You probably hear the word “love” many times each week. You may hear it from a parent, a friend, in your place of worship, on tv or in a book.
You may even say the word love a lot yourself! You may use the word love about a song, a food or your family pet. You may tell family members you love them. As you can see, there are many kinds of love! But not all kinds of love are created equal.
So what does love mean to you? And what kind of love is most important?
Love gives life meaning and purpose. As Mahatma Gandhi once said,“Where there is love there is life.” In the dictionary, love is defined as a strong, positive feeling you have for someone or something. But it is also a lot more than that. People show their love not just with what they say or feel, but by what they do.
At it’s core, love is about being kind and doing good things for others. A famous verse from the bible describes how love is more than just a feeling, but the way you act and treat others. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
Before we can show love though, we must first love ourselves. This allows us to love others no matter what. Showing love allows us to put the needs of others before our own.
So what are some ways that you could show love? It could be as simple as volunteering at a local soup kitchen. Maybe telling those we love how important they are! Consistently showing love will build a habit and fulfill you as well.
The collection of great quotes for kids about love below shows the importance of love in our lives. Follow the wisdom below, practice showing love, and you will on your way to becoming the best version of yourself!
- “There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.” – George Sand
- “Love yourself. It is important to stay positive because beauty comes from the inside out.” – Jenn Proske
- “Love is when the other person’s happiness is more important than your own.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
- “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” – Lucille Ball
- “The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.” – Morrie Schwartz
- “I love you not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am with you.” – Roy Croft
- “We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- “The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton
- “Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.” – Lao Tzu
- “Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” – Oscar Wilde
- “The only thing we never get enough of is love; and the only thing we never give enough of is love.” – Henry Miller
- “Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.” – Khalil Gibran
- “’Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” – Alfred Lord Tennyson
- “The art of love is largely the art of persistence.” – Albert Ellis
- “Love does not dominate; it cultivates.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
- “We are most alive when we’re in love.” – John Updike
- “The love we give away is the only love we keep.” – Elbert Hubbard
- “The giving of love is an education in itself.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
- “The more one judges, the less one loves.” – Honore de Balzac
- “Fortune and love favor the brave.” – Ovid
- “Love is not only something you feel, it is something you do.” – David Wilkerson
- “Love is space and time measured by the heart.” – Marcel Proust
- “I could never love where I could not respect.” – Charlotte Elizabeth Aisse
- “Love looks not with eyes, but with the mind.” – William Shakespeare
- “Where there is love there is life.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Love is important for many reasons. Do you remember a time when you loved a toy and maybe it was lost? How did that make you feel? Are there moments when you felt you needed to be loved? Love means different things to people all over the world! Watch this brief video and think about what love means to you. Can you think of anything else you would add about love?
- Take a look at our full collection of inspiring quotes for kids and students
- Read about Hannah and her family and their love for their military dad!
- Why does love matter to you? Here, Germiah shows how her kindness and compassion have made a difference.
Topics for Discussion:
- Who or what do you love in your life? Why?
- Do you love yourself? How does that make you feel?
- What are your top 3 favorite quotes from the list above? Why?
- How does your family practice showing love to one another? Can you think of any other ways to show your love?
- What does love mean to you? Why is it important to you?
- At bedtime, think of three ways that you showed kindness and compassion today. When you awaken, think of 2 ways you could show love today. Do this for 30 days and you will be on your way to making it a habit for life!
- You can show love every day by being kind and compassionate to those around you!
Teacher and Parent Features:
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.
- Check out our growing list of Lesson Plans that can be used alongside our quotes and articles.
- Here are 5 ways to show your kids love. How many do you do?
- Discover how to teach children about love with these 10 hands-on activities.
- Check out this case for love in the classroom and how it influences daily teaching practices.