Romantic quotes

A collection of quotes on the topic of valentine's day, for girlfriend, romantic, love.

Best romantic quotes

Yoko Ono photo

„A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.“

—  Yoko Ono Japanese artist, author, and peace activist 1933

A line written by Ono many years before, and quoted by Lennon in December 1980, as quoted in All We Are Saying : The Last Major Interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono (2000) by John Lennon, Yōko Ono, David Sheff, p. 16.
Source: Grapefruit: A Book of Instructions and Drawings

Rumi photo

„Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.“

—  Rumi Iranian poet 1207 - 1273

As quoted in Path for Greatness : Spiritualty at Work (2000) by Linda J. Ferguson, p. 51

Hermann Hesse photo

„If I know what love is, it is because of you.“

—  Hermann Hesse, book Narcissus and Goldmund

Narcissus and Goldmund (1930)

George Sand photo

„There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.“

—  George Sand French novelist and memoirist; pseudonym of Lucile Aurore Dupin 1804 - 1876

William Shakespeare photo

„Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.“

—  William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well

Variant: Love all, trust a few.
Source: All's Well That Ends Well

Pablo Neruda photo

„Love is so short and forgetting is so long.“

—  Pablo Neruda, book Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair

Es tan corto el amor y tan largo el olvido.
"Tonight I Can Write" (Puedo Escribir), XX, p. 51.
Variant: Love is so short, forgetting is so long.
Source: Veinte Poemas de Amor y una Canción Desesperada (Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair) (1924)

Stephen Chbosky photo

„We accept the love we think we deserve.“

—  Stephen Chbosky, book The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Source: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Edgar Allan Poe photo

„All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.“

—  Edgar Allan Poe, book A Dream Within a Dream

"A Dream Within a Dream" (1849).
Context: You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

Emily Dickinson photo
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Ella Fitzgerald photo
Emily Brontë photo

„He's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.“

—  Emily Brontë, book Wuthering Heights

Variant: Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same
Source: Wuthering Heights

Martin Luther King, Jr. photo

„Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.“

—  Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968

'Where Do We Go From Here?" as published in Where Do We Go from Here : Chaos or Community? (1967), p. 62; many statements in this book, or slight variants of them, were also part of his address Where Do We Go From Here?" which has a section below. A common variant appearing at least as early as 1968 has "Returning violence for violence multiplies violence..." An early version of the speech as published in A Martin Luther King Treasury (1964), p. 173, has : "Returning hate for hate multiplies hate..."
1960s
Source: A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches
Context: The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. … Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning photo
Oprah Winfrey photo

„Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.“

—  Oprah Winfrey American businesswoman, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist 1954

Variant: Everyone wants to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.

James Baldwin photo

„Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.“

—  James Baldwin, book Nobody Knows My Name

"In Search of a Majority: An Address" (Feb 1960); reprinted in Baldwin, "Nobody Knows My Name: More Notes of a Native Son" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobody_Knows_My_Name (1961)

Marilyn Monroe photo
Dr. Seuss photo

„You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.“

—  Dr. Seuss American children's writer and illustrator, co-founder of Beginner Books 1904 - 1991

Variant: You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.

Erich Fromm photo
David Levithan photo

„It's one thing to fall in love. It's another to feel someone else falling in love with you, and to feel a responsibility toward that love.“

—  David Levithan, book Every Day

Variant: It's one thing to fall in love. It's another to feel someone else fall in love with you, and to feel a responsibility toward that love.
Source: Every Day

Robert Browning photo

„Grow old with me! The best is yet to be.“

—  Robert Browning English poet and playwright of the Victorian Era 1812 - 1889

Jane Austen photo
Robert Fulghum photo

„We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.“

—  Robert Fulghum American writer 1937

Variant: You want my opinion? We're all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness — and call it love — true love.
Source: True Love (1998)

Alfred, Lord Tennyson photo
Sadhguru photo

„Love is not what you do. Love is what you are.“

—  Sadhguru Yogi, mystic, visionary and humanitarian 1957

Will Ferrell photo
Sylvia Plath photo

„Kiss me, and you will see how important I am.“

—  Sylvia Plath American poet, novelist and short story writer 1932 - 1963

Variant: Kiss me and you will see how important I am.
Source: The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

Marilyn Monroe photo
George Strait photo

„Life is not breaths you take, but the moments that take your breath away.“

—  George Strait American country music singer, actor and music producer 1952

Variant: Life is not the breaths you take but the moments that take your breath away.

