The Greatest Love Quotes Ever Written

The greatest love quotes ever written are those that go right to the “heart of the matter.”  (Pun intended!)

Did you grow up listening to (and feeling elated about or crying over) love songs on the radio?  For many, hearing these songs and listening to other people’s opinions created the belief that love means having warm feelings for other people and having others feel the same about us. That is certainly well and good.

However, the quotes on this page show us that love is far more than simple “warm feelings” for another person.  It is the “stuff of life,” which, in my opinion, is why these quotes are the greatest love quotes ever written!

The greatest love quotes ever written tell us how love is the basis of life

Defining Love

If love is the “stuff of life,” then what does love really mean?  I believe Dr. David Hawkins, a renowned psychiatrist, provides the best definition of love, and of all other emotions as well.

Dr. Hawkins performed extensive research on emotions and, based on that research, mapped emotions on a scale according to their energy frequency.  His scale, the “Map of Consciousness,” is presented in his incredible book, Power vs. Force, The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior.  (Carlsbad, California, Hay House, Inc., 1995, 1998, 2002).

The “Map of Consciousness” shows that the positive emotions, such as Love, Joy and Peace, have a much higher frequency than the unhappy emotions, such as Anger, Fear and Guilt.  (Doesn’t that seem like something we already knew deep down inside?) 

Dr. Hawkins goes on to define love as: 

“It’s a forgiving, nurturing, and supportive way of relating to the world.  Love isn’t intellectual and doesn’t proceed from the mind; Love emanates from the heart.  It has the capacity to lift others and accomplish great feats because of its purity of motive.”

Doesn’t it lift your spirits just to read his definition?

With that uplifting definition in mind, I invite you to drink in the “stuff of life” from my list of the greatest love quotes ever written:  

My List of the Greatest Love Quotes Ever Written


“In ultimate reality there is no such thing as good and evil.  In the realm of the absolute, all there is is love.  Yet in the realm of the relative you have created the experience of what you ‘call’ evil, and you have done it for a very sound reason.  You wanted to experience love, not just ‘know’ that love is All There Is, and you cannot experience something when there is nothing else but that.”  

“And here we have a Divine Dichotomy—two seemingly contradictory truths existing simultaneously in the same place.  Specifically: There is such a thing as good and evil.  All there is is love.”

     Walsch, Neale Donald. Conversations with God, an Uncommon Dialogue, Book 3, Embracing the Love of the Universe.  Charlottesville, VA, Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc., 1997, 1998, 2014.

“The starting point or foundation of a life filled with love is the desire and commitment to be a source of love.  Our attitude, choices, acts of kindness, and willingness to be the first to reach out will take us toward this goal.”

     Carlson, Richard.  Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and It’s All Small Stuff.  New York, Hyperion, 1997.

“Only perfect love exists.

If there is fear,

It produces a state that does not exist.” 

     A Course in Miracles, T-1. VI.5:7-8.  See Note 1.

“You are only love, but when you deny this, you make what you are something you must learn to remember.” 

     A Course in Miracles, T-6. III.2:3.  See Note 1.

“In highest Truth, love is all there is, all there was, and all there ever will be.  When you move into the absolute, you move into love.”

     Walsch, Neale Donald. Conversations with God, an Uncommon Dialogue, Book 1.  Berkeley Books, 1995.

“The more we see, the more we understand.  The more we understand, the easier it is for us to have compassion and love.  Understanding is the source of love.  Understanding is love itself.  Understanding is another name for love; love is another name for understanding.”

     Hanh, Thich Nhat.  Being Peace.  Berkeley, CA, Parallax Press, 1987. 1996.

“If we are the same awareness shining through a billion separate forms, then all love begins with self-love.  For the heart to awaken, it cannot exclude a single soul, including yourself.  If you do not love yourself, how can you find the space to love others?”

     Millman, Dan.  Everyday Enlightenment, The Twelve Gateways to Personal Growth.  New York, Warner Books, Inc., 1998.

“Awakening your heart produces a natural, graceful, expansive state of unconditional love—no strings attached.  That means you cannot help but love, even when others do not love you back.  It does not mean that you always feel an emotion of love or that you love every personality; it means that you have found the will to treat others with kindness and compassion irrespective of feelings.”

     Millman, Dan.  Everyday Enlightenment, The Twelve Gateways to Personal Growth.  New York, Warner Books, Inc., 1998.

“Do ordinary things with extraordinary Love.”

     Mother Teresa.  Motherteresa.org  Accessed July 5, 2021.

“Yes, you must live life beautifully and not allow the spirit of the world that makes gods out of power, riches, and pleasure make you to forget that you have been created for greater things – to love and to be loved.”

     Mother Teresa.  Accessed July 5, 2021.

Note 1: All quotes are from A Course in Miracles, copyright ©1992, 1999, 2007 by the Foundation for Inner Peace, 448 Ignacio Blvd., #306, Novato, CA 94949, and, used with permission.

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