Famous romantic one liners

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Famous romantic one liners
Romantic one liners can range from the inspirational to the comedic. (love image by Carmen Steiner from Fotolia.com)

As long as humans exist, there will be songs, films, poems and books about love. From philosophers to writers to movie actors to poets, there is no shortage of famous romantic one-liners. Some quotes become catchphrases and are used repeatedly in movies and television shows, while others are used to heal the wounds of a break-up.

Lost Love & Breakups

Lost-love one-liners and quotations are plentiful. The most famous is probably " 'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all" by Alfred Lord Tennyson. G. K. Chesterton famously said, "The way to love anything is to realise that it may be lost." Charles M. Schulz's famous character Charlie Brown said, "Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love." Oscar Wilde declared, "The heart was made to be broken," while Greek philosopher Socrates said, "The hottest love has the coldest end." "Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss, and ends with a teardrop" is a famous anonymous one-liner.


Authors, comedians, singers and actors are behind some of the most humorous romantic one-liners. Comedian and actor Lily Tomlin famously said, "If love is the answer, could you rephrase the question?" Author George Bernard Shaw wrote, "The perfect love affair is one which is conducted entirely by post." "Men aren't necessities, they're luxuries" is one of Cher's one-liners about love. "It is impossible to love and be wise," said author Francis Bacon. "Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species," according to W. Somerset Maugham. Comedian Rita Rudner said, "Before I met my husband, I'd never fallen in love. I'd stepped in it a few times."


Playwright William Shakespeare wrote one of the most famous romantic plays in history, "Romeo And Juliet," and his one-liners from assorted plays are included on almost every romantic quote list. From the unrequited to the downright forbidden, Shakespeare wrote about all kinds of love. Among the most famous lines are "The course of true love never did run smooth" in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"; "Love looks not with eyes, but with the mind" in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"; "If music be the food of love, play on" in "Twelfth Night"; and "Parting is such sweet sorrow" in "Romeo and Juliet."

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