Top 10 Love Quotes
Whether the love lasts a week, a year, or beyond, love is the most desired commodity in society today, which is why there is so much said about the subject. Our top ten love quotes are comprised of the most famous and the most popular words spoken on what truly makes the world go ‘round ...user participation appreciated! Also, after you have enjoyed these Top 10 Love Quotes, remember to view:
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1. There is only one happiness in life—to love and be loved.
- Under the pseudonym “George Sand” in the early 1800s, Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, later known as Baroness Dudevant, wrote numerous stories in collaboration with a friend. Her first independent novel, “Indiana,” was her debut literary work as the author George Sand. She wrote fiction and autobiographical pieces, as well as political texts and literary criticism. While the original source of this quote is unknown (it might possibly be found in one of her many books or other writings), it is credited to her under her pseudonym and is widely used.
2. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
- A prominent Victorian poet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning was the eldest of twelve children and very intelligent. At age six she was reading novels and by eight was studying Greek and later mastered classical Latin. She was encouraged in writing poetry by both of her parents, in particular her father who called her the “Poet Laureate of Hope End” (Hope End is the estate she grew up on). Her own romance with Robert Browning no doubt inspired this famous line from her poem, “How Do I Love Thee.”
3. When you are in love you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.
- The famed children’s book author, Dr. Seuss, has written and illustrated an expansive number of books, each with its own unique characters, words, and plots. He is known for his ability to rhyme and for the quirky words and pictures featured in his books. This particular love quote is attributed to him in many places and literary works, although an original source is difficult, if not impossible to find.
4. I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.
- Roy Croft is a poet and translator. This quote is attributed to the first lines of his poem titled “Love.” There is some controversy as to whether the poem is his original work, as a German-language poem entitled “Ich Liebe Dich” (“I Love You”) is nearly identical in meaning and composed by Austrian poet Erich Fried. It has also been theorized that the name “Roy Croft” is a pseudonym. Either way, this quote is perfect for wedding toasts, gift cards, or endearing messages to a special sweetheart.
5. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.
- Emily Bronte was an English novelist and poet who lived in the early 1800s. Her only novel, “Wuthering Heights,” is her most famed literary contribution and is now considered a classic of English literature. It is in this famous love story that this featured quote is found, said by Catherine in reference to Heathcliff, and it is by far one of the most romantic lines that can be quoted today.
6. You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly.
- An explorer of literary questions about love, life, religion, and being a man in today’s society, Sam Keen has taken some of the most difficult questions in life and given philosophical answers. Some of the questions he focuses on are “For what may I hope?” “Is there life beyond death?” and, “Whom do I love? Who loves me?” This quote may have come from one of his various literary works in response to the grand, magical mystery that is love.
7. Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.
- Albert Einstein is one of the most prominent figures in history today. A German-born physicist, Einstein developed the theory of relativity, revolutionizing physics. He has been called “the father of modern physics,” and received a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921. When Adolf Hitler came into power, Einstein warned President Franklin D. Roosevelt that Germany might have atomic weapons and headed much of the research on the infamous Manhattan Project. Scribbled in German on the margins of a letter is the original quote, attributed to him, which reads, “Falling in love is not at all the most stupid thing that people do—but gravitation cannot be held responsible for it.”
8. Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
- A Greek philosopher whose words have defined Western philosophy, Aristotle was a student of the philosopher Plato and a teacher of Alexander the Great. He wrote poetry, rhetoric, political essays, and subjects ranged from theater to metaphysics to logic and music. It is unfortunate that most of his writings did not survive the passage of time; we only have about one-third of his original works. In the book, “Lives of Eminent Philosophers,” by Diogenes Laertius, it is recorded that Aristotle, in response to the query, “What is a friend?” replied, “A single soul dwelling in two bodies.” The quote above is a popular variant reflecting the meaning of this famed philosopher’s words.
9. The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
Hellen Keller was born in 1880 perfectly healthy until a short bout of illness, supposed to be scarlet fever or meningitis, contracted before her second birthday. The illness left the little girl deaf and blind. Through the kind diligence of Anne Sullivan, who became a governess and lifelong companion for Keller, Helen was able to learn sign, with Sullivan spelling the words into her hand. Keller later became a world-famous speaker and author. It was in a letter to the Reverend Phillips Brooks in 1891 that Keller wrote, “…how happy your little Helen was when her teacher explained to her that the best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, but just felt in the heart.”
10. Love one another and you will be happy; it is as simple and as difficult as that.
- Michael Leunig is an intriguing man. Born and raised in Australia, Leunig got an arts degree and is now a renowned and often controversial political cartoonist. He is most well-known for his quirky drawings of ducks and curly-haired men with teapots on their heads, which gives his work an entirely unique feel and perspective. This quote comes from his book, “When I Talk to You: A Cartoonist Talks to God,” a book that describes Leunig’s understanding of his relationship with God. It contains touching poetry that is written in the form of a prayer, illustrated by Leunig’s exceptional artwork.
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