I have always been a lover of quotes. They inspire me — a few words coming together to make a big impact. Sometimes they reaffirm how I am feeling but in a more eloquent manner. Sometimes they give me another way to get a message across. With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, I can’t help but give more thought to love and just how grand it truly is. Inspired by an article on Your Tango, I wanted to share some of my favorite quotes on love. Whether it is a romantic love, a love reserved for a dear friend, the sweet love that inhabits our heart when we become parents, or the love for humanity that binds us all together love is a beautiful thing. Take a look at a few of my favorite quotes on love, and find out what it is that I love about them.
15 Love Quotes 1 of 16
In celebration of love and how grand it is, take a look at 15 of my favorite love quotes.
1. If ever there is a tomorrow… 2 of 16
"If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together ... there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart ... I'll always be with you." â€• A.A. Milne
This sweet quote embodies one of the things that I hope my husband and my babies will always remember. While my prayer is that there will never be such a tomorrow, should there ever be one I want them to always know that I am with them. No matter what, we will always be together.
2. Love their mother 3 of 16
"The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother." â€• John Wooden
This is one of my most favorite quotes of all time. While I am thankful to be on the receiving end of my husband's love, I am thankful that our babies get a chance to see it. They are learning from us, and my hope is that one day they will spend their "forevers" with someone who loves them as much, if not more, than their daddy loves me.
3. Bloom 4 of 16
"The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers." â€• Thich Nhat Hanh
I want the people around me to bloom, especially my babies. That means giving them my attention. I know I can't always give it, but when I do, I shall strive to make it my undivided attention.
4. Smile 5 of 16
"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." â€• Dr. Seuss
As beautiful as love can be, it can also feel bittersweet. Even so, there are some memories that, despite our sadness that they have ended, (such as the baby years), are still worthy of a smile. To experience a precious moment in time or a beautiful and true love, no matter how long, is a gift.
(Full disclaimer I'm a crier, so I'd still cry. But at some point I'd probably smile, too.)
5. Love is … 6 of 16
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails ..." â€• 1 Corinthians 13:4-13
The kind of love described in 1 Corinthians is the kind of love I desire and strive to give.
6. Peace 7 of 16
"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." â€• Jimi Hendrix
Love is such a powerful emotion. I can't help but imagine how magnificent our world would be if only ...
7. A friend is … 8 of 16
"A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you." â€• Elbert Hubbard
This quote embodies the true essence of a friend. A friend is someone who you shouldn't be afraid or ashamed to share who you are. They love you for you, and they happen to think who you are is pretty great. I am grateful to have this kind of friendship in my life, not just with girlfriends but also with my husband.
8. Courage 9 of 16
"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." â€• Lao Tzu
The love I had for my first-born gave me the courage to move the mountains in my life I never thought I would be able to move. My love for her made me brave. My love for her made me strong. Her love in turn did the same without her even knowing it. She gave me the gift of courage.
9. My legacy 10 of 16
"I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts, and I've led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me, and my name will soon be forgotten, but I've loved another with all my heart and soul and to me, this has always been enough ..." â€• Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook
One day I will leave this world. There will be little left of me. Sure, there will be blog posts sprinkled across the Internet, and hopefully there will be hearts that have been touched by my efforts to give back. But even if the "world" forgets who I am, I pray that the people who I have loved never do. I hope that I have loved them with as much fervor and as much heart so that the feeling never fades. In my absence, I hope that the memory of who I was and the way I loved them will be enough.
10. Know your worth 11 of 16
"We accept the love we think we deserve." â€• Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
My first marriage helped me truly grasp the importance of this quote. When I realized my true worth, I realized the way I deserved to be loved. I truly believe we accept what we feel we deserve. Once I realized that I was deserving of a true love, a love that felt good my heart was opened to receive such.
11. Freedom 12 of 16
"In the flush of love's light
we dare to be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free."
â€• Maya Angelou
I can only hope that those who have felt caged or trapped can one day experience a love in which they feel free.
12. Marriage and friendship 13 of 16
"It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages." â€• Friedrich Nietzsche
This quote is a reminder of how important friendship is when it comes to marriage. It's the glue. My husband and I are always striving to become "better friends." When we are older and the romance isn't what it used to be, I believe our friendship will keep us together and, perhaps, will become more important than ever.
13. My heart walks. 14 of 16
"Making the decision to have a child — it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. " â€• Elizabeth Stone
What an honor it is to have your heart walk the earth in the form of your child. My babies are the greatest gift I have been given. Their presence is a gift to my life and to this world.
14. Give 15 of 16
"It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving." â€• Mother Teresa
There is such joy in giving. It is such a wonderful expression of love. Service and giving is a vital part of who I am, and will hopefully become a vital part of who they (my children) are.
15. What love is 16 of 16
"Love is everything it's cracked up to be … It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for." — Erica Jong
Believe the hype, people. Love really is all of these things. The key is giving your heart to someone who will cherish it, honor it, and handle it with care. Then you will come to see that love is worth it.
What are your favorite love quotes?
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