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“Daytime Rivals,

Nighttime Lovers”

They Debated Each Other Under The Senate Dome, But they

Loved Each Other Under The Sheets At Night. They met in

The Senate, secretly courted, and coitus followed as sure as the night, the day–not always followed by matrimony when they were cheating on a marriage partners at home

Blair McFadden

And Denny Hennessy

 

Prologue

Should a conservative even think about dating and marrying a liberal? Can they be happy and enrich each other’s lives? Importantly, will they remain married for a lifetime?—all without compromising their own ideals?

   It’s a rocky road—holding fast to principles when your lover is constantly taking potshots at your platform. That was Senator Bruce Brady’s dilemma when his wife died and he discovered most of the cute senators were democrats.

   Senator Brady asked himself: why can’t it be like in the movies–a guy sees a potential mate across a crowded room; they meet, date, fall in love, and marry, just like on the big screen–without all my political constraints and worries? Perhaps a bit naïve, but this lawmaker liked to think outside the box.

   Then it was clear. I was dating other politicians because the Senate has so few recesses and I’m sixty and haven’t much time.

   Sure, I may fall on my face, but that’s how we learn. Can a teenager learn to drive without a fender-bender? Rarely. Neither can the world expect me, a very chaste but serious love-struck man, to fly through a relationship unscathed into a second marriage.

   Some of the girls I meet in the Senate are like feisty little puppy dogs wagging their tails. Like me, they’re sexually deprived, and you still think all the problem is with the horny men? What about kinky women? Life would be too sane and easy without some trial and error.

   Sex used to send messages portending promise of marriage. Now it merely paints over pent up desires and emotions on both sides. The mental part sucks. That’s what this is about—the romantic arrows people like me fly, and the resulting errors we must overcome to gain true felicity and connubial bliss. The latter means a satisfying sexual relationship between a man and a woman in an almost true relationship; and as Barney, my auto mechanic, says, it’s a little more complicated than just matching the thread size of the she-bolt with the he-screw as they joyously wind together. How blatant and crass can Barney get?

   My wife died a month ago and I’m a Constitutional Conservative grasping for courage to carry on. Character and reputation are hard to retain when you’re secretly running around like I am looking for a new wife and your most attractive choices are democrats.

   Not that my mind is full of fantasies. I’m primarily a nuts and bolts guy. Though now and then I fanaticize, seeing myself making out with a cute new senator, but I’m conservative in everything else. Not in my wildest dreams do I see a babe spanking me on top of the covers during working hours, as if my first name was Bill. I know that later we will be judged by God not only by our acts but even our thoughts. 

   I’m a principled mature man of high character, but I have dreamed of being the only male in a room full of naked women. I have done enough bad things in my life for ten people, but I’m still a complete idiot on romancing women. You could say I’m just a natural, connubial man in a jungle of overweight, used but conjugally-inclined women.

   I won my senate seat standing on principle and courage, not visiting a whore house and a soft bed with a woman in it as I do in this novel. I don’t make deals, but because some women see me as a soft touch I have been known, like Bill, to put myself in compromising positions, undermining my integrity.  No deals is my goal, but I fall short.

   A great man said such uncompromising courage brings the smile of God’s approval. What separates me from other men? I’d like to think I have the spleen to live decently and avoid being a moral coward. Cowards are afraid to do what is right because they think others will disapprove or laugh. I didn’t say I don’t have urges. God gave all men sexual desires. All creatures have urges, but those who face their fears and control their libido with dignity have courage as well.  

   I don’t mind the urges. I like them as much as the crudest man on earth and everyone should. Lack of sexual urges is as much a threat to mankind as nuclear annihilation. Low libido is also a warning that soon your body will reside in a wooden box six feet under. Sexual sensation is key, since it determines whether the human race lasts or fades away. God created the world. He also specifically made man and woman attractive to one another so they would literally bubble over with outright sexual desire, but sometimes people run around working their tails off to pay for sports cars and college educations, forgetting that desire is what made this country great. 

 

December 21

The call came when I least expected it, four days before Christmas, a snowy Wednesday afternoon. Wyla had been hosting her bridge club consisting of four close neighbors in Arlington, Virginia.

   Beth Anderson, Wyla’s closest friend, was on the phone. She said Wyla was preparing the dining room table for the luncheon when suddenly she collapsed on the floor.

   They frantically tried to revive her, administering mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.  Paramedics arrived, but she never gained consciousness. This was just like Wyla, in the middle of project to benefit several grand ladies when she passes. She was a doer, a person who was all the time in the middle of her work and the conversation in Washington.

   Her heart stopped beating almost forty years after we had met at the University of North Carolina, forty extraordinary years. I had spent half a lifetime with her. Wyla was fifty nine and I was sixty, and in spite of everything she had accomplished, she still seemed young.

   There was a vibrancy to her, an energy, an urgency in doing good, a driving force. To me she was like a shooting star trapped in the body and soul of one woman, always pushing forward, skyrocketing toward unseen goals.

   She had vision and brilliance and excitement like no one else. I recognized it from the time we met. I had always known it. By far, she would have made a better senator than I; but she told me, even when I suggested she run, that her purpose in life was to support my goals, not to push herself ahead of me. “You’re goals are my goals and we are one. I joy in your accomplishments, Bruce Brady, just as much as you do in mine, dear.”

   I hadn’t always understood it, but from the first—even without knowing who she was—I had known she was different and important, and special, and very, very rare.

   I had felt her to the core, deep down in my bones. Over the years I had become part of her soul. I was not always the most comfortable part of her, or even of myself. But I knew I was a major part of her, and had been for a long time.

   There had been clashes over the years, and explosions—peaks and valleys, mountain tops, sun rises and sun sets and peaceful times. She had been the ultimate to me. Had the Queen of Sheba been available, I still would have married Wyla. She had been my Mount Everest, a place that I had always wanted to reach. We gave profound meaning to each other’s life, and color and depth.

   We had frightened each other profoundly at times. She disliked political debate and anger. She was afraid that I would destroy myself—being so close to so many in office who were evil, not living Christ-like lives at all.

   Greater and greater love, peace, and acceptance came with the passage of time and as we grew old together.

   The lessons we experienced had been hard learned. Those lessons also had been hard won and hard earned. Wyla and I had become the other’s greatest challenge, embodied each other’s worst fears, and had healed each other. After a hard week she would console me by spraying the arthritic and sore spots on my body with vinegar and rubbing my back with aloa. What a wife, what a friend. What a perfect example of love and compassion she was to me and our son, Scott.

   In time, Wyla and I fit together like two pieces of a puzzle, with no sharp edges and no seams. But now the puzzle was broken, the most important piece was gone and I didn’t think I would ever be able to replace her. There was no one in the world who could understand Scott and me with so much compassion and love. For a time, I consoled my broken heart by saying I would never find another Wyla, so why even look. It could just bring more heartache and unpleasantness. 

   I told my office staff what had happened and gave instructions that I would not be in the rest of the week, until after the funeral and Christmas.

   I called our bishop and planned the funeral. He was the most loving and consoling man in the world and made himself available to our family as I began to mourn for the perfect piece now missing in our marriage montage, the one person that made life worthwhile, real and meaningful. Could my life could never be the same?   

 

February 5

Charlie Lock is a journalist for Public Radio Exchange in Durham, North Carolina. I met him a few tears ago and saw gun last year at one of my rallies. Since then, he and I have become fast friends. I liked him so much that I named him member of my senate advisory committee. He called me this morning and asked if I was free for lunch and I said yes. He wasn’t going to eat with me. What he meant was, could he interview me at noon today.

   Seated alone for lunch at the Mango Nut Factory, a fun little eatery on the east end of town, I called him on the phone and told him I wanted to use him as a sounding board, that I was about at the end of my rope and needed some advice.

   “I’m sorry I couldn’t be in town for your wife’s funeral,” he started.I imagined his forehead knotting up, showing true concern because that was just the way he was. I appreciate your concern, Charlie. But even close congressional friends did not attend, so what else is new. We had a very private funteral service in our church and I know that’s the way Wyla would have wanted it.”  

   I paused to collect myself. “What I need from you today, Charlie, is a little home town wisdom. I know you were in the state legislature when you met Lizzy, right?”

   “That’s right, why?”

   “You’re a republican conservative and you married a democrat progressive. How’s that working out for you?”

   There was a long pause. I knew there was something wrong. “Tell me what happened, Charlie.”

   “How can you tell there’s something wrong, my friend? I’m not there and we’re not on Skype.” he said.

   “You sound worried, Charlie.”

   “I am. Lizzy has moved out. She said—and these are her words—our little farce-of-a marriage is all wrong. I want out because all we do is argue politics. That’s no way to spend evening after evening. I thought you loved me, but you are a damned conservative in every meaning of the word and I just can’t stand seeing needy people go without. That’s why we have a government, isn’t it–to help the poor and the needy?”

   I gulped hard. My heart had moved up six inches and I had tears in my eyes. “If you could see me, Senator, you could tell that I’m a physical and mental wreck. I look like hell, like I haven’t slept in a month because I haven’t.”

   That was about the time Wyla died. Now I was feeling far less sorry for me than for him. I imagined his usual combed-back blond hair wasn’t so neat this time and that he had dark spots surrounded his eyes.  “So, Charlie, what did you tell her?”

   “I told her what you’ve said a million times, and what you would have said, that poor people will always be with us. Those are Jesus Christ’s words, aren’t they?. No amount of government funding is going to change that fact. I said that Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty was a complete and dismal failure.”

   I had Charlie’s face embedded on my memory and had only to imagine how this fine human being would look when tired, under duress, not sleeping, confused, and unhappy. It was actually hard to swallow—my heart was in my throat–hard to eat one of the best hamburgers I had ever had. It had all my special tastes–sweet pickles, and a special tomato and spice relish.

    “I would have said the same thing, Charlie. The stats speak for themselves. Johnson became president in the mid-sixties and that was about fifty years ago, but percentage wise, there are as many poor people today as there were back then. So you could say the fifteen trillion dollars America has spent on this national problem in fifty years has gone to waste. We haven’t defeated poverty. Jesus Christ, our savior, predicted as much.”

   “Yeah,” he said sadly. “The problem with today’s people is that fewer and fewer of them believe in Jesus as son of God and savior of mankind. What he did for mankind, dying on the cross and suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane—bleeding from every poor so that men could rise again from the dead and be forgiven of their sins—it all went over their heads.”
 

   We spoke like that for almost an hour, but then he had a story to cover for his paper and was gone. We never did get to the interview he wanted. I sat there, thinking of poor old Charlie. I could have added…”poor old Senator Bruce Brady” as well, except for one thing: I’m never going to get started feeling sorry for myself. I have so many wonderful blessings I can’t count them all. And one of them was my late wife, Wyla. She was the light of my life and if I think I can date a different person—especially one from across the isle—and find Wyla’s equal, I had better think again.

 

I have developed a glee-gloom feeling about Washington. D.C. I find it a very incestuous community, but I like being a lawmaker.

   So what? I also like movies, sex, sports, and cruises. They all have one thing in common. They make me believe that anything is possible. Flicks usually depict a fairytale existence where dreams can become real—but so does D.C. and that’s a reason D.C. dreamers hype up their spending of tax payer money.

   In one way, cruises and Washington are similar. They are where talented men and women pop in and out of view and open up to one another–where you can’t totally dismiss those people because you’re with them at dinner parties, on the floor of the senate and in the cruise swim pool and dining rooms , in meetings, in halls, and sometimes in bedrooms. Most are lovely people, but the most memorable are attractive females. Barely more than a month ago I wouldn’t have thought those thoughts or said those words.

   In the heat of a legislative session, when the social side of Washington wears thin, I become blaze’ about Beltway social life. It’s so bad that I don’t want to even see another politician—male, female, transgender, it doesn’t matter. I’m tired. I become energy deficient because I give it my all. I really do. Suddenly it’s almost over and the session rushes to a close, mostly without every goal attained.        

   Players in politics and playoffs have much in common, too. Sports series come at the worst time—when there’s no time left to think or recuperate from injuries. You have to throw it all out there on the field and hope your preparation was adequate. When session time is short, there is little time for the niceties of D.C. society. You’ve left it all out there–in chambers and smoky dark back rooms, the playing fields of politics. All legislators sometimes feel ennui and lassitude.

   Why such a drag for me? Wyla’s gone and there’s no one to urge and inspire. After a hard session, I used to go home and fall into the waiting arms of my wife and lover, removing stress as fast as I could remove my clothing, and then, ah, a great hot dinner. I need another Wyla; or I might have to retire to Durham and resign myself to slumming with old friends for the rest of my life just to maintain sanity.

 

 As incredible as it may sound, a liberal and a conservative would spin the love and fortune wheel.  Senator Joyce Olesson and I felt we were strangely destined  to find lost Spanish gold. Gold always sweetens any relationship. But it is an elixir, a catalyst that can quickly evaporate. If you are not careful, it can blow up in your face, then goodbye to love. Could our closeness be fate or happenstance. Read on in this novel and discover the reason Joyce and I came together.

   From Senator Olesson, I learned that too much wealth is not a sin, but too little can be. That’s what people do in Florida, isn’t it–look for sunken treasure and house price deflation so they can swoop in at the right moment and strike a lucrative deal?. Really wise people know when to buy, waiting just long enough to catch the inevitable inflation, then selling and profiting insanely?

   Believe in coincidence and luck? I didn’t plan this affair with Senator Olesson. Fate threw us together.  A man or woman who have never known love could take potshots at us, calling it a vane and selfish quest for sex and wealth. To some extent, they would be right. So what?

   If our constituents knew what we were doing, they would write us off as childish and unfit for office. That’s what!

   We were the first to notice an old ship that had partially surfaced following a small earthquake and tsunami near St. Augustine and we had it verified. Something that the diver said had made us so excited that we held hands and jumped for joy like teenagers, falling out of his speedboat into the ocean. Good omen–when we emerged we were still holding hands…but Joyce’s goldilocks were now strait and water streamed down her happy face.

 

 We didn’t go out and shout it to the moon. As senators, we attract enough critics without doing something as stupid as that. Life isn’t a popularity contest and you’ve got to carry on. You’ve got to look reasonably determined and honest on television when hurting inside, or even while gloating which we may have had reason to do, but didn’t.  Tears or smugness can hurt you.

   But when one wants to portray honesty, goodness, and conviction as we often do, a stiff lower bulldog jaw is a huge asset. I used to look at pictures of Windston Churchill for hours, trying to emulate his bulldog jaw look. I’m sorry, but lawmakers must act out their convictions, even if voters dump them for poor acting. I tried to get along without acting and it didn’t work. I reverted to using my whole repertoire of acting and putting on faces to make points on the senate floor and while campaigning.

   The whole shebang is this: most of what people vote for in elections is face. Roosevelt had it; Churchill had it, and President Windmaster had it. He’s an artist at acting. He could lie better than almost anyone else.. He can tell whoppers about what he didn’t do and look you straight in the face without flinching. Most people believe his lies, so I guess he is a successful actor and liar.

   John F. Kennedy had an honest face, but not Nixon or Clinton. Voters don’t know the contents of your schemes and dreams, but God does and will reveal it only at the grand and final judgment. That is why fame, reputation, respect and popularity often are greatly overrated, but even these things are enhanced when one looks and speaks honest—even if he isn’t—and is determined to do right for the public.

   Why was Abe Lincoln called “honest Abe?” Because his face was so weathered, sad, and heavy laden. One problem: if you look sad long enough, you will become sad and wrinkled.

   Beware, your little act could backfire. One misstep can bring on ill-repute, even infamy and political death. Life’s real heroes usually aren’t any better than the average guy. They just attended a better acting studio. They avoid holding grudges and grimacing, retaining composure even when feeling numb and hurt or having just been snake bitten. At times, it is thus so painful to act out one’s convictions.

   But acting alone doesn’t cut it. Duplicity is easily detected. The longer you’ve been at it, the more deceit you can hide because by then you are the consummate liar and there’s nothing voters dislike more than bad actor politicians who telegraph artifice and crookedness. Oh, they can tolerate an occasional lie. They don’t seem to mind my sometimes artful disguise of my true feelings and unseen acts, but that’s because they don’t know me well enough or, on balance, I haven’t gotten on their bad side.. That is the reason that each time I return to my roots, I lay it on pretty thick.

   Matrimony-eligible congressmen and women beat themselves up thinking up  conservative versus liberal. Many Republicans are progressives, like John McCain and Lindsay Graham. That’s why I advertise myself as a Constitutional Conservative. Even war hawk Mitt Romney called himself conservative—but what’s conservative about starting foreign wars?

   If you add the word constitutional to conservative, voters will know you are for small government, lower taxes, and greater freedom and privacy from menacing and intrusive alphabet agencies like the NSA.

   Why all the fuss? Why isn’t happiness more important? Why, are good people so hard on themselves, driving morality stakes into their hearts when they and a beautiful senator from the dark side suddenly go native in each other’s arms?

 

 Is it wrong to want what everyone else wants? I thought about dating lawmakers. Why don’t I just date women back in Durham, instead, those wonderful females who have similar morality and political codes to mine.

Close friend Herm Snyder picks me up at Durham-Raleigh airport and the second thing out of his mouth is “Local folks need your promise you won’t get bought off.” He’s referring to vote buying by a special interest. Though Herm’s ten-word sentence about getting “bought off” doesn’t bother me, it stays on my mind for an uncomfortable length of time. Nothing else seems to matter. Except when I study Herm’s face I see crows’ feet proliferating around his eyes and a brow ploughed with deep furrows—things I hadn’t noticed before, and he’s like me, only sixty. I don’t yet have that Honest Abe worn out look, though.

   Ability to withstand election opposition defines the public servant. It’s like I told Herm, “I’ve been in Washington for many years and have seen the power of evil and the evil of  power–special interests and big money, and they haunt most borderline politicians because they look alike.

   ”So, you think one man can’t make a difference anymore?” Herm asks.”

   “I didn’t say that, Herm. One person can do a heck-of-a lot. But you have to be ready to defend against partisan media assassination.” We chuckle, knowing that’s where dirty politics start. “This is not a job for the weak of heart or the low of self esteem. The liberals have armies of lobbyists and wheelbarrows of money to deploy in their wicked progressive crusade. They’ve bought off the media, so it’s not anything you can win overnight.”

   Herm wondered if that didn’t go against my desire to help fight the good fight.

   “No sir-ee. I got plenty of spunk and desire. I just don’t want to be involved in politics any longer than necessary, but I don’t see an end to it right away, do you?”

   Herm shook his head, without looking my way, driving in Durham’s early evening stop-and-go, headed to his home where some of us would meet.

   “I’m for amending the Constitution. If you recall, I was one of nine senators to introduce a resolution in 2011 that would have amended the Constitution to overturn the Supreme Court’s decisions in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010) and Buckley v. Valeo (1976). These two cases have restricted Congress’s power to limit contributions to political campaigns and independent political expenditures by both individuals and corporations. Under my amendment, Congress and the states would have had the power to limit both contributions and independent expenditures. I’m also for shorter terms in office.”

   I had to convince Herm before I could hope to get my caucus thinking like I do. “I’ve been around for four terms, Herm, but when I retire, how can you be sure of electing another like me, an honest avid conservative, or a guy as good or better? Herm, I am for state legislatures electing senators, like it used to be. If state legislators determined who would go to the national senate, you wouldn’t have the dishonest big PAC money. PACs are insane, but President Windmaster found a way to get around anything we do. In the 2012 presidency race more than 300 GOP-proposed PACs were denied by the Windmaster IRS. They denied only four Democrat PACs. We lost the presidency in the last few weeks because we didn’t raise enough loot to run aggressive radio and TV ads, and, you know as well as I that the swing voters, the independents, don’t decide how they’re going to vote until the last few weeks of the election. With all those PACs unable to help, Windmaster out-spent our guy two to one and won the election by six points.”

   “Wasn’t the Seventeenth amendment passed in 1915?” Herm asked.  

   “Yes. The Founders knew something we didn’t, Herm. That if you open up the senate—and every other big race—to corporate financing, the people lose control and the PACs get their man every time.”

    Lines were deepening on Herm’s forehead. When we stopped at a red light he took his hands off the wheel and rubbed his brow. “The way it is now, big money can lobby for things the average citizen doesn’t want.”

    “I’ve tried to fight it, Herm. Limiting what a person or a corporation can give a candidate should be easy, but it’s not because most senators love big funders, and that includes most Republicans. That money is what gets them re-elected, as if that should be their major goal. But it’s wrong. It almost prevents a newcomer from winning an election because it’s now a near-billion-dollar game. Most newbies can’t raise the shekels and can’t get the big bucks needed to beat down the incumbent. If you don’t embrace big donor bucks, elections are hard to win. When you do, character in politics is thrown out the window. The place to change back to original Constitutional law and get rid of the Seventeenth Amendment is in places like this, right here in Durham, North Carolina. Not in Washington. Those boys are too fat, and they’re enjoying the lavish spending while denying they are happy with the way things are.”  

 

 I visited with some of our local caucus members over dinner and in the morning I was back on a plane to D.C. The Senate was in session for the next three weeks before recessing. I am the senior North Carolina senator, a conservative age 60, and Joyce Olesson, 53, is a progressive junior senator.

   We thought that we had seen the last of each other for three weeks. Olesson hoped to distance herself from the same old senate faces by traveling alone to her cottage on the sea to rest and plan her future. Neither of us had known the destination of the other that fateful day.

   After Wyla was gone, I longed for the time to be alone, to get my mind off the pain I was feeling by starting a book I had always wanted to write. Before she passed, when I was away from the Senate, I concentrated on going places and doing things with my wife. Had I known she would suffer a stroke and suddenly die, I would have done everything possible to have helped her avoid it. I couldn’t help but think of Wyla and my health. We were getting up there in age. It was why we had bought our two-bedroom Atlantic Ocean beach cottage, but she didn’t last long enough to enjoy it.  We liked the location because there was only one other house for many miles.

   After making the purchase, Wyla and I had bumped into, of all people, the junior senator from North Carolina. She was near the water, playing in the sand like a little girl—building an elaborate array of tiny sand castles. That’s what politics does to your mind. You so desperately want a release from the pressure that you begin to fantasize. When Joyce saw me, she seemed surprised, then irked and embarrassed. Joyce was a senator from the other side of the isle, and I had discovered her hideout.  

   This was not just any senator, but a bombastic opponent. She stood brushing sand from her almost white skin, trying to be civil, but not knowing how. Motioning to two homes not fifty yards from the sea, she said she had seen the “for sale” sign on the empty house and the agent’s car parked out front and assumed the house had been sold. She wanted to castigate me, to burn me in oil, but with Wyla there she meekly said, “Your home is near mine.”

   ”I could see that idea pained Senator Olesson. I was equally surprised and irked. Had I known she lived nearby, Wyla and I would never have snapped up that cottage.                                                                 

   Olesson was the last person on earth I wanted to meet on recess to buy this secluded home, but Wyla had liked the place so much we bought it anyway. Then I remembered the Bible and tried to calm my ill feelings toward Joyce Olesson.

   God said, “Love thine enemy…” I whispered to myself, Please grant me ample time, Dear Lord, to perfect that grace in me.                                                  

  

A few months after my wife’s funeral services, which Senator Olesson chose to ignore, and during another senate recess on the beach I actually looked for Joyce but couldn’t find her. Not that I would rush right up to her and suddenly we would become  best friends. I was sure that she dreaded seeing me. When I finally spoke to her that day, she made it abundantly clear that we could never be friends—or even cordial to one another. I lived on the wrong side of the tracks.

Being quite frank—she told me a strong urge had overcome her to sell her cottage and move far, far away. She wanted to bulldoze me away with a very blunt statement. Her sad face reddened and she said it just had to come out. She even said she despised me. I sensed that took all the breath out of her and she was done, but I was wrong. Quickly, she added a verbal barrage intended to completely overcome all of my defenses, stating I was a complete fake, that I had a feigned holier-than-thou attitude and was unable to vote more money for the poor.  

   That wasn’t true. I had merely said, “It is sixty years since President Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty and how do you think that turned out? I’ll tell you. Fifteen trillion dollars later, America still has poverty in about the same percentage as during LBJ’s presidency. Just as bad—the War on Poverty has required that government create 80 new agencies to administer aid to the poor. SNAPS, Supplemental Nutrition Aid Program, which includes Food Stamps is just one of the most expensive of these.

   You can’t legislate prosperity. You can only enable it by fewer regulations and lower taxes. Ergo, we should get rid of the War on Poverty and all its extra expenses and give cash to the poor. And if you think more legislation to equalize things is necessary, you are wrong. America’s jobless numbers are way up: ninety-two million are unemployed while more and more people are on food stamps. The number was nearing fifty million. At the same time, you liberals want to hike the minimum wage to fifteen dollars an hour.”

   Previously, I sent almost this same statement in a release to a captive progressive press. I said soaking the rich was no solution. Instead of paying higher taxes, employers will merely stop expanding and stop adding new employees and the economy won’t grow. My words were prophetic, proven by the jobless numbers and the lack of growth in the economy

   No, the minimum wage isn’t enough to sustain a family of four. But I had told her, when Wyla and I were just starting out I held down two jobs to make it work and Wyla toiled at home, selling things on the telephone. Together, we paid our bills. Comparing us to the poor, they are also usually poor in ideas, education, intelligence, and initiative and may have been incapable of doing what Wyla and I did.

   I knew that Senator Olesson was just getting over her third divorce in three years and she was in no mood to be nice, but she almost had to be civil. Word about lack of political correctness travels fast inside the Washington Beltway. She surveyed me critically and was honest enough to verbalize her true feelings. “Oh, how I hate you! A tear came to one of her eyes and that image clutched at my heart, wetting my own eyes.

   “Why wasn’t it you who died?”

   How I managed to laugh, I do not know. Perhaps it was a self-defense mechanism. But it worked against me, as if I thought she didn’t mean it. But, yes, she meant every word of that and more: ”Having you here on my sacred vacation sand,” she said, “leaves me to contend with you year round. How could anyone expect me to be nice to you?” That was one thing, but then she started calling me names. “Believe it or not, I get enough of you in Washington, Brady Hot Pants, you whited sepulcher; nine months a year in the Senate and now six weeks here on my sand? Yes, my sand. I was here first. You had no right…” But even then she wasn’t through leveling with me. “Living near a complete bore and idiot like Bruce Brady is intolerable.”

   She was right about one thing. My hair and skin were white. I guess I was “whited,” but I was definitely not an old sepulcher; nothing close.

A new day brought new hope, perhaps a reproachement, as they say in France, or reconciliation? There we were, one month to the day after Wyla’s death. I was comfortable on my weathered wooden porch under a large canopy and Joyce was not thirty yards away on her “grand balcony,” as she preferred to call it, which was higher than mine. We tried to ignore one another, but how do you avoid the only human being within sixteen miles, even if she hates you?

Joyce was enjoying a small lunch while carefully searching the sea through a telescope to see what was out there–a serene situation most people would kill for; but Joyce was not just a little irked at having me living just thirty yards away. From my back porch with the naked eye I watched her awhile, and then I set up my own tripod and telescope. What’s she so interested in? Is there a streaker on the beach? Some man-eating sharks in the water that she could throw me to? Patiently, I scanned the empty beach, then the water. There was something shiny maybe five miles out. An old metal oil drum, perhaps? I adjusted my telescope and there it was–the tide was out and I saw the bright bow of a partially exposed sunken boat, quite a large one at that.

         As far as I knew, no one had reported sunken treasure for years out here. Has the water level receded that much that you can see things previously buried at the bottom of the ocean? The water level was down, yes, I thought, but not due to any democratic myth like global warming. Whatever the cause, it was unusual. It exposed a lot of things otherwise not visible. My boat dock, which was only six inches above water level, now was completely exposed including the oil-treated pylons supporting itI decided to leave my porch and pay Old Lady Olesson a visit.

   Sandaled feet skipped my trim one hundred-forty pounds over the beach sand and up the stairs to her balcony. “What’re you looking at Joyce?” I asked bluntly. I knew full well what it was. She frowned at me and remained quiet. I thought she was going to spit on me and command me to leave her premises. Surprisingly, after she had thought about it, she shook her head and almost swore under her breath. “Here, Senator Snoop Scoop,, take a look. I’ll be darned if I’m not seeing an old Spanish vessel pointed upward out of the water. As much as I hate to invite you to anything, maybe you and I ought to pay it a visit and put in our claim. Or if you don’t want to, I’ll make claim by myself and claim all the proceeds.”                                                                        

   “Not at all,” I exclaimed. I thought of my one-hundred-seventy-two-thousand-dollar senate salary. It wasn’t much, considering how smart a person had to be to act effectively in the world’s most deliberative body, not enough to really live life as I deserved and wanted.  I had visited many important countries as ranking minority leader of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, but when I retire I want more—more money to do what I want–to travel and visit beautiful parts of the world like South Pacific island paradises where senators never get to pay official visits. Maybe I could buy ten thousand acres on some deserted island with no neighbors like Joyce Olesson and live out my life in peace, quiet, and solitude.

    

 Joyce grabbed her cell phone camera and we walked down to the shore and I pushed my nine-foot flat-bottom skiff into the ocean. At the last moment, Joyce and I jumped in, almost upsetting the small boat. Neither of us had rowed a boat before. From the looks of our white skin, neither had spent much time in the sun. Our oars splashed in the water, and at first we didn’t seem to be getting anywhere. Rowing is hard work so I started up my small trolling motor and let Joyce take both oars. She was a large muscular woman and didn’t seem to mind.

There was still a lot of splashing, I mused, even when we worked the boat farther and farther out into deep water where the waves and Joyce’s splashing became more violent, carelessly signaling nosey sharks to come see.

         Dressed scantily in swim suits and T-shirts, for the first time that day Joyce noticed the threatening sky.  I knew she was worried that they hadn’t brought rain gear. I wasn’t concerned with the color of the sky. My mind was on only one thing, taking some pictures of an ancient boat strangely protruding out of the water at a forty-five-degree angle.

   

Joyce grabbed her cell phone camera and we walked down to the shore and I pushed my nine-foot flat-bottom skiff into the ocean. At the last moment, Joyce and I jumped in, almost upsetting the small boat. Neither of us had rowed a boat before. From the looks of our white skin, neither had spent much time in the sun. Our oars splashed in the water, and at first we didn’t seem to be getting anywhere. Rowing is hard work so I started up my small trolling motor and let Joyce take both oars. She was a large muscular woman and didn’t seem to mind.

There was still a lot of splashing, I mused, even when we worked the boat farther and farther out into deep water where the waves and Joyce’s splashing became more violent, carelessly signaling nosey sharks to come see.

Dressed scantily in swim suits and T-shirts, for the first time that day Joyce noticed the threatening sky.  I knew she was worried that they hadn’t brought rain gear. I wasn’t concerned with the color of the sky. My mind was on only one thing, taking some pictures of an ancient boat strangely protruding out of the water at a forty-five-degree angle.

 

“You scared?” Joyce asked? “No, this is fun. And you?” She wagged her head no—but I could tell she was fearful and miffed at being in the middle of the ocean with this man whom she regarded so poorly. Two politicians, one a democrat and the other a damned conservative, could never come to any good, she must have  reasoned. I should suggest we return to shore, but if I did Brady likely would filibuster until dark.

As she rowed, I could almost read her mind. I’m sure she started wondering why I annoyed her so much. Then I sensed she was reevaluating me. She must have—she was an intelligent person and we went for the longest time without talking. I’m sure she started reconsidering her nasty stance toward me. Then she surprised me with, “What got into you, Bruce? You were nice and thoughtful and kind, helping me into the boat and all.”

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Define “Romancing” To Me

I’m a writer of novels. I am writing a political romance novel called “Romancing Your Foe.”  Sixty-year-old Senator Bruce Brady from North Carolina is looking for a wife because his wife Wyla died some time ago and he doesn’t have a lot time. He thought of going back home to Durham, N.C. and having his friends suggest girls–adult women–but that meant giving up valuable time and information to his constituents before the egg is hatch. He wants complete annonimity when he puts himself out thee on the love circuit, so he is looking in house, right there in the U.S. Senate. Problem is, most of the cute senators are Democrats and he’s a Constitutional Conservative. Is it possible to find a wife that can satisfy him for the rest of his life–the woman of his life with with that kind of woman. He’s out there trying to find out. Don White  DonaldDBruce@gmail.com

I typed the words “Romancing A Person” and Googled it, getting back a nice graph from Urban Dictionary.

True romance is doing something special or unexpected for someone you love, even though you don’t have to. Romance isn’t a greeting card, it isn’t Valentine’s Day, it isn’t a box of chocolates, and it certainly isn’t a dozen roses (unless you like that sort of thing). Real romance is not what modern society has been taught to think it is. Real romance isn’t manufactured. It is completely individual. Romance is for showing the person you love that you’re thinking about them. It shouldn’t feel forced. There are no limits to romance; it can be shown by a handwritten note, by going for a walk, or even by making someone a sandwich. Romance is something simple and sweet that reminds your partner why they fell in love with you in the first place.

“John, just sitting out here with you watching the sky is all the romance I need.”

by Q Miller August 23, 2009

 

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Scintillating Love Quotes

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Quotes About Love

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Andrew Solomon

“Listen to the people who love you. Believe that they are worth living for even when you don’t believe it. Seek out the memories depression takes away and project them into the future. Be brave; be strong; take your pills. Exercise because it’s good for you even if every step weighs a thousand pounds. Eat when food itself disgusts you. Reason with yourself when you have lost your reason.”
― Andrew SolomonThe Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression
Mitch Albom

“One day spent with someone you love can change everything.”
― Mitch AlbomFor One More Day
Patrick Ness

“It’s not that you should never love something so much that it can control you.
It’s that you need to love something that much so you can never be controlled.
It’s not a weakness.
It’s your best strength.”
― Patrick NessThe Ask and the Answer
Emily Brontë

“You teach me now how cruel you’ve been – cruel and false. Why did you despise me? Why did you betray your own heart, Cathy? I have not one word of comfort. You deserve this. You have killed yourself. Yes, you may kiss me, and cry; and wring out my kisses and tears: they’ll blight you – they’ll damn you. You loved me – what right had you to leave me? What right – answer me – for the poor fancy you felt for Linton? Because misery, and degradation, and death, and nothing that God or Satan could inflict would have parted us, you, of your own will did it. I have no broken your heart – you have broken it; and in breaking it, you have broken mine. So much the worse for me that I am strong. Do I want to live? What kind of living will it be when you – Oh, God! would you like to lie with your soul in the grave?”
― Emily BrontëWuthering Heights
Jenny Han

“It’s the imperfections that make things beautiful”
― Jenny HanThe Summer I Turned Pretty
Friedrich Nietzsche

“One ought to hold on to one’s heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
Taylor Swift

“So don’t you worry your pretty little mind because people throw rocks at things that shine. [Ours]”
― Taylor Swift
Kristin Hannah

“As mothers and daughters, we are connected with one another. My mother is the bones of my spine, keeping me straight and true. She is my blood, making sure it runs rich and strong. She is the beating of my heart. I cannot now imagine a life without her.”
― Kristin HannahSummer Island
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“If you love a flower that lives on a star, it is sweet to look at the sky at night. All the stars are a-bloom with flowers…”
― Antoine de Saint-ExupéryThe Little Prince
Tom Bodett

“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.”
― Tom Bodett
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.”
― Elizabeth Barrett BrowningSonnets from the Portuguese
Eckhart Tolle

“To love is to recognize yourself in another.”
― Eckhart Tolle
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“True love begins when nothing is looked for in return.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Lisa Kleypas

“I want you any way I can get you. Not because you’re beautiful or clever or kind or adorable, although devil knows you’re all those things. I want you because there’s no one else like you, and I don’t ever want to start a day without seeing you.”
― Lisa KleypasTempt Me at Twilight
Sapardi Djoko Damono

“aku ingin mencintaimu dengan sederhana;
dengan kata yang tak sempat diucapkan
kayu kepada api yang menjadikannya abu

aku ingin mencintaimu dengan sederhana;
dengan isyarat yang tak sempat disampaikan awan kepada hujan yang menjadikannya tiada”
― Sapardi Djoko Damono

Martin Luther King Jr.

“There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
Ayn Rand

“Haven’t I? – he thought. Haven’t I thought of it since the first time I saw you? Haven’t I thought of nothing else for two years? …He sat motionless, looking at her. He heard the words he had never allowed himself to form, the words he had felt, known, yet had not faced, had hoped to destroy by never letting them be said within his own mind. Now it was as sudden and shocking as if he were saying it to her …Since the first time I saw you …Nothing but your body, that mouth of yours, and the way your eyes would look at me, if …Through every sentence I ever said to you, through every conference you thought so safe, through the importance of all the issues we discussed …You trusted me, didn’t you? To recognize your greatness? To think of you as you deserved – as if you were a man? …Don’t you suppose I know how much I’ve betrayed? The only bright encounter of my life – the only person I respected – the best business man I know – my ally – my partner in a desperate battle …The lowest of all desires – as my answer to the highest I’ve met …Do you know what I am? I thought of it, because it should have been unthinkable. For that degrading need, which would never touch you, I have never wanted anyone but you …I hadn’t known what it was like, to want it, until I saw you for the first time. I had thought : Not I, I couldn’t be broken by it …Since then …For two years …With not a moments respite …Do you know what it’s like, to want it? Would you wish to hear what I thought when I looked at you …When I lay awake at night …When I hear your voice over a telephone wire …When I worked, but could not drive it away? …To bring you down to things you cant conceive – and to know that it’s I who have done it. To reduce you to a body, to teach you an animal’s pleasure, to see you need it, to see you asking me for it, to see your wonderful spirit dependent on the upon the obscenity of your need. To watch you as you are, as you face the world with your clean, proud strength – then to see you, in my bed, submitting to any infamous whim I may devise, to any act which I’ll preform for the sole purpose of watching your dishonor and to which you’ll submit for the sake of an unspeakable sensation …I want you – and may I be damned for it!”
― Ayn Rand
Stephenie Meyer

“Surely it was a good way to die, in the place of someone else, someone I loved.”
― Stephenie MeyerTwilight
John O'Donohue

“Every friendship travels at sometime through the black valley of despair. This tests every aspect of your affection. You lose the attraction and the magic. Your sense of each other darkens and your presence is sore. If you can come through this time, it can purify with your love, and falsity and need will fall away. It will bring you onto new ground where affection can grow again.”
― John O’DonohueAnam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
Margaret Atwood

“Falling in love, we said; I fell for him. We were falling women. We believed in it, this downward motion: so lovely, like flying, and yet at the same time so dire, so extreme, so unlikely. God is love, they once said, but we reversed that, and love, like heaven, was always just around the corner. The more difficult it was to love the particular man beside us, the more we believed in Love, abstract and total. We were waiting, always, for the incarnation. That word, made flesh.

And sometimes it happened, for a time. That kind of love comes and goes and is hard to remember afterwards, like pain. You would look at the man one day and you would think, I loved you, and the tense would be past, and you would be filled with a sense of wonder, because it was such an amazing and precarious and dumb thing to have done; and you would know too why your friends had been evasive about it, at the time.

There is a good deal of comfort, now, in remembering this.”
― Margaret AtwoodThe Handmaid’s Tale

Ann Brashares

“Let me love you, but don’t love me back. Do love me and let me hate you for a while. Let me feel like I have some control, because I know I never do. ”
― Ann Brashares
Mary M. Ricksen

“Know that love is truly timeless.”
― Mary M. Ricksen
Neil Gaiman

“I am the most miserable person who ever lived,” he said…. “You are young, and in love,” said Primus. “Every young man in your position is the most miserable young man who ever lived.”
― Neil GaimanStardust
James Patterson

“Except fang. I glared at him. “Go on, try to stop me, I dare you.” It was like the old days when we used to wrestle, each trying to get the better of the other. I was ready to take him down, my hands curled into fist. “I was just going to say be careful,” Fang told me. He stepped closer and brushed some hair out of my eyes. “And I’ve got your back.” He motioned with his head toward the torpedo chamber. Oh my God. It hit me like a tsunami then, how perfect he was for me, how no one else would ever, could ever, be so perfect for me, how he was everything I could possibly hope for, as a friend, boyfriend, maybe even more. He was it for me. There would be no more looking. I really, really loved him, with a whole new kind of love I’d never felt before, something that made every other kind of love I’d ever felt feel washed out and wimpy in comparison. I loved him with every cell in my body, every thought in my head, every feather in my wings, every breathe in my lungs. and air sacs. Too bad I was going out to face almost certain death. Right there in front of everyone, I threw my arms around his neck and smashed my mouth against his. He was startled for a second, then his strong arms wrapped around me so tightly I could hardly breathe. “ZOMG,” I heard Nudge whisper, but still fang and I kissed slanting our heads this way and that to get closer. I could have stood there and kissed him happily for the next millennium, but Angel, or what was left of her was still out there in the could dark ocean. Reluctantly, I ended the kiss, took a step back. Fang’s obsidian eyes were glittering brightly and his stoic face had a look of wonder on it.”Gotta go,” I said quietly. A half smile quirked his mouth. “Yeah. Hurry back.” I nodded and he stepped out of the air lock chamber, keeping his eyes fixed on me, memorizing me as he hit the switch that sealed the chamber. The doors hissed shut with a kind of finality, and I realized that my heart was beating so hard it felt like it was going to start snapping ribs. I was scared. I was crazily, deeply, incredibly, joyously, terrifyingly in love. I was on a death mission. Before my head simply exploded from so much emotion, I hit the large button that pressurized the air lock enough for the doors to open to the ocean outside. I really, really hoped that I would prove somewhat uncrushable, like Angel did. The door cracked open below me and I saw the first dark glint of frigid water.”
― James PattersonMaximum Ride Five-Book Set
Graham Greene

“It’s a strange thing to discover and to believe that you are loved when you know that there is nothing in you for anybody but a parent or a God to love.”
― Graham GreeneThe End of the Affair
Jodi Picoult

“How could he convey to someone who’d never even met her the way she always smelled like rain, or how his stomach knotted up every time he saw her shake loose her hair from its braid? How could he describe how it felt when she finished his sentences, turnec the mug they were sharing so that her mouth landed where his had been? How did he explain the way they could be in a locker room, or underwater, or in the piney woods of Maine, bus as long as Em was with him, he was at home?”
― Jodi PicoultThe Pact
Alicia Keys

“Love me like you’ll never see me again.”
― Alicia Keys
Jarod Kintz

“Love one person at a time, that’s the motto I’ll try to get my clones to live by.”
― Jarod KintzThis Book is Not for Sale
Nick Hornby

“It seems to me now that the plain state of being human is dramatic enough for anyone; you don’t need to be a heroin addict or a performance poet to experience extremity. You just have to love someone.”
― Nick HornbyHow to Be Good
Jarod Kintz

“I’d rather fake my own fog, than fake a steamy love scene. Can I interest you in some mist? It’s homemade.
”
― Jarod KintzThis is the best book I’ve ever written, and it st
Sara Evans

“I know my heart will never be the same
But I’m telling myself I’ll be okay”
― Sara Evans
Victor Hugo

“Promise to give me a kiss on my brow when I am dead. –I shall feel it.”

She dropped her head again on Marius’ knees, and her eyelids closed. He thought the poor soul had departed. Eponine remained motionless. All at once, at the very moment when Marius fancied her asleep forever, she slowly opened her eyes in which appeared the sombre profundity of death, and said to him in a tone whose sweetness seemed already to proceed from another world:–

“And by the way, Monsieur Marius, I believe that I was a little bit in love with you.”
― Victor HugoLes Misérables

أحمد خالد توفيق

“تحبین الأطفال ؟.. برافو .. لكنھم طبعًا ھؤلاء الأطفال الذين يظھرون على علب الألبان الصناعیة .. لو استطعت أن تحبي طفلاً قذرًا فقیرًا مبلل الثیاب يتزاحم الذباب والمخاط حول وجھه فأنا أقر لك بأنك أنثى كاملة..”
― أحمد خالد توفيق
Simone Elkeles

“We kiss all the time.” I clear my throat, then add, “We just…do it in private.”
“A smug expression crosses his face. “I don’t buy it for a second, ’cause if you were my girlfriend and a stud like me was livin’ in your house, I’d kiss you in front of the guy every chance I got as a reminder.”
“A reminder of w-w-what?”
“That you were mine.”
― Simone ElkelesRules of Attraction
Greg Behrendt

“Let’s start with this statistic: You are delicious. Be brave, my sweet. I know you can get lonely. I know you can crave companionship and sex and love so badly that it physically hurts. But I truly believe that the only way you can find out that there’s something better out there is to first believe there’s something better out there. What other choice is there?”
― Greg BehrendtHe’s Just Not That Into You
Becca Fitzpatrick

“Did I really want to stay on this road longer, knowing it was only going to end in devastation?”
― Becca FitzpatrickCrescendo
Jon Krakauer

“Some people feel like they don’t deserve love. They walk away quietly into empty spaces, trying to close the gaps of the past.”
― Jon KrakauerInto the Wild
Marcus Aurelius

“Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together,but do so with all your heart.”
― Marcus AureliusMeditations
Ingrid Bergman

“A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.”
― Ingrid Bergman
Becca Fitzpatrick

“Any happiness, no matter how brief, seemed better than the long, simmering torture of waking up day after day, knowing I could never have him.”
― Becca FitzpatrickCrescendo
Richard Bach

“I’m here not because I am supposed to be here, or because I’m trapped here, but because I’d rather be with you than anywhere else in the world.”
― Richard BachThe Bridge Across Forever: A True Love Story
Julie Kagawa

“You made me feel alive again,”
― Julie KagawaThe Iron King
Saša Stanišić

“Missing someone, they say, is self-centered.
I self-center you more than ever.”
― Saša StanišićHow the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone
Richelle Mead

“She was right about something else too,” Dimitri said after a long pause. My back was to him, but there was a strange quality to his voice that made me turn around.
“What’s that?” I asked.
“That I do still love you.”
With that one sentence, everything in the universe changed.”
― Richelle MeadLast Sacrifice
E.E. Cummings

“i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart)”
― E.E. Cummings
Adriana Trigiani

“That’s when you know for sure somebody loves you. They figure out what you need and they give it to you — without you asking.”
― Adriana TrigianiVery Valentine
Jodi Picoult

“People always say that, when you love someone, nothing in the world matters. But that’s not true, is it? You know, and I know, that when you love someone, everything in the world matters a little bit more.”
― Jodi PicoultHandle With Care
Paulo Coelho

“Love is a trap. When it appears, we see only its light, not its shadows.”
― Paulo CoelhoBy the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept
Michael  Jackson

“If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.”
― Michael Jackson
Pablo Neruda

“Love! Love until the night collapses!”
― Pablo NerudaMachu Picchu
Simone Elkeles

“Look at me, chica.” When she does, I repeat, “Eres hermosa.”
“What does it mean?”
“You’re beautiful.”
― Simone ElkelesRules of Attraction
Emily Brontë

“I love the ground under his feet, and the air over his head, and everything he touches and every word he says. I love all his looks, and all his actions and him entirely and all together.”
― Emily Brontë
Bob Marley

“There will never be no love at all.”
― Bob Marley
Pramoedya Ananta Toer

“Berterimakasihlah pada segala yang memberi kehidupan.”
― Pramoedya Ananta ToerBumi Manusia
Robert Frost

“The heart can think of no devotion
Greater than being shore to the ocean-
Holding the curve of one position,
Counting an endless repetition.”
― Robert Frost
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

“The problem with marriage is that it ends every night after making love, and it must be rebuilt every morning before breakfast.”
― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
Ann Brashares

“some people fall in love over and over again while some people can only do it once.”
― Ann BrasharesForever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood
Nicole Krauss

“If I had a camera,’ I said, ‘I’d take a picture of you every day. That way I’d remember how you looked every single day of your life.”
― Nicole Krauss
“You have to, take a deep breath. and allow the music to flow through you. Revel in it, allow yourself to awe. When you play allow the music to break your heart with its beauty.”
― Kelly White
Shannon Hale

“You are my butterfly and refuse to set you free.”
― Shannon Hale
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Edgar Allan Poe

“The best things in life make you sweaty.”
― Edgar Allan Poe
Katerina Stoykova Klemer

“Moving on is easy. It’s staying moved on that’s trickier.”
― Katerina Stoykova Klemer
Charlotte Brontë

“All my heart is yours, sir: it belongs to you; and with you it would remain, were fate to exile the rest of me from your presence forever.”
― Charlotte BrontëJane Eyre
Simone Elkeles

“Marry me, Kiara,” he blurts out in front of everyone.
“Why?” she asks, challenging him.
“Because I love you,” he says, walking up to her and bending down on one knee while he takes her hand in his, “and I want to go to sleep with you every night and wake up seein’ your face every mornin’, I want you to be the mother of my children, I want to fix cars with you and eat your crappy tofu tacos that you think are Mexican. I want to climb mountains with you and be challenged by you, I want to argue with you just so we can have crazy hot makeup sex. Marry me, because without you I’d be six feet under … and because I love your family like they’re my own … and because you’re my best friend and I want to grow old with you.” He starts tearing up, and it’s shocking because I’ve never seen him cry. “Marry me, Kiara Westford, because when I got shot the only thing I was thinkin’ about was comin’ back here and makin’ you my wife. Say yes, chica.”
― Simone ElkelesChain Reaction
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“To love someone means to see them as God intended them.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Cassandra Clare

“But maybe you never really had someone, she thought now. Maybe, no matter how much you loved them, they could slip through your fingers like water, and there was nothing you could do about it.”
― Cassandra ClareCity of Fallen Angels
Stephanie Laurens

“Just because I’m not forever by your side doesn’t mean that’s not precisely where I want to be.”
― Stephanie LaurensA Rogue’s Proposal
Becca Fitzpatrick

“One more secret smile. One more shared laugh. One more electric kiss. Finding him was like finding someone I didn’t know I was searching for.”
― Becca FitzpatrickHush, Hush
Alexandra Adornetto

“One of the most frustrating words in the human language, as far as I could tell, was love.
So much meaning attached to this one little word. People bandied it about freely, using it to
describe their attachments to possessions, pets, vacation destinations, and favorite foods. In the
same breath they then applied this word to the person they considered most important in their
lives. Wasn’t that insulting? Shouldn’t there be some other term to describe deeper emotion?”
― Alexandra AdornettoHalo
Anna Godbersen

“Don’t go looking for boys in the dark
They will say pretty things then
leave you with scars.
Do go looking for boys in the park
For that is where the true gentlemen are.”
― Anna GodbersenThe Luxe
Nicholas Sparks

“Being in love, I find myself smiling for no reason at all…”
― Nicholas SparksDear John
Jenny Downham

“I wish I had a boyfriend. I wish he lived in the wardrobe on a coat hanger. Whenever I wanted, I could get him out and he’d look at me the way boys do in films, as if I’m beautiful.”
― Jenny DownhamBefore I Die
Audrey Niffenegger

“I go to sleep alone, and wake up alone. I take walks. I work until I’m tired. I watch the wind play with the trash that’s been under the snow all winter. Everything seems simple until you think about it. Why is love intensified by abscence?”
― Audrey NiffeneggerThe Time Traveler’s Wife
Ally Carter

“And I didn’t choose it, Kat. I chose you.”
― Ally CarterHeist Society
William Shakespeare

“O serpent heart hid with a flowering face!
Did ever a dragon keep so fair a cave?
Beautiful tyrant, feind angelical, dove feather raven, wolvish-ravening lamb! Despised substance of devinest show, just opposite to what thou justly seemest – A dammed saint, an honourable villain!”
― William ShakespeareRomeo and Juliet
Kurt Vonnegut

“If somebody says “I love you” to me, I feel as though I had a pistol pointed at my head. What can anybody reply under such conditions but that which the pistol holder requires? “I love you, too.”
― Kurt VonnegutWampeters, Foma and Granfalloons
Edna St. Vincent Millay

“What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why,
I have forgotten, and what arms have lain
Under my head till morning, but the rain
Is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh
Upon the glass and listen for reply,
And in my heart there stirs a quiet pain
For unremembered lads that not again
Will turn to me at midnight with a cry.

Thus in the winter stands the lonely tree,
Nor knows what birds have vanished one by one,
Yet knows its boughs more silent than before:
I cannot say what loves have come and gone,
I only know that summer sang in me
A little while, that in me sings no more.”
― Edna St. Vincent Millay

Taylor Swift

“But I miss screamin’ and fightin’ and kissin’ in the rain and it’s 2 a.m. and I’m cursin’ your name. You’re so in love the you act insane, and that’s the way I loved you.”
― Taylor Swift
J.K. Rowling

“What do I care how ‘e looks? I am good-looking enough for both of us, I theenk! All these scars show is zat my husband is brave!”
― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Megan McCafferty

“It’s so much easier to convince yourself you’re madly in love with someone when you know nothing about him.”
― Megan McCaffertySecond Helpings
Stephenie Meyer

“You are the most important thing to me now. The most important thing to me ever.”
― Stephenie MeyerTwilight
William Shakespeare

“Sweets to the sweet.”
― William ShakespeareHamlet
Jeaniene Frost

“Aside from the obvious, Francesca, what do you want in return for supplying information?” Bones asked, getting back to the subject. “You to take me,” she replied at once. “Not gonna happen!” I spat, squeezing him possessively. Three sets of widened eyes fixed on me. That’s when I realized that what I had a firm grip on was no longer his hand.”
― Jeaniene FrostHalfway to the Grave
Italo Calvino

“What makes lovemaking and reading resemble each other most is that within both of them times and spaces open, different from measurable time and space.”
― Italo Calvino
“What is love? two souls and one flesh; friendship? two bodies and one soul.”
― Joseph Roux
“Love is not finding someone to live with. It’s finding someone you can’t live without.”
― Rafael Ortiz
Mark Helprin

“If it weren’t for music, I would think that love is mortal.”
― Mark HelprinA Soldier of the Great War
Alison Croggon

“Love is one of the true mysteries,’ he said at last. ‘The truest and the deepest of all. One thing, Maerad: to love is never wrong. It may be disastrous; it may never be possible; it may be the deepest agony. But it is never wrong.”
― Alison CroggonThe Riddle
Jasper Fforde

“Two minds with but a single thought, two hearts that beat as one.”
― Jasper FfordeFirst Among Sequels
Peter S. Beagle

“I am no king, and I am no lord,
And I am no soldier at-arms,” said he.
“I’m none but a harper, and a very poor harper,
That am come hither to wed with ye.”

“If you were a lord, you should be my lord,
And the same if you were a thief,” said she.
“And if you are a harper, you shall be my harper,
For it makes no matter to me, to me,
For it makes no matter to me.”

“But what if it prove that I am no harper?
That I lied for your love most monstrously?”

“Why, then I’ll teach you to play and sing,
For I dearly love a good harp,” said she.”
― Peter S. BeagleThe Last Unicorn

Quotes tagged as “love” (showing 811-840 of 3,000)
Rita Mae Brown

“Sorrow is how we learn to love. Your heart isn’t breaking. It hurts because it’s getting larger. The larger it gets, the more love it holds.”
― Rita Mae BrownRiding Shotgun
Gabrielle Zevin

“Someday, we’ll run into each other again, I know it.
Maybe I’ll be older and smarter and just plain better. If that happens,
that’s when I’ll deserve you. But now, at this moment, you can’t hook
your boat to mine, because I’m liable to sink us both.”
― Gabrielle ZevinMemoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
Michelle Hodkin

“What would you do if I kissed you right now?”
I stared at his beautiful face and his beautiful mouth and I wanted nothing more than to taste it. “I would kiss you back.”
― Michelle HodkinThe Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Harper Lee

“With him, life was routine; without him, life was unbearable.”
― Harper LeeTo Kill a Mockingbird
Greg Behrendt

“You picked a lemon, throw it away lemonade is overrated. Freaks should remain at the circus, not in your apartment. You already have one asshole. You don’t need another. Make a space in your life for the glorious things you deserve. Have faith.”
― Greg BehrendtHe’s Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys
Cassandra Clare

“I’ve never minded it,” he went on. “Being lost, that is. I had always thought one could not truly be lost if one knew one’s own heart. But I fear I may be lost without knowing yours.”
― Cassandra ClareClockwork Prince
Lorrie Moore

“This is what happened in love. One of you cried a lot and then both of you grew sarcastic.”
― Lorrie MooreLike Life
Demi Lovato

“I can’t set my hopes too high,
‘Cause every hello ends with a goodbye.”
― Demi Lovato
Mitch Albom

“Love wins, love always wins.”
― Mitch AlbomTuesdays With Morrie
Oscar Wilde

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and a richness to life that nothing else can bring.”
― Oscar Wilde
Julie Kagawa

“Meghan,” whispered a voice, heart wrenchingly familiar, drawing me out of the void. I recognized it immediately, just as I realized it was a figment of my desperate imagination, because the real owner of that voice would never be here, talking to me.
Ash?
“Wake up,” he murmured, his deep voice cutting through the layers of the darkness. “Don’t do this. If you don’t come out of this soon, you’ll fade away and drift forever. Fight it. Come back to us.”
I didn’t want to wake up. There was nothing but pain waiting for me in the real world. If I was asleep, I couldn’t feel anything. If I was asleep, I didn’t have to face Ash and the cold contempt on his face when he looked at me. Darkness was my retreat, my sanctuary. I drew back from Ash’s voice, deeper into the comforting blackness. And, through the layer of dreams and delirium, I heard a quiet sob.
“Please.” A hand gripped mine, real and solid, anchoring me to the present. “I know what you must think of me, but…” The voice broke off, took a ragged breath. “Don’t leave,” it whispered. “Meghan, don’t go. Come back to me.”
― Julie KagawaThe Iron Daughter
Kahlil Gibran

“It is wrong to think that love comes from long companionship and persevering courtship. Love is the offspring of spiritual affinity and unless that affinity is created in a moment, it will not be created for years or even generations.”
― Kahlil Gibran
Nicholas Sparks

“How far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?”
― Nicholas SparksThe Choice
Oscar Wilde

“A man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her.”
― Oscar Wilde
Philip Roth

“The only obsession everyone wants: ‘love.’ People think that in falling in love they make themselves whole? The Platonic union of souls? I think otherwise. I think you’re whole before you begin. And the love fractures you. You’re whole, and then you’re cracked open. ”
― Philip RothThe Dying Animal
Martin Luther King Jr.

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy to a friend.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
Harlan Coben

“…”better to have loved and lost” bullshit. Don’t show me paradise and then burn it down.”
― Harlan Coben
Jonathan Safran Foer

“I went to a tattoo parlor and had YES written onto the palm of my left hand, and NO onto my right palm, what can I say, it hasn’t made my life wonderful, its made life possible, when I rub my hands against each other in the middle of winter I am warming myself with the friction of YES and NO, when I clap my hands I am showing my appreciation through the uniting and parting of YES and NO, I signify “book” by peeling open my hands, every book, for me, is the balance of YES and NO, even this one, my last one, especially this one. Does it break my heart, of course, every moment of every day, into more pieces than my heart was made of, I never thought of myself as quiet, much less silent, I never thought about things at all, everything changed, the distance that wedged itself between me and my happiness wasn’t the world, it wasn’t the bombs and burning buildings, it was me, my thinking, the cancer of never letting go, is ignorance bliss, I don’t know, but it’s so painful to think, and tell me, what did thinking ever do for me, to what great place did thinking ever bring me? I think and think and think, I’ve thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it.”
― Jonathan Safran Foer
Elizabeth Wurtzel

“I need the thing that happens when your brain shuts off and your heart turns on.”
― Elizabeth WurtzelProzac Nation
Arthur Golden

“If you aren’t the woman I think you are, then this isn’t the world I thought it was.”
― Arthur GoldenMemoirs of a Geisha
Nick Hornby

“Sometimes you know you’ve got a chance with a girl because she wants to fight with you. If the world wasn’t so messed up, it wouldn’t be like that. If the world was normal, a girl being nice to you would be a good sign, but in the real world, it isn’t.”
― Nick Hornby
Douglas Adams

“There’s always a moment when you start to fall out of love, whether it’s with a person or an idea or a cause, even if it’s one you only narrate to yourself years after the event: a tiny thing, a wrong word, a false note, which means that things can never be quite the same again.”
― Douglas AdamsThe Salmon of Doubt
Miley Cyrus

“I like being the girl nobody can have.”
― Miley Cyrus
Rita Mae Brown

“Loving’s pretty easy. It’s letting someone love you that’s hard.”
― Rita Mae BrownRiding Shotgun
Cecily von Ziegesar

“Not that she didn’t love almost every boy she’d ever met, and not that every boy in the world didn’t totally love her. It was impossible not to. But she wanted someone to love her and shower her with attention the way only a boy who was completely in love with her could. The rare sort of love. True love. The kind of love she’d never had.”
― Cecily von ZiegesarI Like it Like That
Maya Angelou

“Touched by an Angel

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.

Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.

