Lovers Quotes Tell the Difference Between Loving and Being in Love

Many lovers quotes show the huge difference between loving someone and being in love with someone. One such quote was written by Indira Gandhi, which reads “There is not love where there is no will.”

People like the feeling of being in love, but it is a rather fleeting emotion that fades away as the object of one’s affection reveals his or her whole self. Loving someone, on the other hand, is a choice you need to make each day. It takes will and commitment to continue to love someone, including all his or her flaws and weaknesses.

Loving someone knows no limits, but when you are in love, your feelings may change once the relationship undergoes a period of change and challenges. A popular lovers quote by Maya Angelou says, “Love recognizes no barriers. Love jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

Lovers quote by Victor HugoPerhaps the most important factor that distinguishes loving someone from being in love is selflessness. When you love someone, you focus on the needs of that person. You want to make that person happy. When you are in love, the focus is on how good you feel about the relationship and how much you want your feelings to be reciprocated by the other person.

Loving someone, unlike being in love, is never self-seeking. Bestselling contemporary romance writer Colleen Hoover talks about what selflessness means in any relationship. She says, “Selflessness. It should be the basis of every relationship. If a person truly cares about you, they’ll get more pleasure from the way they make you feel, rather than the way you make them feel.”

Being in love is one of the most magical feelings in the world, but choosing to love someone is one of the bravest and most meaningful decisions that you can make in life.

Lovers Quotes by Famous People

The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.
Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere.
They’re in each other all along.

– Rumi

With my last breath, I’ll exhale my love for you. I hope it’s a cold day, so you can see what you meant to me.


– Jarod Kintz

I want morning and noon and nightfall with you. I want your tears, your smiles, your kisses…the smell of your hair, the taste of your skin, the touch of your breath on my face. I want to see you in the final hour of my life…to lie in your arms as I take my last breath.

– Lisa Kleypas

All discarded lovers should be given a second chance, but with somebody else.

– Mae West

Falling in love is when she falls asleep in your arms and wakes up in your dreams.

– Unknown

Was I bitter? Absolutely. Hurt? You bet your sweet ass I was hurt. Who doesn’t feel a part of their heart break at rejection. You ask yourself every question you can think of, what, why, how come, and then your sadness turns to anger. That’s my favorite part. It drives me, feeds me, and makes one hell of a story.

– Jennifer Salaiz

She didn’t belong anywhere and she never really belonged to anyone. And everyone else belonged somewhere and to someone. People thought she was too wonderful. But she only wanted to belong to someone. People always thought she was too wonderful to belong to them or that something too wonderful would hurt too much to lose. And that’s why she liked him– because he just thought she was crazy.

– C. JoyBell

In this world, it is too common for people to search for someone to lose themselves in. But I am already lost. I will look for someone to find myself in.

– C. JoyBell

Patience and wisdom walk hand in hand, like two one-armed lovers.

– Jarod Kintz

Sometimes you want to say, “I love you, but…”
Yet the “but” takes away the ‘I love you’. In love their are no ‘buts’ or ‘if’s’ or ‘when’. It’s just there, and always. No beginning, no end. It’s the condition-less state of the heart. Not a feeling that comes and goes at the whim of the emotions. It is there in our heart, a part of our heart…eventually grafting itself into each limb and cell of our bodies. Love changes our brain, the way we move and talk. Love lives in our spirit and graces us with its presence each day, until death.

To say “I love you, but….” is to say, “I did not love you at all”.

I say this to you now: I love you, with no beginning, no end. I love you as you have become an extra necessary organ in my body. I love you as only a girl could love a boy. Without fear. Without expectations. Wanting nothing in return, except that you allow me to keep you here in my heart, that I may always know your strength, your eyes, and your spirit that gave me freedom and let me fly.

– Coco J. Ginger

Lovers Quotes by Famous People

We can’t be lovers because we both have moustaches. But since you’re a lady, and I’m a gentleman, I’ll shave mine off.

– Jarod Kintz

That’s when I finally got it. I finally understood. It wasn’t the thought that counted. It was the actual execution that mattered, the showing up for somebody. The intent behind it wasn’t enough. Not for me. Not anymore. It wasn’t enough to know that deep down, he loved me. You had to actually say it to somebody, show them you cared. And he just didn’t. Not enough.

