|"There is only one kind of love, but there are a thousand different versions."
- La Rochefaucould
"Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within the reach of every hand."
- Mother Theresa
"Love is the strange bewilderment which overtakes one person on account of
- James Thurber & E.B. White
"Love ain’t nothing but sex misspelled."
- Harlan Ellison
"Love is one of many passions...and has no great influence on the sum of life."
- Samuel Johnson
"Where you find no love, put love, and you will find love."
- John of the Cross
"Love sought is good, but giv’n unsought is better."
- William Shakespeare
"Love is the wisdom of the fool, and the folly of the wise."
- Samuel Johnson
"The great tragedy in life is not that men perish, but that they cease to love."
- W. Somerset Maugham
"There is no greater glory than love, nor any greater punishment than jealousy."
- Lope de Vega
"Absence from whom we love is worse than death."
- William Cowper
"We do not love people so much for the good they have done us, as for the good we
have done them."
- Leo Tolstoy
"Love is a canvas, furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination."
"And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make."
- John Lennon / Paul McCartney
"In love the paradox occurs that two beings become one and yet remain two."
- Eric Fromm
"If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it."
- Ernest Hemingway
"Love is like an epidemic- the more one is afraid, the more vulnerable one is."
- S.R.N. Chamfort
"Love is a fiend, a fire, a heaven, a hell, where pleasure, pain, and sad repentance
- Richard Barnfield
"Our love must not be a thing of words and fine talk. It must be a thing of action and
- I John 3:18
"I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I've ever known."
- Walt Disney
"One forgives to the degree one loves."
- La Rochefaucould
"Two souls with but a single thought, two hearts that beat as one."
- Von Munch Bellinghausen
"The greater the man’s soul, the deeper he loves."
- Leonardo DaVinci
"No knight can be brave unless he is in love; Love gives the knight his courage."
- Philippe de Mezieres
"The giving of love is an education in itself."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
"A warrior is always joyful because his love is unalterable and his beloved, the earth,
embraces him and bestows upon him inconceivable gifts."
- Don Juan, Tales of Power by Carlos Castaneda
"I am two fools, I know, for loving, and for saying so in whining poetry."
"I love love."
- Too Much Coffee Man
"When you have nothing left but love, then for the first time you become aware that
love is enough."
"On this earth, though far and near, without love, there is only fear."
- Pearl S. Buck
"Love makes difficult things easy and almost unworthy of note."
- St. Thomas Aquinas
"In love there is always one who kisses, and one who offers the cheek."
- French Proverb
"Love is simple to understand if you haven’t got a mind soft and full of holes. It’s a
crutch, that’s all, and there isn’t any one of us that doesn’t need a crutch."
- Norman Mailer
"Oh, love’s but a dance, where time plays the fiddle."
- Henry Austin Dobson
"Love is letting go of fear."
- Gerald G. Jampolsky
"Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude.
Love does not insist upon it’s own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not
rejoice at wrong, but rejoices at the right. Love bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things."
- I Cor. 13:4-8 R.S.V.
"Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another."
- H.L. Mencken
"Love cures people - both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it."
- Dr. Karl Menninger
"The difference between sex and love is that sex relieves tension and love causes it."
- Woody Allen
"Love, like restaurant hash, must be taken with blind faith or it loses its flavor."
- Helen Rowland
"Love is the self-delusion we manufacture to justify the trouble we take to have sex."
- Dan Greenberg
"Sexual love makes of the loved person an object of appetite; as soon as that
appetite has been stilled, the person is cast aside as one casts away a lemon which
has been sucked dry."
- Immanuel Kant
"Love must be learned, and learned again; there is no end to it."
- Katherine Ann Porter
"Love is supreme and unconditional; like is nice but limited."
- Duke Ellington
"Any time that is not spent on love is wasted."
- Torquato Tasso
"Love is nothing but the fear of mortal man at the thought of solitude."
- Theodor Storm
"Love is a perky elf dancing a merry little jig and then suddenly he turns on you with
a miniature machine gun."
- Matt Groening
"Love is not for the easily defeated or the quickly disillusioned."
- Leo Buscaglia
"We cannot really love anybody with whom we never laugh."
- Agnes Repplier
"Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers
"The loving are the daring."
"Love is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties."
"Love is the idler's occupation, the warrior's relaxation, and the sovereign's
"There is the same difference in a person before and after he is in love, as there is
in an unlighted lamp and one that is burning."
-Vincent Van Gogh
"It is impossible to love and be wise."
"Listening is love in action."
"Love is a universal migraine, a bright stain on the vision, blotting out reason."
"There is abundant testimony that if we choose love rather than self, we gain
"Love's grimaces bear a strong resemblance to the truth."
"Who so loves believes the impossible."
-Elizabeth Barrett Browning
"Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all."
"It's better to have loved and lost, than to have loved and caught something."
-Too Much Coffee Man
"Another aspect of the pattern is that one falls in love not by design and conscious
choice, but according to some accident of fate over which the victim has no control."
