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By love I mean a noble and sensuous passion, absorbing the energies of the soul, fulfilling destiny, and reducing all that has gone before it to the level of a mere prelude. ~Arnold Bennett (1867–1931)

If there is a day to act on the Love in your soul it is today, it is this moment. ~Mike Dolan, @HawaiianLife, tweet, 2015

Love is a springtime plant that perfumes everything with its hope, even the ruins to which it clings. ~Gustave Flaubert (1821–1880), letter to Louise Colet, 1846 October 7th, translated by Francis Steegmuller

Love. The indigenous nature of the soul... ~Morris Hyman, M.D. (b.1908), "The Intuition," Congenital Alterable Transmissible Asymmetry: The Spiritual Meaning of Disease and Science, 1970

When the histories shall all have been written, it will be found that the most victorious warrior of them all was Little Lord Love. ~Minna Thomas Antrim (1861–1950), Phases, Mazes, and Crazes of Love, 1904

Falling in love like this was like being converted! She was finding a soul as well as a heart... Funny how love for one person made you suddenly love the whole world... ~Dorothy Scarborough, Impatient Griselda, 1927

None can love well who are not worshipers of the beautiful. ~Henry James Slack (1818–1896), The Ministry of the Beautiful, "Conversation VIII: The Beech-wood," 1850  [Lyulph speaking —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

Love can only end in indifference. If it ends in hate, it hasn't ended. ~Robert Brault,

[S]urely he might call himself happier than most mortals, since so much of love's bliss had filled all the hours of his existence. ~Max Nordau (1849–1923), "The Art of Growing Old," How Women Love and Other Tales (Soul Analysis), translated from the German by an unnamed translator, 1896

She lay in the darkness made bright by the filtering moonbeams, stretched her arms above her head, and gave herself up to dreams. She felt no shame, no regret, but a still ecstasy, a wild exultation because of her love. All life, all bliss, all beauty would be hers and his, because they had given their hearts to each other. ~Dorothy Scarborough, Impatient Griselda, 1927  [a little altered –tg]

In the treasure map of life, X marks love. ~Terri Guillemets

Love has no other desire but to fulfil itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love's ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.
~Khalil Gibran, The Prophet, 1923

Love is not everything. It is a part of one — perhaps the lower part — an accessory to man's life, needful for the continuation of the species. ~W. Somerset Maugham, "De Amicitia," Orientations, 1899

I learnt that men were moved by a savage egoism, that love was only the dirty trick nature played on us to achieve the continuation of the species, and I decided that, whatever aims men set themselves, they were deluded, for it was impossible for them to aim at anything but their own selfish pleasures. ~W. Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up, 1938

Who, being loved, is poor? ~Oscar Wilde

Love must be as much a light as a flame. ~Henry David Thoreau

There are always reasons why no one could ever love you — and always someone who considers them insufficient. ~Robert Brault,

To find someone who will love you for no reason, and to shower that person with reasons, that is the ultimate happiness. ~Robert Brault,

Without love, what are we worth? Eighty-nine cents! Eighty-nine cents worth of chemicals walking around lonely. ~Laurence Marks, M*A*S*H, "Love Story," 1973 [S1, E14, Hawkeye]

The hours I spend with you I look upon as a sort of perfumed garden.... Other men it is said have seen angels but I have seen thee and thou art enough. A light, a beauty, a grace — how often I have used these words. Divine vision, if not divine to all men divine at least to me... ~George Moore, letter to Maud Cunard

But we loved with a love that was more than love... ~Edgar Allan Poe, "Annabel Lee," 1849

If I love you, what business is it of yours? ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, translated from German

The hardest-learned lesson: that people have only their kind of love to give, not our kind. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as the wind blows out the candle and fans the bonfire. ~François VI de la Rochefoucault

My debt to you, Belovèd,
Is one I cannot pay
In any coin of any realm
On any reckoning day...
~Jessie B. Rittenhouse

We choose those we like; with those we love, we have no say in the matter. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

Love is like dew that falls on both nettles and lilies. ~Swedish proverb

Helen Barnet knew all about love. Had she not lisped its praises in odes to the moon in her high-school days? It had to do with flowers and music and angels. ~Eleanor H. Porter, "Frosted Cakes and Shotguns," The Road to Understanding, 1917

Hours fly,
Flowers die:
New days,
New ways:
Pass by!
Love stays.

