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Attempting to define love seems impossible... but...

The Oxford Dictionary defines love as "an intense feeling of deep affection." Mankind has been trying to define and understand love for all our existence - thru words and art and every way we can.

We found this definition by Brene Brown to be one of the best. She is not saying this is the end all be all definition, but a great starting place in trying to define healthy love, to provoke thought and discussion:

"We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness, and affection. Love is not something we give or get; it's something that we nurture and grow - a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them. We can only love others as much as we love ourselves. Shame, blame, disrespect, betrayal, and the withholding of affection damage the roots from which love grows. Love can only survive these injuries if they are acknowledged, healed, and rare." --Brené Brown

They are short -- but still so much truth there!

Below we present a huge collection of the very best - and mostly sweet and romantic -- love quotes we could find for you to reflect upon and share. Enjoy! And please share widely the ones you like best. However you define it, love should be rejoiced, and shared, always. (-: And if these are helpful to you, please show us some love back by linking to this page. Thank YOU!

quote by Stana Katic: Don't wait until it's too late to say I love you. with background image: pink dahlia in bloom
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Don't wait until it's too late to say I love you.

--Stana Katic
quote by Audrey Hepburn: The best thing to hold onto in life is each other. with background image: photo of author Audrey Hepburn with quote

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.

--Audrey Hepburn
quote by Plato: At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet. with background image: photo of author Plato with quote

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.

--Plato
quote by D. Pariz: Love!  Just love! with background image: woman and man holding hands
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Love! Just love!

--D. Pariz

quote by Spanish proverbs: A rich child often sits in a poor mother's lap. with background image: couple kissing under gray clouds
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A rich child often sits in a poor mother's lap.

--Spanish Proverb
quote by Lagom: Love is like dew that falls on both nettles and lilies. with background image: worm's eye view of trees during night time
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Love is like dew that falls on both nettles and lilies.

--Swedish Proverb
quote by Publius Vergilius Maro: Love begets love, love knows no rules, this is same for all. with background image: photo of author Publius Vergilius Maro with quote

Love begets love, love knows no rules, this is same for all.

--Virgil
quote by Wayne Gerard Trotman: Of what value is your life, unless you are willing to sacrifice it for those you love? with background image: lights pattern swirls
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Of what value is your life, unless you are willing to sacrifice it for those you love?

--Wayne Gerard Trotman
quote by William Inge (priest): All human love is a holy thing, the holiest thing in our experience. with background image: photo of author William Inge (priest) with quote

All human love is a holy thing, the holiest thing in our experience.

--William Ralph Inge
quote by Roger de Rabutin: Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it enkindles the great. with background image: white heart illustration
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Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it enkindles the great.

--Roger de Rabutin
quote by Herbert Marshall: If you love a person, you can forgive anything. with background image: toddler hugging siberian husky
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If you love a person, you can forgive anything.

--Herbert Marshall
quote by Anna de Noailles: Nothing is real but dreams and love. with background image: closeup photo of orange petaled flowers
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Nothing is real but dreams and love.

--Anna de Noailles
quote by Charles Du Bos: Love does not care to define and is never in a hurry to do so. with background image: photography of lake near tree
Background Photo: Evi T.

Love does not care to define and is never in a hurry to do so.

--Charles Du Bos
quote by Soraya Naomi: Love must not suffocate but breathe on its own. with background image: brown and white long coated small dog lying on green grass
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Love must not suffocate but breathe on its own.

--Soraya Naomi

quote by Livia: Love is just a word untill you and that someone who comes along give it meaning. with background image: person holding gray leaf
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Love is just a word untill you and that someone who comes along give it meaning.

--Livia
quote by Sylvia Massara: Unconditional love is the greatest gift of all. with background image: pink dahlia in bloom
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Unconditional love is the greatest gift of all.

--Sylvia Massara
quote by Albert Leary: In order to be loved, you must love. with background image: closeup photo of orange petaled flowers
Background Photo: Honey Yanibel Minaya Cruz

In order to be loved, you must love.

