love quotations in my love quotations blog
we are together I stay awake all night
When I'm on my own I cannot sleep
Blessed be God for these two insomnias
And the difference between them.
Not less of love, but expanding
Of love beyond desire, and so liberation
From the Future as well as the past.
T. S. Eliot, Little Gidding
such a thing as trying too hard
You got to sing like you don't need the money
Love like you'll never get hurt
You got to dance, dance, dance like nobody's watching
It's gotta come from the heart if you want it to work
Susana Clark & Richard Leigh, Come from
the heart, (words and music)
Love is not a feeling. Love is an action, an activity...
Genuine love implies commitment and the exercise of
wisdom... love as the will to extend oneself for the
purpose of nurturing one's own or another's spiritual
growth... true love is an act of will that often
transcends ephemeral feelings of love or cathexis, it is
correct to say, 'Love is as love does'.
The Road Less Travelled (Arrow New-Age)
He who bends
to himself a Joy
Doth the winged life destroy;
But he who kisses the Joy as it flies
Lives in Eternity's sunrise.
Blake, William, Gnomic Verses
One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life. That word is love.
Jacques, we're used to each other, we're a pair of captive
hawks caught in the same cage, and so we've grown used
to each other. That's what passes for love at this dim,
shadowy end of the Camino Real.
Whom shall I call on? Who will share with me
The wretched happiness of staying alive?
We all want to fall in love. Why?
Because that experience makes us feel completely alive,
where every sense is heightened,
and every emotion is magnified.
Our everyday reality is shattered
and we are flying into the heavens.
It may only last a moment, an hour, or an afternoon,
but that doesn't diminish its value,
because we are left with memories
that we treasure for the rest of our lives.
From the movie The Mirror Has Two Faces (starring
Love is a moment that lasts forever...
Love is when you look into someone's eyes
and see their heart.
Speak low if you speak love.
Much Ado about Nothing,
ACT II Scene 1.
Man is torn away from his primary union with nature,
which characterizes animal existence. Having at the
same time reason and imagination, he is aware of his
aloneness and separateness; of his powerlessness and
ignorance; of the accidentalness of his birth and death.
He could not face this state of being for a second if
he could not find new ties with his fellow man which
replace the old ones regulated by instincts. Even if
all his physiological needs were satisfied, he would
experience his state of aloneness and individuation
as a prison from which he had to break in order to preserve
his sanity. (...) the necessity to unite with other
living beings, to be related to them, is an imperative
need on the fulfilment of which man's sanity depends.
This need is behind all phenomena which constitute the
whole gamut of intimate human relations, of all passions
which are called love in the broadest sense of the word
Erich Fromm, The Sane Society
There is a comfort in the strength of love
'Twill make a thing endurable
Which else would overset the brain
Or break the human heart.
William Wordsworth, Michael, lines 456-460
L'amor chi move il sole e l'altre stelle.
[Love that moves the sun and the other stars].
However it is debased or misinterpreted, love is a redemptive
feature. To focus on one individual so that their desires
become superior to yours is a very cleansing experience.
has two faces; one white, the other black;
two bodies; one smooth, the other hairy. It has two
hands, two feet, two tails, two, indeed, of every member
and each one is the exact opposite of the other. Yet,
so strictly are they joined together that you cannot
is made by two people, in different kinds of solitude.
It can be in a crowd, but in an oblivious crowd.
is love of course. And then there's life, its enemy.
pity beyond all telling
Is hid in the heart of love.
W. B. Yeats
you still love me when I'm sixty-four?
dreams and in love there are no impossibilities.
aught that I could ever read,
Could ever hear by tale or history,
The course of true love never did run smooth.
William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream
And yet, to say the truth, reason and love
keep little company together now-a-days.
William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream
man falls in love through his eyes, a woman through
Woodrow Wyatt (b. 1918), British journalist.
To the Point, "The Ears Have It" (1981). Wyatt's
reasoning, apropos of women, was that "what is
said to them and what they believe about a man's status
is usually more important than the superficiality of
all the pain, the greatest pain,
It is to love, but in vain.
Abraham Cowley, Anacreontics
We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence,
and its only end.
Benjamin Disraeli, Sibyl
God, from a beautiful necessity, is Love.
Martin Farquhar Tupper, Of Immortality
In the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns
to thoughts of love.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Locksley Hall
Love and a red nose can't be hid.
