Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as the wind blows out the candle and fans the bonfire.
François VI de la Rochefoucault
Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else.
George Bernard Shaw
There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved. It is God's finger on man's shoulder.
I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect. And it's these things I'd believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn't all she should be. I love her and it is the beginning of everything.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Love is the child of illusion and the parent of disillusion.
Miguel de Unamuno
Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.
As a girl where I was a Flower of the mountain yes when I put the rose in my hair like the Andalusian girls used or shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes.
Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.
True love is a discipline in which each divines the secret self of the other and refuses to believe in the mere daily self.
William Butler Yeats
I'm far from perfect, but I'll be perfect for that imperfect person that's perfect for me.
Love makes time pass; time makes love pass.
Everyone wants to be the sun that lifts up your life, but I'd rather be your moon, so I may shine on you during your darkest hour when the sun isn't around and the ghost white moonbeams will allow you to find comfort in my arms.
Craig D. Slovak
Love is much nicer to be in than an automobile accident, a tight girdle, a higher tax bracket or a holding pattern over Philadelphia.
An old man in love is like a flower in winter.
Only in love are unity and duality not in conflict.
Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.
I learned the real meaning of love. Love is absolute loyalty. People fade, looks fade, but loyalty never fades. You can depend so much on certain people, you can set your watch by them. And that's love, even if it doesn't seem very exciting.
Love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared with love in dreams.
The only thing we never get enough of is love; and the only thing we never give enough of is love.
When love is not madness, it is not love.
Pedro Calderon de la Barca
Love doesn't sit there like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all of the time, made new.
Ursula K. Le Guin
Nobody has ever measured, even poets, how much a heart can hold.
To lovers! To the have-been's, the are-now's, and the may-be's.
Minna Thomas Antrim, A Book of Toasts, 1902
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.
You know you're in love when you don't want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.
Love is much like a wild rose, beautiful and calm, but willing to draw blood in its defense.
Love is the self-delusion we manufacture to justify the trouble we take to have sex.
Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze.
The arms of love encompass you with your present, your past, your future, the arms of love gather you together.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
I but know that I love thee, whatever thou art.
He's not perfect. You aren't either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can. He isn't going to quote poetry, he's not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him that he knows you could break. Don't hurt him, don't change him, and don't expect for more than he can give. Don't analyze. Smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad, and miss him when he's not there. Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don't exist, but there's always one guy that is perfect for you.
You have to walk carefully in the beginning of love; the running across fields into your lover's arms can only come later when you're sure they won't laugh if you trip.
Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species.
W. Somerset Maugham
The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of.
Blaise Pascal, Pensées, 1670
Platonic love is love from the neck up.
Thyra Smater Winsolow
Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.
Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
Without love, what are we worth? Eighty-nine cents! Eighty-nine cents worth of chemicals walking around lonely.
Love me and the world is mine.
Love is my religion I could die for it.
Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another.
Henry Louis Mencken
True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.
Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love; it is the faithless who know love's tragedies.
A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love.
Ah me! Love can not be cured by herbs.
Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.
Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.
Zora Neale Hurston
Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.
Love is real, real is love.
Take away love and our earth is a tomb.
A man is not where he lives, but where he loves.
What most people call loving consists of picking out a woman and marrying her. They pick her out, I swear, I've seen them. As if you could pick in love, as if it were not a lightning bolt that splits your bones and leaves you staked out in the middle of the courtyard. They probably say that they pick her out because-they-love-her, I think it's just the siteoppo. Beatrice wasn't picked out, Juliet wasn't picked out. You don't pick out the rain that soaks you to a skin when you come out of a concert.
The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved - loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.
Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
Romance is dead-it was acquired in a hostile takeover by Hallmark and Disney, homogenized, and sold off piece by piece.
Lisa Simpson, The Simpsons
Be everything with so much love in your heart that you would never want to do it any other way.
A heart that loves is always young.
Before you love, learn to run through the snow leaving no footprint.
Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite in fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun, more last than star…
For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love.
If I love you, what business is it of yours?
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
when you love someone / you are scared of getting hurt / and you will get hurt
Brandon Scott Gorrell
What "love" is I don't know if it's not the response of our deepest natures to one another.
William Carlos Williams
We loved with a love that was more than love.
Edgar Allan Poe
Love must be as much a light, as it is a flame.
Henry David Thoreau
Sometimes it's a form of love just to talk to somebody that you have nothing in common with and still be fascinated by their presence.
Love has no desire but to fulfill itself. To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.
Love touches the soul and awakens a desire so powerful that even the most vigilant heart is lured by its radiance.
Jamie Lynn Morris
I like not only to be loved, but also to be told I am loved.
We must get beyond passions, like a great work of art. In such miraculous harmony. We should learn to love each other so much to live outside of time… detached.
Love is not singular except in syllable.
When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving oneself, and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
Love is not a matter of what happens in life. It's a matter of what's happening in your heart.
It's often just enough to be with someone. I don't need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You're not alone.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, 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 truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-13
The music may have stopped but my heart beats to another tune, this rhythm called love.
A.C. Van Cherub
I'm so in love, every time I look at you my soul gets dizzy.
Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
I don't think you can keep someone you truly love at arm's length on purpose, they'll always end up in your arms.
