Quotes about Love

Many wedding vows are gender neutral and can be used for any couple, but you can make your wedding vows stand out from the average heterosexual couple's. You can incorporate quotes from notable LGBT authors like Walt Whitman, Audre Lorde, or Sappho. It's only been very recently that writers have been labeled according to their sexual orientation. Many people feel that love is love and doesn't have to be defined by gender or sexual orientation. After all, very few of the quotations from the previous chapters speak of specifically heterosexual love. In the end, it doesn't matter as much who originally wrote the words; who is saying them to whom and the emotions behind them are what matter the most.

The love expressed between women is particular and powerful, because we have had to love in order to live; love has been our survival.

— Audre Lorde

A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it is curved like a road through mountains.

— Tennessee Williams

Without warning

as a whirlwind

swoops on an oak

Love shakes my heart

— Sappho

Camerado, I give you my hand!

I give you my love, more precious than money,

I give you myself, before preaching or law;

Will you give me yourself? Will you come travel with me?

Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?

— Walt Whitman

Where there is great love, there are always wishes.

— Willa Cather

When you're in love you never really know whether your elation comes from the qualities of the one you love, or if it attributes them to her; whether the light which surrounds her like a halo comes from you, from her, or from the meeting of your sparks.

— Natalie Clifford Barney

Once my heart was captured, reason was shown the door, deliberately and with a sort of frantic joy. I accepted everything, I believed everything, without struggle, without suffering, without regret, without false shame.

— George Sand

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.

— Oscar Wilde


Oscar Wilde was an Anglo-Irish nineteenth-century writer and wit who was tried and imprisoned for his homosexual relationship with the son of an aristocrat. It was widely believed that he was unfairly made an example of, as his behavior was not uncommon in that time.

Is love a light for me? A steady light,

A lamp within whose pallid pool I dream

Over old love-books? Or is it a gleam,

A lantern coming towards me from afar

Down a dark mountain? Is my love a star?

Ah me! — so high above so coldly bright!

The fire dances. Is my love a fire

Leaping down the twilight muddy and bold?

Nay, I'd be frightened of him. I'm too cold

for quick and eager loving. There's a gold

Sheen on these flower petals as they fold

More truly mine, more like to my desire.

The flower petals fold. They are by the sun

Forgotten. In a shadowy wood they grow

Where the dark trees keep up a to-and-fro

Shadowy waving. Who will watch them shine

When I have dreamed my dream? Ah, darling mine,

Find them, gather them for me one by one.

— Katherine Mansfield

To live is like to love — all reason is against it, and all healthy instinct for it.

— Samuel Butler

All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together.

— Jack Kerouac

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