Time is
Too Slow for those who Wait,
Too Swift for those who Fear,
Too Long for those who Grieve,
Too Short for those who Rejoice;
But for those who Love,
Time is not.
~Henry Van Dyke, "Katrina's Sun-Dial," Music and Other Poems, 1904

Love is no respecter of age or practicality
Neither morality: unabashed
She enters where she will
Unheeding that her immortal fires
Burn up human hearts...
~Phillip Pulfrey, from Beyond Me,

Love is an ocean of emotions entirely surrounded by expenses. ~Lord Dewar

When you're in love you never really know whether your elation comes from the qualities of the one you love, or if it attributes them to her; whether the light which surrounds her like a halo comes from you, from her, or from the meeting of your sparks. ~Natalie Clifford Barney (1876–1972), translated from French by Anna Livia

Though lovers' talk may be light and trivial, it often proves momentous as eternity. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882

You know you have found love when you can't find your way back. ~Robert Brault,

Love cures people—both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it. ~Karl Menninger

Occasionally it's good to spend a day or two checking on whether everyone you love knows it. ~Robert Brault,

If grass can grow through cement, love can find you at every time in your life. ~Cher

While duty measures the regard it owes
With scrupulous precision and nice justice,
Love never reasons, but profusely gives,
Gives, like a thoughtless prodigal, its all,
And trembles then, lest it has done too little.
~Hannah More

Ah me! why may not love and life be one? ~Henry Timrod

Take away love, and our earth is a tomb! ~Robert Browning, "Fra Lippo Lippi," Men and Women, 1855

Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds...
~William Shakespeare

He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began. ~Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, 1877, translated by Constance Garnett

Love is that flame which, when it is kindled,
Devours everything except the Beloved.
~Rumi, translator unknown

Take love as a sober man takes wine; do not become a drunkard. If your mistress is sincere and faithful, love her for that; but if she is not, if she is merely young and beautiful, love her for that; if she is agreeable and spirituelle, love her for that; if she is none of these things but merely loves you, love her for that. Love does not come to us every day. ~Alfred de Musset, The Confession of a Child of the Century/La Confession d'un enfant du siècle, 1836, Desgenais to Octave, translated from French by Kendall Warren

Sometimes the shortest distance between two points is a winding path walked arm in arm. ~Robert Brault,

No one can understand love who has not experienced infatuation. And no one can understand infatuation, no matter how many times he has experienced it. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

They who meet on an April night
Are forever lost in love,
If there is moonlight all about
And there's no moon above.
~E.Y. "Yip" Harburg & Fred Saidy
[I first wrote this down as a young teenager riding in my parents' car one night. It was on their oldies radio station, and I loved the line. For years I didn't know the attribution, but I am so grateful to Katherine who wrote to let me know that it's in the dialogue just before the song "Old Devil Moon" in the musical Finian's Rainbow. Thank you! —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired. ~Robert Frost

[S]o he shall never know how I love him: and that, not because he's handsome, Nelly, but because he's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same; and Linton's is as different as a moonbeam from lightning, or frost from fire. ~Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights, 1847

The excesses of love soon pass, but its insufficiencies torment us forever. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

I chose you... Don't ever think I fell for you, or fell over you. I didn't fall in love, I rose in it. ~Toni Morrison, Jazz, 1992

An old man in love is like a flower in winter. ~Portuguese proverb

Will you love me in December as you do in May,
Will you love me in the good old fashioned way?
When my hair has all turned gray,
Will you kiss me then and say,
That you love me in December as you do in May?
~James J. Walker

I don't think you can keep someone you truly love at arm's length on purpose, they'll always end up in your arms. ~Holly Nichole Miller

Love is the poetry of the senses. ~Honoré de Balzac

Plant love everywhere, so that it grows through the cracks in hatred. ~Terri Guillemets

We don't believe in rheumatism and true love until after the first attack. (One believes in rheumatism and true love only when afflicted by them.) ~Marie, baroness von Ebner-Eschenbach

We picture love as heart-shaped because we do not know the shape of the soul. ~Robert Brault,

Love and a cough cannot be hid. ~Jacula Prudentum, George Herbert, 1640

Desire creates havoc when it is the only thing between two people, or when it is what's missing. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

No one complains of being a prisoner of love who has ever been a prisoner of loneliness. ~Robert Brault,

A man is not where he lives, but where he loves. ~Latin proverb

I need so much the quiet of your love,
      After the day's loud strife;
I need your calm all other things above,
      After the stress of life.
I crave the haven that in your dear heart lies,
      After all toil is done;
I need the starshine of your heavenly eyes,
      After the day's great sun!
~Charles Hanson Towne, "At Nightfall," The Quiet Singer and Other Poems, 1908

Pure love is as gentle as the moon and as constant as the sun. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897