--Albert Leary
quote by Melody Grace: Real love is messy, and broken, and hard. Not all fairy tales and Prince Charming. with background image: pink umbrella
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Real love is messy, and broken, and hard. Not all fairy tales and Prince Charming.

--Melody Grace
quote by Katie Chapman: Love means nothing if you can't accept someone for their core values. with background image: purple, white, and pink floral painting
Background Photo: Annie Spratt

Love means nothing if you can't accept someone for their core values.

--Katie Chapman
quote by C. Rajagopalachari: Do not demand love. Begin to love. You will be loved. with background image: red rose
Background Photo: Panha Kang

Do not demand love. Begin to love. You will be loved.

--C. Rajagopalachari
quote by Thérèse of Lisieux: It is only love which makes us acceptable to God. with background image: couple kissing under gray clouds
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It is only love which makes us acceptable to God.

--Therese of Lisieux
quote by Andreas Capellanus: Love is always a stranger in the house of avarice. with background image: black heart drawing on yellow wall
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Love is always a stranger in the house of avarice.

--Andreas Capellanus
quote by John Cleveland: Love melts the rigor which the rocks have bred; a flint will break upon a feather bed. with background image: low angle photograph of man and woman kissing
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Love melts the rigor which the rocks have bred; a flint will break upon a feather bed.

--John Cleveland
quote by Sylvia Engdahl: People who love each other can no more keep from communicating than from breathing. with background image: smiling couple
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People who love each other can no more keep from communicating than from breathing.

--Sylvia Engdahl
quote by Leta B. : Intuition is the gentle hand of divine love. with background image: white and purple flower in macro shot
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Intuition is the gentle hand of divine love.

--Leta B.
quote by Walter Starcke: Your capacity to love is your capacity to experience the I of another. with background image: green and red flowers
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Your capacity to love is your capacity to experience the I of another.

--Walter Starcke
quote by Shannon Wheeler: Unrequited love is like hitting your head against a wall that isn't there. with background image: snow-capped mountain at the horizon viewed from lake dock
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Unrequited love is like hitting your head against a wall that isn't there.

--Shannon Wheeler
quote by Narayanananda Swami. : Love is not lust. The two are poles apart. Love liberates while lust binds. with background image: black and white window illustration
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Love is not lust. The two are poles apart. Love liberates while lust binds.

--Narayanananda Swami
quote by Kevin Flynn: Calmly in the precious present, be a light for love and wisdom in the window on your world. with background image: red stain on white wall
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Calmly in the precious present, be a light for love and wisdom in the window on your world.

--Kevin Flynn
quote by Germaine Shames: People who love do the impossible all the time. with background image: purple heart shaped ornament on black and white textile
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People who love do the impossible all the time.

--Germaine Shames
quote by Abhijit Naskar: Life is too short to plant anything else but love. with background image: black heart drawing on yellow wall
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Life is too short to plant anything else but love.

--Abhijit Naskar
quote by Abhijit Naskar: Love is the only language known to all humanity. with background image: silhouette of man and woman playing guitars
Background Photo: Mike Giles

Love is the only language known to all humanity.

--Abhijit Naskar
quote by Agatha Christie: A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. with background image: photo of author Agatha Christie with quote

A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world.

--Agatha Christie

Longer Version:

A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.


quote by Alain de Botton: Must being in love always mean being in pain? with background image: photo of author Alain de Botton with quote

Must being in love always mean being in pain?

--Alain de Botton
quote by Alain de Botton: It's hard loving those who don't much like themselves. with background image: photo of author Alain de Botton with quote

It's hard loving those who don't much like themselves.

--Alain de Botton

Longer Version:

It's hard loving those who don't much like themselves: "If you're so great, why would you think I'm so great.


quote by Alan Paton: There is only one thing that has power completely, and that is love. with background image: heart drawn on sand during daytime
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There is only one thing that has power completely, and that is love.

--Alan Paton
quote by Albert Ellis: The art of love is largely the art of persistence. with background image: black heart drawing on yellow wall
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The art of love is largely the art of persistence.

--Albert Ellis
quote by Alexander Smith: Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others and the delight in the recognition. with background image: black wooden louver door window
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Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others and the delight in the recognition.

