Quotations About / On:
No man can love a second time the person whom he has once truly ceased to love.
(François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 287 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
To love an idea is to love it a little more than one should.
(Jean Rostand (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. repr. In The Substance of Man, p. 181 (1962). Carnets d'un Biologiste.)
Jealousy is not so much the love of another as the love of ourselves.
(François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 324 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
Love conquers everything [Amor vincit omnia]: let us, too, yield to love.
(Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro] (70-19 B.C.), Roman poet. Gallus, in Eclogues, no. 10, l. 69 (37 B.C.), trans. by Kate Hughes (1995).)
Although Freud said happiness is composed of love and work, reality often forces us to choose love or work.
(Letty Cottin Pogrebin (20th century), U.S. editor, writer. Family and Politics, ch. 6 (1983).)
Love wants to be confirmed with concrete symbols, but recklessness loves instability.
(Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Tetka, in Libussa, act 1 (1872).)
We love but once, for once only are we perfectly equipped for loving.
(Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 1 (1944, revised 1951).)
A woman one loves rarely suffices for all our needs, so we deceive her with another whom we do not love.
(Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. "Time Regained," vol. 12, ch. 1, Remembrance of Things Past (1927), trans. by Stephen Hudson (1931).)
Murder is born of love, and love attains the greatest intensity in murder.
(Octave Mirbeau (1850-1917), French journalist, author. "The Manuscript," The Torture Garden (1899).)
In every form of womanly love something of motherly love also comes to light.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 267, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Human, All-Too-Human, "Woman and Child," aphorism 392, "An Element of Love," (1878).)