50 Best Love Quotes That Express Exactly What 'I Love You' Really Means

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Here's a little inspiration to tell your love how you really feel.

Here's the thing about love: It's hard to put into words, but these 50 love quotes, memes and phrases make saying what you're really feeling to your partner a whole lot easier.

Love brings up emotions that run the gamut from agony to ecstasy. It can inspire us to accomplish some of the craziest and most amazing feats.

Love can make you happier than you've ever been, sadder than you've ever been, angrier than you've ever been. It can elate you and deflate you almost at the same time.

While we can all pretty much recognize the emotions associated with love, actually finding the words to explain those feelings is a pretty tough order.

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People have searched for centuries to find the right way to say "I love you" and to try to explain those butterflies in your stomach, that warm fuzzy feeling in your belly and that heart skipping a beat. 

One thing we DO know is that  whether you've love and won — or loved and lost, it's ALWAYS worth it.

While there are plenty of non-verbal ways to express your love, finding that perfect love quote or meme that sums up exactly what you're feeling can be pretty amazing.

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Luckily, some the world's greatest artists, poets, musicians and hopeless romantics (like ourselves) have managed to articulate the magic of love using words so simple and perfect, sharing them can mean the world.

Here are the 50 best love quotes and memes you will find online, perfect for sharing with that special someone. We couldn't have put these inspirational phrases better ourselves. 

1. How love works...

"The best love is the kind that awakens the soul; that makes us reach for more, that plants the fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. That’s what I hope to give you forever." — The Notebook

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2. How love feels... 

"I look at you and see the rest of my life in front of my eyes." — (Unknown)

3. It brings happiness... 

"The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves." — Victor Hugo

4. What you learn from love...

"All, everything that I understand, I only understand because I love." — Leo Tolstoy

5. Where love is, God is ...

"And remember, as it was written, to love another person is to see the face of God." — Les Miserables 

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6. Why love matters ... 

"I'm much more me when I'm with you." — (Unknown)

7. Why love hurts ...

It's a very dangerous state. You are inclined to recklessness and kind of tune out the rest of your life and everything that's been important to you. It's actually not all that pleasurable. I don't know who the hell wants to get in a situation where you can't bear an hour without somebody's company." — Colin Firth  

8. How love colors your world ...

"The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart." — Helen Keller

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9. Love is giving ...

"To love is nothing. To be loved is something. But to love and be loved, that’s everything." — T. Tolis

10. Love is blind ...

"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  

11. Love is unselfish ...

"In order to be happy oneself it is necessary to make at least one other person happy." — Theodor Reik

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12. When love takes over ...

"The heart wants what it wants. There's no logic to these things. You meet someone and you fall in love and that's that." — Woody Allen

13. Love does not judge ... 

"There's no substitute for a great love who says, 'No matter what's wrong with you, you're welcome at this table.'" — Tom Hanks

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14. Love grow and grows ...

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

15. Love means togetherness ...

"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

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16. When love is real ...

"You don't love someone because they're perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they're not." ― Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper

17. Love without end ...

"I would rather spend one lifetime with you, than face all the ages of this world alone." — Lord of The Rings

18. Love is friendship ...

"You are my best friend, my human diary and my other half. You mean the world to me and I LOVE YOU." — (Unknown)

19. Love is a teacher ... 

"If I know what love is, it is because of you."  Herman Hesse

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20. Love is vulnerable ...

"Don’t forget I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her." — Anna (Julia Roberts) to William (Hugh Grant) in Notting Hill

21. Love is a choice ...

"I choose you. And I'll choose you over and over and over. Without pause, without a doubt, in a heartbeat. I'll keep choosing you." — (Unknown)

22. Love is complicated ...

"It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages." ― Friedrich Nietzsche

23. Love is crazy, mad, wonderful ...

"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

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24. How love is poetic ...

"At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet." ― Plato

25. How you love like crazy ...

"I realized I was thinking of you, and I began to wonder how long you'd been on my mind. Then it occurred to me: Since I met you, you've never left." — (Unknown)


26. Why love hurts ...

"Pleasure of love lasts but a moment. Pain of love lasts a lifetime." — Bette Davis

27. Love is strength ...

"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." — Lao-Tzu

28. How love works ...

"Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop." — H. L. Mencken

29. Love is life ...

"Thinking of you keeps me awake. Dreaming of you keeps me asleep. Being with you keeps me alive." — (Unknown)

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30. When love finds you ...