John Lennon photo

„Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear.“

—  John Lennon English singer and songwriter 1940 - 1980

frequently attributed to Lennon, but entirely unsourced
Disputed

Robert A. Heinlein photo

„Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.“

—  Robert A. Heinlein, book Stranger in a Strange Land

"Jubal Harshaw" in the first edition (1961); the later 1991 "Uncut" edition didn't have this line, because it was one Heinlein had added when he went through and trimmed the originally submitted manuscript on which the "Uncut" edition is based. Heinlein also later used a variant of this in The Cat Who Walks Through Walls where he has Xia quote Harshaw: "Dr. Harshaw says that 'the word "love" designates a subjective condition in which the welfare and happiness of another person are essential to one's own happiness.'"
Source: Stranger in a Strange Land (1961; 1991)

Eleanor Roosevelt photo

„There are no have-to's, just choices“

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

Jean Paul Sartre photo

„You are -- your life, and nothing else.“

—  Jean Paul Sartre, No Exit

Source: No Exit

Luciano De Crescenzo photo
Khalil Gibran photo
A.A. Milne photo
Nicholas Sparks photo

„You never lose by loving, you lose by holding back.“

—  Barbara De Angelis American psychologist 1951

Variant: You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back.
Source: Chicken Soup for the Couple's Soul

„Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding“

—  Diane Arbus American photographer and author 1923 - 1971

Variant: Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding.

Richelle Mead photo
William Shakespeare photo

„Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.“

—  William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Variant: Doubt thou the stars are fire
Doubt thou the sun doth move
Doubt truth to be a liar
But never doubt I love
Source: Hamlet

Bette Davis photo

„Pleasure of love lasts but a moment, Pain of love lasts a lifetime.“

—  Bette Davis film and television actress from the United States 1908 - 1989

Paulo Coelho photo
Washington Irving photo

„Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.“

—  Washington Irving writer, historian and diplomat from the United States 1783 - 1859

Attributed to Irving as early as 1883. [Hit and miss : a story of real life, Angie Stewart, Manly, Chicago, J.L. Regan, 1883, i, http://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435018229575?urlappend=%3Bseq=7] However, it does not seem to appear in Irving's known works. Other citations from the same year leave the quotation unattributed. [Henry S. (ed.), Clubb, The Peacemaker and Court of Arbitration, Volume 1, Universal Peace Union, 1883, 125, Philadelphia, https://books.google.com/books?id=Uu84AQAAMAAJ&pg=PA125] [The Australian Women's Magazine and Domestic Journal, Vol. 2 No. 2 (May 1883), 1883, Melbourne, 435, https://books.google.com/books?id=mq0sAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA435]. A similar passage is found in a pseudonymous novel published two years earlier in 1881: "Julia knew that sacrifices to patience are not in vain. Although they often do not produce the happiness for which they are made, they will, always, flow back and soften and purify the heart of the one who makes them". [Illma, Or, Which was Wife?, Miss, M.L.A., Cornwell & Johnson, 1881, 239, New York, http://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435017658592?urlappend=%3Bseq=245]
Disputed

Suzanne Collins photo

„You here to finish me off, Sweetheart?“

—  Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Variant: Come to finish me off, Sweetheart?
Source: The Hunger Games

Elizabeth Barrett Browning photo
Cassandra Clare photo

„I am catastrophically in love with you.“

—  Cassandra Clare, book Clockwork Princess

Source: Clockwork Princess

André Maurois photo
Pablo Neruda photo

„I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.“

—  Pablo Neruda Chilean poet 1904 - 1973

Variant: I love you as one loves certain dark things, secretly, between the shadow and the soul.
Source: 100 Love Sonnets

