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Love Quotes


Top 40 Love Quotes


No 1 (Best quote!)

Love your neighbour as yourself.

- Jesus (c4 BC-c30 AD), founder of Christianity


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Confucius 551–479 BC, the Chinese philosopher, pictured right, put it this way:

Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you.



Muhammad (570-632) founder of the religion of Islam, also says:

Whoever is not merciful to others will not be treated mercifully



No 2Love Quotes

If an individual is able to love productively, he loves himself too.

- Erich Fromm, pictured right, Man for Himself (1947)


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Carl Jung (1875-1961) the Swiss psychiatrist, pictured right , agrees:

I cannot love anyone if I hate myself


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Soren Kierkegaard (1813-55), the Danish philosopher, pictured right, also tells us:

Above all do not forget your duty to love yourself



No 3Love Quotes

Love cannot be lazy.

- Richard Rolle (c1290-1349), English religious writer, pictured right.


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So the American psychiatrist, M. Scott Peck, pictured right, in The Road Less Travelled (1978) says:

Laziness is love’s opposite.


This comes from Scott Peck's belief (also in The Road Less Travelled) that:

Love is as love does



No 4Love Quotes

Love is an attitude.

- Erich Fromm (1900–80) American philosopher and psychologist, pictured right.



No 5Love Quotes

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.,

- Mahatma ( Mohandas) Gandhi (1869-1948) Indian leader and philosopher, pictured right.



No 6Love Quotes

'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all,

(from the 1844 poem In Memoriam A.H.H.)

- Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-92), pictured right, English poet.


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Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-80), the French philosopher (pictured right), takes the opposite view:

Hell is other people.



No 7

To overcome evil with good is good, to resist evil by evil is evil.

- Muhammad (570-632) founder of the religion of Islam.



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No 8

Money can't buy me love.

- John Lennon (1940–1980), pictured right, and Paul McCartney (1942- ), pictured right below.Love Quotes



No 9Love Quotes

Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love.

-Gautama Buddha (563-483 BC) founder of Buddhism, pictured right.


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John Paul II (1920-2005), pictured right, the Polish pope, says something similar:

Hatred can only be conquered by love



No 10Love Quotes

Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says: ‘I need you because I love you.’

-Erich Fromm, pictured right, The Art of Loving (1956).



No 11Love Quotes

You can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness.

- Anne Frank (1929-1945), child victim of the Holocaust, pictured right.



No 12Love Quotes

Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind,

(Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

 - William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English playwright, pictured right.


Shakespeare's other thoughts on love are:


The course of true love never did run smooth.

- Lysander (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)


Love is blind.

- Jessica (The Merchant of Venice)


Love sought is good, but given unsought, is better.

- Olivia (Twelfth Night)


If music be the food of love play on.

- Orsino (Twelfth Night)


Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds,or bends with the remover to remove:O no! it is an ever-fixed mark that looks on tempests and is never shaken

- Sonnet 116.


Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate

- Sonnet 18.



No 13Love Quotes

It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding

Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), Lebanese-born American philosopher, pictured right.



No 14Love Quotes

When you love someone, you love the whole person, as they are, and not as you'd like them to be,

(Dolly in the novel Anna Karenina)

- Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), Russian writer, pictured right, pictured right 


No 15Love Quotes

If people were always kind and obedient to those who are cruel and unjust, the wicked people ... would never feel afraid, and so they would never alter,

(Jane in the novel Jane Eyre)

Charlotte Brontë (1816-55), English writer, pictured right



No 16Love Quotes

It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done: it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known,

(Sydney Carton on sacrificing his life for his sweetheart in A Tale of Two Cities).

Charles Dickens (1812–70), pictured right, English novelist 



No 17Love Quotes

Here’s looking at you, kid,

- Rick (Humphrey Bogart, pictured right) in the 1942 film Casablanca.



No 18Love Quotes

A heart is not judged by how much you love, but how much you are loved by others,

the Wizard (Frank Morgan, pictured right) in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz



No 19Love Quotes

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.

- Martin Luther King (1929-68), pictured right, American civil rights leader.


King also says:

Forgiveness is God’s command. 


 No 20Love Quotes

All that matters is love and work.

- Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) Austrian psychiatrist, pictured right.



No 21Love Quotes

The best portion of a good man’s life, his little, nameless unremembered acts of kindness and of love,

(from the 1798 poem Tintern Abbey)

- William Wordsworth (1770-1850), English poet, pictured right.  



No 22Love Quotes

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.

- Elie Wiesel (1928- ), Romanian-born American writer and Auschwitz survivor, pictured right.



No 23Love Quotes

People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.

- Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), South African leader, pictured right.



No 24Love Quotes

Was that cannon fire, or is it my heart pounding?

- Isla (Ingrid Bergman, pictured right) to Rick (Humphrey Bogart), as she hears German gun fire in Paris, in the 1942 film Casablanca.



No 25Love Quotes

Love until it hurts.

- Mother Teresa (1910-97), Albanian nun, pictured right.



No 26Love Quotes

Unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

- Martin Luther King (1929-68), American civil rights leader, pictured right.


No 27Love Quotes

Love is in all things a most wonderful teacher,

(from the novel Our Mutual Friend).

- Charles Dickens (1812-70), pictured right, English writer.



No 28Love Quotes

Love is never having to say you’re sorry,

- Jenny (Ali MacGraw, pictured right ) in the 1970 film, Love Story.  


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Larry Adler (1914-2001), the American musician (pictured right), also comments:

Vasectomy means not ever having to say you're sorry.



No 29Love Quotes

Respect was invented to fill the place where love ought to be,

(Anna in the novel Anna Karenina)

- Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), Russian writer, pictured right. 



No 30Love Quotes

Love’s bitter mystery.

(from the 1922 novel Ulysses)

- James Joyce (1882-1941), pictured right, Irish writer. 



No 31Love Quotes

Pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know.

- Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1962) American civil rights campaigner, pictured right



No 32Love Quotes

It is in giving that we receive.

- St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), Italian monk and philosopher, pictured right.



No 33Love Quotes

Anything done for another is done for oneself.

- John Paul II (1978-2005), pictured right, Polish pope.



Love QuotesNo 34

The love you take is equal to the love you make

(from The Beatles' Abbey Road album)

- John Lennon (1940–1980), pictured right, and Paul McCartney (1942- ), Love Quotespictured right below.



No 35Love Quotes

Am I not a man and a brother?,

(motto adopted by the Anti-Slavery Society)

- Josiah Wedgwood (1730-95), pictured right , English pottery manufacturer  



No 36Love Quotes

The greatest gain is to give to others; the greatest loss is to greedily receive without gratitude.

- Gautama Buddha (563-483 BC), founder of Buddhism, pictured right



No 37Love Quotes

When love beckons to you, follow him, though his ways are hard and steep.

- Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), Lebanese-born American philosopher, pictured right



No 38Love Quotes

The devil is in the mind and heart, not the skin.

- Muhammad Ali (1942- ), American boxer, pictured right



No 39Love Quotes

Optimism helps love.

- Martin Seligman (1942- ), American psychologist, pictured right .



No 40Love Quotes

The road to Auschwitz was built with hate but paved with indifference

 - Ian Kershaw, pictured right in his book Hitler, the Germans and the Final Solution (2008)

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