quotations about love
Why is the measure of love loss?
JEANETTE WINTERSON, Written on the Body
People who are having a love-sex relationship are continuously lying to each other because the very nature of the relationship demands that they do, because you have to make a love object of this person, which means that you editorialize about them. You know? You cut out what you don't want to see, you add this if it isn't there. And so therefore you're building a lie.
TRUMAN CAPOTE, Truman Capote: Conversations
The only everyday and eternal reality was love.
GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ, One Hundred Years of Solitude
Love had a thousand shapes.
VIRGINIA WOOLF, To the Lighthouse
Who is he who will affirm that there must be a web of flesh and bone to hold the shape of love?
WILLIAM FAULKNER, "Beyond"
Let me begin by telling you that I was in love. An ordinary statement, to be sure, but not an ordinary fact, for so few of us learn that love is tenderness, and tenderness is not, as a fair proportion suspect, pity; and still fewer know that hapiness in love is not the absolute focusing of all emotion in another: one has always to love a good many things which the beloved must come only to symbolize; the true beloveds of this world are in their lovers's eyes lilac opening, ship lights, school bells, a landscape, remembered conversations, friends, a child's Sunday, lost voices, one's favourite suit, autumn and all seasons, memory, yes, it being the earth and water of existence, memory.
TRUMAN CAPOTE, Other Voices, Other Rooms
The Venus flytrap, a devouring organism, aptly named for the goddess of love.
TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, Suddenly Last Summer
Love in the young requires as little of hope as of desire to feed upon.
WILLIAM FAULKNER, Light in August
I try to keep deep love out of my stories because, once that particular subject comes up, it is almost impossible to talk about anything else. Readers don't want to hear about anything else. They go gaga about love. If a lover in a story wins his true love, that's the end of the tale, even if World War III is about to begin, and the sky is black with flying saucers.
KURT VONNEGUT, The Paris Review, spring 1977
Are not all loves secretly the same? A hundred flowers sprung from a single root.
TANITH LEE, Delirium's Mistress
And when two people have loved each other
see how it is like a
scar between their bodies,
stronger, darker, and proud;
how the black cord makes of them a single fabric
that nothing can tear or mend.
JANE HIRSHFIELD, "For What Binds Us"
We value love not because it's stronger than death but because it's weaker. Say what you want about love: death will finish it. You will not go on loving in the grave, not in any physical way that will at all resemble love as we know it on earth. The perishable nature of love is what gives love its importance in our lives. If it were endless, if it were on tap, love wouldn't hit us the way it does.
JEFFREY EUGENIDES, My Mistress's Sparrow Is Dead
No one can genuinely love the world, which is too large to love entire. To love all the world at once is pretense or dangerous self-delusion. Loving the world is like loving the idea of love, which is perilous because, feeling virtuous about this grand affection, you are freed from the struggles and the duties that come with loving people as individuals.
DEAN KOONTZ, Odd Hours
There's always a moment when you start to fall out of love, whether it's with a person or an idea or a cause, even if it's one you only narrate to yourself years after the event: a tiny thing, a wrong word, a false note, which means that things can never be quite the same again.
DOUGLAS ADAMS, The Salmon of Doubt
It is always possible to bind together a considerable number of people in love, so long as there are other people left over to receive manifestations of their aggressiveness.
SIGMUND FREUD, Civilization and Its Discontents
Love never goes away; it just changes form.
PAMELA ANDERSON, Esquire, Jan. 2005
If somebody says "I love you" to me, I feel as though I had a pistol pointed at my head. What can anybody reply under such conditions but that which the pistol holder requires? "I love you, too."
KURT VONNEGUT, Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons
Near even a candle, the visible heat.
So it is with a person in love.
JANE HIRSHFIELD, "The Visible Heat"
Love life seems to be that factor which requires the largest quantity of magical tinkering.
ISAAC ASIMOV, Foundation and Empire
A love affair begins with a fantasy. For instance, that the beloved will always be there.
AMY HEMPEL, "The Dog of the Marriage"