It only takes a few words like “I love you.” Just like that. No words in between. No ifs. No buts. These three words are enough to move your romantic ties forward. Did you ever wonder how did these three little words become so powerful?
The words “I love you” became a big deal because it is a religious tenet, explains Simon May, a visiting philosophy professor at King’s College in London. “If God is love, then our lives were oriented toward love,” he says. And soon, “human beings had to take over this enormous value — love — and give it to each other.” (1)
The meaning of “I love you” may differ in cultures across the globe. Saying those words in Iran, for example, implies a formal step toward marriage. Younger South Koreans use it much more freely than their elders. The words often are said within the socially-acceptable range of three to six months of dating among Americans. (1)
Saying “I love you” to someone is a big milestone in a relationship. Be careful of your timing. There is also beauty in spontaneity. Say it when you feel the moment is right. (2)
Reflect on it first. Try to complete this phrase: “When I say I love you, what I really mean is…” Then, explore your reasons. Is it really more than “like?” Or, is it just a huge infatuation? There is no problem in letting those words escape if you’re bursting at the seams.
Be careful as those words imply a vow, a commitment, and a responsibility. You might be mistaken and, sadly, the person you said it to believes it. Know your reasons and be honest about your intentions. Say it when you mean it.
Here are three ways to use our quotes:
- Reflect on your love. Reading through these quotes and processing them through the lens of your relationship will help you understand your own feelings, and better communicate with your loved one.
- Saying I Love You – These quotes are best delivered verbally so the recipient can pick up your non-verbal cues if in person, or the sincerity in your voice if over the phone. Pair the message with something specific about your relationship to make it even more authentic.
- Sending an I Love You Message – It could be sent via text. Consider the use of Emojis and adding additional heartfelt notes. Pair the message with something specific about your relationship.
Sweet Short Love Quotes
Feel free to use one of these short quotes to show your love:
- One day, I caught myself smiling without no reason, then I realized that I was thinking of you.
- Every love story is beautiful but ours is my favorite.
- I only want two things in this world. I want you and I want us.
- The good things in life are better with you.
- You smile. I smile. That how it works.
- 7 billions smiles and yours is my favorite.
- Drugs? No thanks. I’m already addicted to someone.
- Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.
- Life never meant this much until I found you.
- Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow.
- I may not be able to give you everything but one thing is for sure, all I am is yours.
- You have replaced my nightmares with dreams, my worries with happiness, and my fears with love.
Romantic Short Quotes for Couples
It doesn’t matter how long you are together. Be sure to show your feelings toward each other. Try one of these short romantic quotes:
- We loved with a love that was more than love.
- We fight, we kiss, we hug, we text, we talk, we argue, we laugh, we smile, we laugh. That’s us.
- You are my perfect soul mate who brings the very best out of me.
- You are forever and always the hero of my heart, the love of my life.
- Real love stories never have endings.
- It’s so easy to fall in love but hard to find someone who will catch you.
- Real love stories never have endings.
- I love you with all my heart, soul and mind.
- The heart has its reasons, of which reason knows nothing.
- You are my today and all of my tomorrows.
- When I fall in love, it will be forever.
- Real love never has happy endings. It has no ending at all.
Best Love Quote Images
- ‘I love you’: How three little words became such a big deal. (2019, February 12). The Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/lifestyle/relationships/i-love-you-when-to-say-valentines-day/
- LaFata, A. (2015, January 15). Saying “I Love You”: The Psychology Behind Those Three Little Words. Elite Daily; Elite Daily. https://www.elitedaily.com/life/culture/saying-love-psychology-behind-three-little-words/904518