We’ve all been there when somebody says or does something that can only be summed up as cute.
Whether its your partner scrunching their face up at your bad joke, children playing with each other or the knowing smile of an old friend, those are the small moments that life is made up of.
Cute moments have a spell-binding effect wherever they come from, be it through love, friendship or charity. They’ve inspired poets, writers and musicians to make beautiful reflections about their effect on the heart and soul.
To honor those moments we’ve gathered 50 cute quotes to reignite those memories and inspire you to seek out more.
Perfect for sharing with loved ones.
1. Herman Hesse on Love
If I know what love is, it is because of you. ~ Hermann Hesse
Everyone likes to talk about love, but until we have loved ourselves, all the talk in the world remains an exercise in abstract thinking. Love does not fit in a concept or in an idea. It is a profound experience that can only become real as it is lived. When we love someone, that person becomes the embodiment of love and that is when you know that love actually exists. Love is not something that comes to us, but something that grows within us.
2. Bill Wilson on Love
To the world you may be one person, but to one person you are the world. ~ Bill Wilson
Every day of your lives we meet an amazing number of people. On the street, in a shop, in a restaurant, at work. People are everywhere, yet how difficult it is for us to think of each passerby as a unique personality, as someone with their own problems, desires, and goals, with a family and friends. It is even more troubling when we think that for them, we are just a nameless passerby. This is why love is such an incredible force of life. It crashes all the walls and builds bridges and one person can become an entire world.
3. Ray Croft on Love
I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. ~ Ray Croft
The best kind of love is the love that inspires us to reach our ideal self, to polish all of the asperities of our being so we can feel worthy of the amazing person who stole our heart. Loves changes us and shapes us in new molds, showing the parts of ourselves that we didn’t they exist. The best kind of love is not an egotistical isolation in pleasure, but an openness that allows beings to flow towards each other without obstacles.
4. On Intimacy
Falling in love is when she falls asleep in your arms and wakes up in your dreams. ~ Unknown
We are thought to associate love with grand, romantic gestures, yet the greatest love is a sum of small, yet meaningful moments. Love is a sort of continuous, flowing feeling and attitude, not an irruption of emotion that happens only on Valentine’s Day or your anniversary. When you love you are never separated, you are never apart, despite any physical distance. You are together in thought and in feeling, always and irrevocably.
5. Marcus Zusak on Relationships
The only thing worse than a boy who hates you: a boy that loves you. ~ Markus Zusak
Love is the force that guides our lives, yet love comes in opposition with our individualistic and independent nature. Love means giving up personal borders and accepting a type of communion that changes you to the core. Love is frightening because true love is as far out of the comfort zone as one can get. Nobody has more power over us than those we love. Love is nothing but the sweetest chain in the world.
6. On the Magic of Love
I talk about you like you put stars in the sky. ~ Unknown
There is a type of pure, sacred, and divine beauty in nature and in the life of the universe, in contrast with which the human world appears as dull, noisy, and frail. When we love, we are get access to that sacredness, that divine grace. We see it in the being we love, we see it our heart, where love grows, and we see it everywhere around us. We rediscover the world with new eyes. Everything becomes meaningful, beautiful, and magic.
7. Winnie the Pooh on Love and Loss
If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you. ~ Winnie the Pooh
Worse than having never loved is losing your love. When we’ve never been in love, we don’t know that there is another way of being, a marvelous and exciting way in which life becomes a soulful adventure that we take with our soul mates. That is why by loving we understand the powerful impact love can have. After we’ve known love, we cannot live without it. When you’ve lost someone you love, a part of your soul is slowly dying and you are left to witness this slowly, torturous disintegration.
8. Maya Angelou on Kindness
Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. ~ Maya Angelou
We are not geniuses, innovators, or saints. At least, not all of us. We all have, however, a special type of power that we don’t even use that much. Our power is giving love, as simple as that. We can get close to another person and we can tell them that we understand, that we care, and that we want that closeness in which everyone is safe and protected. We can make people smile, laugh, and cry with happiness. We can remind someone that they are noticed and cared for, and that they are important.
