The Definition Of Love: 50 Celebrities Tell You What Is Love

What is the definition of love? The internet is full of definitions and meaning about love and all things related to it. That’s easy to find. Let’s steer clear of that and take look at what some famous personalities (50 in this case) had to say about love and all things related to it. You’re not gonna find the perfect definition of love by the time you finish reading this piece. But we are sure you will have a better understanding about love and maybe even have your own definition about it.

The Definition Of Love

It’s a good thing that these 50 world famous personalities were all “rich” before they made their particular claims on their definitions of love. Let’s take a look at what they had to say:


“Love is a promise; love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear.”
– John Lennon

Who better to start the definition of love than with than one of the greatest voices – former Beatle and all time legend John Lennon. The man who gave us the goosebumps inducing “Imagine” knew what his priorities were. And you see love right up there at number 1.


“And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make.”
– Paul McCartney

It’s not like the other members of the magic Liverpool foursome didn’t have things to say of their own when talking about the definition of love, the greatest force in the world; McCartney here tells us if we’re stingy with showing our affections, we shouldn’t expect any more in what we get.


Love is a lot like a backache, it doesn’t show up on the X-rays, but you know it’s there.
– George Burns

The king of the arched eyebrow and cigar smoke, George Burns has a feel for love that we all can resonate with.

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“I like to believe that love is a reciprocal thing, that it can’t really be felt, truly, by one.”
– Sean Penn

Sean Penn directed the famous movie “Into the Wild” that featured Emile Hirsch’s epic epiphany in the final scene, where he writes down “Happiness is only real when shared.” Turns out Sean Penn agrees with the protagonist there. What is romantic love if there’s no one to share it with?


“A simple ‘I love you’ means more than money.”
– Frank Sinatra

That’s coming from a man who amassed a small fortune in his lifetime, a lifetime spent substantially in Vegas. Still, when it comes to the actual definition of love, the legendary Frank Sinatra does make a sensible point – you can “buy” money, but it’s harder to buy real, deep, emotional and tender love.


You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.
– Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss influenced countless young lives with his delightful books and equally excellent illustrations. Where else could a kid read about two villages warring with each other about which side the toast should be buttered? He has some powerful words here and everyone who has been in love will agree to the fact that reality is indeed better than dreams in that phase.


The heart wants what it wants, there’s no logic to these things. You meet someone and you fall in love.
– Woody Allen

Woody Allen gives us an insight into the most frustrating aspects of love – its unpredictability and uncanny knack for showing up at our door when we least want it. But it seems that our heart has equal power over us as our beloved’s, because just as we can’t deny them, we cannot deny our hearts.


Love to me is someone telling me “I want to be with you for the rest of my life, and if you needed me to, I’d jump out of a plane for you.”
– Jennifer Lopez

Sure, a girl likes to feel special, in some extreme ways sometimes, but all kidding aside though, J Lo said that because that’s the way she wants to feel about her man as well. And she’s not kidding. Some of you – you know who you are – want a lover with those particular characteristics as well.


I still completely believe in love and I’m open to anything that will happen to me.
– Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman has been a sultry heart-breaker in one of her most famous movies, but she’s been on the receiving end in real life enough to know what she’s talking about. And what she’s saying is, in this definition of love, is this – being hurt is not equal to being afraid. Keep on keepin’ the faith.


“If you have someone that you think is The One, don’t just sort of think in your ordinary mind, ‘Okay, let’s pick a date. Let’s plan this and make a party and get married.’ Take that person and travel around the world. Buy a plane ticket for the two of you to travel all around the world, and go to places that are hard to go to and hard to get out of. And if when you come back to JFK, when you land in JFK, and you’re still in love with that person, get married at the airport.”
– Bill Murray

Bill Murray hits the nail on the head as far as lasting love is concerned. If you can tolerate living with them, travelling with them, being in stressful situations with them, and generally being outside of your comfort zone with them, and still love them… well, good for you.

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Pleasure of love lasts but a moment, pain of love lasts a lifetime.
– Bette Davis

Bette Davis doesn’t mince her words here. Losing someone you thought was the one, especially because of your own stupidity, addiction or other idiocy really hurts. Still, we’d like to think that a few years after delivering to us this definition of love, Bette Davis got on with her life just as happily as before.


Finding someone you love and who loves you back is a wonderful, wonderful feeling. But finding a true soul-mate is an even better feeling.
– Cecelia Ahern

Cecelia Ahern contends there’s a difference between the two as if love wasn’t confusing enough as it is. How the heck are we supposed to know if someone who loves us and whom we love back is truly our soul-mate? Cecilia doesn’t clarify, but tells us to keep an eye out anyway. Oh well.


