Tough Love Quotes:-The phrase tough love is believed to have originated with Bill Milliken’s book of the same title in 1968. It is an expression used when someone treats another person harshly or sternly with the intent to help them in the long run.


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


Inspirational Tough Love Quotes


“Tough love is just the right phrase: love for the rich and privileged, tough for everyone else.”-Noam Chomsky

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“If you listen long enough you can hear my skin grow tough love is painful to the touch must be made of stronger stuff.”-Tom Petty


“Tough love and brutal truth from strangers are far more valuable than Band-Aids and half-truths from invested friends, who don’t want to see you suffer any more than you have.”-Shannon L. Alder


“Sympathy constitutes friendship, but in love, there is a sort of antipathy, or opposing passion. Each strives to be the other, and both together make up one whole.”-Samuel Taylor


“When a love comes to an end, weaklings cry, efficient ones instantly find another love, and the wise already have one in reserve.”-Oscar Wilde


“It takes a minute to have a crush on someone, an hour to like someone and a day to love someone – but it takes a lifetime to forget someone.”-Johnny Depp


“I wish I never fell so deep in love with you and now it ain’t no way we can be friends.”-Trey Songz


“The love that lasts the longest is the love that can never be.”-S Maugh


“Love is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties”-Jules Renard


“If a hug represented how much I loved you, I would hold you in my arms forever.”-Mandy Hampton


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“The worst thing you can do for love is denied it; so when you find that special someone, don’t let anyone or anything to get in your way.”-Brandi Snyder


“We perceive when love begins and when it declines by our embarrassment when alone together.”-Jean De La Bruyere


“Do you love me because I’m beautiful, or am I am beautiful because you love me?”-Oscar Hammerstein


“Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.”-Sir Arthur Pinero


“When we first sort of break-in or bust into the house, if you will, there’s some tough love.”-Thom Filicia


“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”-Dr. Seuss


“If kisses were the water I would give you the sea if hugs were the leaves I would give you a tree, but if love was time, I would give you eternity. Before I met you I never knew what it was like. to look at someone and smile for no reason.”-Yarne Gaskins


“To love someone is nothing, to be loved by someone is something, but to be loved by the one you love is everything”-Bill Russell


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“Sometimes you must seem to hurt something in order to do good for it.”-Susan Cooper


“If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don’t, they never were”-Kahlil Gibran


“You can’t stop loving or wanting to love because when its right, it’s the best thing in the world. When you’re in a relationship and it’s good, even if nothing else in your life is right, you feel like your whole world is complete.”-Keith Sweat


“If you’re looking for love in these eyes, walk away. I’ve been blinded before!”-Carl Stoynoff


“There is nothing in the world so wonderful as to love and be loved; there is nothing so devastating as love lost.”-Larry Latta


“I don’t want you to be just somebody I love. I want you to be the LOVE of MY LIFE!”-Daffy Catalan


“Hearts are tough, Most times they don’t break. Most times they only bend”-Stephen King


“Love is a tough, ever hopeful thing, not easily destroyed.”-Kirby Wright


“Nothing glows brighter than the heart awakened to the unseen light of Love that lives within it”-Guy Finley


“No love, no friendship, can cross the path of our destiny without leaving some mark on it forever.”-Francois Mauriac