True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked. ~Erich Segal

Love is as necessary to happiness, as is fire in winter. ~Minna Thomas Antrim (1861–1950), Sweethearts and Beaux, 1905

My opinion of love is, that it acts upon the human heart precisely as a nutmeg-grater acts upon a nutmeg. ~Percy Bysshe Shelley  ["Shelley seldom indulged in a pleasantry, and William Godwin as seldom reported one; a jest of the former, given on the relation of the latter, is at least a rarity of facetiousness." ~Thomas Jefferson Hogg —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

Love is the greatest touch-up artist of all. ~Robert Brault,

Love is credulity multiplied by two. ~Minna Thomas Antrim (1861–1950), Knocks Witty, Wise and —, 1905

[T]here is no hope for us in this painful, mysterious world save in giving ourselves to love. ~Byron Caldwell Smith, letter to Kate Stephens

[Victor's] heart was on the sunny side of love... ~Jean Paul Friedrich Richter, Hesperus, or Forty-Five Dog-Post-Days: A Biography, translated from German by Charles T. Brooks, 1865

Love is a condition where the world seems to be standing still, and it's you who are spinning on your axis. ~Robert Brault,

To one looking on, there seems to be so very little romance in that wonderful country of America — and romance is the glamour which turns the dust of every-day life into a golden haze. ~Elinor Glyn, The Philosophy of Love, 1923

Love demands certain things as a right... ~Henry James, Washington Square, 1880

A good speech has a beginning, a middle and an end, the best example being, "I love you." ~Robert Brault,

You divide my soul into love and be-loved, with no discernible boundaries. ~Terri Guillemets

Mumps, measles, and puppy love are terrible after twenty. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

Smiles escape from clouds above and angels ring a chorus of your love. ~Daniel, @blindedpoet, tweet, 2010

If you truly love someone, they never leave you. They remain in your heart forever. ~The Haunted Mansion (film), 2003, written by David Berenbaum

Open your heart, and take us in,
Love — love and me.
~William Ernest Henley

On a cloudy night, when nothing seems above, still, there is love. Always love. For something, from someone. It's never done. Never. ~Jeb Dickerson, @JebDickerson, tweet, 2009

It is a general rule, to which there is no exception, that man must love something. Under certain circumstances you would love even a rattlesnake; the loving fibre in man cannot remain entirely inert. The human soul abhors a vacuum; observe attentively the most hardened egoist, and at last you will find, like a little flower among the stones, an affection hidden under a fold of his soul. ~Claude Tillier (1801–1844), My Uncle Benjamin: A Humorous, Satirical, and Philosophical Novel, 1843, translated from the French by Benjamin R. Tucker, 1890  [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

What an infinity of bliss the possession of your love seemed to me — the future so full of passionate sweet life that my spirit shrank blinded from trying to explore it; I stopped content with the delicious sense of that moment alone. ~Byron Caldwell Smith, letter to Kate Stephens

And she had loved him with all the romance and enthusiasm of her eager little soul. ~Kate J. Neely, "Letty's Proposal," 1862

Love is a river of risk that ends in an ocean of security. ~Terri Guillemets

Here's to Love, the only fire against which there is no insurance. ~Toasts and After-Dinner Speeches, edited by William Young Stafford, 1903

Ah, lady, when I gave my heart to thee,
It passed into thy lifelong regency.
~Gilbert Parker, "Sacrifice," A Lover's Diary, 1894

Didst thou but know the inly touch of love,
Thou wouldst as soon go kindle fire with snow
As seek to quench the fire of love with words.
~William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona, 1594 [II, 7, Julia]

It's a life-long battle, perhaps worth fighting, to try to love someone through the chinks in their armor. ~Robert Brault,

I love to kiss your lying lips—
when we love our honesty slips
but soul to soul is always true—
A love lie is truth in another hue.
~Terri Guillemets

Life only starts when love comes. ~From the movie Bill of Divorcement, 1932

Love was drunk on joy and soul. ~Terri Guillemets, 2018, blackout poetry created from Danielle Steel, Fairy Tale, 2017, page 87

What good is love if you never ask anything of it? ~Robert Brault,

[A] man reserves his true and deepest love not for the species of woman in whose company he finds himself electrified and enkindled, but for that one in whose company he may feel tenderly drowsy. ~George Jean Nathan

Love makes time pass; time makes love pass. ~French proverb

The past is behind us — love is in front and all around us. ~Terri Guillemets

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind;
And therefore is wing'd Cupid painted blind:
Nor hath Love's mind of any judgement taste;
Wings and no eyes figure unheedy haste:
And therefore is Love said to be a child,
Because in choice he is so oft beguiled.
~William Shakespeare, Midsummer Night's Dream [I, 1, Helena]

