poetry love quotes

Humanity has achieved some pretty impressive feats since we finally figured out the wheel some 6000 years ago. We have conquered the skies, generated electricity, stepped foot on the moon, and even developed spacecraft that is as far as twenty-three billion kilometres from the earth!

Nevertheless, there are still tones of mysteries about our world we are yet to uncover, let alone our human body. For instance: Why do we have fingerprints? Why is laugher contagious? Why do we yawn? And the biggest mystery of all, why do we love?

According to the Harvard Gazette, over 6600 scientific papers have been published on love. It is estimated that as of 2018, The National Institutes of Health (NIH) conducted at least 18 clinical trials on the mysterious phenomenon and counting. If you ask me, I think the scientific community should leave this one to the poets.

Here’s our collection of love quotes from the world’s poets, old and new. These quotes do not attempt to dissect love but merely showcase it in its diverse manifestation. We may not understand why it exists, but I think we can all agree that it is a beautiful thing that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime.

72 Poetry Love Quotes:

"We didn't grow up with a lot of money, but sometimes I think that's why we love like we do. We love like all we have is each other."

"Maybe love stays.
Maybe love can't.
Maybe love shouldn't.
Love arrives exactly when love is supposed to.
And love leaves exactly when love must."

Sarah Kay & Phil Kaye
Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye
Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye

"The rhythm of her legs
Walking towards him is song.
The call and response of life itself is her eye engulfing all of him
And when her lips touch his
Heart to heart
They drum to the same beat
Oblivion takes over the whole world."

Keorapetse Kgositsile

"The first time I saw her, everything in my head went quiet."

" She lends her pen
to the thought of him
that flow from it,
in her solidarity.
For she is his poet,
and he is her poetry."

Lang Leav

"I want us to be reckless,
to stare into the face of consequence,
I want to make love to your intellect.
I want to wrap my heart in Goldust,
And blow it to you,
catch me, I'm terrified."

Webster Chagonda

"Every so often, you'll meet someone,
and you'll know there will be no next time,
no second chances,
only now or never."

Sedya Noir

"I remember the first time I fell in love
I said even water tasted funny
And taking in air felt like sipping galaxies
I looked at everything like I had never seen it before
This is the first time I realised that
Love for a moment or a season
Can make an entire universe seem like it was just created."

Srividya Prasad

"First, I noticed your drive and that your laugh lit up the room, but when I discovered your heart, I knew I could never live without it."

"If thou must love me, let it be for nought
Except for love's sake only."


"I want to see you.
Know your voice.
Recognise you when you
first come ’round the corner.
Sense your scent when I come
into a room you’ve just left.
Know the lift of your heel,
the glide of your foot."


"If I'm wrong about you.
Let's face it instead of fading like tire marks swallowed by min.
Run me unto the midst of a storm.
Leave me to drown there."

Earthy Pearl Poet

"On me a game, in me we play
Of vivid stares and silent hums
Undressing petals of my red rose
Naked, on his fingers held
My love for him, on his fingers laid
And parts of me, warm silently on his
Like petals, gentle rested
To shake no more, between his arms."

The Unnatural

"The girl he loves is midnight,
like the blue of the sea cradled
by the moonlight.
The girl he loves is verdant,
the very green of the hill kissed by the summer delight."

Nikita Gill

"I wanted to leave my imprint on you
to brand you with the flaming hour
of being alone
no fire sings as clear
as the silver ashes of your movements
and your melancholy body."

Breyten Breytenbach

"My little pumpkin,
I like to think about other girls sometimes,
but the truth is
if you ever left me
I’d tear my heart out
and never put it back.
There’ll never be anyone like you.
How embarrassing."

Ron Padgett

"That is what you gave me; I
become the cigarette and you the match, or I
the match and you the cigarette, blazing
with kisses that smoulder toward heaven."

Ron Padgett

"He makes me feel like I'm stretching into new parts of my once folded skin."

Nomonde Sky
Nomonde Sky

"Your lover
has a sneaky way
of hiding her poems;
inside her mouth,
on her neck,
And between her thighs."

Ijeoma Umebinyuo

"The beat of her heart speaks to my art
As I reach for her most sensitive body-part,
Every touch is a surprise; every slight brush is a disguise
Of our skins melting into one another when another is no longer distinct,
Our instinct is to sink into a subtle dance,
Of a universe in sync."

Modise Sekgothe

"Yours is the light by which my spirit's born -
you are my sun, my moon, and all my stars."

E.E. Cummings

"If you let me be your sunlight, I promise I will penetrate
your darkness until you speak in angel wings.
Pull me close to you, Tell me that you love me,
and then scratch your future into my back so I can
be everything you live for.
I promise I will love you as if it’s the only
thing I’ve ever done correctly."

Rudy Francisco

"I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body."

Pablo Neruda
Pablo Neruda
Pablo Neruda

"The desire to call her mine
started a fire in my heart.
When she looked at me,
her eyes and smile
fanned the flames, and I burnt."


"To the black boy in love
with another black boy,
be patient with yourself.
Be patient with him.
They don't teach this kind of love."

Ivan Nuru

"One day, when you least expect it,
you are going to crash into someone
who is going to be so soft and gentle
with your heart, and you are going
to be so glad you kept it open."

Bianca Sparacino

"I don't believe in magic."
The young boy said,
and the old man smiled
'You will, when you see her.' "


"If you died tonight. I'm not sure I could stop myself from following you."

"You wrap your arms around me
the same way roots do the earth
you put the breath into my body
after feeling lifeless
you give me ease
like the cool summer breeze
I could never not want you around."


