55 Love Quotes That Say ‘I Love You’ Perfectly (And Capture What It Really Means) post image

55 Love Quotes That Say ‘I Love You’ Perfectly (And Capture What It Really Means)

Famous, Beautiful and Inspirational Love Quotes, Sayings and Phrases: The Ultimate List

What is love? It’s a concept people have been trying to articulate for centuries through various channels- words, songs, poems, letters, sonnets, etc.

Love is vast. It can bring you to the height of euphoria, making you feel happier and more alive than ever … or to the pit of despair, making you feel empty and broken. Some love is surface-level, other love runs deep.

Love can be expressed through actions, and of course through words, but it has to be the right words.

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I have been collecting quotes about love for most of my life. There’s nothing like finding one of those perfect love phrases that just capture everything and say so much, so succinctly. Truth be told, I get a warm and fuzzy feeling every time I find one of those perfect love sayings that just capture the essence of a thought, idea, or feeling. And the list of “I love you” quotes that I’ve collected over my lifetime is quite bountiful, so I decided to share a few by selecting my absolute best love quotes that perfectly express love and define what love is and how it feels and what it can do to a person.

55 Best Love Quotes

1. Love is a matter of perspective…

“We always believe our first love is our last, and our last love our first.” George John Whyte-Melville

2. Love can’t be forced…


“You cannot make someone love you. You can only make yourself someone who can be loved.” – Derek Gamba

3. Sometimes loving means letting go…

“Letting go of someone dear to you is hard, but holding on to someone who doesn’t even feel the same is much harder. Giving up doesn’t mean you are weak. It only means that you are strong enough to let go.”

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4. True love is the one that lasts…

“You cannot let go of someone you never really had, and if you had them you wouldn’t have to let go”. — Dr. Gary Funk

5. Finding love is a matter of choosing wisely…


“Women cannot complain about men anymore until they start getting better taste in them.” — Bill Maher

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6. Love sees the truth in us …

“The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.” Victor Hugo

7. Love starts with you …

“The love you feel in life is a reflection of the love you feel in yourself.” – Deepak Chopra

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8. It will all make sense in the end …


“When you meet that special someone you’ll understand why it didn’t work out with anyone else”

9. It starts with you …


“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” — Lucille Ball

10. Love is other-oriented …


“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” -Robert Heinlein

11. Sometimes good love grows from bad love …


“A woman has got to love a bad man once or twice in her life, to be thankful for a good one” Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

12. Relationships take personal accountability …


“Relationships fail when people take their own insecurities and project them as their partner’s flaws” – Steve Maraboli

13. Love hurts …


“Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.” – Bob Marley

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14. Love is sometimes pain …


“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” Lao Tzu

15. Love is infinite …


“Nobody has ever measured, even poets, how much a heart can hold.” – Zelda Fitzgerald

16. Sometimes it isn’t reciprocal …


“Nothing spoils the taste of peanut butter like unrequited love.” – Charlie Brown

17. Love is clear and obvious …


“The ones that love you will never make you wonder…”- Sissy Gavrilaki

18. Love sees the best in you …


“Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are magic.” – Frida Kahlo

19. Love leaves no room for doubt …


“You should never have to look for evidence that someone loves you. True love is crystal clear.” – Mandy Hale

20. Love is about a shared vision …


“Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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21. It comes from within …


“If you aren’t happy single, you won’t be happy taken. Happiness comes from within, not from men.”

22. Self-love is the most important …


“How you love yourself is how you teach others to love you.”- Rupi Kaur

23. Love is focused …


“Whoever said that plenty of fish in the sea thing was lying. Sometimes there’s only one fish, trust me.” Ally McBeal

24. How love can change you …


“There comes that mysterious meeting in life when someone acknowledged who we are and what we can be, igniting the circuits of our highest potential.” Rusty Berkus

25. Love sees the good …


“You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly.” Sam Keen

26. How love should be …


“Unless it’s mad, passionate, extraordinary love, it’s a waste of your time. There are too many mediocre things in life — love shouldn’t be one of them.” Movie: Dream For An Insomniac

