Giving and Receiving Love: One of the Most Famous Quotes About Love Explained

One of the most famous quotes about love was written by Karl A. Menninger. He said, “Love cures people–both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.”

Love is undeniably the most powerful force in the world. It inspires the most hopeless, gives hope to the fallen, gives strength to the weak and most importantly, it gives healing to those who need it.

The power of love is the power of kindness and understanding.  It’s a language that soothes the aching soul.  The great thing about love is that it heals not only those who receive it, but also those who give it. 

In the topsy-turvy world we live in, people yearn to be loved, which is why people desperately look for someone who is willing to care for them. While many succeed in finding someone who will love them for who they are, there are also people who are unsuccessful with love. When their relationships fail or they encounter rejection, people start losing faith in love. 

Famous quote about love by Charles Caleb ColtonIf you are among those whose search for love ends in failure, don’t despair. Instead of seeking love and desperately trying to get someone to love you, why not do the giving instead? According to one of the most famous quotes about love by Karl Menninger, receiving love from someone is not the only way to be happy.  Research shows that giving love to another person also gives you a sense of happiness you seek and even more. 

Focus on giving love, instead of seeking it. A simple act of kindness towards a person in need is already an expression of love. Feeding the poor, taking care of the sick, loving your spouse, and hugging your girlfriend to show her how much you care are just a few examples.  The most famous quotes about love don’t actually dwell on the romantic side of love, but rather on the healing ability of love. 

Love gives you happiness, whether you are the giver or the receiver. But remember, those who give love will get love and happiness in return. 

Famous Quotes About Love

A mighty pain to love it is, and ’tis a pain that pain to miss; but of all the pains, the greatest pain is to love, but love in vain.

– Famous quotes about love by Abraham Crowley

So much of what we know of love we learn at home.

– unknown

You don’t marry someone you can live with – you marry the person who you cannot live without.

– unknown

Love is blind, but friendship closes its eyes.

– unknown

Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.

– Saint-Exupery

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.

– Famous quotes about love by Ingrid Bergman

Love built on beauty, soon as beauty, dies.

– John Donne

Famous Quotes About Love

He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.

– Benjamin Franklin

I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love.

– Henry Ward Beecher

Woe to the man whose heart has not learned while young to hope, to love – and to put its trust in life.

– Joseph Conrad

True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen.

– La Rochefoucauld

Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?

– Christopher Marlowe

Tell me whom you love and I will tell you who you are.

– Houssaye

We perceive when love begins and when it declines by our embarrassment when alone together.

– La Bruyere

Better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all.

– St. Augustine

To love another person is to see the face of God.

– Les Miserables

Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.

– Alexander Smith

When we are in love we often doubt that which we most believe.

– La Rochefoucauld

Sympathy constitutes friendship; but in love there is a sort of antipathy, or opposing passion. Each strives to be the other, and both together make up one whole.

– Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Famous Quotes about Love

Friendship often ends in love; but love in friendship – never.

– Charles Caleb Colton

The richest love is that which submits to the arbitration of time.

– Lawrence Durrell

Famous Quotes About Love

There is no disguise which can hide love for long where it exists, or simulate it where it does not.

– La Rochefoucauld

A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love.

– Stendhal

There is no remedy for love but to love more.

– Thoreau

Blushing is the color of virtue.

– Diogenes

Famous Quotes about Love

Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time… It tells us to tell each other right now that we love each other.

– Leo F. Buscaglia

Love cures people – both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.

– Dr. Karl Menninger

Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor… Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.

– Mother Theresa

To love and win is the best thing. To love and lose, the next best.

– William M. Thackeray

Don’t forget to love yourself.

– Soren Kierkegaard

If you love someone, let them go. If they return to you, it was meant to be. If they don’t, their love was never yours to begin with…

– Unknown

Famous Quotes About Love

Love is hard work; and hard work sometimes hurts!

