Love Quotes by Famous Writers and Poets

Through the years, many great writers and philosophers have attempted to define love. Regrettably, none of them have been able to fully explain what love really is. However, many of them have succeeded in illustrating certain aspects of love. This compilation includes 16 great love quotes from famous writers and poets like Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Victor Hugo and Voltaire.

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“The first symptom of love in a young man is shyness; the first symptom in a young woman is boldness.” Victor Hugo

“Love is a promise; love is a souvenir; once given, it is never forgotten; never let it disappear.” John Lennon

“When you fish for love, bait with your heart and not with your brain.” Mark Twain

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, and penetrates walls to arrive at its destination.” Maya Angelou

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.” William Shakespeare

“True love always makes a man better, no matter what woman inspires it.” Alexandre Dumas

"Love doesn't make the world go round; love is what makes the ride worthwhile." Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“The love that lasts the longest is the love that is never returned.” William Somerset Maugham

“Love is anterior to life, posterior to death, initial of creation, and the exponent of breath.” Emily Dickinson

“Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.” Voltaire

“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.” Friedrich Nietzsche

“If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love.” Thich Nhat Hanh

“If two people love each other, there can’t be a happy end to it.” Ernest Hemingway 

“Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart, and the senses.” Lao Tzu

“O mortals, what is love that binds beyond life on earth? To all corners & in pair we fly, braving season side by side. Union is bliss; parting is woe; agony is boundless, and for a lovelorn soul, sweetheart.” Louis Cha

“To love is to forfeit a bit of one’s soul. When one is in love, he gives out a lot but receives little.” Simon N.