Quotations About / On:
In her first passions a woman loves her lover, but later she loves love itself.
(François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 473 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
Love gratified is love satisfied, and love satisfied is indifference begun.
(Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1751). Belford, in Clarissa, vol. 4, p. 348, AMS Press (1990).)
I love my work with a frenetic and perverse love, as an ascetic loves the hair shirt which scratches his belly.
(Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Letter, April 24, 1852, to Louise Colet, trans. by Stratton Buck (1966). Correspondance, II, p. 395, Conard (1926-1933).)
To love one person with a private love is poor and miserable: to love all is glorious.
(Thomas Traherne (1636-1674), British clergyman, poet, mystic. (First published 1908). "Fourth Century," no. 69, Centuries (written c. 1672).)
It is best to love wisely, no doubt: but to love foolishly is better than not to be able to love at all.
(William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), British author. Pendennis, ch. 6 (1848-1850).)
We can only learn to love by loving.
(Iris Murdoch (20th century), Anglo-Irish writer. Ed. by Carolyn Warner. The Last Word, ch. 26 (1992).)
Do we mean love, when we say love?
(Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. Words in "Words and Music," one of the dramatic pieces in Cascando, p. 25, Grove Press (1968).)
In love, self-love is always at risk.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).)
Jealousy contains more of self-love than of love.
(François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 324 (1678).)
The fickleness of the women I love is only equalled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me.
(George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1898). Charteris, in The Philanderer, act 2, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 1, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1970).)