Thomas Holcroft, Duplicity
They sin who tell us Love can die:
With Life all other passions fly,
All others are but vanity.
Robert Southey, The Curse of Kehama
Say thou dost love me, love me-toll
The silver iterance!-only minding, Dear,
To love me also in silence with thy soul.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sonnets from the
Unless it's mad, passionate, Extraordinary love, It's
a waste of your time. There are too many mediocre things
in life Love shouldn't be one of them.
Movie: Dream for an Insomniac
If you say, I love you, then you have already fallen
in love with language, which is already a form of break
up and infidelity.
don't want to live - I want to love first, And live
Zelda Fitzgerald, letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald,
You know it's love when you want to give joy and damn the consequences."
Frank Herbert, God Emperor of Dune
When we understand that man is the only animal who must
create meaning, who must open a wedge into neutral nature,
we already understand the essence of love. Love is the
problem of an animal who must find life, create a dialogue
with nature in order to experience his own being.
love someone is to isolate him from the world, wipe
out every trace of him, dispossess him of his shadow,
drag him into a murderous future. It is to circle around
the other like a dead star and absorb him into a black
is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear:
because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made
perfect in love.
Bible, New Testament, 1 John 4:18.
Perfect love is rare indeed -
for to be a lover will require that you continually
have the subtlety of the very wise,
the flexibility of the child, the sensitivity of the
the understanding of the philosopher, the acceptance
of the saint,
the tolerance of the scholar and the fortitude of the
For one human being to love another:
that is perhaps the most difficult of our tasks;
the ultimate, the last test and proof,
the work for which all other work is but preparation.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Do you love me because I am beautiful,
or am I beautiful because you love me?
Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking.
It is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always
Love never fails.
Bible, Corinthians 13:4-8
is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer;
no disease that enough love will not heal;
no door that enough love will not open;
no gulf that enough love will not bridge;
no wall that enough love will not throw down;
no sin that enough love will not redeem...
It makes no difference how deeply seated may be the
how hopeless the outlook; how muddled the tangle; how
great the mistake.
A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all.
If only you could love enough you would be
the happiest and most powerful being in the world...
If I place love above everything, it is because for
me it is the most desperate, the most despairing state
of affairs imaginable.
seeketh only self to please,
To bind another to its delight,
Joys in another's loss of ease,
And builds a Hell in Heaven's despite.
I f thou must love me, let it be for nought
Except for love's sake only. Do not say,
I love her for her smile
Of speaking gently
for a trick of thought
That falls in well with mine, and, certes, brought
A sense of pleasant ease on such a day-
For these things in themselves, Beloved, may
Be changed, or change for thee-and love so wrought,
May be unwrought so.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
desire for possession is insatiable, to such a point
that it can survive even love itself. To love, therefore,
is to sterilize the person one loves.
is the extra effort we make in our dealings with those
whom we do not like and once you understand that, you
understand all. This idea that love overtakes you is
nonsense. This is but a polite manifestation of sex.
To love another you have to undertake some fragment
of their destiny.
is not necessary at all. All that is necessary to make
this world a better place to live in is to love-to love
as Christ loved, as Buddha loved.
do not love that do not show their love.
John Heywood, Proverbs
What the world needs now,
I feel it when I when I sorrow most:
It is better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.
Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam
Then, must you speak
Of one that loved not wisely but too well.
William Shakespeare, Othello
Love sought is good,
but given unsought is better
William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
All is fair in love and war.
Francais Edward Smedley, Frank Fairleigh
Love reckons hours for months, and days for years;
And every little absence is an age.
John Dryden, Amphitryon
Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned,
Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.
William Congreve, The Mourning Bride
love, in pornography as in life, is the mythic celebration
of female negation. For a woman, love is defined as
her willingness to submit to her own annihilation
The proof of love is that she is willing to be destroyed
by the one whom she loves, for his sake. For the woman,
love is always self-sacrifice, the sacrifice of identity,
will, and bodily integrity, in order to fulfill and
redeem the masculinity of her lover.
If only the strength of the love that people feel when
it is reciprocated could be as intense and obsessive
as the love we feel when it is not; then marriages would
be truly made in heaven.
love is insanity. The ancient Greeks knew that. It is
the taking over of a rational and lucid mind by delusion
and self-destruction. You lose yourself, you have no
power over yourself, you can't even think straight.
is often nothing but a favorable exchange between two
people who get the most of what they can expect, considering
their value on the personality market.