9. Helen Keller on Positive Attitude
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow. ~ Helen Keller
No matter how much optimism we are able to breath, life will disappoint us, and even crush us at some point. The solution is not to become less optimistic, but rather more optimistic. This is the strongest counterattack because it saves us from becoming bitter and cynical, and it preserves our faith despite the earth-shattering things that life may throw at us. Optimism is not naivety. Optimism is the faith that no matter what, life goes on, and when life goes on, anything is possible. Good and bad are nothing but transient. We can decide how strong we hold on to them.
10. Winnie the Pooh on Wisdom
Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering. ~ Winnie the Pooh
We care so much about so many things that it is surprising how much we can hold in our minds and hearts. However, to be able to travel far, we must lose the unnecessary luggage. To be free is to make our spirit lighter, by learning how to become content and even excited just for being, just for witnessing every small moment of life. We don’t need to be forever moving, struggling, or fighting. Sometimes it is more fulfilling to just go with the flow and embrace it.
11. Victor Hugo on Love
Life is the flower for which love is the honey. ~ Victor Hugo
It is difficult to imagine what our lives would be like without love. We would feel lonely, and maybe many of our struggles would seem futile and meaningless. In the light of love, all the riches of life become real and accessible. Life is important to us because it creates love. Most importantly, life can fill with love all its cracks and all its empty spaces. In love we feel the safest and the most fortunate.
12. Shannon Dermott on Love and Meaning
You’re like a dictionary, you add meaning to my life. ~ Shannon Dermott
Love does not give us the meaning of life. Love is just a medium that helps us explore the meaning that we hold within us. Loves allows us to go to those regions of the soul where everything is pure, beautiful, and purposeful. After discovering that part of ourselves, we realize that meaning is growing beyond our own, individualistic self. We give ourselves to the person we love only to realize that we are more rich when giving. The person we love becomes the key with which we understand and see ourselves.
13. Bil Keane on Affection
A hug is like a boomerang: you get it back right away. ~ Bil Keane
A hug seems like such a simple gesture, almost an automatic response of affection, one that we don’t even rationalize. We understand how important a hug is only when we miss one, when we discover ourselves dreaming about holding someone or letting someone wrapping their arms around us. Hug is that reminder that we can feel safe and loved, but that we can also provide the same for someone else, which is why we need hugs so much.
14. Leo Tolstoy on Love and Knowledge
All, everything that I understand, I only understand because I love. ~ Leo Tolstoy
There is knowledge outside love, but it is never a complete type of knowledge. It is always lacking, always creating more questions. Love, on the opposite, does not create questions, yet it provides answers. When we love we begin to understand and as our love grows, so does our understanding. The reason is that love speaks to the soul, not to the mind which is always doubtful. When we love, we become more tolerant, more accepting, and then is when truth can reach us.
15. Julia Roberts on Vulnerability
Don’t forget I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her. ~ Julia Roberts
Love makes us vulnerable and loves makes us go and do things outside our comfort zone. Sometimes we just have to muster up the courage and do things, even if we are scared or anxious. Love only rewards those who have the courage to be vulnerable. Just having some faith in love is enough to give one the necessary courage. It is not easy to burn all the bridges and let love run freely because feelings are the most precious part of our souls. Yet only when we let our feelings be known, they can be appreciated and reciprocated.
16. On Smiles
You haven’t lost your smile at all, it’s right under your nose. You just forgot it was there.- Unknown
We look in the mirror all the time, and yet somehow we often fail to see ourselves clearly. We get cheated on by life and forget our real image. We look for that image outside, and we search it in faraway places, when the only way to recover it is to look within. Within us live together our happy self and our sad self, yet we can choose which one we want to keep closer and show to the world. Just a smile can revive our happy self from the depths of our minds.
