an ode to love: inspiring love quotes

Love is only a four-letter word that can mean so much. Love can be sweet, hurtful, frightening, complicated, but it can also be pure. It is a mix of emotions, behaviors, actions, and feelings that draws in trust, warmth, passion, intimacy, respect, and affection towards another person. We give and receive love to so many different people in different ways because love is not just a feeling but is also a decision. And truth be told, we all need love; it is essential in our lives, and it is the most influential human emotion to live a happy life. An ode to love: inspiring love quotes that will melt your heart – and no matter what your definition of love is, whether love for oneself or others; love is boundless regardless of how many times we love in our lifetime.

An Ode to Love: Love Quotes to Inspire You

“The beginning of love is the will to let those we love to be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” – Thomas Merton

“Though still in bed, my thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved, Be calm–love me–today–yesterday–what tearful longings for you–you–you–my life–my all–farewell. Oh continue to love me–never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved. Ever thine. Ever mine. Ever ours.” – Ludwig van Beethoven

an ode to love: inspiring love quotes

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.” – Pablo Neruda

“I carry your heart with me. I carry it in my heart. I am never without it. Anywhere I go, you go, my dear. And whatever is done by only me…is your doing. I fear no fate…for you are my fate, I want no world cause you are my world. Here is the deepest secret no one knows. Here is the root of root and bud of bud & the sky of the sky of the tree of life. Which grows higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide. It’s the wonder that keeps the stars apart.” – E.E. Cummings

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“Only thing can resolve conflict is love… Pure love. Love? What is It? Most natural painkiller that there is. LOVE.” – William S. Burroughs

“I want to see you. Know your voice. Recognize you when you first come ’round the corner. Sense your scent when I come into a room you’ve just left. Know the lift of your heel, the glide of your foot. Become familiar with the way you purse your lips then let them part, just the slightest bit, when I lean in to your space and kiss you. I want to know the joy of how you whisper ‘more.’” – Rumi

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“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” – Vincent Van Gogh

An Ode to Love: Inspiring Love Quotes

“I love you because I love you, because it would be impossible for me not to love you. I love you without question, without calculation, without reason, good or bad, faithfully with all my heart and soul, and every faculty. Believe it, for it is true. If you cannot believe it, I being at your side, I will make a drastic effort to force you to do so.” – Juliette Drouet

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“The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Until we have seen someone’s darkness, we don’t really know who they are. Until we have forgiven someone’s darkness, we don’t really know what love is.” – Marrian Williamson

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“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

“She walks in beauty, like the night of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that’s best of dark and bright. Meet in her aspect and her eyes…” – Lord Byron

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“Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, and the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.” – Kahlil Gibran

“Most importantly love like it’s the only thing you know how at the end of the day. All this means nothing, this page where you’re sitting, your degree your job, the money. Nothing even matters except love and human connection, who you loved and how deeply you loved them. How you touched the people around you and how much you gave them” – Rupi Kaur

Love means to be dedicated, committed, and to be devoted to someone because love is work. It is significant to cultivate love to grow and flourish and experience ups and downs because it is a bond between two people. 

P.S. Let love in, and don’t hold back!

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27 thoughts on “An Ode to Love: Inspiring Love Quotes

  1. These quotes are beautiful. I especially love Kahlil Gibran’s quote– noting togetherness while being strong individuals. Thank you for always sharing refreshing and uplifting reads.

  2. I’m so in LOVE (haha) with this! That intro line “We give and receive love to so many different people in different ways because love is not just a feeling but is also a decision,” is just mind-blowing.

  3. You’ve compiled a very unique list of love quotes! I’d never heard most of these before so enjoy reading through the list. Thanks so much for putting this list together!

  4. These are absolutely perfect for the holiday coming up. I just love reading through quotes. So many good ones listed here.

  5. I love all of these. Some of them are so beautiful too. You’ve got a great list of some really good quotes.

  6. The quote by Ernest Hemingway resonates with me the most. We need to love and care for ourselves first in order to love and care for others.

  7. All the quotes are amazing but this one is my fav: “Only thing can resolve conflict is love… Pure love. Love? What is It? Most natural painkiller that there is. LOVE.” – William S. Burroughs. So good!!!

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