We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love’s light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.”
― Maya Angelou

Diana Gabaldon

“For where all love is, the speaking is unnecessary”
― Diana GabaldonOutlander
“We are born to love as we are born to die, and between the heartbeats of those two great mysteries lies all the tangled undergrowth of our tiny lives. There is nowhere to go but through. And so we walk on, lost, and lost again, in the mapless wilderness of love.”
― Tim FarringtonThe Monk Downstairs
Jodi Picoult

“Love [is] supposed to move mountains, to make the world go round, to be all you need, but it [falls] apart at the deatils. It [can't] save a single person.”
― Jodi PicoultNineteen Minutes
Jarod Kintz

“If one unlabeled bottle holds nonfat milk, what does the second unlabeled bottle contain? If you answered “Whole milk” then you’re obviously not ready to receive a jug of my love. So I’ll just pour it in someone else’s coffee.
”
― Jarod KintzThis is the best book I’ve ever written, and it still sucks
David Mitchell

“A half-read book is a half-finished love affair.”
― David MitchellCloud Atlas
Martin Luther King Jr.

“Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, “Love your enemies.” It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. Just keep being friendly to that person. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies. (from “Loving Your Enemies”)”
― Martin Luther King Jr.A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
Orson Scott Card

“In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves. And then, in that very moment when I love them…. I destroy them.”
― Orson Scott CardEnder’s Game
Santosh Kalwar

“I don’t care what you say to me. I care what you share with me.”
― Santosh KalwarQuote Me Everyday
Veronica Roth

“Fear doesn’t shut you down; it wakes you up. I’ve seen it. It’s fascinating.” He releases me but doesn’t pull away, his hand grazing my jaw, my neck. “Sometimes I just…want to see it again. Want to see you awake.”
― Veronica RothDivergent
Michael Marshall Smith

“How many times have you tried to talk to someone about something that matters to you, tried to get them to see it the way you do? And how many of those times have ended with you feeling bitter, resenting them for making you feel like your pain doesn’t have any substance after all?

Like when you’ve split up with someone, and you try to communicate the way you feel, because you need to say the words, need to feel that somebody understands just how pissed off and frightened you feel. The problem is, they never do. “Plenty more fish in the sea,” they’ll say, or “You’re better off without them,” or “Do you want some of these potato chips?” They never really understand, because they haven’t been there, every day, every hour. They don’t know the way things have been, the way that it’s made you, the way it has structured your world. They’ll never realise that someone who makes you feel bad may be the person you need most in the world. They don’t understand the history, the background, don’t know the pillars of memory that hold you up. Ultimately, they don’t know you well enough, and they never can. Everyone’s alone in their world, because everybody’s life is different. You can send people letters, and show them photos, but they can never come to visit where you live.

Unless you love them. And then they can burn it down.”
― Michael Marshall SmithOnly Forward

Pablo Neruda

“Don’t go far off, not even for a day,
because I don’t know how to say it – a day is long
and I will be waiting for you, as in
an empty station when the trains are
parked off somewhere else, asleep.

Don’t leave me, even for an hour, because then
the little drops of anguish will all run together,
the smoke that roams looking for a home will drift
into me, choking my lost heart.

Oh, may your silhouette never dissolve
on the beach, may your eyelids never flutter
into the empty distance. Don’t LEAVE me for
a second, my dearest, because in that moment you’ll
have gone so far I’ll wander mazily
over all the earth, asking, will you
come back? Will you leave me here, dying?”
― Pablo Neruda

Paul McCartney

“Close your eyes and I’ll kiss you, Tomorrow I’ll miss you.”
― Paul McCartney
Tabitha Suzuma

“At the end of the day it’s about how much you can bear, how much you can endure. Being together, we harm nobody; being apart, we extinguish ourselves.”
― Tabitha SuzumaForbidden
Elizabeth Gilbert

“Desiring another person is perhaps the most risky endeavor of all. As soon as you want somebody—really want him—it is as though you have taken a surgical needle and sutured your happiness to the skin of that person, so that any separation will now cause a lacerating injury.”
― Elizabeth GilbertCommitted: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage
Nicholas Sparks

“No matter where it is in the sky… No matter where you are in the world… the moon is never bigger than your thumb. -John”
― Nicholas SparksDear John
Paulo Coelho

“But how will I know who my Soulmate is?” Brida felt that this was one of the most important questions she had ever asked in her life.
By taking risks’ she said to Brida. ‘ By risking failure, disappointment, disillusion, but never ceasing in you search for Love. As long as you keep looking, you will triumph in the end.”
― Paulo CoelhoBrida
Ally Condie

“Cassia.
I know which life is my real one now, no matter what happens. It’s the one with you. For some reason, knowing that even one person knows my story makes things different. Maybe it’s like the poem says. Maybe this is my way of not going gentle.
I love you. (Ky Markham)”
― Ally CondieMatched
Lauren Kate

“Love never dies.”
― Lauren KateTorment
David Levithan

“The way you’re singing in your sleep
The way you look before you leap
The strange illusions that you keep
You don’t know
But I’m noticing

The way your touch turns into arcs
The way you slide into the dark
The beating of my open heart
You don’t know
But I’m noticing”
― David LevithanNick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Dave Eggers

“I will not wait to love as best as I can. We thought we were young and that there would be time to love well sometime in the future. This is a terrible way to think. It is no way to live, to wait to love.”
― Dave EggersWhat Is the What
Toni Morrison

“Don’t ever think I fell for you, or fell over you. I didn’t fall in love, I rose in it.”
― Toni MorrisonJazz
Cecelia Ahern

“When you drop a glass or a plate to the ground it makes a loud crashing sound. When a window shatters a table leg breaks or when a picture falls off the wall it makes a noise. But as for your heart when that breaks it s completely silent. You would think as it s so important it would make the loudest noise in the whole world or even have some … Read Moresort of ceremonious sound like the gong of a cymbal or the ringing of a bell. But it s silent and you almost wish there was a noise to distract you from the pain. If there is a noise it s internal. It screams and no one can hear it but you. It screams so loud your ears ring and your head aches. It trashes around in your chest like a great white shark caught in the sea it roars like a mother bear whose cub has been taken. That s what it looks like and that s what it sounds like a trashing panicking trapped great big beast roaring like a prisoner to its own emotions. But that s the thing about love no one is untouchable.”
― Cecelia AhernIf You Could See Me Now
Jonathan Safran Foer

“You are the only one who has understood even a whisper of me, and I will tell you that I am the only person who has understood even a whisper of you.”
― Jonathan Safran FoerEverything is Illuminated
Lady Gaga

“Well my music was different in high school; I was singing about love—you know, things I don’t care about anymore.”
― Lady Gaga
Paulo Coelho

“I’ve met a man and fallen in love with him. I allowed myself to fall in love for one simple reason: I’m not expecting anything to come of it. I know that, in three months’ time, I’ll be far away and he’ll be just a memory, but I couldn’t stand living without love any longer; I had reached my limit…
Generally speaking, these meetings occur when we reach a limit, when we need to die and be reborn emotionally. These meeting are waiting for us, but more often than not, we avoid them happening. If we are desperate, though, if we have nothing to lose, or if we are full of enthusiasm for life, then the unknown reveals itself, and our universe changes directions.”
― Paulo CoelhoEleven Minutes
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you”
― Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Paul Auster

“I had jumped off the edge, and then, at the very last moment, something reached out and caught me in midair. That something is what I define as love. It is the one thing that can stop a man from falling, powerful enough to negate the laws of gravity.”
― Paul AusterMoon Palace
John Lennon

“Everything is clearer when you’re in love.”
― John Lennon
Rachel Caine

“Jealous?”

“Maybe.”

“No reason. I like my ladies with a pulse.”
― Rachel CaineFeast of Fools

George Eliot

“Poor fellow! I think he is in love with you.’

I am not aware of it. And to me it is one of the most odious things in a girl’s life, that there must always be some supposition of falling in love coming between her and any man who is kind to her… I have no ground for the nonsensical vanity of fancying everybody who comes near me is in love with me.”
― George Eliot

Clive Barker

After a battle lasting many ages,
The Devil won,
And said to God
(who had been his Maker):

Lord,
We are about to witness the unmaking of Creation
By my hand.
I would not wish you
to think me cruel,
So I beg you, take three things
From this world before I destroy it.
Three things, and then the rest will be
wiped away.’

God thought for a little time.
And at last He said:

No, there is nothing.’
The Devil was surprised.
Not even you, Lord?’ he said.
And God said: 

No. Not even me.”
― Clive BarkerAbarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War

Jodi Picoult

“I close my eyes, thinking that there is nothing like an embrace after an absence, nothing like fitting my face into the curve of his shoulder and filling my lungs with the scent of him.”
― Jodi PicoultKeeping Faith
Jarod Kintz

“To love someone as much as you love yourself, that is the ideal. Especially if that someone is your clone.
”
― Jarod KintzLove quotes for the ages. Specifically ages 18-81.
Jarod Kintz

“I love like a leaf in the wind. Please, hold your applause until the end of the performance (the last day of fall). 
”
― Jarod KintzThis is the best book I’ve ever written, and it still sucks
E.L. James

“You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince”
― E.L. JamesFifty Shades of Grey
Kate DiCamillo

“There ain’t no way you can hold onto something that wants to go, you understand? You can only love what you got while you got it.”
― Kate DiCamilloBecause of Winn-Dixie
Ally Condie

“Isn’t it funny how the memories you cherish before a breakup can become your worst enemies afterwards? The thoughts you loved to think about, the memories you wanted to hold up to the light and view from every angle–it suddenly seems a lot safer to lock them in a box, far from the light of day and throw away the key. It’s not an act of bitterness. It’s an act if self-preservation. It’s not always a bad idea to stay behind the window and look out at life instead, is it?”
― Ally CondieFirst Day
Jon Krakauer

“When you forgive, you love. And when you love, God’s light shines upon you.”
― Jon KrakauerInto the Wild
Dorothy Parker

Inventory:

“Four be the things I am wiser to know:
Idleness, sorrow, a friend, and a foe.
Four be the things I’d been better without:
Love, curiosity, freckles, and doubt.
Three be the things I shall never attain:
Envy, content, and sufficient champagne.
Three be the things I shall have till I die:
Laughter and hope and a sock in the eye.”
― Dorothy ParkerThe Complete Poems of Dorothy Parker

Plato

“Love is a serious mental disease.”
― PlatoPhaedrus
Charlotte Brontë

“It does good to no woman to be flattered [by a man] who does not intend to marry her; and it is madness in all women to let a secret love kindle within them, which, if unreturned and unknown, must devour the life that feeds it; and, if discovered and responded to, must lead, ignis-fatuus-like, into miry wilds whence there is no extrication.”
― Charlotte BrontëJane Eyre
Charles Bukowski

“I drive around the streets
an inch away from weeping,
ashamed of my sentimentality and
possible love.”
― Charles BukowskiLove is a Dog from Hell
Colleen Houck

“The fact is…I’m in love with you, and I have been for some time.”
― Colleen HouckTiger’s Curse
Maya Angelou

“First best is falling in love. Second best is being in love. Least best is falling out of love. But any of it is better than never having been in love.”
― Maya Angelou
Nicholas Sparks

“But love, I’ve come to understand, is more than three words mumbled before bedtime. Love is sustained by action, a pattern of devotion in the things we do for each other every day.”
― Nicholas SparksThe Wedding
Friedrich Nietzsche

“Amor Fati – “Love Your Fate”, which is in fact your life.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
Hermann Hesse

“Often it is the most deserving people who cannot help loving those who destroy them.”
― Hermann Hesse
Sarah Dessen

“I mean, it’s not surprising, really. Once you love something, you always love it in some way. You have to. It’s, like, part of you for good.”
― Sarah DessenWhat Happened to Goodbye
Laurell K. Hamilton

“Love is too precious to be ashamed of.”
― Laurell K. HamiltonA Stroke of Midnight
William Shakespeare

“Who could refrain that had a heart to love and in that heart courage to make love known?”
― William Shakespeare
Milan Kundera

“I want you to be weak. As weak as I am.”
― Milan KunderaThe Unbearable Lightness of Being
Melina Marchetta

“When I turn around, he cups my face in his hands and he kisses me so deeply that I don’t know who is breathing for who, but his mouth and tongue taste like warm honey. I don’t know how long it lasts, but when I let go of him, I miss it already.”
― Melina MarchettaOn the Jellicoe Road
John O'Donohue

“Your beloved and your friends were once strangers. Somehow at a particular time, they came from the distance toward your life. Their arrival seemed so accidental and contingent. Now your life is unimaginable without them. Similarly, your identity and vision are composed of a certain constellation of ideas and feelings that surfaced from the depths of the distance within you. To lose these now would be to lose yourself.”
― John O’DonohueAnam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
J.R. Ward

“The truth was…he was in love with her. Totally over-the-line, no-going-back, not-even-dead-would-he-part kind of shit.”
― J.R. WardLover Mine
Cynthia Hand

“Tucker: Why would you tell me now if it’s against the rules?
Clara: Because I love you.”
― Cynthia HandUnearthly
Ellen Hopkins

“You were a summer gift, one I’ll always treasure. You were a dream I never wanted to wake up from. You opened my eyes to things I’ll never really see. You’re the best thing that will ever happen to me.”
― Ellen HopkinsCrank
Milan Kundera

“Oh lovers! be careful in those dangerous first days! once you’ve brought breakfast in bed you’ll have to bring it forever, unless you want to be accused of lovelessness and betrayal.”
― Milan KunderaThe Book of Laughter and Forgetting
Dee Henderson

“I love you, in my mind where my thoughts reside, in my heart where my emotions live, and in my soul where my dreams are born. I love you.”
― Dee HendersonThe Healer
Paulo Coelho

“Ever since time began, people have recognized their true Love by the light in their eyes.”
― Paulo Coelho
Taylor Swift

“But no matter what love throws at you, you have to believe in it. You have ot believe in love stories and prince charmings and happily ever after. That’s why I write these songs. Because I think love is FEARLESS.”
― Taylor Swift
Jeaniene Frost

“Why did he have to be so gorgeous? Why did he have to stand so close, and why did I still love him so much? ”
― Jeaniene FrostOne Foot in the Grave
Christopher Moore

“Love: the sickest of Irony’s sick jokes. The place where logic and order go to die.”
― Christopher MooreCoyote Blue
Natalie Clifford Barney

“ When you’re in love you never really know whether your elation comes from the qualities of the one you love, or if it attributes them to her; whether the light which surrounds her like a halo comes from you, from her, or from the meeting of your sparks.”
― Natalie Clifford Barney
Henry James

“It has made me better loving you… it has made me wiser, and easier, and brighter. I used to want a great many things before, and to be angry that I did not have them. Theoretically, I was satisfied. I flattered myself that I had limited my wants. But I was subject to irritation; I used to have morbid sterile hateful fits of hunger, of desire. Now I really am satisfied, because I can’t think of anything better. It’s just as when one has been trying to spell out a book in the twilight, and suddenly the lamp comes in. I had been putting out my eyes over the book of life, and finding nothing to reward me for my pains; but now that I can read it properly I see that it’s a delightful story.”
― Henry JamesThe Portrait of a Lady
Jenny O'Connell

“[H]iding how you really feel and trying to make everyone happy doesn’t make you nice, it just makes you a liar.”
― Jenny O’ConnellThe Book of Luke
Lauren Oliver

“You can build walls all the way to the sky and I will find a way to fly above them. You can try to pin me down with a hundred thousand arms, but I will find a way to resist. And there are many of us out there, more than you think. People who refuse to stop believing. People who refuse to come to earth. People who love in a world without walls, people who love into hate, into refusal, against hope, and without fear.

I love you. Remember. They cannot take it.”
― Lauren OliverDelirium

David Levithan

“We always see our worst selves. Our most vulnerable selves. We need someone else to get close enough to tell us we’re wrong. Someone we trust.”
― David LevithanNaomi and Ely’s No Kiss List
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

“nothing in this world was more difficult than love.”
― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
Cassandra Clare

“to love is to destroy, and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed.”
― Cassandra ClareCity of Bones
Emily Brontë

“If you ever looked at me once with what I know is in you, I would be your slave.”
― Emily BrontëWuthering Heights
أحمد خالد توفيق

“أي ضير في أن يحب المرء خطيبته بجنون؟
أن يقضي الساعات يحلم بتعبيرات وجهها
و هي تضحك.. تقطب .. تهتم .. تحنو .. تتفلسف
وأن يسهر الليل محاولا أن يفهم ما كانت تريد قوله حين أخبرته بكذا .. أو كذا
ثم ذلك الشعور الممض الغريب .. محاولة استرجاع ملامح وجهها في ذهنك بلا جدوي كأنك لابد أن تراها لتتذكر وجهها! .. غريب .
و الشعور الممض الآخر:الشعور بأنها ستنفذ
الجنون المسعور الذي يعصف بإتزانك حين تدرك أنها في هذه اللحظات تضحك و تقول كلاما كثيرا ليس لك نصيب فيه !
كأن مخزونها من النضاره والرقة سينتهي بهذه الطريقه قبل الزواج .. عندئذ تنهض كالملسوع إلي الهاتف و تطلب الرقم الحبيب … و تنتظر في لهفه أن تسمع صوتها ناعسا يسأل عما هنالك ..
لو كنت تعرف أغنيه ستيفي واندر : ( لقد إتصلت لمجرد أن أقول لك أنني أحبك ) .. لو كنت تعرفها وقتها لأنشدتها عبر أسلاك الهاتف .. لكنك لم تكن تعرفها ..”
― أحمد خالد توفيق
Susan Polis Schutz

“This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy.”
― Susan Polis Schutz
W. Somerset Maugham

“If a man hasn’t what’s necessary to make a woman love him, it’s his fault, not hers.”
― W. Somerset MaughamThe Painted Veil
Evelyn Waugh

“After all, damn it, what does being in love mean if you can’t trust a person.”
― Evelyn WaughVile Bodies
غادة السمان

“ما أحلى الكلمات التي لا نقولها عندما نحس أن الحرف عاجز عن إستيعاب انفعالاتنا ”
― غادة السمان
Hermann Hesse

“Oh, love isn’t there to make us happy. I believe it exists to show us how much we can endure.”
― Hermann HesseWer lieben kann, ist glücklich. Über die Liebe
Gregory David Roberts

“Sometimes we love with nothing more than hope. Sometimes we cry with everything except tears.”
― Gregory David RobertsShantaram
Colleen Houck

“Were you always such a stubborn, blind, obtuse girl?”
“Are you calling me stupid?”
“Yes, but in a more poetic way!”
“Well, here’s a poem for you. Get lost!”
― Colleen Houck
Taylor Swift

“I don’t let nobody see me wishin’ he was mine”
― Taylor Swift
Becca Fitzpatrick

“I needed him like I’d never needed anyone.”
― Becca FitzpatrickCrescendo
E.E. Cummings

“love is thicker than forget
more thinner than recall
more seldom than a wave is wet
more frequent than to fail

it is most mad and moonly
and less it shall unbe
than all the sea which only
is deeper than the sea

love is less always than to win
less never than alive
less bigger than the least begin
less littler than forgive

it is most sane and sunly
and more it cannot die
than all the sky which only
is higher than the sky”
― E.E. Cummings

Tom Robbins

“Albert Camus wrote that the only serious question is whether to kill yourself or not.
Tom Robbins wrote that the only serious question is whether time has a beginning and an end.
Camus clearly got up on the wrong side of bed, and Robbins must have forgotten to set the alarm.
There is only one serious question. And that is: Who knows how to make love stay?
Answer me that and I will tell you whether or not to kill yourself.”
― Tom RobbinsStill Life with Woodpecker
Edna St. Vincent Millay

“After all my erstwhile dear, my no longer cherished;
Need we say it was not love, just because it perished? ”
― Edna St. Vincent Millay
Sarah Dessen

“Are those the only options? Nothing or forever?”
― Sarah DessenThis Lullaby
J.R. Ward

“I… What are you saying, Zsadist?” she stammered, even though she’d heard every word.

He glanced back down at the pencil in his hand and then turned to the table. Flipping the spiral notebook to a new page, he bent way over and labored on top of the paper for quite a while. Then he ripped the sheet free.

His hand was shaking as he held it out. “It’s messy.”

Bella took the paper. In a child’s uneven block letters there were three words: I LOVE YOU

Her lips flattened tight as her eyes stung. The handwriting got wavy and then disappeared.

“Maybe you can’t read it,” he said in a small voice. “I can do it over.”

She shook her head. “I can read it just fine. It’s… beautiful.”

“I don’t expect anything back. I mean… I know that you don’t… feel that for me anymore. But I wanted you to know. It’s important that you knew.”
― J.R. WardLover Awakened

Maggie Stiefvater

“And then I opened my eyes and it was just Grace and me – nothing anywhere but Grace and me – she pressing her lips together as though she were keeping my kiss inside her, and me, holding this moment that was as fragile as a bird in my hands.”
― Maggie StiefvaterShiver
Philip Pullman

“I told him I was going to betray you, and betray Lyra, and he believed me because I was corrupt and full of wickedness; he looked so deep I felt sure he’d see the truth. But I lied too well. I was lying with every nerve and fiber and everything I’d ever done…I wanted him to find no good in me, and he didn’t. There is none.”
― Philip PullmanThe Amber Spyglass
Graham Greene

“If only it were possible to love without injury – fidelity isn’t enough: I had been faithful to Anne and yet I had injured her. The hurt is in the act of possession: we are too small in mind and body to possess another person without pride or to be possessed without humiliation. In a way I was glad that my wife had struck out at me again – I had forgotten her pain for too long, and this was the only kind of recompense I could give her. Unfortunately the innocent are always involved in any conflict. Always, everywhere, there is some voice crying from a tower. ”
― Graham Greene
Sue Monk Kidd

“I hadn’t been out to the hives before, so to start off she gave me a lesson in what she called ‘bee yard etiquette’. She reminded me that the world was really one bee yard, and the same rules work fine in both places. Don’t be afraid, as no life-loving bee wants to sting you. Still, don’t be an idiot; wear long sleeves and pants. Don’t swat. Don’t even think about swatting. If you feel angry, whistle. Anger agitates while whistling melts a bee’s temper. Act like you know what you’re doing, even if you don’t. Above all, send the bees love. Every little thing wants to be loved.”
― Sue Monk KiddThe Secret Life of Bees
Jarod Kintz

“Death cannot stop true love. That’s why it’s pointless for me to try to murder all my adoring female fans. 
”
― Jarod KintzThe Days of Yay are Here! Wake Me Up When They’re Over.
Jarod Kintz

“Any lustful fool can love a million women, but only a real man can love one woman cloned a million times.”
― Jarod Kintz$3.33
Jarod Kintz

“My love is like one of those wooden Russian nesting dolls (matryoshka doll). I know, because your heart fits perfectly inside mine.
”
― Jarod KintzWho Moved My Choose?: An Amazing Way to Deal With Change by Deciding to Let Indecision Into Your Life
Jarod Kintz

“You could empty the trash and my love for you still wouldn’t fit inside. But just because it won’t fit, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t empty the trash. 
”
― Jarod KintzThis is the best book I’ve ever written, and it still sucks
François de La Rochefoucauld

“Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as the wind blows out the candle and fans the bonfire.”
― François de La RochefoucauldMaxims
Paulo Coelho

“I’ve been in love before, it’s like a narcotic. At first it brings the euphoria of complete surrender. The next day you want more. You’re not addicted yet, but you like the sensation, and you think you can still control things.You think about the person you love for two minutes then forget them for three hours. But then you get used to that person, and you begin to be completely dependent on them. Now you think about him for three hours and forget him for two minutes. If he’s not there, you feel like an addict who can’t get a fix. And just as addicts steal and humiliate themselves to get what they need, you’re willing to do anything for love.”- By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept”
― Paulo Coelho
Taylor Swift

“you’re an expert at sorry and keeping the lines blurry”
― Taylor Swift
Steve Harvey

“Nothing on this planet can compare with a woman’s love—it is kind and compassionate, patient and nurturing, generous and sweet and unconditional. Pure. If you are her man, she will walk on water and through a mountain for you, too, no matter how you’ve acted out, no matter what crazy thing you’ve done, no matter the time or demand. If you are her man, she will talk to you until there just aren’t any more words left to say, encourage you when you’re at rock bottom and think there just isn’t any way out, hold you in her arms when you’re sick, and laugh with you when you’re up. And if you’re her man and that woman loves you—I mean really loves you?—she will shine you up when you’re dusty, encourage you when you’re down, defend you even when she’s not so sure you were right, and hang on your every word, even when you’re not saying anything worth listening to. And no matter what you do, no matter how many times her friends say you’re no good, no matter how many times you slam the door on the relationship, she will give you her very best and then some, and keep right on trying to win over your heart, even when you act like everything she’s done to convince you she’s The One just isn’t good enough.
That’s a woman’s love—it stands the test of time, logic, and all circumstance.

Well, I’m here to tell you that expecting that kind of love— that perfection—from a man is unrealistic. That’s right, I said it—it’s not gonna happen, no way, no how. Because a man’s
love isn’t like a woman’s love.”
― Steve Harvey
Marian Keyes

“Failed relationships can be described as so much wasted make-up.”
― Marian KeyesWatermelon
William Shakespeare

“Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O no, it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand’ring bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.”

(Sonnet 116)
― William ShakespeareShakespeare’s Sonnets

Zelda Fitzgerald

“I don’t want to live, I want to love first and live incidentally.”
― Zelda Fitzgerald
Cassandra Clare

“His hands lay flat on either side of him, his arms at his sides. He seemed barely to be breathing; she wasn’t sure she was breathing herself. She slid her own hand across the bedsheet, just far enough that their fingers touched-so lightly that she would have probably hardly been aware of it had she been touching anyone but Jace; as it was, the nerve endings in her fingertips pricked softly, as if she were holding them over a low flame. She felt him tense beside her and then relax. He had shut his eyes, and his lashes cast fine shadows against the curve of his cheekbones. His mouth curled into a smile as if he sensed her watching him, and she wondered how he would look in the morning, with his hair messed and sleep circles under his eyes. Despite everything, the thought gave her a jolt of happiness.
She laced her fingers through his. “Good night,” she whispered. With their hands clasped like children in a fairy tale, she fell asleep beside him in the dark.”
― Cassandra ClareCity of Glass
Charlotte Brontë

“Jane, my little darling (so I will call you, for so you are), you don’t know what you are talking about; you misjudge me again: it is not because she is mad I hate her. If you were mad, do you think I should hate you?”

“I do indeed, sir.”

“Then you are mistaken, and you know nothing about me, and nothing about the sort of love of which I am capable. Every atom of your flesh is as dear to me as my own: in pain and sickness it would still be dear. Your mind is my treasure, and if it were broken, it would be my treasure still: if you raved, my arms should confine you, and not a strait waistcoat–your grasp, even in fury, would have a charm for me: if you flew at me as wildly as that woman did this morning, I should receive you in an embrace, at least as fond as it would be restrictive. I should not shrink from you with disgust as I did from her: in your quiet moments you should have no watcher and no nurse but me; and I could hang over you with untiring tenderness, though you gave me no smile in return; and never weary of gazing into your eyes, though they had no longer a ray of recognition for me.”
― Charlotte BrontëJane Eyre

Brian Andreas

“Wanting him to come back before anyone notices part of the world has not moved since he left.”
― Brian Andreas
Sylvia Plath

“I feel good with my husband: I like his warmth and his bigness and his being-there and his making and his jokes and stories and what he reads and how he likes fishing and walks and pigs and foxes and little animals and is honest and not vain or fame-crazy and how he shows his gladness for what I cook him and joy for when I make him something, a poem or a cake, and how he is troubled when I am unhappy and wants to do anything so I can fight out my soul-battles and grow up with courage and a philosophical ease. I love his good smell and his body that fits with mine as if they were made in the same body-shop to do just that. What is only pieces, doled out here and there to this boy and that boy, that made me like pieces of them, is all jammed together in my husband. So I don’t want to look around any more: I don’t need to look around for anything.”
― Sylvia PlathThe Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
Jonathan Safran Foer

“Every widow wakes one morning, perhaps after years of pure and unwavering grieving, to realize she slept a good night’s sleep, and will be able to eat breakfast, and doesn’t hear her husband’s ghost all the time, but only some of the time. Her grief is replaced with a useful sadness. Every parent who loses a child finds a way to laugh again. The timbre begins to fade. The edge dulls. The hurt lessens. Every love is carved from loss. Mine was. Yours is. Your great-great-great-grandchildren’s will be. But we learn to live in that love.”
― Jonathan Safran FoerEverything is Illuminated
David Nicholls

“This is where it all begins. Everything starts here, today.”
― David NichollsOne Day
Cassandra Clare

“I think everything that happened in Idris-Valentine, Max, Hodge, even Sebastian-I kept shoving it all down, trying to forget, but it’s catching up with me. I… I’ll get help. I’ll get better. I promise.”

“You promise.”

“I swear on the Angel.” He ducked his head down, kissed her cheek.

“The hell with that. I swear on us.”
― Cassandra ClareCity of Fallen Angels

Maggie Stiefvater

“Sam came around the side of the car and stopped dead when he saw me. “Oh my God, what is THAT?” I used my thumb and middle finger to flick the multicolored pom-pom on top of my head. “In my language, we call it a HAT. It keeps my ears warm.” “Oh my God,” Sam said again, and closed the distance between us. He cupped my face in his hands and studied me. “It’s horribly cute.” He kissed me, looked at the hat, and then he kissed me again. I vowed never to lose the pom-pom hat.”
― Maggie StiefvaterShiver
Colleen Houck

“What are you doing?”
“Kneeling before a goddess.”
“I’m not a goddess.”
“You are. A goddess, a princess, a queen. As a soldier, I pledge myself to your service. As a prince, I grant you any boon within my power. As a man, I ask to sit at your feet and worship you. Ask me to do anything for you and I will do it.”
― Colleen Houck
Hermann Hesse

“Love must not entreat,’ she added, ‘or demand. Love must have the strength to become certain within itself. Then it ceases merely to be attracted and begins to attract.”
― Hermann HesseDemian
Jarod Kintz

“You and I have a love so secret that not even you know about it. But first, let me introduce myself.”
― Jarod KintzLove quotes for the ages. Specifically ages 18-81.
Diana Gabaldon

“Blood of my Blood,” he whispered, “and bone of my bone. You carry me within ye, Claire, and ye canna leave me now, no matter what happens, You are mine, always, if ye will it or no, if ye want me or nay. Mine, and I wilna let ye go.”
― Diana GabaldonDragonfly in Amber
H. Jackson Brown Jr.

“A kiss on the beach when there is a full moon is the closest thing to heaven.”
― H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Meister Eckhart

“The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God’s eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.”
― Meister EckhartSermons of Meister Eckhart
Chuck Palahniuk

“Just for the record, she still loves you. She wouldn’t bother to torture you if she didn’t. ”
― Chuck PalahniukDiary
Margaret Atwood

“How could I be sleeping with this particular man…. Surely only true love could justify my lack of taste.”
― Margaret AtwoodLady Oracle
Jodi Picoult

“I think you can love a person too much.