Vladimir Nabokov photo
André Breton photo

„My wish is that you may be loved to the point of madness.“

—  André Breton French writer 1896 - 1966

Source: What is Surrealism?: Selected Writings

Toni Morrison photo
Francois Mauriac photo
Nicholas Sparks photo

„You are, and always have been, my dream.“

—  Nicholas Sparks, book The Notebook

Source: The Notebook

Elizabeth Gilbert photo

„To lose balance sometimes for love is part of living a balanced
life.“

—  Elizabeth Gilbert American writer 1969

Source: Eat, pray, love: one woman's search for everything

Charlie Kaufman photo
William Shakespeare photo
Scott Adams photo
André Gide photo

„It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.“

—  André Gide French novelist and essayist 1869 - 1951

Frequently misattributed to Marilyn Monroe or Kurt Cobain.
Source: https://books.google.com/books?id=xUtdDnEhkMMC&pg=PT12&lpg=PT12#v=onepage&q&f=false
Source: Autumn Leaves, Philosophical eLibrary, 2012, (Feuillets d'automne, 1941, trans. Jeanine Parisier Plottel)

Nicholas Sparks photo
Nicholas Sparks photo

„Every great love starts with a great story…“

—  Nicholas Sparks, book The Notebook

Source: The Notebook

Judy Garland photo
Robert Frost photo

„Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.“

—  Robert Frost American poet 1874 - 1963

As quoted in a review of A Swinger of Birches (1957) by Sydney Cox in Vermont History, Vol. 25 (1957), p. 355
1950s

„We can only learn to love by loving.“

—  Iris Murdoch, book The Bell

The Bell (1958), ch. 19; 2001, p. 219.

Friedrich Nietzsche photo

„There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900

Lenny Bruce photo

„There are never enough 'I love you's.“

—  Lenny Bruce comedian and social critic 1925 - 1966

Joan Crawford photo

„Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.“

—  Joan Crawford American actress 1904 - 1977

Interview, Hollywood Reporter (1954)

Edward Thomas photo

„The simple lack of her is more to me than others' presence.“

—  Edward Thomas Poet and journalist 1878 - 1917

Source: "The Unknown", line 16, cited from Collected Poems (London: Selwyn & Blount, 1920), p. 116.

Yogi Berra photo

„No matter where you go, there you are“

—  Yogi Berra American baseball player, manager, coach 1925 - 2015

Source: When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!: Inspiration and Wisdom from One of Baseball's Greatest Heroes

Robert Frost photo

„We love the things we love for what they are.“

—  Robert Frost American poet 1874 - 1963

"Hyla Brook" (1920)
1920s

George Jean Nathan photo
Benjamin Disraeli photo

„The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.“

—  Benjamin Disraeli British Conservative politician, writer, aristocrat and Prime Minister 1804 - 1881

Cassandra Clare photo
Helen Keller photo

„Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.“

—  Helen Keller American author and political activist 1880 - 1968

"Helen and Teacher: The Story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan Macy", Joseph P. Lash (1980) http://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/04/21/together/

Katharine Hepburn photo

„Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get - only with what you are expecting to give - which is everything“

—  Katharine Hepburn film, stage, and television actress 1907 - 2003

Source: Me: Stories of My Life

A.A. Milne photo

„You are stronger than you seem,
Braver than you believe,
and smarter than you think you are.“

—  A.A. Milne, book Winnie-the-Pooh

Variant: You are braver than you believe,
Stronger than you seem,
And smarter than you think(:
Source: Winnie-the-Pooh

Martin Luther King, Jr. photo

„I have decided to stick to love… Hate is too great a burden to bear.“

—  Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968

Source: A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

Elizabeth Gilbert photo
Albert Camus photo
Jon Bon Jovi photo

„Without love, there's nothing without love.“

—  Jon Bon Jovi American singer and musician 1962

Without Love
Music, Slippery When Wet (1986)

Common (rapper) photo

„Granted we known each other for some time
but it don't take a whole day to recognize sunshine“

—  Common (rapper) American rapper, actor and author from Illinois 1972

"The Light" (Track 7)
Albums, Like Water for Chocolate (2000)

„The greatest thing you'll ever learn
Is just to love and be loved in return.“

—  Eden ahbez American songwriter and recording artist 1908 - 1995

"Nature Boy" (1948)
The greatest thing you'll ever learn is to love and be loved, just to love and be loved.
His assertion to Joe Romersa, of how his lyrics should be corrected, saying that "To be loved in return, is too much of a deal, and that has nothing to do with love."
Context: While we spoke of many things
Fools and kings
This he said to me:
"The greatest thing you'll ever learn
Is just to love and be loved in return."

