Quotes to Help You Say 'I Love You'

Expressing Your Love Simply and Directly

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You can be romantic when you profess your love, you can be poetic, and you can be cute. But what is the best way to do what should be the easiest thing: to express your love simply and directly, other than most basic approach: "I love you"?

Here are some quotes attempting to find that simplicity. It's difficult to be sure who wrote some of them, but the thought is what's important, not the pedigree. It's always best to put your declaration of love in your own words, but maybe one of these will work for you, or maybe they will inspire you to come up with your own combination of words. As Plato probably said, "“At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.”

Leo Christopher, "The Wisest Man on Instagram"

“I swear I couldn’t love you more than I do right now, and yet I know I will tomorrow.”

Roy Croft, American poet (possibly a pseudonym)

“I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.”

Emily Bronte, English novelist and poet

“If raindrops were kisses, I’d send you showers. If hugs were seas, I’d send you oceans. And if love was a person I’d send you me.”

Atticus, Greek or Roman philosopher

"I will never be perfect for you, but I will always imperfectly try to be.”

R.M. Drake (Robert Macias), self-published poet

“It was the way you laughed; I knew I wanted that in my life.”

Anais Nin, French author

"You carry away with you a reflection of me, a part of me. I dreamed you; I wished for your existence. You will always be a part of my life. If I love you, it must be because we shared, at some moment, the same imaginings, the same madness, the same stage."

Franz Kafka, Austro-Hungarian writer

“I know of no greater happiness than to be with you all the time, without interruption, without end.”

A.A. Milne, British author, created Winnie-the-Pooh

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”

J.R.R. Tolkien, British author

“I would rather spend one lifetime with you, than face all the ages of this world alone.”

Charlotte Brontë, English novelist, "Jane Eyre"

"I have for the first time found what I can truly love—I have found you. You are my sympathy—my better self—my good angel—I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my centre and spring of life, wrap my existence about you—and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one."

Honore de Balzac, French novelist and playwright

“Tonight I can only say that I love you too well for my peace of mind, and that absence from you is death to me.”

Hermann Hesse, German novelist and poet

"f I know what love is, it is because of you.”

Angelita Lim, probably a poet

"I saw that you were perfect, and so I loved you. Then I saw that you were not perfect and I loved you even more." 

Nicholas Sparks, American romance novelist and screenwriter

"You are the answer to every prayer I’ve offered. You are a song, a dream, a whisper, and I don’t know how I could have lived without you for as long as I have."

Anonymous

"When I follow my heart, it leads me to you."