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"No one else, Love, will sleep in my dreams. You will go, we will go together, over the waters of time. No one else will travel through the shadows with me, only you, evergreen, ever sun, ever moon." Pablo Neruda
One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life. That word is LOVE. -- Sophocles

“If you really want to know something, you have to be willing to pay the price.”
― Haruki Murakami, After Dark
 



Love is a moment that lasts forever...
Julie Wittey

We all want to fall in love. Why?
Because that experience makes us feel completely alive,
where every sense is heightened,
and every emotion is magnified.
Our everyday reality is shattered
and we are flying into the heavens.
It may only last a moment, an hour, or an afternoon,
but that doesn't diminish its value,
because we are left with memories
that we treasure for the rest of our lives.

From the movie The Mirror Has Two Faces 

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"One of the most amazing things that can happen is finding someone who sees everything you are and won’t let you be anything less. They see the potential of you. They see endless possibilities. And through their eyes, you start to see yourself the same way. As someone who matters. As someone who can make a difference in this world."
Susane Colasanti
 

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" We accept the love we think we deserve.”
Stephen Chbosky - The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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"Love…the beauty of it, the joy of it, and yes, even the pain of it, is a most incredible gift to give and to receive as a human being. And we deserve to experience love fully, equally, without shame, and without compromise."
Ellen Page

 

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"I’ve always found that the most beautiful people, truly beautiful inside and out, are the ones who are quietly unaware of their effect."
Jennifer L. Armentrout - Obsidian 

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"It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living, I want to know what you ache for. It doesn’t interest me how old you are, I want to know if you are willing to risk looking like a fool for love, for your dreams, for the adventure of being ...alive. I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine. It doesn’t interest me where you live or how rich you are, I want to know if you can get up after a night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and be sweet to the ones you love. I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and truly like the company you keep in the empty moments of your life."
Oriah Mountain Dreamer -
Konstantin Flavitsky - Princess Tarakanova 1864
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Do not stand at my grave and weep
by Mary Elizabeth Frye

Do not stand at my grave and weep:
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starshine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry:
I am not there; I did not die.
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How Do I Love Thee?
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints,—I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life!—and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

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"I will wait for you until I wither."
__ Khalid Musanna


“But you see, there is
a graveyard in my mouth
filled with words that
have died on my lips.”
— Emily Palermo

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“Blessed are the weird people - poets, misfits, writers, mystics, painters, troubadours - for they teach us to see the world through different eyes.”
— Jacob Nordby


“People often ask me questions that I cannot very well answer in words, and it makes me sad to think they are unable to hear the voice of my silence.”
— Inayat Khan


Sometimes someone says something really small and it just fits right into this empty place in your heart.


“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”
— Albert Camus


“And in the end, we were all just humans.. drunk on the idea that love, only love, could heal our brokenness.”
— F. Scott Fitzgerald


“I’m a mess of unfinished thoughts.”
— John Mayer


“My memory loves you; it asks about you all the time.”
— Jonathan Carroll


“You’re unforgettable; unimaginably, unbelievably, inconceivably unforgettable.”
— R.J. Lewis, Ignite
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"These woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep."
— Robert Frost

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“I desire the things that will destroy me in the end.”
― Sylvia Plath

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Eyes can only capture objects that already seen in mind.
And mind can only see things that already written in heart

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Love is all, it gives all and it takes all

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It's beauty that captures your attention , personality which captures your heart

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“Hearts are breakable,” Isabelle said. “And I think even when you heal, you’re never what you were before”
— Cassandra Clare

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“There is a place in the heart that will never be filled; a space. And even during the best moments, and the greatest times, we will know it.”
—Charles Bukowski
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“When you meditate the glory of the Divine shines forth. You realize then that all along there was something tremendous within you and you did not know it.”

