quotations about love
Love, n. A temporary insanity curable by marriage or by removal of the patient from the influences under which he incurred the disorder. This disease is prevalent only among civilized races living under artificial conditions; barbarous nations breathing pure air and eating simple food enjoy immunity from its ravages. It is sometimes fatal, but more frequently to the physician than to the patient.
AMBROSE BIERCE, The Devil's Dictionary
We should like those whom we love to receive all their happiness, or, if this were impossible, all their unhappiness from our hands.
JEAN DE LA BRUYÈRE, "Of the Affections", Les Caractères
Love is the hastening gravitation of spirit towards spirit, and body towards body, in the joy of creation.
D. H. LAWRENCE, "Love"
Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life... You give them a piece of you. They didn't ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own anymore.
NEIL GAIMAN, The Sandman, #65
Love is one long sweet dream, and marriage is the alarm clock.
DAVID MINKOFF, Oy!
Love, the hidden spring of life, and soul's desire.
Celestial gold, secreted, laid by fire
In every heart, in every thing that lives,
In every thought that human impulse gives.
The coin of heaven, the treasure of the earth,
The rarest gift, and joy of largest worth.
EDWIN LEIBFREED, "Love"
Love -- bittersweet, irrepressible -- loosens my limbs and I tremble.
SAPPHO, "To Atthis"
Sex is the joining of two bodies; love is the joining of two souls.
GARY D. CHAPMAN, Making Love
What is love? To be delighted by the happiness of another.
GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ, Confessio Philosophi
Love isn't there to make us happy. I believe it exists to show us how much we can endure.
HERMANN HESSE, Peter Camenzind
In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.
THE BEATLES, "The End", Abbey Road
But love, like wine, gives a tumultuous bliss,
Heighten'd indeed beyond all mortal pleasures;
But mingles pangs and madness in the bowl.
EDWARD YOUNG, The Revenge
Man's love is of man's life a thing apart,
'Tis woman's whole existence.
LORD BYRON, Don Juan
Love seeketh not itself to please,
Nor for itself hath any care,
But for another gives its ease,
And builds a Heaven in Hell's despair.
WILLIAM BLAKE, Songs of Experience
True love is a durable fire,
In the mind ever burning.
SIR WALTER RALEIGH, As Ye Came from the Holy Land
It isn't enough to love people because they're good to you, or because in some way or other you're going to get something by it. We have to love because we love loving.
JOHN GALSWORTHY, A Bit O' Love
I say I'm in love with her. What does that mean? It means I review my future and my past in the light of this feeling. It is though I wrote in a foreign language that I am suddenly able to read. Wordlessly, she explains me to myself. Like genius, she is ignorant of what she does.
JEANETTE WINTERSON, The Passion
If you grew up in a house where you weren't loved, you didn't know there was an alternative.
JEFFREY EUGENIDES, The Marriage Plot
Among the blessings of love there is hardly one more exquisite than the sense that in uniting the beloved life to ours we can watch over its happiness, bring comfort where hardship was, and over memories of privation and suffering open the sweetest fountains of joy.
GEORGE ELIOT, Daniel Deronda
Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and border and salute each other.
RAINER MARIA RILKE, Letters to a Young Poet