150 Thought-Provoking Philosopher Love Quotes

We have compiled a collection of the finest philosopher love quotes from some of the greatest thinkers that have ever lived. Many of great sayings about love have been passed onto generations. But, some of them are as memorable as they can get, whether written or spoken.

Philosophers can not be separated from their great knowledge, intellectual thinking and the science. They have studied many of the common and principles questions from the world, based on their specific method of thinking. Therefore, knowing the philosophy of love from the point of view of philosophers is very interesting.

We believe that the quotes we read and hear continuously can influence the way we perceive things. Indeed, the power of words can inspire, challenge, and motivate us. Without further ado, here is the most inspirational, wise, and thought-provoking philosopher love quotes you need.

Thought-provoking philosophical love phrases

You can love a person dear to you with a human love, but an enemy can only be loved with divine love. — Leo Tolstoy

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. — Plato

Love, like a tear, rises in the eye and falls upon the breast. — Publilius Syrus

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Love is the expression of the one who loves, not of the one who is loved. Those who think they can love only the people they prefer do not love at all. Love discovers truths about individuals that others cannot see. — Soren Kierkegaard

Out of love, women become entirely what it is that they are in the imaginations of the men who love them. — Friedrich Nietzsche

There is the love of knowing without the love of learning; the beclouding here leads to dissipation of mind. — Confucius

To write a good love letter, you ought to begin without knowing what you mean to say, and to finish without knowing what you have written. — Jean-Jacques Rousseau

For a crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love. — Francis Bacon

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We need a moral philosophy in which the concept of love, so rarely mentioned now by philosophers, can once again be made central. — Iris Murdoch

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

Inspiring philosophical love quotes to elevate your mind

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

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. — Laozi

Love cannot exists as a duty; to tell a child that it ought to love its parents and its brother and sisters is utterly useless, if not worse. — Bertrand Russell

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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. — Voltaire

Love’s wounds can be healed only by the one who inflicts them. — Publilius Syrus

Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love. — Rumi

The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed. — Jiddu Krishnamurti

When you are in love you are not wise; or, when you are wise you are not in love. — Publilius Syrus

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Listen with ears of tolerance! See through the eyes of compassion! Speak with the language of love. — Rumi

To cheat oneself out of love is the most terrible deception; it is an eternal loss for which there is no reparation, either in time or in eternity. — Soren Kierkegaard

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

Philosopher love quotes on relationship

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

He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began. — Leo Tolstoy

… in marriage the great thing was love, and that with love one would always be happy, for happiness rests only on oneself. — Leo Tolstoy

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Many people when they fall in love look for a little haven of refuge from the world, where they can be sure of being admired when they are not admirable, and praised when they are not praiseworthy. — Bertrand Russell

Between whom there is hearty truth there is love. — Henry David Thoreau

Man is insatiable for power; he is infantile in his desires and, always discontented with what he has, loves only what he has not. People complain of the despotism of princes; they ought to complain of the despotism of man. — Joseph de Maistre

A mystery is a problem that encroaches upon itself because the questioner becomes the object of the question. Getting to Mars is a problem. Falling in love is a mystery. — Gabriel Marcel

Love takes up where knowledge leaves off. — Thomas Aquinas

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But as to the affection which anyone may have for us, it is the first demand of duty that we do most for him who loves us most; but we should measure affection, not like youngsters, by the ardour of its passion, but rather by its strength and constancy. — Marcus Tullius Cicero

Love is the power to see similarity in the dissimilar. — Theodor Adorno

Philosopher love quotes about friendship

Many men are loved by their enemies, and hated by their friends, and are the friends of their enemies, and the enemies of their friends. — Plato

Thus nature has no love for solitude, and always leans, as it were, on some support; and the sweetest support is found in the most intimate friendship. — Marcus Tullius Cicero

Love is the attempt to form a friendship inspired by beauty. — Marcus Tullius Cicero

Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable. — Bruce Lee

It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. — Friedrich Nietzsche

Misfortune shows those who are not really friends. — Aristotle

What else is love but understanding and rejoicing in the fact that another person lives acts and experiences otherwise than we do? — Friedrich Nietzsche

Every great love brings with it the cruel idea of killing the object of its love so that it may be removed once and for all from the wicked game of change: for love dreads change even more than annihilation. — Friedrich Nietzsche

Today, see if you can stretch your heart and expand your love so that it touches not only those to whom you can give it easily, but also to those who need it so much. — Aristotle

A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you. ― Elbert Hubbard

Self-love philosophical quotes and sayings

This self-love is the instrument of our preservation; it resembles the provision for the perpetuity of mankind: it is necessary, it is dear to us, it gives us pleasure, and we must conceal it. — Voltaire

One must learn to love oneself with a wholesome and healthy love, so that one can bear to be with oneself and need not roam. — Friedrich Nietzsche