"We are shaped and fashioned by those we love." — Geothe

31. Love is wild and crazy ...

"When love is not madness it is not love." ― Pedro Calderón de la Barca

32. Love is magical ...

"You have bewitched me body and soul, and I love, I love, I LOVE YOU." — Pride & Prejudice

33. What is love ...

"Love is an untamed force. When we try to control it, it destroys us. When we try to imprison it, it enslaves us. When we try to understand it, it leaves us feeling lost and confused." ― Paulo Coelho

34. How love should be ...

"Love is so short, forgetting is so long." ― Pablo Neruda

35. Love is freedom ...

"One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love." ― Sophocles

36. How love begins ...

"I wish I could turn back the clock. I'd find you sooner and love you longer." — (Unknown)

37. Love is unselfish ...

"You know it's love when all you want is that person to be happy, even if you're not part of their happiness." — Julia Roberts

38. Why love is important ...

"The greatest thing you'll ever learn Is to love and be loved in return." — "Unforgettable with Love" by Natalie Cole

39. Love is the little things ...

"I hope you know that every time I tell you to get home safe, stay warm, have a good day, or sleep well what I am really saying is I love you. I love you so damn much that it is starting to steal other words' meanings. " — Open-365

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40. Love brings joy ...

"I have decided to stick to love; hate is too great a burden to bear." — Martin Luther King, Jr.

41. How love lasts ...

"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

42. Love is worth it ...

"Better to have lost and loved than never to have loved at all." — Ernest Hemingway

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43. How love changes over time ...

"When I say I love you more, I don't mean I love you more than you love me. I mean I love you more than the bad days ahead of us, I love you more than any fight we will ever have. I love you more than the distance between us, I love you more than any obstacle that could try and come between us. I love you the most." — (Unknown)

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44. Love is silly ...

"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." — Charles Schulz

45. Where love lies ...

"Where there is love there is life." — Mahatma Gandhi

46. Love is unconditional ...

"I want you. All of you. Your flaws. Your mistakes. Your imperfections. I want you, and only you." — (Unknown)

47. Love is give and take ...

"And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make." — Paul McCartney

48. Because love makes everything beautiful ...

"Because I could watch you for a single minute and find a thousand things that I love about you." — (Unknown)

49. Love makes you lose your mind a little ...

"There is a madness in loving you, a lack of reason that makes it feel so flawless." — Leo Christopher

50. Love is EVERYTHING ...

"All of me loves all of you." — John Legend, All of Me

51. When he feels like coming home. 

"She knew she loved him when 'home' went from being a place to being a person." E. Leventhal

52. When his love makes all the negative thoughts disappear. 

"His love roared louder than her demons." —Unknown

53. When your favorite memories are with him. 

"I never want to stop making memories with you." —Pierre Jeanty 

54. When sometimes it's good to take things slow. 

"You can't rush something you want to last forever." Unknown 

55. When he's the one. 

"It was always you." —Maroon 5 

56. When being with him makes everything else disappear. 

"We were together. I forget the rest." —Walt Whitman 

57. When he's just as weird as you!

"If you are lucky enough to find a weirdo, never let them go." Unknown 

58. When you're infatuated with every little thing he does. 

"I still haven't figured out how to sit across from you, and not be madly in love with everything you do." —William C. Hannan 

59. When he loves you and all of your flaws. 

"Someone who really loves you sees what a mess you can be, how moody you can get, how hard you are to handle, but still wants you." Unknown

60. When you're missing your other half. 

"In French, you don't say 'I miss you.' You say 'Tu me manques', which means 'you are missing from me.' I love that." —Unknown 

61. When you wish he was the first thing you saw when you woke up. 

"Mornings would be better if I woke up next to you." Unknown 

62. When he makes you happy. 

"By the way, I'm wearing the smile you gave me." —Unknown 

63. Love is for better or worse. 

"Real love doesn't meet you at your best. It meets you in your mess." Unknown 

64. When you can listen to him talk for hours. 

"Your voice is my favorite sound." —Unknown 

65. When you know you won't have to fight your battles alone. 

"I can't promise to fix all your problems, but I can promise you won't have to face them all alone." —Unknown 

66. When you share the same sense of humor. 

"Make sure you marry someone who laughs at the same things you do." —J.D. Salinger 

68. When it's the little things that matter most. 

"If you only knew how much those little moments with you mattered to me." Unknown 

68. When you found your dream guy. 

"How strange to dream of you even when I am wide awake." —d.j. 