– Jenny Han

It takes three to make love, not two: you, your spouse, and God. Without God people only succeed in bringing out the worst in one another. Lovers who have nothing else to do but love each other soon find there is nothing else. Without a central loyalty life is unfinished.

– Fulton J. Sheen

I have tried to let you go and I cannot. I cannot stop thinking of you. I cannot stop dreaming about you.

– Erin Morgenstern

Lovers Quotes by Famous People

Everyone is asleep. They’ve all been asleep for years. You seemed … awake.’ Alex is whispering now. He closes his eyes, opens them again. ‘I’m tired of sleeping.

– Lauren Oliver

…There is the heat of Love, the pulsing rush of Longing, the lover’s whisper, irresistible—magic to make the sanest man go mad.

– Homer the Iliad

Lovers Quotes

The greatest feminists have also been the greatest lovers. I’m thinking not only of Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley, but of Anais Nin, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and of course Sappho. You cannot divide creative juices from human juices. And as long as juicy women are equated with bad women, we will err on the side of being bad.”

– Erica Jong

Lovers Quotes by Famous People

It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.

– John Joseph Powell

When you miss someone….it’s weird…your body doesn’t function normally..as it should. Because I miss you, and my heart…it’s not steady…my soul it sings numb. Fingers are cold…like you…your soul.

– Coco J. Ginger

Lovers Quotes

Love is the foolishness of men, and the wisdom of God.

– Victor Hugo

I wore your promise on my finger for one year

I’ll wear your name on my heart til I die

Because you were my boy, you were my only boy forever.

– Coco J. Ginger

Lovers Quotes by Famous People

When you’re in love, you’re capable of learning everything and knowing things you had never dared even to think, because love is the key to understanding of all the mysteries.

– Paulo Coelho

If it’s the last kiss, we’d better make it last. I hope you don’t have anywhere to be, because I have the rest of my life free.

– Jarod Kintz

I am your moon and your moonlight too
I am your flower garden and your water too
I have come all this way, eager for you
Without shoes or shawl
I want you to laugh
To kill all your worries
To love you
To nourish you.

– Rumi

Lovers Quotes by Famous People

He brought out the worst in me, and was the best thing that ever happened to me.

– Coco J. Ginger

New streets should be Twitter friendly and be named with hashtags up front. I’d build a house on ‪ Lovers Lane‬.

– Jarod Kintz

I never lie,” I said offhand. “At least not to those I don’t love.

– Anne Rice

I don’t want to love him—this would be so much simpler if I didn’t. But I do.

He’s funny, and passionate, and strong, and he believes in me more than I even believe in myself. When he looks at me, I feel like I could take on the whole world and come out standing tall. I like myself better when I’m with him, because of how he sees me. He makes me feel beautiful and powerful, like I’m the most important thing in the world, and I don’t know how to walk away from that. I don’t know how to walk away from him.

– Rachel Vincent

I love you more. I love you enough to let you go and live your dream.” I tilted my head and shrugged. “Don’t you see….? I love you more.

He smiled softly and I brushed some hair off his forehead. Running the backs of my fingers down his cheek, I whispered, “And, yes, I will miss you, more than you could possibly imagine, but I know that you have to do this Kellan. And you know it too.”

Stubbornly he shook his head. “No, I know that I have to be with you. Everything else is just …. details.

– S.C. Stephens

Lovers Quotes by Famous People

I want you to spend the night,” you said. And it was definitely your phrasing that ensured it. If you had said, “Let’s have sex,” or “Let’s go to my place,” or even “I really want you,” I’m not sure we would have gone quite as far as we did. But I loved the notion that the night was mine to spend, and I immediately decided to spend it with you.

– David Levithan

2 out of 4 numbers prefer being in the bottom 50 percent. Half of all lovers also prefer being on the bottom.

– Jarod Kintz

Lovers and madmen have such seething brains
Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend
More than cool reason ever comprehends.

– William Shakespeare

It was good, and nothing good is truly lost. It stays part of a person, becomes part of their character. So part of you goes everywhere with me. And part of me is yours, forever

– Rosamunde Pilcher

For she had eyes and chose me.

– William Shakespeare

Lovers Quotes by Famous People

But what can be done, the one who loves must share the fate of the one he loves.