Love may be blind, but his ears are monstrous keen. ~Minna Thomas Antrim (1861–1950), Phases, Mazes, and Crazes of Love, 1904

It is not that love is blind. It is that love sees with a painter's eye, finding the essence that renders all else background. ~Robert Brault,

Love may be blind, but if you've ever known a blind person, they still know where everything is. ~Robert Brault,

To say that love is blind understates the case; surely only perverse incompetence can account for the fact that it so often chooses the hopelessly unattainable, the maddeningly unresponsive, or the entirely unsuitable. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer,

Those in love are blind with open eyes. ~English proverb

Love is blind but the neighbors are not. ~Spanish proverb

Love blinds the eyes and only regret will open them. ~Surinamese proverb

If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular? ~Author unknown

I love you as you are, but do not tell me how that is. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

The music may have stopped but my heart beats to another tune, this rhythm called love. ~A. C. Van Cherub, 2009

She stole a piece of my heart but I couldn't ask for a better place I'd rather be imprisoned. ~Craig D. Slovak

Their antique winter'd love is fresh as this morning's kiss. ~Terri Guillemets, "Together," 2002

Love, like paint and putty, generally covers a multitude of defects. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882

Voluptuous bloom and fragrance rare
The summer to its rose may bring;
Far sweeter to the wooing air
The hidden violet of spring.
Still, still that lovely ghost appears,
Too fair, too pure, to bid depart;
No riper love of later years
Can steal its beauty from the heart.
~Bayard Taylor, "Young Love"

Love touches the soul and awakens a desire so powerful that even the most vigilant heart is lured by its radiance. ~Jamie Lynn Morris

I am too amorous,—yes, I am too much in love with love... ~Octave Mirbeau, A Chambermaid's Diary, translated from the French by Benjamin R. Tucker, 1900

You and I have our own special dictionary, and
no one else knows what we mean when we love.
~Terri Guillemets

Hot lovers don't feel the cold. ~Dutch proverb

But I think it is hardly an argument against a man's general strength of character, that he should be apt to be mastered by love. A fine constitution doesn't insure one against small-pox or any other of those inevitable diseases. A man may be very firm in other matters, and yet be under a sort of witchery from a woman. ~George Eliot, Adam Bede

Love is not about grand intentions. It is about small attentions. ~Robert Brault,

Emily:  I can trust that when I speak a word, he hears it. He gets its meaning.
Sue:  A poet's definition of love.
~Hayes Davenport and Alena Smith, "There's a certain Slant of light," Dickinson, 2019  [S1, E8 —tg]

Love! Immortality! it speedily became so hot in my breast, that I thought the geographers had misplaced the equator, and that it now ran directly through my heart. And from my heart poured out the feeling of love;—it poured forth with wild longing into the broad night. The flowers in the garden beneath my window breathed a stronger perfume. Perfumes are the feelings of flowers, and as the human heart feels most powerful emotions in the night, when it believes itself to be alone and unperceived, so also do the flowers, soft-minded, yet ashamed, appear to await for concealing darkness, that they may give themselves wholly up to their feelings, and breathe them out in sweet odours. Pour forth, ye perfumes of my heart, and seek beyond yon blue mountain for the loved one of my dreams! ~Heinrich Heine, "The Hartz Journey" (1824), Pictures of Travel, translated from German by Charles Godfrey Leland, 1855

Sometimes love needs a rest from caring, and so bears for an intolerable few hours the guilt of not caring. ~Robert Brault,

He got up and put his arm on the woman's shoulder. "Girl…" There were so many things to say, but the best was just to say "Girl" and nothing more. And all that remained to be said could stay in the warmth of the heart, which was its place. ~Jean Giono (1895–1970), Regain, 1930, translated from the French by Henri Fluchè and Geoffrey Myers, Harvest, 1939

Some say that true love is a mirage; seek it anyway, for all else is surely desert. ~Robert Brault,

The learned compute that seven hundred and seven millions of millions of vibrations have penetrated the eye before the eye can distinguish the tints of a violet. What philosophy can calculate the vibrations of the heart before it can distinguish the colours of love? ~Pisistratus Caxton, What Will He Do With It?

