Quotes from Literature about Love
Ovine [Publius Ovidius Naso], 43 B.C. - A.D. C 18 Ibid. II,107
"To be loved,
Love is a friendship
that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing
and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad. It settles for less
than perfection, and makes allowances for human weakness. Love is content
with the present. It hopes for the future and it doesn't brood over the
past. It's the day-in and day-out chronicle of irritations, problems,
compromises, small disappointments, big victories, and working toward
common goals. If you have love in your life, it can make up for a great
many things you lack. If you don't have it, no matter what else there
is, it is not enough, so search for it, ask God for it, and share it!
or later we begin to understand that love is more than verses on valentines
Thomas a Kempis, 1379-1471
is a great thing, yea, a great and thorough good. By itself it makes what
feels no burden, thinks nothing of trouble, attempts what is above its
Sir Hugh Walpole, 1884-1941
most wonderful of all things in life is the discovery of another human
being with whom one's relationship has a growing depth, beauty and joy
as the years increase.
Love comforteth like sunshine after rain. l. 799
Doubt thou the stars
are fire; doubt that the sun doth move; doubt truth to be a liar; but
never doubt I love you.
I love thee, I love but thee with a love that shall not die. Till the sun grows cold and the stars grow old.
Love conquers all
things; let us too surrender to love. Omnia
vincit amor: et nos cedamus amori.
George Sand [Amandine
Aurore Lucile Dupin, Baronne Dudevant], 1804
- 1876, Letter to Linda Calamatta
There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.
If love were what the rose is, and I were like the leaf, our lives would grow together in sad or singing weather.
Love me tender, love me sweet, never let me go.
You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.
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.
Where there is love there is life.
Each moment of a happy love's hour is worth an age of dull and common life.
Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?
We perceive when love begins and when it declines by our embarrassment when alone together.
Better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all.
To love another person is to see the face of God.
Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.
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.
Friendship often ends in love; but love in friendship - never.
The richest love is that which submits to the arbitration of time.
A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love.
There is no remedy for love but to love more.
Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time... It tells us to tell each other right now that we love each other.
Love cures people - both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.
To love and win is the best thing. To love and lose, the next best.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh, b. 1906
you love someone, you do not love them all the time, in exactly the same
way, from moment to moment. It is an impossibility. It is even a lie to
pretend to. And yet this is exactly what most of us demand. We have so
little faith in the ebb and
Don't forget to love yourself.
True love never dies, for it is lust that fades away. Love bonds for a lifetime but lust just pushes away.
A mighty pain to love it is, and 'tis a pain that pain to miss; but of all the pains, the greatest pain is to love, but love in vain.
Love built on beauty, soon as beauty, dies.
He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.
I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love.
Woe to the man whose heart has not learned while young to hope, to love - and to put its trust in life.
You call it madness, but I call it love.
He who loves 50 people has 50 woes; he who loves no one has no woes.
A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.
Love is not blind - It sees more and not less, but because it sees more it is willing to see less.
The eskimos have 52 words for snow because it is so special to them; there ought to be as many for love!
Relationships--of all kinds--are like sand held in your hand. Held loosely, with an open hand, the sand remains where it is. The minute you close your hand and squeeze tightly to hold on, the sand trickles through your fingers. You may hold onto some of it, but most will be spilled. A relationship is like that. Held loosely, with respect and freedom for the other person, it is likely to remain intact. But hold too tightly, too possessively, and the relationship slips away and is lost.
Truly loving another means letting go of all expectations. It means full acceptance, even celebration of another's personhood.
Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.
Who, being loved, is poor?
There is one pain I often feel, which you'll never know. It's caused by absence of you.
That farewell kiss which resembles greeting; that last glance of love which becomes the sharpest pang of sorrow.
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
Tell me who admires and loves you, and I will tell you who you are.
We forgive to the extent that we love.
True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen.
When we are in love we often doubt that which we most believe.
There is no disguise which can hide love for long where it exists, or simulate it where it does not.
Those that go searching for love only make manifest their own lovelessness, and the loveless never find love, only the loving find love, and they never have to seek it.
He who is devoid of the power to forgive, is devoid of the power to love.
The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved.
Love is a great beautifier.
Love and you shall be loved.
The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.
You don't love a woman because she is beautiful, but she is beautiful because you love her.
If you love someone, let them go. If they return to you, it was meant to be. If they don't, their love was never yours to begin with...
Love is hard work; and hard work sometimes hurts!
Who says love never lives? Maybe we've never lived.
Some love lasts a lifetime. True love lasts forever.
If love is great, and there are no greater things, then what I feel for you must be the greatest.
Love is like playing the piano. First you must learn to play by the rules, then you must forget the rules and play from your heart.
If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you've made me smile, the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand.
We all want to fall in love. Why? Because that experience makes us feel completely alive. Where every sense is heightened, every emotion is magnified, our everyday reality is shattered and we are flying into the heavens. It may only last a moment, an hour, an afternoon. But that doesn't diminish its value, because we are left with memories that we treasure to the rest of our lives.
Never underestimate the power of love.
The way to love anything is to realize it may be lost.
The heart has its reasons that reason does not know at all.
Music is love in search of a word.
It is easy to love people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start.
If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
The first duty of love is to listen.
best portion of a good man's life,
When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain.
There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.
There is no remedy for love than to love more.
"There are only
four questions of value in life, Don Octavio.
If you want to be loved, love and be loveable.
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind...
The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can never end.
Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the gods.
Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be.
Spice a dish with love and it pleases every palate.
One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life; that word is love.
The only gift is a portion of thyself.
Love those who love you.
Life has taughts us that love does not consist of gazing at each other, but looking outward in the same direction.
You are always new,
Never love unless you can bear with all the faults of man!
And all for love, and nothing for reward.
If music be the food of love, play on...
God is love - I dare
I love thee like puddings; if thou wert pie I'd eat thee.