69. When you're madly in love and you don't care who knows it. 

"I am totally completely eye popping seriously groundbreaking passionately deliciously in love with you." —Unknown 

70. When no words can describe how much you love him. 

"I love you more than I have ever found a way to say to you." Ben Folds 

71. When he's your person. 

"You're pretty much my most favorite of all time in the history of ever." —Unknown 

72. When your life will never be the same because he's in it. 

"Sometimes, someone comes into your life, so unexpectedly, takes your heart by surprise, and changes your life forever." Unknown 

73. When you knew he was a special one. 

"I remember the first day I ever looking into your eyes and felt my entire world flip."  —Unknown 

74. When you write him a love letter. 

"P.S. I love you." —Cecelia Ahern 

75. When every love song reminds you of him. 

"And suddenly all the love songs were about you." Unknown 

76. When dating him was the best decision. 

"If I did anything right in my life, it was when I gave my heart to you." Unknown 

77. When your love for him is bigger than this earth.  

"I love you past the moon and miss you beyond the stars." —J.M. Storm 

78. When you think it's impossible for him to love you this much. 

"Love you more." —Unknown

79. When you stick around when things get tough. 

"Saw your worst and I stayed." Unknown

80. When he finally leaves the friend zone. 

"I looked at him as a friend until I realized I loved him." —Unknown 

81. When you feel like being lovey dovey. 

"I just wanna see you. Hold you. Hug you. Touch you. Kiss you. Cuddle with you. Love you." Unknown 

82. When he is your definition of love. 

"Darling, you are all I ever wanted love to be." —Unknown

83. When you don't want to live without him. 

"You are what I need in my life. You are my one." Unknown 

84. When he was meant for you. 

"The first time you touched me, I knew I was born to be yours." —Unknown 

85. When you go through life together. 

"I love that you are my person and I am yours, that whatever door we come to, we will open it together." —A.R. Asher 

86. When all you do is talk about him. 

"You're all my heart ever talks about." Unknown 

87. When his kisses are addictive. 

"I'll never have enough of your lips." Unknown 

88. When he can turn a bad day into a perfect one. 

"Talking to you makes my day." —Unknown 

89. When you'll be in love with him forever. 

"I was, and I remain, utterly and completely and totally in love with you." —J.R. Ward 

90. When your relationship isn't perfect, but you wouldn't want it any other way. 

"We fight, we kiss, we hug, we text, we talk, we argue, we laugh, we smile, we love... That's us."  —Unknown 

91. When you love him and only him. 

"And when I loved you, I realized, I have never truly loved anyone. I realized, I never will truly love anyone the way I love you." —Unknown 

92. When he's your favorite thing on earth. 

"I want you to continue being the absolute best part of my life." —Unknown

93. When the universe brought you both together. 

"So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you." Pablo Coelho 

94. When his name lighting up on your phone makes your heart light up. 

"You are my favorite notification." —Unknown 

95. When you love him more as the days go on. 

"I fall more deeply in love with you, every single day." —Unknown

96. When you love him even when he gets on your nerves. 

"I love you. You annoy me more than I ever thought possible. But I want to spend every irritating minute with you." Unknown 

97. When you hope he realizes how much he means to you. 

"If I could give you one thing in life, I would give you the ability to see yourself through my eyes, only then would you realize how special you are to me." Unknown 

98. When he's the only one you want to be in love with. 

"It's not being in love that makes me happy. It is the person that I am in love with that does." Unknown 

99. When you truly care about him. 

"I'm not perfect. I'll annoy you, piss you off, say stupid things, then take it all back. But put that all aside and you'll never find a person who cares or loves you more than me." Unknown

100. When you love your little idiot. 

"I love you, idiot." —Unknown

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