Quotations About / On: LOVE
If one cannot respond to an animal's show of love, how can the same one show love to a another human being?
I love you, I love you. Do you love me?
(Love is a thing of the heart)
Love the person who loves you unconditionally, and abandon the one who only loves you under favorable conditions.
Love limited, love circumscribed, love lukewarm is by God decried.
Fully Love, Fully Live
(In all things, let it be at work or in relationships, one must commit wholly and passionately.)
Who does not love to excess, loves too little.
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).)
Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love: it is the faithless who know love's tragedies.
(Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Henry, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 1 (1891).)