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Love Quotations

Quotations about love, marriage, relationships, and more.


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Love quotations — spoken by the famous or the anonymous, the young or old, the in love and those who have never felt its warmth — have the power to describe one of the most powerful emotions in just a few words.

The subject of love has inspired poets, writers, and others to comment on in memorable quotations. Wise quotes, funny ones, bitter lines, profound thoughts, silly sayings: it seems as if everyone has an opinion on the the subject -- and I've gathered their best love quotes for you starting here. Quotations are organized by theme:

One of the most thoughtful -- and most inexpensive gifts -- one lover can give to another is a letter that expresses how one feels about the other. Imagine finding such a missive on your pillow one night. Not only would it affirm your love for the moment; it would be a treasure to preserve for a lifetime. (And it can also do wonders to soothe a hurt after a fight or misunderstanding.)

Should you be inspired by a quote to write a love letter but need help getting started, I recommend the following resources:

Below are some of my favorite quotations I've found on the subject of love.

"Love has the power of making you believe what you would normally treat with the deepest suspicion." - Mirabeau

"When you love someone, all your saved-up wishes start coming out." - Elizabeth Bowen

"Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight." - Phyllis Diller

"I detest 'love lyrics.' I think one of the causes of bad mental health in the United States is that people have been raised on 'love lyrics." - Frank Zappa

"I should like to see any kind of a man, distinguishable from a gorilla, that some good and even pretty woman could not shape a husband out of." - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

"A kiss can be a comma, a question mark, or an exclamation point. That's basic spelling that every woman ought to know." - Mistinguett

"You'd be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap." - Dolly Parton

"I feel like Zsa Zsa Gabor's eighth husband on her wedding night: I know what I'm supposed to do... I just have to figure out a way to make it interesting." - many attributions

"The most wasted day is that in which we have not laughed." - Chamfort

"Thou art to me a delicious torment." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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