70 Most Romantic Love Quotes That Will Make You Swoon
Grab the smelling salts! These romantic quotes about passionate love, first love, true love, and more will make you weak in the knees and get right to the heart of your innermost feelings.
Love is in the air!
There are as many types of love in the human heart as there are stars in the sky, but there’s nothing quite like romantic love. It quickens your heart, overwhelms your senses, and completely sweeps you off your feet—sometimes when you least expect it. It’s hard to make sense of it all, whether you’re falling in love for the first time, in the throes of a passionate love affair, or basking in the glow of a long-term love, but the right love quotes can capture the essence of this delectable feeling.
While words can express only so much, they can connect us to something universal. There’s a reason, after all, that there are volumes of love poems dedicated to delving into the many nuances of romance and affection. If you’re searching for a way to express yourself to your sweetheart or simply to explain a seemingly inexplicable love you once experienced, you’re in the right place. But consider yourself warned: These romantic quotes will make you swoon, gasp, and maybe even fall deeper in love with that special someone. If you’re looking for something a little lighter, these funny love quotes will make you giggle.
For new love
“My heart beats faster as you take my hand, my love grows stronger as you touch my soul.” —A.C. Van Cherub
Yearning for a love that quickens your heartbeat and touches your soul? If you haven’t yet met that special someone, live vicariously through the main characters in the best romance novels of all time.
For love that feels a lot like fate
“I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.” —Paul Coelho
Sometimes twists of fate feel like the universe at work, even when we know it’s just coincidence. (Probably.) Find out how these 28 real-life couples knew they’d found “the one.”
For passionate love
“We lie in each other’s arms eyes shut and fingers open and all the colors of the world pass through our bodies like strings of fire.” —Marge Piercy
A simple embrace is anything but simple in the arms of the one who sets your soul on fire. If you’re in the mood for love, you’ll adore these 50 wonderfully romantic movies.
For the hopeless romantic
“The simple lack of her is more to me than others’ presence.” —George Thomas
As they say, “When you know, you know.” And like Thomas in this love quote, we crave those we love and realize just how much they mean to us when they are absent. Not sure if your love will last? Check out these 11 surprising signs your partner is a keeper.
For that perfect love you don’t want to share
“I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul.” ―Pablo Neruda
Sometimes you want to announce your love to the world and shout it from the rooftops. Other times, you want to keep it all to yourself so that it stays pure and perfect, away from prying eyes and unwelcome judgment. How can you show your love with more than words on special days? These best-ever Valentine’s Day gifts should do the trick.
For love that makes your knees buckle
“You and I, it’s as though we have been taught to kiss in heaven and sent down to Earth together, to see if we know what we were taught.” —Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago
Writers certainly have a way with words! Here are more of the most romantic quotes from books that will make you weak in the knees, even though they’re about fictional characters.
For the one whose dreams have come true
“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” —Dr. Seuss
Speaking of dreams, they’re a reflection of our subconscious. Find out what your dreams reveal about you.
For the hopelessly devoted
“I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope…I have loved none but you.” —Jane Austen, Persuasion
While love letters may be rare these days, there are few better ways to express your passion to your beloved. That’s just one of the many romantic ways you can say “I love you.”
For love that sustains you
“Your words are my food, your breath my wine. You are everything to me.” —Sarah Bernhardt
When you do come up for actual air and food, these romantic dinner ideas will satisfy both of your appetites.
For those with amazing chemistry
“Chemistry is you touching my arm and setting fire to my mind.” —Nayyirah Waheed
There is a reason why you click with some people and not others. But lasting love always involves the body and the brain. These are the perfect gifts for every stage of a relationship.
For soul mates
“I am who I am because of you. You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I’ve ever had.” —Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook
It’s not hard to see why people adore The Notebook. Can you name the 20 romantic movies in this picture? We’ll give you a head-start: The Notebook is one of them.
For love that defies reason
“I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.” —Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
No one ever said that love made any sense, but as another famous love quote notes, the heart wants what it wants. Here are another 50 of our favorite book quotes.
For love that gives you courage
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” —Lao Tzu
Love means taking worthwhile risks, and that can extend past your relationship, as well. On the other hand, make sure to avoid these relationship habits that you think are loving but are actually dangerous.
For love you would give anything for
“He is fairer than the morning star, and whiter than the moon. For his body I would give my soul, and for his love I would surrender heaven.” —Oscar Wilde
Put simply, love is delicious, delectable, and divine. And when you think it might leave you, you’ll make all sorts of crazy deals with the universe to make sure it doesn’t.
For the tongue-tied
“If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.” ―Jane Austen, Emma
Can’t quite find the right words? We’ve got you covered! Here are 26 love quotes to add to your Valentine’s Day cards.
For the one you can’t stop thinking about
“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you…I could walk through my garden forever.” —Alfred Lord Tennyson
Show your significant other how often you think of them with a gorgeous bouquet. Just make sure you’re choosing the right flowers. Here’s what your choice of flowers says about your relationship.
