quotations about love
Now do I know that Love is blind, for I
Can see no beauty on this beauteous earth,
No life, no light, no hopefulness, no mirth,
Pleasure nor purpose, when thou art not nigh.
Thy absence exiles sunshine from the sky,
Seres Spring's maturity, checks Summer's birth,
Leaves linnet's pipe as sad as plover's cry,
And makes me in abundance find but dearth.
But when thy feet flutter the dark, and thou
With orient eyes dawnest on my distress,
Suddenly sings a bird on every bough,
The heavens expand, the earth grows less and less,
The ground is buoyant as the ether now,
And all looks lovely in thy loveliness.
ALFRED AUSTIN, "Love's Blindness", Lyrical Poems
The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can never end.
BENJAMIN DISRAELI, Henrietta Temple: A Love Story
Love's never a fair trade.
MARGARET ATWOOD, The Year of the Flood
Love ceases to be a pleasure, when it ceases to be a secret.
APHRA BEHN, The Lover's Watch, Four o'clock
We don't believe in rheumatism and true love until after the first attack.
MARIE VON EBNER-ESCHENBACH, Aphorism
Love rules his kingdom without a sword.
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
Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.
VICTOR HUGO, Les Miserables
As love is the most noble and divine passion of the soul, so is it that to which we may justly attribute all the real satisfactions of life, and without it, man is unfinished, and unhappy.
APHRA BEHN, The Fair Jilt
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
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
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