– Mikhail Bulgakov

He shook his head, just looking at me. 
– “What?” I asked.
– “Nothing” he said.
– “Why are you looking at me like that?”
Augustus half smiled. “Because you`re beautiful. I enjoy looking at beautiful people, and I decided a while ago not to deny myself the simpler pleasures of existence.” A brief awkward silence ensued. Augustus plowed through: “I mean, particularly given that, as you so deliciously pointed out, all of this will end in oblivion and everything.”
I kind of scoffed or sighed or exhaled in a way that was vaguely coughy and then said, “I`m not beau-“
– “You are like a millennial Natalie Portman. Like V for Vendetta Natalie Portman.”
– “Never seen it.”
– “Really?” he asked. “Pixie-haired gorgeous girl dislikes authority and can`t help but fall for a boy she knows is trouble. It`s your autobiography, so far as I can tell.”
His every syllable flirted. Honestly, he kind of turned me on. I didn`t even know that guys could turn me on – not, like, in real life.

–  John Green 

I’m telling you this for one reason and one reason only: No matter how sure you are of someone’s love, it’s always nice to hear it.

– Mike Gayle

You wash the horse, and I’ll wash the horse trainer. Then we’ll wash the dishes while we gallop into the sunset like two dirty lovers.

– Jarod Kintz

She puts her hands on either side of my face, and the room falls away. I have never gotten so lost in a kiss before.

And then, the space between us explodes. My heart keeps missing beats and my hands cannot bring her close enough to me. I taste her and realize I have been starving.

I have loved before, but it didn’t feel like this.

I have kissed before, but it didn’t burn me alive.

Maybe it lasts a minute, and maybe it’s an hour. All I know is that kiss, and how soft her skin is when it brushes against mine, and that even if I did not know it until now, I have been waiting for this person forever.

– Jodi Picoult

Lovers Quotes by Famous People

I’m a Pisces, and people say that Pisces make the best the best lovers. That’s because Pisces are fish, and it’s like my grandpa always used to say, “The next best thing to making love to a mermaid, is having sex with a fish.

– Jarod Kintz

Then she was kissing him as she had never kissed him before…and it was blissful oblivion, better than fire whisky; she was the only real thing in the world.

– J.K. Rowling

I want your most vital organ. I want it to be mine.

Coco J. Ginger

Lovers Quotes

If this continues, if this goes on, then when I die, your memories of me will be my greatest accomplishment. You memories will be my most lasting impressions.

– David Levithan

When you loved someone and had to let them go, there will always be that small part of yourself that whispers, “What was it that you wanted and why didn’t you fight for it?

– Shannon L. Alder

There are not enough days in forever to allow me to fully express the depth of my love for you.

– Steve Maraboli

Journeys end in lovers meeting.

– William Shakespeare

Lovers Quotes by Famous People

This dangerous girl. This captivating beauty.

This destroyer of worlds and creator of wonder.

– Renee Ahdieh

Women writers make for rewarding (and efficient) lovers. They are clever liars to fathers and husbands; yet they never hold their tongues too long, nor keep ardent typing fingers still.

– Roman Payne

We rode the merry-go-round like a couple of lovers. We weren’t though; we were just two horse enthusiasts from two different worlds (I think she was from Mars).

– Jarod Kintz

You see,” she concluded miserably, “when I can call like that to him across space–I belong to him. He doesn’t love me–he never will–but I belong to him.

– L. M Montgomery

Un-winged and naked, sorrow surrenders its crown to a throne called grace.

– Aberjhani

…I feel like a traitor, a phony, a fake. But I am a hypocrite with the best intentions, and I need kissing desperately.

– Coco J. Ginger

Lovers Quotes by Famous People

I believe in fate and I believe you were supposed to walk into my life, so Mason could walk into yours.

– Ella Frank

He paused leaning over to lay his lips on hers, “It’s time to feel again. Let me save you from yourself. You were drowning when I found you, but I’m not letting you go, not without a fight.” He kissed her sweetly and moved back standing up and over her. Lena looked up at his out stretched hand.

“Take my hand Lena.” He offered and she knew he meant it in a way that went far beyond offering to help her stand.

– Ella Frank

He was a gentle and sensitive soul, and therefore had a short temper, which is why he went straight after everything with an ax…

– Bohumil Hrabal

If you don’t know how to love, then any old robot or mechanical device would best suit your relationship style. In this situation, vacuum cleaners might make the best lovers.

– Jarod Kintz

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