For love that makes you better
“Because of you, I can feel myself slowly, but surely, becoming the me I have always dreamed of being.” —Tyler Knott Gregson
There are all types of romantic love. Some are selfish and wild; some are fleeting but oh-so-passionate. But this love quote refers to the type that stands the test of time and affects you on a deeper level.
For the immeasurable heart
“Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.” —Zelda Fitzgerald
Poets may not be able to measure the capacity of the human heart, but these love letters between celebrity couples, including Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, try to do it justice.
For lovers who are truly one
“Ancient lovers believed a kiss would literally unite their souls, because the spirit was said to be carried in one’s breath.” —Eve Glicksman
Of course, not all kisses are epic. These 9 hilarious first kiss stories will make you so glad you’re not a teenager.
For brief but memorable love
“Love is so short, forgetting is so long.” —Pablo Neruda
You’ll notice that Chilean poet Pablo Neruda makes a few appearances on this list. If you’re in love with love, Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair should top your to-read list.
For imperfect love
“I saw that you were perfect, and so I loved you. Then I saw that you were not perfect and I loved you even more.” —Angelita Lim
We are all human, yes. But beyond that, you know it’s true love when you love someone not in spite of their imperfections but because of them.
For your one and only
“In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine.” —Maya Angelou
The beloved poet and civil rights activist addressed myriad topics in her work, all with this sort of beauty and clarity. Here are another 20 Maya Angelou quotes to uplift and inspire you.
For the madly in love
“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.” ―Friedrich Nietzsche
Some lovers can seem a little mad, like the grooms-to-be who managed to pull off these outrageous marriage proposals you have to read to believe.
For the only person who matters
“If you remember me, then I don’t care if everyone else forgets.” —Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
Success is all about perspective. Here are more wise quotes worth remembering.
For a slow-burn love
“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.” ―Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice made our list of 100 books everyone should read in their lifetime. Just go ahead and try not to fall in love with Mr. Darcy. We dare you.
For all-consuming love
“I can no longer think of anything but you. In spite of myself, my imagination carries me to you. I grasp you, I kiss you, I caress you, a thousand of the most amorous caresses take possession of me.” —Honoré de Balzac
Rediscover and grow the romance that brought you together by reading these 10 utterly romantic books together.
For the sweetest love
“I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days—three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.” —John Keats
Could you use three memorably romantic days after being cooped up for the last few months? Book a stay at one of the most romantic hotels in the country.
For long-distance love
“Just because I’m not forever by your side doesn’t mean that’s not precisely where I want to be.” ―Stephanie Laurens
Here’s how 10 long-distance couples manage to keep the romance alive every day. While it may not be easy, it is absolutely worth it.
For unforgettable love
“Sharing the same passionate love with another person gives a feeling of being alive! The experience of something real is unforgettable.” —Ellen J. Barrier
Have you ever felt like you were just going through the motions of life? Things have a way of blurring together until you meet that special someone you can share your world and your passion with.
For understanding the essence of love
“Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.” —Robert Frost
And when the stars align and it actually happens, there is truly nothing better.
For love that scrambles your senses
“I would love to say that you make me weak in the knees, but to be quite upfront and completely truthful you make my body forget it has knees at all.” —Tyler Knott Gregson
On a lighter note, these hilarious love memes are also perfect in their own way.
For the awestruck lover
“I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self-respect. And it’s these things I’d believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all she should be. I love her and it is the beginning of everything.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and that beauty is about a whole lot more than someone’s appearance.
For a love without equal
“If I know what love is, it is because of you.” —Herman Hesse
You could fill a book with musings about your love, but sometimes a handful of words is enough to make one swoon. To celebrate your love, try these Valentine’s Day ideas long-term couples swear by.
For making the most of love while it lasts
“Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it is found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration.” —D.H. Lawrence
You should never take love for granted, but it might not be there forever. Similarly, if you are being taken for granted in your relationship, here’s what you can do about it.
For that moment of realization
“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” ―John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
What a difference that one moment can make!
For love that grows every day
“I swear I couldn’t love you more than I do right now, and yet I know I will tomorrow.” —Leo Christopher
Just when it seems impossible for your heart to expand further, it does. Check out the surprising secrets of the most happily married couples.
For eternal love
“It isn’t possible to love and part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.” —E.M. Forster, A Room With a View
Once you’re in love, it becomes a part of you forever.
For lovers taking on the world together
“Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” —Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
You two may be in your own little world, but true love moves beyond that. It’s about moving forward—together.
For inseparable lovers
“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.” —A. A. Milne
Read the heartwarming story of one man who finally ended up with the love of his life after 60 years.
For finally understanding love
“Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! / For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.” —William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
Hopefully your love story will have a happier ending than the love story of these star-crossed (and thankfully fictional) lovers. Still, no one writes love quotes quite like Shakespeare.
For love that’s no more
“Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” ―Alfred Lord Tennyson
It may not feel like it in the moment, but love truly is the gift that keeps giving, even after it is gone. A piece of advice, though? Never do these 20 things to get over a breakup.