I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you cannot handle me at my worst, you sure don’t deserve me at my best.
– Marilyn Monroe

The first definition of love a teenage girl really pays attention to? Marilyn Monroe has been championed as a Feminist icon and bashed for being an airhead with little nuanced understanding of the topic, but hate or love her, you simply cannot ignore her. And she’s got a point, I mean, as someone I used to know kept saying: “I’m not perfect.”


Don’t settle for a relationship that won’t let you be yourself.
– Oprah Winfrey

This seems like common knowledge, specially following up from Marilyn, but it’s almost always the case that we are slowly restricted rather than made to sign a contract upfront. This definition of love should read “Do not get manipulated.” Still, if someone has a problem with half the things you do or how you do them, they have a problem with you, and you don’t want to be with them.


Hearts will never be practical until they are made unbreakable.
– Wizard of Oz

Okay, so we know that Wizard of Oz isn’t a famous personality, but we thought we’d include this banger of a definition of love anyway. Either you’re afraid of loving because you’ll get hurt, or you’re afraid because you’ve had your heart shattered before. Hearts are essential and the greatest source of joy and all that, but they could have used a more resistant material.


The best love is the kind that awakens the soul, makes us reach for more and brings peace to our minds.
– Nicholas Sparks

A.k.a. the kind of love you have to actually experience to know it exists outside of a Hollywood movie, meaning a love that you have to work for and build.


Love is like a virus – it can happen to anybody at any time.
– Maya Angelou

Not the prettiest thing to compare the efficacy and far reaching nature of love to, but the most effective definition of love – like a virus itself.


A true soul-mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.
– Elizabeth Gilbert

See, this is Elizabeth Gilbert’s take on the subject as it’s an entirely real one for her and many millions as to how we’ve actually felt these wonderful effects – of being inspired, of clarity, of vision, of having unequivocal support in making simple and profound changes and building things that are beautiful and lasting. One of the many wonderful things that love is all about.


True love is something that has to be worked at every day, it’s not easy. But you do it because you want to.
– Ryan Gosling

So it’s the opposite of 10th class math then, eh? But seriously, the definition of love, true love, isn’t the wonderful coincidence that Cupid jabbed you with something pointy and now you’re set for life. Nah! Not that. It’s more like Cupid got you and you now need to work on making that last.


“After a while, you just want to be with the one that makes you laugh.”
– James Preston

They say humour is big on the list of features that women especially look for, so any men reading this definition of love – take note. Besides, who wouldn’t want to be with a partner who makes them laugh?

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Love is when a million little things add up to let you know you’re supposed to be together.
– Tom Hanks

It’s hard to know if Tom Hanks is talking about real life or one of the many sensational films he was cast in with this definition of love, but sometimes life and love do have an uncanny ability to let you know and experience something like “I survived that,” “can’t believe that happened,” etc. You get the drift right?


When you break up, it’s like your whole identity is shattered. It’s like death.
– Dennis Quaid

It’s like death as in your identity dies. You were so used to being with and sharing your existence with that other person that you don’t know what to do with yourself and your time now, until you decide to win them back or remember the life you had before they were a part of how you defined yourself.


A wise girl kisses but doesn’t love, listens but doesn’t believe and leaves before she is left.
– Marilyn Monroe

Half cynical musings, half practical advice from the irrepressible irreplaceable Marilyn.


The greater your capacity to love, the greater your capacity to feel the pain.
– Jennifer Aniston

She would know. The whole Brad Pitt saga definitely took its toll on her. But she’s 100 per cent right with this definition of love. Just as deeply as you feel pain, you’ll feel joy, and if you block out the pain, you’ll block out the joy as well.


You know, what can I say? If a relationship doesn’t work out, make a record.
– Miley Cyrus

And if that’s not your thing, do your thing. Keep on keepin’ on!


It’s better to be unhappy alone that unhappy with someone.
– Marilyn Monroe

A sentiment echoed by many before and many after her.


I want the deepest, darkest, sickest parts of you that you are afraid to share with anyone. Because I love you that much.
– Lady Gaga

Love also means acceptance, and yes, that’s the true definition of love, but when Lady Gaga puts it like that it really takes on a new meaning.


Love is of all the passions the strongest because it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart, and the senses.
– Lao Tzu

And often renders you incapacitated. A short definition of love that’s wholly accurate.


