Love is a complicated thing… I’m not even going to pretend to tell you I know everything about it, or even try to explain it. There are, however, some braver than I, who have attempted to provide some wise words on the subject.
Here’s a list I’ve curated of some the best words about love, by some of the most notable people. I encourage you to look at these quotes as a pieces of art in a museum, take time to read each quote and try to apply it to your love life.
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ― Lao Tzu
“Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.”― Anaïs Nin
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves
“We love the things we love for what they are.” ― Robert Frost
“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
“Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.” ― Zelda Fitzgerald
“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.” ― John Lennon
“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.” ― Plato
“The very essence of romance is uncertainty.” ― Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays
“Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.” ― Joan Crawford
“Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Airman’s Odyssey
Hopefully these quotes can help you navigate the terrain of your relationship, and maybe be the gentle reminder that love is all you need (besides food + water, of course).