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55 quotes about love that are way too real (because yeah, we’ve all been there)

Chrissy Callahan is a freelance beauty/fashion writer and editor. She has written for a variety of different websites and covered everything from NY Fashion Week to interviews with top industry professionals. For the latest beauty and fa...

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Love quotes

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Love quotes

If you remember 2004, then you probably remember watching The Notebook in the theater and sobbing like a baby. For the romantics among us (and for the Ryan Gosling fans), The Notebook was a game-changer -- the sheer amount of emotion crammed into the two-hour film gave us full permission to let our sappy flags fly without feeling even the least bit sorry about it. 

Love it or hate it, epically emotive movies like The Notebook have taught us a few things about the human connection. Sure, love hurts, but more often than not, it can be as beautiful as it is painful. If you needed another good reason to appreciate those butterflies in your stomach, our favorite love quotes of all time are sure to inspire.

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Thich Nhat Hanh

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Thich Nhat Hanh

There's nothing more beautiful than two people giving 100 percent.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald

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F. Scott Fitzgerald

Because your connection is one-of-a-kind.

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Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou

It is better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all.

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James Baldwin

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James Baldwin

That moment when you get to relax because you're totally and completely yourself.

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Sleepless In Seattle

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Sleepless In Seattle

They say you can't describe love, but Tom Hanks comes pretty close in Sleepless in Seattle.

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Sex and the City

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Sex and the City

Mr. Big didn't always get it right, but he nails it with this quote.

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The Notebook

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The Notebook

It would be unlawful to do a love quote roundup and leave off this gem from Ryan Gosling in The Notebook.

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Elizabeth Gilbert

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Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert set the world on fire when Eat, Pray, Love came out and it was because of honest quotes like this.

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Gone with the Wind

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Gone with the Wind

An instant classic from Gone with the Wind.

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Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou

Wise words from the late Maya Angelou reminding us that love is totally unpredictable.

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Notting Hill

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Notting Hill

Hugh Grant actually turns down Julia Roberts when she feeds him this memorable line in Notting Hill.

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The Notebook

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The Notebook

This one hits all the feels — another classic from The Notebook.

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Wizard of Oz

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Wizard of Oz

It may not have been a love story, but this The Wizard of Oz one liner definitely belongs in the love-quote hall of fame. It's a reminder that love isn't logical.

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Nicholas Sparks

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Nicholas Sparks

Nicholas Sparks' words from A Walk to Remember made for another rom com classic.

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Love Story

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Love Story

OK, so you do have to say "sorry" from time to time, but the essence of this quote is that love means accepting people even when they make mistakes.

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Catch and Release

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Catch and Release

Another reminder that love is not perfect, but it can be a really good kind of messy.

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Sense and Sensibility

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Sense and Sensibility

Simple and to the point, from Sense and Sensibility.

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Dirty Dancing

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Dirty Dancing

Jennifer Grey to Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing — Don't even bother watching the remakes. No comparison.

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Miss Piggy

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Miss Piggy

Miss Piggy shedding light on just how much great love becomes a part of us, and losing it can feel like losing a part of yourself.

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Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah Winfrey

Can you ever deny Oprah's wisdom?

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Marilyn Monroe

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Marilyn Monroe

No one is perfect and, in love, we don't have to be. It's about loving people for who they are.

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Cecelia Ahern

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Cecelia Ahern

Ugh, just try watching the film adpation of P.S. I Love You without crying.

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Betty Davis

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Betty Davis

It's been said that you never truly get over the pain of losing a great love. This quote sums that up.

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John Lennon

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John Lennon

The late John Lennon on never wanting to let go of love when you have it.

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Frank Sinatra

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Frank Sinatra

This line from Frank Sinatra makes you wonder what really makes a person rich.

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Sean Penn

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Sean Penn

When someone really loves you, you can feel it no matter what.

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Eve

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Eve

Some of the best love quotes are hidden in rap lyrics.

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Paul McCartney

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Paul McCartney

Because you have to give in order to get back in relationships.

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Nicole Kidman

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Nicole Kidman

Love doesn't always work out the way we want, or the way we see it in movies, but you can't run away from it.

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Jennifer Lopez

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Jennifer Lopez

You know you love someone when you're willing to make sacrifices.

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Woody Allen

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Woody Allen

Sometimes, it really is that simple.

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Dr. Suess

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Dr. Suess

Dr. Seuss left us with classic children's books and great quotes about love and life.

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Dennis Quaid

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Dennis Quaid

That's how strong love can be; when you lose someone, it can feel life like as you know it is ending.

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Marilyn Monroe 3

It's not the most romantic, but it speaks to our temptation to not get too attached out of fear of losing someone we love.

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Jennifer Aniston

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Jennifer Aniston

It's what makes love the ultimate risk.

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Miley Cyrus

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Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus proves everyone has a different way of dealing with love lost.

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Marilyn Monroe 4

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Marilyn Monroe 4

Isn't that the truth? But it's sometimes easier said than done in the moment.

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Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga

Choosing to love someone means choosing to love people for who they are, good or bad.

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Lao Tzu

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Lao Tzu

Love does tend to feel like a total invasion, and you can't fight it off very easily.

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Sylvester Stallone

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Sylvester Stallone

Love doesn't necessarily have to be synonymous with spontenaity. The best kind of love is reliable.

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Madonna

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Madonna

Love definitely isn't always fair, and you have to be a little selfless.

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Ernest Hemingway

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Ernest Hemingway

And despite everything that can go wrong, it's necessary to the human experience.

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Unknown Author

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We work hard to make love work because we believe we need that person. We shouldn't settle for anything just because it's safe or easier.

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Author Unknown

Love is easy to take for granted.

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Julia Roberts

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Julia Roberts

It's hard to be selfess in love, but necessary.

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Aristotle

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Aristotle

Love even dates back to B.C.

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Jodi Picoult

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Jodi Picoult

We look for love in the perfect people, but often find it in the ones who aren't.

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Henry David Thoreau

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Henry David Thoreau

You can't fix or change love, you just have to embrace it.

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Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

Because if hearts were unbreakable, there would be no risks or rewards in it.

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Braveheart

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Braveheart

It's easier said than done. That's for sure.

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Dr. Karl Menninger

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Dr. Karl Menninger

Love makes you a better person whether you're giving it or receiving it.

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Unknown Author

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Unknown Author

You can never force love.

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Leo F. Buscaglia

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Leo F. Buscaglia

You should never feel ashamed of who you are with the one you love.

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Sarah Dessen

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Sarah Dessen

Amen.

Originally published March 2016. Updated Sept. 2016.

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