Love others as you would love yourself, judge others as you would judge yourself, cherish others as you would cherish yourself. When you wish for others as you wish for yourself and when you protect others as you would protect yourself, that’s when you can say it’s true love. — Confucius

Love is the perception of individuals. Love is the extremely difficult realisation that something other than oneself is real. — Iris Murdoch

Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her. — Laozi

Don’t forget to love yourself. — Soren Kierkegaard

Self love is the instrument of our preservation. — Voltaire

Those who intend on becoming great should love neither themselves or their own things, but only what is just, whether it happens to be done by themselves or others. — Plato

A soul which knows that it is loved, but does not itself love, betrays its sediment: its dregs come up. — Friedrich Nietzsche

We ought to fear a man who hates himself, for we are at risk of becoming victims of his anger and revenge. Let us then try to lure him into self-love. — Friedrich Nietzsche

Greatest philosophical quotes about love

In true love it is the soul that envelops the body. — Friedrich Nietzsche

Love must be as much a light as it is a flame. — Henry David Thoreau

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

True love cannot be found where it does not exist, nor can be denied where it does. — Torquato Tasso

Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence. — Erich Fromm

Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says ‘I need you because I love you.’ — Erich Fromm

When you love someone, you love the person as they are, and not as you’d like them to be. — Leo Tolstoy

When we do not love, we sleep, we are children of the dust – but love, and you are a god, you are pure, as on the first day of creation. — Leo Tolstoy

Sensuality often makes love grow too quickly, so that the root remains weak and is easy to pull out. — Friedrich Nietzsche

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

Hatred which is completely vanquished by love passes into love: and love is thereupon greater than if hatred had not preceded it. — Baruch Spinoza

To love a thing means wanting it to live. — Confucius

To know it is not as good as to love it, and to love it is not as good as to take delight in it. — Confucius

It has been said that love robs those who have it of their wit, and gives it to those who have none. — Denis Diderot

Nothing is less in our power than the heart, and far from commanding we are forced to obey it. — Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Spiritual philosophical quotation

All loves should be simply stepping stones to the love of God. So it was with me; and blessed be his name for his great goodness and mercy. — Plato

Love for God is the farthest reach of all stations, the sun of the highest degrees, and there is no station after that of love, except its fruit and its consequences. — Al-Ghazali

Love thy neighbor as thyself: Do not do to others what thou wouldst not wish be done to thyself: Forgive injuries. Forgive thy enemy, be reconciled to him, give him assistance, invoke God in his behalf. — Confucius

Body is purified by water. Ego by tears. Intellect is purified by knowledge. And soul is purified with love. — Ali ibn Abi Talib

Therefore the best fortress is to be found in the love of the people, for although you may have fortresses they will not save you if you are hated by the people. — Niccolo Machiavelli

Love is the bridge between you and everything. — Rumi

In myths the warrant of grace was the acceptance of sacrifice; it is this acceptance that love, the re-enactment of sacrifice, beseeches if it is not to feel under a curse. — Theodor Adorno

If the house of the world is dark, Love will find a way to create windows. — Rumi

Love is a brilliant illustration of a principle everywhere discoverable: namely, that human reason lives by turning the friction of material forces into the light of ideal goods. — George Santayana

Often love between two people intensifies not because of beauty or some advantage, but because of sheer spiritual affinity. — Al-Ghazali

Philosophical quotes about life and love

One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life. That word is Love. — Socrates

No time of life is so beautiful as the early days of love, when with every meeting, every glance, one fetches something new home to rejoice over. — Soren Kierkegaard

Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced. — Soren Kierkegaard

To say that you can love one person all your life is just like saying that one candle will continue burning as long as you live. — Leo Tolstoy

Love is like a spice. It can sweeten your life – however, it can spoil it, too. — Confucius

We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving. — Friedrich Nietzsche

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

The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge. — Bertrand Russell

If you have not learned to be a passionate lover, do not count your life as lived. On the day of reckoning, it will not be counted. — Rumi

This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet. — Rumi

Where there is love there is life. — Mahatma Gandhi

One word
Frees us of all the weight and pain of life:
That word is love. — Sophocles

Fortune and love favour the brave. — Ovid

Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear. — Niccolo Machiavelli

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. — Lao Tzu

Philosophical love quotes on woman

Any one must see at a glance that if men and women marry those whom they do not love, they must love those whom they do not marry. — Harriet Martineau

The enormous expectation having to do with sexual love and the shame involved in this expectation degrades all a woman’s perspectives from the start. — Friedrich Nietzsche

In every form of womanly love something of motherly love also comes to light. — Friedrich Nietzsche

In revenge and in love, woman is more barbarous than man. — Friedrich Nietzsche

A man loved by a beautiful woman will always get out of trouble. — Voltaire

In fact the whole passion ordinarily termed love (and heaven help me if I can think of any other term to apply to it) is of such exceeding triviality that I see nothing that I think comparable with it. — Marcus Tullius Cicero