~ Paramahansa Yogananda

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“nobody can save you but
yourself
and you’re worth saving.
it’s a war not easily won
but if anything is worth winning then
this is it.
think about it.
think about saving your self.”
—Charles Bukowski
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“We are each our own devil,
and we make this world our hell.”
— Oscar Wilde

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“Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”

—Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist
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“I’m tired, can’t think of anything and want only to lay my face in your lap, feel your hand on my head and remain like that through all eternity.”
— Franz Kafka, Letters to Milena

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“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget.”
— Arundhati Roy, The Cost of Living

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“There’s a wind
inside of me
that remembers.
Sometimes in
breaths,
sometimes in
hurricanes.”
— Maza-Dohta

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“Maybe...you'll fall in love with me all over again."
"Hell," I said, "I love you enough now. What do you want to do? Ruin me?"
"Yes. I want to ruin you."
"Good," I said. "That's what I want too.”
― Ernest Hemingway

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There's a moment
between a glance and a kiss
when the world stops
for the briefest of times.
And the only thing between us
is the anticipation
of your lips on mine.
A moment
so intense,
it hangs in the air
as it pulls us closer.
A moment
so perfect
that when it comes to an end,
we realize;
it's only just the beginning.
- Unknown

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I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free. - Nikos Kazantzakis

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“You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you have never had the courage to commit.”
--Lord Henry

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“Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worst kind of suffering.”

― Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

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She asked, ‘you are in love, what does love look like?’ To which I replied, ‘like everything I’ve ever lost came back to me.' ~ Nayyirah Waheed

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"You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope…I have loved none but you."
~Jane Austen

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“Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.” John Keats.

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“Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape.”

― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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“The thing is, that when you're young, you always think you'll meet all sorts of wonderful people, that drifting apart and losing friends is natural. You don't worry, at first, about the friends you leave behind. But as you get older, it gets harder to build friendships. Too many defenses, too little opportunity. You get busy. And by the time you realize that you've lost the dearest best friend you've ever had, years have gone by and you're mature enough to be embarrassed by your attitude and, frankly, by your arrogance.”

― Kate Jacobs, The Friday Night Knitting Club

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“Dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough. You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.”

― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

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“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.” ― Oscar Wilde

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“Some nights, alone, he thinks of her, and some nights, alone, she thinks of him. Some night these thoughts, separated by miles and time zones, occur at the same objective moment, and Ray and Mirabelle are connected without ever knowing it... " - Steve Martin

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"Speak low if you speak love." W. S.

"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle."

“Beautiful things don’t ask for attention”
— Sean O’Connell

“Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.”
--Walt Whitman

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1. Ernest Hemingway to Marlene Dietrich

“I can’t say how every time I ever put my arms around you I felt that I was home.”


Napoleon to Josephine

Paris, December 1795

I wake filled with thoughts of you. Your portrait and the intoxicating evening which we spent yesterday have left my senses in turmoil. Sweet, incomparable Josephine, what a strange effect you have on my heart!... but is there still more in store for me when, yielding to the profound feelings which overwhelm me, I draw from your lips, from your heart a love which consumes me with fire? Ah! it was last night that I fully realized how false an image of you your portrait gives! You are leaving at noon; I shall see you in three hours.
Until then, mio dolce amor, a thousand kisses; but give me none in return, for they set my blood on fire.

Frida Kahlo to Diego Rivera

“Nothing compares to your hands, nothing like the green-gold of your eyes. My body is filled with you for days and days. You are the mirror of the night. The violent flash of lightning. The dampness of the earth. The hollow of your armpits is my shelter. My fingers touch your blood. All my joy is to feel life spring from your flower-fountain that mine keeps to fill all the paths of my nerves which are yours.”

Georgia O’Keeffe to Alfred Stieglitz

“Dearest — my body is simply crazy with wanting you — If you don’t come tomorrow — I don’t see how I can wait for you — I wonder if your body wants mine the way mine wants yours — the kisses — the hotness — the wetness — all melting together — the being held so tight that it hurts — the strangle and the struggle.”

5. Beethoven to his "Immortal Beloved"

“Though still in bed, my thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved, Be calm-love me-today-yesterday-what tearful longings for you-you-you-my life-my all-farewell. Oh continue to love me-never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved. Ever thine. Ever mine. Ever ours.”

Ronald Reagan to Nancy Reagan

“The important thing is I don’t want to be without you for the next 20 years, or 40, or however many there are. I’ve gotten very used to being happy and I love you very much indeed.”

