Pablo Neruda was a Chilean poet, writer, diplomat and politician. Born in 1904 he showed an aptitude for poetry and writing early, as he at the age of 13 wrote his first work “La Mañana“, which was published in the local newspaper in the village Parral.


Pablo Neruda was a pseudonym penned by Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basoalto, the name given to him by his mother. He changed his name at the age of 16, inspired by the Chilean poet Pablo de Rocka and the Czech poet and writer Jan Neruda.

Though Neruda was born in Parral, he grew up in Temuco, a city in southern Chile. Neruda’s mother died shortly after his birth, and a few years later he moved to Temuco with his father.

In this article we’ve decided to honour Pablo Neruda by sharing 25 beautiful and insightful quotes on love from his poems and other writings:

Love! Love until the night collapses!
Pablo Neruda

Love, how many roads to reach a kiss.
Pablo Neruda

Love is so short, forgetting is so long.
Pablo Neruda

Of all fires, love is the only inexhaustible one.
Pablo Neruda

I did not suffer, my love, I was only waiting for you
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You came to my kisses with the fire of an unchained meteor.
Pablo Neruda

I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.
Pablo Neruda

I have forgotten your love, yet I seem to glimpse you in every window.
Pablo Neruda

Tonight I can write the saddest lines.
I loved her, and sometimes she loved me to.
Pablo Neruda

I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.
Pablo Neruda

We found each other hungry and we bit each other as fire bites, leaving wounds in us.
Pablo Neruda

I love you as the plant that never blooms but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers.
Pablo Neruda

Of all the stars I admired, drenched In various rivers and mists, I chose only the one I love.
Pablo Neruda

Because we have with us fire forever, we have earth with us forever, spring with us forever.
Pablo Neruda

We could come together in spite of space, step by step seeking each other, from one ocean to another.
Pablo Neruda

I will be waiting for you, as in an empty station when the trains are parked off somewhere else, asleep.
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That time was like never, and like always. So we go there, where nothing is waiting; we find everything waiting there.
Pablo Neruda

Love, in the weavings of those invisible fabrics, galloping water, incessant sand, we make the only permanent tenderness.
Pablo Neruda

That is why I sing to the day and to the moon, to the sea, to time, to all the planets, to your daily voice, to your nocturnal skin.
Pablo Neruda

Take bread away from me, if you wish,
take air away, but
do not take from me your laughter.
Pablo Neruda

Only do not forget, if I wake up crying
it’s only because in my dream I’m a lost child
hunting through the leaves of the night for your hands…
Pablo Neruda

Oh love, rose made wet by mermaids and foams,
fire that dances and climbs up the invisible stairs
and awakens the blood in the tunnel of sleeplessness
Pablo Neruda

Ah, love is a voyage with water and a star,
in drowning air and squalls of precipitate bran;
love is a war of lights in the lightning flashes,
two bodies blasted in a single burst of honey.
Pablo Neruda

Oh flesh, my own flesh, woman whom I loved and lost,
I summon you in the moist hour, I raise my song to you.
There was thirst and hunger, and you were the fruit.
Pablo Neruda

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.
Pablo Neruda

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