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. — Rumi

Love should be a tree whose roots are deep in the earth, but whose branches extend into heaven. — Bertrand Russell

Love works in a circle, for the beloved moves the lover by stamping a likeness, and the lover then goes out to hold the beloved inreality. Who first was the beginning now becomes the end of motion. — Thomas Aquinas

For loving draws us more to things than knowing does, since good is found by going to the thing, whereas the true is found when the thing comes to us. — Thomas Aquinas

Great philosopher love quotes to get happiness

Rules for happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for. — Immanuel Kant

Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. — Leo Tolstoy

Those who have never known the deep intimacy and the intense companionship of happy mutual love have missed the best thing that life has to give. — Bertrand Russell

When all your desires are distilled; You will cast just two votes: To love more, And be happy. — Hafez

Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness. — Bertrand Russell

Love is the whole thing. We are only pieces. — Rumi

Our affections as well as our bodies are in perpetual flux. — Jean-Jacques Rousseau

We can only learn to love by loving. — Iris Murdoch

What a miserable world! – trouble if we love, and trouble if we do not love. — Joseph de Maistre

To love is to will the good of the other. — Thomas Aquinas

If a man can be properly said to love something, it must be clear that he feels affection for it as a whole, and does not love part of it to the exclusion of the rest. — Plato

It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love. — Voltaire

Love, whether sexual, parental, or fraternal, is essentially sacrificial, and prompts a man to give his life for his friends. — George Santayana

No love is entirely without worth, even when the frivolous calls to the frivolous and the base to the base. — Iris Murdoch

Falling out of love is very enlightening. For a short while you see the world with new eyes. — Iris Murdoch

Short ancient philosopher love quotes

In love, anger is always false. — Publilius Syrus

Reason is powerless in the expression of Love. — Rumi

Love is all, it gives all, and it takes all. — Soren Kierkegaard

Love does not alter the beloved, it alters itself. — Soren Kierkegaard

In love, one and one are one. — Jean-Paul Sartre

The greatest pleasure in life is love. — Euripides

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet. — Plato

Love is the beauty of the soul. — Saint Augustine

The love we give away is the only love we keep. — Elbert Hubbard

Every heart sings a song incomplete until another heart whispers back. — Plato

Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law. — Boethiusr

The first duty of love is to listen. — Paul Tillich

We are asleep until we fall in love! — Leo Tolstoy

To love someone is to identify with them. — Aristotle

Forgiveness is the final form of love. — Reinhold Niebuhr

The science of love is the philosophy of the heart. — Marcus Tullius Cicero

Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along. — Rumi

Love you will find only where you may show yourself weak without provoking strength. — Theodor Adorno

Love is the cause of unity in all things. — Aristotle

There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain. — Plato

The things that we love tell us what we are. — Thomas Aquinas

To get rid of an enemy one must love him. — Leo Tolstoy

Love truth, but pardon error. — Voltaire

I loved him as we always love the first time: with idolatry and wild passion. — Voltaire

It is impossible to love and to be wise. — Francis Bacon

Deep philosophical quotes about love

Love is the infinite which is given to the finite. Therefore we love in others, for we do not merely love others, but we love the Love that is in them and which is more than their or our love. — Paul Tillich

Love is a little haven of refuge from the world. — Bertrand Russell

To love rightly is to love what is orderly and beautiful in an educated and disciplined way. — Plato

It’s easy to fall in love. The hard part is finding someone to catch you. — Bertrand Russell

The wounds of love can only be healed by the one who made them. — Publilius Syrus

We cannot love unless we have accepted forgiveness, and the deeper our experience of forgiveness is, the greater is our love. — Paul Tillich

Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination. — Voltaire

In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art. — Rumi

Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough. — George Edward Moore

I need you because I love you. — Erich Fromm

More love quotes from philosopher

Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods. — Plato

… so in love the heart surrenders itself entirely to the one being that has known how to touch it. That being is not selected; it is recognised and obeyed. — George Santayana

Half our standards come from our first masters, and the other half from our first loves. — George Santayana

The lover knows much more about absolute good and universal beauty than any logician or theologian, unless the latter, too, be lovers in disguise. — George Santayana

The man who falls in love chill find plenty of occupation. — Ovid

You know you have loved someone when you have glimpsed in them that which is too beautiful to die. — Gabriel Marcel

Nuptial love makes mankind; friendly love perfects it; but wanton love corrupts and debases it. — Francis Bacon

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

For though we love both the truth and our friends, piety requires us to honor the truth first. — Aristotle

The speaking in a perpetual hyperbole is comely in nothing but love. — Francis Bacon

When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you. — Laozi

Let the man who does not wish to be idle, fall in love. — Ovid

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