You put someone up on a pedestal, and all of a sudden, from that perspective, you notice what’s wrong – a hair out of place, a run in a stocking, a broken bone. You spend all your time and energy making it right, and all the while, you are falling apart yourself. You don’t even realize what you look like, how far you’ve deteriorated, because you only have eyes for someone else.”
― Jodi PicoultHandle With Care

Taylor Swift

“I haven’t had that one great love, which is good. I don’t want that to be in the past, I want it to be in the future.”
― Taylor Swift
Rabindranath Tagore

“Love’s gift cannot be given, it waits to be accepted.”
― Rabindranath Tagore
Simone Elkeles

“I look down at our knees, slightly touching. Jeans against jeans. Does she notice the heat transferring from her body to mine? Does she even realize what she’s doing to me? I know, I know. I’m not a virgin and the slightest touch of a girl’s knee is driving me insane. I don’t even know what I’m feeling for Maggie, I just know that I’m feeling. It’s something I’ve tried to avoid and deny until yesterday, when I held her in my arms while her tears spilled onto my shirt.

God, our knees touching isn’t enough. I need more.

She’s knotting her fingers together on her lap as if she doesn’t know what to do with them. I want to touch her, but what if she pulls away like before? I’ve never been such a wuss with a girl in my life.

I bite my bottom lip as I slide my hand about millionth of a millimeter closer to her hand.

She doesn’t seem fazed so I move closer. And closer.

When the tips of my fingers touch her wrist, she freezes. But she doesn’t jerk her hand away. God, her skin is so soft, I think as my fingers trail a path from her wrist to her knuckles to her smooth, manicured nails.

I swear touching her like this is driving me nuts. It’s more erotic, more intense than any other time with Kendra. I feel awkward and inexperienced as a freshman again. I look up. Everyone else is oblivious to the intensity of emotions running rampant in the back of the public bus.

When I look back down at my hand covering hers, I’m grateful she hasn’t come to her senses and pulled away. As if she knows my thoughts, we both turn our hands at the same time so our hands are palm against palm…finger against finger. Her hand is dwarfed against mine. It makes her seem more delicate and petite than I’d realize. I feel a need to protect her and be her champion should she ever need one.

With a slight shift of my hand, I lace my fingers through hers.

I’m holding hands. With Maggie Armstrong.

I’m not even going to think about how wrong it is because it feels so right. She’s avoided looking right at me, but now she turns her head and our eyes lock. God, how come I never noticed before how long her lashes were and how her brown eyes have specks of gold that sparkle when the sun shine on them?

The bus stops suddenly and I look out the window. It’s our stop. She must have realized this because she pulls her hand away from mine and stands. I follow behind, still reeling.”
― Simone ElkelesLeaving Paradise

“None of us can choose where we shall love…”
― Susan KayPhantom
Milan Kundera

“Perhaps the reason we are unable to love is that we yearn to be loved, that is, we demand something (love) from our partner instead of delivering ourselves up to him demand-free and asking for nothing but his company.”
― Milan Kundera
Deb Caletti
Bell Hooks

“Usually adult males who are unable to make emotional connections with the women they choose to be intimate with are frozen in time, unable to allow themselves to love for fear that the loved one will abandon them. If the first woman they passionately loved, the mother, was not true to her bond of love, then how can they trust that their partner will be true to love. Often in their adult relationships these men act out again and again to test their partner’s love. While the rejected adolescent boy imagines that he can no longer receive his mother’s love because he is not worthy, as a grown man he may act out in ways that are unworthy and yet demand of the woman in his life that she offer him unconditional love. This testing does not heal the wound of the past, it merely reenacts it, for ultimately the woman will become weary of being tested and end the relationship, thus reenacting the abandonment. This drama confirms for many men that they cannot put their trust in love. They decide that it is better to put their faith in being powerful, in being dominant.”
― Bell Hooks
Mahatma Gandhi

“The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
Gayle Forman

“Love, it never dies. It never goes away, it never fades, so long as you hang on to it. Love can make you immortal”
― Gayle FormanIf I Stay
Haruki Murakami

“Despite your best efforts, people are going to be hurt when it’s time for them to be hurt.”
― Haruki MurakamiNorwegian Wood
Charles Bukowski

“Love is a form of prejudice. You love what you need, you love what makes you feel good, you love what is convenient. How can you say you love one person when there are ten thousand people in the world that you would love more if you ever met them? But you’ll never meet them. All right, so we do the best we can. Granted. But we must still realize that love is just the result of a chance encounter. Most people make too much of it. On these grounds a good fuck is not to be entirely scorned. But that’s the result of a chance meeting too. You’re damned right. Drink up. We’ll have another.”
― Charles Bukowski
Jodi Picoult

“Until this moment, I had not realized that someone could break your heart twice, along the very same fault lines.”
― Jodi PicoultMy Sister’s Keeper
Sara Teasdale

“Stephen kissed me in the spring,
Robin in the fall,
But Colin only looked at me
And never kissed at all.

Stephen’s kiss was lost in jest,
Robin’s lost in play,
But the kiss in Colin’s eyes
Haunts me night and day.”
― Sara TeasdaleThe Collected Poems

Jodi Picoult

“You know someone’s right for you when the things they don’t have to say are even more important than the things they do.”
― Jodi PicoultSing You Home
Paulo Coelho

“It was the pure Language of the World. It required no explanation, just as the universe needs none as it travels through endless time. What the boy felt at that moment was that he was in the presence of the only woman in his life, and that, with no need for words, she recognized the same thing. He was more certain of it than of anything in the world. He had been told by his parents and grandparents that he must fall in love and really know a person before becoming committed. But maybe people who felt that way had never learned the universal language. Because, when you know that language, it’s easy to understand that someone in the world awaits you, whether it’s in the middle of the desert or in some great city. And when two such people encounter each other, and their eyes meet, the past and the future become unimportant. There is only that moment, and the incredible certainty that everything under the sun has been written by one hand only. It is the hand that evokes love, and creates a twin soul for every person in the world. Without such love, one’s dreams would have no meaning.”
― Paulo CoelhoThe Alchemist
Jason Mraz

“It’s strange how dreams get under your skin and give your heart a test for what’s real and what’s imaginary.”
― Jason Mraz
“I desire to be with you. I miss you. I feel lonely when I can’t see you. I am obsessed with you, fascinated by you, infatuated with you. I hunger for your taste, your smell, the feel of your soul touching mine.”
― Jack LlawayllynnIndulgence
William Faulkner

“The saddest thing about love, Joe, is that not only the love cannot last forever, but even the heartbreak is soon forgotten.”
― William Faulkner
Victor Hugo

“When love has fused and mingled two beings in a sacred and angelic unity, the secret of life has been discovered so far as they are concerned; they are no longer anything more than the two boundaries of the same destiny; they are no longer anything but the two wings of the same spirit. Love, soar.”
― Victor HugoLes Misérables
Victoria Moran

“To the people who love you, you are beautiful already. This is not because they’re blind to your shortcomings but because they so clearly see your soul. Your shortcomings then dim by comparison. The people who care about you are willing to let you be imperfect and beautiful, too. (20)”
― Victoria MoranLit From Within: Tending Your Soul For Lifelong Beauty
Charles M. Schulz

“Absence makes the heart grow fonder, but it sure makes the rest of you lonely.”
― Charles M. Schulz
Chuck Palahniuk

“It’s easy to cry when you realize that everyone you love will reject you or die.”
― Chuck Palahniuk
Haruki Murakami

“Being with her I feel a pain, like a frozen knife stuck in my chest. An awful pain, but the funny thing is I’m thankful for it. It’s like that frozen pain and my very existence are one.
The pain is an anchor, mooring me here.
― Haruki MurakamiKafka on the Shore
Sam Keen

“We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.”
― Sam KeenTo Love and Be Loved
Anaïs Nin

“I reserve the right to love many different people at once, and to change my prince often.”
― Anaïs Nin
Jodi Picoult

“All any of us wanted, really, was to know that we counted. That someone else’s life would not have been as rich without us here.”
― Jodi PicoultHandle With Care
Toni Morrison

“Let me tell you about love, that silly word you believe is about whether you like somebody or whether somebody likes you or whether you can put up with somebody in order to get something or someplace you want or you believe it has to do with how your body responds to another body like robins or bison or maybe you believe love is how forces or nature or luck is benign to you in particular not maiming or killing you but if so doing it for your own good. Love is none of that. There is nothing in nature like it. Not in robins or bison or in the banging tails of your hunting dogs and not in blossoms or suckling foal. Love is divine only and difficult always. If you think it is easy you are a fool. If you think it is natural you are blind. It is a learned application without reason or motive except that it is God. You do not deserve love regardless of the suffering you have endured. You do not deserve love because somebody did you wrong. You do not deserve love just because you want it. You can only earn – by practice and careful contemplations – the right to express it and you have to learn how to accept it. Which is to say you have to earn God. You have to practice God. You have to think God-carefully. And if you are a good and diligent student you may secure the right to show love. Love is not a gift. It is a diploma. A diploma conferring certain privileges: the privilege of expressing love and the privilege of receiving it. How do you know you have graduated? You don’t. What you do know is that you are human and therefore educable, and therefore capable of learning how to learn, and therefore interesting to God, who is interested only in Himself which is to say He is interested only in love. Do you understand me? God is not interested in you. He is interested in love and the bliss it brings to those who understand and share the interest. Couples that enter the sacrament of marriage and are not prepared to go the distance or are not willing to get right with the real love of God cannot thrive. They may cleave together like robins or gulls or anything else that mates for life. But if they eschew this mighty course, at the moment when all are judged for the disposition of their eternal lives, their cleaving won’t mean a thing. God bless the pure and holy. Amen.”
― Toni MorrisonParadise
Christopher Paolini

“Those whom we most love are often the most alien to us.”
― Christopher PaoliniEldest
Mark Twain

“When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain.”
― Mark TwainNotebook
Elizabeth Scott

“The thing is, that world doesn’t exist. All growing up means is that your realize no one will come along to fix things. No one will come along to save you.”
― Elizabeth ScottLove You Hate You Miss You
Charles Frazier

“She fit her head under his chin, and he could feel her weight settle into him. He held her tight and words spilled out of him without prior composition. And this time he made no effort to clamp them off. He told her about the first time he had looked on the back of her neck as she sat in the church pew. Of the feeling that had never let go of him since. He talked to her of the great waste of years between then and now. A long time gone. And it was pointless, he said, to think how those years could have been put to better use, for he could hardly have put them to worse. There was no recovering them now. You could grieve endlessly for the loss of time and the damage done therein. For the dead, and for your own lost self. But what the wisdom of the ages says is that we do well not to grieve on and on. And those old ones knew a thing or two and had some truth to tell, Inman said, for you can grieve your heart out and in the end you are still where you are. All your grief hasn’t changed a thing. What you have lost will not be returned to you. It will always be lost. You’re left with only your scars to mark the void. All you can choose to do is go on or not. But if you go on, it’s knowing you carry your scars with you. Nevertheless, over all those wasted years, he had held in his mind the wish to kiss her on the back of her neck, and now he had done it. There was a redemption of some kind, he believed, in such complete fulfillment of a desire so long deferred.”
― Charles FrazierCold Mountain
Nikki Giovanni

“the world is not a pleasant place to be without someone to hold and be held by.”
― Nikki Giovanni

Quotes About Love

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C. JoyBell C.

“We have to allow ourselves to be loved by the people who really love us, the people who really matter. Too much of the time, we are blinded by our own pursuits of people to love us, people that don’t even matter, while all that time we waste and the people who do love us have to stand on the sidewalk and watch us beg in the streets! It’s time to put an end to this. It’s time for us to let ourselves be loved.”
― C. JoyBell C.
Cassandra Clare

“She leaned forward and caught at his hand, pressing it between her own. The touch was like white fire through his veins. He could not feel her skin only the cloth of her gloves, and yet it did not matter. You kindled me, heap of ashes that I am, into fire. He had wondered once why love was always phrased in terms of burning. The conflagration in his own veins, now, gave the answer.”
― Cassandra ClareClockwork Princess
Neil Gaiman

“Sleep my little baby-oh
Sleep until you waken
When you wake you’ll see the world
If I’m not mistaken…

Kiss a lover
Dance a measure,
Find your name
And buried treasure…

Face your life
Its pain,
Its pleasure,
Leave no path untaken.”
― Neil GaimanThe Graveyard Book

Lisa Kleypas

“The letter had been crumpled up and tossed onto the grate. It had burned all around the edges, so the names at the top and bottom had gone up in smoke. But there was enough of the bold black scrawl to reveal that it had indeed been a love letter. And as Hannah read the singed and half-destroyed parchment, she was forced to turn away to hide the trembling of her hand.

—should warn you that this letter will not be eloquent. However, it will be sincere, especially in light of the fact that you will never read it. I have felt these words like a weight in my chest, until I find myself amazed that a heart can go on beating under such a burden.

I love you. I love you desperately, violently, tenderly, completely. I want you in ways that I know you would find shocking. My love, you don’t belong with a man like me. In the past I’ve done things you wouldn’t approve of, and I’ve done them ten times over. I have led a life of immoderate sin. As it turns out, I’m just as immoderate in love. Worse, in fact.

I want to kiss every soft place of you, make you blush and faint, pleasure you until you weep, and dry every tear with my lips. If you only knew how I crave the taste of you. I want to take you in my hands and mouth and feast on you. I want to drink wine and honey from you.

I want you under me. On your back.

I’m sorry. You deserve more respect than that. But I can’t stop thinking of it. Your arms and legs around me. Your mouth, open for my kisses. I need too much of you. A lifetime of nights spent between your thighs wouldn’t be enough.

I want to talk with you forever. I remember every word you’ve ever said to me.

If only I could visit you as a foreigner goes into a new country, learn the language of you, wander past all borders into every private and secret place, I would stay forever. I would become a citizen of you.

You would say it’s too soon to feel this way. You would ask how I could be so certain. But some things can’t be measured by time. Ask me an hour from now. Ask me a month from now. A year, ten years, a lifetime. The way I love you will outlast every calendar, clock, and every toll of every bell that will ever be cast. If only you—

And there it stopped.”
― Lisa KleypasA Wallflower Christmas

Pablo Neruda

“I no longer love her, that’s certain, but maybe I love her. Love is so short, forgetting is so long.”
― Pablo NerudaTwenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair
Carrie Underwood

“The more boys I meet the more I love my dog.”
― Carrie Underwood
Colleen Houck

“There are many different types of kisses. There’s a passionate kiss of farewell—like the kind Rhett gave Scarlett when he went off to war. The kiss of I-can’t-really-be-with-you-but-I-want-to-be—like with Superman and Lois Lane. There’s the first kiss—one that is gentle and hesitant, warm and vulnerable. And then there’s the kiss of possession—which was how Ren kissed me now.
It went beyond passion, beyond desire. His kiss was full of longing, need, and love, like all those other kisses. But, it was also filled with promises and pledges, some of which seemed sweet and tender while others seemed dangerous and exciting. He was taking me over. Staking a claim.
He seized me as boldly as the tiger captured his prey. There was no escape. And I didn’t want to. I would have happily died in his clutches. I was his. And he made sure I knew it. My heart burst with a thousand beautiful blooms, all tiger lilies. And I knew with a certainty more powerful than anything I’d ever felt before that we belonged together. ”
― Colleen HouckTiger’s Quest
Gerard Way

“Tears are words the heart can’t express”
― Gerard Way
Hermann Hesse

“When you like someone, you like them in spite of their faults. When you love someone, you love them with their faults.”
― Hermann HesseWer lieben kann, ist glücklich. Über die Liebe
Rick Riordan

“They send a person who can never stay,” she whispered. “Who can never accept my offer of companionship for more than a little while. They send me a hero I can’t help … just the sort of person I can’t help falling in love with.”

As I sailed into the lake I realized the Fates really were cruel. They sent Calypso someone she couldn’t help but love. But it worked both ways. For the rest of my life I would be thinking about her. She would always be my biggest what if.”
― Rick RiordanThe Battle of the Labyrinth
Francine Rivers

“Love God and He will enable you to love others even when they disappoint you.”
― Francine RiversAnd the Shofar Blew
Jeanette Winterson

“I want someone who is fierce and will love me until death and knows that love is as strong as death, and be on my side forever and ever. I want someone who will destroy and be destroyed by me.”
― Jeanette WintersonOranges are Not the Only Fruit
Suzanne Collins

“Not like this. He wanted it to be real.”
― Suzanne CollinsCatching Fire
Sophie Kinsella

“It’s like I’m thirteen again and he’s my crush. All I’m aware of in this entire roomful of people is him. Where he is, what he’s doing, who he’s talking to.”
― Sophie KinsellaRemember Me?
J.K. Rowling

“You are protected, in short, by your ability to love!”
― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Stephenie Meyer

“Sometimes you have to learn to love what’s good for you.”
― Stephenie MeyerNew Moon
Jimi Hendrix

“Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts. Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.”
― Jimi Hendrix
Andrew Davidson

“If you listen to the wind very carefully, you’ll be able to hear me whisper my love for you.”
― Andrew Davidson
Kahlil Gibran

“Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.”
― Kahlil GibranLove Letters in the Sand: The Love Poems of Khalil Gibran
Rachel Caine

“In this whole screwed-up town, you’re the only thing that’s always been right to me,” he whispered. “I love you, Claire.” She saw something that might have been just a flash of panic go across his expression, but then he steadied again. “I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I do. I love you.”
― Rachel CaineLord of Misrule
Robert Frost

“I’d like to get away from earth awhile
And then come back to it and begin over.
May no fate wilfully misunderstand me
And half grant what I wish and snatch me away
Not to return. Earth’s the right place for love:
I don’t know where it’s likely to go better.”
― Robert Frost
Becca Fitzpatrick

“It isn’t about love,” Vee said. “It’s about fun.”
― Becca FitzpatrickHush, Hush
Maggie Stiefvater

“I could still smell her on my fur. It clung to me, a memory of another world.

I was drunk with it, with the scent of her. I’d got too close.

The smell of summer on her skin, the half-recalled cadence of her voice, the sensation of her fingers on my fur. Every bit of me sang with the memory of her closeness.

Too close.

I couldn’t stay away.”
― Maggie StiefvaterShiver

Jodi Picoult

“You don’t have to say I love you to say I love you,” you said with a shrug. “All you have to do is say my name and I know.”

…”Can’t you hear it?” you said. “When you love someone, you say their name different. Like it’s safe inside your mouth.”
― Jodi Picoult

Maggie Stiefvater

“What are you wishing for?’ Grace interrupted. ‘To kiss you,’ I said to her.”
― Maggie StiefvaterLinger
Sarah Dessen

“The truth was I knew, after all those flat January days, that I deserved better. I deserved I love yous and kiwi fruits and warriors coming to my door, besotted with love. I deserved pictures of my face in a thousand expressions, and the warmth of a baby’s kick beneath my hand. I deserved to grow, and to change, to become all the girls I could be over the course of my life, each one better than the last.”
― Sarah Dessen
Diablo Cody

“He is the cheese to my macaroni.”
― Diablo CodyJuno: The Shooting Script
Stanisław Lem

“On the surface, I was calm: in secret, without really admitting it, I was waiting for something. Her return? How could I have been waiting for that? We all know that we are material creatures, subject to the laws of physiology and physics, and not even the power of all our feelings combined can defeat those laws. All we can do is detest them. The age-old faith of lovers and poets in the power of love, stronger than death, that finis vitae sed non amoris, is a lie, useless and not even funny. So must one be resigned to being a clock that measures the passage of time, now out of order, now repaired, and whose mechanism generates despair and love as soon as its maker sets it going?
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“The soul is healed by being with children.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Stephenie Meyer

“Eight full lives,” I whispered against his jaw, my voice breaking. “Eight full lives and I never found anyone I would stay on a planet for, anyone I would follow when they left. I never found a partner. Why now? Why you? You’re not of my species. How can you be my partner?”
“It’s a strange universe,” he murmured.
“It’s not fair,” I complained, echoing Sunny’s words. It wasn’t fair. How could I find this, find love–now, in this eleventh hour–and have to leave it? Was it fair that my soul and body couldn’t reconcile? Was it fair that I had to love Melanie, too? Was it fair that Ian would suffer? He deserved happiness if anyone did. Itwasn’t fair or right or even…sane. How could I do this to him?
“I love you,” I whispered.
“Don’t say that like you’re saying goodbye.”
But I had to. “I, the soul called Wanderer, love you, human Ian. And that will never change, no matter what I might become.” I worded it carefully, so that there would be no lie in my voice.
“If I were a Dolphin or a Bear or a Flower, it wouldn’t matter. I would always love you, always remember you. You will be my only partner.”
― Stephenie MeyerThe Host
Sarah Ockler

“Weeping is not the same thing as crying. It takes your whole body to weep, and when it’s over, you feel like you don’t have any bones left to hold you up.”
― Sarah OcklerTwenty Boy Summer
F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Ah,” she cried, “you look so cool.”

Their eyes met, and they stared together at each other, alone in space. With an effort she glanced down at the table.

You always look so cool,” she repeated.

She had told him that she loved him, and Tom Buchanan saw.”
― F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Great Gatsby

Gerard Way

“Would you destroy Something perfect in order to make it beautiful?”
― Gerard Way
Veronica Roth

“Wait a second,” Four says. I turn toward him, wondering which version of Four I’ll see now-the one who scolds me, or the one who climbs Ferris wheels with me. He smiles a little, but the smile doesn’t spread to his eyes, which look less tense and worried.

“You belong here, you know that?” he says. “You belong with us. It’ll be over soon, so just hold on, okay?”

He scratches behind his ear and looks away, like he’s embarrassed by what he said.

I stare at him. I feel my heartbeat everywhere, even in my toes. I feel like doing something bold, but I could just as easily walk away. I am not sure which option is smarter, or better. I am not sure that I care.

I reach out and take his hand. His fingers slide between mine. I can’t breathe.

I stare up at him, and he stares down at me. For a long moment, we stay that way. Then I pull my hand away and run after Uriah and Lynn and Marlene. Maybe now he thinks I’m stupid, or strange. Maybe it was worth it.”
― Veronica RothDivergent

Jacqueline Carey

“Why is there ever this perverse cruelty in humankind, that makes us hurt most those we love best?”
― Jacqueline CareyKushiel’s Chosen
Jess C. Scott

“V-Day…if you need this one day in a year to show everyone else you truly care for “your loved one” I think it’s quite stupid. I hate this commercialism. It’s all artificial, and has nothing to do with real love.”
― Jess C. ScottEyeLeash: A Blog Novel
Mother Teresa

“Work without love is slavery.”
― Mother Teresa
Colleen Houck

“And yes, I’ll admit, I am jealous. I’m jealous of every minute you spend with him, of every concerned expression you send his way, of every tear shed, of every glance, every touch, and every thought. I want to rip him to pieces and purge him from your mind and from your heart. But I can’t.”
― Colleen Houck
Nora Roberts

“When you find somebody you love, all the way through, and she loves you—even with your weaknesses, your flaws, everything starts to click into place. And if you can talk to her, and she listens, if she makes you laugh, and makes you think, makes you want, makes you see who you really are, and who you are is better, just better with her, you’d be crazy not to want to spend the rest of your life with her. (Carter Maguire)”
― Nora RobertsHappy Ever After
Julia Quinn

“Love’s about finding the one person who makes your heart complete. Who makes you a better person than you ever dreamed you could be. Its about looking in the eyes of your wife and knowing all the way to your bones that she’s simply the best person you’ve ever known.”
― Julia QuinnThe Viscount Who Loved Me
Cassandra Clare

“She had never imagined she had the power to make someone else so happy. And not a magical power, either–a purely human one.”
― Cassandra ClareClockwork Prince
Gregory David Roberts

“Some feelings sink so deep into the heart that only loneliness can help you find them again. Some truths are so painful that only shame can help you live with them. Some things are so sad that only your soul can do the crying for them.”
― Gregory David RobertsShantaram
Cassandra Clare

“Jace looked as if she had slapped him. “Why are you determined not to believe us?”
“Because she loves you,” said Valentine.
Clary felt the blood drain out of her face.”
― Cassandra ClareCity of Bones
Paulo Coelho

“When you were in love, you were capable of learning everything and of knowing things you had never dared even to think, because love was the key to understanding all of the mysteries.”
― Paulo CoelhoBrida
Cassandra Clare

“Love is the most powerful force in the world. That love can do anything.”
― Cassandra ClareCity of Fallen Angels
W. Somerset Maugham

“Oh, it’s always the same,’ she sighed, ‘if you want men to behave well to you, you must be beastly to them; if you treat them decently they make you suffer for it.”
― W. Somerset MaughamOf Human Bondage
Audrey Niffenegger

“Right now we are here, and nothing can mar our perfection, or steal the joy of this perfect moment.”
― Audrey NiffeneggerThe Time Traveler’s Wife
Chuck Palahniuk

“Almost all the time, you tell yourself you’re loving somebody when you’re just using them.
This only looks like love.”
― Chuck PalahniukInvisible Monsters
Dave Eggers

“But everyone disappears, no matter who loves them.”
― Dave EggersWhat Is the What
Jeffrey Eugenides

“A love story can never be about full possession. The happy marriage, the requited love, the desire that never dims–these are lucky eventualites but they aren’t love stories. Love stories depend on disappointment, on unequal births and feuding families, on matrimonial boredom and at least one cold heart. Love stories, nearly without exception, give love a bad name.

We value love not because it’s stronger than death but because it’s weaker. Say what you want about love: death will finish it. You will not go on loving in the grave, not in any physical way that will at all resemble love as we know it on earth. The perishable nature of love is what gives love its importance in our lives. If it were endless, if it were on tap, love wouldn’t hit us the way it does.

And we certainly wouldn’t write about it.”
― Jeffrey EugenidesMy Mistress’s Sparrow Is Dead

Rachel Vail

“I didn’t care who kissed you first as long as I kissed you last.”
-George from If We Kiss”
― Rachel VailIf We Kiss
Neil Gaiman

“…So what I want to know is why it is that I can no longer find you, in my mind. You are still there, just, but you are there like a ghost, a will o’ the wisp. Not long ago you burned–your heart burned–in my mind like silver fire. But after that night in the inn it became patchy and dim, and now it is not there at all.”

“Could it be that the heart that you seek is no longer my own? …I have given my heart to another.”

“The boy? The one in the inn? With the unicorn?”

“Yes.”

“You should have let me take it back then, for my sisters and me. We could have been young again, well into the next age of the world. Your boy will break it, or waste it, or lose it. They all do.”

“Nonetheless, he has my heart. I hope your sisters will not be too hard on you, when you return to them without it.”
― Neil GaimanStardust

Audrey Niffenegger

“Clare, I want to tell you, again, I love you. Our love has been the thread through the labyrinth, the net under the high-wire walker, the only real thing in this strange life of mine that I could ever trust. Tonight I feel that my love for you has more density in this world than I do, myself: as though it could linger on after me and surround you, keep you, hold you.”
― Audrey Niffenegger
“And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. (1 Cor. 13:2 New King James Version)”
― AnonymousHoly Bible: The New King James Version
Jarod Kintz

“Love is the most amazing feeling in the world. Let me double check. Yep, love is a feeling.”
― Jarod KintzLove quotes for the ages. Specifically ages 18-81.
Christina Rossetti

“Ah me, but where are now the songs I sang
When life was sweet because you call’d them sweet?”
― Christina RossettiPoems of Christina Rossetti
Susan  Fletcher

“Kisses open doors, I’ve noticed. That one gesture can unlock secrets, ease open feelings. It can’t be prevented–these kisses just are. It’s how they work. They break into basements you never knew you had.”
― Susan FletcherEve Green
Jarod Kintz

“Hydrogenated and androgynous milky white love is all I have to offer you. Would you like me to pour it in your coffee, or directly into your soul?
”
― Jarod KintzThe Days of Yay are Here! Wake Me Up When They’re Over.

Must I go on living here then, among the objects we both had touched, in the air she had breathed? In the name of what? In the hope of her return? I hoped for nothing. And yet I lived in expectation. Since she had gone, that was all that remained. I did not know what achievements, what mockery, even what tortures still awaited me. I knew nothing, and I persisted in the faith that the time of cruel miracles was not past.”
― Stanisław Lem

Jodi Picoult

“Take it from me: love has all the lasting permanence of a rainbow- beautiful while it’s there, and just as likely to have disappeared by the time you blink.”
― Jodi Picoult
Susan  Fletcher

“Love is blind, they say–but isn’t it more that love makes us see too much? Isn’t it more that love floods our brain with sights and sounds, so that everything looks bigger, brighter, more lovely than ever before?”
― Susan FletcherEve Green
“Friendship often ends in love. But love in friendship; never.”
― Charles Caleb Colton
Richelle Mead

“Vladimir did great things—so could she. Besides, they come first, right?”
“Not always.”
I stared. I’d had they come first drilled into me since I was a child. It was what all guardians believed. Only the dhampirs who’d run away from their duty didn’t subscribe to that. What he said was almost like treason.
“Sometimes, Rose, you have to know when to put yourself first.”
― Richelle MeadShadow Kiss
“To fall in love is easy, even to remain in it is not difficult; our human loneliness is cause enough. But it is a hard quest worth making to find a comrade through whose steady presence one becomes steadily the person one desires to be.”
― Anna Louise Strong
Jarod Kintz

“Love is like a forest, I think as I kill trees by squandering toilet paper while “decorating” my ex girlfriend’s front yard.
”
― Jarod KintzThis Book Has No Title

 

“Sometimes love is a surprise, an instant of recognition, a sudden gift at a sudden moment that makes everything different from then on. Some people will say that’s not love, that you can’t really love someone you don’t know. But, I’m not so sure. Love doesn’t seem to follow a plan; it’s not a series of steps. It can hit with the force of nature–an earthquake, a tidal wave, a storm of wild relentless energy that is beyond your simple attempts at control.”
― Deb Caletti

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Why Men Marry Some Women & Not Others

womanReferemce the book of the above name by John T. Molloy

 

From the Introduction to the above book:

Almost two years to the day after Kelly had started the research, sge cakked ti tekk ne sge was getting narrued, She had followed the guidance she had gleaned from her own research. She had found a new man she was crazy about, but she did not let him treat her the way the first two men did. Kelly Kelly also reported that her sister Robyn had just become engaged, and she thought that the reason she had no problem getting her new boy friend to commit was that she had also used my report as a guide. That was nine years ago.

In October, 1993 the second stage of the research had its beginning when another woman, Karen, confronted me in hallway of a company in front of where I was running training sessions in nonverbal sales techniques.  She complained that my report on getting married, which was being passed around without my permission, did not answer all the questions she had.

Karen indignantly pointed out that, according to the report, that there’s a certain time when men are most –but the report never explained when that occurs. She was outraged that I thought that there were stages in a relationship, but had not bothered to identify them. “Don’t you think you have an obligation to find out,” she demanded.

