There are so many beautiful ways to say those three little words. YourTango found some of our favorite quotes about that crazy little thing called love.

These quotes and lyrics from rock stars, raconteurs, and other romantics get straight to the heart.

I love you: Three words that can take weeks, months, or even years to say. Also, three of the most beautiful words a person can utter or hear. We dug around for 20 love quotes from poems, books, movies, and songs that are just as powerful as the phrase itself. We know "I love you" isn't always easy to say. We hope these lines will provide the inspiration you need.

"I do not trust people who don’t love themselves and yet tell me, 'I love you.' There is an African saying, which is, 'Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.'" — Maya Angelou


"Love is too weak a word for what I feel. I luuurve you, you know, I loave you, I luff you, two Fs, yes, I have to invent, of course, I do, don't you think I do?" — Alvy (Woody Allen) to Annie (Diane Keaton) in Annie Hall

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"When I saw you, I was afraid to meet you. When I met you, I was afraid to kiss you. When I kissed you, I was afraid to love you. Now that I love you, I am afraid to lose you." — Anonymous

"You have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love . . . I love . . . I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on." — Darcy (Matthew MacFadyen) to Elizabeth (Keira Knightley) in Pride and Prejudice

"I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride; so I love you because I know no other way." — Pablo Neruda

“I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.” — Roy Croft

"He doesn’t love you. But I love you. I want you to have your own thoughts and ideas and feelings, even when I hold you in my arms." — George Emerson (Julian Sands) in A Room With a View

"I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there's a life after that, I'll love you then."― Cassandra Clare, City of Glass of The Mortal Instruments series

"I love you, with no beginning, no end. I love you as you have become an extra necessary organ in my body. I love you as only a girl could love a boy. Without fear. Without expectations. Wanting nothing in return, except that you allow me to keep you here in my heart, that I may always know your strength, your eyes, and your spirit that gave me freedom and let me fly." ― Coco J. Ginger

"Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says, 'I need you because I love you.'" — Erich Fromm

"If I love you, what business is it of yours?" — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"I love you so, but why I love you, I'll never know." — Jay Z, "Why I Love You"

"I've never fallen in love right off the bat. I get scared to say 'I love you' too soon because it means so much. It means you're not seeing an end to things." Leighton Meester

"I love you. I am at rest with you. I have come home." — Dorothy L. Sayers

"But I love you. I'm totally and completely in love with you and I don't care if you think it's too late. I'm telling you anyway." Natalie Portman in No Strings Attached

"A good speech has a beginning, a middle, and an end — the best example being, 'I love you.'" — Robert Brault

Hello, I love you
Won't you tell me your name?
Hello, I love you
Let me jump in your game."
— Jim Morrison, The Doors

"For you see, each day I love you more, today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow." — Rosemonde Gérard

"Wait! They don't love you like I love you." — Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs

"Netflix, I love you." — Beau Mirchoff

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