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What would become of us if there were no love in our lives? Whether it is the love for our family, friends or a special someone, we could not conceive living in a word without love and perhaps now more than ever, we should learn to appreciate those around us and treat them the way they deserve. In honor of Valentine’s, here are 30 amazing quotes on love.

1. Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it. Martin Luther King, Jr.

2. Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires. François de La Rochefoucauld

3. Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination. Voltaire

4. The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return. Eden Ahbez, “Nature Boy” (1948).

5. We loved with a love that was more than love. Edgar Allan Poe

6. Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get–only with what you are expecting to give–which is everything. Katharine Hepburn

7. Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love. Albert Einstein

8. Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. Robert Heinlein

9. The madness of love is the greatest of heaven’s blessings. Plato

10. Within you I lose myself. Without you I find myself wanting to become lost again. Anonymous

11. You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. Dr. Seuss

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

13. Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,

And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind. William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

14. The real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space. Marilyn Monroe

15. You’ve got to dance like there’s nobody watching. Love like you’ll never be hurt. Sing like there’s nobody listening. And live like it’s heaven on earth. William W. Purkey

16. Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself – and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is. Jim Morrison

17. There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature. Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

18. To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable. C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

19. I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,

In secret, between the shadow and the soul. Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets

20. Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering. Nicole Krauss, The History of Love

21. 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

22. Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love. Albert Einstein

23. Can miles truly separate you from friends… If you want to be with someone you love, aren’t you already there? Richard Bach

24. We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving. Friedrich Nietzsche

25. The more one judges, the less one loves. Honoré de Balzac, Physiologie Du Mariage

26. If there is no love in the world, we will make a new world, and we will give it walls, and we will furnish it with soft, red interiors, from the inside out, and give it a knocker that resonates like a diamond falling to a jeweller’s felt so that we should never hear it. Love me, because love doesn’t exist, and I have tried everything that does. Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated

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

28. First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity. George Bernard Shaw

29. Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow. John Lennon

30. Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction. Antoine de Saint-Exupery