[T]he wanderlust can eat the heart out of love itself if love is fed only on the everyday joys and sorrows. ~Grace Isabel Colbron, book review of The Trail of the Hawk by Sinclair Lewis, 1915

I seek the counsel of your heartbeat
and the calm song of your voice,
your warm breath and the security
of your gentle touch — my soul rests
quietly and peacefully, in your arms.
~Terri Guillemets, "Serenity found," 2009

[I]f you are truly a man, sure of yourself and confident of your strength, you may taste of life without fear and without reserve; you may be sad or joyous, deceived or respected; but be sure you are loved, for what matters the rest? ~Alfred de Musset, The Confession of a Child of the Century/La Confession d'un enfant du siècle, 1836, Desgenais to Octave, translated from French by Kendall Warren

Feelings pass like clouds but love endures like the sky. ~Peter Roberts (Omnipresent LOVE, @evolvewithlove), tweet, 2014

It's a simple sentiment, "I love you," and yet so hard sometimes to get the wording right. ~Robert Brault,

Requited love is blissful state,
No mortals can themselves create:
We know not why to us 'tis given—
Enough: we know it is of Heaven.
~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882

In the midst of pain and urgent trouble we can not realize the supreme happiness of being loved — sweetest and deepest of all meditations.... ~Byron Caldwell Smith, letter to Kate Stephens

Love is the second prevailing virtue, that adorns her character. Without it she is like a closed blossom which exhibits neither its beauty or its fragrance; love reveals her inward mystery. ~Frederick A. Rauch, "Of Woman," Psychology; or, A View of the Human Soul: Including Anthropology, Being the Substance of a Course of Lectures, Delivered to the Junior Class Marshall College, Penn., 1840

Love turns the sensible stupid and the shy wild. ~Russian proverb

But, oh, how much a heart can hold. ~Coventry Patmore, "Rejected," The Angel in the House, 1854

Although love may be planted in the lowest places, its foliage and fruits may reach to the skies. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882

For some it is love undeniably. For others it is making it work, never actually knowing what it is. ~Robert Brault,

Are you a man, Octave? Do you see the leaves falling from the trees, the sun rising and setting? Do you hear the ticking of the clock of time with each pulsation of your heart? Is there, then, such a difference between the love of a year and the love of an hour? I challenge you to answer that, you fool, as you sit there looking out at the infinite through a window not larger than your hand. ~Alfred de Musset, The Confession of a Child of the Century/La Confession d'un enfant du siècle, 1836, Desgenais to Octave, translated from French by Kendall Warren

Candle light, moon light, star light,
The brightest glow is from love light.
~Terri Guillemets

Lovers needn't always agree, anymore than poetry need always rhyme. ~Robert Brault,

To lovers! — the have-been's, the are-now's, and the may-be's. ~Minna Thomas Antrim, A Book of Toasts, 1902

What we seek in the end is not unconditional love but a love for which we, uniquely in all the world, meet all the conditions. ~Robert Brault,

If my love for you can't be said in a posy, it can't be said in a library. ~Terri Guillemets

I see that you believe in love such as the poets and romancers have represented... The poets represent love as the sculptors design beauty, as the musicians create melody; that is to say, endowed with an exquisite nervous organization, they gather up with discerning ardor the purest elements of life, the most beautiful lines of matter, and the most harmonious voices of nature.... To try to find in real life such love as this, eternal and absolute, is the same thing as to seek on the public squares such a woman as Venus or to expect nightingales to sing the symphonies of Beethoven. ~Alfred de Musset, The Confession of a Child of the Century/La Confession d'un enfant du siècle, 1836, Desgenais to Octave, translated from French by Kendall Warren

Passionate love can become passionate hatred only when a germ of love survives. ~Minna Thomas Antrim (1861–1950), Sweethearts and Beaux, 1905

A goddess not inglorious in the skies
Is Venus.... O sovereign, sea-born Venus....
Never with wild ungovern'd sway
Rush on my heart, and force it to obey:
For not the light'ning's fire,
Nor stars swift-darting through the sky,
Equal the shafts sent by this son of Jove,
When his hand gives them force to fly,
Kindling the flames of love.
~Euripides (c.484 BC–406 BC), Hippolytus, translated by R. Potter, 1781  [Introductory poem, nurse, and chorus; Hoyt & Ward, 1881, quoted: "Venus, thy eternal sway / All the race of men obey." —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

If you would be loved, love and be loveable. ~Benjamin Franklin

Tumbling and playing, young and free
Moving targets we were
But Cupid's arrow
is heat-seeking, and found, and pierced.
~Terri Guillemets

Love is a decision you might wisely reconsider, if it were a decision, and you could reconsider it, and you were likely to be any wiser. ~Robert Brault,, 2018

Love is mostly valor, with little discretion. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897