Love is absolute loyalty. People fade, looks fade, but loyalty never fades. You can depend so much on certain people that you can set your watch by them. And that’s love, even if it doesn’t seem very exciting.
– Sylvester Stallone

Sly Stone, the mega action hero (before the term was coined by Tollywood) doesn’t seem quite like the guy who would make that definition of love, but then you realise he isn’t just being practical. It doesn’t seem exciting, but to be constantly around someone you adore and crave, actually is pretty exciting.


To be brave is to love unconditionally without expecting anything in return.
– Madonna

That is also being vulnerable, stupid and many other not so nice adjectives if various others are to be believed. But you know what Madonna would say, or so we think – “If you feel it, go for it!”

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Better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all.
– Ernest Hemingway

One of the few lines Hemingway has written, on the definition of love, that the hoi polloi actually understand, and it was quite a contentious position until Yes came out with their classic Owner Of A Lonely Heart after which the matter was settled.


You don’t marry someone you can live with; you marry the person you cannot live without.
– Jennifer Lawrence

Again, bloody hard distinction to make, especially for those who have lived with people who are inclined to driving you up a tree.


Many people experience love but very few actually feel it.
– Daisy Irani

Only those in love would know what she is talking about.


You know it’s love when all you want is that person to be happy, even if you’re not part of their happiness.
– Julia Roberts

That’s a pretty powerful definition of love from a pretty powerful lady, and we’re inclined to agree completely. Sometimes, you actually want what’s best for them because you care for them more than you do for you.


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

This is a bit of a divisive definition of love as some enjoy the idea, and some are repulsed by it, preferring to think of love as the union and acceptance that two different people/souls show for each other through the blinding power of affection and compassion. On the other hand, it is Aristotle we’re arguing with, and it’s unfair because he can’t answer back any more.


There is no remedy for love but to love more.
– Henry David Thoreau

Says the man who went off to live by himself in the woods. But he’s not wrong, he’s Henry David Thoreau.


The heart was made to be broken.
– Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde. You don’t know whether to take him seriously or not, and I wonder if he knew it himself or not; given his wild life, and the fact that his ‘kind’ of love was looked down upon in his day. But what a definition of love, after all, do all those who haven’t had their heart, pride and self-worth ripped to shreds really know who they are?


Love cures people: both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.
– Karl Menninger

People don’t just want someone fawning over them 24/7, and if they think they do, they’ll get tired of it pretty quick What they want is, as Elvis said, somebody to love just as much.


There is nothing wrong with avoiding people who hurt you.
– Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift has been very clear of that in her music as well. Shake it off!


Love yourself first and then you’ll find someone who will love you.
– Katrina Kaif

An excellent point by our very own Kat. Besides, if you don’t love yourself, who on Earth will?

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If you’re in a relationship and are a decent human being, you’ll be faithful.
– Ranbir Kapoor

The sentiment is nice, if nothing else, coming from Ranbir. But jokes aside, even Bollywood’s almost-playboy get’s the definition of love right.


You need to love yourself and make yourself a priority.
– Kangana Ranaut

And Katrina echoes the same too. They are both perfectly right.


It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realise just how much you love them.
– Agatha Christie

Isn’t it a most curious thought, but the perfect definition of love? Sure you’re attracted to your love when they’re looking dapper in their jeans but so is everyone else. It’s when they’re trying on the bunny pyjamas their mum sent – complete with the floppy ears and all – do you know that your SO looks like a complete goof-ball, and one that you love very much.


You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.
– E.M. Forster

Forster must have had a most powerful experience to speak for all of humanity, but who would argue that his definition of love is wrong?


The more one judges, the less one loves.
– Honore De Balzac

Love is blind.


Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.
– Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Antoine De Saint-Exupery had his own magical way of saying the most profound things and relating them to everyday examples so that we could understand better. His definition of love is just as magical, but so grounded in the everyday simple stuff.


Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.
– William Shakespeare

Relationship experts say that euphoria of being “in love” lasts two years, after which you had better have fallen in love with the actual person, or you had better have some damned good chemistry. It is the same point that the greatest writer ever makes here, in this definition of love.


“Love is blind. It will take over your mind. What you think is love, is truly not. You need to elevate your mind.”
– Eve

Being in true love will lead to that elevated state of mind.


“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”
– Charles Schulz

Good thing we associate chocolate with being a perfect Valentine’s gift for our sweethearts, an aphrodisiac, and what else have you.

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“Love never claims, it ever gives. Love ever suffers, never resents, never revenges itself.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

Try explaining that to a vengeful 20 something who has been deceived by her best friend and her ex-partner. But the Mahatma was right, as he generally tended to be. True love truly transcends.

So, what is your definition of love now? Let us know in the comments section.

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