L’AMOUR ART CAR

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When we got in a car accident last year and got this beautiful, white, electric beauty in the old car’s place, I knew I had to turn it into an awesome art car. I’ve been participating in the Houston Art Car Parade for around five years as a decked out rollerblader, but this year, I joined the 30th Anniversary parade in my very first art car : L’amour Art Car!

Me working on the art car – yes, my back has finally recovered. 😉

This fully electric car is the L’amour Art Car and my daily driver. ‘L’amour’ in French means love and is a subtle nod to my Cajun heritage. This art car is all about the love! Friend love. Romantic love. Ethereal love. All kinds of love! It is covered in over 250 hand-written quotes, poems and lyrics all about love and was completed on Valentine’s Day 2017. It a was a true labor of love (get it?) and took me a little over a month to complete.
LOVE has been my mission and guidepost. It is the thing that drives me, motivates me, moves me and inspires me. This car was inspired by my love for love. My sincere hope is that this car might brighten the world in some way and bring our focus back to LOVE. For love is, in my opinion, the reason we are here and a great balm for our weary souls.
MAY 2017 UPDATE: Now that I’ve completed the Art Car Parade, I’ll be letting L’Amour fade back to white. But fear not! After she fades (and I clean her of any non-fading quotes), I’ll likely be creating a new, smaller design with some of my favorite quotes from the list below. Stay tuned for L’Amour 2.0! 🙂

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FULL LIST OF QUOTES INCLUDED ON THE CAR

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

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

We accept the love we think we deserve.- Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being A Wallflower

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

Love looks not with the eyes, but the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.-William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s going to be really hard; we’re gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me… everyday.- Noah to Allie, Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.-Mahatma Gandhi

One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.-Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.-Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart) – e. e. cummings

Where there is love there is life.-Mahatma Gandhi

Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.-Zelda Fitzgerald

There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.-John Lennon

This is a good sign, having a broken heart. It means we have tried for something.- Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.- William Shakespeare, Hamlet

I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear-Martin Luther King Jr

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

Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite in fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun, more last than star.- e.e. cummings

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

Love is the answer to everything. It’s the only reason to do anything. -Ray Bradbury

Life is a flower of which love is the honey.- Victor Hugo

Love; it will not betray you, dismay or enslave you. It will set you free.-Mumford & Sons

In dreams and in love, there are no impossibilities. — János Arnay

Love is the greatest refreshment in life. – Pablo Picasso

Love is all around us.- Love, Actually

The first step in moving to a place of love for everyone […] is to move to a place of love for yourself. You cannot give to another what you cannot give to yourself.” –Neale Donald Walsch, Conversations with God for Teens

Fun, joy, and love is who you are. It is the
natural you. Just give in to that[…] Share love with everyone, in the form that your soul tells you is most appropriate to the moment and to the kind of relationship you have with each person –and with yourself.” –Neale Donald Walsch,
Conversations with God for Teens

Love is, in my opinion, the reason we are here and a great balm for our weary souls.- Angelle Conant

You are valued. You are needed. You are enough. YOU ARE LOVED. – Angelle Conant

Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.- Lucille Ball

The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.- Morrie Schwartz

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

The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.-Helen Keller

Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.- Vincent Van Gogh

The giving of love is an education in itself.-Eleanor Roosevelt

Love is a better teacher than duty.-Albert Einstein

For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.-Carl Sagan

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.- Charles Schulz

Not only do self-love and love of others go hand in hand but ultimately they are indistinguishable. – M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled

All, everything that I understand, I only understand because I love.-Leo Tolstoy

You have bewitched me body and soul, and I love, I love, I LOVE YOU.- Mr. Darcy to Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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

The greatest thing you’ll ever learn Is to love and be loved in return. – Natalie Cole, Unforgettable with Love

Less is more unless it’s love. – Ben Mittleman

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

Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit. – Peter Ustinov

Love one another and you will be happy. It’s as simple and as difficult as that. -Michael Leunig

A baby is born with a need to be loved — and never outgrows it. – Frank A Clark

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

Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.-Zora Neale Hurston

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

The past is behind us, love is in front and all around us. – Terri Guillemets

“After all this time?” “Always,” said Snape. – JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

“You are protected, in short, by your ability to love!” – Albus Dumbledore, JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

“The ones that love us never really leaves us. You can always find them, in here.” Sirius Black, JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Love, it’s not an emotion. It’s a promise. – 12th Doctor, Doctor Who (Death in Heaven)

Love is a partnership of two unique people who bring out the very best in each other, and who know that even though they are wonderful as individuals, they are even better together. – Barbara Cage

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray. – Rumi

Love. You can learn all the math in the ‘verse… but you take a boat in the air that you don’t love… she’ll shake you off just as sure as the turn of the worlds. Love keeps her in the air when she ought to fall down… tells you she’s hurting before she keels. Makes her a home. – Malcolm Reynolds, Serenity

You know when I said I knew little about love? That wasn’t true. I know a lot about love. I’ve seen it, centuries and centuries of it, and it was the only thing that made watching your world bearable. All those wars — pain, lies, hate… It made me want to turn away and never look down again. But when I see the way that mankind loves… you could search to the furthest reaches of the universe and never find anything more beautiful. So yes, I know that love is unconditional. But I also know that it can be unpredictable, unexpected, uncontrollable, unbearable, and strangely easy to mistake for loathing, and… what I’m trying to say, Tristran is… I think I love you. Is this love, Tristran? I never imagined I’d know it for myself. My heart… it feels like my chest can barely contain it. Like it’s trying to escape because it doesn’t belong to me any more. It belongs to you. And if you wanted it, I’d wish for nothing in exchange: no gifts, no goods, no demonstrations of devotion. Nothing but knowing you loved me too. Just your heart, in exchange for mine. – Yvaine to Tristran, Neil Gaiman, Stardust

“I love you.”
“I know.” – Leia & Han, Star Wars

The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost”-G.K. Chesterton

Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love. Gandalf, JRR Tolkien, The Hobbit

In the end, nothing we do or say in this lifetime will matter as much as the way we have loved one another.-Daphne Rose Kingma

To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving in all directions.-Madame Swetchine

If you don’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?– RuPaul

We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.
Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves. -Brene Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path. – Brene Brown, Daring Greatly

Here’s what is truly at the heart of wholeheartedness: Worthy now, not if, not when, we’re worthy of love and belonging now. Right this minute. As is. – Brene Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light. – Brene Brown

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves. – Mary Oliver

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.
It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive…- Oriah Mountain Dreamer, The Invitation

Someday love will find you
Break those chains that bind you. – Journey, Separate Ways

Cause all of me
loves all of you.
Love your curves and all your edges,
all your perfect imperfections. ~John Legend, All Of Me

Isn’t she lovely
Isn’t she wonderful
Isn’t she precious
Less than one minute old
I never thought through love we’d be
Making one as lovely as she
But isn’t she lovely made from love -Stevie Wonder, Isn’t She Lovely

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. -Maya Angelou

My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return. – Maya Angelou

If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die. -Maya Angelou

A man
Solemn and sallow
Watches
Silently
As a woman sketches.

“You have no talent,”
He says flatly.

“It is not about talent,”
She replies.
“It is about joy.”

“There are
more important things than joy,”
He quips.

“Indeed.

There is love,”
She says
A small smile
Cresting on her lips.” – Angelle Conant, More Important Than Joy

Only a poet knows love
Only a poet knows heartbreak
They say.

I say
Why do so many poets
Have a bleeding, gushing heart?
I cannot live without her! he says.
His words are my very soul! he says.

I hate to be the one to tell you this…
But no.
You can live without her
And your soul is yours
And yours alone.
Know thyself; Love thyself
I say.
A poet is not defined by other people
(That’s codependency).
You are you.
Find you.
Be you.
Love you.
And then

And then
Love another.-Angelle Conant, Codependency

When I imagine myself as an old woman at the end of my life and ask myself how I will evaluate my time here, there is only one question that concerns me: Did I love well? – Oriah Mountain Dreamer, The Invitation

There are a thousand ways to love other people and the world – with our touch, our words, our silences, our work, our presence. I want to love well. This is my hunger. I want to make love to the world by the way I live in it, by the way I am with myself and others every day. – Oriah Mountain Dreamer, The Invitation

And sometimes, I allow myself to imagine that each moment in which we love well by simply being all of who we are and being fully present allows us to give back something essential to the Sacred Mystery that sustains all life. – Oriah Mountain Dreamer, The Invitation

But I do breathe, allowing the sorrows of the world to break my heart over and over, letting the joys make it whole again. Knowing how to do this, finding the courage to take another breath and not close my heart to myself or the world where there is pain, is what I seek to learn – how to love well. – Oriah Mountain Dreamer, The Invitation

To choose life we have to be willing to wait, open to life and love at a time when opening seems impossible and we are sure that no one and nothing will ever be able to find us. – Oriah Mountain Dreamer, The Invitation

The intimacy, the interconnectedness of all life that is the love to which we all belong, can only be given and received. It cannot be taken. – Oriah Mountain Dreamer, The Invitation

My chest aches with a love that fills me like a bright light whose brilliance leaks out around my edges and makes my body translucent, threatening to split me open. Oriah Mountain Dreamer, The Call

It lies in our hands in crystals
too intricate to decipher

It goes into the skillet
without being given a second thought

It spills on the floor so fine
we step all over it

We carry a pinch behind each eyeball

It breaks out on our foreheads

We store it inside our bodies
in secret wineskins

At supper, we pass it around the table
talking of holidays by the sea. – Lisa Mueller, Love Like Salt

I realized that pleasure and love evolve. I evolve. He evolves. True love is when both people have room to grow and evolve together and enjoy the journey (not without its bumps and crying fits, however!). True love is when you find someone with whom you can be your true self. – Maria Rodale, It’s My Pleasure

Since true love consists above all in the union of a lover’s soul and will with those of the beloved, and since the commitment of feigned love cannot lay claim to the correspondence of true love, I advise you to profit from my telling you the truth, for this, too, is a mark of affection. – Veronica Franco

When people choose love positive change really happens, peace happens. We all want ‘world peace’ but think of it as some elusive, impossible dream, yet world peace starts at home. – Maria Rodale, It’s My Pleasure

The secret is love. Messy love. Dirty love. Gentle love. Animal love. Kind love. True love. Love, love, love, and don’t you forget it. Love without borders and nationality. Gay love. Mother love. Hot sexy love. Hard love. Tough love. Real love can’t be contained within social, religious, and political groups. Real love is a power so strong it can save the world. Love is…a pleasure. – Maria Rodale, It’s My Pleasure

If thousands of people can sing the same love song together all is not lost. As long as we have catchy, happy pop songs, there is hope. – Maya Rodale, It’s My Pleasure

I came to see love as a courageous act and pleasure as its harbringer. – Carol Gilligan

There are moments that cry out to be fulfilled.
Like, telling someone you love them. – Mary Oliver, Moments

Things!
Burn them, burn them! Make a beautiful
fire! More room in your heart for love,
for the trees! For the birds who own
nothing – the reason they can fly. – Mary Oliver, Storage

Someone who does not run toward the allure of love walks a road where nothing lives. – Rumi

Love is the one thing the heart craves
and love is the one thing
you can’t steal. – Mary Oliver, A House, or a Million Dollars

It seems you love this world very much.
“Yes,” I said. “This beautiful world.” – Mary Oliver, A Voice from I Don’t Know Where

Love is like oxygen – love is a many splendored thing – love lifts us up where we belong! All you need is love! – Christian, Moulin Rouge

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend. – Martin Luther King Jr

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death. -Robert Fulghum

Love is the answer, and you know that for sure; Love is a flower, you’ve got to let it grow.- John Lennon

My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world. -Jack Layton

We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself. You’ve got to keep watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.- John Lennon

Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.- Ann Landers

Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love. -Stevie Wonder

We are born of love; Love is our mother. – Rumi

For true love is inexhaustible; the more you give, the more you have. And if you go to draw at the true fountainhead, the more water you draw, the more abundant is its flow. –Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.- Elie Wiesel

Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment. -Mahatma Gandhi

When we recognise the virtues, the talent, the beauty of Mother Earth, something is born in us, some kind of connection; love is born.- Thich Nhat Hanh

I think that love is what we’re all searching for. I haven’t come across anyone who didn’t become a better person through love. -Marla Gibbs

Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another.- Thomas Merton

Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life.- Leo Buscaglia

Love is my religion – I could die for it. -John Keats

Love is metaphysical gravity.- R. Buckminster Fuller

Love is the most difficult and dangerous form of courage. Courage is the most desperate, admirable and noble kind of love.- Delmore Schwartz

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

Love is space and time measured by the heart. – Marcel Proust

Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart. — -Washington Irving

When love is deep, much can be accomplished.- Shinichi Suzuki

Dare, dream, dance, smile, and sing loudly! And have faith that love is an unstoppable force!- Suzanne Brockmann

Love is a sacred reserve of energy; it is like the blood of spiritual evolution. -Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Love is or it ain’t. Thin love ain’t love at all. -Toni Morrison

In business as well as in everything else, you’re in business to spread love. Your agency should spread love, your screenplay should spread love, your store should spread love, your life should spread love. The key to a successful career is realizing that it s not separate from the rest of your life, but is rather an extension of your most basic self and your most basic self is love. – Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love

You dig deep enough into your mind, and deep enough into mine, the picture is the same: at the bottom of it all, what we are is love.-Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love

The return to love is hardly the end of life’s adventure. It’s the real beginning. A course in miracle says we think we have many different problems but we really only have one: denying love is the only problem and embracing it is the only answer. – Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love

Love taken seriously is a radical outlook, a major departure from the psychological orientation that rules the world. It is threatening not because it is a small idea, but because it is so huge.-Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love

To love ourselves and support each other in the process of becoming real is perhaps the greatest single act of daring greatly. – Brene Brown, Daring Greatly

Those who feel lovable, who love, and who experience belonging simply believe they are worthy of love and belonging. – Brene Brown, Daring Greatly

Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging. – Brene Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

Keep an open heart. We are wired to find love. – Dr. Helen Fisher

A world without love is a deadly place. – Dr. Helen Fisher

I think us here to wonder, myself. To wonder. To ask. And that in wondering bout the big things and asking bout the big things, you learn about the little ones, almost by accident. But you never know nothing more about the big things than you start out with. The more I wonder, the more I love. – Alice Walker, The Color Purple

Everything want to be loved. Us sing and dance and holler, just trying to be loved. – Alice Walker, The Color Purple

Don’t ever think I fell for you, or fell over you. I didn’t fall in love, I rose in it. – Toni Morrison, Jazz

But wouldn’t it be lovely to watch two people fall in love? – Anne Bishop, The Shadow Queen

In order to escape the illusion and find inner peace, remember that only love in a situation is real. – Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love

We need love in order to live happily, as much as we need oxygen in order to live at all.-Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love

At such times I feel I could die for love of her, my little stranger, my
heart swelling dangerously so that the only release is to run too, my red coat flapping around my shoulders like wings, my hair a comet’s tail in the patchy blue sky. – Joanne Harris, Chocolat

Love will never be certain, but after collecting thousands of stories, I’m willing to call this a fact: A deep sense of love and belonging is an irreducible need of all men, women, and children. We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong. – Brene Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

L is for the way you look at me
O is for the only one I see
V is very, very extraordinary
E is even more than anyone that you adore can
Love is all that I can give to you
Love is more than just a game for two
Two in love can make it
Take my heart and please don’t break it
Love was made for me and you. – Nat King Cole, L-O-V-E

At last my love has come along
My lonely days are over and life is like a song. – Etta James, At Last

I may not be a smart man, but I know what love is. – Forrest Gump

Above all, send the bees love. Every little thing wants to be loved. – Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

And when you get down to it, Lily, that is the only purpose grand enough for a human life. Not just to love but to persist in love. – Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

The most fundamental and radical of these changes is learning how to love and accept your precious body right now. It is, after all, the temple that houses your soul. – Dr. Christiane Northrup, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom

You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.
― William W. Purkey

You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. ― Dr. Seuss

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

As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close. ― Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets

Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. ― Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

“You love me. Real or not real?”
I tell him, “Real.” ― Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay

I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough… ― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.― Robert Fulghum, True Love

There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature. ― Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn’t speak
You were my eyes when I couldn’t see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn’t reach
You gave me faith ‘coz you believed
I’m everything I am
Because you loved me. – Celine Dion, Because You Loved Me

Storm clouds may gather
And stars may collide
But I love you until the end of time
Oh, come what may, come what may
I will love you, I will love you – Christian & Satine, Moulin Rouge

Always know that love will find a way. – Lionel Richie, Love Will Find a Way

I’d rather fight with you than make love with anyone else. – Nick to Kat, The Wedding Date

I may never know how to quantify perfectly just how much I love you or describe in words exactly how it makes me feel to love you that much, and that’s perfectly fine. I love that, and I love you! – Bill Conant

Ooo, I love you like a pig loves corn. – Cajun Saying

The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love, and be loved in return.
—Christian, Moulin Rouge

I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. – Harry Burns, When Harry Met Sally

In my opinion, the best thing you can do is find someone who loves you for exactly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you. – Mac MacGuff, Juno

At this moment – and throughout your day today –
Know that simply being you
Being Love
makes a difference. – Heidi Straube, Pleasure

One love, one heart
Let’s get together and feel all right. – Bob Marley, One Love

We have before us the glorious opportunity to inject a new dimension of love into the veins of our civilization. – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it. – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

Love trumps hate. – Hillary Clinton

Kindness is just love with work boots on. – Britt Michaelin

Love has been my mission & guidepost. It drives & inspires me. – Angelle Conant

It was heaven. Forget angels, forget St. Peter and glittering harpsichords. Heaven was a dance in the arms of one’s true love. – Julia Quinn

No one said we had to spend every waking moment together, but at the end of the day and most of the time during, there is no one I would rather see, no one whose voice I would rather hear, and no one whose mind I would rather explore. I love you, Hyacinth Bridgerton. And I always will. – Julia Quinn, It’s In His Kiss

When you can’t see the forest or the trees,
for all the colors of your dreams,
just turn to friends their help transcends to love, love, love, love, love.
I believe in love. – Lily Collins, I Believe (In Love), Mirror Mirror

You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. – Jane Austen, Persuasion

To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life. – Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

By my soul, I can neither eat, drink, nor sleep; nor, what’s still worse, love any woman in the world but her. – Samuel Richardson, Clarissa, or, The History of a Young Lady

In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

I have waited for this opportunity for more than half a century, to repeat to you once again my vow of eternal fidelity and everlasting love. – Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

Now, I’m not going to deny that I was aware of your beauty. But the point is, this has nothing to do with your beauty. As I got to know you, I began to realise that beauty was the least of your qualities. I became fascinated by your goodness. I was drawn in by it. I didn’t understand what was happening to me. And it was only when I began to feel actual, physical pain every time you left the room that it finally dawned on me: I was in love, for the first time in my life. – Choderlos de Laclos, Dangerous Liaisons

All this gladness in life, all honest pride in doing my work in the world, all this keen sense of being, I owe to her! And it doubles the gladness, it makes the pride glow, it sharpens the sense of existence till I hardly know if it is pain or pleasure, to think that I owe it to one – nay, you must, you shall hear – said he, stepping forwards with stern determination – to one whom I love, as I do not believe man ever loved woman before. – Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South

Soul meets soul on lovers’ lips. – Percy Bysshe Shelley, Prometheus Unbound

Tis better to have loved and lost, Than never to have loved at all. – Alfred Lord Tennyson, In Memoriam A.H.H.

It has made me better loving you … it has made me wiser, and easier, and brighter. I used to want a great many things before, and to be angry that I did not have them. Theoretically, I was satisfied. I flattered myself that I had limited my wants. But I was subject to irritation; I used to have morbid sterile hateful fits of hunger, of desire. Now I really am satisfied, because I can’t think of anything better. – Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady

One hour of right down love is worth an age of dully living on. – Aphra Benn, The Rover

Oh the heart that has truly loved never forgets, But as truly loves on to the close. – Thomas Moore, Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms

It is better to love wisely, no doubt: but to love foolishly is better than not to be able to love at all. – William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair

Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night. – William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

O, my luve’s like a red, red rose, That’s newly sprung in June. – Robert Burns, My Luve is Like a Red Red Rose

The winds were warm about us, the whole earth seemed the wealthier for our love. – Harriet Prescott Spofford, The Amber Gods

She was more than human to me. She was a Fairy, a Sylph, I don’t know what she was – anything that no one ever saw, and everything that everybody ever wanted. I was swallowed up in an abyss of love in an instant. There was no pausing on the brink; no looking down, or looking back; I was gone, headlong, before I had sense to say a word to her. – Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

Her love was entire as a child’s, and though warm as summer it was fresh as spring. – Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd

Is it that happy stretch of time when the lovers set to chronicling their passion. When no glance, no tone of voice is so fleeting but it shines with significance. When each moment, each perception is brought out with care, unfolded like a precious gem from its layers of the softest tissue paper and laid in front of the beloved – turned this way and that, examined, considered. – Ahdaf Soueif, The Map of Love

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach – Elizabeth Barrett Browning, How Do I Love Thee?

Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. – Prime Minister, Love Actually

If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around. – Prime Minister, Love Actually

Amelie has a strange feeling of absolute harmony. It’s a perfect moment. A soft light, a scent in the air, the quiet murmur of the city. A surge of love, an urge to help mankind overcomes her. – Narrator, Amelie

But still sometimes, when the wind is warm or the crickets sing… I dream of a love that even time will lie down and be still for. – Sally Owens, Practical Magic

Can love really travel back in time and heal a broken heart? Was it our joined hands that finally lifted Maria’s curse? I’d like to think so. But there are some things I know for certain: always throw spilt salt over your left shoulder, keep rosemary by your garden gate, plant lavender for luck, and fall in love whenever you can. – Sally Owens, Practical Magic

When you love someone, you love all of them… you gotta love everything about them, not just the good things but the bad things too. The things that you find lovable and the things you don’t. – Estelle, Valentine’s Day

I love that when I breathe you in you smell like cake batter. And I love that you have this insane way of talking in circles that makes perfect sense. I love your eyes. I even love…your mother. – Johnny to Milly, Because I Said So

Sometimes to lose balance for love is part of living a balanced life. – Ketut Liyer, Eat Pray Love

Hey, Groceries. Believe in love again. – Richard from Texas, Eat Pray Love

I guess you just don’t know people as well as you think you do. You miscalculated. I love Zuko… more than I fear you. – Mai to Azula, Avatar: The Last Airbender

You have indeed felt a great loss. But love is a form of energy, and it swirls all around us. The Air Nomads’ love for you has not left this world. It is still inside of your heart, and is reborn in the form of new love. – Guru Pathik, Avatar: The Last Airbender

Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while. – Westley to Buttercup, The Princess Bride

That day, she was amazed to discover that when he was saying “As you wish”, what he meant was, “I love you.” And even more amazing was the day she realized she truly loved him back. – The Princess Bride

Sonny, true love is the greatest thing in the world – except for a nice MLT – mutton, lettuce, and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomatoes are ripe. – Miracle Max, The Princess Bride

You can’t hurt me. Westley and I are joined by the bonds of love. And you cannot track that, not with a thousand bloodhounds, and you cannot break it, not with a thousand swords. – Buttercup, The Princess Bride

Love is a great beautifier. – Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

For love casts out fear, and gratitude can conquer pride. – Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

I’m having one of those rare days where I love people and all of the amazing wonder they’re capable of and if someone fucks that up for me I will stab them right in the face. – Jenny Lawson, Furiously Happy

We are surrounded by danger, frustration, grief, and insanity as well as love, hope, ecstasy, and wonder. Being fully human is an exercise in humility, suffering, grace, and great humor. – SARK, Make Your Creative Dreams Real

My Dear, I am writing this to remind you of your ‘essence beauty.’ This is the part of you that has nothing to do with age, occupation, weight, history, or pain. This is the soft, untouched, indelible you. You can love yourself in this moment, no matter what you have, or haven’t done or been. – SARK, Make Your Creative Dreams Real

Remember your true purpose, WHICH is only Love. If you cannot see or feel love, lie down now and cry; it will cleanse your vision and free your heart. I love you; I am you. – SARK, Make Your Creative Dreams Real

If you let yourself be truly seen, then you can be truly loved. – SARK, The Bodacious Book of Succulence

My godchild Zoe, age 6, suddenly said: “Can you describe what romance is?” I talked about wooing, and yearning, and she sighed and leaned back, “I think that love is my favorite thing in this whole world…” Me too, Zoe, me too.” – SARK, Eat Mangoes Naked

