When us mere mortals talk of love, words often fail. So on this St. Valentine’s Day we have compiled a collection of the finest love quotes and most beautiful definitions of love from some of the greatest minds, writers and philosophical thinkers that have ever lived.

What better way to let the Love-of-your-Life know just how much they mean to you! Perfect for marriage proposals as well as weddings, anniversaries and birthdays too.

“In love, one and one are one.”
Jean-Paul Sartre, French philosopher

“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.”
Frederiche Nietzsche, German philosopher

“At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.”
Plato, Greek philosopher

“Two souls with but a single thought, two hearts that beat as one.”
John Keats, English Romantic poet

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher

“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.”
Aristotle, Greek philosopher

“Love grants in a moment what toil can hardly achieve in an age.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German novelist & poet

“One word frees us
Of all the weight and pain in life,
That word is Love.”

Socrates, Greek philosopher

“Love is the beauty of the soul.”
Saint Augustine, Roman African Theologian

“Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.”
Voltaire, French philosopher & writer

“Rules for happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for.”
Immanuel Kant, German philosopher

“Love is the irresistible desire to be desired irresistibly.”
Louis Ginzberg, Jewish American writer 

“Where there is love there is life.”
Mahatma Gandhi, Indian activist

“The love we give away is the only love we keep.”
Elbert Hubbard, American writer & philosopher

“Love does not alter the beloved, it alters itself.”
Søren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher

“The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed.”
Jiddu Krishnamurti, Indian philosopher

“Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.”
Khalil Gibran, Lebanese American poet

“Grow old along with me; the best is yet to be.”
Robert Browning, English poet

“Fortune and love favour the brave.”
Ovid, Roman poet

“True love cannot be found where it does not exist, nor can be denied where it does.”
Torquato Tasso, Italian poet

“Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law. “
Boethius, Roman philosopher

“This fire that we call Loving is too strong for human minds. But just right for human souls.”
Aberjhani, African American writer

“Perhaps the feelings that we experience when we are in love represent a normal state. Being in love shows a person who he should be.”
Anton Chekhov, Russian playwright

“Find the person who will love you because of your differences and not in spite of them and you have found a lover for life.”
Leo Buscaglia, American writer

“The first duty of love is to listen.”
Paul Tillich, German-American philosopher & theologian

“Life is the flower for which love is the honey.”
Victor Hugo, French novelist & poet

“Soul meets soul on lover’s lips.”
Percy Bysshe Shelly, English Romantic poet

“To write a good love letter, you ought to begin without knowing what you mean to say, and to finish without knowing what you have written.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Italian philosopher

“Love is space and time measured with the heart.”
Marcel Proust, French novelist

“What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined to strengthen each other and to be at one with each other in silent unspeakable memories”.
George Eliot, English novelist & poet

“And think not that you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.”
Khalil Gibran, Lebanese American poet

“Two hearts in love need no words.”
Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, French poet