By 11dem on February 11, 2021
A proverb is a short, well-known pithy saying stating a general truth or a piece of advice. And proverbs about love can be used to express love to your spouse or love interest. It can also be used to enhance your understanding of the word love.
Below, we have compiled a list of 75 English proverbs as well as the top 36 African proverbs about love. Share with your loved ones and inspire them on the importance of love using the wisdom in the sayings of our ancestors.
75 Popular English Proverbs About Love
1) A woman prefers poverty with love to wealth without love.
2) Before you love, learn to run through snow without leaving footprints.
3) Faults are thick where love is thin.
4) Good manners and not beauty leads to love.
5) In the eyes of the lover, pock-marks are dimples.
6) Love has no law.
7) Love is a crocodile in the river of desire.
8) Love is an eye that doesn’t see anything.
9) Love is blind, so you have to feel your way.
10) Love is like a mousetrap: you go in when you want, but you don’t get out when you like.
11) Love is the rock of youth and the shoal of old age.
12) Love levels all inequalities.
13) Love can turn a cottage into a golden palace.
14) Love and hate always exaggerate.
15) Love and arrogance don’t go together.
16) Love begins at home.
17) Love makes the world go round.
18) Love rules without a sword and binds without a cord.
19) Love your neighbor, but don’t tear down your fence.
20) Likeness is the mother of love.
21) No rose without a thorn, or a love without a rival.
22) Mistrust is an axe in the tree of love.
23) Involuntary love is worthless.
24) Love can neither be bought or sold, its only price is love.
25) Love and a cough cannot be hidden.
26) Love and eggs are best when they are fresh.
27) Love begets love.
28) Love enters a man through his eyes, woman through her ears.
29) Love kills time and time kills love.
30) If it is given with love, a mere handful is enough.
31) He who cannot light a fire knows nothing about love.
32) Feigned love is worse than hatred.
33) Being in love is like feeling the sun from both sides.
34) A woman without love is like a rose without a scent.
35) Love your friend with his faults.
36) Love understands all languages.
37) Love many, trust few and always paddle your own canoe.
38) Love conceals ugliness, and hate sees many faults.
39) Love for a person must extend to the crows on his roof.
40) Love for something makes a man blind and deaf.
41) Love him who tells you your faults in private.
42) Love is a sweet tyranny, because the lover endureth his torments willingly
43) Love is bitter, but it comforts the heart.
44) Love is like a baby: it needs to be treated tenderly.
45) Love is often the fruit of marriage.
46) Love makes all hearts gentle.
47) Love me when I least deserve it, because that’s when I really need it.
48) Love without friendship is like a shadow without the sun.
49) A boy’s love is water in a sieve.
50) All is fair in love and war.
51) By beating love decays.
52) Forced love does not last.
53) He who doesn’t feel jealousy is not in love.
54) Love has produced some heroes but many idiots too.
55) Love is a garden full of flowers and marriage is a field of stinging nettles.
56) Love is apportioned, who brings it will have it brought.
57) Love is just like rice — plant it elsewhere and it grows.
58) Love is like cough you can’t hold it back.
59) Love is master of all arts.
60) Love begins with song and music and ends in a sea of tears.
61) Love and jealousy always keep company.
62) Love conquers all things; let us own her dominion.
63) If love is torn apart you cannot stitch the pieces together again.
64) In every pardon there is love.
65) Friendship is love with understanding.
66) Choose thy love. Love thy choice.
67) As the best wine makes the sharpest vinegar, the truest lover may turn into the worst enemy.
68) A penny-weight of love is worth a pound of law.
69) Love without pain is not to be found anywhere.
70) Love others well, but love thyself the most; give good for good, but not to thine own cost.
71) Love makes the owl seem prettier than a white falcon.
72) Love grows with obstacles.
73) Love blinds the eyes to faults, and hatred blinds the eyes to virtues.
74) Love and poverty are hard to conceal.
75) Love and attention make all things grow.
36 Popular African Proverbs About Love
1) A happy man marries the girl he loves, but a happier man loves the girl he marries.
2) Pretend you are dead and you will see who really loves you.
3) The but*tocks are like a married couple though there is constant friction between them; they will still love and live together.
4) He who marries a beauty marries trouble.
5) The house of a person we love is never far.
6) Loving someone that does not love you is like loving the rain that falls in the forest.
7) If anyone makes you laugh, it is not always because they love you.
8) You know who you love but you can’t know who loves you.
9) One who marries for love alone will have bad days but good nights.
10) Don’t be so in love that you can’t tell when it’s raining.
11) A fish and bird may fall in love but the two cannot build a home together.
12) There is no physician who can cure the disease of love.
13) He who loves, love you with your dirt.
14) If love is a sickness, patience is the remedy.
15) When one is in love, a cliff becomes a meadow.
16) Don’t try to make someone hate the person he loves. For he will go on loving but he will hate you.
17) The quarrel of lovers is the renewal of love.
18) Even as the archer loves the arrow that flies, so too he loves the bow that remains constant in his hands.
19) If the full moon loves you, why worry about the stars?
20) To love someone who does not love you is like shaking a tree to make the dew drops fall.
21) Love for something makes a man blind and deaf.
22) One who loves the vase, loves also what is inside.
23) Let your love be like the misty rain, coming softly but flooding the river.
24) It’s much easier to fall in love than to stay in love.
25) If you marry a monkey for its wealth, the money goes and the monkey remains.
26) Love, like rain, does not choose the grass on which it falls.
27) Love doesn’t rely on physical features.
28) Where there is love, there is no darkness.
29) Love is a despot who spares no one.
30) A letter from the heart can be read on the face.
31) If a woman doesn’t love you, she calls you “brother.”
32) Don’t try to make someone hate the person he loves. For he will go on loving but he will hate you.
33) Love doesn’t listen to rumors.
34) It’s better to fall from a tree and a break your back than to fall in love and break your heart.
35) Love, like rain, does not choose the grass on which it falls.
36) Do not treat your loved one like a swinging door: you are fond of it but you push it back and forth.