Love is a complex emotion and can be difficult to talk about in any language, let alone your second language. If you are learning English and want to impress the person you love, borrow some of these expressions from the masters of the English language and put the special person in your life in the mood for love.
It is better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all. (Alfred, Lord Tennyson)
Tennyson wrote these words as part of his poem In Memoriam A.H.H. which he wrote in memory of a close friend who died. Most of us would agree with the message behind the line that even if our love has to end, it is still an amazing and worthwhile experience.
Love asks me no questions, and gives me endless support. (William Shakespeare)
A beautiful quote from one of the masters of the English language. Shakespeare was the first to use many English words and expressions that we still use in English today. More than 3000 words in the dictionary are recorded as being first used in Shakespeare’s works.
To love and win is the best thing. To love and lose, is the next best thing. (William Thackeray)
The message of this is that whether you win or lose in love, it’s still a great experience in the end. Thackeray thought of himself as an unsentimental realist; however, there’s plenty of romance in that quote.
If you would be loved, love and be lovable. (Benjamin Franklin)
As one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America, Benjamin Franklin certainly has the authority to advise us on most things. In this quote he is saying that if we want people to love us, we need to love them and make ourselves easy to love. This advice from more than 200 years ago which is still relevant today.
The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost. (G.K. Chesterton)
Do we value things more when we know they might not last forever? G.K. Chesterton thought so. This quote is an important reminder to appreciate the people around us and not to take them for granted.
Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile. (Franklin P. Jones)
This is an interesting quote because it relies on us knowing the common english expression ‘Love makes the world go round’, meaning that love is what makes everything work in the world. Franklin P. Jones disagrees with this and in the quote above, he says that although love doesn’t make everything in the world work, it’s still the most valuable thing in the world.
The course of true love never did run smooth. (William Shakespeare)
What, two quotes from Shakespeare? Well, he did write Romeo & Juliet, the most famous love story in the English language. This quote is from a different play but that doesn’t make it any less true. We all have difficulties in our love lives and it’s comforting to know that true love has challenges for everyone.
Most of these quotes were written a long time ago but they are still relevant today. Most importantly, though, which of them apply to your love life?
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