Through my love for you, I want to express my love for the whole cosmos, the whole of humanity, and all beings. By living with you, I want to learn to love everyone and all species. If I succeed in loving you, I will be able to love everyone and all species on Earth… This is the real message of love. – Thich Nhat Hanh, Teachings on Love

Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason
and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change. – Thich Nhat Hanh

You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Because people should not be punished for loving and hoping and holding their hearts open. – Damon Suede, Hot Head

The romance novel declares, via the happy ending, that love is the most important thing, and that love can exist between people, no matter how they identify or whom they love. And love doesn’t care about any rules. – Maya Rodale, Dangerous Books for Girls

It is the happy ending, which champions hope, love, and acceptance above all, that make these stories so powerful and revolutionary. – Maya Rodale, Dangerous Books for Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels Explained

Whether one is rich or poor, educated or illiterate, religious or nonbelieving, man or woman, black, white, or brown, we are all the same. Physically, emotionally, and mentally, we are all equal. We all share basic needs for food, shelter, safety, and love. – Dalai Lama

Once your mind is calm and full of love, there is no room for hatred or fear. – Dalai Lama

“One of the great joys of falling in love is the feeling that the most extraordinary person in the entire world has chosen you. – Gretchen Rubin

Love is essential, gregariousness is optional. – Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking

We are shaped and fashioned by what we love. – Goethe

The artist is a collector. Not a hoarder, mind you, there’s a difference: Hoarders collect indiscriminately, artists collect selectively. They only collect things that they really love. – Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist

Start copying what you love. Copy copy copy copy. At the end of the copy you will find your self. – Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist

So this is love, so this is what makes life divine. — Cinderella

Love is a song that never ends. — Bambi

People do crazy things … when they’re in love.— Meg, Hercules

How do you spell love?” – Piglet “You don’t spell love. You feel it.” — Winnie the Pooh

Side by side with your loved one, you’ll find enchantment here. The night will weave its magic spell, when the one you love is near. – Lady and the Tramp

So to spend a life of endless bliss. Just find who you love through true love’s kiss.— Giselle, Enchanted

I promise to love, honor, & respect you with all my heart, mind, body & soul. I will laugh with you, I will cry with you, and help you find joy again. I will hold you when you need comfort and be there when you need me. When you are well, we will rejoice. When you are ill, I will care for you. You are my spouse and my best friend, my constant companion, and my partner in all things. I will cherish you always. – Marriage Vows

A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved. – Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan

Heart beats fast
Colors and promises
How to be brave?
How can I love when I’m afraid to fall?
But watching you stand alone,
All of my doubt suddenly goes away somehow.
I have died every day waiting for you
Darling, don’t be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more. – Christina Perri, A Thousand Years

You with the sad eyes
Don’t be discouraged
Oh I realize
Its hard to take courage
In a world full of people
You can lose sight of it all
And the darkness inside you
Can make you feel so small.
But I see your true colors
Shining through
I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful
Like a rainbow. – Cyndi Lauper, True Colors

you might not have been my first love
but you were the love that made
all other loves seem
irrelevant. – Rupi Kaur

most importantly love
like it’s the only thing you know how
at the end of the day all this
means nothing
this page
where you’re sitting
your degree
your job
the money
nothing even matters
except love and human connection
who you loved
and how deeply you loved them
how you touched the people around you
and how much you gave them. – Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey

those broken girls have the deepest love. – RH Sin

You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not. – Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper

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

Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. – Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum

Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering. – Nicole Krauss, The History of Love

Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet. – Plato

Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love. – Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for. – Tom Bodett

The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater. – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

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

Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new. – Ursula K. Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. – Jimi Hendrix

It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them. – Agatha Christie, An Autobiography

Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness. – Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness

What Is Love? I have met in the streets a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, the water passed through his shoes and the stars through his soul. – Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect. And it’s these things I’d believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all she should be. I love her and it is the beginning of everything. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love. – Tom Robbins

It’s good to remember that we’re more alike than we are different and that love is our basic nature.-Cheryl Richardson

Have what you love, love what you have. – Peter Walsh

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

 

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