Oscar Wilde to Lord Alfred Douglas

“Everyone is furious with me for going back to you, but they don’t understand us. I feel that it is only with you that I can do anything at all. Do remake my ruined life for me, and then our friendship and love will have a different meaning to the world. I wish that when we met at Rouen we had not parted at all. There are such wide abysses now of space and land between us. But we love each other.”

Vita Sackville-West to Virginia Woolf

“But oh my dear, I can’t be clever and stand-offish with you: I love you too much for that. Too truly. You have no idea how stand-offish I can be with people I don’t love. I have brought it to a fine art. But you have broken down my defenses. And I don’t really resent it.”

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How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43)
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

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“Let me tell you this: if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it's not because they enjoy solitude. It's because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.”

― Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper

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“…your eyes have their silence;
in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,
or which I cannot touch because they are too near”

— E.E. Cummings

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“I smile slightly, looking toward the sky, knowing there’s one thing I still haven’t told you: I now believe, by the way, that miracles can happen.”

__ A Walk to Remember, Nicholas Sparks
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Can miles truly separate you from friends... If you want to be with someone you love, aren't you already there?
Richard Bach

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No prayer is complete without presence.

"Love is hate. War is Peace. No is Yes. And we're all free"

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When I die...
when my coffin
is being taken out
you must never think
i am missing this world

don't shed any tears
don't lament or
feel sorry
i'm not falling
into a monster's abyss

  when you see
my corpse is being carried
don't cry for my leaving
i'm not leaving
i'm arriving at eternal love

when you leave me
in the grave
don't say goodbye
remember a grave is
only a curtain
for the paradise behind

you'll only see me
descending into a grave
now watch me rise
how can there be an end
when the sun sets or
the moon goes down

it looks like the end
it seems like a sunset
but in reality it is a dawn
when the grave locks you up
that is when your soul is freed

have you ever seen
a seed fallen to earth
not rise with a new life
why should you doubt the rise
of a seed named human

have you ever seen
a bucket lowered into a well
coming back empty
why lament for a soul
when it can come back
like Joseph from the well

when for the last time
you close your mouth
your words and soul
will belong to the world of
no place no time

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I love you because I know no other way

I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
I love you because I know no other way

than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.
-- Pablo Neruda

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Love is not a feeling. Love is an action, an activity... Genuine love implies commitment and the exercise of wisdom... love as the will to extend oneself for the purpose of nurturing one's own or another's spiritual growth... true love is an act of will that often transcends ephemeral feelings of love or cathexis, it is correct to say, 'Love is as love does'.
Scott Peck

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“Your tears come easy, when you're young, and beginning the world. Your tears come easy, when you're old, and leaving it. I burst out crying.”
― from "The Moonstone"

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“What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.”
Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

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“And remember this, that if you’ve been hated, you’ve also been loved.”
Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady

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"It is as painful perhaps to be awakened from a vision as to be born."
-- James Joyce

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“A man can never have too much red wine, too many books, or too much ammunition”
Rudyard Kipling
— in Indien.

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"Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic."

- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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"You can still die when the sun is shining."
James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

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"There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, Morrel, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life."
--Le comte de Monte Cristo (The Count of Monte Cristo) (1845–1846) by Alexandre Dumas, père

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Love is the extra effort we make in our dealings with those whom we do not like and once you understand that, you understand all. This idea that love overtakes you is nonsense. This is but a polite manifestation of sex. To love another you have to undertake some fragment of their destiny.
Quentin Crisp

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"I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being, with an independent will; which I now exert to leave you.”
― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

I can see you're sad even when you smile even when you laugh I can see it in your eayes. Deep inside you wanna cry.  -- Eminem

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Man is torn away from his primary union with nature, which characterizes animal existence. Having at the same time reason and imagination, he is aware of his aloneness and separateness; of his powerlessness and ignorance; of the accidentalness of his birth and death. He could not face this state of being for a second if he could not find new ties with his fellow man which replace the old ones regulated by instincts. Even if all his physiological needs were satisfied, he would experience his state of aloneness and individuation as a prison from which he had to break in order to preserve his sanity. (...) the necessity to unite with other living beings, to be related to them, is an imperative need on the fulfilment of which man's sanity depends. This need is behind all phenomena which constitute the whole gamut of intimate human relations, of all passions which are called love in the broadest sense of the word
Erich Fromm, The Sane Society