--Alexander Smith
quote by Amy Leigh Mercree: Choosing to unconditionally love others is a path to deep joy. with background image: person forming heart shape with their hands
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Choosing to unconditionally love others is a path to deep joy.

--Amy Leigh Mercree
quote by Amy Leigh Mercree: You have the power to choose love. with background image: couple kissing under gray clouds
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You have the power to choose love.

--Amy Leigh Mercree
quote by Amy Leigh Mercree: Unconditional love is the greatest gift we can ever give. with background image: selective focus photography of sunflower
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Unconditional love is the greatest gift we can ever give.

--Amy Leigh Mercree
quote by Amy Poehler: You deserve love and you'll get it. with background image: photo of author Amy Poehler with quote

You deserve love and you'll get it.

--Amy Poehler
quote by Anita Roddick: The word love is never mentioned in big business. with background image: couple kissing under gray clouds
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The word love is never mentioned in big business.

--Anita Roddick
quote by Ann Voskamp: Isn't falling in love always the fullest life? with background image: couple kissing under gray clouds
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Isn't falling in love always the fullest life?

--Ann Voskamp
quote by Anne Lamott: Dogs are the closest we come to knowing the divine love of God on this side of eternity. with background image: two women walking together outdoor during daytime
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Dogs are the closest we come to knowing the divine love of God on this side of eternity.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Arabian Proverbs: Love can make any place agreeable. with background image: shallow focus photography of red flower
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Love can make any place agreeable.

--Arabian Proverb
quote by Armistead Maupin: Being in love is the only transcendent experience. with background image: black heart drawing on yellow wall
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Being in love is the only transcendent experience.

--Armistead Maupin
quote by August Strindberg: Love between a man and woman is war. with background image: photo of author August Strindberg with quote

Love between a man and woman is war.

--August Strindberg
quote by Austin O'Malley: Love is a boomerang that returns to the thrower's hand. with background image: worm's eye view of trees during night time
Background Photo: Ryan Hutton

Love is a boomerang that returns to the thrower's hand.

--Austin O'Malley
quote by Avijeet Das: Those who love and those who wander are not lost! with background image: couple standing in front of fence near body of water
Background Photo: Elizabeth Tsung

Those who love and those who wander are not lost!

--Avijeet Das
quote by Avijeet Das: Our life changes the moment we choose love over hate! with background image: bare tree on mountain during sunset
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Our life changes the moment we choose love over hate!

--Avijeet Das
quote by Avijeet Das: You are the completeness of my incompleteness. with background image: man and woman walking on beach during daytime
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You are the completeness of my incompleteness.

--Avijeet Das
quote by Avijeet Das: When you truly love someone, you set them free! with background image: brown and white long coated small dog lying on green grass
Background Photo: Ralu Gal

When you truly love someone, you set them free!

--Avijeet Das
quote by Barbara De Angelis: Difficult times always create opportunities for you to experience more love in your life. with background image: couple hugging wallpaper
Background Photo: Natalia Sobolivska

Difficult times always create opportunities for you to experience more love in your life.

--Barbara De Angelis
quote by Barbara De Angelis: Love is a choice you make from moment to moment. with background image: blue flower in close up photography
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Love is a choice you make from moment to moment.

--Barbara De Angelis
quote by Barbara De Angelis: Love's greatest gift is its ability to make everything it touches sacred. with background image: man and woman kissing under the sun
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Love's greatest gift is its ability to make everything it touches sacred.

--Barbara De Angelis
quote by Bernard Meltzer: We may give without loving, but we cannot love without giving. with background image: person forming heart shape with their hands
Background Photo: Kristina Litvjak

We may give without loving, but we cannot love without giving.

--Bernard Meltzer
quote by Bill Wilson: To the world, you may be one person, but to one person you are the world. with background image: man and woman kissing under the sun
Background Photo: Alejandra Quiroz

To the world, you may be one person, but to one person you are the world.

--Bill Wilson
quote by Bodhi Smith: Love and understanding are one into the same. without love, there is no understanding, and without understanding, there can be no love. with background image: sunset
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Love and understanding are one into the same. without love, there is no understanding, and without understanding, there can be no love.

