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You say that love is nonsense....I tell you it is no such thing. For weeks and months it is a steady physical pain, an ache about the heart, never leaving one, by night or by day; a long strain on one's nerves like toothache or rheumatism, not intolerable at any one instant, but exhausting by its steady drain on the strength.

Henry Adams

Love is a second life; it grows into the soul, warms every vein, and beats in every pulse.

Joseph Addison

Love of country is like love of woman - he loves her best who seeks to bestow on her the highest good.

Felix Adler

I could never love where I could not respect.

Charlotte Elizabeth Aisse

Poets are the only people to whom love is not only a crucial, I've always felt that a person's intelligence is directly reflected by the number of conflicting points of view he can entertain simultaneously on the same topic.

Lisa Alther

Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.

Jean Anouilh

Things are beautiful if you love them.

Jean Anouilh

Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make laugh.

W. H. Auden

When you love someone all your saved-up wishes start coming out.

Elizabeth Bowen

Sympathy constitutes friendship; but in love there is a sort of antipathy, or opposing passion. Each strives to be the other, and both together make up one whole.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Friendship often ends in love; but love in friendship - never.

Charles Caleb Colton

Love lives on hope, and dies when hope is dead; It is a flame which sinks for lack of fuel.

Pierre Corneille

Pleasure of love lasts but a moment, pain of love lasts a lifetime.

Jean Pierre Claris De Florian

Unable are the Loved to die for Love is Immortality.

Emily Dickinson

Love, with very young people, is a heartless business. We drink at that age from thirst, or to get drunk; it is only later in life that we occupy ourselves with the individuality of our wine.

Isak Dinesen

Love won't be tampered with, love won't go away. Push it to one side and it creeps to the other.

Louise Erdrich

Love must not touch the marrow of the soul. Our affections must be breakable chains that we can cast them off or tighten them.


Love is union with somebody, or something, outside oneself, under the condition of retaining the separateness and integrity of one's own self.

Erich Fromm

There is hardly any activity, any enterprise, which is started out with such tremendous hopes and expectations, and yet which fails so regularly, as love.

Erich Fromm

Today I begin to understand what love must be, if it exists ... When we are parted, we each feel the lack of the other half of ourselves. We are incomplete like a book in two volumes of which the first has been lost. That is what I imagine love to be: incompleteness in absence.


They are always saying God loves us. If that's love I'd rather have a bit of kindness.

Graham Greene

Tell me whom you love and I will tell you who you are.


The love we give away is the only love we keep.

Elbert Hubbard

When peoples care for you and cry for you, they can straighten out your soul.

Langston Hughes

No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?

Lee Iacocca

Let those that love us, love us. And those that don't, may God turn their hearts. And, if He cannot turn their hearts, may He turn their ankles so we may know them by their limping!

Irish Blessing

We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.

Jacques Jacques Maritain

Happiness is the china shop; love is the bull.

H. L. Mencken

There are two times in every man's life when he is thoroughly happy; just after he has met his first love and just after he has parted from his last one.

H. L. Mencken

To a person in love, the value of the individual is intuitively known. Love needs no logic for its mission.

Charles A. Lindbergh

This was love at first sight, love everlasting: a feeling unknown, unhoped for, unexpected - in so far as it could be a matter of conscious awareness; it took entire possession of him, and he understood, with joyous amazement, that this was for life.

Thomas Mann

We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.

W. Somerset Maugham

Romantic love is an illusion. Most of us discover this truth at the end of a love affair or else when the sweet emotions of love lead us into marriage and then turn down their flames.

Thomas Moore

A man reserves his true and deepest love not for the species of woman in whose company he finds himself electrified and enkindled, but for that one in whose company he may feel tenderly drowsy.

George Jean Nathan

There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.

Friedrich Nietzsche

True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen.

Francois Duc de La Rochefoucauld

Family love is messy, clinging, and of an annoying and repetitive pattern, like bad wallpaper.

P. J. O'Rourke

Love is a driver, bitter and fierce if you fight and resist him, easy - going enough once you acknowledge his power.


We conceal it from ourselves in vain - we must always love something. In those matters seemingly removed from love, the feeling is secretly to be found, and man cannot possibly live for a moment without it.

Blaise Pascal

Love, free as air at sight of human ties, spreads his light wings, and in a moment flies.

Alexander Pope

A woman who pretends to laugh at love is like a child who sings at night when he is afraid.


To love someone who does not love you, is like shaking a tree to make the dew drops fall.

Proverb from the Congo

Love makes the time pass. Time makes love pass.

French Proverb

Love this Earth as if you won't be here tomorrow; show reverence for your Garden as if you will be here forever.

Scottish proverb

Love is like dew that falls on both nettles and lilies.

Swedish proverb

Love is something far more than desire for sexual intercourse; it is the principal means of escape from the loneliness which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives.

Bertrand Russell

Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.

Antoine de Saint - Exupery

Love is a spirit of all compact of fire.

William Shakespeare

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.

William Shakespeare

Love sought is good, but given unsought, is better.

William Shakespeare

The course of true love never did run smooth.

William Shakespeare

They do not love that do not show their love.

William Shakespeare

We cease loving ourselves if no one loves us.

Madame De Stael

'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

Lord Tennyson

There is no remedy for love but to love more.

Henry David Thoreau

If so many men, so many minds, certainly so many hearts, so many kinds of love.

Leo Tolstoy

Love has features which pierce all hearts, he wears a bandage which conceals the faults of those beloved. He has wings, he comes quickly and flies away the same.


Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.

Marianne Williamson