17. Kermit the Frog on Love
Maybe you don’t need the whole world to love you, you know. Maybe you just need one person. ~ Kermit the Frog
We are always seeking success, love, admiration, and appreciation, but it is an impossible quest to try to please everyone, hoping that they give us what we seek for. We become unauthentic when we want everyone to like us and love us. Only when we show ourselves exactly how we are we are able to attract those who are like us and who complement us. The love of a dear person is a thousand times stronger than the love of an anonymous crowd.
18. Victor Borge on Laughter
Laughter is the closest distance between two people. ~ Victor Borge
We laugh when we feel good and that is why people who can make us laugh gain our love and friendship rapidly and irrevocably. When we laugh we transmit to the other that we are friendly, communicative and open to make fun of the same things as the other. People who can make us laugh gain easily our trust and our affection. When we respond with laughter to a situation or a joke, we show that we appreciate the intelligence that is not afraid of being ridiculous, vulnerable, tender and critical in the face of the reality.
19. Albert Einstein on Love
Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves. ~ Albert Einstein
If we respect our love, we let it consume us feverishly. If we don’t do things wholeheartedly it is would better to not do them at all. Love does not deserve half measures, considering how much it gives us. When we kiss, laugh, or touch we should be there fully present, absorbing the uniqueness of the moment and appreciating it. A careless love is not love at all, because love makes everything fade away except the moment that captures you and your loved one in its embrace.
20. Winnie the Pooh on Simplicity
It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like ’What about lunch?’ ~ Winnie the Pooh
We need big words to understand the complexity of our emotions, our lives, and of life itself. We like to use those words to appear smart, knowledgeable, and wise, but the most profound of truths are hidden in simple words, and more often in simple gestures or acts. Sometimes words, no matter how complex they might be, cannot convey the intricacies of real life. Real communication is not made through choice of words, but rather through a direct, clean speech in which nothing is named, yet everything is implied.
20. On Love and Romance
If I had a rose for every time I thought of you, I’d be picking roses for a lifetime. ~ Swedish Proverb
From the moment we have fallen in love, we have no more power over our minds. Our minds gravitate freely towards the same center, which is the person we love. We don’t want to be separated from the person we love, we want him or her always with us, so we trick our minds to search for that person in imagination, in daydreams, and in memories. A person in love is never lonely. Their loved one is always besides them, like a shadow.
21. Lee Mildon on Positivity
People seldom notice old clothes if you wear a big smile. ~ Lee Mildon
We want to look pretty and stylish, thinking that this will make people like us, maybe even love us. It is true that people like beautiful, well-dressed bodies but this translates only in passing glances or sights of admiration, and often nothing more. People offer a second glance only to the bodies that also carry an attractive personality. A genuine person who smiles, laughs, and shows interest in other people has the ultimate power to get inside people’s hearts.
22. Mother Teresa on Love
Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. ~ Mother Teresa
Smiles are traded everyday everywhere in the world. It is the most common exchanged value between people who are friends, acquaintances, or just strangers. Smiles don’t belong to a culture or a language. They are free and infinite, so we can give them away as much as we like to everyone we want. Moreover, smiles are invaluable. Just with a turn of expression, we can show kindness, tenderness, affection, and openness as if we would open the gates to our heart.
23. Paul McCartney on Relationships
And, in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make. ~ Paul McCartney
We like to be loved and we expect others to give us love unconditionally, even though sometimes we are not willing to give them the same in return. To grow, love needs numerous ingredients such as patience, time, and compromise. Love does not grow if it is not cultivated in fertile environments. Love needs selfless dedication to be able to reach that powerful stage where it intoxicates us with happiness. We learn to appreciate love when we learn to give. That is the only way to sense the magic of love.
24. Melanie Griffith on Seduction
There is a place you can touch a woman that will drive her crazy: her heart. ~ Melanie Griffith
Most of us are emotional beings who read the map of life with their hearts, looking to spot where there are densities of feeling, so we can approach them and be able to live a passionate, fulfilling life. Most women live according to this internal map, which activates when they encounter things that make their heart grow. For women, the sensuous and the emotional are not separated, but work together. That is what people call being romantic.
