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Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Love - a wildly misunderstood although highly desirable malfunction of the heart which weakens the brain, causes eyes to sparkle, cheeks to glow, blood pressure to rise and the lips to pucker.  ~Author Unknown

Love is a sweet tyranny, because the lover endureth his torments willingly.  ~Proverb

The lover is a monotheist who knows that other people worship different gods but cannot himself imagine that there could be other gods.  ~Theodor Reik, Of Love and Lust, 1957

Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.  ~Peter Ustinov

Hate leaves ugly scars, love leaves beautiful ones.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
~William Shakespeare, Mid-Summer Night's Dream, 1595

The art of love... is largely the art of persistence.  ~Albert Ellis

Love one another and you will be happy.  It's as simple and as difficult as that.  ~Michael Leunig

Who would give a law to lovers?  Love is unto itself a higher law.  ~Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy, A.D. 524

Who, being loved, is poor?  ~Oscar Wilde

Love must be as much a light, as it is a flame.  ~Henry David Thoreau

To find someone who will love you for no reason, and to shower that person with reasons, that is the ultimate happiness.  ~Robert Brault,

Without love, what are we worth?  Eighty-nine cents!  Eighty-nine cents worth of chemicals walking around lonely.  ~Laurence Marks, M*A*S*H, "Love Story," original air date 7 January 1973, spoken by the character Hawkeye

A baby is born with a need to be loved - and never outgrows it.  ~Frank A. Clark

Shall we compare our hearts to a garden -
with beautiful blooms, straggling weeds,
swooping birds and sunshine, rain -
and most importantly, seeds.
~Grey Livingston

Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.  ~Robert Heinlein

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.  ~George Moore

We loved with a love that was more than love.  ~Edgar Allan Poe

If I love you, what business is it of yours?  ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The hardest-learned lesson:  that people have only their kind of love to give, not our kind.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as the wind blows out the candle and fans the bonfire.  ~François Duc de La Rochefoucauld

My debt to you, Belovèd,
Is one I cannot pay
In any coin of any realm
On any reckoning day.
~Jessie B. Rittenhouse

We choose those we like; with those we love, we have no say in the matter.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree but to hold hands.  ~Quoted by Alexandra Penney in Self

Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.  ~Jean Anouilh

When a man is in love or in debt, someone else has the advantage.  ~Bill Balance

Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly.  ~Rose Franken

Love is the magician that pulls man out of his own hat.  ~Ben Hecht

A bell is no bell 'til you ring it,
A song is no song 'til you sing it,
And love in your heart
Wasn’t put there to stay -
Love isn’t love
'Til you give it away.
~Oscar Hammerstein, Sound of Music, "You Are Sixteen (Reprise)"
(Thanks, Krystel)

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

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 much nicer to be in than an automobile accident, a tight girdle, a higher tax bracket or a holding pattern over Philadelphia.  ~Judith Viorst, Redbook, 1975

Passion makes the world go round.  Love just makes it a safer place.  ~Ice T, The Ice Opinion, quoted in Reader's Digest, "Quotable Quotes," February 2002

Love is no respecter of age or practicality
Neither morality: unabashed
She enters where she will
Unheeding that her immortal fires
Burn up human hearts...
~Phillip Pulfrey, from Beyond Me,

Love is an ocean of emotions entirely surrounded by expenses.  ~Lord Dewar

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

Only in love are unity and duality not in conflict.  ~Rabindranath Tagore

It is astonishing how little one feels alone when one loves.  ~John Bulwer

'Tis sweet to know there is an eye will mark our coming, and look brighter when we come.  ~Lord Byron

A hundred hearts would be too few
To carry all my love for you.
~Author Unknown

Love is the thing that enables a woman to sing while she mops up the floor after her husband has walked across it in his barn boots.  ~Author unknown, as printed in The Hoosier Farmer

Love is an exploding cigar we willingly smoke.  ~Lynda Barry

Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love; it is the faithless who know love's tragedies.  ~Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891

Love doesn't sit there like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all of the time, made new.  ~Ursula K. LeGuin

Love is not singular except in syllable.  ~Marvin Taylor

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.  ~John Ciardi

People who are sensible about love are incapable of it.  ~Douglas Yates

Love never reasons but profusely gives; gives, like a thoughtless prodigal, its all, and trembles lest it has done too little.  ~Hannah More (Thanks, Steven)

The past is behind us, love is in front and all around us.  ~Terri Guillemets

Ah me! why may not love and life be one?  ~Henry Timrod

Take away love and our earth is a tomb.  ~Robert Browning

Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds.  ~William Shakespeare, "Sonnet CXVI"