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Love is when you look into someone's eyes and see their heart.
Jill Petty

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I've been down and
I'm wondering why
These little black clouds
Keep walking around
With me
With me
  It wastes time
And I'd rather be high
Think I'll walk me outside
And buy a rainbow smile
But be free
They're all free
  So maybe tomorrow
I'll find my way home
So maybe tomorrow
I'll find my way home
  I look around at a beautiful life
Been the upperside of down
Been the inside of out
But we breathe
We breathe
  I wanna breeze and an open mind
I wanna swim in the ocean
Wanna take my time for me
All me
  So maybe tomorrow
I'll find my way home
So maybe tomorrow
I'll find my way home
  I'll find my way home

Charles Bukowski
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When love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions
May wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams
As the north wind lays waste the garden.
For even as love crowns you
So shall he crucify you.
Even as he is for your growth
So is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses
Your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and
Shake them in their clinging to the earth.
Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

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For love … has two faces; one white, the other black; two bodies; one smooth, the other hairy. It has two hands, two feet, two tails, two, indeed, of every member and each one is the exact opposite of the other. Yet, so strictly are they joined together that you cannot separate them.
Virginia Woolf

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What if I had never met you? Who would I be today?

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She says things with her eyes that men can not put into words.

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When i close my eyes All I see is you.

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There's such a thing as trying too hard
You got to sing like you don't need the money
Love like you'll never get hurt
You got to dance, dance, dance like nobody's watching
It's gotta come from the heart if you want it to work
Susana Clark & Richard Leigh, Come from the heart,

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There is a comfort in the strength of love
'Twill make a thing endurable
Which else would overset the brain
Or break the human heart.
William Wordsworth, Michael, lines 456-460

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"I just miss you, in a quite simple desperate human way. Oh my dear, I can’t be clever and stand-offish with you: I love you too much for that. Too truly.You have no idea how stand-offish I can be with people I don’t love. I have brought it to a fine art. But you have broken down my defences. And I don’t really resent it.

Virginia Volf

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There is love of course. And then there's life, its enemy.
Jean Anouilh 

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Art is not necessary at all. All that is necessary to make this world a better place to live in is to love-to love as Christ loved, as Buddha loved.
Isadora Duncan

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Unless it's mad, passionate, Extraordinary love, It's a waste of your time. There are too many mediocre things in life Love shouldn't be one of them.
Movie: Dream for an Insomniac

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A pity beyond all telling Is hid in the heart of love.
W. B. Yeats

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Will you still love me when I'm sixty-four?
Paul McCartney

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And yet, to say the truth, reason and love
keep little company together now-a-days.
William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

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In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities.
Janos Arany


Don’t search for heaven and hell in the future. Both are now present. Whenever we manage to love without expectations, calculations, negotiations, we are indeed in heaven. Whenever we fight, hate, we are in hell.

~ Shams Tabrizi

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There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer;
no disease that enough love will not heal;
no door that enough love will not open;
no gulf that enough love will not bridge;
no wall that enough love will not throw down;
no sin that enough love will not redeem...
It makes no difference how deeply seated may be the trouble;
how hopeless the outlook; how muddled the tangle; how great the mistake.
A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all.
If only you could love enough you would be
the happiest and most powerful being in the world...
Emmet Fox

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For aught that I could ever read,
Could ever hear by tale or history,
The course of true love never did run smooth.
William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

And yet, to say the truth, reason and love
keep little company together now-a-days.
William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Of all the pain, the greatest pain,
It is to love, but in vain.
Abraham Cowle

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We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence,
and its only end.
Benjamin Disraeli, Sibyl

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They sin who tell us Love can die:
With Life all other passions fly,
All others are but vanity.
Robert Southey, The Curse of Kehama

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To love someone is to isolate him from the world, wipe out every trace of him, dispossess him of his shadow, drag him into a murderous future. It is to circle around the other like a dead star and absorb him into a black light.
Jean Baudrillard

