Learn 20 Japanese Love Quotes with Translations


Today you’re going to learn some sweet Japanese love quotes. Why? You’re learning Japanese, right? You’ll learn lots of words and grammar here. Plus, everyone loves love quotes. Note: These aren’t native Japanese sayings but quotes translated into Japanese.

Do people use these in real life? No. I mean, do you!? Most don’t use inspirational quotes in daily conversations. People enjoy these quotes because it gives them something to think about. And so, it’s fun to learn them.

So take this lesson and…

  • Read, review, and read out loud – YELL these words!
  • Print it out as physical review material (I like printing stuff)
  • Save images for your personal use (as flashcards)
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1. I may not be your first date, kiss, or love, but I want to be your last.

  • 私はあなたが最初にデート、キスした人、あるいは最初の恋人じゃないかもしれませんが、あなたの最後の人になりたいです。
  • Watashi wa anata ga saisho ni dēto, kisushita hito janai kamo shiremasen ga, anata no saigo no hito ni naritai desu.

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2. Thank you for always being my rainbow after the storm.

  • いつも嵐の後の私の虹でいてくれてありがとう。
  • itsumo arashi no ato no watashi no niji de itekurete arigatō.

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3.  I’m much more me when I’m with you.

  • 私はあなたと一緒にいる時、もっと私らしくなる。
  • watashi wa anata to issho ni iru toki, motto watashi rashiku naru.

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4.  If I did anything right in my life, it was when I gave my heart to you.

  • 私が人生において正しいことをしたならば、それは私のハートをあなたにあげた時です。
  • watashi ga jinsē ni oite tadashī koto o shita naraba, sore wa watashi no hāto o anata ni ageta toki desu.

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5.  I don’t need paradise because I found you. I don’t need dreams because I have you.

  • 私はあなたを見つけたので、楽園は要りません。私にはあなたがいるので、夢は要りません。
  • watashi wa anata o mitsuketa node, rakuen wa irimasen. watashi niwa anata ga irunode, yume wa irimasen.

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6.  I swear I couldn’t love you more than I do right now, and yet I know I will tomorrow.

  • 私は今よりもあなたを愛することができないと誓います。もう、未来のことがわかっています。
  • watashi wa ima yori mo anata o aisuru koto ga dekinai to chikaimasu. mō mirai no koto ga wakatte imasu.

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7.  To love is nothing. To be loved is something. But to love and be loved is everything.

  • 愛することは何もありません。愛されることは何かがあります。でも、愛することと愛されることは全てです。
  • aisuru koto wa nanimo arimasen. aisareru koto wa nanika ga arimasu. demo, aisurukoto to aisareru koto wa subete desu.

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8.  When I look at you, I see the rest of my life in front of my eyes.

  • 私があなたを見るとき、目の前に私の残りの人生が見えます。
  • watashi ga anata o miru toki, me no mae ni watashi no nokori no jinsē ga miemasu.

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9. If I know what love is, it is because of you.

  • 私は愛とは何かを知っているのであれば、それはあなたのおかげです。
  • watashi ga ai towa nanika o shitteiru node areba, sore wa anata no okage desu.

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10. Love is like the wind, you can’t see it, but you can feel it.

  • 愛は風のよう、あなたはそれを見ることはできませんが、それを感じることができます。
  • ai wa kaze no yō, anata wa sore o miru koto wa dekimasen ga, sore o kanjiru koto ga dekimasu.

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Hold on!

Can we take a comedic detour here? I’m sorry but I thought there’s a hilarious opportunity here to switch out some words. We can take 愛 (ai) and replace it with the Japanese word for fart. You can learn on my list of bad Japanese words here. Fart is おなら(Onara).

  • A fart is like the wind, you can’t see but, but you can feel it.
  • 愛は風のよう、あなたはそれを見ることはできませんが、それを感じることができます。
  • ai wa kaze no yō, anata wa sore o miru koto wa dekimasen ga, sore o kanjiru koto ga dekimasu.

You can also smell it. Okay, back to the topic at hand – Japanese Love Quotes!

11.  Everywhere I look I am reminded of your love. You are my world.

  • どこを見ても、私はあなたの愛を思い出します。あなたは私の世界です。
  • doko o mite mo watashi wa anata no ai o omoidashimasu. anata wa watashi no sekai desu.

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12.  I want to be your favorite hello and your hardest goodbye.

  • 私はあなたのお気にいりのハローに、そして一番難しいグッバイになりたいです。
  • watashi wa anata no okiniiri no haro ni, soshite ichiban muzukashī gubbai ni naritai desu.

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13.  If I were to live my life again, I’d find you sooner.

  • 生まれ変わったら、あなたをもっと早く見つけるだろう。
  • umarekawattara, anata o motto hayaku mitsukeru darō.

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14.  Together with you is my favorite place to be.

  • あなたのそばが、私のお気に入りの場所です。
  • anata no soba ga, watashi no okiniiri no basho desu.

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Ok, what about some native Japanese love quotes?

Yes, I’ll teach you a few as well but keep in mind that the translations might sound weird and that they need some explanation.

15.  愛、屋烏に及ぶ

  • Ai, okuu ni oyobu
  • Love will even reach the crows on the roof.

This Japanese love saying is used to describe a “strong love.” But, what does it mean exactly? Imagine a person that’s madly in love. So in love that even the crows that land on his roof will also feel it and fall in love. A love so strong that it will even affect the crows!

Why crows? Probably because crows are common in Japan and they sit on rooftops.

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16.  愛してその醜を忘る

  • Ai shite sono shuu wo wasuru
  • Love and lose ugliness

When you love someone that you forget and see past their their imperfections and ugly points. This is kind of like “love is blind” but which a more positive angle.

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17.  愛は小出しにせよ

  • Ai wa kodashi ni seyo
  • Love in small amounts

Why? Ever notice how couples that are madly in love, or even if it’s just one-sided, tend to crash and burn? This is what this Japanese love quote refers to. The secret to keeping love alive for a long time is to not go nuts but go little by little.

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18.  一押し二金三男

  • Ichi oshi, ni kane, san otoko
  • First strength, second money, third man

First, you got to be strong and aggressive. You also have to have money. And of course, you have to be handsome and/or have the preferable characteristics of a man. According to this saying, these are the 3 requirements needed to persuade a woman.

19.  本木にまさる末木なし

  • Motoki ni masaru uraki nashi
  • It’s impossible to replace one’s first love.
Literally, this saying means that there’s no treetop that will surpass the original tree. Figuratively, this means that it’s impossible to replace one’s first love.
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20.  色気より食い気

  • Iroke yori kuike
  • Food before romance

Kuike means appetite and iroke means interest in the opposite sex. So, go figure!

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Now, you know 20 Japanese love quotes. Most are non-native that people really enjoy.
But, I threw in a few native ones so you can know some as well.
Let me know if you want more! I read all comments.
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~ The Main Junkie

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