He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began.  ~Leo Tolstoy

It is the same in love as in war; a fortress that parleys is half taken.  ~Marguerite de Valois

You don't have to go looking for love when it's where you come from.  ~Werner Erhard

Sometimes the shortest distance between two points is a winding path walked arm in arm.  ~Robert Brault,

No one can understand love who has not experienced infatuation.  And no one can understand infatuation, no matter how many times he has experienced it.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

Love me and the world is mine.  ~David Reed

It would be impossible to "love" anyone or anything one knew completely.  Love is directed towards what lies hidden in its object.  ~Paul Valéry, Tel quel, 1943

The love game is never called off on account of darkness.  ~Tom Masson

They who meet on an April night are forever lost in love, if there's moonlight all about and there's no moon above.  ~E.Y. "Yip" Harburg and Fred Saidy, dialogue just before the song "Old Devil Moon" in the musical Finian's Rainbow  (Thanks, Katherine!)

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.  ~David Byrne

Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.  ~Robert Frost

You know you're in love when you don't want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.  ~Dr. Seuss

Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.  ~Zora Neale Hurston

Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.  ~Emily Brontë

The excesses of love soon pass, but its insufficiencies torment us forever.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

An old man in love is like a flower in winter.  ~Portuguese Proverb

Will you love me in December as you do in May,
Will you love me in the good old fashioned way?
When my hair has all turned gray,
Will you kiss me then and say,
That you love me in December as you do in May?
~James J. Walker

Love unlocks doors and opens windows that weren't even there before.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane.  ~Honoré de Balzac

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

Love is the poetry of the senses.  ~Honoré de Balzac

Love is a game that two can play and both win.  ~Eva Gabor

Without love, the rich and poor live in the same house.  ~Author Unknown

The heart is a small thing, but desireth great matters.  It is not sufficient for a kite's dinner, yet the whole world is not sufficient for it.  ~Francis Quarles,Emblems

Love is like those second-rate hotels where all the luxury is in the lobby.  ~Paul-Jean Toulet

We don't believe in rheumatism and true love until after the first attack.  ~Marie Ebner Von Eschenbach, Aphorism

We picture love as heart-shaped because we do not know the shape of the soul.  ~Robert Brault,

All love is probationary, a fact which frightens women and exhilarates men.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen.  ~François, duc de La Rochefoucauld

Some women love only what they can hold in their arms; others, only what they can't.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

Love, and a cough, cannot be hid.  ~George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum, 1651

Desire creates havoc when it is the only thing between two people, or when it is what's missing.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

Poetry spills from the cracks of a broken heart, but flows from one which is loved.  ~Christopher Paul Rubero

A man is not where he lives, but where he loves.  ~Latin Proverb

The arms of love encompass you with your present, your past, your future, the arms of love gather you together.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Southern Mail, 1929, translated from French by Curtis Cate

I need the starshine of your heavenly eyes,
After the day's great sun.
~Charles Hanson Towne

A lover is a man who tries to be more amiable than it is possible for him to be.  ~Nicholas de Chamfort

Love is not consolation.  It is light.  ~Friedrich Nietzsche

True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights.  If you hear bells, get your ears checked.  ~Erich Segal

Love is the greatest touch-up artist of all.  ~Robert Brault,

Loving is never a waste of time.  ~Astrid Alauda

Love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared with love in dreams.  ~Fyodor Dostoevski

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

Mumps, measles, and puppy love are terrible after twenty.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.  ~Author Unknown

Love is what you've been through with somebody.  ~James Thurber, quoted inLife magazine, 1960

Love is being stupid together.  ~Paul Valery

In this horror of solitude, this need to lose his ego in exterior flesh, which man calls grandly the need for love.  ~Charles Baudelaire

Open your heart and take us in,
Love - love and me.
~W.E. Henley

On a cloudy night, when nothing seems above, still, there is love.  Always love.  For something, from someone.  It's never done.  Never.  ~Jeb Dickerson,

Before I met my husband, I'd never fallen in love.  I'd stepped in it a few times.  ~Rita Rudner

Love does not care to define and is never in a hurry to do so.  ~Charles du Bos

I love you like crazy, baby
'Cuz I'd go crazy without you.
~Pixie Foudre

What "love" is I don't know if it's not the response of our deepest natures to one another.  ~William Carlos Williams

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.  ~Sylvester Stallone

Ah, lady, when I gave my heart to thee,
It passed into thy lifelong regency.
~Gilbert Parker

The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of.  ~Blaise Pascal, Pensées, 1670

At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.  ~Plato

As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words.  ~William Shakespeare

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