Yet each man kills the thing he loves,
from all let this be heard.
Some does it with a bitter look,
some with a flattering word.
The coward does it with a kiss
the brave man with the sword
Oscar Wilde, Ballad of
any rate, let us love for a while, for a year or so,
you and me. That's a form of divine drunkenness that
we can all try.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
gives naught but itself and takes naught but
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For love is sufficient unto love.
Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions
May wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams
As the north wind lays waste the garden.
For even as love crowns you
So shall he crucify you.
Even as he is for your growth
So is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses
Your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and
Shake them in their clinging to the earth.
Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
I know that somewhere in the Universe exists my perfect
but looking for her is much more difficult than just
staying at home and ordering another pizza.
love is the answer, could you please rephrase the question?
the universe has any purpose more important then topping
a woman you love and making a baby with her hearty help,
I have never heard of it.
you have it [love], you don't need to have anything
else, and if you don't have it, it doesn't matter much
what else you have.
Sir James M. Barrie
is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the
doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love
we put in the giving.
built on beauty, soon as beauty, dies.
doesn't make the world go round. Love is what makes
the ride worthwhile.
Franklin P. Jones
is also like a coconut which is good while it is fresh,
but you have to spit it out when the juice is gone,
whats left tastes bitter.
it is an old word and each one takes it new and wears
it out himself. It is a word that fills with meaning
as a bladder with air and the meaning goes out of it
as quickly. It may be punctured as a bladder is punctured
and patched and blown up again and if you have not had
it it does not exist for you. All people talk of it,
but those who have had it are marked by it, and I would
not wish to speak of it further since of all things
it is the most ridiculous to talk of and only fools
go through it many times.
Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon,
who wants to do good, knocks at the gate; he who loves
finds the gates open.
Rabindranath Tagore, Thakur
love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about but
few have seen.
is an obsessive delusion that is cured by marriage.
Dr. Karl Bowman
is an ocean of emotions entirely surrounded by expenses.
is being stupid together.
is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer,
no disease that enough love will not heal, no door that
enough love will not bridge, no wall that enough love
will not throw down, no sin that enough love will not
redeem... It makes no difference how deeply seated may
be the trouble, how hopeless the outlook, how muddled
the tangle, how great the mistake. A sufficient realization
of love will dissolve it all. If only you could love
enough, you could be the happiest and most powerful
being in the world...
is the delusion that one woman differs from another.
H. L. Mencken
you want me to tell you something really subversive?
Love is everything it's cracked up to be. That's why
people are so cynical about it
. It really is worth
fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for.
And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you
risk even more.
(understood as the desire of good for another) is in
fact so unnatural a phenomenon that it can scarcely
repeat itself, the soul being unable to become virgin
again and not having energy enough to cast itself out
again into the ocean of another's soul.
James Joyce, Notes to the play Exiles
man has only one escape from his old self: to see a
different self-in the mirror of some woman's eyes.
Clare Boothe Luce,
The spiritualization of sensuality is called love: it
is a great triumph over Christianity.
Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols,
"Morality as Anti-Nature," aph. 3
is the cheapest of religions.
Cesare Pavese, The Burning Brand: Diaries
1935-1950 (1952; tr. 1961), entry for 21 Dec.
who are not in love fail to understand how an intelligent
man can suffer because of a very ordinary woman. This
is like being surprised that anyone should be stricken
with cholera because of a creature so insignificant
as the comma bacillus.
Marcel Proust, Remembrance of Things Past,
vol. 2, "Swann's Way: Swann in Love"
Two minds without a single thought.
people when they fall in love look for a little haven
of refuge from the world, where they can be sure of
being admired when they are not admirable, and praised
when they are not praiseworthy.
regard as a mortal sin not only the lying of the senses
in matters of love, but also the illusion which the
senses seek to create where love is only partial. I
say, I believe, that one must love with all of one's
being, or else live, come what may, a life of complete
is a smoke made with the fume of sighs,
Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers' eyes,
Being vexed, a sea nourished with lovers' tears.
What is it else? A madness most discreet,
A choking gall and a preserving sweet.
have died from time to time, and worms have eaten them,
but not for love.