This woman also wanted to know if, after several dates, a bright woman could tell if a man is a prospective husband or an immature clown. When Karen paused for breath, I asked her if she had a copy of the report. Without missing a beat she pulled one from her purse. I explained that the report was only a research summary, hoping that would get her to back off. Instead, Karen asked if I would design a survey to answer her questions. I had her sign the necessary agreements, if I ever wanted to include the research in a book. But the real reason I went along with her request was that she was one of my star pupils in the sales course, and I wanted to keep her happy.

I promised to complete the survey on three conditions:

First, only the people who attended my sales class could conduct the survey. Second, she and her friends could not talk about what we were doing. Third, the research proceedure must be followed exactly as designed and no one could make changes without my permission. She readily agreed, and I designed a small survey which would answer most of her questions. I agreed, as I had done with Kelly, that after she finished the project that I would take the raw data and sumerize it.

The upshot to all of this is that when others heard about the survey, they, too, had a great interest in reading it. He allowed that for awhile, but then he realized the potential this data had for another book. The author, John T. Molloy, realized he had to control the research. He spent three months in the field developing the final version of the marriage license bureau surveys.

He used an analogy; If you ask someone who is in the process of finding and buying their first minivan, most of them will tell you they are not sure. But following a purchase of such a van, if you ask which is the best minivan they will say unequivicably that the one they bought is the best van.

What did Molloy find?

1)  Questions about sex really demand only experienced researchers.

2)  Older researchers of the same gender elicited far more open and honest responses than younger people when discussing sex.

3)  ”I personally led focus groups because I can get more information from them than from persons who are working for me.”

Six Findings on The Road To Marrying Men

The primary difference between women who marry and those who do not are:

1)  Women who marry insist on marriage; they settle for nothing less.

2)  Women who marry were far less likely to have wsted their time in dead-end rlationships.

Many of them said they had serious relationships with me, but broke off because they were going no where.

3)  Women who married loved themselves more than they loved any man.

You can understand their thinking if you realize a majority of them called the men they dropped “losers.”

4)  Women who are committed to the idea of marrige are much more likely to marry than those who are not.

Molloy admitted that there is not doubt that some women marry because they are  beautiful,, lucky or charming.  They meet a man who is crazy about them and cannot wait to marry them. Without much commitment or effort, they walk down the aisle. However, in most cases marriage comes about because the woman put pressure, sometimes subtle and sometimes not so subtle, on the men who marry them.

5)  Women who are slender have  better chance of meeting men and getting married.

6)  Time is the single woman’s enemy.

The pool of men shrinks with time, and it becomes more difficult to meet them.

Molloy believes his study revealed few if any absolute truths. “As a result, I have no unbreakable rules or commandments to offer. Instead, at the end of each chapter I list guidelines, based on statistical findings, that are designed to increase your odds of marrying. 

“With the information given in this book, you can arrange the odds in your favor at any age. Relationships between men and women are too complex to make any guarantees.” He suggests that if you would like to have the odds on your side in your personal battle, read on. That, and the following “rules” form the end of the introduction and lead the reader into chapter 1.

If you wish to marry:

*  You must insist on it

*  If you find yourself in a deadend relationship, move on.

*  Love yourself first.

*  Commit yourself to the idea of getting married.

*  Keep yourself in good shape, watch your weight, and take care of your appearance.

*  Time can be your worst enemy. Use your time wisely in your quest for that marrying man. 

 

 

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Love Quotes About Love II

Quotes About Love

Quotes tagged as “love” (showing 481-510 of 3,000)
Steve Maraboli

“I want to be in a relationship where you telling me you love me is just a ceremonious validation of what you already show me.”
― Steve MaraboliLife, the Truth, and Being Free
Jonathan Safran Foer

“Time was passing like a hand waving from a train I wanted to be on.
I hope you never have to think about anything as much as I think about you.”
― Jonathan Safran Foer
E.E. Cummings

“Trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward.”
― E.E. Cummings
Greg Behrendt

“I’m about to make a wild, extreme and severe relationship rule: the word busy is a load of crap and is most often used by assholes. The word “busy” is the relationship Weapon of Mass Destruction. It seems like a good excuse, but in fact in every silo you uncover, all you’re going to find is a man who didn’t care enough to call. Remember men are never to busy to get what they want.”
― Greg Behrendt
Stephanie Lennox

“I’ve been fighting to be who I am all my life. What’s the point of being who I am, if I can’t have the person who was worth all the fighting for?”
― Stephanie LennoxI Don’t Remember You
Betty  Smith

“I know that’s what people say– you’ll get over it. I’d say it, too. But I know it’s not true. Oh, youll be happy again, never fear. But you won’t forget. Every time you fall in love it will be because something in the man reminds you of him.”
― Betty SmithA Tree Grows in Brooklyn
T.D. Jakes

“No woman wants to be in submission to a man who isn’t in submission to God!”
― T.D. Jakes
Nicholas Sparks

“This is not a goodbye, my darling, this is a thank you. Thank you for coming into my life and giving me joy, thank you for loving me and receiving my love in return. Thank you for the memories I will cherish forever. But most of all, thank you for showing me that there will come a time when I can eventually let you go.
I love you, T.”
― Nicholas SparksMessage in a Bottle
Mahatma Gandhi

“Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
Sylvia Plath

“I have never found anybody who could stand to accept the daily demonstrative love I feel in me, and give back as good as I give.”
― Sylvia PlathThe Journals of Sylvia Plath
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

“There is always something left to love.”
― Gabriel Garcí­a MárquezOne Hundred Years of Solitude
Saul Williams

“Have you ever lost yourself in a kiss? I mean pure psychedelic inebriation. Not just lustful petting but transcendental metamorphosis when you became aware that the greatness of this being was breathing into you. Licking the sides and corners of your mouth, like sealing a thousand fleshy envelopes filled with the essence of your passionate being and then opened by the same mouth and delivered back to you, over and over again – the first kiss of the rest of your life. A kiss that confirms that the universe is aligned, that the world’s greatest resource is love, and maybe even that God is a woman. With or without a belief in God, all kisses are metaphors decipherable by allocations of time, circumstance, and understanding”
― Saul Williams, said the shotgun to the head.
Julie Kagawa

“You are my heart, my life, my entire existence.”
-Ash”
― Julie KagawaThe Iron Queen
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“If I love you, what business is it of yours?”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Truman Capote

“Never love a wild thing, Mr. Bell,’ Holly advised him. ‘That was Doc’s mistake. He was always lugging home wild things. A hawk with a hurt wing. One time it was a full-grown bobcat with a broken leg. But you can’t give your heart to a wild thing: the more you do, the stronger they get. Until they’re strong enough to run into the woods. Or fly into a tree. Then a taller tree. Then the sky. That’s how you’ll end up, Mr. Bell. If you let yourself love a wild thing. You’ll end up looking at the sky.”
“She’s drunk,” Joe Bell informed me.
“Moderately,” Holly confessed….Holly lifted her martini. “Let’s wish the Doc luck, too,” she said, touching her glass against mine. “Good luck: and believe me, dearest Doc — it’s better to look at the sky than live there. Such an empty place; so vague. Just a country where the thunder goes and things disappear.”
― Truman CapoteBreakfast at Tiffany’s
Charlotte Brontë

“Gentle reader, may you never feel what I then felt! May your eyes never shed such stormy, scalding, heart-wrung tears as poured from mine. May you never appeal to Heaven in prayers so hopeless and so agised as in that hour left my lips: for never may you, like me, dread to be the instrument of evil to what you wholly love.”
― Charlotte BrontëJane Eyre
Nicholas Sparks

“Dusk is just an illusion because the sun is either above the horizon or below it. And that means that day and night are linked in a way that few things are there cannot be one without the other yet they cannot exist at the same time. How would it feel I remember wondering to be always together yet forever apart?”
― Nicholas SparksThe Notebook
Andy Warhol

“People should fall in love with their eyes closed.”
― Andy Warhol
Ana Castillo

“I ask the impossible: love me forever.
Love me when all desire is gone.
Love me with the single mindedness of a monk.
When the world in its entirety,
and all that you hold sacred advise you
against it: love me still more.
When rage fills you and has no name: love me.
When each step from your door to our job tires you–
love me; and from job to home again, love me, love me.
Love me when you’re bored–
when every woman you see is more beautiful than the last,
or more pathetic, love me as you always have:
not as admirer or judge, but with
the compassion you save for yourself
in your solitude.
Love me as you relish your loneliness,
the anticipation of your death,
mysteries of the flesh, as it tears and mends.
Love me as your most treasured childhood memory–
and if there is none to recall–
imagine one, place me there with you.
Love me withered as you loved me new.
Love me as if I were forever–
and I, will make the impossible
a simple act,
by loving you, loving you as I do”
― Ana CastilloI Ask the Impossible: Poems
Richard Rodgers

“Do I love you because you’re beautiful, or are you beautiful because I love you?”
― Richard RodgersRodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Haruki Murakami

“And it came to me then. That we were wonderful traveling companions but in the end no more than lonely lumps of metal in their own separate orbits. From far off they look like beautiful shooting stars, but in reality they’re nothing more than prisons, where each of us is locked up alone, going nowhere. When the orbits of these two satellites of ours happened to cross paths, we could be together. Maybe even open our hearts to each other. But that was only for the briefest moment. In the next instant we’d be in absolute solitude. Until we burned up and became nothing.”
― Haruki MurakamiSputnik Sweetheart
John Lennon

“Limitless undying love which shines around me like a million suns it calls me on and on across the universe.”
― John Lennon
Jonathan Safran Foer

The more you love someone, he came to think, the harder it is to tell them. It surprised him that strangers didn’t stop each other on the street to say I love you.
― Jonathan Safran FoerEverything is Illuminated
Thomas Pynchon

“They’re in love. Fuck the war.”
― Thomas PynchonGravity’s Rainbow
Chuck Palahniuk

“I thought we were a real love relationship. I did. I was very invested in love, but it was just this long long sex thing that could end at any moment because after all, it’s just about getting off. Almost all the time, you tell yourself you’re loving somebody when you’re just using them. This only looks like love.”
― Chuck PalahniukInvisible Monsters
James Patterson

“A friend of mine once defined love as finding someone you can talk to late into the night”
― James Patterson
Margaret Weis

“Words can never fully say what we want them to say, for they fumble, stammer, and break the best porcelain. The best one can hope for is to find along the way someone to share the path, content to walk in silence, for the heart communes best when it does not try to speak.”
― Margaret WeisDragons of a Lost Star
Leo Buscaglia

“Love is always open arms. If you close your arms about love you will find that you are left holding only yourself.”
― Leo Buscaglia
Nicholas Sparks

“I’m stuck babysitting turtle eggs while a volleyball player slash grease monkey slash aquarium volunteer tries to hit on me.”
I’m not hitting on you,” he protested.
No?”
Believe me, you’d know if I was hitting on you. You wouldn’t be able to stop yourself from succumbing to my charms.”
― Nicholas SparksThe Last Song
Jarod Kintz

“Love is like jumping out of an airplane with no parachute. But there’s no need to be frightened, because that plane is still on the ground.”
― Jarod KintzLove quotes for the ages. Specifically ages 18-81.

Quotes tagged as “love” (showing 511-540 of 3,000)
Tahereh Mafi

“All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.”
― Tahereh MafiShatter Me
Susane Colasanti

“If a girl starts out all casual with a guy and she doesn’t tell him that she wants a relationship, it will never become a relationship. If you give the guy the impression that casual is okay with you, that’s all he’ll ever want. Be straight with him from the start. If he gets scared and runs away, he wasn’t right for you.”
― Susane ColasantiWaiting For You
David Foster Wallace

“The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.”
― David Foster WallaceThis Is Water
Tessa Dare

“Oh no. Don’t smile. You’ll kill me. I stop breathing when you smile.”
― Tessa DareA Lady of Persuasion
Colleen Houck

“Falling for him would be like cliff diving. It would be either the most exhilarating thing that ever happened to me or the stupidest mistake I’d ever make.”
― Colleen Houck
Pablo Neruda

“Love.

Because of you, in gardens of blossoming
Flowers I ache from the perfumes of spring.
I have forgotten your face, I no longer
Remember your hands; how did your lips
Feel on mine?

Because of you, I love the white statues
Drowsing in the parks, the white statues that
Have neither voice nor sight.

I have forgotten your voice, your happy voice;
I have forgotten your eyes.

Like a flower to its perfume, I am bound to
My vague memory of you. I live with pain
That is like a wound; if you touch me, you will
Make to me an irreperable harm.

Your caresses enfold me, like climbing
Vines on melancholy walls.

I have forgotten your love, yet I seem to
Glimpse you in every window.

Because of you, the heady perfumes of
Summer pain me; because of you, I again
Seek out the signs that precipitate desires:
Shooting stars, falling objects.”
― Pablo Neruda

Becca Fitzpatrick

“I love you more than I think I should.”
― Becca FitzpatrickCrescendo
George Bernard Shaw

“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”
― George Bernard ShawMan and Superman
Neil Gaiman

“Then, one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life…you give them a piece of you. They don’t ask for it. They do something dumb one day like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn’t your own anymore.”
― Neil GaimanThe Sandman, Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones
Mitch Albom

“Life is a series of pulls back and forth… A tension of opposites, like a pull on a rubber band. Most of us live somewhere in the middle. A wrestling match…Which side win? Love wins. Love always wins”
― Mitch AlbomTuesdays With Morrie
Becca Fitzpatrick

“But if I hadn’t fallen, I wouldn’t have met you.”
― Becca FitzpatrickHush, Hush
Jane Austen

“If I could but know his heart, everything would become easy.”
― Jane AustenSense and Sensibility
E.E. Cummings

“since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you;

wholly to be a fool
while Spring is in the world

my blood approves,
and kisses are a far better fate
than wisdom
lady i swear by all flowers. Don’t cry
–the best gesture of my brain is less than
your eyelids’ flutter which says

we are for eachother: then
laugh, leaning back in my arms
for life’s not a paragraph

And death i think is no parenthesis”
― E.E. Cummings

Hermann Hesse

“If I know what love is, it is because of you.”
― Hermann Hesse
Sarah Dessen

“Well, it’s true that I have been hurt in my life. Quite a bit. But it’s also true that I have loved, and been loved. and that carries a weight of its own. A greater weight, in my opinion. It’s like that pie chart we talked about earlier. in the end, I’ll look back on my life and see that the greatest piece of it was love. The problems, the divorces, the sadness… those will be there too, but just smaller slivers, tiny pieces.”
― Sarah DessenThis Lullaby
Anaïs Nin

“Everything with me is either worship and passion or pity and understanding. I hate rarely, though when I hate, I hate murderously. For example now, I hate the bank and everything connected with it. I also hate Dutch paintings, penis-sucking, parties, and cold rainy weather. But I am much more preoccupied with loving.”
― Anaïs NinHenry and June: From “A Journal of Love”–The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin
Cassandra Clare

“Looking at him now-even if she hadn’t been in love with him, that part of her that was her mother’s daugher, that loved every beautiful thing for its beauty alone, would still have wanted him.”
― Cassandra ClareCity of Glass
Jodi Picoult

“I don’t think we get a choice in who we fall for,” Ian whispers. “I think we just do.”
― Jodi PicoultKeeping Faith
John Keats

“I have been astonished that men could die martyrs
for their religion–
I have shuddered at it,
I shudder no more.
I could be martyred for my religion.
Love is my religion
and I could die for that.
I could die for you.
My Creed is Love and you are its only tenet.”
― John Keats
Nicholas Sparks

“No, it’s not that. It’s not what you’re thinking. I was serious when I said ‘all of it’. I can remember every moment we were together, and in eachof them there was something wonderful. I can’t really pick any one time that meant more than any other. The entire summer was perfect, the kind of summer everyone should have. How could I pick one moment over another? Poets often describe love as an emotion that we can’t control, one that overwhelms logic and common sense. That’s what it was like for me. I didn’t plan on falling in love with you, and I doubt if you planned on falling in love with me. But once we met, it was clear that neither of us could control what was happening to us. We fell in love, despite our differences, and once we did, something rare and beautiful was created. For me, love like that has happened only once, and that’s why every minute we spent together has been seared in my memory. I’ll never forget a single moment of it.”
― Nicholas SparksThe Notebook
Jeaniene Frost

“She’s my kitten, and no one else’s.”
― Jeaniene FrostOne Foot in the Grave
Richelle Mead

“He sighed and then focused his eyes right on me. It was like drowning, drowning in seas of green. There was nothing in the world except for those eyes.
“I want to kiss you, Rose,” he said softly. “And I want you to want me too.”
― Richelle MeadShadow Kiss
E.E. Cummings

“anyone lived in a pretty how town
(with up so floating many bells down)
spring summer autumn winter
he sang his didn’t he danced his did

Women and men(both little and small)
cared for anyone not at all
they sowed their isn’t they reaped their same
sun moon stars rain

children guessed(but only a few
and down they forgot as up they grew
autumn winter spring summer)
that noone loved him more by more

when by now and tree by leaf
she laughed his joy she cried his grief
bird by snow and stir by still
anyone’s any was all to her

someones married their everyones
laughed their cryings and did their dance
(sleep wake hope and then)they
said their nevers they slept their dream

stars rain sun moon
(and only the snow can begin to explain
how children are apt to forget to remember
with up so floating many bells down)

one day anyone died i guess
(and noone stooped to kiss his face)
busy folk buried them side by side
little by little and was by was

all by all and deep by deep
and more by more they dream their sleep
noone and anyone earth by april
wish by spirit and if by yes.

Women and men (both dong and ding)
summer autumn winter spring
reaped their sowing and went their came
sun moon stars rain”
― E.E. CummingsSelected Poems

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

“I don’t love you anymore”, she whispered. “I don’t love you at all.” His throat closed. “It’s all right, sweetheart. I love you enough for both of us.”
― Susan Elizabeth PhillipsKiss an Angel
“The minute I stopped trying to find the right girl, and started trying to become the right guy…the girl came.”
― Jonathan Antin
Nicholas Sparks

“All of sudden, this shooting star went by, and all I could think was that they were listening to us somehow. ”
― Nicholas Sparks
Jonathan Safran Foer

“Why are you leaving me?
He wrote, I do not know how to live.
I do not know either but I am trying.
I do not know how to try.
There were some things I wanted to tell him. But I knew they would hurt him. So i buried them and let them hurt me”
― Jonathan Safran Foer
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“Love consists of not looking each other in the eye, but of looking outwardly in the same direction.”
― Antoine de Saint-ExupéryAirman’s Odyssey: Night Flight / Wind Sand and Stars / Flight to Arras
Jarod Kintz

“I told her I’d wait forever for her, but that was before I found somebody else who’d give me a ride home.”
― Jarod KintzThis Book is Not for Sale
Jarod Kintz

“Love is the jelly to sunshine’s peanut butter. And if I tell you that I’m in sandwich with you, I’m not just saying it to get in your Ziploc bag.”
― Jarod KintzLove quotes for the ages. Specifically ages 18-81.

 

Quotes About Love

Quotes tagged as “love” (showing 541-570 of 3,000)
Cassandra Clare

“I could not tell you if I loved you the first moment I saw you, or if it was the second or third or fourth. But I remember the first moment I looked at you walking toward me and realized that somehow the rest of the world seemed to vanish when I was with you.”
― Cassandra ClareClockwork Prince
Julio Cortázar

“Come sleep with me: We won’t make Love,Love will make us.”
― Julio Cortázar
Rainer Maria Rilke

“Therefore, dear Sir, love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you. For those who are near you are far away… and this shows that the space around you is beginning to grow vast…. be happy about your growth, in which of course you can’t take anyone with you, and be gentle with those who stay behind; be confident and calm in front of them and don’t torment them with your doubts and don’t frighten them with your faith or joy, which they wouldn’t be able to comprehend. Seek out some simple and true feeling of what you have in common with them, which doesn’t necessarily have to alter when you yourself change again and again; when you see them, love life in a form that is not your own and be indulgent toward those who are growing old, who are afraid of the aloneness that you trust…. and don’t expect any understanding; but believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.”
― Rainer Maria RilkeLetters to a Young Poet
Tahereh Mafi

“I’m oxygen and he’s dying to breathe.”
― Tahereh MafiShatter Me
William Shakespeare

“The course of true love never did run smooth.”
― William ShakespeareA Midsummer Night’s Dream
Haruki Murakami

“I was always hungry for love. Just once, I wanted to know what it was like to get my fill of it — to be fed so much love I couldn’t take any more. Just once. ”
― Haruki MurakamiNorwegian Wood
Haruki Murakami

“here she is, all mine, trying her best to give me all she can. How could I ever hurt her? But I didn’t understand then. That I could hurt somebody so badly she would never recover. That a person can, just by living, damage another human being beyond repair.”
― Haruki MurakamiSouth of the Border, West of the Sun
Markus Zusak

“If only she could be so oblivious again, to feel such love without knowing it, mistaking it for laughter. ”
― Markus ZusakThe Book Thief
Jeaniene Frost

“If I die, I will wait for you, do you understand? No matter how long. I will watch from beyond to make sure you live every year you have to its fullest, and then we’ll have so much to talk about when I see you again… (Bones)”
― Jeaniene Frost
Stephanie Perkins

“I’m saying I’m in love with you! I’ve been in love with you this whole bleeding year!”
― Stephanie PerkinsAnna and the French Kiss
Melina Marchetta

“It’s funny how you can forget everything except people loving you. Maybe that’s why humans find it so hard getting over love affairs. It’s not the pain they’re getting over, it’s the love.”
― Melina MarchettaOn the Jellicoe Road
Paulo Coelho

“The strongest love is the love that can demonstrate its fragility.”
― Paulo CoelhoEleven Minutes
Carlos Ruiz Zafón

“The moment you stop to think about whether you love someone, you’ve already stopped loving that person forever.”
― Carlos Ruiz ZafónThe Shadow of the Wind
Lauren Oliver

“And now I know why they invented words for love, why they had to: It’s the only thing that can come close to describing what I feel in that moment, the baffling mixture of pain and pleasure and fear and joy, all running sharply through me at once.”
― Lauren OliverDelirium
J.R. Ward

“You never knew the last time you were seeing someone. You didn’t know when the last argument happened, or the last time you had sex, or the last time you looked into their eyes and thanked God they were in your life.
After they were gone?
That was all you thought about.
Day and night.”
― J.R. WardLover Mine
Nicholas Sparks

“Loving someone and having them love you back is the most precious thing in the world.”
― Nicholas SparksThe Rescue
Virginia Woolf

“Love, the poet said, is woman’s whole existence.”
― Virginia WoolfOrlando
Maria V. Snyder

“Yelena, you’ve driven me crazy. You’ve caused me considerable trouble and I’ve contemplated ending your life twice since I’ve known you.” Valek’s warm breath in my ear sent a shiver down my spine.

“But you’ve slipped under my skin, invaded my blood and seized my heart.”

“That sounds more like a poison than a person,” was all I could say. His confession had both shocked and thrilled me.

“Exactly,” Valek replied. “You have poisoned me.”
― Maria V. SnyderPoison Study

Lauren Kate

“Would he find her?
Without question.
Would he save her?
Always.”
― Lauren KateTorment
Taylor Swift

“The way you walk, way you talk, way you say my name; it’s beautiful, wonderful, don’t you ever change.”
― Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift
Jonathan Safran Foer

“In bed that night I invented a special drain that would be underneath every pillow in New York, and would connect to the reservoir. Whenever people cried themselves to sleep, the tears would all go to the same place, and in the morning the weatherman could report if the water level of the Reservoir of Tears had gone up or down, and you could know if New York is in heavy boots.”
― Jonathan Safran FoerExtremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Rainer Maria Rilke

“For one human being to love another human being: that is perhaps the most difficult task that has been given to us, the ultimate, the final problem and proof, the work for which all other work is merely preparation.”
― Rainer Maria RilkeThe Selected Poetry
Laurell K. Hamilton

“Neither love nor evil conquers all, but evil cheats more.”
― Laurell K. HamiltonCerulean Sins
Nicholas Sparks

“How far should a person go in the name of true love?”
― Nicholas SparksThe Choice
Patricia Briggs

“I don’t like it when I outweigh my men.”
― Patricia BriggsMoon Called
J.K. Rowling

“So then I thought, I’d like you to have something to remember me by, you know, if you ever meet some veela when you’re off doing whatever you’re doing.’
I think dating opportunities are going to be pretty thin on the ground, to be honest.’
There’s a silver lining I’ve been looking for,’ she whispered, and then she was kissing him as she never kissed him before, and Harry was kissing her back, and it was a blissful oblivion, better than firewhiskey; she was the only real thing in the world, Ginny, the feel of her, one hand on her back, the other in her long sweet-smelling hair…”
― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Jarod Kintz

“It’s true, I can’t make you love me. But I can refuse to let you out of your cage.”
― Jarod KintzThis Book is Not for Sale
Richelle Mead

“Did you mean it… that if Victor did tell…that you’d…” I couldn’t finish. I couldn’t bring myself to say the words have him killed.
“I don’t have much influence in the upper levels of Moroi royalty, but I have plenty among the guardians who handle the dirty work in our world.”
“You didn’t answer the question. If you’d really do it.”
“I’d do a lot of things to protect you, Roza.”
― Richelle MeadShadow Kiss
Matt Groening

“Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra and then suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come.”
― Matt GroeningThe Big Book of Hell: The Best of Life in Hell
Jarod Kintz

“I’m willing to die for the woman I love. I just want to take 75 years to do it.”
― Jarod KintzWho Moved My Choose?: An Amazing Way to Deal With Change by Deciding to Let Indecision Into Your Life

 

Jamie McGuire

“I know we’re fucked up, alright? I’m impulsive, and hot tempered, and you get under my skin like no one else. You act like you hate me one minute, and then need me the next. I never get anything right, and I don’t deserve you…but I fucking love you, Abby. I love you more than I loved anyone or anything ever. When you’re around, I don’t need booze, or money, or the fighting, or the one-night stands…”
― Jamie McGuireBeautiful Disaster
Anne Sexton

“Watch out for intellect,
because it knows so much it knows nothing
and leaves you hanging upside down,
mouthing knowledge as your heart
falls out of your mouth.”
― Anne SextonThe Complete Poems
F. Scott Fitzgerald

“I wasn’t actually in love, but I felt a sort of tender curiosity.”
― F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Great Gatsby
John Green

“NO. No no no. I don’t want to screw you. I just love you. When did who you want to screw become the whole game? Since when is the person you want to screw the only person you get to love? It’s so stupid, Tiny! I mean, Jesus, who even gives a fuck about sex?! People act like it’s the most important thing humans do, but come on. How can our sentient fucking lives revolve around something slugs can do. I mean, who you want to screw and whether you screw them? Those are important questions, I guess. But they’re not that important. You know what’s important? Who would you die for? Who do you wake up at five forty-five in the morning for even though you don’t even know why he needs you? Whose drunken nose would you pick?!”
― John GreenWill Grayson, Will Grayson
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

“sex is the consolation you have when you can’t have love”
― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“People have forgotten this truth,” the fox said. “But you mustn’t forget it. You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed. You’re responsible for your rose.”
― Antoine de Saint-ExupéryThe Little Prince
E.E. Cummings

“i like my body when it is with your
body. It is so quite new a thing.
Muscles better and nerves more.
i like your body. i like what it does,
i like its hows. i like to feel the spine
of your body and its bones, and the trembling
-firm-smooth ness and which i will
again and again and again
kiss, i like kissing this and that of you,
i like, slowly stroking the, shocking fuzz
of your electric fur, and what-is-it comes
over parting flesh … And eyes big love-crumbs,

and possibly i like the thrill

of under me you so quite new.”
― E.E. Cummings

Aimee Carter

“I care,” he said in a trembling voice. “I care so much that I do not know how to tell you without it seeming inconsequential compared to how I feel. Even if I am distant at times and seem as if I do not want to be with you, it is only because this scares me, too.”
― Aimee CarterThe Goddess Test
C.S. Lewis

“The great thing to remember is that though our feelings come and go God’s love for us does not.”
― C.S. Lewis
William Shakespeare

“Love is heavy and light, bright and dark, hot and cold, sick and healthy, asleep and awake- its everything except what it is! (Act 1, scene 1)”
― William ShakespeareRomeo and Juliet
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

“To him she seemed so beautiful, so seductive, so different from ordinary people, that he could not understand why no one was as disturbed as he by the clicking of her heels on the paving stones, why no one else’s heart was wild with the breeze stirred by the sighs of her veils, why everyone did not go mad with the movements of her braid, the flight of her hands, the gold of her laughter. He had not missed a single one of her gestures, not one of the indications of her character, but he did not dare approach her for fear of destroying the spell.”
― Gabriel Garcí­a MárquezLove in the Time of Cholera
Charles Dickens

“What greater gift than the love of a cat.”
― Charles Dickens
J.K. Rowling

“After all this time?”
“Always…”
― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Rumi

“This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.”
― Rumi
Sarah Kane

“And I want to play hide-and-seek and give you my clothes and tell you I like your shoes and sit on the steps while you take a bath and massage your neck and kiss your feet and hold your hand and go for a meal and not mind when you eat my food and meet you at Rudy’s and talk about the day and type up your letters and carry your boxes and laugh at your paranoia and give you tapes you don’t listen to and watch great films and watch terrible films and complain about the radio and take pictures of you when you’re sleeping and get up to fetch you coffee and bagels and Danish and go to Florent and drink coffee at midnight and have you steal my cigarettes and never be able to find a match and tell you about the tv programme I saw the night before and take you to the eye hospital and not laugh at your jokes and want you in the morning but let you sleep for a while and kiss your back and stroke your skin and tell you how much I love your hair your eyes your lips your neck your breasts your arse your

and sit on the steps smoking till your neighbour comes home and sit on the steps smoking till you come home and worry when you’re late and be amazed when you’re early and give you sunflowers and go to your party and dance till I’m black and be sorry when I’m wrong and happy when you forgive me and look at your photos and wish I’d known you forever and hear your voice in my ear and feel your skin on my skin and get scared when you’re angry and your eye has gone red and the other eye blue and your hair to the left and your face oriental and tell you you’re gorgeous and hug you when you’re anxious and hold you when you hurt and want you when I smell you and offend you when I touch you and whimper when I’m next to you and whimper when I’m not and dribble on your breast and smother you in the night and get cold when you take the blanket and hot when you don’t and melt when you smile and dissolve when you laugh and not understand why you think I’m rejecting you when I’m not rejecting you and wonder how you could think I’d ever reject you and wonder who you are but accept you anyway and tell you about the tree angel enchanted forest boy who flew across the ocean because he loved you and write poems for you and wonder why you don’t believe me and have a feeling so deep I can’t find words for it and want to buy you a kitten I’d get jealous of because it would get more attention than me and keep you in bed when you have to go and cry like a baby when you finally do and get rid of the roaches and buy you presents you don’t want and take them away again and ask you to marry me and you say no again but keep on asking because though you think I don’t mean it I do always have from the first time I asked you and wander the city thinking it’s empty without you and want what you want and think I’m losing myself but know I’m safe with you and tell you the worst of me and try to give you the best of me because you don’t deserve any less and answer your questions when I’d rather not and tell you the truth when I really don’t want to and try to be honest because I know you prefer it and think it’s all over but hang on in for just ten more minutes before you throw me out of your life and forget who I am and try to get closer to you because it’s beautiful learning to know you and well worth the effort and speak German to you badly and Hebrew to you worse and make love with you at three in the morning and somehow somehow somehow communicate some of the overwhelming undying overpowering unconditional all-encompassing heart-enriching mind-expanding on-going never-ending love I have for you.”
― Sarah KaneCrave

Rumi

“A thousand half-loves must be forsaken to take one whole heart home.”
― RumiWords of Paradise: Selected Poems of Rumi
Milan Kundera

“He suddenly recalled from Plato’s Symposium: People were hermaphrodites until God split then in two, and now all the halves wander the world over seeking one another. Love is the longing for the half of ourselves we have lost.”
― Milan KunderaThe Unbearable Lightness Of Being
Jodi Picoult

“Love meant jumping off a cliff and trusting that a certain person would be there to catch you at the bottom.”
― Jodi PicoultSecond Glance
Alexandra Adornetto

“A man in love can do extraordinary things, I don’t care if you’re an angel, you’re my angel, and I won’t let you go.”
― Alexandra AdornettoHalo
Madonna

“To be brave is to love someone unconditionally, without expecting anything in return. To just give. That takes courage, because we don’t want to fall on our faces or leave ourselves open to hurt.”
― Madonna
John Keats

“I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart’s affections and the truth of the Imagination.”
― John Keats
W. Somerset Maugham

“He did not care if she was heartless, vicious and vulgar, stupid and grasping, he loved her. He would rather have misery with one than happiness with the other.”
― W. Somerset MaughamOf Human Bondage
Henri J.M. Nouwen

“Forgiveness is the name of love practiced among people who love poorly. The hard truth is that all people love poorly. We need to forgive and be forgiven every day, every hour increasingly. That is the great work of love among the fellowship of the weak that is the human family.”
― Henri J.M. Nouwen
Richelle Mead

“I’ll find you. There is no place in this world you can hide from me. I’m watching.
Love, Dimitri”
― Richelle MeadSpirit Bound
Ellen Schreiber

“He looked so lost, so soulful, so lonely. I wanted him to kiss me now. I wanted to let him know I was his for all eternity.”
― Ellen SchreiberVampire Kisses
Chuck Palahniuk

“Make me into anything, but just love me.”
― Chuck PalahniukInvisible Monsters
J.M. Barrie

“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.”
― J.M. Barrie
محمد حسن علوان

“أوجع الأيام بعد الحب، ليس أولها، لأن النبتة لا تتألم فور انقطاع الماء، بل عندما يبدأ الجفاف فعلاً.”
― محمد حسن علوانطوق الطهارة
Jarod Kintz

“My girlfriend bought me a collared shirt for my birthday, mainly so I don’t get too far ahead of her when she takes me for a walk.”
― Jarod KintzThis Book is Not for Sale
Jarod Kintz

“Love is like whoa! Actually, it’s closer to woe.”
― Jarod KintzLove quotes for the ages. Specifically ages 18-81.

