Love Poems and Quotes

We hand-pick the best love poems from classic and contemporary poets. We focus on quality over quantity and many of our love poems are suitable for greeting cards. We compliment the love poems with love quotes, love letters and some other categories, like friendship poems, birthday poems, famous quotes and inspirational quotes. See also our special Desiderata page, for the classic poem and its parodies.

In the autumn fields
mingled with the pampas grass
flowers are blooming
should my love too, spring forth
or shall we never meet?

~ Anonymous

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Love Poems

True love is a sacred flame
That burns eternally,
And none can dim its special glow
Or change its destiny!

True love speaks in tender tones
And hears with gentle ear,
True love gives with open heart
And conquers all fear.

True love makes no harsh demands
It neither rules nor binds,
And true love holds with gentle hands
The hearts that it entwines.

~ Bryan L. Harvey

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Love Quotes

If you have it [Love], you don't need to have anything else, and if you don't have it, it doesn't matter much what else you have. ~ Sir James M. Barrie

I would like to be the air that inhabits you for a moment only. I would like to be that unnoticed and that necessary. ~ Margaret Atwood

Love is a slippery eel that bites like hell. ~ Bertrand Russell

Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss, and ends with a teardrop. ~ Anonymous

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Love Letters

You are my only love. You have me completely in your power. I know and feel that if I am to write anything fine or noble in the future I shall do so only by listening to the doors of your heart. ... I love you deeply and truly, Nora. ... There is not a particle of my love that is not yours. ... If you would only let me I would speak to you of everything in my mind but sometimes I fancy from your look that you would only be bored by me. Anyhow, Nora, I love you. I cannot live without you. I would like to give you everything that is mine, any knowledge I have (little as it is) any emotions I myself feel or have felt, any likes or dislikes I have, any hopes I have or remorse. I would like to go through life side by side with you, telling you more and more until we grew to be one being together until the hour should come for us to die. Even now the tears rush to my eyes and sobs choke my throat as I write this. Nora, we have only one short life in which to love. O my darling be only a little kinder to me, bear with me a little even if I am inconsiderate and unmanageable and believe me we will be happy together. Let me love you in my own way. Let me have your heart always close to mine to hear every throb of my life, every sorrow, every joy.

~ James Joyce (1882-1941). Written for Nora Barnacle on 25 October 1909.

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Inspirational Quotes

Defeat doesn't finish a man -- quit does. A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits. The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool.

Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened.

You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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Funny Quotes

A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother.

Smith & Wesson: The original point and click interface.

The hypothalamus is one of the most important parts of the brain, involved in many kinds of motivation, among other functions. The hypothalamus controls the "Four F's": 1. fighting; 2. fleeing; 3. feeding; and 4. mating. ~ Psychology professor in neuropsychology intro course

There is no excuse for spitting in a man's face unless his moustache is on fire.

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