15 love stories told through Humans of New York photos

Feb 13, 2016 at 7:00 a.m. ET
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Although February is most commonly known for Valentine's Day, love isn't just about chocolates and gifts. Humans of New York showcases snippets from the lives of the real people who walk the streets of NYC. Here are 15 top love moments from the Humans of New York Instagram:

1. Perseverance will get you places


Remember to speak up when it comes to love. It can be difficult to tell someone how you feel about them, but if you wait too long, you may end up losing them. Luckily this persistent man didn't lose his lady.

2. Not everyone's perfect


Some people buy houses that are "fixer-uppers," other times you're drawn to someone you'd like to "fix" or help become their best self.

3. Sometimes love hurts


When you're in the heat of a moment, you act without thinking of how others might react. This man may have lost the people closest to him, but he still loves them.

4. Love is company


It would be nice to have a partner to help you raise a child, but sometimes you just have to make plans on your own. This single mother is rockin' it.

5. Sometimes love is silent


How do you tell a loved one what you want when they're so against it?

6. "...until death do us part"


This man loved his wife until the very end. It's never too late to say "I love you."

7. A mistake could end up being the best mistake you've ever made


Have you ever fallen in love with the sound of a voice? It's not always about "love at first sight."

8. You can feel so much love through one embrace


The best hugs are the ones where you run into each other's arms and just hold on tight. You know it's true love when you never want to let go.

9. Love is a promise


Promises are important because they should never be broken. These young lovers have promised to stay together forever.

10. Love is happiness at the end of a long week


It's easy to get stressed about life, but spending time with the one you love can easily lift your mood.

11. Love has its ups and downs


One decision can mean so much to the people involved. It can make your life better, worse, or you can just be stuck in the middle.

12. Love isn't just about humans


Humans and pets love each other, but sometimes pets need some lovin' too.

13. A mother shows her love in many ways


Showing someone you love them isn't just by saying "I love you."

14. The steps of falling in love aren't in a textbook


You don't choose how you fall in love. Most of the time, love happens in the most unexpected ways.

15. Love knows no age


There's something about love that makes us think about it, talk about it and write about it. It's always a constant in our loves, no matter how young or old we are.

Make sure you show and tell those closest to your heart how you really feel. Don't let people know you care just on Valentine's Day — keep reminding them all year round. Love never dies, even though it may need a little push to spark a fire or rekindle a romance. Never lose hope, because love is out there. Love is everywhere.