20 Meaningful, Long Love Quotes to Inspire and Enthuse this Valentine's Day.

Love has caught the imaginations of artists, writers, and thinkers alike. Discover some of their most inspiring and insightful observations.

What do Renaissance painters, Greek philosophers, and country artists all have in common? An obsession with the subject of love, of course. Throughout centuries of human existence, it has been at the centre of our attention and thoughts. You only have to take a look at the music charts at any given moment to see how often the word “love” actually occurs.

The “L” word.

Sometimes, we just can’t find the answers we are looking for, and on such occasions, it becomes prudent to turn to the words of others. This following list of 20 inspiring love quotes covers a number of related aspects—from its qualities and benefits to the more practical issues of married love and love as it evolves with age. The sources of these quotes are equally diverse: John Lennon, Lao Tzu, Van Gogh, St. Augustine, and so on.

What they all have in common, however, is an innate and enlightened understanding of the subject that we would all do well to take heed of.

#1 “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

#2 “Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your Creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.” -Bradley Whitford

#3 “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

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

#5“I am happier when I love than when I am loved. I adore my husband, my son, my grandchildren, my mother, my dog, and frankly, I don’t know if they even like me. But who cares? Loving them is my joy.” -Isabel Allende

#6 “A man reserves his true and deepest love not for the species of woman in whose company he finds himself electrified and enkindled, but for that one in whose company he may feel tenderly drowsy.” -George Jean Nathan

#7 “Love feels no burden, thinks nothing of trouble, attempts what is above its strength, pleads no excuse of impossibility; for it thinks all things lawful for itself, and all things possible.” -Thomas A. Kempis

#8 “Love is the crowning grace of humanity, the holiest right of the soul, the golden link which binds us to duty and truth, the redeeming principle that chiefly reconciles the heart to life, and is prophetic of eternal good.” -Petrarch