Authors and poets throughout history have striven endlessly to capture the true essence of love and passion. These quotes on love make a perfect addition to a homemade Valentine’s Day card, a love letter or even personalized wedding vows. They can also help inspire you express your own thoughts about love.
Add your favorite quote to your Valentine’s Day present or copy a favorite quote so that you can look at it and remember your own memories of love and passion.
E.E. Cummings Quotes on Love
E.E. Cummings (1894-1962) was a twentieth century American poet who wrote many famous poems on love. E.E. Cummings often used eccentric punctuation in his poetry, which has led to the widespread spelling of his name in lowercase letters. However, scholars generally accept that he preferred the capitalization of his name.
“Lovers alone wear sunlight.” ~E.E. Cummings
“love is the every only god” ~E.E. Cummings
Pablo Neruda Quotes on Secret Love
Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) was an influential Chilean poet who wrote on themes ranging from love, historical epics, political manifestos and surrealism.
“I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul.” ~Pablo Neruda
Rainer Maria Rilke Quotes on the Power of Love
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) was a German-writing author most famous for Letters to a Young Poet and the Duino Elegies. Rilke is frequently quoted and alluded to in contemporary literature, including Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife and J.D. Salinger’s novel Franny and Zooey.
“For one human being to love another; that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.” ~Rainer Maria Rilke
Amy Tan Quotes on Celestial Love
Amy Tan (born 1952) is an American writer most famous for The Joy Luck Club, a novel published in 1989 that also was adapted to film. Tan’s writing often explores mother-daughter relationships.
“I am like a falling star who has finally found her place next to another in a lovely constellation, where we will sparkle in the heavens forever.” ~Amy Tan
Hermann Hesse Quotes on Knowing Love
Herman Hesse (1877-1962) was a German Nobel Prize-winning author and painter. Hesse is most famous for Siddhartha, The Glass Bead Game and Steppenwolf. Hesse’s works explore the human search for self-knowledge and spirituality.
“If I know what love is, it is because of you.” ~Herman Hesse
Khalil Gibran Quotes on Gratitude for Love
Khalil Gibran (1883-1931) was a Lebanese-American author and artist most famous for a collection of essays called The Prophet. Gibran’s legacy is seen in many films, songs and books, including Jason Mraz’s “God Rests in Reason” and the Beatles’ “Julia.”
“Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.” ~Khalil Gibran
“Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself. Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; For love is sufficient unto love.” ~Khalil Gibran
More Ways to Express Love
These quotes can help make your Valentine’s Day special. As these quotes demonstrate, there are countless ways to describe and portray love– with simple descriptions, elaborate metaphors, or simple promises. Ultimately, these quotes demonstrate the enduring power and multifaceted nature of human love.