Axel Munthe photo

„If music be the food of love, play on.“

—  Axel Munthe Swedish physician 1857 - 1949

Source: supanet.com/find/famous-quotes-by/axel-munthe/a-man-can-stand-a-lot-as-fqb50991/

Charles M. Schulz photo
Fyodor Dostoyevsky photo

„Love life more than the meaning of it.“

—  Fyodor Dostoyevsky, book Los hermanos Karamazov

Source: The Brothers Karamazov (Bratři Karamazovi)

Nicholas Sparks photo

„If we'd never met, I think I would have known my life wasn't complete. And I would have wandered the world in search of you, even if I didn't know who I was looking for“

—  Nicholas Sparks, book The Longest Ride

Variant: If we'd never met, I think I would have known my life wasn't complete. And I would have wandered the world in search of you, even if I didn't know who I was looking for.
Source: The Longest Ride

Marya Hornbacher photo

„There is, in the end, the letting go.“

—  Marya Hornbacher, book Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia

Source: Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia

Lois Lowry photo

„But there was nothing left to do but continue“

—  Lois Lowry, book The Giver

Source: The Giver

Eleanor Roosevelt photo

„The giving of love is an education in itself.“

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

William Shakespeare photo

„If music be the food of love, play on.“

—  William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

Orsino, Act I, scene i.
Variant: Music, moody food
Of us that trade in love.
Source: Twelfth Night (1601)

Drew Barrymore photo

„Kisses, even to the air, are beautiful.“

—  Drew Barrymore American actress, director and producer 1975

Jane Austen photo
Elizabeth Barrett Browning photo

„I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach.“

—  Elizabeth Barrett Browning, book Sonnets from the Portuguese

No. LXIII
Sonnets from the Portuguese (1850)
Variant: How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach
Context: How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
Context: How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints,—I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! —and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

Charles Kingsley photo
Paul McCartney photo

„And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.“

—  Paul McCartney English singer-songwriter and composer 1942

"The End"; The last full song track of Abbey Road (1969) the last Beatles album to be recorded before the band broke up. (Let It Be was the last album released, but had been recorded earlier.)
Lyrics, The Beatles
Source: The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics

Jane Austen photo
James M. Cain photo

„If you have to do it, you can do it.“

—  James M. Cain, book Mildred Pierce

Mildred Pierce

George Gordon Byron photo

„There is no instinct like that of the heart.“

—  George Gordon Byron English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement 1788 - 1824

E.E. Cummings photo
Jane Austen photo

„In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.“

—  Jane Austen English novelist 1775 - 1817

Variant: In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will no longer be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.
Source: Pride And Prejudice

Victor Hugo photo

„To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life.“

—  Victor Hugo, book Les Misérables

Variant: To love or have loved is all-sufficing. We must not ask for more. No other pearl is to be found in the shadowfolds of life. To love is an accomplishment.
Source: Les Misérables

Oscar Wilde photo

„Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.“

—  Oscar Wilde, book Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories

Source: Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories

Patrick Rothfuss photo
Patrick Rothfuss photo

„Anyone can love a thing. That's as easy as putting a penny in your pocket.
But to love something. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.“

—  Patrick Rothfuss, book The Wise Man's Fear

Source: The Wise Man's Fear (2011)
Context: We love what we love. Reason does not enter into it. In many ways, unwise love is the truest love. Anyone can love a thing because. That's as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.

Nikki Giovanni photo
Oscar Wilde photo

„If you are not long, I will wait for you all my life.“

—  Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

Gwendolen, Act III.
The Importance of Being Earnest (1895)
Variant: If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.

Dylan Thomas photo

„Though lovers be lost, love shall not; And death shall have no dominion.“

—  Dylan Thomas Welsh poet and writer 1914 - 1953

Variant: Though lovers be lost love shall not.