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The desire for possession is insatiable, to such a point that it can survive even love itself. To love, therefore, is to sterilize the person one loves.
Albert Camus

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Love and a red nose can't be hid.
Thomas Holcroft, Duplicity

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I feel it when I when I sorrow most:
It is better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.
Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam

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God, from a beautiful necessity, is Love.
Martin Farquhar Tupper, Of Immortality

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If you say, I love you, then you have already fallen in love with language, which is already a form of break up and infidelity.
Jean Baudrillard

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Perfect love is rare indeed -
for to be a lover will require that you continually
have the subtlety of the very wise,
the flexibility of the child, the sensitivity of the artist,
the understanding of the philosopher, the acceptance of the saint,
the tolerance of the scholar and the fortitude of the certain.
Leo Buscaglia

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I don't want to live - I want to love first, And live incidentally.
Zelda Fitzgerald

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 When we understand that man is the only animal who must create meaning, who must open a wedge into neutral nature, we already understand the essence of love. Love is the problem of an animal who must find life, create a dialogue with nature in order to experience his own being.
Ernest Becker

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There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
Bible, New Testament, 1 John 4:18.

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I f thou must love me, let it be for nought
Except for love's sake only. Do not say,
I love her for her smile … her look … her way
Of speaking gently … for a trick of thought
That falls in well with mine, and, certes, brought
A sense of pleasant ease on such a day-
For these things in themselves, Beloved, may
Be changed, or change for thee-and love so wrought,
May be unwrought so.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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For one human being to love another:
that is perhaps the most difficult of our tasks;
the ultimate, the last test and proof,
the work for which all other work is but preparation.
Rainer Maria Rilke

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Madame, it is an old word and each one takes it new and wears it out himself. It is a word that fills with meaning as a bladder with air and the meaning goes out of it as quickly. It may be punctured as a bladder is punctured and patched and blown up again and if you have not had it it does not exist for you. All people talk of it, but those who have had it are marked by it, and I would not wish to speak of it further since of all things it is the most ridiculous to talk of and only fools go through it many times.
Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon, ch. 11                          

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Do you love me because I am beautiful,
or am I beautiful because you love me?
Cinderella
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Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking.
It is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
Bible, Corinthians 13:4-8

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I regard as a mortal sin not only the lying of the senses in matters of love, but also the illusion which the senses seek to create where love is only partial. I say, I believe, that one must love with all of one's being, or else live, come what may, a life of complete chastity.
George Sand

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At any rate, let us love for a while, for a year or so, you and me. That's a form of divine drunkenness that we can all try.
F. Scott Fitzgerald

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If I place love above everything, it is because for me it is the most desperate, the most despairing state of affairs imaginable.
André Breton

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                        Love seeketh only self to please,
To bind another to its delight,
Joys in another's loss of ease,
And builds a Hell in Heaven's despite.
William Blake

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A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.
Mahatma Gandhi

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Love reckons hours for months, and days for years;
And every little absence is an age.
John Dryden, Amphitryon

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Romantic love, in pornography as in life, is the mythic celebration of female negation. For a woman, love is defined as her willingness to submit to her own annihilation…. The proof of love is that she is willing to be destroyed by the one whom she loves, for his sake. For the woman, love is always self-sacrifice, the sacrifice of identity, will, and bodily integrity, in order to fulfill and redeem the masculinity of her lover.
Andrea Dworkin

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All is fair in love and war.
Francais Edward Smedley, Frank Fairleigh

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If only the strength of the love that people feel when it is reciprocated could be as intense and obsessive as the love we feel when it is not; then marriages would be truly made in heaven.
Ben Elton

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Well, love is insanity. The ancient Greeks knew that. It is the taking over of a rational and lucid mind by delusion and self-destruction. You lose yourself, you have no power over yourself, you can't even think straight.
Marilyn French

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Then, must you speak
Of one that loved not wisely but too well.
William Shakespeare, Othello

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Art is not necessary at all. All that is necessary to make this world a better place to live in is to love-to love as Christ loved, as Buddha loved.
Isadora Duncan

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When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving one's self, and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.