William Shakespeare, Rosalind, in As
You Like It, act 4, sc. 1.
fickleness of the women I love is only equalled by the
infernal constancy of the women who love me.
George Bernard Shaw
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
Percy Bysshe Shelley
desire, having rejected reason and overpowered judgment
which leads to right, is set in the direction of the
pleasure which beauty can inspire, and when again under
the influence of its kindred desires it is moved with
violent motion towards the beauty of corporeal forms,
it acquires a surname from this very violent motion,
and is called love.
Socrates, Quoted in: Plato, Phaedrus.
it is the suffering flesh, it is suffering, it is death,
that lovers perpetuate upon the earth. Love is at once
the brother, son, and father of death, which is its
sister, mother, and daughter. And thus it is that in
the depth of love there is a depth of eternal despair,
out of which springs hope and consolation.
Miguel de Unamuno
is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand
only because I love. Everything is, everything exists,
only because I love. Everything is united by it alone.
Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of
love, shall return to the general and eternal source.
only been in love with a beer bottle and a mirror.
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, Jr., Wampeters, Foma and Granfallons,
"Address at Dedication of Wheaton College Library,
love is much better than reality love. Never doing it
is very exciting. The most exciting attractions are
between two opposites that never meet.
one is in love, one always begins by deceiving one's
self, and one always ends by deceiving others. That
is what the world calls a romance.
Oscar Wilde, Lord Henry, in The Picture of
Dorian Gray, ch. 4 (1891). The same words reappeared
spoken by Lord Illingworth in A Woman of No Importance,
do not think that what is called Love at first sight
is so great an absurdity as it is sometimes imagined
to be. We generally make up our minds beforehand to
the sort of person we should like, grave or gay, black,
brown, or fair; with golden tresses or raven locks;-and
when we meet with a complete example of the qualities
we admire, the bargain is soon struck.
ear is much enamoured of thy note;
So is mine eye enthrallèd to thy shape;
And thy fair virtue's force perforce doth move me
On the first view to say, to swear, I love thee.
advantage of marriage
It seems to me
Is that when you fall out of love with him
Or he falls out of love with you
It keeps you together until maybe you fall in again.
good thing about internet dating: you're guaranteed
to click with whomever you meet.
you live as long as you wish and love as long as you
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
the world you may be one person, but to one person you
may be the world.
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.
got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant.
You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard
or just think it's going to get on by itself. You've
got to keep watering it. You've got to really look after
it and nurture it.
never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back.
the power of love overcomes the love of power the world
will know peace.
am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common
man with common thoughts and I've led a common life.
There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will
soon be forgotten, but I've loved another with all my
heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough.
Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook
I dropped a tear in the ocean. When I find it is when
I'll stop loving you.
is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and
to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.
deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving
someone deeply gives you courage.
love and suspicion cannot dwell together: at the door
where the latter enters, the former makes its exit.
man is not where he lives, but where he loves.
love is to receive a glimpse of heaven.
diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as
the wind blows out the candle and fans the bonfire.
is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the
small, it enkindles the great.
are told that people stay in love because of chemistry,
or because they remain intrigued with each other, because
of many kindnesses, because of luck . . . But part of
it has got to be forgiveness and gratefulness.
takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without
and know we cannot live within.
relationship is like a rose,
How long it lasts, no one knows;
Love can erase an awful past,
Love can be yours, you'll see at last;
To feel that love, it makes you sigh,
To have it leave, you'd rather die;
You hope you've found that special rose,
Cause you love and care for the one you chose.
live with me, and be my love,
And we will some new pleasures prove
Of golden sands, and crystal brooks,
With silken lines, and silver hooks.
and the only measure of your worth and your deeds will
be the love you leave behind when you're gone.
Fred Small, Everything Possible
magic of the first love is the ignorance that it can
is life. And if you miss love, you miss life.
has its own time, its own season, and its own reasons
from coming and going. You cannot bribe it or coerce
it or reason it into staying. You can only embrace it
when it arrives and give it away when it comes to you.
enables you to put your deepest feelings and fears in
the palm of your partner's hand, knowing they will be
handled with care.