– Unknown

True love never dies for it is lust that fades away. Love bonds for a lifetime but lust just pushes away.

– Alicia Barnhart

You call it madness, but I call it love.

– Don Byas

Who says love never lives? Maybe we’ve never lived.

– Unknown

Famous Quotes About Love

He who loves 50 people has 50 woes; he who loves no one has no woes.

– Buddha

Some love lasts a lifetime. True love lasts forever.

– Unknown

Love is not blind – It sees more and not less, but because it sees more it is willing to see less.

– Will Moss

If love is great, and there are no greater things, then what I feel for you must be the greatest.

– Unknown

Love is like playing the piano. First you must learn to play by the rules, then you must forget the rules and play from your heart.

– Unknown

Within you I lose myself

Without you I find myself

Wanting to be lost again.

– Unknown

Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds.

– Shakespeare

If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you’ve made me smile, the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand.

– Unknown

Famous Quotes About Love

If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you’ve made me smile, the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand.

– Unknown

We all want to fall in love. Why? Because that experience makes us feel completely alive. Where every sense is heightened, every emotion is magnified, our everyday reality is shattered and we are flying into the heavens. It may only last a moment, an hour, an afternoon. But that doesn’t diminish its value. Because we are left with memories that we treasure for the rest of our lives.

– Unknown

Relationships–of all kinds–are like sand held in your hand. Held loosely, with an open hand, the sand remains where it is. The minute you close your hand and squeeze tightly to hold on, the sand trickles through your fingers. You may hold onto some of it, but most will be spilled. A relationship is like that. Held loosely, with respect and freedom for the other person, it is likely to remain intact. But hold too tightly, too possessively, and the relationship slips away and is lost.

– Kaleel Jamison

This was love at first sight, love everlasting: a feeling unknown, unhoped for, unexpected–in so far as it could be a matter of conscious awareness; it took entire possession of him, and he understood, with joyous amazement, that this was for life.

– Thomas Mann

We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.

– W. Somerset Maugham

Romantic love is an illusion. Most of us discover this truth at the end of a love affair or else when the sweet emotions of love lead us into marriage and then turn down their flames.

– Thomas Moore

Famous Quotes about Love

A man reserves his true and deepest love not for the species of woman in whose company he finds himself electrified and enkindled, but for that one in whose company he may feel tenderly drowsy.

– George Jean Nathan

There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

Family love is messy, clinging, and of an annoying and repetitive pattern, like bad wallpaper.

– P. J. O’Rourke

Famous Quotes About Love

Love is a driver, bitter and fierce if you fight and resist him,

Easy-going enough once you acknowledge his power.

– Ovid

We conceal it from ourselves in vain–we must always love something. In those matters seemingly removed from love, the feeling is secretly to be found, and man cannot possibly live for a moment without it.

– Blaise Pascal

Love, free as air at sight of human ties,

Spreads his light wings, and in a moment flies.

– Alexander Pope

Love makes the time pass. Time makes love pass.

– French Proverb

Love is something far more than desire for sexual intercourse; it is the principal means of escape from the loneliness which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives.

– Bertrand Russell

Love is a spirit of all compact of fire.

– William Shakespeare

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind;

And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.

– William Shakespeare

Love sought is good, but given unsought, is better.

– William Shakespeare

The course of true love never did run smooth.

– William Shakespeare

They do not love that do not show their love.

– William Shakespeare

We cease loving ourselves if no one loves us.

– Madame De Staël

‘Tis better to have loved and lost

Than never to have loved at all.

– Lord Tennyson

There is no remedy for love but to love more.

– Henry David Thoreau

If so many men, so many minds, certainly so many hearts, so many kinds of love.

– Leo Tolstoy

Love has features which pierce all hearts, he wears a bandage which conceals the faults of those beloved. He has wings, he comes quickly and flies away the same.

– Famous Quotes about love by Voltaire

Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.

– Marianne Williamson

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