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Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs,
Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers' eyes,
Being vexed, a sea nourished with lovers' tears.
What is it else? A madness most discreet,
A choking gall and a preserving sweet.
William Shakespeare

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Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. Everything is united by it alone. Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source.
Leo Tolstoy

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I do not think that what is called Love at first sight is so great an absurdity as it is sometimes imagined to be. We generally make up our minds beforehand to the sort of person we should like, grave or gay, black, brown, or fair; with golden tresses or raven locks;-and when we meet with a complete example of the qualities we admire, the bargain is soon struck.
William Hazlitt

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Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but
from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For love is sufficient unto love.
Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet 

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I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I've led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I've loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough.
Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

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For it is the suffering flesh, it is suffering, it is death, that lovers perpetuate upon the earth. Love is at once the brother, son, and father of death, which is its sister, mother, and daughter. And thus it is that in the depth of love there is a depth of eternal despair, out of which springs hope and consolation.
Miguel de Unamuno

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A man has only one escape from his old self: to see a different self-in the mirror of some woman's eyes.
Clare Boothe Luce,

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If you have it [love], you don't need to have anything else, and if you don't have it, it doesn't matter much what else you have.
Sir James M. Barrie


Mine ear is much enamoured of thy note;
So is mine eye enthrallèd to thy shape;
And thy fair virtue's force perforce doth move me
On the first view to say, to swear, I love thee.
William Shakespeare

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He who wants to do good, knocks at the gate; he who loves finds the gates open.
Rabindranath Tagore, Thakur

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There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer, no disease that enough love will not heal, no door that enough love will not bridge, no wall that enough love will not throw down, no sin that enough love will not redeem... It makes no difference how deeply seated may be the trouble, how hopeless the outlook, how muddled the tangle, how great the mistake. A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all. If only you could love enough, you could be the happiest and most powerful being in the world...
Emmet Fox

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People who are not in love fail to understand how an intelligent man can suffer because of a very ordinary woman. This is like being surprised that anyone should be stricken with cholera because of a creature so insignificant as the comma bacillus.
Marcel Proust, Remembrance of Things Past, vol. 2, "Swann's Way: Swann in Love"

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When desire, having rejected reason and overpowered judgment which leads to right, is set in the direction of the pleasure which beauty can inspire, and when again under the influence of its kindred desires it is moved with violent motion towards the beauty of corporeal forms, it acquires a surname from this very violent motion, and is called love.
Socrates, Quoted in: Plato, Phaedrus.

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Yet each man kills the thing he loves,
from all let this be heard.
Some does it with a bitter look,
some with a flattering word.
The coward does it with a kiss
the brave man with the sword
Oscar Wilde, Ballad of Reading Gaol

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Love built on beauty, soon as beauty, dies.
John Donne


True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about but few have seen.
Unknown

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A relationship is like a rose,
How long it lasts, no one knows;
Love can erase an awful past,
Love can be yours, you'll see at last;
To feel that love, it makes you sigh,
To have it leave, you'd rather die;
You hope you've found that special rose,
Cause you love and care for the one you chose.
Rob Cella

Come live with me, and be my love,
And we will some new pleasures prove
Of golden sands, and crystal brooks,
With silken lines, and silver hooks.
John Donne

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They do not love that do not show their love.
John Heywood, Proverbs


Love (understood as the desire of good for another) is in fact so unnatural a phenomenon that it can scarcely repeat itself, the soul being unable to become virgin again and not having energy enough to cast itself out again into the ocean of another's soul.
James Joyce, Notes to the play Exiles

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Love: Two minds without a single thought.
Philip Barry


“If I could be half the person my dog is, I'd be twice the human I am.”
Author Charles Yu, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

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What the world needs now,  Is love, Sweet love.

