Reading Comprehension - Love and marriage quotes

Develop your reading skills. Read the following love quotes and sayings.

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Love quotes

The face of a man

A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea.
Honore de Balzac

The birth of love

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

Loving heart

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.
Thomas Carlyle

Without his wings

Friendship is Love without his wings!
Lord Byron

Fortune and love

Fortune and love favor the brave.


Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.
Albert Einstein

Not only to be loved

I like not only to be loved, but also to be told I am loved.
George Eliot


Life is the flower for which love is the honey.
Victor Hugo


Love conquers all.

It cultivates

Love does not dominate; it cultivates.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Love is a canvas

Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.

Gross exageration

Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else.
George Bernard Shaw

Love is a smoke

Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.
William Shakespeare

All we have

Love is all we have, the only way that each can help the other.

Holy fashion

What a happy and holy fashion it is that those who love one another should rest on the same pillow.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Love and peace

If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that's his problem. Love and peace are eternal.
John Lennon

One word

One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is love.

Power and love

Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Truly artistic

The more I think it over, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.
Vincent van Gogh

The same direction

Loving is not just looking at each other, it's looking in the same direction.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Whatever you do

Whatever you do, crush the infamous thing, and love those who love you.

To fear love

To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.
Bertrand Russell

Love looks with the mind

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
William Shakespeare

The course of love

The course of true love never did run smooth.
William Shakespeare

The principle of love

At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.

Martin Luther King, Jr.


Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

If I love you

If I love you, what business is it of yours?
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

But my heart

All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Loving heart

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.

Thomas Carlyle


It is obvious that we can no more explain a passion to a person who has never experienced it than we can explain light to the blind.
T. S. Eliot

Cure of love

A pair of powerful spectacles has sometimes sufficed to cure a person in love.
Friedrich Nietzsche

They are necessities

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.
Dalai Lama

One is loved

One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.
Paulo Coelho

It takes us somewhere

Love can consign us to hell or to paradise, but it always takes us somewhere.
Paulo Coelho

A trap

Love is a trap. When it appears, we see only its light, not its shadows.
Paulo Coelho

It can be a nightmare

I'm not saying that love always takes you to heaven. Your life can become a nightmare. But that said, it is worth taking the risk.
Paulo Coelho

Only love can

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

In the heart

The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.

Loving your creator

Do you love your creator Love your fellow-beings first.
Prophet Muhammad

Let them go

If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don't, they never were.
Khalil Gibran


Love is often the fruit of marriage.

Reason and love

Reason is not what decides love.

Beautiful flower

Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same.
Helen Keller

Selfishness and the mind

As selfishness and complaint pervert the mind, so love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision.
Helen Keller


Gestures, in love, are incomparably more attractive, effective and valuable than words.
Francois Rabelais

Only more love

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.
Mother Teresa


Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.
Mother Teresa

Spread love

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
Mother Teresa

Love begins at home

Love begins by taking care of the closest ones - the ones at home.
Mother Teresa

The hunger for love

The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.
Mother Teresa

Intense love

Intense love does not measure, it just gives.
Mother Teresa

Even the rich!

Even the rich are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone to call their own.
Mother Teresa

Dirty trick

Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species.
W. Somerset Maugham

What is hell?

What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I love mankind

I love mankind, he said, "but I find to my amazement that the more I love mankind as a whole, the less I love man in particular.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

In the same direction

Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

When one is so sad

You see, one loves the sunset when one is so sad.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

True love

True love begins when nothing is looked for in return.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Someone to love

I am good, but not an angel. I do sin, but I am not the devil. I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to love.
Marilyn Monroe

The real lover

The real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space.
Marilyn Monroe

Beauty of the soul

Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.
Saint Augustine


He that is jealous is not in love.
Saint Augustine

Loved or understood?

Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.
George Orwell

If you loved someone

If you loved someone, you loved him, and when you had nothing else to give, you still gave him love.
George Orwell

More than love

We loved with a love that was more than love.
Edgar Allan Poe


And so being young and dipped in folly I fell in love with melancholy.
Edgar Allan Poe

Years of love

Years of love have been forgot, In the hatred of a minute.
Edgar Allan Poe

Born of love

We are born of love; Love is our mother.

They're in each other

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.

The people we love

We do not judge the people we love.
Jean-Paul Sartre

Loved and loving

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
Lao Tzu

I loved her

I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.
Charles Dickens

Speaking of love

If you're speaking of love, you really must include the element of uncertainty - and perhaps it's best approached as the art of constant maintenance.
Twyla Tharp

Every heart sings a song

Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet

Marriage quotes

Successful marriage

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.
Mignon McLaughlin

An alliance

Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who can't sleep with the window shut, and a woman who can't sleep with the window open.
George Bernard Shaw

How families work?

Newlyweds become oldyweds, and oldyweds are the reasons that families work.
Author Unknown


Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years.
Simone Signoret

Survival of marriages

More marriages might survive if the partners realized that sometimes the better comes after the worse.
Doug Larson

An advantage of marriage

One advantage of marriage is that, when you fall out of love with him or he falls out of love with you, it keeps you together until you fall in again.
Judith Viorst

Everything else is transitory

When marrying, ask yourself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this person into your old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Devotion of a married woman

There is nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It is a thing no married man knows anything about.
Oscar Wilde

An alliance

Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who can't sleep with the window shut, and a woman who can't sleep with the window open.
George Bernard Shaw

Marriage without love

Where there's marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.
Benjamin Franklin

Conditions for marriage!

No man should marry until he has studied anatomy and dissected at least one woman.
Honore de Balzac

An orangutan

The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin.
Honore de Balzac

They dream

They dream in courtship, but in wedlock wake.
Alexander Pope

Gay marriage

I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage. But when you start playing around with constitutions, just to prohibit somebody who cares about another person, it just seems to me that's not what America's about. Usually, our constitutions expand liberties, they don't contract them.
Barack Obama

Why a man marries?

A man marries to have a home, but also because he doesn't want to be bothered with sex and all that sort of thing.
W. Somerset Maugham

Before and after marriage

Before marriage, a girl has to make love to a man to hold him. After marriage, she has to hold him to make love to him.
Marilyn Monroe

Afraid of loneliness?

If you are afraid of loneliness, do not marry.
Anton Chekhov

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