27. Love is fire …


“Love is friendship set on fire.” Jeremy Taylor

28. Love isn’t always a realist …


“The magic of our first love is our ignorance that it can never end.” Benjamin Disraeli

29. Love is magical … sort of …


“Love can sometimes be magic. But magic can sometimes … just be an illusion.” Javan

30. Love is transformative …


“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is a reaction, both are transformed.” Carl Jung

31. Love is necessary …


“A flower cannot blossom without sunshine. And man cannot live without love.” – Max Muller

32. Love is a worthy pursuit …


“There are many things in likfe that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch yuor heart. Pursue those.” – Michael Nolan

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33. Love will always give you something …


“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me many years to understand that this too, was a gift.” Mary Oliver

34. When you find the right one …

“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 in mutual weirdness and call it love.” Dr. Seuss

35. If it’s real, it will never end.


“True love stories never have endings.”

36. A broken heart may not fully heal …


“When speaking of lost love, time may heal all wounds, but there will always be scars.”

37. The heart doesn’t use logic …


“The heart has its reasons which reason knows not of.” Blaise Pascal

38. Hearts are fragile …


“Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable.” Wizard of Oz

39. Love is endless caring …

40. Unrequited love is the worst …

“To offer a man friendship when love is in his heart is like giving a loaf of bread to one who is dying of thirst.” – Frank Frankfort Moore

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41. It takes two to tango …

“Good relationships take time, patience,, and two people who truly want to be together.”

42. Love isn’t an obstacle course …


“Fall in love with someone that doesn’t make you think love is hard.”

43. Love is being present…


“When you love someone, the best thing you can offer is your presence. How can you love if you are not there?” Thich Nhat Hanh

44. Love takes appreciation and respect …


“A great relationship is about two things. First, appreciating the similarities. And second, respecting the diffeences.”

45. What healthy love looks like …


“Someone who wants the best for you is what’s best for you.”

46. How love feels …


“To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.” – David Viscott

47. Love comes from self-love …


“To acquire love .. fill yourself up with it until you become a magnet.” – Charles F. Haanel

48. Finding love is about where you put your focus …


“Far too many people are looking for the right person instead of trying to be the right person.” Gloria Steinem

49. When you find the right one, it all starts to make sense.


” All a girl really wants is for one guy to prove to her that they are not all the same.” Marilyn Monroe

50. The right time to fall in love …


“Fall in love when you’re ready. Not when you’re lonely.”

51. Love isn’t co-dependent …


“Immature love says ‘I love you because I need you.” Mature love says: “I need you because I love you.” – Erich Fromm

52. Love can’t wait.


53. Love is happiness …

“There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.” George Sand

54. Love is about accepting …

“Love is giving people the freedom to be the way they are, not trying to make them the way you want.”

55. Love doesn’t isn’t always returned …


“Loving someone who doesn’t like you is like waiting for a ship at the airport.”

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I hope you enjoyed this compilation of love quotes. Love can be a tricky thing and it takes more than love to make a relationship last.There will come an inevitable point in a relationship where a man asks himself: Is this the woman I want to commit myself to? His answer will determine everything. Do you know what inspires a man to commit? Do you know what makes him see you as a long-term partner? If not, read this next: The #1 Things Men Desire in a Woman

Written by Sabrina Alexis

I’m Sabrina Alexis, the co-founder, and co-editor of A New Mode. I love writing relatable, insightful articles that help people understand relationship dynamics and how to get the love they want. I have a degree in psychology and have spent the last 10 years interviewing countless men and reading and studying as much as I can to better understand human psychology and how men operate. If you want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Facebook or Instagram.

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Mohd Nadeem


Reply April 23, 2020, 11:58 pm

Sarah ogochi

Thank u

Reply November 21, 2019, 1:44 am

Rammis Khan

Don’t believe in love. because nothing last forever

Reply November 5, 2019, 3:11 am


Wow, these are some very deep words. Love it.

Reply July 9, 2018, 10:15 pm


Don’t believe in love. because nothing last forever

Reply June 29, 2018, 2:34 pm

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