21 Gorgeous Quotes About Love from Books

by Emma Cueto

Falling in love is one of the most strange and bizarre experiences we humans have managed to cook up for ourselves. Sometimes happens suddenly, sometimes it happens slowly, sometimes you don't even know when it happened, but you turn around and suddenly there's this person that you have all these weird, squishy feelings towards. It's strange, it's confusing, it's disorienting, and it frequently makes no sense whatsoever.

Which is why it's good at such a time to turn towards the wisdom found in books for some perspective — as well as the simple reassurance that we are not alone with our bizarro mixed up feelings. So whether you're sailing along on the blissful befuddlement of freshly minted love or are looking to reminisce about what it's like when the feeling is all shiny and new, here are 21 quotes about falling in love that are sure to provide some perspective on the phenomenon. Enjoy!

“Ignorantly is how we all fall in love; for it is a kind of fall. Closing our eyes, we leap from that cliff in hope of a soft landing. Nor is it always soft; but still, without that leap nobody comes to life.”

―Salman Rushdie, The Moor's Last Sigh

“How can one find the first moment of love? When, in what instant, does the night’s dark sky become blue?”

―Susan Abulhawa, Mornings in Jenin

“Maybe it's just hiding somewhere. Or gone on a trip to come home. But falling in love is always a pretty crazy thing. It might appear out of the blue and just grab you. Who knows — maybe even tomorrow.”

―Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart

“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.”

―Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever

"I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”

―John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“This was love: a string of coincidences that gathered significance and became miracles.”

―Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun

“It's more like you meet someone, and you fall in love, and you hope that that person is the one — and then at some point, you have to put down your chips. You just have to make a commitment and hope that you're right.”

―Rainbow Rowell, Landline

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”

―Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“When you fall in love, the natural thing to do is give yourself to it. That's what I think. It's just a form of sincerity.”

―Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

“Sometimes love is stronger than a man's convictions. ”

―Isaac Bashevis Singer

“People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that's what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life."

—Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

"[T]o love a specific person, and to identify with his or her struggles and joys as if they were your own, you have to surrender some of your self.”

―Jonathan Franzen, Farther Away

“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.”

―Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones

“To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.”

―Jorge Luis Borges

“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

“Love cannot be reduced to a catalogue of reasons why, and a catalogue of reasons cannot be put together into love.”

―Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries

“Never say love is 'like' anything... It isn't.”

―Michael Chabon, The Mysteries Of Pittsburgh

“The half life of love is forever.”

―Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her

“It isn't possible to love and part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.”

―E.M. Forster, A Room with a View

“Love has made me a different person. It has made the world beautiful.”

―Nawal El Saadawi, Woman at Point Zero

“By night, Love, tie your heart to mine, and the twotogether in their sleep will defeat the darkness”

―Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets

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