 

Jamie McGuire

“I know we’re fucked up, alright? I’m impulsive, and hot tempered, and you get under my skin like no one else. You act like you hate me one minute, and then need me the next. I never get anything right, and I don’t deserve you…but I fucking love you, Abby. I love you more than I loved anyone or anything ever. When you’re around, I don’t need booze, or money, or the fighting, or the one-night stands…”
― Jamie McGuireBeautiful Disaster
Anne Sexton

“Watch out for intellect,
because it knows so much it knows nothing
and leaves you hanging upside down,
mouthing knowledge as your heart
falls out of your mouth.”
― Anne SextonThe Complete Poems
F. Scott Fitzgerald

“I wasn’t actually in love, but I felt a sort of tender curiosity.”
― F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Great Gatsby
John Green

“NO. No no no. I don’t want to screw you. I just love you. When did who you want to screw become the whole game? Since when is the person you want to screw the only person you get to love? It’s so stupid, Tiny! I mean, Jesus, who even gives a fuck about sex?! People act like it’s the most important thing humans do, but come on. How can our sentient fucking lives revolve around something slugs can do. I mean, who you want to screw and whether you screw them? Those are important questions, I guess. But they’re not that important. You know what’s important? Who would you die for? Who do you wake up at five forty-five in the morning for even though you don’t even know why he needs you? Whose drunken nose would you pick?!”
― John GreenWill Grayson, Will Grayson
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

“sex is the consolation you have when you can’t have love”
― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“People have forgotten this truth,” the fox said. “But you mustn’t forget it. You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed. You’re responsible for your rose.”
― Antoine de Saint-ExupéryThe Little Prince
E.E. Cummings

“i like my body when it is with your
body. It is so quite new a thing.
Muscles better and nerves more.
i like your body. i like what it does,
i like its hows. i like to feel the spine
of your body and its bones, and the trembling
-firm-smooth ness and which i will
again and again and again
kiss, i like kissing this and that of you,
i like, slowly stroking the, shocking fuzz
of your electric fur, and what-is-it comes
over parting flesh … And eyes big love-crumbs,

and possibly i like the thrill

of under me you so quite new.”
― E.E. Cummings

Aimee Carter

“I care,” he said in a trembling voice. “I care so much that I do not know how to tell you without it seeming inconsequential compared to how I feel. Even if I am distant at times and seem as if I do not want to be with you, it is only because this scares me, too.”
― Aimee CarterThe Goddess Test
C.S. Lewis

“The great thing to remember is that though our feelings come and go God’s love for us does not.”
― C.S. Lewis
William Shakespeare

“Love is heavy and light, bright and dark, hot and cold, sick and healthy, asleep and awake- its everything except what it is! (Act 1, scene 1)”
― William ShakespeareRomeo and Juliet
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

“To him she seemed so beautiful, so seductive, so different from ordinary people, that he could not understand why no one was as disturbed as he by the clicking of her heels on the paving stones, why no one else’s heart was wild with the breeze stirred by the sighs of her veils, why everyone did not go mad with the movements of her braid, the flight of her hands, the gold of her laughter. He had not missed a single one of her gestures, not one of the indications of her character, but he did not dare approach her for fear of destroying the spell.”
― Gabriel Garcí­a MárquezLove in the Time of Cholera
Charles Dickens

“What greater gift than the love of a cat.”
― Charles Dickens
J.K. Rowling

“After all this time?”
“Always…”
― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Rumi

“This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.”
― Rumi
Sarah Kane

“And I want to play hide-and-seek and give you my clothes and tell you I like your shoes and sit on the steps while you take a bath and massage your neck and kiss your feet and hold your hand and go for a meal and not mind when you eat my food and meet you at Rudy’s and talk about the day and type up your letters and carry your boxes and laugh at your paranoia and give you tapes you don’t listen to and watch great films and watch terrible films and complain about the radio and take pictures of you when you’re sleeping and get up to fetch you coffee and bagels and Danish and go to Florent and drink coffee at midnight and have you steal my cigarettes and never be able to find a match and tell you about the tv programme I saw the night before and take you to the eye hospital and not laugh at your jokes and want you in the morning but let you sleep for a while and kiss your back and stroke your skin and tell you how much I love your hair your eyes your lips your neck your breasts your arse your

and sit on the steps smoking till your neighbour comes home and sit on the steps smoking till you come home and worry when you’re late and be amazed when you’re early and give you sunflowers and go to your party and dance till I’m black and be sorry when I’m wrong and happy when you forgive me and look at your photos and wish I’d known you forever and hear your voice in my ear and feel your skin on my skin and get scared when you’re angry and your eye has gone red and the other eye blue and your hair to the left and your face oriental and tell you you’re gorgeous and hug you when you’re anxious and hold you when you hurt and want you when I smell you and offend you when I touch you and whimper when I’m next to you and whimper when I’m not and dribble on your breast and smother you in the night and get cold when you take the blanket and hot when you don’t and melt when you smile and dissolve when you laugh and not understand why you think I’m rejecting you when I’m not rejecting you and wonder how you could think I’d ever reject you and wonder who you are but accept you anyway and tell you about the tree angel enchanted forest boy who flew across the ocean because he loved you and write poems for you and wonder why you don’t believe me and have a feeling so deep I can’t find words for it and want to buy you a kitten I’d get jealous of because it would get more attention than me and keep you in bed when you have to go and cry like a baby when you finally do and get rid of the roaches and buy you presents you don’t want and take them away again and ask you to marry me and you say no again but keep on asking because though you think I don’t mean it I do always have from the first time I asked you and wander the city thinking it’s empty without you and want what you want and think I’m losing myself but know I’m safe with you and tell you the worst of me and try to give you the best of me because you don’t deserve any less and answer your questions when I’d rather not and tell you the truth when I really don’t want to and try to be honest because I know you prefer it and think it’s all over but hang on in for just ten more minutes before you throw me out of your life and forget who I am and try to get closer to you because it’s beautiful learning to know you and well worth the effort and speak German to you badly and Hebrew to you worse and make love with you at three in the morning and somehow somehow somehow communicate some of the overwhelming undying overpowering unconditional all-encompassing heart-enriching mind-expanding on-going never-ending love I have for you.”
― Sarah KaneCrave

Rumi

“A thousand half-loves must be forsaken to take one whole heart home.”
― RumiWords of Paradise: Selected Poems of Rumi
Milan Kundera

“He suddenly recalled from Plato’s Symposium: People were hermaphrodites until God split then in two, and now all the halves wander the world over seeking one another. Love is the longing for the half of ourselves we have lost.”
― Milan KunderaThe Unbearable Lightness Of Being
Jodi Picoult

“Love meant jumping off a cliff and trusting that a certain person would be there to catch you at the bottom.”
― Jodi PicoultSecond Glance
Alexandra Adornetto

“A man in love can do extraordinary things, I don’t care if you’re an angel, you’re my angel, and I won’t let you go.”
― Alexandra AdornettoHalo
Madonna

“To be brave is to love someone unconditionally, without expecting anything in return. To just give. That takes courage, because we don’t want to fall on our faces or leave ourselves open to hurt.”
― Madonna
John Keats

“I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart’s affections and the truth of the Imagination.”
― John Keats
W. Somerset Maugham

“He did not care if she was heartless, vicious and vulgar, stupid and grasping, he loved her. He would rather have misery with one than happiness with the other.”
― W. Somerset MaughamOf Human Bondage
Henri J.M. Nouwen

“Forgiveness is the name of love practiced among people who love poorly. The hard truth is that all people love poorly. We need to forgive and be forgiven every day, every hour increasingly. That is the great work of love among the fellowship of the weak that is the human family.”
― Henri J.M. Nouwen
Richelle Mead

“I’ll find you. There is no place in this world you can hide from me. I’m watching.
Love, Dimitri”
― Richelle MeadSpirit Bound
Ellen Schreiber

“He looked so lost, so soulful, so lonely. I wanted him to kiss me now. I wanted to let him know I was his for all eternity.”
― Ellen SchreiberVampire Kisses
Chuck Palahniuk

“Make me into anything, but just love me.”
― Chuck PalahniukInvisible Monsters
J.M. Barrie

“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.”
― J.M. Barrie
محمد حسن علوان

“أوجع الأيام بعد الحب، ليس أولها، لأن النبتة لا تتألم فور انقطاع الماء، بل عندما يبدأ الجفاف فعلاً.”
― محمد حسن علوانطوق الطهارة
Jarod Kintz

“My girlfriend bought me a collared shirt for my birthday, mainly so I don’t get too far ahead of her when she takes me for a walk.”
― Jarod KintzThis Book is Not for Sale
Jarod Kintz

“Love is like whoa! Actually, it’s closer to woe.”
― Jarod KintzLove quotes for the ages. Specifically ages 18-81.

 

Quotes About Love

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Leo Tolstoy

“Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be.”
― Leo TolstoyAnna Karenina
Erma Bombeck

“When God Created Mothers”

When the Good Lord was creating mothers, He was into His sixth day of “overtime” when the angel appeared and said. “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”

And God said, “Have you read the specs on this order?” She has to be completely washable, but not plastic. Have 180 moveable parts…all replaceable. Run on black coffee and leftovers. Have a lap that disappears when she stands up. A kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair. And six pairs of hands.”

The angel shook her head slowly and said. “Six pairs of hands…. no way.”

It’s not the hands that are causing me problems,” God remarked, “it’s the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have.”

That’s on the standard model?” asked the angel. God nodded.

One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks, ‘What are you kids doing in there?’ when she already knows. Another here in the back of her head that sees what she shouldn’t but what she has to know, and of course the ones here in front that can look at a child when he goofs up and say. ‘I understand and I love you’ without so much as uttering a word.”

God,” said the angel touching his sleeve gently, “Get some rest tomorrow….”

I can’t,” said God, “I’m so close to creating something so close to myself. Already I have one who heals herself when she is sick…can feed a family of six on one pound of hamburger…and can get a nine year old to stand under a shower.”

The angel circled the model of a mother very slowly. “It’s too soft,” she sighed.

But tough!” said God excitedly. “You can imagine what this mother can do or endure.”

Can it think?”

Not only can it think, but it can reason and compromise,” said the Creator.

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek.

There’s a leak,” she pronounced. “I told You that You were trying to put too much into this model.”

It’s not a leak,” said the Lord, “It’s a tear.”

What’s it for?”

It’s for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness, and pride.”

You are a genius, ” said the angel.

Somberly, God said, “I didn’t put it there.”
― Erma BombeckWhen God Created Mothers

Lauren Oliver

“Mama, Mama, help me get home
I’m out in the woods, I am out on my own.
I found me a werewolf, a nasty old mutt
It showed me its teeth and went straight for my gut.

Mama, Mama, help me get home
I’m out in the woods, I am out on my own.
I was stopped by a vampire, a rotting old wreck
It showed me its teeth and went straight for my neck.

Mama, Mama, put me to bed
I won’t make it home, I’m already half-dead.
I met an Invalid, and fell for his art
He showed me his smile, and went straight for my heart.

-From “A Child’s Walk Home,” Nursery Rhymes and Folk Tales”
― Lauren OliverDelirium

Cassandra Clare

“Hearts are breakable,” Isabelle said. “And I think even when you heal, you’re never what you were before”.”
― Cassandra ClareCity of Fallen Angels
Jim Morrison

“That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is. Most people love you for who you pretend to be. To keep their love, you keep pretending – performing. You get to love your pretence. It’s true, we’re locked in an image, an act – and the sad thing is, people get so used to their image, they grow attached to their masks. They love their chains. They forget all about who they really are. And if you try to remind them, they hate you for it, they feel like you’re trying to steal their most precious possession.”
― Jim Morrison
Mother Teresa

“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty — it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.”
― Mother TeresaA Simple Path: Mother Teresa
Haruki Murakami

“Is it possible, in the final analysis, for one human being to achieve perfect understanding of another?
We can invest enormous time and energy in serious efforts to know another person, but in the end, how close can we come to that person’s essence? We convince ourselves that we know the other person well, but do we really know anything important about anyone?”
― Haruki MurakamiThe Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Demi Lovato

“He’s not your prince charming if he doesn’t make sure you know that you’re his princess.”
― Demi Lovato
Dalai Lama XIV

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”
― Dalai Lama XIVThe Art of Happiness
Colette

“It’s so curious: one can resist tears and ‘behave’ very well in the hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer… and everything collapses. ”
― Colette
David Levithan

“You know the reason The Beatles made it so big?…’I Wanna Hold Your Hand.’ First single. Fucking brilliant. Perhaps the most fucking brilliant song ever written. Because they nailed it. That’s what everyone wants. Not 24/7 hot wet sex. Not a marriage that lasts a hundred years. Not a Porsche…or a million-dollar crib. No. They wanna hold your hand. They have such a feeling that they can’t hide. Every single successful song of the past fifty years can be traced back to ‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand.’ And every single successful love story has those unbearable and unbearably exciting moments of hand-holding.”
― David LevithanNick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“I love mankind, he said, “but I find to my amazement that the more I love mankind as a whole, the less I love man in particular.”
― Fyodor DostoyevskyThe Brothers Karamazov
Mark Twain

“After all these years, I see that I was mistaken about Eve in the beginning; it is better to live outside the Garden with her than inside it without her.”
― Mark TwainThe Diaries of Adam & Eve
Robert A. Heinlein

“Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy – in fact, they are almost incompatible; one emotion hardly leaves room for the other.”
― Robert A. HeinleinStranger in a Strange Land
David Nicholls

“You’re gorgeous, you old hag, and if I could give you just one gift ever for the rest of your life it would be this. Confidence. It would be the gift of confidence. Either that or a scented candle”
― David NichollsOne Day
E.E. Cummings

“Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite in fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun, more last than star…”
― E.E. Cummings
Toni Morrison

“She is a friend of my mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order.”
― Toni MorrisonBeloved
Julie Kagawa

“His breath hitched, and he regarded me hungrily. “You’re playing with fire, you know that?”
“That’s weird, considering you’re an ice prin—” I didn’t get any further, as Ash leaned in and kissed me.”
― Julie KagawaWinter’s Passage
David Levithan

“It doesn’t have to be on Valentine’s Day. It doesn’t have to be by the time you turn eighteen or thirty-three or fifty-nine. It doesn’t have to conform to whatever is usual. It doesn’t have to be kismet at once, or rhapsody by the third date.
It just has to be. In time. In place. In spirit.
It just has to be.”
― David Levithan
John Lennon

“Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear.”
― John Lennon
Mahatma Gandhi

“Love is the strongest force the world possesses and yet it is the humblest imaginable.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
Jodi Picoult

“How could you go about choosing something that would hold the half of your heart you had to bury?”
― Jodi PicoultMercy
Jack Kerouac

“Down on the lake rosy reflections of celestial vapor appeared, and I said, “God, I love you” and looked to the sky and really meant it. “I have fallen in love with you, God. Take care of us all, one way or the other.” To the children and the innocent it’s all the same.”
― Jack KerouacThe Dharma Bums
Jeanette Winterson

“What should I do about the wild and the tame? The wild heart that wants to be free, and the tame heart that wants to come home. I want to be held. I don’t want you to come too close. I want you to scoop me up and bring me home at nights. I don’t want to tell you where I am. I want to keep a place among the rocks where no one can find me. I want to be with you.”
― Jeanette Winterson
Robert Louis Stevenson

“So long as we love we serve; so long as we are loved by others, I would almost say that we are indispensable; and no man is useless while he has a friend.”
― Robert Louis StevensonLay Morals
Jodi Picoult

“What if love wasn’t the act of finding what you were missing but the give-and-take that made you both match?”
― Jodi PicoultThe Tenth Circle
Ruby Dee

“When you know my love, my love will warm you.”
― Ruby Dee
Jarod Kintz

“Love is a bicycle with two pancakes for wheels. You may see love as more of an exercise in hard work, but I see it as more of a breakfast on the go.”
― Jarod KintzThis Book is Not for Sale
Jarod Kintz

“If you were to ask me the best time of day to fall in love, I’d say, “Now.” But you’d also have to remember to factor in the fact that my watch is eleven minutes fast.”
― Jarod KintzThis Book is Not for Sale
Jarod Kintz

“I am the broth of love. Make soup to me.”
― Jarod KintzLove quotes for the ages. Specifically ages 18-81.
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Quotes tagged as “love” (showing 631-660 of 3,000)
Richard Siken

“You’re in a car with a beautiful boy, and he won’t tell you that he loves you, but he loves you. And you feel like you’ve done something terrible, like robbed a liquor store, or swallowed pills, or shoveled yourself a grave in the dirt, and you’re tired. You’re in a car with a beautiful boy, and you’re trying not to tell him that you love him, and you’re trying to choke down the feeling, and you’re trembling, but he reaches over and he touches you, like a prayer for which no words exist, and you feel your heart taking root in your body, like you’ve discovered something you didn’t even have a name for.”
― Richard Siken
Lauren Oliver

“I know that the whole point—the only point—is to
find the things that matter, and hold on to them, and fight for them, and refuse to
let them go.”
― Lauren OliverDelirium
Paulo Coelho

“After all, what is happiness? Love, they tell me. But love doesn’t bring and never has brought happiness. On the contrary, it’s a constant state of anxiety, a battlefield; it’s sleepless nights, asking ourselves all the time if we’re doing the right thing. Real love is composed of ecstasy and agony.”
― Paulo CoelhoThe Witch Of Portobello
Cassandra Clare

“There is no pretending”,Jace said with absolute clarity.”I love you,and I will love you until I die,and if there’s a life after that,I’ll love you then.”
She caught her breath.He had said it-the words there was no going back from.”
― Cassandra ClareCity of Glass
W.B. Yeats

“When You Are Old”

WHEN you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.”
― W.B. Yeats

Gayle Forman

“I’m not sure this is a world I belong in anymore. I’m not sure that I want to wake up.”
― Gayle FormanIf I Stay
Louisa May Alcott

“The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.”
― Louisa May Alcott
Stephanie Laurens

“My heart only ever had one thought, one want. One need. Despite all, in spite of all…All my heart has ever wanted is you.”
― Stephanie LaurensThe Edge of Desire
Diana Gabaldon

“I will find you,” he whispered in my ear. “I promise. If I must endure two hundred years of purgatory, two hundred years without you – then that is my punishment, which I have earned for my crimes. For I have lied, and killed, and stolen; betrayed and broken trust. But there is the one thing that shall lie in the balance. When I shall stand before God, I shall have one thing to say, to weigh against the rest.”

His voice dropped, nearly to a whisper, and his arms tightened around me.

Lord, ye gave me a rare woman, and God! I loved her well.”
― Diana GabaldonDragonfly in Amber

Jimi Hendrix

“The story of life is quicker than the wink of an eye, the story of love is hello and goodbye…until we meet again”
― Jimi Hendrix
Colleen Houck

“You don’t take away my choices. You are my choice.”
― Colleen Houck
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, NIV)”
― AnonymousStudy Bible: NIV

Lauren Conrad

“Love is not a maybe thing, you know when you love someone.”
― Lauren Conrad
“There is a place you can touch a woman that will drive her crazy. Her heart.”
― Melanie Griffith
Scott Dikkers

“Statistically speaking, there is a 65 percent chance that the love of your life is having an affair. Be very suspicious.”
― Scott DikkersYou Are Worthless: Depressing Nuggets of Wisdom Sure to Ruin Your Day
Nicholas Sparks

“It is the possibility that keeps me going, and though you may call me a dreamer or a fool or any other thing, I believe that anything is possible.”
― Nicholas Sparks
Sarah Dessen

“He was not my boyfriend. On the other hand, he wasn’t just a friend either. Instead, our relationship was elastic, stretching between those two extremes depending on who else was around, how much either of us had to drink, and other varying factors. This was exactly what I wanted, as commitments had never really been my thing. And it wasn’t like it was hard, either. The only trick was never giving more than you were willing to lose.”
― Sarah DessenLock and Key
Simone Elkeles

“Tonight was… well, it was perfect for me too. You’ve turned my world upside down. I’ve fallen in love with you, chica, and it scares the fuckin’ shit outta me. I’ve been shakin’ all night, because I knew it.I’ve tried to deny it, to make you think I wanted you as a fake girlfriend, but that was a lie.”
― Simone ElkelesRules of Attraction
“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
Jeaniene Frost

“Would you mind repeating that? I’m afraid I might have lost my wits altogether and just hallucinated what I’ve longed to hear.”
― Jeaniene FrostHalfway to the Grave
“I knew I loved you before I met you
I think I dreamed you into life
I knew I loved you before I met you
I have been waiting all my life”
― Savage Garden
Richelle Mead

“I’m backing down now. I really do love you. That’s why I’m doing this.”
― Richelle MeadLast Sacrifice
Victor Hugo

“You who suffer because you love, love still more. To die of love, is to live by it.”
― Victor HugoLes Misérables
Margaret Atwood

“Love blurs your vision; but after it recedes, you can see more clearly than ever. It’s like the tide going out, revealing whatever’s been thrown away and sunk: broken bottles, old gloves, rusting pop cans, nibbled fishbodies, bones. This is the kind of thing you see if you sit in the darkness with open eyes, not knowing the future. The ruin you’ve made.”
― Margaret AtwoodCat’s Eye
Sarah Dessen

“Love is so unpredictable. That what makes it so great”
― Sarah DessenThis Lullaby
Pearl S. Buck

“Love cannot be forced, love cannot be coaxed and teased. It comes out of heaven, unasked and unsought.”
― Pearl S. Buck
“I love you and it’s getting worse.”
― Joseph E. Morris
Anaïs Nin

“Last night I wept. I wept because the process by which I have become woman was painful. I wept because I was no longer a child with a child’s blind faith. I wept because my eyes were opened to reality….I wept because I could not believe anymore and I love to believe. I can still love passionately without believing. That means I love humanly. I wept because I have lost my pain and I am not yet accustomed to its absence.”
― Anaïs NinHenry and June: From “A Journal of Love”–The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin
Jarod Kintz

“Patience and wisdom walk hand in hand, like two one-armed lovers.”
― Jarod Kintz$3.33
Jarod Kintz

“We can’t be lovers because we both have mustaches. But since you’re a lady, and I’m a gentleman, I’ll shave mine off.”
― Jarod KintzLove quotes for the ages. Specificall

Quotes About Love

Quotes tagged as “love” (showing 661-690 of 3,000)
Chuck Klosterman

“Art and love are the same thing: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you.”
― Chuck KlostermanKilling Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story
David Levithan

“livid, adj.

Fuck You for cheating on me. Fuck you for reducing it to the word cheating. As if this were a card game, and you sneaked a look at my hand. Who came up with the term cheating, anyway? A cheater, I imagine. Someone who thought liar was too harsh. Someone who thought devastator was too emotional. The same person who thought, oops, he’d gotten caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Fuck you. This isn’t about slipping yourself an extra twenty dollars of Monopoly money. These are our lives. You went and broke our lives. You are so much worse than a cheater. You killed something. And you killed it when its back was turned.”
― David LevithanThe Lover’s Dictionary

Jess C. Scott

“Those sweet lips. My, oh my, I could kiss those lips all night long.

Good things come to those who wait.”
― Jess C. ScottThe Intern

Rumi

“Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.”
― Rumi
Salvador Plascencia

“I don’t know what they are called, the spaces between seconds– but I think of you always in those intervals.”
― Salvador PlascenciaThe People of Paper
Greg Behrendt

“Here’s something else to think about: calling when you say you’re going to is the very first brick in the house you are building of love and trust. If he can’t lay this one stupid brick down, you ain’t never gonna have a house baby, and it’s cold outside.”
― Greg BehrendtHe’s Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys
Margery Williams

“Real isn’t how you are made,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.’

‘Does it hurt?’ asked the Rabbit.

‘Sometimes,’ said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. ‘When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.’

‘Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,’ he asked, ‘or bit by bit?’

‘It doesn’t happen all at once,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
― Margery WilliamsThe Velveteen Rabbit

Pablo Neruda

“In this part of the story I am the one who
dies, the only one, and I will die of love because I love you,
because I love you, Love, in fire and in blood.”
― Pablo Neruda100 Love Sonnets
W. Somerset Maugham

“As lovers, the difference between men and women is that women can love all day long, but men only at times.”
― W. Somerset MaughamThe Moon and Sixpence
Dylan Thomas

“Though lovers be lost, love shall not; And death shall have no dominion.”
― Dylan Thomas
William S. Burroughs

“There is no intensity of love or feeling that does not involve the risk of crippling hurt. It is a duty to take this risk, to love and feel without defense or reserve.”
― William S. Burroughs
Paulo Coelho

“He knew one of the women well, and had shared his universe with her. They had seen the same mountains, and the same trees, although each of them had seem them differently. She knew his weaknesses, his moments of hatred, of despair. Yet she was there at his side. They shared the same universe.”
― Paulo CoelhoThe Valkyries
Chuck Palahniuk

“Six hundred and forty fish later, the only thing I know is everything you love will die. The first time you meet someone special, you can count on them one day being dead and in the ground.”
― Chuck PalahniukSurvivor
William Goldman

“I’ve been saying it so long to you, you just wouldn’t listen. Every time you said ‘Farm Boy do this’ you thought I was answering ‘As you wish’ but that’s only because you were hearing wrong. ‘I love you’ was what it was, but you never heard.”
― William GoldmanThe Princess Bride
Mitch Albom

“Love like rain, can nourish from above, drenching couples with soaking joy. But sometimes, under the angry heat of life, love dries on the surface and must nourish from below, tending to its roots, keeping itself alive.”
― Mitch AlbomThe Five People You Meet in Heaven
Emily Brontë

“May she wake in torment!” he cried, with frightful vehemence, stamping his foot, and groaning in a sudden paroxysm of ungovernable passion. “Why, she’s a liar to the end! Where is she? Not there—not in heaven—not perished—where? Oh! you said you cared nothing for my sufferings! And I pray one prayer—I repeat it till my tongue stiffens—May she wake in torment!” he cried, with frightful vehemence, stamping his foot, and groaning in a sudden paroxysm of ungovernable passion. “Why, she’s a liar to the end! Where is she? Not there—not in heaven—not perished—where? Oh! you said you cared nothing for my sufferings! And I pray one prayer—I repeat it till my tongue stiffens—Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living; you said I killed you—haunt me, then! The murdered do haunt their murderers, I believe. I know that ghosts have wandered on earth. Be with me always—take any form—drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! it is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!”
― Emily BrontëWuthering Heights
Eminem

“Love, when spelled backwards and read phonetically, reads evil”
― Eminem
“There is a desire within each of us,
in the deep center of ourselves
that we call our heart.
We were born with it,
it is never completely satisfied,
and it never dies.
We are often unaware of it,
but it is always awake.

It is the Human desire for Love.
Every person in this Earth yearns to love,
to be loved, to know love.
Our true identity, our reason for being
is to be found in this desire.

Love is the “why” of life,
why we are functioning at all.
I am convinced
it is the fundamental energy
of the human spirit.
the fuel on which we run,
the wellspring of our vitality.

And grace,
which is the flowing,
creative activity, of love itself,
is what makes all goodness possible.

