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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.

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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.

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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.

"I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you." —Paul Coelhord.com, Getty Images

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.”

"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 Piercyrd.com, Getty Images

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.

"The simple lack of her is more to me than others' presence." —George Thomasrd.com, Getty Images

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.

"I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul." ―Pablo Nerudard.com, Getty Images

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.

"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 Zhivagord.com, Getty Images

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.

"You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams." —Dr. Seussrd.com, Getty Images

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.

"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, Persuasionrd.com, Getty Images

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.”

"Your words are my food, your breath my wine. You are everything to me." —Sarah Bernhardtrd.com, Getty Images

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.

"Chemistry is you touching my arm and setting fire to my mind." —Nayyirah Waheedrd.com, Getty Images

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

"I am who I am because of you. You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I've ever had." —Nicholas Sparks, The Notebookrd.com, Getty Images

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 NotebookCan you name the 20 romantic movies in this picture? We’ll give you a head-start: The Notebook is one of them.

"I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be." —Charles Dickens, Great Expectationsrd.com, Getty Images

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.

"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." —Lao Tzurd.com, Getty Images

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.

"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 Wilderd.com, Getty Images

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. 

"If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more." ―Jane Austen, Emmard.com, Getty Images

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.

"If I had a flower for every time I thought of you...I could walk through my garden forever." —Alfred Lord Tennysonrd.com, Getty Images

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.

“Because of you, I can feel myself slowly, but surely, becoming the me I have always dreamed of being.” —Tyler Knott Gregsonrd.com, Getty Images

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.

"Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold." —Zelda Fitzgeraldrd.com, Getty Images

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.

"Ancient lovers believed a kiss would literally unite their souls, because the spirit was said to be carried in one's breath." —Eve Glicksmanrd.com, Getty Images

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.

"Love is so short, forgetting is so long." —Pablo Nerudard.com, Getty Images

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.

“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 Limrd.com, Getty Images

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.

“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 Angelourd.com, Getty Images

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.

"There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness." ―Friedrich Nietzscherd.com, Getty Images

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.

"If you remember me, then I don't care if everyone else forgets." —Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shorerd.com, Getty Images

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.

"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 Prejudicerd.com, Getty Images

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.

"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 Balzacrd.com, Getty Images

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.

"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 Keatsrd.com, Getty Images

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.

"Just because I'm not forever by your side doesn't mean that's not precisely where I want to be." ―Stephanie Laurensrd.com, Getty Images

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.

"Sharing the same passionate love with another person gives a feeling of being alive! The experience of something real is unforgettable." —Ellen J. Barrierrd.com, Getty Images

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.

"Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired." —Robert Frostrd.com, Getty Images

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.

"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 Gregsonrd.com, Getty Images

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.

"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 Fitzgeraldrd.com, Getty Images

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.

"If I know what love is, it is because of you." —Herman Hesserd.com, Getty Images

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.

"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. Lawrencerd.com, Getty Images

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.

"I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once." ―John Green, The Fault in Our Starsrd.com, Getty Images

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!

"I swear I couldn't love you more than I do right now, and yet I know I will tomorrow." —Leo Christopherrd.com, Getty Images

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.

"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 Viewrd.com, Getty Images

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.

"Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction." —Antoine de Saint-Exupéryrd.com, Getty Images

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.

"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. Milnerd.com, Getty Images

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.

"Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! / For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night." —William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet rd.com, Getty Images

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.

"Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all." ―Alfred Lord Tennysonrd.com, Getty Images

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.

"Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get—only with what you are expecting to give—which is everything." —Katharine Hepburnrd.com, Getty Images

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.

"Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies." —Aristotlerd.com, Getty Images

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.

"The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing." —Blaise Pascalrd.com, Getty Images

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.

"Love is the whole thing. We are only pieces." —Rumird.com, Getty Images

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.

"If one day the moon calls you by your name don't be surprised, because every night I tell her about you."—Shahrazad al-Khalijrd.com, Getty Images

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.

"You are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing." —E.E. Cummings, "i carry your heart with me"rd.com, Getty Images

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.

"The best thing to hold onto in life is each other." —Audrey Hepburnrd.com, Getty Images

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.

"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 Misérablesrd.com, Getty Images

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.

"All love is sweet—given or returned." —Percy Bysshe Shelleyrd.com, Getty Images

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.

"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 Dancingrd.com, Getty Images

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?

"When you look at me, when you think of me, I am in paradise."—William Makepeace Thackerayrd.com, Getty Images

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.

"Love doesn't make the world go 'round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile." —Franklin P. Jonesrd.com, Getty Images

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.

"Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while." —The Princess Briderd.com, Getty Images

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.

"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 Wilderd.com, Getty Images

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.

"Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality." —Emily Dickinsonrd.com, Getty Images

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.

"Grow old along with me; the best is yet to be." —Robert Browningrd.com, Getty Images

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.

"There is no remedy for love but to love more." —Henry David Thoreaurd.com, Getty Images

For love without limits

“There is no remedy for love but to love more.” —Henry David Thoreau

Yep, it’s hopeless! In the best way possible, of course.

"I am in you and you in me, mutual in divine love." —William Blakerd.com, Getty Images

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.

"How odd I can have all this inside me and to you it's just words." —David Foster Wallacerd.com, Getty Images

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.

"I love you more than my own skin." —Frida Kahlord.com, Getty Images

For selfless love

“I love you more than my own skin.” —Frida Kahlo

The crazy thing about love is that it feels like it’s all about you…until you realize it’s really all about the other person.

"To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides." —David Viscottrd.com, Getty Images

For basking in the warmth of love

“To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.” —David Viscott

Get into the mood with these 12 sizzling romance novels perfect for summer beach reading.

"I want all of you, forever, you and me, every day." —Nicholas Sparks, The Notebookrd.com, Getty Images

For wanting it all

“I want all of you, forever, you and me, every day.” —Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

Looking for forever to start now? Find out why we propose with engagement rings and why we wear wedding rings on our fourth finger.

"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...rd.com, Getty Images

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.

"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"rd.com, Getty Images

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.

“It’s like in that moment the whole universe existed just to bring us together.” —Serendipityrd.com, Getty Images

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 it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.” —Judy Garlandrd.com, Getty Images

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.

"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 Coelhord.com, Getty Images

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.

'“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 Leerd.com, Getty Images

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

Yes, this love quote is from that Bruce Lee. He wrote these words in his biography, Bruce Lee: Artist of Life. Next, check out these inspirational quotes that will stay with you, too.