--Bodhi Smith
quote by Brent Weeks: Sometimes to love is easy, but to accept love is hard. with background image: photography of lake near tree
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Sometimes to love is easy, but to accept love is hard.

--Brent Weeks



quote by C. JoyBell C. : Love hard. Love not like the world loves. Love hard, go hard, let it kill you. with background image: red rose illustration
Background Photo: Kyaw Tun

Love hard. Love not like the world loves. Love hard, go hard, let it kill you.

--C. JoyBell C.
quote by Charles Baudelaire: The act of love strongly resembles torture or surgery. with background image: photo of author Charles Baudelaire with quote

The act of love strongly resembles torture or surgery.

--Charles Baudelaire
quote by Charles Baudelaire: What is love? The need of coming out of one's self. with background image: photo of author Charles Baudelaire with quote

What is love? The need of coming out of one's self.

--Charles Baudelaire
quote by Christian Nestell Bovee: Love makes a few weeks so rich that all the rest of our lives seems poor in comparison. with background image: man jumping on hill during golden hour
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Love makes a few weeks so rich that all the rest of our lives seems poor in comparison.

--Christian Nestell Bovee
quote by Christian Nestell Bovee: Our first and last love is self-love. with background image: pink rose bud closeup photo
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Our first and last love is self-love.

--Christian Nestell Bovee
quote by Christina Rossetti: Choose love not in the shallows but in the deep. with background image: man and woman walking on beach during daytime
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Choose love not in the shallows but in the deep.

--Christina Rossetti
quote by Connor Chalfant: Don't love to be loved in return. Love for the sake of loving. with background image: person forming heart shape with their hands
Background Photo: Kristina Litvjak

Don't love to be loved in return. Love for the sake of loving.

--Connor Chalfant
quote by Cyril Connolly: There is no pain equal to that which two lovers can inflict on one another. with background image: black and white window illustration
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There is no pain equal to that which two lovers can inflict on one another.

--Cyril Connolly

Longer Version:

There is no pain equal to that which two lovers can inflict on one another. This should be made clear to all who contemplate such a union. The avoidance of this pain is the beginning of wisdom, for it is strong enough to contaminate the rest of our lives.


quote by David Duchovny: People always love and respect characters who speak the truth, even if the truth hurts. with background image: photo of author David Duchovny with quote

People always love and respect characters who speak the truth, even if the truth hurts.

--David Duchovny
quote by David Frost: Love is when each person is more concerned for the other than for one's self. with background image: photo of author David Frost with quote

Love is when each person is more concerned for the other than for one's self.

--David Frost
quote by Debasish Mridha, MD: Love me, do not judge me.
Let me, do not stop me. with background image: pink dahlia in bloom
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Love me, do not judge me.
Let me, do not stop me.

--Debasish Mridha, MD
quote by Debasish Mridha, MD: No one is poor who has an abundance of love to share with others. with background image: adult black and white dog leaning on wooden fence
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No one is poor who has an abundance of love to share with others.

--Debasish Mridha, MD
quote by Debasish Mridha, MD: All life is emptiness. Fill it with endless love, bliss, and kindness. with background image: woman covering man's face
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All life is emptiness. Fill it with endless love, bliss, and kindness.

--Debasish Mridha, MD
quote by Debasish Mridha, MD: Gaze upon others with eyes of love. with background image: brown labrador puppy
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Gaze upon others with eyes of love.

--Debasish Mridha, MD
quote by Debasish Mridha, MD: Love more. Love often. Love endlessly. with background image: gray and brown hummingbird perching on yellow petaled flower
Background Photo: John Duncan

Love more. Love often. Love endlessly.

--Debasish Mridha, MD
quote by Debasish Mridha, MD: Life is a wave of love in the ocean of humanity. with background image: pink and white flowers on white surface
Background Photo: Darren Nunis

Life is a wave of love in the ocean of humanity.

--Debasish Mridha, MD
quote by Debasish Mridha, MD: The language of love is not words but feelings. with background image: man and woman kissing beside body of water during daytime
Background Photo: Jonathan Borba

The language of love is not words but feelings.