So I'll sit and rock and be happy,
And meditate mostly on love!...
Love for my mother and dad...
And love for the friends I have had!
Love for the blessings God gives me,
Love for the sunshine and showers,
Love for the creatures God put here,
And love for the trees and the flowers...
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham (1880–1971), "To Ruth Ann"

Sometimes a couple stays together for the sake of the kids — two kids who pledged to be forever true. ~Robert Brault,

They loved with a love that was frayed around the edges but strong at the seams. ~Terri Guillemets

Love never lets you get away with an unspoken lie. It makes you tell it. ~Robert Brault,

The road of love does not know distance. ~Surinamese proverb

Love is a sweet tyranny, because the lover endureth his torments willingly. ~Proverb

True love is a delightful slavery. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897

      Melibea:  I would rather you tear my flesh and take out my heart than to say those words here.
      Celestina:  Without ripping your clothes, love dove into your bosom; I will not slash your flesh to heal it.
      Melibea:  What do you call this pain that has taken command of the best of my body?
      Celestina:  Sweet love!
      Melibea:  Tell me what that is, for only hearing it I am happy.
      Celestina:  It is a hidden fire, a pleasant thorn, a tasty poison, a sweet bitterness, a delectable pain, a joyful torment, a sweet and savage wound, a soft death.
      ~La Celestina, 1499   [This Spanish dialogue-only novel is attributed to Fernando de Rojas (c.1465–1541). The first version, Comedia de Calisto y Melibea, was published anonymously in 1499, was written as early as 1483, and was likely written by someone other than Rojas. A later revised and expanded version, el Tragicomedia, appeared in 1502. The work, which is considered to be the first of the Spanish Renaissance, was not titled Celestina until 1519. The lines quoted here are compiled from multiple translations. Fun trivias: Caspar Barth in 1624 issued a Latin version under the title Pornoboscodidascalus Latinus. Mabbe's translation from 1631, long considered the best English version, reads "Englished from the Spanish of Fernando de Rojas by James Mabbe." If you'd like to try Englishing it yourself, I've used my barely literate modern Spanish to track down the scene in the original medieval Spanish, in Google Books, a facsimile of the first known edition, el décimo acto: CLICK TO READ. Celestina dice, «Amor dulce.... es un fuego escondido, una agradable llaga, un sabroso veneno, una dulce amargura, una delectable dolencia, un alegre tormento, una dulce e fiera herida, una blanda muerte.» —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

My heart aches love for you. ~Terri Guillemets

In the past few years, psychology researchers have found a good deal of literal truth embedded in the metaphorical phrases comparing love to pain. Neuroimaging studies have shown that brain regions involved in processing physical pain overlap considerably with those tied to social anguish. The connection is so strong that traditional bodily painkillers seem capable of relieving our emotional wounds. Love may actually hurt, like hurt hurt, after all. ~Eric Jaffe, "Why Love Literally Hurts," 2013

Don't borrow my love if you're not going to give it back. ~Terri Guillemets

What Jack remembered and craved in a way he could neither help nor understand was the time... when Ennis had come up behind him and pulled him close, the silent embrace satisfying some shared and sexless hunger. They had stood that way for a long time in front of the fire... Ennis’s breath came slow and quiet, he hummed, rocked a little in the sparklight, and Jack leaned against the steady heartbeat, the vibrations of the humming like faint electricity and, standing, he fell into sleep that was not sleep but something else drowsy and tranced... Later, that dozy embrace solidified in his memory as the single moment of artless, charmed happiness in their separate and difficult lives. Nothing marred it... ~Annie Proulx, "Brokeback Mountain," 1997

Happiness is having everything you've worked for and someone for whom you'd give it all up who would never ask you to. ~Robert Brault,

You see, I'd never stopped to wonder why it was that millions of boys all over creation weren't seeing her and instantly falling in love with her, worshipping her body and mind and soul and spirit as I did. It never occurred to me until this precise moment that maybe lots of boys wouldn't have thought she was gorgeous. Maybe she only seemed so gorgeous to me because — and this is the shocker — her face came alive when I walked in front of it. ~Author unknown  [Hey, y'all. I got this from Sassy magazine years ago — 1987, I believe — but then I lost the article; does anyone know the attribution?—tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

I'm so in love, every time I look at you my soul gets dizzy. ~Terri Guillemets

Friendship, as some sage poet sings,
Is chasten'd Love, depriv'd of wings,
Without all wish or power to wander;
Less volatile, but not less tender:
Yet says the proverb—"Sly and slow
"Love creeps, even where he cannot go;"
To clip his pinions then is vain,
His old propensities remain;
And she, who years beyond fifteen,
Has counted twenty, may have seen
How rarely unplum'd Love will stay;
He flies not—but he coolly walks away.
~Charlotte Turner Smith (1749-1806), "On the Aphorism, 'L'Amitié est l' Amour sans ailes.'"