-Sydney M. Greenfield
"Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired."
"Love lights more fire than hate extinguishes."
"Love withers under constraint; 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..."
"As long as one can admire and love, then one is young forever."
"Love is a furnace, but it will not cook the stew."
"...sooner or later we fall in love and that is a pretty strange business, too, another
wonderful, awful, sometimes unbelievable business."
"All life is a progression toward, and then recession from, one phrase--'I love you'."
-F. Scott Fitzgerald
"The heart has eyes which the brain knows nothing of."
"No human creature can give orders to love."
"True union, or Love Proper, exists only between living beings who are alike in
power and thus in one another's eyes."
"Our lives are shaped by those who love us and by those who refuse to love us."
"Love that does not reveal itself is as bitter as the flowers that grow among the
thickets on the moors in the summer."
"The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for
ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves."
"That desert of loneliness and recrimination that men call love."
"A grave mental disease."
"The paradox of love is that it is the highest degree of awareness of the self as a
person and the highest degree of absorption in the other."
"Tarzan, if he gave the matter much thought at all, probably reasoned that his
growing attachment for the young female could be easily accounted for by the fact
that of the former playmates she and he alone retained any desire to frolic as of old."
-Edgar Rice Burroughs
"He who wants to do good, knocks at the gate. He who loves, finds the gate open."
Love can do all but raise the dead."
"Love gives naught but itself and takes naught from itself. Love possesses naught,
nor would it be possessed; for love is sufficient to love."
"A hostile transaction, very necessary to keep the word going, but by no means a
sinecure to the parties concerned."
"Love is like the measles; we all have to go through it."
"You not only can't explain love...Actually, you can't even talk about it."
-Charlie Brown from Peanuts by Charles Schultz
"The speaking in a perpetual hyperbole is comely in nothing but love."
"The man who foolishly does me wrong, I will return to him the protection of my most
"Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love."
"Infatuation is when you think that he's as sexy as Robert Redford, as smart as
Henry Kissinger, as noble as Ralph Nader, as funny as Woody Allen, and as athletic
as Jimmy Conners. Love is when you realize that he's as sexy as Woody Allen, as
smart as Jimmy Conners, as funny as Ralph Nader, as athletic as Henry Kissinger,
and nothing like Robert Redford--but you'll take him anyway."
"Nothing else but an insatiate thirst of enjoying a greedily desired object."
"The best way to know God is to love many things."
Vincent Van Gogh
"Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence."
"Since we shall love each other, I shall be great, and you rich."
"If you would be loved, love and be lovable."
"The only way to speak the truth is to speak lovingly."
-Henry David Thoreau
"Gratitude looks to the past and love to the present..."
"Love kindled by virtue, always kindles another love, providing its flame shines forth."
"How bold one gets when one is sure of being loved!"
"Love yourself first and everything else falls in line."
"Loving, like prayer, is a power as well as a process."
"Romantic love is mental illness. But, it's a pleasurable one. It's a drug. It distorts
reality, and that's the point of it. It would be impossible to fall in love with someone
"Love, and a cough, cannot be hid."
"Love is a kind of warfare."
"If love is the answer, could you repeat the question?"
"Love does not consist in gazing at each other but looking in the same direction
-Antonne de Saint-Exupery
My love, she sleeps. Oh, may her sleep, as it is lasting, so be deep! Soft may the
worms around her creep!"
-Edgar Allen Poe
"Love is not the dying moan of a distant violin--it's the triumphant twang of a
"I've never loved another person the way I loved myself."
"When you're in love it's the most glorious two-and-a-half days of your life."
"Where love is concerned, too much is not even enough."
-Pierre-Augustin De Beaumarchais
"To love is to admire with the heart; to admire is to love with the mind."
"Thousands have lived without love, not one without water."
"The contact of two epidermises."
"In love it is the victim who looks most like the hero."
"Just another four letter word."
"Love and desire are the spirit's wings to great deeds."
"Love is an attempt to change a piece of the dream-world into reality."
"Say not you love a roasted fowl but you may love a screaming owl and, if you can,
the unwieldy toad..."
"Some people never say the words 'I Love you' for like a child they're longing to be
"Don't threaten me with love, baby."
"Love is an ideal thing, marriage is a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal
never goes unpunished."
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"Love is such a tissue of paradoxes, and exists in such endless variety of forms and
shades that you may say almost anything about it that you please, and it is likely to
"It's easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one's neighbor."
"Everything we do in life is based on fear, especially love."
"Love is so much better when you are not married."
""If I love you, what business is that of yours."
"Those who are faithless know the pleasures of love; it is the faithful who know love's
"He who is not impatient is not in love."
"There is a land of the living, and a land of the dead, and the bridge is love."
"I am sick of love."
|P O E T I C O N
|Elizabeth Barrett Browning
|Apr 21, 1816 - Mar 31, 1855
|Joyce Carol Oates
Jun 16, 1938 -
|1840 - 1928