--Debasish Mridha, MD
quote by Debasish Mridha, MD: If you are expecting something in return for your love, you are not loving truly. with background image: multicolored heart LED light on wall
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If you are expecting something in return for your love, you are not loving truly.

--Debasish Mridha, MD
quote by Debasish Mridha, MD: Our emotions dance in the paradox of love and fear. with background image: silhouette of man and woman kissing
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Our emotions dance in the paradox of love and fear.

--Debasish Mridha, MD
quote by Debasish Mridha, MD: Be the light of love to enlighten the whole world. with background image: gray concrete road between trees
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Be the light of love to enlighten the whole world.

--Debasish Mridha, MD
quote by Debasish Mridha, MD: Leave footprints of love and kindness on the seashore of humanity. with background image: sunset
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Leave footprints of love and kindness on the seashore of humanity.

--Debasish Mridha, MD
quote by Debasish Mridha, MD: The mind is the treasury for knowledge, but the heart is the treasury for love and kindness. with background image: pink tulip flower
Background Photo: Marc Schulte

The mind is the treasury for knowledge, but the heart is the treasury for love and kindness.

--Debasish Mridha, MD
quote by Debasish Mridha, MD: Let us grow together, not to become older, to love each other better. with background image: mountain dew during sunrise
Background Photo: Paul Earle

Let us grow together, not to become older, to love each other better.

--Debasish Mridha, MD
quote by Debasish Mridha, MD: Not your appearance, but your humility and power of love define your beauty. with background image: brown and white butterfly on purple petaled flower
Background Photo: Aaron Burden

Not your appearance, but your humility and power of love define your beauty.

--Debasish Mridha, MD
quote by Debasish Mridha, MD: Never feel powerless when you have the power of love. with background image: man in gray sweater carrying woman in black jacket
Background Photo: adrianna geo

Never feel powerless when you have the power of love.

--Debasish Mridha, MD
quote by Debasish Mridha, MD: There are not many things that are more powerful than love. with background image: pink flowers in tilt shift lens
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There are not many things that are more powerful than love.

--Debasish Mridha, MD
quote by Debasish Mridha, MD: Only the great power of love can make you great. with background image: sunflowers
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Only the great power of love can make you great.

--Debasish Mridha, MD
quote by Debasish Mridha, MD: If you want to do something better, do it with profound love. with background image: sunset
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If you want to do something better, do it with profound love.

--Debasish Mridha, MD
quote by Debasish Mridha, MD: Love, just to love. Don't wait for a reason to love. That is selfishness. with background image: grayscale photo of couples near body of water
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Love, just to love. Don't wait for a reason to love. That is selfishness.

--Debasish Mridha, MD
quote by Debasish Mridha, MD: In life, love is not everything, but without love, life is nothing. with background image: person forming heart with their hands
Background Photo: Tyler Nix

In life, love is not everything, but without love, life is nothing.

--Debasish Mridha, MD
quote by Debasish Mridha, MD: Love is not an obsession or a delusion. Love exists in longing and appreciation. with background image: yellow flower in green grass field
Background Photo: Jason Dent

Love is not an obsession or a delusion. Love exists in longing and appreciation.

--Debasish Mridha, MD
quote by Debasish Mridha, MD: Let yourself be the love that you are seeking. with background image: person running
Background Photo: Jenny Hill

Let yourself be the love that you are seeking.

--Debasish Mridha, MD
quote by Diane Ackerman: Everyone admits that love is wonderful and necessary, yet no one agrees on just what it is. with background image: photo of author Diane Ackerman with quote

Everyone admits that love is wonderful and necessary, yet no one agrees on just what it is.

--Diane Ackerman
quote by Diane Arbus: Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding. with background image: photo of author Diane Arbus with quote

Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding.

--Diane Arbus
quote by Drew Barrymore: Life's too short. We have to love each other. with background image: close-up photo of pink flower
Background Photo: Ricardo Gomez Angel

Life's too short. We have to love each other.

--Drew Barrymore
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