25. Charles Schultz on Love and Chocolate
All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. ~ Charles Schulz
We all want unconditional, boundless love, but life does not work so simple. We hope and dream, but sometimes we must learn to embrace the small gifts before being able to accept and appreciate the big ones. Before we meet love, we can acquaintance ourselves with other important aspects such as pleasure, comfort, or desire. Life is an array of experiences of different sizes and with different meanings, so while waiting for love, we can use our time exploring this richness of experience that life provides us.
26. Andy Rooney on True Happiness
If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it. ~ Andy Rooney
It’s easier to look happy than to actually be happy. How could we measure real happiness? Maybe we should start looking in our solitude, where we don’t have to pretend to be something we are not. If we are truly happy, our happiness will shine without limits when we are with others but also when we are by ourselves. An honest smile should have a double direction, it should touch the other but it should also remain ours, as a measure of our own inner content.
27. J.M. Barrie on Faith and Magic
All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust. ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
World is as never as rich as when we are children. Children are endlessly curious. They don’t know the limits that adults impose to imagination and dreaming, so they feel free to explore both within and outside themselves. World loses some of its mystery as we grow up, yet when the magic disappears completely, we discover that the world is not so well put together. Thegood thing is that we can work on it and make it better, simply by having a tiny bit of faith and trust.
28. Rumi on Loneliness
Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is within you. ~ Rumi
Loneliness is a type of disconnection in which we feel trapped and alone, facing a hostile universe. The thing we miss the most when we are lonely is a home where we can feel we belong. The easiest thing is to look around us and search for it outside of us, in all kinds of places. No matter how far we search, it escapes us. We have to stop searching and look within, and we can see that the place where we feel most safe is our own soul.
29. On Trust
Love everyone. Trust few. Paddle your own canoe. ~ Anonymous
No matter how much love we give to the world, we can never be sure that love will return to us. We cannot expect to receive the same amount we give. If we share our love limitless, we should be aware to put some limits to our trust. Love is a gift, while trust is a trade. All people are worthy of love, but not all are worthy of trust. The most important person you have to love and trust is yourself.
30. Celia Thaxter on Gratitude
There shall be an eternal summer in the grateful heart. ~ Celia Thaxter
Gratitude is one of those feelings less talked about, but which lays at the foundation of happiness. When we are grateful we recognize that life has endowed us with numerous gifts and that those gifts made us rich and happy. In a heart that values gratitude there is always appreciation for the past and hope for the future. Moreover, a grateful heart is never greedy, egotistical, or mean. Gratitude purifies us and allows us to believe that great things will come to us.
31. Allen Ginsberg on Intuition and Kindness
Holy is the supernatural extra brilliant intelligent kindness of the soul. ~ Allen Ginsberg
The intelligence of the soul is not the same as the intelligence of the mind. The mind has flaws and it is often incapable of reaching as far and as wide as we would like. At the same time, the soul can reach everything that is essential, with an intelligence that is more often intuitive and principled. The soul is our divine self which survives on love, kindness, compassion, and gratitude and has no patience for any meaningless pursuits.
32. Audrey Hepburn on Happiness
The most important thing is to enjoy your life–to be happy–it’s all that matters. ~ Audrey Hepburn
We all want the world to be a better peace, a paradise of beauty, kindness and harmony, but before we can accomplish that, our own personal task is to make sure that we live fully and happily. Once we learn to enjoy our life and to see the amazing things that life can offer us, all the other important things fall into place. Nothing was ever accomplished through worries, doubts, or misery. Great things grow out of positive experiences and attitudes.
