17 quotes that capture everything you need to know about love

Our favorite authors and thinkers have certainly summed up what it means to be in love.

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  • Though there may have been a heartbreak or two along the way, we all want to love, and be loved. It's a human emotion that we all experience, and is seen in countless works of poetry, art, music, and literature. Some of the greatest authors, thinkers, and public figures from the past and present have been able to capture what it means to be in love in a single phrase. While it's not always perfect, the Beatles may have said it best when they sang the poetic words, "All you need is love."

  • 1. "How bold one gets when one is sure of being loved. "

  • - Sigmund Freud

  • 2. "For it was not into my ear that you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips that you kissed but my soul."

  • - Judy Garland

  • 3. "Love when you are ready not when you are lonely."

  • - Anonymous

  • 4."I wish I could turn back the clock. I'd find you sooner, and love you longer."  

  • - Anonymous

  • 5. "You know you're in love when reality is finally better than your dreams."

  • - Dr. Suess

  • 6. "There is always some madness in love. But there is also some reason in madness."

  • - Friedrich Nietzsche

  • 7. "Never love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary."

  • - Oscar Wilde

  • 8."Ever since I met you, no one else has been worth thinking about."

  • - Anonymous

  • 9. "When you trip over love, it is easy to get up. But when you fall in love, it is impossible to stand again."

  • - Albert Einstein

  • 10. "The greatest tragedy of life is that men perish, but that they cease to love."

  • - W. Somerset Maugham

  • 11. "If I had a flower for every time I thought of you...I could walk through my garden forever."

  • - Alfred Tennyson

  • 12. "To love is nothing. To be loved is something. But to love and be loved, that's everything."

  • - Themis Tolis

  • 13. "Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all."

  • - Ernest Hemingway

  • 14. "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

  • 15. "We are shaped and fashioned by those we love."

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  • -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • 16. "Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same."

  • -Emily Brontë

  • 17. "Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be"

  • -Robert Browning

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Emily is putting her English and Humanities degree to use editing and writing all over the world. Trying to see all 7 world wonders (while visiting as many countries as she can in between), Emily loves wandering alleyways, beautifully photographed food, stumbling upon impromptu flea and food markets. She can usually be found camera in hand, munching on a street food and never has her headphones out of reach.

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