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!
Don't wait until it's too late to say I love you.
The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.
At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.
Love! Just love!
A rich child often sits in a poor mother's lap.
Love is like dew that falls on both nettles and lilies.
Love begets love, love knows no rules, this is same for all.
Of what value is your life, unless you are willing to sacrifice it for those you love?
All human love is a holy thing, the holiest thing in our experience.
Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it enkindles the great.
If you love a person, you can forgive anything.
Nothing is real but dreams and love.
Love does not care to define and is never in a hurry to do so.
Love must not suffocate but breathe on its own.
Love is just a word untill you and that someone who comes along give it meaning.
Unconditional love is the greatest gift of all.
In order to be loved, you must love.
Real love is messy, and broken, and hard. Not all fairy tales and Prince Charming.
Love means nothing if you can't accept someone for their core values.
Do not demand love. Begin to love. You will be loved.
It is only love which makes us acceptable to God.
Love is always a stranger in the house of avarice.
Love melts the rigor which the rocks have bred; a flint will break upon a feather bed.
People who love each other can no more keep from communicating than from breathing.
Intuition is the gentle hand of divine love.
Your capacity to love is your capacity to experience the I of another.
Unrequited love is like hitting your head against a wall that isn't there.
Love is not lust. The two are poles apart. Love liberates while lust binds.
Calmly in the precious present, be a light for love and wisdom in the window on your world.
People who love do the impossible all the time.
Life is too short to plant anything else but love.
Love is the only language known to all humanity.
A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world.
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.
Must being in love always mean being in pain?
It's hard loving those who don't much like themselves.
It's hard loving those who don't much like themselves: "If you're so great, why would you think I'm so great.
There is only one thing that has power completely, and that is love.
The art of love is largely the art of persistence.
Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others and the delight in the recognition.
Choosing to unconditionally love others is a path to deep joy.
You have the power to choose love.
Unconditional love is the greatest gift we can ever give.
You deserve love and you'll get it.
The word love is never mentioned in big business.
Isn't falling in love always the fullest life?
Dogs are the closest we come to knowing the divine love of God on this side of eternity.
Love can make any place agreeable.
Being in love is the only transcendent experience.
Love between a man and woman is war.
Love is a boomerang that returns to the thrower's hand.
Those who love and those who wander are not lost!
Our life changes the moment we choose love over hate!
You are the completeness of my incompleteness.
When you truly love someone, you set them free!
Difficult times always create opportunities for you to experience more love in your life.
Love is a choice you make from moment to moment.
Love's greatest gift is its ability to make everything it touches sacred.
We may give without loving, but we cannot love without giving.
To the world, you may be one person, but to one person you are the world.
Love and understanding are one into the same. without love, there is no understanding, and without understanding, there can be no love.
Sometimes to love is easy, but to accept love is hard.
Love hard. Love not like the world loves. Love hard, go hard, let it kill you.
The act of love strongly resembles torture or surgery.
What is love? The need of coming out of one's self.
Love makes a few weeks so rich that all the rest of our lives seems poor in comparison.
Our first and last love is self-love.
Choose love not in the shallows but in the deep.
Don't love to be loved in return. Love for the sake of loving.
There is no pain equal to that which two lovers can inflict on one another.
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.
People always love and respect characters who speak the truth, even if the truth hurts.
Love is when each person is more concerned for the other than for one's self.
Love me, do not judge me.
Let me, do not stop me.
No one is poor who has an abundance of love to share with others.
All life is emptiness. Fill it with endless love, bliss, and kindness.
Gaze upon others with eyes of love.
Love more. Love often. Love endlessly.
Life is a wave of love in the ocean of humanity.
The language of love is not words but feelings.
If you are expecting something in return for your love, you are not loving truly.
Our emotions dance in the paradox of love and fear.
Be the light of love to enlighten the whole world.
Leave footprints of love and kindness on the seashore of humanity.
The mind is the treasury for knowledge, but the heart is the treasury for love and kindness.
Let us grow together, not to become older, to love each other better.
Not your appearance, but your humility and power of love define your beauty.
Never feel powerless when you have the power of love.
There are not many things that are more powerful than love.
Only the great power of love can make you great.
If you want to do something better, do it with profound love.
Love, just to love. Don't wait for a reason to love. That is selfishness.
In life, love is not everything, but without love, life is nothing.
Love is not an obsession or a delusion. Love exists in longing and appreciation.
Let yourself be the love that you are seeking.
Everyone admits that love is wonderful and necessary, yet no one agrees on just what it is.
Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding.
Life's too short. We have to love each other.