…There is the heat of Love, the pulsing rush of Longing, the lover’s whisper, irresistible—magic to make the sanest man go mad. (Homer, The Iliad)

Quotes about love and lovers

The real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space.

Marilyn Monroe

…There is the heat of Love, the pulsing rush of Longing, the lover’s whisper, irresistible—magic to make the sanest man go mad.

Homer, The Iliad

Every lover is, in his heart, a madman, and, in his head, a minstrel.

Neil Gaiman, Stardust

Lovers never surrender to each other, lovers simply surrender to love.

Osho

If someone thinks that peace and love are just a cliche that must have been left behind in the 60s, that's a problem. Peace and love are eternal.

John Lennon

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

Dr. Seuss

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

Lao Tzu

If you stumble about believability, what are you living for? Love is hard to believe, ask any lover. Life is hard to believe, ask any scientist. God is hard to believe, ask any believer. What is your problem with hard to believe?

Yann Martel, Life of Pi
If you stumble about believability, what are you living for? Love is hard to believe, ask any lover. Life is hard to believe, ask any scientist. God is hard to believe, ask any believer. What is your problem with hard to believe? (Yann Martel, Life of Pi)

Lovers and madmen have such seething brains,
Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend
More than cool reason ever comprehends.
The lunatic, the lover and the poet

Are of imagination all compact:
One sees more devils than vast hell can hold,
That is, the madman: the lover, all as frantic,
Sees Helen's beauty in a brow of Egypt:

The poet's eye, in fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;
And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen

Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.

William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

Soul meets soul on lovers lips.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

When the two people who thus discover that they are on the same secret road are of different sexes, the friendship which arises between them will very easily pass – may pass in the first half hour – into erotic love. Indeed, unless they are physically repulsive to each other or unless one or both already loves elsewhere, it is almost certain to do so sooner or later. And conversely, erotic love may lead to Friendship between the lovers. But this, so far from obliterating the distinction between the two loves, puts it in a clearer light. If one who was first, in the deep and full sense, your Friend, is then gradually or suddenly revealed as also your lover you will certainly not want to share the Beloved’s erotic love with any third. But you will have no jealousy at all about sharing the Friendship. Nothing so enriches an erotic love as the discovery that the Beloved can deeply, truly and spontaneously enter into Friendship with the Friends you already had; to feel that not only are we two united by erotic love but we three or four or five are all travelers on the same quest, have all a common vision.

C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

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
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)

We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.

Tom Robbins

Anyone who falls in love is searching for the missing pieces of themselves. So anyone who's in love gets sad when they think of their lover. It's like stepping back inside a room you have fond memories of, one you haven't seen in a long time.

Haruki Murakami

Why are old lovers able to become friends? Two reasons. They never truly loved each other, or they love each other still.

Whitney Otto (How to Make an American Quilt)

Lovers feel a certain burning in their hearts. A deep longing and desire to meet with the beloved creates that burning. To love God is bound to create a very great fire in you. You will be on fire because you have chosen as your love object something impossible. You will have to weep and cry, and you will have to pray, and you will have to fast, and your mind has to continuously repeat and remember the beloved.

Osho

As lovers, the difference between men and women is that women can love all day long, but men only at times.

W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence
As lovers, the difference between men and women is that women can love all day long, but men only at times. (W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence )

Stronger than lover's love is lover's hate. Incurable, in each, the wounds they make.

Euripides, Medea

Oh lovers! be careful in those dangerous first days! once you've brought breakfast in bed you'll have to bring it forever, unless you want to be accused of lovelessness and betrayal.

Milan Kundera (The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

Love is the foolishness of men, and the wisdom of God.

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
Love is the foolishness of men, and the wisdom of God. (Victor Hugo, Les Misérables)

When you’re in love, you’re capable of learning everything and knowing things you had never dared even to think, because love is the key to understanding of all the the mysteries.

Paulo Coelho, Brida

Every fall into love involves the triumph of hope over self-knowledge. We fall in love hoping we won't find in another what we know is in ourselves, all the cowardice, weakness, laziness, dishonesty, compromise, and stupidity. We throw a cordon of love around the chosen one and decide that everything within it will somehow be free of our faults. We locate inside another a perfection that eludes us within ourselves, and through our union with the beloved hope to maintain (against the evidence of all self-knowledge) a precarious faith in our species.

Alain de Botton (On Love)

The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.

William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream
The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact. (William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream)

Lovers find secret places
inside this violent world
where they make transactions 
with beauty.

Rumi

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

Love goes very far beyond the physical person of the beloved. It finds its deepest meaning in his spiritual being, his inner self. Whether or not he is actually present, whether or not he is still alive at all, ceases somehow to be of importance.

Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

Love is never any better than the lover. Wicked people love wickedly, violent people love violently, weak people love weakly, stupid people love stupidly, but the love of a free man is never safe. There is no gift for the beloved. The lover alone possesses his gift of love. The loved one is shorn, neutralized, frozen in the glare of the lover’s inward eye.

Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

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