18 Unlikely and Unassuming Love Quotes
By Heather Callaghan, Editor
Valentine’s Day has nearly passed us by over here at Natural Blaze! But with love on the mind, we wanted to offer something a little different than the modern (and even fabricated) notion of romantic love.
If you’ve been able to ponder the subject of true love on a deeper level, then we’d like to ask you to be our Valentine this year. We too are tired with trite statements on love (à la Nicholas Sparks) or those that a marketing exec probably pulled out of his shoe. No thanks! In the words of Haddaway (or the Night at the Roxbury guys) – What is love?
We may never really know, but it probably has nothing to do with staring googly-eyed at a sparkling vampire or muttering “you complete me” when you want back into a roller coaster relationship. It is not slipping into a Meg Ryan movie complete with a clean, New York autumn backdrop. It probably has more to do with self-sacrifice and contributing to the happiness of another – and showing up. Being there in all the little moments. The non-glamorous ones especially. The quiet ones.
Here are some quotes on love that leave the grand gestures, gushiness and pink clouds at home:
“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
“Love is a friendship set to music.”
– Joseph Campbell
“Are there any more beautiful words in the English dictionary than ‘see you tomorrow?” – Little Manhatten
“Come, let’s be a comfortable couple and take care of each other! How glad we shall be, that we have somebody we are fond of always, to talk to and sit with.”
– Charles Dickens
“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness–and call it love–true love.”
– Robert Fulghum, True Love
“Another path to thinking of love may be possible. But how? How to renounce the hysterical need to be valued? Well, by becoming aware of my uselessness. Yes, I’m useless. But rest assured: so are you. We are all useless…….I call upon tenderness, love as tenderness….to be tender is to accept the loved one’s weaknesses….There’s plenty of charm and happiness in tenderness. I refer specifically to a type of humor that is unfortunately underused. It is a sort of poetry of deliberate self-awkwardness. I refer to self-mockery.”
“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”
– Robert Heinlein
“Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Airman’s Odyssey
“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.”
– Mark Twain
“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.”
– William Shakespeare
“When marrying, ask yourself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this person into your old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche
“All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.” – Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
“Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.”
– Ursula K. Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven
“Love those who love you.”
“I don’t want the heavens or the shooting stars. I don’t want gemstones or gold. I have those things already. I want… a steady hand. A kind soul.”
– Shana Abe
“The real act of marriage takes place in the heart, not in the ballroom or church or synagogue. It’s a choice you make–not just on your wedding day, but over and over again–and that choice is reflected in the way you treat your husband or wife.”
– Barbara de Angelis
“I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.”
– Rita Rudner
We’ll throw in a “burning” one for good measure, but only because it’s by Bruce Lee:
“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
What is your favorite love quote of all time? Sound off below!
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