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

Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another.
H. L. Mencken

Love doesn't make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.
Franklin P. Jones

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We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it's going to get on by itself. You've got to keep watering it. You've got to really look after it and nurture it.
John Lennon


If you cannot inspire a woman with love of you, fill her above the brim with love of herself; all that runs over will be yours.
Charles Caleb Colton

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Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything it's cracked up to be. That's why people are so cynical about it…. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.
Erica Jong

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"We are told that people stay in love because of chemistry, or because they remain intrigued with each other, because of many kindnesses, because of luck . . . But part of it has got to be forgiveness and gratefulness.
Ellen Goodman

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Today I begin to understand what love must be, if it exists... When we are parted, we each feel the lack of the other half of ourselves. We are incomplete like a book in two volumes of which the first has been lost. That is what I imagine love to be: incompleteness in absence.
Goncourt

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Many people when they fall in love look for a little haven of refuge from the world, where they can be sure of being admired when they are not admirable, and praised when they are not praiseworthy.
Bertrand Russell

There is no remedy for love but to love more.
Henry David Thoreau

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


Love expects no reward. Love knows no fear. Love Divine gives - does not demand. Love thinks no evil; imputes no motive. To Love is to share and serve.
Sivananda


To love at all is to be vulnerable.
C.S. Lewis

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

Some people never say those words: 'I love you' But, like a child, they're longing to be told.
Paul Simon

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Like the measles, love is most dangerous when it comes late in life.
Lord Byron 


Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey
Lord Byron, The Giaour

To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven.
Karen Sunde 

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Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life.
Leo Buscaglia

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Pains of love be sweeter far
Than all other pleasures are.
Jon Dryden


For one human being to love another; that is perhaps the most difficult of our tasks; the ultimate, the last test and proof; the work for which all other work is but preparation
Rainer Maria Rilke

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Then, must you speak
Of one that loved not wisely but too well.
William Shakespeare, Othello

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If the universe has any purpose more important then topping a woman you love and making a baby with her hearty help, I have never heard of it.
Lazarus Long

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All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt!
Lucy Van Pelt


Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
Aristotle


The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed.
J. Krishnamurti

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Love is being stupid together.
Paul Valery


All our young lives we search for someone to love, someone who makes us complete. We choose partners and change partners. We dance to a song of heartbreak and hope, all the while wondering if somewhere and somehow there is someone searching for us.
The Wonder Years

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...so in love the heart surrenders itself entirely to the one being known how to touch it. That being is not selected but recognized and obeyed.
George Santayana

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“Have you ever lost someone you love and wanted one more conversation, one more chance to make up for the time when you thought they would be here forever? If so, then you know you can go your whole life collecting days, and none will outweigh the one you wish you had back."  Mitch Albom 

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Today is your day to let go of things which no longer serve you and your evolution.

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“One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time " - Carl Sagan

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Love is often nothing but a favorable exchange between two people who get the most of what they can expect, considering their value on the personality market.
Erich Fromm

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Love enables you to put your deepest feelings and fears in the palm of your partner's hand, knowing they will be handled with care.
Carl S. Avery

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Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives there is desire; to our sons, ambition; but to our daughters there is something which there are no words to express.
Joseph Addison

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When others asked the truth of me, I was convinced it was not the truth they wanted, but an illusion they could bear to live with - Anais Nin

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"You are so brave and quiet I forget you are suffering."
— Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

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“Do not tell everyone your story. You will only end up feeling more rejected. People cannot give you what you long for in your heart. The more you expect from people’s response to your experience of abandonment, the more you will feel exposed to ridicule.”

__ Henri J.M. Nouwen

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Where there is love there is life.
Unknown

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All is fair in love and war.
Francais Edward Smedley, Frank Fairleigh

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“Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way...”
~ Martin Luther King Jr.

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It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving.
Mother Teresa

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You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back.
Barbara DeAngelis

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Love and you will be loved, and you will be able to do all that you could not do unloved.
Marques de Santillana

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A part of you has grown in me. And so you see, it's you and me together forever and never apart, maybe in distance, but never in heart.
unknown

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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

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Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.
James Baldwin

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Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread, re-made all the time, made new.
Ursula K. Le Guin

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Once I dropped a tear in the ocean. When I find it is when I'll stop loving you.
Anonymous

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“...So I stopped talking about it. There's no need to talk, because the truth of what one says lies in what one does "
Bernhard Schlink - The Reader

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He who is in love with himself has at least this advantage he won't encounter many rivals.
George C. Lichtenberg

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Let no one who loves be unhappy. Even love unreturned has its rainbow
James Mathhew Barrie

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We are shaped and fashioned by what we love
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned,
Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.
William Congreve, The Mourning Bride


There is no distance too great between friends, for love gives wings to the heart.
Unknown

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Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

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In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing.
Mignon McLaughlin


“Listening is the most dangerous thing of all, listening means knowing, finding out about something and knowing what’s going on, our ears don’t have lids that can instinctively close against the words uttered, they can’t hide from what they sense they’re about to hear, it’s always too late.”

