quotations about love
Love is the only thing that pays for birth,
Or makes death welcome. Oh, dear God above
This beautiful but sad, perplexing earth,
Pity the hearts that know--or know not--Love!
ELLA WHEELER WILCOX, "What Love Is"
Love is a very ancient force, which served its purpose in its day but no longer is essential for the survival of the species.
FRANK HERBERT, Heretics of Dune
Love is free: to promise for ever to love the same woman, is not less absurd than to promise to believe the same creed: such a vow in both cases, excludes us from all enquiry.
PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY, notes, Queen Mab
You ought to love all mankind; nay, every individual of mankind. You ought not to love the individuals of your domestic circles less, but to love those who exist beyond it more.
PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY, "Essay on Christianity"
Only love makes fruitful the soul.
JOHN GALSWORTHY, Beyond
Between the horses of love and lust we are trampled underfoot.
U2, "So Cruel", Achtung Baby
All love is sweet,
Given or returned. Common as light is love,
And its familiar voice wearies not ever.
Like the wide heaven, the all-sustaining air,
It makes the reptile equal to the God;
They who inspire it most are fortunate,
As I am now; but those who feel it most
Are happier still.
PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY, Prometheus Unbound
Love, like reputation, once fled, never returns more.
APHRA BEHN, The History of the Nun
Like thunder needs rain
Like a preacher needs pain
Like tongues of flame
Like a sweet stain
Need your love
I need your love
U2, "Hawkmoon 269", Rattle and Hum
Love's very pain is sweet,
But its reward is in the world divine
Which, if not here, it builds beyond the grave.
PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY, Epipsychidion
You say love is a temple, love a higher law
Love is a temple, love the higher law.
You ask me to enter, but then you make me crawl
And I can't be holding on to what you got, when all you got is hurt.
U2, "One", Achtung Baby
Strange highs and strange lows
That's how my love goes
Will you give it to me
Will you take the pain
I will give to you
Again and again
And will you return it
DEPECHE MODE, "Strangelove", Music for the Masses
Love's a bully, pushing and shoving
In the belly of a woman.
Heavy rhythm taking over
To stick together a man and a woman
Stick together man and a woman
U2, "Do You Feel Loved", Pop
Love is the desire to give, not to receive, something. Love is the art of producing something with the other's talents.
BERTOLT BRECHT, "Love of Whom?"
I've read more than a hundred books
Seeing love mentioned many thousand times
But despite all the places I've looked
It's still no clearer
I'm still no nearer
The meaning of love
DEPECHE MODE, "The Meaning of Love", A Broken Frame
Love could never come to full fruition till it was destroyed.
JOHN GALSWORTHY, Fraternity
This is the morning of our love
It's just the dawning of our love
I feel you
Your heart it sings
I feel you
The joy it brings
Where heaven waits
Those golden gates
And back again
You take me to
And lead me through oblivion
DEPECHE MODE, "I Feel You", Songs of Faith and Devotion
O what a heaven is love! O what a hell!
THOMAS DEKKER, Blurt, Master Constable
You need a high degree of corruption or a very big heart to love absolutely everything.
GUSTAVE FLAUBERT, November
The blood of love welled up in my heart with a slow pain.
SYLVIA PLATH, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath