Looking for something to say to your sweetheart? Here are our favorite Valentine's Day quotes.

By BH&G Holiday Editors
Updated January 13, 2020
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The first valentine card on record was sent in the mail in 1806—and the tradition is still going strong today. Not only are Valentine's Day cards and quotes an easy way to show your love, but they're one of the most personal and beautiful ways to express your feelings. If you don’t have a way with words, don’t worry—we’ve compiled a list of the best romantic, sweet, and funny Valentine’s Day quotes from poets, authors, and celebrities. Explore our collection of Valentine's Day quotes and sayings from romantics such as Oscar Wilde and Aristotle, or borrow a few words from your favorite television and movie characters.

Romantic Valentine's Day Quotes

If you find it hard to put your thoughts into words, borrow one of these romantic quotes instead. These authors and characters can help you express your feelings this Valentine's Day.

“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” — Harry, When Harry Met Sally

“The single most extraordinary thing I’ve ever done with my life is fall in love with you. I’ve never been seen so completely, loved so passionately and protected so fiercely.” — Beth Pearson, This Is Us

"You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly." — Sam Keen

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart." — Helen Keller

"Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies." — Aristotle

"Gravity cannot be held responsible for people falling in love." — Albert Einstein

"Love doesn't make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile." — Franklin P. Jones

"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind." — William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

Valentine's Day Sayings for Her

She'll appreciate the sentiment of any of these sweet sayings. Write one in her Valentine's Day card, or use them as inspiration for your 'Happy Valentine's Day' post on social media.

“You are my sun, my moon, and all my stars.” — E.E. Cummings

“You are my greatest adventure.” — Mr. Incredible, The Incredibles

"There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But I've loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough." — Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

“When you're a kid, you assume your parents are soulmates. My kids are gonna be right about that.” — Pam, The Office

Funny Valentine's Day Quotes

There's nothing better than the gift of laughter. These funny Valentine's Day quotes are a fun way to celebrate the holiday. Share them with your significant other or send a friend a sweet note that's sure to make them smile.

"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." — Charles M. Schulz

"True love is singing karaoke ‘Under Pressure' and letting the other person sing the Freddie Mercury part." — Mindy Kaling

"The four most important words in any marriage—I'll do the dishes." — Unknown

“It wasn’t love at first sight. It took a full five minutes.” — Lucille Ball, I Love Lucy

"Falling in love is so hard on the knees." — Aerosmith, "Falling In Love"

"True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked." — Erich Segal

"It's better to have loved and lost than to have to do forty pounds of laundry a week." — Laurence J. Peter

Valentine's Day Sayings for Friends

Valentine's Day isn't just about celebrating with a romantic partner. These thoughtful quotes are perfect for every Galentine on your list. Send a homemade card with a sweet message and you'll make a friend's day!

“The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” ― Audrey Hepburn

“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” ― Oscar Wilde

“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” ― Elbert Hubbard

“If you find someone you love in your life, then hang on to that love.” — Diana, Princess of Wales

“They invented hugs to let people know you love them without saying anything.” — Bill Keane

“There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.” — Jane Austen, Emma

Inspirational Quotes About Love

There's no day like Valentine's Day to be inspired by love. We've compiled some of our favorite quotes from celebrities and authors to help you say "I love you" this holiday.

"I think the best way you can express love by cooking for someone is figure out what they like—not what you like, what they like—and make it for them. And they'll feel really good." — Ina Garten

"When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too." — Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

"Where there is love there is life." — Gandhi

"Love is like the wind; you can't see it, but you can feel it." — Nicholas Sparks, A Walk to Remember

“Personally, I love a great love story.” — Meghan Markle

"I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once." — John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” — Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

Valentine's Day Quotes for Him

Whether you're giving him a store-bought card or using one of our free printables, it's always a sweet idea to add your own note. Copy down one of these sayings, or use them to inspire your own hand-written sentiment.

"If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you." — Winnie the Pooh

"I love being married. It's so great to find one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life." — Rita Rudner

"Let us always meet each other with a smile, for a smile is the beginning of love." — Mother Theresa

"If you're a bird, I'm a bird." — Allie Hamilton, The Notebook

“I’ve tried so many times to think of a new way to say it, and it’s still ‘I love you.’” — Zelda Fitzgerald, Save Me the Waltz

Borrow one of these quotes or use them as inspiration as you write in your Valentine's Day cards this year.

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