Lovers should cease trying to rob the future of its emotions. ~Minna Thomas Antrim (1861–1950), Sweethearts and Beaux, 1905

Love is when you can be your true self with someone, and you only want to be your true self because of them. ~Terri Guillemets

To find love some day—there was a fit ambition for every human heart! But how often it was pushed aside by greed, by cynicism, by selfishness, by fear—by any number of cold and worldly things! ~Burton E. Stevenson, The Kingmakers, "Chapter XIX: Selden Takes an Inventory," 1922

Your heart knows true love when it finds it, our job is to look until it finds us. ~John Sarasien, August 2010 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter

You know it's true love when reality sets in and it doesn't change a thing. ~Robert Brault,

Christianity claims to be pre-eminently the religion of love, in the widest sense of that term.... it cannot be denied that much good would have resulted if more emphasis had been placed by the Apostles on certain phases of the domestic relations. That Romantic Love is not alluded to in the New Testament need not cause any surprise, for that sentiment cannot have existed in those days when Courtship and Individual Choice were unknown. But there are passages in St. Paul's writings which were probably the seeds from which grew the mediæval contempt for marriage and women. And although marriage is now zealously guarded by the Church, Love of the romantic sort is no doubt looked upon even to‑day by many an austere clergyman as a harmless youthful epidemic—a sort of emotional measles—rather than as a new æsthetico-moral sentiment destined to become the strongest of all agencies working for the improvement of the personal appearance, social condition, and happiness of mankind. ~Henry T. Finck, "Christianity and Love," Romantic Love and Personal Beauty: Their Development, Causal Relations, Historic and National Peculiarities, 1887

Love blooms all sorts of flowers, thorns, and nettles. ~Terri Guillemets

Once a man has won a woman's love, the love is his forever. He can only lose the woman. ~Robert Brault,

We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person. ~W. Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up, 1938

We're all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness — and call it love — true love. ~Robert Fulghum, True Love

I saw them kissing in the shade
     and knew the sum of all my lore:
God gave them Youth, God gave them Love,
     and even God can give no more.
~Frederic Ridgely Torrence, The House of a Hundred Lights: A Psalm of Experience After Reading a Couplet of Bidpai, 1899

Before you pledge your undying love to someone, make them promise they won't die. ~Robert Brault,

Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs... ~William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet [I, 1, Romeo]

There's no denying that the only real unhappiness in life is losing a man.... Death isn't nature's greatest mistake — falling in love is. If we didn't do that, all the misery in life would be cut right out of it. Oh my goodness, so would all the fun. So, what are you gonna do about it. ~When Ladies Meet, 1941 movie written by Rachel Crothers, John Meehan, Leon Gordon, S.K. Lauren, and Anita Loos, spoken by the character Bridgie Drake  [I got this directly from the later movie, but I'm not sure if the same quote is also in the 1933 movie or the 1932 play — does anyone out there know? —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

Life can be hard but if you've got somebody to love — yay! ~Terri Guillemets

Love is at first a set of delusions, which, as time goes by, are discarded like training wheels, and you love truly. ~Robert Brault,

Love burns across the infinitude. ~Terri Guillemets

Oh! my friend, when you feel bursting on your lips the vow of eternal love, do not be afraid to yield, but do not confound wine with intoxication; do not think the cup divine because the draft is of celestial flavor; do not be astonished to find it broken and empty in the evening. ~Alfred de Musset, The Confession of a Child of the Century/La Confession d'un enfant du siècle, 1836, Desgenais to Octave, translated from French by Kendall Warren

Love is metaphysical gravity. ~R. Buckminster Fuller, Critical Path, 1981

Love is my religion — I could die for that. ~John Keats, 1819

Everyone has that one thing that's totally illogical, which if you really want to love that person, you've just got to accept. ~Terri Guillemets

It is not necessary to be strong in every place if in the place you are vulnerable, you are loved. ~Robert Brault,

No maths can entail love,
lovers belong to infinity.
~Terri Guillemets

A man finds love and is satisfied. A woman finds love and insists on turning it into happiness. ~Robert Brault,

I tell again the oldest and the newest story of all the world, — the story of Invincible Love! This tale divine — ancient as the beginning of things, fresh and young as the passing hour — has forms and names various as humanity. ~Amelia E. Huddleston Barr, A Rose of a Hundred Leaves: A Love Story, 1891

There's nothing more freeing than the shackles of love. ~Terri Guillemets

She thinks your lady-love will rule you as the moon rules the tides. ~George Eliot, Adam Bede

There is a language of love, which is to say, a truth that does not tell all and a lie that does not deceive. ~Robert Brault,

Love is never a waste of time. ~Elizabeth Florence Stucley, "The End of the Club," 1958

Love is given to us as a time, but to keep it always, we must make it a place. ~Robert Brault,

No one has ever loved anyone the way everyone wants to be loved. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

Love is the master-key, he went on thinking, — love is the master-key that opens the gates of happiness, of hatred, of jealousy, and most easily of all, the gate of fear. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, "A Mortal Antipathy," 1869

Be it in the garden, the nursery or the bedroom, a loving touch compensates for an unskilled hand. ~Robert Brault,

Love is just another mythology. ~Terri Guillemets

I guess, when you get down to it, a loving touch compensates for an unskilled hand about everywhere except in an airplane cockpit. ~Robert Brault,

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach...
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning, "Translations: Sonnets from the Portuguese," №. XLII, 1850

Passion spins around love and I am dizzy around you always. ~Terri Guillemets

When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving oneself, and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance. ~Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

And he could glance at her continually as she bent over the fruit, while the level evening sunbeams stole through the thick apple-tree boughs and rested on her round cheek and neck as if they too were in love with her. ~George Eliot, Adam Bede

...skipping, and picking
wildflowers along
the trail of love...
~Terri Guillemets

Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two. ~Louis de Bernières, Captain Corelli's Mandolin

Love is the silent saying and saying of a single name. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

Outlawed, but not alone, for Love
Is outlawed, too.
You cannot banish us, proud world:
We banish you.
~Alfred Noyes, "The Outlaw," The Century Magazine, January 1912

Come live in my heart and pay no rent. ~Samuel Lover

Love works. Lust plays. ~Terri Guillemets

If love does not know how to give and take without restrictions, it is not love, but a transaction that never fails to lay stress on a plus and a minus. ~Emma Goldman, "The Tragedy of Woman's Emancipation," Anarchism and Other Essays, 1911

When I am gone, my love, do not look for me in the places we used to go to together. Look for me in the places we always planned to go to together. ~Robert Brault,

Free love? As if love is anything but free! Man has bought brains, but all the millions in the world have failed to buy love. Man has subdued bodies, but all the power on earth has been unable to subdue love. Man has conquered whole nations, but all his armies could not conquer love. Man has chained and fettered the spirit, but he has been utterly helpless before love. High on a throne, with all the splendor and pomp his gold can command, man is yet poor and desolate, if love passes him by. And if it stays, the poorest hovel is radiant with warmth, with life and color. Thus love has the magic power to make of a beggar a king. Yes, love is free; it can dwell in no other atmosphere. In freedom it gives itself unreservedly, abundantly, completely. All the laws on the statutes, all the courts in the universe, cannot tear it from the soil, once love has taken root. ~Emma Goldman, "Marriage and Love," Anarchism and Other Essays, 1911

I offer you the remedy of Free Love as an antidote for enforced lust, and the world will have to take it before the disease can be cured. ~Victoria Claflin Woodhull Martin, Tried As By Fire; or, The True and the False, Socially

Everyone wants to be the sun that lifts up your life, but I'd rather be your moon, so I may shine on you during your darkest hour when the sun isn't around and the ghost white moonbeams will allow you to find comfort in my arms. ~Craig D. Slovak

The monster signed its true name — Love. ~Terri Guillemets

If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than because he was he, and I was I. ~Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533–1592), essay on friendship

May love touch every brutal soldier and every uncherished heart. ~Terri Guillemets

A heart that loves is always young. ~Greek proverb

It's hard to defeat a woman in love. ~Terri Guillemets

If I had a single flower for every time I think of you, I could walk forever in my garden. ~Claudia Adrienne Grandi, as quoted in The Rockmart Journal (Rockmart, Georgia), May 27th 1992 (Thanks, Garson O'Toole of!)

In springtime, love is carried on the breeze. Watch out for flying passion or kisses whizzing by your head. ~Terri Guillemets

Falling in love is so hard on the knees. ~Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and Glen Ballard, "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)," performed by Aerosmith, 1997 ♫

Poetry and love can calculate past infinity. ~Terri Guillemets

The simple lack
Of her is more to me
Than others' presence...
~Edward Thomas, "The Unknown," 1917

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