"A girlfriend will give you butterflies.
A woman will give you eagles with wings strong enough to cause a hurricane in your lungs
every time you take a breath in her presence."
Natasha T.Miller

Natasha T.Miller

"Two eyes shaped like wishing wells
stared back at me and in them,
I could see my whole future.
I have never looked at someone,
the way I catch myself looking at you."

Seyda Noir

"Before I met you, My joy had such an early curfew, it didn't bother going out."

"It was you.
You with your
nectar-filled palms
and your pollen skin
you with your sweet smell
your sun soaked body
I built my hive with."


"He counted her freckles
and asked about her scars.
How beautiful to be loved
for something so small."

Mona Rising

"I wonder
if when the
tell you
about the
you tell them
about me"


"Let us love with souls, as ocean deep
And quiet flows, of lakes in spring
Let us love as through, death itself was dead."

"Rain has drops
Sun has shine
Moon has beams
That make you mine
Rivers have banks
Sands for shores
Hearts have heartbeats
That make me yours."

Nikki Giovanni

"I have craved for your presence
Longed for your touch
The salvation of your smile
That's always an inch too far to have
A second too late to catch."

Tshepo Molefe
Tshepo Molefe
Tshepo Molefe

"Whatever dyes was not mixt equally;
If our two loves be one, or, thou and I
Love so alike, that none doe slacken, none can die."


"I'd be lying if I said
you make me speechless
the truth is you make my
tongue so weak it forgets
what language to speak in."

Rupi Kaur

"I wonder how does it feel to make love to your soul mate. Kinda like writing poetry to a climax."

Akua Naru
Akua Naru

"This morning, I found myself in the middle
of a hundred yellow flowers, and I thought of you.
A thousand miles away,
I wanted to reach you through these petals.
I wanted to wear them in my hair like a garden,
I wanted to feel what it is like to exist with these flowers.
I wanted to get closer."

Grace storm

"Some hearts understand each other, even in silence."

"I really like the idea of love as a violent act -
not to the person that you love, but against the world.
To say to somebody, ' i love you;
by extension, I hate all other things' "


"Even when our spring
has met its winter, and swiftly fled.
Even when these charms, to themselves returned
My love, even then, I would choose you still."

Sifiso Mtshali

"I love thee with the breath,
smiled, tears, of all my life;
and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death."


“I cannot exist without you –
I am forgetful of everything but seeing you again –
my Life seems to stop there –
I see no further.”

John Keats

"And one fine morning in a sunny lane
Some boy and girl will meet and kiss and swear
That nobody can love their way again
While over there
You will have smiled; I shall have tossed your hair."

Charlotte Mew

"He touched me, so I live to know
That such a day permitted so,
I groped upon his breast.
It was a boundless place to me,
And silenced, as the awful sea
Puts minor streams to rest."

Emily Dickinson

"When the sands of life shall run.
And fare thee weel, my only Luve,
And fare thee weel a while!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho' it were ten thousand mile."

Robert Burns

"O my Luve's like the melodie
That's sweetly play'd in tune!
As fair thou art, my bonnie lass,
So deep in love am I:
And I will love thee still, my dear,"

Robert Burns

"Imagine your skull
and mine
Growing into dust together
Clean of our skin-
Just two wild beasts falling in love
Imagine my love."


"I love to hear her speak; yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound:
I grant I never saw a goddess go,
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground
And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rate
As any she belied with false compare."

William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare

"Your grandfather’s hands were brown.
Your grandmother kissed each knuckle,
circled an island into his palm
and told him which parts they would share,
which part they would leave alone."

Warsan Shire

"I'm in you and you in me, mutual in divine love."

"But we will have a way more liberal,
Then changing hearts, to join them, so we shall
Be one, and one another’s All."


“My love is selfish. I cannot breathe without you.”

"I love Love – though he has wings,
And like light can flee –
But above all other things,
Spirit, I love thee"

-Percy Bysshe Shelley

"Dive them with me, down deepest deeps
And ride with me, swooshing gusts of wind
On this borrowed time, find messy love
Which for a little while, will garb our souls
For a fleeting while, our nudity hide
What good then is, are days so spent?"

-Sifiso Mtshali

"Everything you love will probably be lost,
but in the end, love will return in another way."


"Let Love humble you, even if you were a lion."

"She still believes in a
One milkshake,
Two straws
Kind of love."

Anna White

"I told my love
I told her all my heart;
Trembling, cold, in ghastly fears,
Ah! she did depart!
Soon as she was gone from me,
A traveller came by,
Silently, invisibly
He took her with a sigh."

William Blake

"I heard that love is blind, so I write all my poems in Braille."

"Like anyone, I have dreams,
yes, that's true. But I don't dream of fame or riches;
when I dream, I dream of you."

Jeff Fink

"There's a love I reminisce
Like a seed I've never sown.
Or lips I'm yet to kiss
And eyes not met my own
Hands that wraps around my wrists
And arms that feel like home."

Lang Leav

"This was love; a string of coincidence that gathered significance and became miracles."

"I watch the poems fall off your skin and palm
and finger
and touch me right where
I've been waiting for them too."

Upile Chisala

"And I only know how
to be an ocean.
I do not know how to pour myself in drops.
Perhaps you should learn how to swim here.
- my love may drown you."

Grace Storm
Grace Storm
Grace Storm

"I can smell you
lovelier and lighter than the thought of a flower
in this dismal night
I will be suspended from the sky of your words—
grant that I may dwell in your letter
all the days of my life."

Breyten Breytenbach

"Let her be the place
where your heart exhales."

Mona Rising

"On days
like this
I need you to
run your fingers
through my hair
and speak softly."

-Rupi Kaur

“I never was in love –
yet the voice and the shape of a woman have haunted me these two days.”

-John Keats

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