Our Favorite Celebrity Quotes on Love, Passion, and Marriage

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEB 24: Amy Poehler at the Vanity Fair OscaCan celebrities teach us anything about love and marriage? As a whole, famous folks may not have the best record when it comes to long-term love — the divorce and break-up rate in Hollywood is sky-high compared to the rest of country — but some of their pithy thoughts are illuminating. These one-liners are heart-warming, funny, and wise. See if you agree with these celebrity sentiments on passion and love.

Continue to share your heart with people even if it has been broken. Don’t treat your heart like an action figure wrapped in plastic and never used. And don’t try to give me that nerd argument that your heart is a Batman with a limited-edition silver bat-erang and therefore if it stays in its original packing it increases in value. — Amy Poehler, comedian, actress, writer, and Golden Globes host, in a 2011 commencement speech at Harvard University.


My heart was really pounding and I felt a tingling all over…I was either in love or I had smallpox. — Actor, writer, director, and comedian Woody Allen. This line is from “Take the Money and Run” one of Allen’s lesser-known films. Watch the scene.


We need only to develop our good human qualities and know that love and compassion are the most essential concepts for human survival. — From the Dalai Lama’s book The Compassionate Life. He is a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, and the spiritual leader of Tibet.


To be brave is to love someone unconditionally, without expecting anything in return. To just give. That takes courage, because we don’t want to fall on our faces or leave ourselves open to hurt. — Madonna, singer, dancer, philanthropist. This quote, from a 2004 interview with Oprah for O Magazine, refers to her then-husband Guy Richie.


There are two things for a marriage to be good. One is to work hard on it. The other one is to marry above you. And I succeeded at both of those. — Actor and director Ben Affleck, about his relationship with wife Jennifer Garner, while doing press for the movie Argo.


I like to believe that love is a reciprocal thing, that it can’t really be felt, truly, by one. That on a romantic level, if you feel it about somebody and it’s pure, it means that they do too. And if you keep believing that, they come around. — Sean Penn, in an interview with Jeff Gordinier for Entertainment Weekly.


A simple ‘I love you’ means more than money. — Frank Sinatra, in the lyrics to “Tell Her (You Love Her Every Day),” which were actually written by Samuel Ward and Charles Watkins


Passion makes the world go round. Love just makes it a safer place. — ICE T, rapper and actor, as told to Heidi Sigmund in the book, The Ice Opinion: Who Gives a Fuck?

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