Love should come first,
it should be the beginning of,
and the reason for everything.”
― Gerald G. MayLiving in Love

Paulo Coelho

“Love is not a habit, a commitment, or a debt. It isn’t what romantic songs tell us it is – love simply is.”
― Paulo Coelho
Erica Jong

“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 JongFear of Flying
Lauren Kate

“Fight for the only thing she knew was good enough, noble enough, powerful enough to be worth risking everything… Love.”
― Lauren Kate
Matthew Arnold

“Ah, love, let us be true
To one another! for the world, which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams,
So various, so beautiful, so new,
Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,

Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night.”
― Matthew ArnoldDover Beach and Other Poems

Emily Giffin

“…love is the sum of our choices, the strength of our commitments, the ties that bind us together.”
― Emily GiffinLove the One You’re With
Douglas Pagels

“Love is a wonderful gift. It’s a present so precious words can barely begin to describe it. Love is a feeling, the deepest and sweetest of all. It’s incredibly strong and amazingly gentle at the very same time. It is a blessing that should be counted every day. It is nourishment for the soul. It is devotion, constantly letting each person know how supportive it’s certainty can be. Love is a heart filled with affection for the most important person in your life. Love is looking at the special someone who makes your world go around and absolutely loving what you see. Love gives meaning to one’s world and magic to a million hopes and dreams. It makes the morning shine more brightly and each season seem like it’s the nicest one anyone ever had. Love is an invaluable bond that enriches every good thing in life. It gives each hug a tenderness, each heart a happiness, each spirit a steady lift. Love is an invisible connection that is exquisitely felt by those who know the joy, feel the warmth, share the sweetness, and celebrate the gift! ”
― Douglas Pagels
Jonathan Safran Foer

“Brod’s life was a slow realization that the world was not for her, and that for whatever reason, she would never be happy and honest at the same time. She felt as if she were brimming, always producing and hoarding more love inside her. But there was no release…

So she had to satisfy herself with the idea of love–loving the loving of things whose existence she didn’t care at all about. Love itself became the object of her love. She loved herself in love, she loved loving love, as love loves loving, and was able, in that way, to reconcile herself with a world that fell so short of what she would have hoped for. It was not the world that was the great and saving lie, but her willingness to make it beautiful and fair, to live a once-removed life, in a world once-removed from the one in which everyone else seemed to exist.”
― Jonathan Safran Foer

Nicholas Sparks

“Their fingers seemed to fit together in just the right way- effortlessly clasped,like perfect complements.”
― Nicholas Sparks
Mary Zimmerman

“A: The soul wanders in the dark, until it finds love. And so, wherever our love goes, there we find our soul.
Q: It always happens?
A: If we’re lucky. And if we let ourselves be blind.
Q: Instead of watching out?
A: Instead of always watching out.”
― Mary ZimmermanMetamorphoses
Jarod Kintz

“The wind blew my words away from you. So while I told you I love you, the phrase was carried in the opposite direction and landed 333 miles away in the ears of a confused farmer. He was nice, though. He sent me a kind letter saying that while he was flattered, I wasn’t really his type. 
”
― Jarod KintzThe Days of Yay are Here! Wake Me Up When They’re Over.
Jarod Kintz

“I am a slave to your love. Well, more like indentured servant.”
― Jarod KintzThis Book is Not for Sale
Jarod Kintz

“Every night I cuddle with a blob of unbaked clay I fashioned in the shape of a woman. But that’s what being in love is all about. 
”
― Jarod KintzThis is the best book I’ve ever written, and it still sucks
Deb Caletti

“That’s what people do who love you. They put their arms around you and love you when you’re not so lovable.”
― Deb Caletti
W. Somerset Maugham

“How can I be reasonable? To me our love was everything and you were my whole life. It is not very pleasant to realize that to you it was only an episode.”
― W. Somerset MaughamThe Painted Veil
Rainer Maria Rilke

“Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.”
― Rainer Maria RilkeLetters to a Young Poet
Vincent van Gogh

“There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”
― Vincent van Gogh
Rob Sheffield

“It’s the same with people who say, ‘Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.’ Even people who say this must realize that the exact opposite is true. What doesn’t kill you maims you, cripples you, leaves you weak, makes you whiny and full of yourself at the same time. The more pain, the more pompous you get. Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you incredibly annoying.”
― Rob SheffieldLove is a Mix Tape
Charles M. Schulz

“Are you upset little friend? Have you been lying awake worrying? Well, don’t worry…I’m here. The flood waters will recede, the famine will end, the sun will shine tomorrow, and I will always be here to take care of you.”
― Charles M. Schulz
Laurell K. Hamilton

“Only love of a good woman will make a man question every choice, every action. Only love makes a warrior hesitate for fear that his lady will find him cruel. Only love makes a man both the best he will ever be, and the weakest. Sometimes all in the same moment. -Wicked ”
― Laurell K. Hamilton
Woody Allen

“Sex without love is a meaningless experience, but as far as meaningless experiences go its pretty damn good.”
― Woody Allen
Gayle Forman

“Please Mia,” he implores. “Don’t make me write a song.”
― Gayle FormanIf I Stay
Rumi

“That which God said to the rose, and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty, He said to my heart, and made it a hundred times more beautiful.”
― Rumi
Oscar Wilde

“One should always be in love. That’s the reason one should never marry.”
― Oscar Wilde
Jorge Luis Borges

“Being with you and not being with you is the only way I have to measure time.”
― Jorge Luis Borges
William Shakespeare

“And yet,to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays.”
― William ShakespeareA Midsummer Night’s Dream
Sarah Dessen

“he wasn’t the type for displays of affection, either verbal or not. He was disgusted by couples that made out in the hallways between classes, and got annoyed at even the slightest sapppy moments in movies. But I knew he cared about me: he just conveyed it more subtly, as concise with expressing this emotion as he was with everything else. It was in the way he’d put his hand on the small of my back, for instance, or how he’d smile at me when I said something that surprised him. Once I might have wanted more, but I’d come around to his way of thinking in the time we’d been together. And we were together, all the time. So he didn’t have to prove how he felt about me. Like so much else, I should just know.”
― Sarah DessenThe Truth About Forever
Nicholas Sparks

“You’re a hero and a gentleman, you’re kind and honest, but more than that, you’re the first man I ever truly loved. And no matter what the future brings, you always will be, and I know that my life is better for it.”
― Nicholas SparksDear John
Cassandra Clare

“And now,” Eric yelled into his mircophone, “we’re going to sing a new song-one we just wrote. This one’s for my girlfriend. We’ve been going out for three weeks, and, damn, our love is true. We’re gonna be together forever, baby. This one’s called ‘Bang You Like a Drum.”
― Cassandra ClareCity of Fallen Angels
Jim Henson

“Only time can heal your broken heart. Just as only time can heal his broken arms and legs.”
― Jim Henson
Philip Pullman

“I’ll be looking for you, Will, every moment, every single moment. And when we do find each other again, we’ll cling together so tight that nothing and no one’ll ever tear us apart. Every atom of me and every atom of you… We’ll live in birds and flowers and dragonflies and pine trees and in clouds and in those little specks of light you see floating in sunbeams… And when they use our atoms to make new lives, they wont’ just be able to take one, they’ll have to take two, one of you and one of me, we’ll be joined so tight…”
― Philip PullmanHis Dark Materials Trilogy: The Golden Compass / The Subtle Knife / The Amber Spyglass
Lisa Kleypas

“There is nothing on earth more beautiful to me than your smile…no sound sweeter than your laughter…no pleasure greater than holding you in my arms. I realized today that I could never live without you, stubborn little hellion that you are. In this life and the next, you’re my only hope of happiness. Tell me, Lillian, dearest love…how can you have reached so far inside my heart?”
― Lisa KleypasIt Happened One Autumn
Sarah Dessen

“It didn’t make you noble to step away from something that wasn’t working, even if you thought you were the reason for the malfunction. Especially then. It just made you a quitter. Because if you were the problem, chances were you could also be the solution. The only way to find out was to take another shot.”
― Sarah DessenAlong for the Ride
Ernest Hemingway

“Oh Jake,” Brett said, “We could have had such a damned good time together.”
Ahead was a mounted policeman in khaki directing traffic. He raised his baton. The car slowed suddenly, pressing Brett against me.
Yes,” I said. “Isn’t it pretty to think so?”
― Ernest HemingwayThe Sun Also Rises
Jarod Kintz

“With my last breath, I’ll exhale my love for you. I hope it’s a cold day, so you can see what you meant to me.
”
― Jarod KintzThis is the best book I’ve ever written, and it still sucks
Ellen Hopkins

“This time when we kiss, I feel it in the pit of my stomach, I feel it in my heart. And I realize love isn’t about sex. It’s about connection.”
― Ellen Hopkins
Jarod Kintz

“When I saw you, I saw love. When I saw you naked, I saw lust. When I saw you with my clone in a dream, I saw the future.”
― Jarod KintzThis Book is Not for Sale
Graham Greene

“Like some wines our love could neither mature nor travel.”
― Graham GreeneThe Comedians
Paulo Coelho

“Love simply is.”
― Paulo CoelhoThe Witch Of Portobello
Elizabeth Gilbert

“But is it such a bad thing to live like this for just a little while? Just for a few months of one’s life, is it so awful to travel through time with no greater ambition than to find the next lovely meal? Or to learn how to speak a language for no higher purpose than that it pleases your ear to hear it? Or to nap in a garden, in a patch of sunlight, in the middle of the day, right next to your favourite fountain? And then to do it again the next day?”
― Elizabeth GilbertEat, Pray, Love
L.M. Montgomery

“Anne laughed.

“I don’t want sunbursts or marble halls, I just want you.”
― L.M. MontgomeryAnne of the Island

Wally Lamb

“Love is like breathing, you take it in and let it out.”
― Wally LambShe’s Come Undone
Jarod Kintz

“Love has a shape, but no color. You’re probably wondering, “If it’s transparent, how do you know what shape it is?” Good question. Well, for one thing, I put it together, and for another, I’m currently wearing it like body armor (though to the casual observer, I appear naked).
”
― Jarod KintzThis is the best book I’ve ever written, and it still sucks

 

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Review of Book “Pivot Point” by Kasie West

August 15, 2013

PivotPointbyKasiWestThis is a segment taken from Chapter One of a book by Kasie West called Pivot Point. It was written from the point of view of a high school girl, the only child still at home of parents who decide to divorce. “Where is the love?” you might ask. What kind of sledgehammer-like force pounds at this girl’s head and heart as she tries to assimilate this new development and stand up to it by responding?

What happens thereafter is told in this fantastic little book, 56 pages,  that is so well written you believe you are right there living it yourself. There is an element of science fiction herein, because the protagonist girl, Addie, has extra mental perception that the author called “Search.” Don White

Kasie West lives with her family in central California, “where the heat tries to kill her with its 115-degree stretches. She graduated from Fresno State University with a BA degree that has nothing to do with writing. Visit her online at www.kasiewest.com

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From The Book’s First Chapter

   His face (her dad’s) gave away nothing at first, then softened to what looked like pity. That wasn’t a good sign.

   But my mother spoke. “Addie, after trying for several years now to work out our differences, your father and I have decided to go our separate ways.”

   It felt like a hundred footballs whacked me in the forehead.

   She had that morning been hit by a football that knocked her to the ground.

 The throbbing returned, and I rubbed at the welt. I tried to process what she had said, but the only answer made no sense. My parents got along just fine. Why would either one of them leave? “You don’t mean you’re getting a divorce?”

   “Yes, sweetie.” Apparntly the straightforward approach didn’t trigger the right response, so she changed to the look-how-sympathetic-I-can-sound voice. “It has nothing to do with you. It’s about issues we can’t work through. This was the last thing we wanted—to split up our family. But no matter what we tried, it didn’t help.” She tilted her head and squinted her eyes. Was that supposed to be her sorry face? It looked forced. “We thought maybe you would’ve seen this coming. Haven’t you Searched anything lately?” The last sentence was accompanied by a hand on my arm.

   I started to look down at her hand, but it was gone in an instant and had moved on to pick a piece of lint off the arm of the couch, before joining her other hand in her lap.

   It took me a moment to realize she had asked a question. “No, I haven’t.” My last Search was the week before last and went as far as homecoming dance, which happened Friday. If I had just looked a few more days ahead, I could’ve seen this coming. I don’t understand. Why would you get a divorce?” The word tasted bad in my mouth.

   “Because we’re like strangers living in the same house. We don’t even care enough about each other to fight anymore.

   I waited for my dad to speak up, to say he didn’t want this, but he nodded his agreement. “Sorry, baby. It’s true.”

   ”But I care about both of you. You can’t do this.”

   “Our choice has already been made,” my mom said. “You’re the only one left to make a choice.”

   “I choose for you to stay together.”

   My mom had the nerve to laugh. Okay, it wasn’t a laugh as much as it was a small chuckle, but still. “That’s not your choice, Addie. Your choice is: Who do you want to live with?”

From near the end of the book:

His deep, even breaths and the steady beat of his heart lull me.

My breath has warmed the little cocoon I’ve created against him. He smells spicy, like cologne and salt. The skin on his neck is soft on my nose and I push it farther into him until my lips rest against him. My finger traces back and forth over his collarbone, and my mouth brushes along his neck until it finds the skin right behind his earlobe, which is even softer.

   I realize Trevor has gone perfectly still. Even his breathing has stopped. I sit back and look at him, gauging his reaction. “I don’t want to lose you over this,” I say. “I didn’t—“

   He presses his lips to mine, stopping not only my sentences but my breath in my throat. He takes my face in his hands and moves his mouth slowly across mine. Every nerve ending in my body is electrified.

   He pulls away and searches my eyes. “You haven’t lost me,” he says, before bringing me back to him. Just when I decide that I could kiss him all day long, he says, “Addison?”

   “Yeah?’

   “What if this is a Search?”

   I stiffen. “What?”

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What Smart Women Know, (many great love quotes)

SmartWomanA smart woman knows that her most valuable sense is a sense of self.

A SMART WOMAN KNOWS THAT BEING SMART MEANS:

-staying rational.

-letting her intelligence control her emotions, not the other way around.

-choosing relationships that make her happy and allow her to grow.

-seeking out and accepting people who are positive and supportive.

-steering clear of relationships that spell out T-R-O-U-B-L-E

 

In a relationship a smart woman knows that she needs to develop a realistic sense of what she must give to her partner and what she can expect of him.

Most important than anything, a smart woman needs to know that she is a whole person in her own right, with or without a man in her life.

Smart women know experience is what you get when you don’t get what you wnt.

Smart women know the difference between sexy and solid, character and charisma, good clothes and good values, and really nice and really narcissistic.

It’s always a mistake to be so turned on by a man’s style that you ignore his substance.

Smart Women Know. . . . . .

if a man acts as though he can have every woman in the room, he may eventually try to do just that. 

If you want children, remember: Don Juan can afford to waste your time; he isn’t punching a biological time clock.

The man who lives to be seen in all the right places isn’t hankering to be a home body

If he looks as though he spends more time shopping than you do, he will also expect more closet space.

Glamorous good-looking men are like delecate exotic houseplants–they need constant attention, and for that–maybe–you’ll get flowers once a year.

It will take more than a few moments of magic to transform a lady’s man into your man.

When desperados ride off into the sunset, they ride off alone.

 

 

 

-walking away from people who try to control her or cause her pain.

 

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What Smart Women Know, a book by Steven Carter and Julia Sokol

This book is available at Barnes & Noble and here are some comments:

  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2005

     A must read for every woman

    I ordered this book from a book club, and had it for a few months when the relationship I was in fell apart, to say the least I was devasted. After a few weeks I found this books, I read it in a day. I was in the process of getting my daughter ready for college, after reading this book I decided I should go to school too. I always wanted a nursing degree, but being in that realtionship I found myself catering to others needs instead of fulfilling my own dreams. This book showed me that the time I was wasting could be put to good use on the dreams and goals that I had. I obtained my nursing degree, and learned to put my self first, so that when I entered another relationship it would be on equal terms, without compromising my goals, dreams, and selfworth. One last note, this book taught me that it is okay to be alone without being lonely, there are so many things to fill up that time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2013

     Stupid

    Waste of money. So boring to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2007

     An absolutely must buy for your college daughter!!

    Bought this book for my daughter and she gave it to a girlfriend who loved it…and needed it…bought her another copy and she gave it to another girlfriend who loved it and needed it…Got ‘smart’ and bought three copies…two for my daughter and an extra for my house… Excellent for the college year relationships, those ‘can’t see the forest for the trees’ relationships. This book helps you ‘see’ things that are going on, but you are too busy to see or too ‘conned’ to see!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2007

     This book is my bible!

    When you read this book you won’t stress over a man anymore!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2005

     An absolute must read for every woman!

    I purchased this book years ago and this book is an absolute must read for every woman whether in a relationship or single. The book is upfront and tells it like it is! Great reading, helpful and encouraging! Some of the quotes and stories will remind you of yourself. Funny at times!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2003

     THIS IS THE BEST BOOK WOMEN SHOULD EVER READ!

    I recommend this to all my friends. It is told with humor which helps any life situation. Amazing, when you are in a toxic relationship, how you can forget how simple it can be to look at it realistically. This book, doesn’t make women feel like morons, for being stupid with men. We have the power, we just forget we do. All women, need to read this. *************

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2001

     Ladies, If you read no other book…read this one!!

    I am so thankful for this book! When you read it, you will see yourself in one of the many scenarios presented. The authors are dead-on. I have referenced this book again and again — in fact there are post-it-notes and folded down corners throughout my copy! A must-read!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2000

     A Must Read!

    This book is straight-to-the-point & an eye-opener. I wish I would have read this book BEFORE I started dating! I’ve recommended it to all my girlfriends & the teenage girls I know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 1999

     Don’t allow love to cloud your common sense

    This book is full of very good advice…basically it tells you to watch out for red flags in relationships and not let your emotions blind you. I especially like the part that says ‘if his wife doesn’t understand him you probably won’t either’.

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1)  Smart Women know no woman was born smart.

2)  There are two ways to get smart: the hard way and the easy way.

3)  ”Most women got smart the hard way, by first-hand experience. And they have the scars to prove it–painful memories of sleepless nights, tears, confusion, angst, self-doubt and anxiety. Sure they have learned about life, love, and relationships, but they paid a high price for their wisdom.

“We firmly believe that there is an easier way for a woman to get smart–an easier way to acquire the kind of information to handle relationships wisely without having to go through the tramatic events that often accompany the acquisition  of such knowledge. How? Simply to listening to and learning from experiences of other women. Wisdom without pain, under-standing without heartache, insight without melodrama–that’s what this book is all about.

“The smartest women know that getting smart doesn’t have to hurt.” Steven Carter and Julia Sokol.

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Quotes About Love

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Coco Chanel

“It’s probably not just by chance that I’m alone. It would be very hard for a man to live with me, unless he’s terribly strong. And if he’s stronger than I, I’m the one who can’t live with him. … I’m neither smart nor stupid, but I don’t think I’m a run-of-the-mill person. I’ve been in business without being a businesswoman, I’ve loved without being a woman made only for love. The two men I’ve loved, I think, will remember me, on earth or in heaven, because men always remember a woman who caused them concern and uneasiness. I’ve done my best, in regard to people and to life, without precepts, but with a taste for justice.”
― Coco Chanel
“Letting go doesn’t mean that you don’t care about someone anymore. It’s just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself.”
― Deborah ReberChicken Soup for the Teenage Soul
Veronica Roth

“Then I realize what it is. It’s him. Something about him makes me feel like I am about to fall. Or turn to liquid. Or burst into flames.”
― Veronica RothDivergent
Brian Andreas

“He loved her for almost everything she was & she decided that was enough to let him stay for a very long time.”
― Brian Andreas
Oscar Wilde

“Yet each man kills the thing he loves
By each let this be heard
Some do it with a bitter look
Some with a flattering word
The coward does it with a kiss
The brave man with a sword”
― Oscar WildeThe Ballad Of Reading Gaol
Clive Barker

“any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.”
― Clive BarkerDays of Magic, Nights of War
Gautama Buddha

“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
― Gautama Buddha
Anaïs Nin

“Man can never know the loneliness a woman knows. Man lies in the woman’s womb only to gather strength, he nourishes himself from this fusion, and then he rises and goes into the world, into his work, into battle, into art. He is not lonely. He is busy. The memory of the swim in amniotic fluid gives him energy, completion. Woman may be busy too, but she feels empty. Sensuality for her is not only a wave of pleasure in which she is bathed, and a charge of electric joy at contact with another. When man lies in her womb, she is fulfilled, each act of love a taking of man within her, an act of birth and rebirth, of child rearing and man bearing. Man lies in her womb and is reborn each time anew with a desire to act, to be. But for woman, the climax is not in the birth, but in the moment man rests inside of her.”
― Anaïs NinThe Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934
John Keats

“I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days – three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.”
― John KeatsBright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne
William Shakespeare

“Good night, good night! parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.”
― William ShakespeareRomeo and Juliet
Maggie Stiefvater

“You’re like a song that I heard when I was a little kid but forgot I knew until I heard it again.”
― Maggie StiefvaterLament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception
E.E. Cummings

“Unless you love someone, nothing else makes sense.”
― E.E. Cummings
Nicholas Sparks

“She wanted something else, something different, something more. Passion and romance, perhaps, or maybe quiet conversations in candlelit rooms, or perhaps something as simple as not being second.”
― Nicholas SparksThe Notebook
Ann Brashares

“Parents were the only ones obligated to love you; from the rest of the world you had to earn it.”
― Ann BrasharesForever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood
J.K. Rowling

“Snape’s patronus was a doe,’ said Harry, ‘the same as my mother’s because he loved her for nearly all of his life, from when they were children.”
― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Charlotte Brontë

“Every atom of your flesh is as dear to me as my own: in pain and sickness it would still be dear.”
― Charlotte BrontëJane Eyre
William Shakespeare

“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And too often is his gold complexion dimm’d:
And every fair from fair sometimes declines,
By chance or natures changing course untrimm’d;
By thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.”
― William ShakespeareShakespeare’s Sonnets
George Gordon Byron

“In secret we met -
In silence I grieve,
That thy heart could forget,
Thy spirit deceive.
If I should meet thee
After long years,
How should I greet thee? -
With silence and tears”
― George Gordon Byron
Elizabeth Gilbert

“I met an old lady once, almost a hundred years old, and she told me, ‘There are only two questions that human beings have ever fought over, all through history. How much do you love me? And Who’s in charge?”
― Elizabeth GilbertEat, Pray, Love
Nicholas Sparks

“Yes, I decided, a man can truly change. The events of the past year have taught me much about myself, and a few universal truths. I learned, for instance, that while wounds can be inflicted easily upon those we love, it’s often much more difficult to heal them. Yet the process of healing those wounds provided the richest experience of my life, leading me to believe that while I’ve often overestimated what I could accomplish in a day, I had underestimated what I could do in a year. But most of all, I learned that it’s possible for two people to fall in love all over again, even when there’s been a lifetime of disappointment between them.”
― Nicholas SparksThe Wedding
William Shakespeare

“They do not love that do not show their love. The course of true love never did run smooth. Love is a familiar. Love is a devil. There is no evil angel but Love.”
― William Shakespeare
Wm. Paul Young

“Each relationship between two persons is absolutely unique. That is why you cannot love two people the same. It simply is not possible. You love each person differently because of who they are and the uniqueness that they draw out of you.”
― Wm. Paul YoungThe Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity
James Patterson

“You looove me. (holds out arms) You love me this much.”
― James PattersonSaving the World and Other Extreme Sports
Becca Fitzpatrick

“Are you gloating inside? That’s what this is about, isn’t it? Getting me to trust you so you could blow it up in my face!” [...]“I get that you’re angry—,” said Patch.

“I am ripped apart!” I shouted.”
― Becca FitzpatrickHush, Hush

Nicholas Sparks

“We’d met at a carefree time, a moment full of promise, in its place now were the harsh lessons of the real world.”
― Nicholas SparksDear John
Suzanne Collins

“But I have to confess, I’m glad you two had at least a few months of happiness together.”
I’m not glad,” says Peeta. “I wish we had waited until the whole thing was done officially.”
This takes even Caesar aback. “Surely even a brief time is better than no time?”
Maybe I’d think that, too, Caesar,” says Peeta bitterly, “If it weren’t for the baby.”
― Suzanne CollinsCatching Fire
Alice Hoffman

“There are some things, after all, that Sally Owens knows for certain: Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender, for luck. Fall in love whenever you can.”
― Alice HoffmanPractical Magic
Richelle Mead

“Wait. You think I’m going to die? That’s why you slept with me?”
― Richelle MeadShadow Kiss
William Goldman

“The Queen’s Pride was his ship, and he loved her. (That was the way his sentences always went: It is raining today and I love you. My cold is better and I love you. Say hello to Horse and I love you. Like that.)”
― William GoldmanThe Princess Bride
Jarod Kintz

“I wanted to tell her “I love you” back, but I guess in waiting for the perfect moment (the next commercial break), I ended up completely forgetting.”
― Jarod KintzLove quotes for the ages. Specifically ages 18-81.
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Leo Tolstoy

“I think… if it is true that
there are as many minds as there
are heads, then there are as many
kinds of love as there are hearts.”
― Leo TolstoyAnna Karenina
Haruki Murakami

“If you remember me, then I don’t care if everyone else forgets.”
― Haruki MurakamiKafka on the Shore
Markus Zusak

“He does something to me, that boy. Every time. It’s his only detriment. He steps on my heart. He makes me cry.”
― Markus ZusakThe Book Thief
Gautama Buddha

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection”
― Gautama Buddha
Gayle Forman

“If you stay, I’ll do whatever you want. I’ll quit the band, go with you to New York. But if you need me to go away, I’ll do that, too. I was talking to Liz and she said maybe coming back to your old life would be too painful, that maybe it’d be easier for you to erase us. And that would suck, but I’d do it. I can lose you like that if I don’t lose you today. I’ll let you go. If you stay.”
― Gayle FormanIf I Stay
Rumi

“In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.”
― Rumi
Stephanie Perkins

“I love you as certain dark things are loved, secretly, between the shadow and the soul.”
― Stephanie PerkinsAnna and the French Kiss
Rachel Cohn

“It’s bullshit to think of friendship and romance as being different. They’re not. They’re just variations of the same love. Variations of the same desire to be close.”
― Rachel CohnNaomi and Ely’s No Kiss List
Dorothy Parker

“By the time you swear you’re his,
Shivering and sighing.
And he vows his passion is,
Infinite, undying.
Lady make note of this –
One of you is lying.”
― Dorothy Parker
Margaret Atwood

“I would like to be the air that inhabits you for a moment only. I would like to be that unnoticed and that necessary.”
― Margaret Atwood
E.E. Cummings

“Lovers alone wear sunlight.”
― E.E. Cummings
Milan Kundera

“Making love with a woman and sleeping with a woman are two separate passions, not merely different but opposite. Love does not make itself felt in the desire for copulation (a desire that extends to an infinite number of women) but in the desire for shared sleep (a desire limited to one woman).”
― Milan KunderaThe Unbearable Lightness of Being
Lisa Kleypas

“I want morning and noon and nightfall with you. I want your tears, your smiles, your kisses…the smell of your hair, the taste of your skin, the touch of your breath on my face. I want to see you in the final hour of my life…to lie in your arms as I take my last breath.”
― Lisa KleypasAgain the Magic
Dalai Lama XIV

“Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.”
― Dalai Lama XIV
Maya Angelou

“My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.”
― Maya Angelou
J.K. Rowling

“Ginny, listen…I can’t be involved with you anymore. We’ve got to stop seeing each other. We can’t be together.”
“It’s for some stupid noble reason isn’t it?”
“It’s been like…like something out of someone else’s life these last few weeks with you. But I can’t…we can’t…I’ve got to do things alone now. Voldemort uses people his enemies are close to. He’s already used you as bait once, and that was just because you were my best friend’s sister. Think how much danger you’ll be in if we keep this up. He’ll know, he’ll find out. He’ll try and get me through you.”
“What if I don’t care?”
“I care. How do you think I’d feel if this was your funeral…and it was my fault…”
― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Charlotte Brontë

“I had not intended to love him; the reader knows I had wrought hard to extirpate from my soul the germs of love there detected; and now, at the first renewed view of him, they spontaneously revived, great and strong! He made me love him without looking at me.”
― Charlotte BrontëJane Eyre
Clive Barker

“I dreamed I spoke in another’s language,
I dreamed I lived in another’s skin,
I dreamed I was my own beloved,
I dreamed I was a tiger’s kin.I dreamed that Eden lived inside me,
And when I breathed a garden came,
I dreamed I knew all of Creation,
I dreamed I knew the Creator’s name.

I dreamed–and this dream was the finest–
That all I dreamed was real and true,
And we would live in joy forever,
You in me, and me in you.”
― Clive BarkerDays of Magic, Nights of War

Cassandra Clare

“Now very much against her will, she thought of the way Jace had looked at her then, the blaze of faith in his eyes, his belief in her. He had always thought she was strong. He had showed it in everything he did, in every look and every touch. Simon had faith in her too, yet when he’d held her, it had been as if she were something fragile, something made of delicate glass. But Jace had held her with all the strength he had, never wondering if she could take it–he’d known she was as strong has he was.”
― Cassandra ClareCity of Glass
Stieg Larsson

“What she had realised was that love was that moment when your heart was about to burst.”
― Stieg LarssonThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Diana Wynne Jones

“I think we ought to live happily ever after.”
― Diana Wynne JonesHowl’s Moving Castle
J.K. Rowling

“When you have seen as much of life as I have, you will not underestimate the power of obsessive love.”
― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Jodi Picoult

“I love you,” he whispered, and that was the moment he knew what he was going to do. When you loved someone, you put their needs before your own. No matter how inconceivable those needs were; no matter how fucked up; no matter how much it made you feel like you were ripping yourself into pieces.”
― Jodi PicoultThe Pact
Simone Elkeles

“I want to try making things right because picking up the pieces is way better than leaving them the way they are.”
― Simone ElkelesPerfect Chemistry
Audrey Niffenegger

“Why is love intensified by absence?”
― Audrey NiffeneggerThe Time Traveler’s Wife
P.G. Wodehouse

“The voice of Love seemed to call to me, but it was a wrong number.”
― P.G. WodehouseVery Good, Jeeves!
Drew Barrymore

“Kissing – and I mean like, yummy, smacking kissing – is the most delicious, most beautiful and passionate thing that two people can do, bar none. Better than sex, hands down.”
― Drew Barrymore
Jarod Kintz

“She didn’t say it, I only thought she said it. So really it was my thought, my words, and not hers. How could I confuse “I love you” with “May I take your order?”
― Jarod KintzLove quotes for the ages. Specifically ages 18-81.
Jarod Kintz

“You tell me you love me, but I’m not sure you know what love is, or how fast it flies, or how much it resembles a UFO, or what kind of weapon you’d use to shoot it down.”
― Jarod KintzLove quotes for the ages. Specifically ages 18-81.
Jarod Kintz

“The only drink I like ice in is water, because you can’t water down water. I’m like that with love, too. Don’t you dare add any ice to the hot liquid loving I’m trying to pour all over you.”
― Jarod KintzLove quotes for the ages. Specifically ages 18-81.

