Affectionate Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old affectionate quotes, affectionate sayings, and affectionate proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Affection reproaches, but does not denounce. Mason Cooley
Any love or happiness given to anyone always comes back. Unfortunately we expect it from the same person. Brahma Kumaris
Love is one of the strongest feelings one can ever have. It comes over you all of a sudden and totally absorbs before you manage to realize the fact. Auliq Ice
Never regret anything you have done with a sincere affection; nothing is lost that is born of the heart. Basil Rathbone
We become what we behold. William Blake
Affection should not be too sharp eyed, and love is not made by magnifying glasses. Thomas Browne
The hardest of all is learning to be a well of affection, and not a fountain; to show them we love them not when we feel like it, but when they do. Nan Fairbrother
Sharing the same passionate love with another person, gives a feeling of being alive! The experience of something real, is unforgettable. Ellen J. Barrier
Needs cause motivation. Deep-rooted desires for esteem, affection, belonging, achievement, self-actualization, power, and control motivate us to push for what we want and need in our lives. Lorii Myers
Affection expressed physically made friendship so complete and binding. Gordon Merrick
Affection is like the noonday sun; it does not need the presence of another to be manifest. Isabel Allende
Real living is living for others. Bruce Lee
There is no power greater than true affection. Seneca The Younger
Affection is the source of self-confidence, happiness, security, and a comfortable mental state. Amanda Mosher
Affection cannot be created; it can only be liberated. Bertrand Russell
All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action. James Russell Lowell
A little bit of affection goes a long way toward reconciling one with the world. Marty Rubin
The greater are our affections the deeper are our afflictions, and the more we love the more we have to weep. J.C. Ryle
Affection will burn cheerily when the white flame of love is flickered out. Affection is a fire that can be fed from day to day and be piled up ever higher as the wintry years draw nigh. Jerome K. Jerome
When you love someone as much as that, you don't believe they can die. You think your love protects them. Irène Némirovsky
A concrete love is a mass of emotion formed into a compound mixture  of affection, care, desire and expectation. Munia Khan
First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity. George Bernard Shaw
Affection would not be affection if it was loudly and frequently expressed; to produce it in public is like getting your household furniture out for a move. It did very well in its place, but it looks shabby or tawdry or grotesque in the sunshine. C.S. Lewis
A mixture of admiration and pity is one of the surest recipes for affection. Arthur Helps
True love is deep spiritual affection. Lailah Gifty Akita
Affection is blind reason. James Howell
Affection is a habit. Letitia Elizabeth Landon
Set your affection to infinity and your hate to zero! Mehmet Murat ildan
True affection and love have a purity which shall always prevail over bigotry. Libba Brat
Where there is love there is life. Mahatma Gandhi
Affection is like bread, unnoticed till we starve, and then we dream of it, and sing of it, and paint it, when every urchin in the street has more than he can eat. Emily Dickinson
Affection is the broadest basis of a good life. George Eliot
A little love and affection in everything you do will make the world a better place with or without you. Neil Young
Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives. C. S. Lewis
Affection makes your spirit slither out from its concealing spot. Zora Neale Hurston
Affection is a much profound emotion, which is inexplicable but can be fathomed through our pores. It percolates down our skin slowly. Balroop Singh
Laughter is more than just a pleasurable activity...When people laugh together, they tend to talk and touch more and to make eye contact more frequently. Gretchen Rubin
With our love, we could save the world. Geirge Harrison
Expressions of affection, like putting your arm around someone's shoulder, holding hands, or giving a kiss good night, involve the principle of honesty. John Bytheway
No man can protect you like your father, No women can love you like your mother. Pradeepa Pandiyan
Only as we mature does affection begin to depend on achievement. Alain De Botton
Don't be afraid of showing affection. Be warm and tender, thoughtful and affectionate. Men are more helped by sympathy than by service. Love is more than money, and a kind word will give more pleasure than a present. Sir John Lubbock
He was not his father, and this was not his work; but he was the master, and this was his masterpiece. Victor Hugo
Often we withhold our affections, waiting first for love to be extended to us. The irony is that we are loved for loving. Richelle E. Goodrich
Talk not of wasted affection; affection never was wasted. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
We are what comes to us and by what we choose to fulfill. We learn love by experiencing other people loving us and by cultivating compassion for all humankind. Kilroy J. Oldster
No emotion was supposed to cross the great divide of class. Affection could erase all hierarchy; in this was the danger, and the delight. Damon Galgut
Affection, like melancholy, magnifies trifles; but the magnifying of the one is like looking through a telescope at heavenly objects; that of the other, like enlarging monsters with a microscope. James Henry Leigh Hunt
Sometimes words are like water and lips as strong as wine. Dave Guerrero
It's true that nothing in this world makes us so necessary to others as the affection we have for them. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Be kindly affectioned to one another in brotherly love, in honour preferring one another. Show love and peace will abound. The Holy Bible (Romans 12:10)
In truth, fair Montague, I am too fond. William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
Few misfortunes can befall a boy which bring worse consequences than to have a really affectionate mother. W. Somerset Maugham
It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous, that you realize just how much you love them. Agatha Christie
Holding hands at midnight / 'Neath a starry sky... / Nice work if you can get it, / And you can get it if you try. Ira Gershwin
I loved not yet, yet I loved to love ... I sought what I might love, loving to love. St. Augustine
Does it really matter what these affectionate people do — so long as they don’t do it in the streets and frighten the horses! Beatrice Stella Tanner Campbell
