Whether you're feeling down or riding a new wave of love, these love quotes will inspire and remind you of what it is to be in love.
"Other men said they have seen angels,
But I have seen thee
And thou art enough."
- George Moore
The Irish novelist Moore wrote this in a later to Lady Emerald Cunard. The quote above was also preceded with the line, "The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it... you and you alone make me feel that I am alive..."
"Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part."
- Louis de Bernieres
This line was in "Captain Corelli's Mandolin," and was followed by another powerful line: "Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion."
"Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be."
- Robert Browning
This poem was written about 12th century Abraham ibn Ezra, a sort of "Renaissance man" before there was a Renaissance. The poem is an explanation of the ideas Ezra espoused in his life.
"Journeys end in lovers meeting."
This line was written in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night by the character Feste. It was preceded by the lines,
"O mistress mine, where are you roaming?
O stay and hear: your true-love's coming,
That can sing both high and low:
Trip no further, pretty sweeting
Feste was the jester character that gave good advice masked in foolishness or humor.
"A kiss makes the heart young again and wipes out the years."
- Rupert Brooke
Attributed to the English poet Rupert Brooke, who is most famously known for his war sonnets from World War I. With the depression and darkness of the first world war, it is easy to feel the almost desperate optimism the author felt, along with the redeeming power of love.
"When I saw you, I was afraid to meet you
When I met you, I was afraid to kiss you
When I kissed you, I was afraid to love you
Now that I love you, I'm afraid to lose you."
The quote has been attributed to a number of people but no definitive source was able to be found. Whoever the original author, we can see the power those we love can have over us, to make or break us.
"When you love someone, all your saved-up wishes start coming out."
This quote is often attributed to Elizabeth Bowen
, who wrote novels and short stories. The wishes the author refer to are presumably the hidden desires we have stored away, that we tell ourselves are unattainable, until someone we love opens the lock we keep on those desires.
"If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever."
- Alfred Lord Tennyson
BBC's News Magazine said of this quote, "This romantic sentiment may sound like the message on a greeting card, but it now makes its way into wedding speeches and toasts," and it is indeed often found in wedding books and toast ideas. The idea of the quote remains sound throughout time though: that when we are in love, we think so often of the one we love.
"Soul meets soul on lover's lips."
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
This was written for the play "Prometheus Unbound" and is found in the section titled "Moon." The play was never written to be performed, rather imagined, and with the above line it is easy to imagine the kiss that happens between two lovers.
"If you have love, you don't need to have anything else. If you don't have it, it doesn't matter much what else you have."
- James M. Barrie
Scottish novelist Barrie is reported to be the author of this line, where the sentiment is beyond clear: love is what we subsist on. It is the currency by which we purchase the emotional highs we enjoy.