25 Quotes on Love from Great Authors

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In a romantic funk? Baffled by love? How about a quote from Oscar Wilde to shed some light on the subject? Though most of our favorite writers have had less than perfect love lives, there’s something to be said for their insight into the elusive and complex world of romance. Is it their ability to describe human nature so clearly that lends their observations an air of wisdom? Whatever it is, we gobble up their words on that most universal of subjects: love. In no particular order, here are our top 25 author quotes on amore:

1. “If it is right, it happens—the main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.” John Steinbeck
2. “You don’t love because: you love despite; not for the virtues, but despite the faults.” William Faulkner
3. “In love there are two things—bodies and words.” Joyce Carol Oates
4. “It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.” Roald Dahl, The Witches
5. “The desire to get married is a basic and primal instinct in women. It’s followed by another basic and primal instinct: the desire to be single again.”
Nora Ephron
6. “I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.” Alice Walker
7. “True love, like any other strong and addicting drug, is boring—once the tale of encounter and discovery is told, kisses quickly grow stale and caresses tiresome…except, of course, to those who share the kisses, who give and take the caresses while every sound and color of the world seems to deepen and brighten around them. As with any other strong drug, true first love is really only interesting to those who have become its prisoners.
 And, as is true of any other strong and addicting drug, true first love is dangerous.” Stephen King, Wizard and Glass
8. “Love consists of this: two solitudes that meet, protect and greet each other.” Rainer Maria Rilke
9. “I was about half in love with her by the time we sat down. That’s the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty…you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are.” J. D. Salinger
10. “Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it.” Nicholas Sparks
11. “We love the things we love for what they are.” Robert Frost
12. “Love loves to love love.” James Joyce
13. “The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough is love.” Henry Miller
14. “Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite in fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun, more last than star.” e.e. cummings
15. “A loving heart is the truest wisdom.” Charles Dickens
16. “Love is the emblem of eternity; it confounds all notion of time; effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end.” Madame De Stael
17. “Love is the answer to everything. It’s the only reason to do anything. If you don’t write stories you love, you’ll never make it. If you don’t write stories that other people love, you’ll never make it.” Ray Bradbury
18. “To get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.” Mark Twain
19. “Love is a smoke and is made with the fume of sighs.” William Shakespeare
20. “We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.” Orson Welles
21. “Who, being loved, is poor?” Oscar Wilde
22. “There is no remedy for love but to love more.” Henry David Thoreau
23. “Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.” James Baldwin
24. “The heart was made to be broken.” Oscar Wilde

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