Holly Nichole Miller
And what's romance? Usually, a nice little tale where you have everything as you like it, where rain never wets your jacket and gnats never bite your nose, and it's always daisy-time.
Love is staying up all night with a sick child or a healthy adult.
The love game is never called off on account of darkness.
In this horror of solitude, this need to lose his ego in exterior flesh, which man calls grandly the need for love.
Love is the magician that pulls man out of his own hat.
We're all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness and call it love true love.
Let your love be like the misty rains, coming softly, but flooding the river.
He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began.
When you're in love you never really know whether your elation comes from the qualities of the one you love, or if it attributes them to her; whether the light which surrounds her like a halo comes from you, from her, or from the meeting of your sparks.
Natalie Clifford Barney
Forget love-I'd rather fall in chocolate!
Sandra J. Dykes
Love is a friendship set to music.
Love is how you earn your wings.
Men love because they are afraid of themselves, afraid of the loneliness that lives in them, and need someone in whom they can lose themselves as smoke loses itself in the sky.
And now we're apart and you're just some stranger who knows all my secrets and all my family members and all my quirks and flaws and it doesn't make sense.
Fall not in love therefore; it will stick to your face.
Tony Hendra, "Deteriorata"
Love is the word used to label the sexual excitement of the young, the habituation of the middle-aged, and the mutual dependence of the old.
Time 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
Love is a game that two can play and both win.
Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.
The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly.
The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.
Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.
The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.
What the world really needs is more love and less paper work.
Love is metaphysical gravity.
R. Buckminster Fuller
Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly.
Love is the law of life.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.
Like I've always said, love wouldn't be blind if the braille weren't so damned much fun.
The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.
Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane.
Honoré de Balzac
The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love.
The art of love... is largely the art of persistence.
While God waits for His temple to be built of love, men bring stones.
Love one another and you will be happy. It's as simple and as difficult as that.
Less is more unless it's love.
Love is not consolation. It is light.
The learned compute that seven hundred and seven millions of millions of vibrations have penetrated the eye before the eye can distinguish the tints of a violet. What philosophy can calculate the vibrations of the heart before it can distinguish the colours of love?
We don't believe in rheumatism and true love until after the first attack.
Marie Ebner Von Eschenbach, Aphorism
Love does not care to define and is never in a hurry to do so.
Charles du Bos
Love is being stupid together.
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
Love is not blind-it sees more, not less. But because it sees more, it is willing to see less.
Love cures people - both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.
Love 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.
Poetry spills from the cracks of a broken heart, but flows from one which is loved.
Christopher Paul Rubero
Love is the poetry of the senses.
Honoré de Balzac
As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words.
In a deep moment of love, thinking stops. The moment is so intriguing, the moment is so tremendously powerful, the moment is so intensely alive, that thinking stops. You are simply in awe, a great wonder surrounds you.
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh
Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two.
Louis de Bernières, Captain Corelli's Mandolin
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-Exupéry
People who are sensible about love are incapable of it.
True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen.
François VI de la Rochefoucault
Ah me! why may not love and life be one?
Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds.
In true love the smallest distance is too great, and the greatest distance can be bridged.
We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.
A lover is a man who tries to be more amiable than it is possible for him to be.
Nicholas de Chamfort
At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.
I don't wish to be everything to everyone, but I would like to be something to someone.
So dear I love him, that with him all deaths I could endure, without him live no life.
Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.
Before I met my husband, I'd never fallen in love. I'd stepped in it a few times.
Love withers under constraints: its very essence is liberty: it is compatible neither with obedience, jealousy, nor fear: it is there most pure, perfect, and unlimited where its votaries live in confidence, equality and unreserve.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
When a man is in love or in debt, someone else has the advantage.
Passion makes the world go round. Love just makes it a safer place.
And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.
Love is the greatest refreshment in life.
Love is now, is always. All that is missing is the coup de grâce ' which is called passion.
The simple lack of her is more to me than others' presence.
Falling in love is so hard on the knees.
We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.
A baby is born with a need to be loved and never outgrows it.
Frank A. Clark
Love is missing someone whenever you're apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you're close in heart.
It is really one moment of looking love dead in the eye that takes us everywhere in a flash.
Come live in my heart and pay no rent.
Love is an electric blanket with somebody else in control of the switch.
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
It is astonishing how little one feels alone when one loves.
Love is like those second-rate hotels where all the luxury is in the lobby.
I think we dream so we don't have to be apart so long. If we're in each other's dreams, we can play together all night.
Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes
Love is an ocean of emotions entirely surrounded by expenses.
If grass can grow through cement, love can find you at every time in your life.
Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Love is an exploding cigar we willingly smoke.
You don't have to go looking for love when it's where you come from.
Love is like dew that falls on both nettles and lilies.
The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it. You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough.
Love is a sweet tyranny, because the lover endureth his torments willingly.
Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.
Who, being loved, is poor?
Love is why I came here in the first place.
If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than because he was he, and I was I.
Michel de Montaigne
'Tis sweet to know there is an eye will mark our coming, and look brighter when we come.
I was half in love with her by the time we sat down. That's the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty, even if they're not much to look at, or even if they're sort of stupid, you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are.
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, 1945