The child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel its warmth. African Proverb
You don’t need another human being to make your life complete, but let’s be honest. Having your wounds kissed someone who doesn’t see them as disasters in your soul but cracks to put their love into is the most calming thing in this world. Emery Allen
Love is a verb. Love — the feeling — is a fruit of love, the verb. Stephen Covey
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. Lao Tzu
Affection is the most instinctive, in that sense the most animal, of the loves; its jealousy is proportionately fierce. It snarls and hares its teeth like a dog whose food has been snatched away. C.S. Lewis
Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our natural lives. C.S. Lewis
Affection produces happiness if—and only if— there is common sense and give and take and 'decency.' In other words, only if something more, and other, than Affection is added. The mere feeling is not enough. . . . There is no disguising the fact that this means goodness; patience, self-denial, humility, and the continual intervention of a far higher sort of love than Affection, in itself, can ever be. That is the whole point. If we try to live by Affection alone, Affection will 'go bad on us.' C.S. Lewis
Affection and devotion are qualities that are able to adorn and render beautiful a character that is otherwise unattractive, and even repulsive. Mark Twain
My affection hath an unknown bottom, like the bay of Portugal. William Shakespeare (As You Like It)
In a great romance, each person basically plays a part that the other really likes. Elizabeth Ashley
In a great romance, each person basically plays a part that the other really likes. Elizabeth Ashley
I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning. The Holy Bible (Proverbs 7: 17-18)
When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew. Arrigo Boito
For all the things my hands have held the best by far is you. Hoda Kotb
When you look into your mother’s eyes, you know that is the purest love you can find on this earth. Mitch Albom
Love is won by affectionate words. Roman Proverb
Like all my family and class, I considered it a sign of weakness to show affection; to have been caught kissing my mother would have been a disgrace, and to have shown affection for my father would have been a disaster. Agnes Smedley
Do you know what it means to come home at night to a woman who'll give you a little love, a little affection, a little tenderness? It means you're in the wrong house, that's what it means. Henny Youngman
The essential elements of giving are power and love - activity and affection - and the consciousness of the race testifies that in the high and appropriate exercise of these is a blessedness greater than any other. Mark Hopkins
Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. Aristotle
A man reserves his true and deepest love not for the species of woman in whose company he finds himself electrified and enkindled, but for that one in whose company he may feel tenderly drowsy. George Jean Nathan
A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous. Ingrid Bergman
A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love. Max Muller
For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul. Judy Garland
A kiss makes the heart young again and wipes out the years. Rupert Brooke
I like not only to be loved, but also to be told I am loved. George Eliot
If you want to be loved, be lovable. Ovid
We loved with a love that was more than love. Edgar Allan Poe
The best thing to hold onto in life is each other. Audrey Hepburn
Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired. Robert Frost
Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other. Rainer Maria Rilke
If we treated everyone we meet with the same affection we bestow upon our favorite cat, they, too, would purr. Martin Delany
I see when men love women they give but a little of their lives, but women, when they love, give everything. Oscar Wilde
Loving can cost a lot but not loving always costs more, and those who fear to love often find that want of love is an emptiness that robs the joy from life. Merle Shain
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close. Pablo Neruda
For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there a heart somewhere to receive it. Ivan Panin
Love is something far more than desire for sexual intercourse; it is the principal means of escape from the loneliness which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives. Bertrand Russell
Love is missing someone whenever you're apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you're close in heart. Kay Knudsen
Love is shown in your deeds, not in your words. Fr. Jerome Cummings
Love is shown in your deeds, not in your words. Fr. Jerome Cummings
I heard what you said. I’m not the silly romantic you think. I don’t want the heavens or the shooting stars. I don’t want gemstones or gold. I have those things already. I want...a steady hand. A kind soul. I want to fall asleep, and wake, knowing my heart is safe. I want to love, and be loved. Shana Abe
There is no feeling more comforting and consoling than knowing you are right next to the one you love. Kay Knudsen
Love is what makes two people sit in the middle of a bench when there is plenty of room at both ends. Barbara Johnson
For the two of us, home isn't a place. It is a person. And we are finally home. Stephanie Perkins
I'm actually feeling very affectionate toward you, but of course that could just be the hormones. Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan
I want a man who's there when I want him and gone when I don't, and is affectionate, not too much, and has great hair and good hygiene. Brianna Hanson
Therefore let us be happy while we are happy. Let us be kind, generous, affectionate and good. It is necessary and not at all shameful to take pleasure in the little world. Gustav Adolf Ekdahl
I believe the more you love a man, / The more you give your trust, / The more you're bound to lose; / Although, when shadows fall I think if only / Somebody splendid really needed me, / Somebody affectionate and dear, / Cares would be ended / If I knew that he wanted to have me near. Noel Coward
He's so affectionate and I'll say this / That when he kisses me, I'll sure stay kissed / When my sugar walks down the street / The little birdies go, "tweet, tweet, tweet" Gene Austin; Irving Mills; Jimmy McHugh
Mamma said, 'A little love and affection / In everything you do / Will make the world a better place / With or without you.' Neil Young
The object of my affection can change my complexion / From white to rosy red / Anytime she holds my hand / And tells me that she's mine H. Coy Poe; Jimmie Grier; Pinky Tomlin