Carl S. Avery
love at all is to be vulnerable.
is not something you feel. It's something you do.
moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing
called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy
of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed.
in love the heart surrenders itself entirely to the
one being known how to touch it. That being is not selected
but recognized and obeyed.
love, no friendship, can cross the path of our destiny
without leaving some mark on it forever.
is no distance too great between friends, for love gives
wings to the heart.
there is love there is life.
doesn't make the world go round, it makes the ride worthwhile.
our young lives we search for someone to love, someone
who makes us complete. We choose partners and change
partners. We dance to a song of heartbreak and hope,
all the while wondering if somewhere and somehow there
is someone searching for us.
The Wonder Years
never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back.
without love is like a tree without blossom and fruit.
is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and
without law, and must be plucked where it is found,
and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration.
is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those
who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for
those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.
Henry Van Dyke
we come to the last moment of this lifetime, and we
look back across it, the only thing that's going to
matter is "What was the quality of our love?"
expects no reward. Love knows no fear. Love Divine gives
- does not demand. Love thinks no evil; imputes no motive.
To Love is to share and serve.
is but another name for that inscrutable presence by
which the soul is connected with humanity.
I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and
then doesn't hurt!
Lucy Van Pelt (in Peanuts, by Charles
not that chocolates are a substitute for love. Love
is a substitute for chocolate. Chocolate is, let's face
it, far more reliable than a man.
hours in love have wings; in absence, crutches.
who is in love with himself has at least this advantage
he won't encounter many rivals.
George C. Lichtenberg
In art as in love, instinct is enough.
all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the
most fatal to true happiness.
a man takes in by contemplation, that he pours out in
city has a sex and an age which have nothing to do with
demography. Rome is feminine. So is Odessa. London is
a teenager, an urchin, and, in this, hasn't changed
since the time of Dickens. Paris, I believe, is a man
in his twenties in love with an older woman.
is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic
as of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives there
is desire; to our sons, ambition; but to our daughters
there is something which there are no words to express.
heart in love with beauty never grows old.
one human being to love another; that is perhaps the
most difficult of our tasks; the ultimate, the last
test and proof; the work for which all other work is
Rainer Maria Rilke
truth is that there is only one terminal dignity - love.
And the story of a love is not important -what is important
is that one is capable of love. It is perhaps the only
glimpse we are permitted of eternity.
we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not
Oliver Wendell Holmes
is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
no one who loves be unhappy. Even love unreturned has
James Mathhew Barrie
fights and vanquishes in me, and i live and breathe
in her, and i have life and being.
Migeul de Cervantes
supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we
is something eternal; the aspect may change, but not
Vincent Van Gough
is love alone that gives worth to all things.
Santa Teresa de Jesus
love is to receive a glimpse of heaven.
you are eternal like springtime.
Juan Ramon Jiminez
in not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.
is pure love, for love is a concerto.
Lope de Vega
love, the world itself would not survive.
Lope de Vega
of love be sweeter far
Than all other pleasures are.
moment of a happy lover's hour is worth an age of dull
and common life.
are shaped and fashioned by what we love
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
looks not with the eyes, but with the mind;
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
coeur a ses raisons que la raison ne connait point.
The heart has it's reasons, whereof reason knows nothing.
don't love a woman because she is beautiful, but she
is beautiful because you love her
will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey
Lord Byron, The Giaour
To love is not to look at one another, but to look together
in the same direction
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
doesn't just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made,
like bread, re-made all the time, made new.
Ursula K. Le Guin
the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything,
and two minus one equals nothing.
reduction of the universe to a single being,the expansion
of a single being even to God, this is love.
travels for love finds a thousand miles not longer than
part of you has grown in me. And so you see, it's you
and me together forever and never apart, maybe in distance,
but never in heart.
are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can
only fly embracing each other.
Liciano De Crescenzo
soul that can speak through the eyes can also kiss with
Gustavo Adolfo Becquer
man is not where he lives, but where he loves.
is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.
away love, and our earth is a tomb
Robert Browning, Fra Lippo Lippi
Love and you will be loved, and you will be able to
do all that you could not do unloved.
Marques de Santillana
the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.
people never say those words: 'I love you' But, like
a child, they're longing to be told.
the measles, love is most dangerous when it comes late
you cannot inspire a woman with love of you, fill her
above the brim with love of herself; all that runs over
will be yours.
Charles Caleb Colton
is no remedy for love but to love more.
Henry David Thoreau
coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative
of the brave.