quotations about love
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
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
On the day when it will be possible for woman to love not in her weakness but in her strength, not to escape herself but to find herself, not to abase herself but to assert herself--on that day love will become for her, as for man, a source of life and not of mortal danger.
SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR, The Second Sex
To give up another person's love is a mild suicide; like a very bad inoculation as compared to the full disease.
WYNDHAM LEWIS, Tarr
Love is an alchemist that can transmute poison into food.
CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon
Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and border and salute each other.
RAINER MARIA RILKE, Letters to a Young Poet
Love--that divine fire which was made to light and warm the temple of home--sometimes burns at unholy altars.
HORACE MANN, Thoughts
If two people are in love they can sleep on the blade of a knife.
EDWARD HOAGLAND, Balancing Acts
Trust Love, nor fear to soar upon his track.
The wings that bore to Heaven will bear thee back.
RICHARD GARNETT, De Flagello Myrtes
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
To love and to live well is wished of many, but incident to few.
JOHN LYLY, Euphues and His England
Love holds everything together with a girdle of barbed wire encased in a sheath of pink cotton wool.
TIM LOTT, "Love is ... a torment and a joy. And it's not for softies", The Guardian, July 22, 2016
The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can never end.
BENJAMIN DISRAELI, Henrietta Temple: A Love Story
It is the plain women who know about love; the beautiful women are too busy being fascinating.
KATHARINE HEPBURN, attributed, Evan Esar's 20,000 Quips & Quotes
Love is divine only and difficult always. If you think it is easy you are a fool. If you think it is natural you are blind. It is a learned application without reason or motive except that it is God.
TONI MORRISON, Paradise
Love can change a person the way a parent can change a baby -- awkwardly, and often with a great deal of mess.
DANIEL HANDLER, as Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid
The greatest pleasures of love are inseparable from its greatest pains: Love has the face of a goddess, but the talons of a lion.
IVAN PANIN, Thoughts
There is a comfort in the strength of love;
'Twill make a thing endurable, which else
Would overset the brain, or break the heart.
WILLIAM WORDSWORTH, Michael
Love is the key-note of the universe--
The theme, the melody.
HENRY ABBEY, "The Troubadour"
Love's never a fair trade.
MARGARET ATWOOD, The Year of the Flood