Love Through Letters: Quotes to Brighten Your Valentine’s Day

 Valentine Havanese puppy dogFor a day that professes to promote love, relationships, and romance, Valentine’s Day itself is certainly not universally loved. Many people, both single and attached, are offended by the obvious commercialism of the “holiday” and believe it cheapens the experience of love and relationships. Greeting cards, chocolates, flowers, stuffed bears—each gift, thoughtful as it may be, puts a price tag on feeling loved or appreciated.

Others, especially people who are single around Valentine’s Day, resent the pressure it creates to have a significant other. After all, the arrival of Valentine’s Day can bring into sharp relief the experience of being single.

But if love is really at the heart of Valentine’s Day, then it should be enough to give the gift of time and attention to those you love and care for—beginning with yourself. has compiled a selection of love quotes and messages about love, including the most important kind of all: self-love. We hope these serve as a reminder that beneath the rituals and love letters we’ve created to recognize Valentine’s Day, despite the commercialism and expectations it seems to create, the greatest gift we can give or be given in life is love, in all its many forms!


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  • Brooks

    February 14th, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    These are great, and speak so much to what love should actually be all about instead of the cookie cutter holiday that we have turned it into. I know that there will be many who are looking for the days of wine and roses but all I am honestly looking for is someone to love me for me, and that I can do the same for.

  • Corey

    February 14th, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    The above quote about loving yourself because life is awfully long to go through it with someone you don’t like, that realy spoke to me in a very powerful and meaningful way. I have realized that I have spent way too much time dislking who I am and the choices that I have made. I am the only person who can change those things, nnot the past but my present and my future and this is the inspiration that I needed to get started. Thank you

  • maureen

    February 15th, 2014 at 5:02 AM

    There are so many of these that are so relateable to me! Thanks because I can find something wonderful in all of them.

  • Beth J

    February 17th, 2014 at 4:43 AM

    These all speak volumes, and it would be nice to see a roundup of inspirational quotes like this every so often that don’t necessarily have to do with love, just about anything or life in general. I hope that Valentine’s Day isn’t the only time that we take a moment to see something special in someone else, and that we also remember to take the time every day to see something special in us as well. But these really are great, and I think that as we see here, there will be a whole lot of readers who will be inspired or moved by something that they see right here.

  • catsmeow

    February 18th, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    love <3

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