33. Ritu Ghatourey on Love
If you ever ask me how many times you’ve crossed my mind, I would say once. Because you came, and never left. ~ Ritu Ghatourey
When we are in love we are never really alone. We carry the image of the loved one within us. The person we love lives and travels with us, even if only just as a thought or a dream. They accompany our solitude and populate our minds with scenes of happiness, intimacy, and comfort. Once a person has settled a home in your heart, it takes many earthquakes for that home to shatter. Sometimes, it lasts forever.
34. William M. Thackeray on Love and Paradise
When you look at me, when you think of me, I am in paradise. ~ William Makepeace Thackeray
Paradise does not exist by itself in same hidden, faraway place. It is something that appears and disappears by magic. When we love we find paradise more often. It is easy to reach and always with its gates open. Paradise is built in the space between us and our loved ones, where feelings such as affection, adoration, dedication, and passion grow boundless. In that space, every gesture and word that comes to us is just another face of happiness.
35. Steve Martin on Words and Language
Some people just have a way with words, and other people … oh … not have way. ~Steve Martin
Our minds are constantly buzzing with thoughts and ideas, in an endless stream of creativity. Sometimes our minds run so fast that we feel incapable of translating their unique workings in simple words. The most important type of communication, however, is not just words. When words fail us, we have smiles, gestures, movements, expressions that can help us. There is often more truth in body language than in words. Words can be deceitful, no matter how beautiful.
36. Russell Brand on Promiscuity
I thought I was promiscuous, but it turns out I was just thorough. ~ Russell Brand
Life is so complex and complicated that people create rules and laws to make sense of it, to make it uniform, and thus less scary. There are people who are not scared by this complexity, but who take pleasure in it. They want to explore and to make their own rules. They want to try and fail and try again. It does not mean that they are shallow or unreliable, but that they want to learn by experiencing and by testing life and not by merely accepting the discoveries of others as the ultimate truth.
37. On Giving
Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come. ~ Chinese proverb
It is excruciating to feel that we have so many gifts to give to the world, yet not knowing how to do it best or how relevant it is for the world to receive our gifts. Only when we decide to let ourselves be, fully and openly, with authenticity and courage, can others see what we hold inside. Only when they see who we really are, they can appreciate and honor our uniqueness. Where there is full, rich life, there is also hope.
38. William Blake on Beauty
Exuberance is Beauty. ~ William Blake
Beauty is a vital concern mostly for artists. What artists know and other people are reluctant to see is that beauty if highly connected with truth and justice. Our dignity depends on our relations with such ideals. Without beauty, the world would be dull and colorless. All the richness and complexity of life and nature takes the form of beauty, so we can appreciate it. When we learn to see beauty everywhere, there is always excitement, passion, and serenity and no time for boredom or evil.
39. Robert Browning on Positive Thinking
The best is yet to be. ~ Robert Browning
As people we have many flaws and we are always prone to mistakes, yet we have a superpower that saves us every time. Our superpower is hope. We have this incredible ability to believe that, no matter the past or the present, life always takes unexpected turns and it can open to us amazing possibilities. We love to think that all the best things belong to the future and this attitude allows us to dream and to feel confident. And the reality is that we are often right.
40. Albert Schweitzer on Happiness
Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory. ~ Albert Schweitzer
Memories are extremely precious to us, but the truth is our brains like to retain much more information than we would like to. Some of that information saddens us, fills us with pain or regret about things from the past. To be able to live in the present and hope for the future we need to be able to let go of the past and its endless stream of regrets and missed opportunities. We are truly free when we are confident, healthy, and when we have disposed of the troublesome luggage.
41. Philander Johnson on Optimism
Cheer up, the worst is yet to come. ~ Philander Johnson
We can worry about what might happen in the future but the truth is our worrying does not change what is meant to happen. We can spend our time worrying, sulking, and being miserable, or we can enjoy the moment at its full and deal with every little thing as it comes along. Moreover, worrying clouds our thinking and makes us take bad decisions. Maybe the worst will come, but maybe not, so all we have is the present, for which we are in full control.
