True love is one of the most powerful emotions on earth, if not the most powerful. Love can conquer all, and it is the key to not only building relationships, but also to peace and harmony all around the world.
Sometimes, though, we get so bogged down with the day-to-day chores of life that we forget how to love. We forget all about the power or love, and how it can change our lives for the better.
Love is eternal, and has been felt for thousands of years. Our ancestors felt it and we feel it today. If you’re feeling loved up right now and want to hold onto the feeling for as long as possible, or if you’re looking for an inspirational pick-me-up as the world around you feels as though it’s forgotten how to love, let’s take a look at 10 of our favourite quotes about love.
1. “Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”
– James Baldwin
When we hang around with people we don’t trust, we put up our defences. We act a part, wear a mask because we are afraid of being ourselves. It’s as though being ourselves makes us vulnerable and open to attack, or even ridicule.
When we’re in love, however, we feel so at ease with the other person that we remove our masks. We trust them unquestioningly, and we are able to be ourselves around them. Pretence is replaced by honesty, hesitation by devotion.
2. “Love yourself first and everything falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”
– Lucille Ball
True love starts with YOU.
If you don’t love yourself, everything in your life will suffer. Your work will suffer, your personal relationships will suffer, and your love life will be non-existent.
To allow someone else into your heart, you need to first of all love yourself. Treat yourself warmly, be kind to yourself, and build up your sense of self-esteem. You deserve it. Only then can you experience true love.
3. “True love is knowing a person’s faults, and loving them even more for them.”
This is another one of amazing quotes about true love. When you’re looking for a bit of fun, it isn’t a person’s faults you’re concerned about; you want only to see their positives. You’re just looking for a good time.
When you’re in love, however, you embrace a person from head to toe. You learn about their faults, and you love them because you are both naked human beings who have issues, blemishes, weaknesses and who make mistakes.
4. “I love you not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am with you.”
– Roy Croft
This is one of our favourite quotes about true love of all time. Roy Croft really speaks a universal truth when he says that true love is that which makes us better people.
When we’re alone and feeling unloved, we’re not ourselves. We might become sullen, moody, and we might treat people with disrespect. We hate ourselves.
When we’re in love, though, we become better people. Where once we saw only darkness in the world, we now see light. Where once we stumbled, we now walk with confidence. This is because our love makes us stronger and helps us to grow. It reminds us that there is goodness in the world and that we are a part of it.
5. “You know it’s love when all you want is that person to be happy, even if you’re not part of their happiness.”
– Julia Roberts
This is one of very beautiful quotes about true love by Julia Roberts; and she is right when she points out that true love is that which causes us to want the best for someone, even if we’re not a part of it.
It’s like being the manager of a team: when the team is performing well, but you’re not, your love for your team means that you still praise them despite your own bad performance.
So when the person you love is doing well but you’re not, you still cheerlead their success.
And when the person you love has moved on in life, away from you, you still want them to do well in life, because true love never dies.
6. “I could not tell you if I loved you the first moment I saw you, or if it was the second or third or fourth. But I remember the first moment I looked at you walking toward me and realized that somehow the rest of the world seemed to vanish when I was with you.”
– Cassandra Clare
It’s not exactly always easy to define what true love is; it’s an emotion, something we feel that is decidedly stronger than ourselves.
Although it’s hard to pinpoint what it is exactly, or when we first felt it, if another person means so much to you that nothing else matters, you know you’re in love.
7. “He’s not your prince charming if he doesn’t make you know that you’re his princess.”
– Demi Lovato
For true love to bloom, it requires two people; two kindred spirits.
True love blooms in a relationship where two people would do anything for one another. We’re talking about the kind of relationship where you tell each other every day how much you mean to one another. You wake up and tell your partner that you love them, and you remind them of this love when you return home from work. They do the same, too.
8. “It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche
Nietzsche makes the very pertinent point that love itself isn’t enough to sustain a marriage; you also need friendship.
Your partner should be your lover, but they should also be your best friend.
9. “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.”
– Anais Nin
True love will never die if you continue to water it. If you continue to treat your partner with respect; and if you keep reminding them of your love for them and how much they mean to you; and if you keep the relationship strong and fresh by doing new things together, your love will be eternal.
If, however, you neglect the relationship, your love will slowly fade away.
10. “True love stories never have endings.”
– Richard Bach
This is one of short and simple, yet very profound quotes about true love. If you nurture your love, yours is a love that will never end…
What are your favorite quotes about true love?