-- Javier Marías, A Heart So White


"Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet... then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can."
--Ishmael in "Moby Dick"

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What a man takes in by contemplation, that he pours out in love.
Meister Eckhart 

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To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven.
Karen Sunde 


How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43)
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

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Each moment of a happy lover's hour is worth an age of dull and common life.
Aphra Behn

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You don't love a woman because she is beautiful, but she is beautiful because you love her
Unknown

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We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly embracing each other.
Liciano De Crescenzo

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To love is not to look at one another, but to look together in the same direction
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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Love is often nothing but a favorable exchange between two people who get the most of what they can expect, considering their value on the personality market.
Erich Fromm

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Who travels for love finds a thousand miles not longer than one.
Japanese Proverb

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The truth is that there is only one terminal dignity - love. And the story of a love is not important -what is important is that one is capable of love. It is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.
Helen Hayes

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I know that somewhere in the Universe exists my perfect soulmate
but looking for her is much more difficult than just staying at home and ordering another pizza.
Alf Whit

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The soul that can speak through the eyes can also kiss with a gaze.
Gustavo Adolfo Becquer

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The reduction of the universe to a single being,the expansion of a single being even to God, this is love.
Victor Hugo

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If love is the answer, could you please rephrase the question?
Lily Tomlin

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

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Love is something eternal; the aspect may change, but not the essence.
Vincent Van Gough

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Take away love, and our earth is a tomb
Robert Browning, Fra Lippo Lippi

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There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.
George Sands

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May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

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To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.
Unknown

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You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back.
Barbara DeAngelis

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When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. Jimi Hendrix

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Once I dropped a tear in the ocean. When I find it is when I'll stop loving you. Anonymous

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Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.
Sydney Smith

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Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
Lao-Tzu

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Pure love and suspicion cannot dwell together: at the door where the latter enters, the former makes its exit.
Alexandre Dumas

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

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Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it enkindles the great.
Comte DeBussy-Rabutin

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... and the only measure of your worth and your deeds will be the love you leave behind when you're gone.
Fred Small, Everything Possible
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The magic of the first love is the ignorance that it can never end.
Disraeli
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Love has its own time, its own season, and its own reasons from coming and going. You cannot bribe it or coerce it or reason it into staying. You can only embrace it when it arrives and give it away when it comes to you.
Kent Nerburn
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Love is not something you feel. It's something you do.
David Wilkerson

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No love, no friendship, can cross the path of our destiny without leaving some mark on it forever.
Francois Mocuriac

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Love doesn't make the world go round, it makes the ride worthwhile.
F.P. Jones

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Life without love is like a tree without blossom and fruit.
Kahlil Gibran

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Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it is found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration.
D.H.Lawrence

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When we come to the last moment of this lifetime, and we look back across it, the only thing that's going to matter is "What was the quality of our love?"
Richard Bach

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Love is but another name for that inscrutable presence by which the soul is connected with humanity.
William Simms

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In art as in love, instinct is enough.
Anatole France

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Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.
Bertrand Russell

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Every city has a sex and an age which have nothing to do with demography. Rome is feminine. So is Odessa. London is a teenager, an urchin, and, in this, hasn't changed since the time of Dickens. Paris, I believe, is a man in his twenties in love with an older woman.
John Berger

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A heart in love with beauty never grows old.
Turkish Proverb

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She fights and vanquishes in me, and i live and breathe in her, and i have life and being.
Migeul de Cervantes

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The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved
Victor Hugo

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It is love alone that gives worth to all things.
Santa Teresa de Jesus

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Love, you are eternal like springtime.
Juan Ramon Jiminez

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Beauty in not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.
Kahlil Gibran

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Harmony is pure love, for love is a concerto.
Lope de Vega

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Without love, the world itself would not survive.
Lope de Vega
























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