42. On Kindness
One kind word can warm three winter months. ~ Japanese proverb
People tend to underestimate the effects of their words, actions, or gestures. We don’t realize how important our behavior can be for others, so we don’t think too much about every detail. While some take kindness for granted, others find it rarely so when they do find it they treasure it like a precious gift. We are simple creatures, satisfied with feeling cared for, respected, and appreciated. A simple word or gesture can hide in its core all the kindness and affection we long for.
43. Rose Lane on Happiness
Happiness is something that comes into our lives through doors we don’t even remember leaving open. ~ Rose Lane
Some of us know how their happiness looks like and they go out into the world searching for it. Others don’t even know what to search for. Happiness, however, is not something we seek, but rather something that comes to us when it pleases. Happiness can join us in an infinite number of ways while we think of it in only own way. It may come as a surprise or as a long expected guest. The only thing we can do is hold on to it when we have it close.
44. Mark Twain on Relationships
The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer someone else up. ~ Mark Twain
There is an underlying reality of our being which tells us that we must exist in relation with other people. We are all connected in intricate ways and these connections dictate who we are and what we can be. When we hurt another person, we hurt our souls as well, and when we make another person laugh, our souls laugh as well. Our feelings are dependent on each other, so happiness breeds happiness and misery brings along more misery.
45. William Rotsler on Laughter
You cannot hold back a good laugh any more than you can the tide.
Both are forces of nature. ~ William Rotsler
Laughter is our own natural mechanism of defense against life’s adversities. A good laugh is always a result of a receptive friendliness towards life and it is always sincere and uncontrollable. Laughter also allows us to let go and just be, freely. It creates powerful connections and it can multiply forever. We don’t know exactly why and when we will feel the need to laugh, but we appreciate it in every instance because we need it. We need this positive energy in our life as much as we need other vital elements such as love or air.
46. On Kindness
Have a mouth of ivy and a heart of holly. ~ Irish proverb
Nobody knows exactly what goes on in our hearts. People can only see what we want them to see. A kind heart, however, is able to speak through much more than words. A kind heart attracts other people in simple, mysterious ways, by always giving, encouraging, and inspiring. A kind heart is a holly heart because it respects the most profound truth of life, which is our connection to each other and our need for love.
47. Allan K. Chalmers on Happiness and Meaning
The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. ~ Allan K. Chalmers
No matter how different we would be our lives are determined by the same needs, such as love, meaning, and purpose. We search for them in different places and in different forms or manifestations, but they are essential for our well-being. When all these three conditions are met, we finally feel complete and prepared for happiness. When we have something to give to the world and we work towards it, when we give and receive love, and when we are excited about the future, we find not just happiness, but fulfillment, which is a meaningful type of happiness.
48. Jean Houston on Laughter
At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities. ~ Jean Houston
When we laugh, the world starts to look very friendly and colorful. We forget about the moments when it made us scared or anxious. In laughter, we finally see all its bright colors. We realize that there are endless positive possibilities out there for us to explore. Laughter makes us optimistic and confident while establishing a connection of genuine interest and affection between people. In laughter, ideas, opinions, and possibilities circulate more freely, that is why when we laugh we are more tolerant and more open.
49. Colette on Love and Wisdom
Be happy. It’s one way of being wise. ~ Colette
We all aspire towards wisdom, seeing it as a filter through which we can better connect with life and extract its riches. Becoming wise is a long and difficult process that must include a vast array of real life experiences, both positive and negative. The simplest way for us to embark on the road to wisdom is being happy and working towards our happiness. Using our need for happiness as a guide is one way of embracing wisdom.
50. Joseph Campbell on Love and Friendship
Love is a friendship set to music. ~ Joseph Campbell
Love and friendship are linked to each other in very mysterious ways. We know, however, that a great love begins in friendship, yet it is more than that. Friendship means connection, while love means connection, dedication, and passion put together. Love is always too complex to convey through words. Exactly like music, it is a sort of soulful journey that connects us to a transcendental beauty and lets us explore all the depths of feeling and emotion.