Undoubtedly there are ancient cave drawings that try to make sense out of love. Folks have been trying to fathom the unfathomable, to explain it, to define it, to embrace or reject it, since the dawn of time, and it has become variously the subject, the theme, the conflict, the climax or the resolution of literature’s greatest stories down through the ages.

Because love is so subjective, individuals respond to epigrams and advice about love with varying degrees of acceptance. (Personally, I’ve never thought that “Love means never having to say you’re sorry” made any sense whatsoever!)

Here are a curated collection of literary aphorisms that speak to me; perhaps you’ll enjoy them for Valentine’s day as well.


You don’t love because: you love despite; not for the virtues, but despite the

faults. William Faulkner

It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.—Roald Dahl, The Witches

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

I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart. Alice Walker

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

Love is like the wind; you can’t see it but you can feel it. Nicholas Sparks

To get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with. — Mark Twain

Who, being loved, is poor? — Oscar Wilde

You can’t blame gravity for falling in love. —Albert Einstein

The best thing to hold on to in life is each other. —Audrey Hepburn

Keep love in our heart. Life without it is like a sunless garden where the flowers are dead. —Oscar Wilde Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired. —Oscar Wilde

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. —Lau Tzu

Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile Franklin Jones

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. Charles Schultz

Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.

Alexander Smith

It is better to love wisely, no doubt: but to love foolishly is better than not to be able to love at all. William Makepeace Thackeray

We’re all a little weird, and life’s a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love. Dr. Seuss

The opposite of love is not hate; it’s indifference.  Elie Wiesel

Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart, and the senses. Lao Tzu


There is no remedy for love but to love more. Henry David Thoreau

Love is a serious mental disease.  Plato

Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.  Bruce Lee

Love is the greatest refreshment in life.  Pablo Picasso

Love is not measured by how many times you touch each other, but by how many times you reach each other. Unknown