For letting love surprise you
“Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get—only with what you are expecting to give—which is everything.” —Katharine Hepburn
To love without expectations takes trust. Read these 11 signs that you can totally trust your partner.
For lovers who begin where the other ends
“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” —Aristotle
Here are more life-changing quotes you won’t be able to stop thinking about.
For following your heart
“The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing.” —Blaise Pascal
Reason and science have their place, as this famous French mathematician knows all too well. But when love strikes, it overwhelms both.
For love that makes you whole
“Love is the whole thing. We are only pieces.” —Rumi
The amazing thing about love is that it always feels so new and revelatory to the people discovering it. But it’s always been this way, as evidenced by this quote from a 13th-century Persian poet.
For the moonstruck lover
“If one day the moon calls you by your name don’t be surprised, because every night I tell her about you.”—Shahrazad al-Khalij
While we’re on the subject (sort of), here are 7 ways a full moon can have a real impact on our emotions.
For love you can’t put into words
“You are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing.” —E.E. Cummings, “i carry your heart with me”
It’s hard not to feel like the universe is speaking right to you when you’re in love. Here are more simple lines of poetry that will make your partner swoon.
For life’s ups and downs
“The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” —Audrey Hepburn
There’s a reason that marriage vows reference life’s many ups and downs. Life isn’t easy, but it’s a whole lot better when you face it together.
For love at first sight
“The power of a glance has been so much abused in love stories, that it has come to be disbelieved in. Few people dare now to say that two beings have fallen in love because they have looked at each other. Yet it is in this way that love begins, and in this way only.” —Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
According to one study, love at first sight is really just lust at first sight. Learn why science is skeptical of this long-held romantic trope.
For those savoring the sweetness of love
“All love is sweet—given or returned.” —Percy Bysshe Shelley
Mary Shelley must have agreed, because upon her death, it was discovered that she had kept her husband’s heart wrapped up in her desk after he passed away at the age of 29. Here are more history facts that sound fake but aren’t.
For true confessions
“Most of all, I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you.” —Dirty Dancing
Yes, it’s scary to lay your emotions bare and be truly vulnerable, but the alternative is so much worse. By the way, did you know that you can actually stay at the Dirty Dancing resort?
For being the center of someone’s universe
“When you look at me, when you think of me, I am in paradise.”—William Makepeace Thackeray
Looking to spend some time with your love in an actual paradise? Book a trip to one of the most romantic resorts around the world once life gets back to normal.
For love that makes life worthwhile
“Love doesn’t make the world go ’round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” —Franklin P. Jones
And it can be a wild ride, too. If that wild ride has made you lose all track of time, you’ll need this list of last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts.
For love and loss
“Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.” —The Princess Bride
Here are more of the best movie quotes you’ll want to say over and over.
For the one who makes your heart sing
“You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.” —Oscar Wilde
It’s easy to get lost in the noise of life. Make things simpler by remembering what’s truly important.
For immortal love
“Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality.” —Emily Dickinson
No matter what you believe about what happens when we die, one thing is for sure: True love transcends time and mortal existence.
For lovers who want to grow old together
“Grow old along with me; the best is yet to be.” —Robert Browning
They say that beauty fades, but that’s not quite true—it never fades in the eyes of your beloved.
For mutual devotion
“I am in you and you in me, mutual in divine love.” —William Blake
William Blake was one of the Romantic poets in the early 19th century. While that movement encompassed many things, this sweet love quote certainly reflects the traditional meaning of that word.
For unrequited love
“How odd I can have all this inside me and to you it’s just words.” —David Foster Wallace
While this experience can be heartbreaking, it can also lead to great poetry, great music, and great love quotes like this. Find out which famous author chose to stay single after experiencing his own bouts of unrequited love.
For basking in the warmth of love
“To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.” —David Viscott
For wanting it all
“I want all of you, forever, you and me, every day.” —Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook
For “the one”
“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” —When Harry Met Sally…
Romance pairs with comedy just as much as it does with straight-up passion, which is why you’ll appreciate this funny quotes about marriage that might actually be true.
For the paradox of love
“I cannot let you burn me up, nor can I resist you. No mere human can stand in a fire and not be consumed.” —A.S. Byatt, “Possession”
Love can feel overwhelming—and you’ll relish every crazy minute of it. Resistance is futile, but you’d better brace yourself.
For that moment of sheer luck when you met
“It’s like in that moment the whole universe existed just to bring us together.” —Serendipity
What is serendipity, exactly? It’s a happy accident, which is essentially what love is. That word actually made our list of the 30 most beautiful words in the English language.
For the ultimate kiss
“For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.” —Judy Garland
Sweet, romantic, and beautiful, this quote is perfect in its simplicity. Of course, lovers share more kisses than they can count, but have you ever kissed someone under the mistletoe? Here’s how that tradition started.
For love that lights up the world
“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.” —Paulo Coelho
Love has the power not just to change us for the better. It has the power to change the world in all sorts of wonderful ways, as well.
For deepening love
“Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.” —Bruce Lee