15 Beautiful Ways to Say, "I Love You"

Quotes Famous Lovers Used to Express Their Love

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You may not know it yet, but when you are truly in love, you will find the three words, "I love you" the toughest three words you have ever said in your life.

Once you finally say them, you'll find that these three words are the only three you'll ever need. But if you want to serenade your lover in style, use these quotes to help find the right words. 

George Moore

"The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it. You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men, it is said to have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough."

George Moore was a 19th-century Irish poet. It is said that he was in love with Lady Cunard, and had a secret relationship with her. While Moore was keen to dedicate a novel for his lover, Lady Cunard did not want to publicize her relationship. Eventually, Moore convinced Lady Cunard to let him write a dedication to her in his novel, "Heloise and Abelard." However, Lady Cunard made sure that Moore only mentioned her as "Madame X" and not her real name. This quote is from a collection of his letters which were published as "Letters to Lady Cunard" published in 1957.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

"I love you not only for what you are but for what I am when I am with you."

Elizabeth Barrett Browning was a well-known poet even before she met her future husband, Robert Browning. An invalid and a recluse, Elizabeth found her true love. The couple was deeply in love, but their relationship was frowned upon by Elizabeth's strict and dominating father.

On September 12, 1846, the couple eloped and got married. After the wedding, Elizabeth returned home but kept her marriage a secret. Eventually, she fled with Robert Browning to Italy, and never returned to her father's place. This quote reflects her state of mind and her deep love for her husband.

King Henry VIII

"I beseech you now with all my heart definitely to let me know your whole mind as to the love between us..."

King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn were an unlikely match. Their desire to marry was the root cause of the separation of the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church, which would not grant him a release from his first marriage. King Henry VIII was so besotted by Anne Boleyn that he chased her until she agreed to marry him. This quote is found in a love letter that he wrote the Anne Boleyn in 1528.

Herman Hesse

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

Herbert Trench

"Come, let us make love deathless."

Robert Browning

"So, fall asleep love, loved by me... for I know love, I am loved by thee."

Cassandra Clare, "City of Glass"

"I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there's a life after that, I'll love you then."

Pearl S. Buck

"I love people. I love my family, my children… but inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that's where you renew your springs that never dry up."

Jessie B. Rittenhouse

"My debt to you, Beloved,

Is one I cannot pay

In any coin of any realm

On any reckoning day."

Cole Porter

"Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it; let’s do it, let’s fall in love."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Thou art to me a delicious torment."

Stephen King

"The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them."


"So many times I thought I would never find someone to love me the way I needed to be loved. Then you came into my life and showed me what true love really is!"

Beth Revis, "Across the Universe"

"And in her smile I see something more beautiful than the stars."

Victoria Michaels, "Trust in Advertising"

"I won’t lie to you. We aren’t going to ride off into the sunset together and have everything fixed overnight. I know that, and I think you do too. But I’m willing to work at it, if you are. I do love you. I mean that with every cell in my body, every breath that I take. I think you’re worth it. I think we’re worth it. I think you could be the great love of my life, Vincent Drake."

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