” – Woody Allen

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
“Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your heart or burn down your house, you can never tell.” – Joan Crawford

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.

“And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make.” – Paul McCartney

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
“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” – Aristotle

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Natalie Seale

Natalie Seale is a writer, researcher, and editor for She holds an MA, MSc, and PhD in History from the University of Edinburgh, and has started two businesses since 2011. Natalie is an avid reader, a keen traveller, and enjoys cooking and walking with her English Spaniel. Her posts focus on inspiring others to live healthy, happy, and active lives.