 

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Veronica Roth

“I have something I need to tell you,” he says. I run my fingers along the tendons in his hands and look back at him. “I might be in love with you.” He smiles a little. “I’m waiting until I’m sure to tell you, though.”
“That’s sensible of you,” I say, smiling too. “We should find some paper so you can make a list or a chart or something.”
I feel his laughter against my side, his nose sliding along my jaw, his lips pressing my ear.
“Maybe I’m already sure,” he says, “and I just don’t want to frighten you.”
I laugh a little. “Then you should know better.”
“Fine,” he says. “Then I love you.”
― Veronica RothDivergent
Cassandra Clare

“We live and breathe words. …. It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them. Reading your words, what you wrote, how you were lonely sometimes and afraid, but always brave; the way you saw the world, its colors and textures and sounds, I felt–I felt the way you thought, hoped, felt, dreamt. I felt I was dreaming and thinking and feeling with you. I dreamed what you dreamed, wanted what you wanted–and then I realized that truly I just wanted you.”
― Cassandra ClareClockwork Prince
Kahlil Gibran

“If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. If they don’t, they never were.”
― Kahlil Gibran
A.A. Milne

“How do you spell ‘love’?” – Piglet
“You don’t spell it…you feel it.” – Pooh”
― A.A. Milne
Johnny Depp

“If someone were to harm my family or a friend or somebody I love, I would eat them. I might end up in jail for 500 years, but I would eat them.”
― Johnny Depp
Lauren Oliver

“I guess that’s just part of loving people: You have to give things up. Sometimes you even have to give them up.”
― Lauren OliverDelirium
Maya Angelou

“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.”
― Maya Angelou
Laurell K. Hamilton

“I will love you always. When this red hair is white, I will still love you. When the smooth softness of youth is replaced by the delicate softness of age, I will still want to touch your skin. When your face is full of the lines of every smile you have ever smiled, of every surprise I have seen flash through your eyes, when every tear you have ever cried has left its mark upon your face,I will treasure you all the more, because I was there to see it all. I will share your life with you, Meredith, and I will love you until the last breath leaves your body or mine.”
― Laurell K. HamiltonA Lick of Frost
Rumi

“When I am with you, we stay up all night.
When you’re not here, I can’t go to sleep.
Praise God for those two insomnias!
And the difference between them.”
― Rumi
Edgar Allan Poe

“From childhood’s hour I have not been. As others were, I have not seen. As others saw, I could not awaken. My heart to joy at the same tone. And all I loved, I loved alone.”
― Edgar Allan Poe
Toni Morrison

“You think because he doesn’t love you that you are worthless. You think that because he doesn’t want you anymore that he is right — that his judgement and opinion of you are correct. If he throws you out, then you are garbage. You think he belongs to you because you want to belong to him. Don’t. It’s a bad word, ‘belong.’ Especially when you put it with somebody you love. Love shouldn’t be like that. Did you ever see the way the clouds love a mountain? They circle all around it; sometimes you can’t even see the mountain for the clouds. But you know what? You go up top and what do you see? His head. The clouds never cover the head. His head pokes through, beacuse the clouds let him; they don’t wrap him up. They let him keep his head up high, free, with nothing to hide him or bind him. You can’t own a human being. You can’t lose what you don’t own. Suppose you did own him. Could you really love somebody who was absolutely nobody without you? You really want somebody like that? Somebody who falls apart when you walk out the door? You don’t, do you? And neither does he. You’re turning over your whole life to him. Your whole life, girl. And if it means so little to you that you can just give it away, hand it to him, then why should it mean any more to him? He can’t value you more than you value yourself.”
― Toni Morrison
Julie Kagawa

“My name is Ashallyn’darkmyr Tallyn, third son of the Unseelie Court…Let it be known–from this day forth, I vow to protect Meghan Chase, daughter of the Summer King, with my sword, my honor, and my life. Her desires are mine. Her wishes are mine. Should even the world stand against her, my blade will be at her side. And should it fail to protect her, let my own existence be forfeit. This I swear, on my honor, my True Name, and my life. From this day on…” His voice went even softer, but I still heard it as though he whispered it into my ear. “I am yours.”
― Julie KagawaThe Iron Queen
Mother Teresa

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
― Mother Teresa
Whitney Otto

“Why are old lovers able to become friends? Two reasons. They never truly loved each other, or they love each other still.”
― Whitney OttoHow to Make an American Quilt
Cassandra Clare

“If there’s a thing I’ve learned in my life it’s to not be afraid of the responsibility that comes with caring for other people. What we do for love: those things endure. Even if the people you do them for don’t”
― Cassandra Clare
Sherrilyn Kenyon

“She didn’t understand that. “How can anyone be afraid of love?”
“How can they not?” His face was completely aghast. “When you love someone… truly love them, friend or lover, you lay your heart open to them. You give them a part of yourself that you give to no one else, and you let them inside a part of you that only they can hurt—you literally hand them the razor with a map of where to cut deepest and most painfully on your heart and soul. And when they do strike, it’s crippling—like having your heart carved out. It leaves you naked and exposed, wondering what you did to make them want to hurt you so badly when all you did was love them. What is so wrong with you that no one can keep faith with you? That no one can love you? To have it happen once is bad enough… but to have it repeated? Who in their right mind would not be terrified of that?”
― Sherrilyn KenyonDevil May Cry
Jodi Picoult

“When you love someone, you say their name different. Like it’s safe inside your mouth.”
― Jodi PicoultHandle With Care
Nicholas Sparks

“Poets often describe love as an emotion that we can’t control, one that overwhelms logic and common sense. That’s what it was like for me. I didn’t plan on falling in love with you, and I doubt if oyu planned on fallin gin love with me. But once we met, it was clear that neither of us could control what was happening to us. We fell in love, despite our differences, and once we did, something rare and beautiful was created. For me, love like that has happened only once, and that’s why every minute we spent together has been seared in my memory. I’ll never forget a single moment of it.”
― Nicholas SparksThe Notebook
Richelle Mead

“We can’t…” he told me.
“I know,” I agreed.Then his mouth was on mine again, and this time, I knew there would be no turning back. There were no walls this time. Our bodies wrapped together as he tried to get my coat off, then his shirt, then my shirt. … It really was a lot like when we’d fought out on the quad earlier-that same passion and heat. I think at the end of the day, the instincts that power fighting and sex aren’t so different. They all come from an animal side of us.Yet, as more and more clothes came off, it went beyond just animal passion. It was sweet and wonderful at the same time. When I looked into his eyes, I could see without a doubt that he loved me more than anyone else in the world, that I was his salvation, the same way that he was mine. I’d never expected my first time to be in a cabin in the woods, but I realized the place didn’t matter. The person did. With someone you loved, you could be anywhere, and it would be incredible. Being in the most luxurious bed in the world wouldn’t matter if you were with someone you didn’t love.”
― Richelle MeadShadow Kiss

Roald Dahl

“It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.”
― Roald DahlThe Witches
Virginia Woolf

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
― Virginia WoolfA Room of One’s Own
tags: foodlove

Quotes About Love

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John Green

“Some people don’t understand the promises they’re making when they make them,” I said.”Right, of course. But you keep the promise anyway. That’s what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway.”
― John GreenThe Fault in Our Stars
Galway Kinnell

“We’re all seeking that special person who is right for us. But if you’ve been through enough relationships, you begin to suspect there’s no right person, just different flavors of wrong. Why is this? Because you yourself are wrong in some way, and you seek out partners who are wrong in some complementary way. But it takes a lot of living to grow fully into your own wrongness. And it isn’t until you finally run up against your deepest demons, your unsolvable problems—the ones that make you truly who you are—that we’re ready to find a lifelong mate. Only then do you finally know what you’re looking for. You’re looking for the wrong person. But not just any wrong person: the right wrong person—someone you lovingly gaze upon and think, “This is the problem I want to have.”I will find that special person who is wrong for me in just the right way.Let our scars fall in love.”
― Galway Kinnell

F. Scott Fitzgerald

“I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect. And it’s these things I’d believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all she should be. I love her and it is the beginning of everything.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald
Thomas Merton

“The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them”
― Thomas MertonNo Man Is an Island
F. Scott Fitzgerald

“I’m not sentimental–I’m as romantic as you are. The idea, you know,
is that the sentimental person thinks things will last–the romantic
person has a desperate confidence that they won’t.”
― F. Scott FitzgeraldThis Side of Paradise
Elizabeth Gilbert

“To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow – this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.”
― Elizabeth GilbertCommitted: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage
William Shakespeare

“If you love and get hurt, love more.If you love more and hurt more, love even more.If you love even more and get hurt even more, love some more until it hurts no more…”
― William Shakespeare

Fannie Flagg

“I wonder how many people don’t get the one they want, but end up with the one they’re supposed to be with.”
― Fannie FlaggFried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Markus Zusak

“She leaned down and looked at his lifeless face and Leisel kissed her best friend, Rudy Steiner, soft and true on his lips. He tasted dusty and sweet. He tasted like regret in the shadows of trees and in the glow of the anarchist’s suit collection. She kissed him long and soft, and when she pulled herself away, she touched his mouth with her fingers…She did not say goodbye. She was incapable, and after a few more minutes at his side, she was able to tear herself from the ground. It amazes me what humans can do, even when streams are flowing down their faces and they stagger on…”
― Markus ZusakThe Book Thief
Mitch Albom

“Love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone.”
― Mitch Albom
Audrey Niffenegger

“It’s hard being left behind. (…) It’s hard to be the one who stays.”
― Audrey NiffeneggerThe Time Traveler’s Wife
Rick Riordan

“Afterward, I had the last laugh. I made an air bubble at the bottom of the lake. Our friends kept waiting for us to come up, but hey-when you are the son of Poseidon, you don’t have to hurry. And it was pretty much the best underwater kiss of all time.”
― Rick Riordan
Cassandra Clare

“He made a sound like a choked laughed before he reached out and pulled her into her arms. She was aware of Luke watching them from the window, but she shut her eyes resolutely and buried her face against Jace’s shoulder. He smelled of salt and blood, and only when his mouth came close to her ear did she understand what he was saying, and it was the simplest litany of all: her name, just her name.”
― Cassandra ClareCity of Bones
Terry Pratchett

“And what would humans be without love?”
RARE, said Death.”
― Terry PratchettSourcery
Paulo Coelho

“Anyone who is in love is making love the whole time, even when they’re not. When two bodies meet, it is just the cup overflowing. They can stay together for hours, even days. They begin the dance one day and finish it the next, or–such is the pleasure they experience–they may never finish it. No eleven minutes for them.”
― Paulo CoelhoEleven Minutes
Elizabeth Gilbert

“The only thing more unthinkable than leaving was staying; the only thing more impossible than staying was leaving.”
― Elizabeth GilbertEat, Pray, Love
Lady Gaga

“Love is like a brick. You can build a house, or you can sink a dead body.”
― Lady Gaga
Elizabeth Gilbert

“One thing I do know about intimacy is that there are certain natural laws which govern the sexual experience of two people, and that these laws cannot be budged any more than gravity can be negotiated with. To feel physically comfortable with someone else’s body is not a decision you can make. It has very little to do with how two people think or act or talk or even look. The mysterious magnet is either there, buried somewhere deep behind the sternum, or it is not. When it isn’t there (as I have learned in the past, with heartbreaking clarity) you can no more force it to exist than a surgeon can force a patient’s body to accept a kidney from the wrong donor. My friend Annie says it all comes down to one simple question: “Do you want your belly pressed against this person’s belly forever –or not?”
― Elizabeth GilbertEat, Pray, Love
L.M. Montgomery

“Perhaps, after all, romance did not come into one’s life with pomp and blare, like a gay knight riding down; perhaps it crept to one’s side like an old friend through quiet ways; perhaps it revealed itself in seeming prose, until some sudden shaft of illumination flung athwart its pages betrayed the rhythm and the music, perhaps . . . perhaps . . . love unfolded naturally out of a beautiful friendship, as a golden-hearted rose slipping from its green sheath.”
― L.M. Montgomery
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Quotes About Love

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Jamie McGuire

“To douchebags!” he said, gesturing to Brad. “And to girls that break your heart,” he bowed his head to me. His eyes lost focus. “And to the absolute fucking horror of losing your best friend because you were stupid enough to fall in love with her.”
― Jamie McGuireBeautiful Disaster
Ernest Hemingway

“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 HemingwayA Farewell to Arms
J.K. Rowling

“Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.”
― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Pablo Neruda

“As if you were on fire from within.The moon lives in the lining of your skin.”
― Pablo Neruda
Emily Brontë

“If he loved with all the powers of his puny being, he couldn’t love as much in eighty years as I could in a day.”
― Emily BrontëWuthering Heights
Elizabeth Gilbert

“Someday you’re gonna look back on this moment of your life as such a sweet time of grieving. You’ll see that you were in mourning and your heart was broken, but your life was changing…”
― Elizabeth Gilbert
Neil Gaiman

“In a perfect world, you could fuck people without giving them a piece of your heart. And every glittering kiss and every touch of flesh is another shard of heart you’ll never see again.”
― Neil GaimanFragile Things: short fictions and wonders
L.J. Smith

“I told you. You don’t love someone because of their looks or their clothes or their car. You love them because they sing a song only your heart can understand.”
― L.J. Smith
Rick Riordan

“The world was collapsing, and the only thing that really mattered to me was that she was alive.”
― Rick RiordanThe Last Olympian
Jodi Picoult

“The damage was permanent; there would always be scars. But even the angriest scars faded over time until it was difficult to see them written on the skin at all, and the only thing that remained was the memory of how painful it had been.”
― Jodi Picoult
Victor Hugo

“The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved — loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.”
― Victor Hugo
Neil Gaiman

“I think I fell in love with her, a little bit. Isn’t that dumb? But it was like I knew her. Like she was my oldest, dearest friend. The kind of person you can tell anything to, no matter how bad, and they’ll still love you, because they know you. I wanted to go with her. I wanted her to notice me. And then she stopped walking. Under the moon, she stopped. And looked at us. She looked at me. Maybe she was trying to tell me something; I don’t know. She probably didn’t even know I was there. But I’ll always love her. All my life.”
― Neil GaimanThe Sandman, Vol. 8: Worlds’ End
Paulo Coelho

“Anyone who loves in the expectation of being loved in return is wasting their time.”
― Paulo CoelhoThe Devil and Miss Prym
Kahlil Gibran

“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……But if in your fear you would seek only love’s peace and love’s pleasure, Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love’s threshing-floor, Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears. 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. And think not you can direct the course of love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course. Love has no other desire but to fulfil itself.”

But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires: To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To know the pain of too much tenderness. To be wounded by your own understanding of love; And to bleed willingly and joyfully.”
― Kahlil GibranLe Prophète

Anaïs Nin

“Anxiety is love’s greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic.”
― Anaïs Nin
Suzanne Collins

“You have a… remarkable memory.”
“I remember everything about you. You’re the one who wasn’t paying attention.”
― Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins

“Are you, are you
Coming to the tree
Where they strung up a man they say murdered three.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met up at midnight in the hanging tree.Are you, are you
Coming to the tree
Where the dead man called out for his love to flee.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met up at midnight in the hanging tree.Are you, are you
Coming to the tree
Where I told you to run, so we’d both be free.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met up at midnight in the hanging tree

Are you, are you
Coming to the tree
Wear a necklace of rope, side by side with me.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met up at midnight in the hanging tree.”
― Suzanne Collins

Vladimir Nabokov

“I think it is all a matter of love; the more you love a memory the stronger and stranger it becomes”
― Vladimir Nabokov
William Goldman

“Do I love you? My God, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches.”
― William GoldmanThe Princess Bride
Nicholas Sparks

“Spending time with you showed me what I’ve been missing in my life.”
― Nicholas SparksThe Choice
Maya Angelou

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”
― Maya Angelou
Stephenie Meyer

“I’m gonna fight for you, until your heart stops beating.”
― Stephenie MeyerEclipse
Bob Dylan

“The future for me is already a thing of the past -
You were my first love and you will be my last”
― Bob DylanBob Dylan – Love and Theft: Piano/Vocal/Guitar
Emily Giffin

“I miss him in so many ways, but right now I miss him in the way you always miss someone when you’re single among a room full of couples.”
― Emily GiffinBaby Proof
Elizabeth Gilbert

“If I love you, I will carry for you all your pain, I will assume for you all your debts (in every definition of the word), I will protect you from your own insecurity, I will protect upon you all sorts of good qualities that you have never actually cultivated in yourself and I will buy Christmas presents for your entire family. I will give you the sun and the rain, and if they are not available, I will give you a sun check and a rain check. I will give you all this and more, until I get so exhausted and depleted that the only way I can recover my energy is by becoming infatuated with someone else.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert
Nicholas Sparks

“I guess what I’m trying to say is that you are there, in everything I am, in everything I’ve ever done, and looking back, I know that I should have told you know much you’ve always meant to me. ”
― Nicholas SparksThe Wedding
Nicholas Sparks

“Yes… it wasn’t over, it still isn’t over.”
― Nicholas Sparks
Charles M. Schulz

“Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love.”
― Charles M. Schulz
Jarod Kintz

“Love is what you make it. Unfortunately, I can’t make it today, as I have a doctor’s appointment.”
― Jarod KintzThis Book is Not for Sale
Albert Schweitzer

“If you love something so much let it go. If it comes back it was meant to be; if it doesn’t it never was”
― Albert Schweitze
James Patterson

“He could totally be your boyfriend,” [Angel] went on with annoying persistance. “You guys could get married. I could be like a junior bridesmaid. Total could be your flower dog.”
“I’m only a kid!” I shrieked. “I can’t get married!”
“You could in New Hampshire.”
My mouth dropped open. How does she know this stuff? “Forget it! No one’s getting married!” I hissed. “Not in New Hampshire or anywhere else! Not in a box, not with a fox! Now go to sleep, before I kill you!
― James PattersonMax
Jarod Kintz

“You can’t put a price tag on love. But if you could, I’d wait for it to go on sale.”
― Jarod KintzThis Book is Not for Sale
P.C. Cast

“Last time I saw you, I said that it hurt too much to love you. But I was wrong about that. The truth is it hurts too much not to love you.”
― P.C. Cast
Charlie Huston

“One day, when I am a braver man, I will tell her these things, and then I will look her in the eye tell her I love her and ask her to be only mine. But until that day, we’re just friends.”
― Charlie HustonAlready Dead
James Joyce

“His heart danced upon her movements like a cork upon a tide. He heard what her eyes said to him from beneath their cowl and knew that in some dim past, whether in life or revery, he had heard their tale before.”
― James JoyceA Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Nicholas Sparks

“I’d love to, she finally said,”on one condition.”
I steadied myself, hoping it wasn’t something too awful.
“Yes?”
“You have to promise that you won’t fall in love with me.”
I knew she was kidding me by the way she laughed, and I couldn’t help but breathe a sigh of relief.
Sometimes, I had to admit, Jamie had a pretty good sense of humor.
I smiled and gave her my word.”
― Nicholas Sparks
Jarod Kintz

“I can tell if two people are in love by how they hold each other’s hands, and how thick their sanitation gloves are.”
― Jarod KintzThis Book is Not for Sale
Willa Cather

“Where there is great love, there are always miracles.”
― Willa Cather
Susan Polis Schutz

“Love is being honest with yourself at all times
being honest with the other person at all times
telling, listening, respecting the truth
and never pretending
Love is the source of reality”
― Susan Polis Schutz
Emmet Fox

“If you could only love enough, you could be the most powerful person in the world.”
― Emmet Fox
Jarod Kintz

“I want to gather up all the ink cartridges in the universe, because somewhere, mixed in with all that ink, is the next great American novel. And I’d love nothing more than to drink it.”
― Jarod KintzI Want Two apply for a job at our country’s largest funeral home, and then wear a suit and noose to the job interview.
Stephenie Meyer

“You are my life now.”
― Stephenie MeyerTwilight
Tom Robbins

“Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won’t adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is to sign on as its accomplice. Instead of vowing to honor and obey, maybe we should swear to aid and abet. That would mean that security is out of the question. The words “make” and “stay” become inappropriate. My love for you has no strings attached. I love you for free.”
― Tom RobbinsStill Life With Woodpecker
Richelle Mead

“If you want some advice—which I’m sure you don’t—you guys should lay off on the magic. Christian still thinks you’re moving in on Lissa.”
“What?” he asked in mock astonishment. “Doesn’t he know my heart belongs to you?”
“It does not. And no, he’s still worried about it, despite what I’ve told him.”
“You know, I bet if we started making out right now, it would make him feel better.”
“If you touch me,” I said pleasantly, “I’ll provide you with the opportunity to see if you can heal yourself. Then we’d see how badass you really are.”
― Richelle MeadShadow Kiss
Audrey Niffenegger

“It’s dark now and I am very tired. I love you, always. Time is nothing.”
― Audrey NiffeneggerThe Time Traveler’s Wife
Jodi Picoult

“My mother… she is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her.”
― Jodi Picoult
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

“He dug so deeply into her sentiments that in search of interest he found love, because by trying to make her love him he ended up falling in love with her. Petra Cotes, for her part, loved him more and more as she felt his love increasing, and that was how in the ripeness of autumn she began to believe once more in the youthful superstition that poverty was the servitude of love. Both looked back then on the wild revelry, the gaudy wealth, and the unbridled fornication as an annoyance and they lamented that it had cost them so much of their lives to find the paradise of shared solitude. Madly in love after so many years of sterile complicity, they enjoyed the miracle of living each other as much at the table as in bed, and they grew to be so happy that even when they were two worn-out people they kept on blooming like little children and playing together like dogs.”
― Gabriel Garcí­a MárquezOne Hundred Years of Solitude
Judy Garland

“For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.”
― Judy Garland
William Goldman

“I love you,’ Buttercup said. ‘I know this must come as something of a surprise to you, since all I’ve ever done is scorn you and degrade you and taunt you, but I have loved you for several hours now, and every second, more. I thought an hour ago that I loved you more than any woman has ever loved a man, but a half hour after that I knew that what I felt before was nothing compared to what I felt then. But ten minutes after that, I understood that my previous love was a puddle compared to the high seas before a storm. Your eyes are like that, did you know? Well they are. How many minutes ago was I? Twenty? Had I brought my feelings up to then? It doesn’t matter.’ Buttercup still could not look at him. The sun was rising behind her now; she could feel the heat on her back, and it gave her courage. ‘I love you so much more now than twenty minutes ago that there cannot be comparison. I love you so much more now then when you opened your hovel door, there cannot be comparison. There is no room in my body for anything but you. My arms love you, my ears adore you, my knees shake with blind affection. My mind begs you to ask it something so it can obey. Do you want me to follow you for the rest of your days? I will do that. Do you want me to crawl? I will crawl. I will be quiet for you or sing for you, or if you are hungry, let me bring you food, or if you have thirst and nothing will quench it but Arabian wine, I will go to Araby, even though it is across the world, and bring a bottle back for your lunch. Anything there is that I can do for you, I will do for you; anything there is that I cannot do, I will learn to do. I know I cannot compete with the Countess in skills or wisdom or appeal, and I saw the way she looked at you. And I saw the way you looked at her. But remember, please, that she is old and has other interests, while I am seventeen and for me there is only you. Dearest Westley–I’ve never called you that before, have I?–Westley, Westley, Westley, Westley, Westley,–darling Westley, adored Westley, sweet perfect Westley, whisper that I have a chance to win your love.’ And with that, she dared the bravest thing she’d ever done; she looked right into his eyes.”
― William GoldmanThe Princess Bride
Emily Dickinson

“Morning without you is a dwindled dawn.”
― Emily Dickinson

 

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Kahlil Gibran

“Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.”
― Kahlil Gibran
حافظ

“Even
After
All this time
The Sun never says to the Earth,”You owe me.”

Look
What happens
With a love like that,
It lights the whole sky.”
― حافظ

Sylvia Plath

“Yes, I was infatuated with you: I am still. No one has ever heightened such a keen capacity of physical sensation in me. I cut you out because I couldn’t stand being a passing fancy. Before I give my body, I must give my thoughts, my mind, my dreams. And you weren’t having any of those.”
― Sylvia PlathThe Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
Edgar Allan Poe

“It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of ANNABEL LEE;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love that was more than love-
I and my Annabel Lee;
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsman came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in heaven,
Went envying her and me-
Yes!- that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we-
Of many far wiser than we-
And neither the angels in heaven above,
Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling- my darling- my life and my bride,
In the sepulchre there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

Elizabeth Gilbert

“People always fall in love with the most perfect aspects of each other’s personalities. Who wouldn’t? Anybody can love the most wonderful parts of another person. But that’s not the clever trick. The really clever trick is this: Can you accept the flaws? Can you look at your partner’s faults honestly and say, ‘I can work around that. I can make something out of it.’? Because the good stuff is always going to be there, and it’s always going to pretty and sparkly, but the crap underneath can ruin you.”
― Elizabeth GilbertCommitted: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage
Emily Brontë

“Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living. You said I killed you–haunt me then. The murdered do haunt their murderers. I believe–I know that ghosts have wandered the earth. Be with me always–take any form–drive me mad. Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! It is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!”
― Emily BrontëWuthering Heights
Jenny Han

“Moments, when lost, can’t be found again. They’re just gone.”
― Jenny HanThe Summer I Turned Pretty
Jay Asher

“If my love were an ocean,
there would be no more land.
If my love were a desert,
you would see only sand.
If my love were a star-
late at night, only light.
And if my love could grow wings,
I’d be soaring in flight.”
― Jay AsherThirteen Reasons Why
J.K. Rowling

“Your mother died to save you. If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love. Love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves it’s own mark. To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.”
― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Emily Brontë

“I cannot express it; but surely you and everybody have a notion that there is or should be an existence of yours beyond you. What were the use of my creation, if I were entirely contained here? My great miseries in this world have been Heathcliff’s miseries, and I watched and felt each from the beginning: my great thought in living is himself. If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger: I should not seem a part of it. My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods: time will change it, I’m well aware, as winter changes the trees. My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Heathcliff! He’s always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being.”
― Emily BrontëWuthering Heights
Amy Sedaris

“Don’t leave a piece of jewelry at his house so you can go back and get it later; he may be with his real girlfriend.”
― Amy SedarisI Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence
G.K. Chesterton

“The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people.”
― G.K. Chesterton
Nicole Krauss

“Maybe the first time you saw her you were ten. She was standing in the sun scratching her legs. Or tracing letters in the dirt with a stick. Her hair was being pulled. Or she was pulling someone’s hair. And a part of you was drawn to her, and a part of you resisted–wanting to ride off on your bicycle, kick a stone, remain uncomplicated. In the same breath you felt the strength of a man, and a self-pity that made you feel small and hurt. Part of you thought: Please don’t look at me. If you don’t, I can still turn away. And part of you thought: Look at me.”
― Nicole KraussThe History of Love
Woody Allen

“To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering one must not love. But then one suffers from not loving. Therefore, to love is to suffer; not to love is to suffer; to suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love. To be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy. Therefore, to be happy one must love or love to suffer or suffer from too much happiness.”
― Woody Allen
Simone Elkeles

“One of the things that makes me who I am is the loyalty I have to people I hold close to my heart.”
― Simone ElkelesPerfect Chemistry
Charlotte Brontë

“I have little left in myself — I must have you. The world may laugh — may call me absurd, selfish — but it does not signify. My very soul demands you: it will be satisfied, or it will take deadly vengeance on its frame.”
― Charlotte BrontëJane Eyre
Mother Teresa

“I’m a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.”
― Mother Teresa
Alexandre Dumas

“Woman is sacred; the woman one loves is holy.”
― Alexandre DumasThe Count of Monte Cristo
William Goldman

“True love is the best thing in the world, except for cough drops.”
― William GoldmanThe Princess Bride
Charlotte Brontë

“It is a long way to Ireland, Janet, and I am sorry to send my little friend on such weary travels: but if I can’t do better, how is it to be helped? Are you anything akin to me, do you think, Jane?”I could risk no sort of answer by this time: my heart was still.

“Because, he said, “I sometimes have a queer feeling with regard to you – especially when you are near me, as now: it is as if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly and inextricably knotted to a similar string situated in the corresponding quarter of your little frame. And if that boisterous channel, and two hundred miles or so of land some broad between us, I am afraid that cord of communion will be snapt; and then I’ve a nervous notion I should take to bleeding inwardly. As for you, – you’d forget me.”
― Charlotte BrontëJane Eyre

Elizabeth Chandler

“When you love someone, its never over. You move on, because you have to but you take them with you in your heart”
― Elizabeth ChandlerKissed by an Angel
“To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world.”
― Bill Wilson
Candace Bushnell

“Maybe mistakes are what make our fate… without them what would shape our lives? Maybe if we had never veered off course we wouldn’t fall in love, have babies, or be who we are. After all, things change, so do cities, people come into your life and they go. But it’s comforting to know that the ones you love are always in your heart… and if you’re very lucky, a plane ride away”
― Candace BushnellSex and the City
Tom Robbins

“Who knows how to make love stay?1. Tell love you are going to Junior’s Deli on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn to pick up a cheesecake, and if loves stays, it can have half. It will stay.

2. Tell love you want a momento of it and obtain a lock of its hair. Burn the hair in a dime-store incense burner with yin/yang symbols on three sides. Face southwest. Talk fast over the burning hair in a convincingly exotic language. Remove the ashes of the burnt hair and use them to paint a moustache on your face. Find love. Tell it you are someone new. It will stay.

3. Wake love up in the middle of the night. Tell it the world is on fire. Dash to the bedroom window and pee out of it. Casually return to bed and assure love that everything is going to be all right. Fall asleep. Love will be there in the morning.”
― Tom RobbinsStill Life with Woodpecker

Jeanette Winterson

“As your lover describes you, so you are.”
― Jeanette Winterson
Nicholas Sparks

“He was the toast to her butter.”
― Nicholas SparksThe Lucky One
Kahlil Gibran

“No human relation gives one possession in another—every two souls are absolutely different. In friendship or in love, the two side by side raise hands together to find what one cannot reach alone.”
― Kahlil Gibran
Jodi Picoult

“So much of the language of love was like that: you devoured someone with your eyes, you drank in the sight of him, you swallowed him whole. Love was substance, broken down and beating through your bloodstream.”
― Jodi PicoultNineteen Minutes
Tom Stoppard

“It is a defect of God’s humor that he directs our hearts everywhere but to those who have a right to them.”
― Tom StoppardArcadia
Jarod Kintz

“If love had feathers and tasted like dog food, then I suggest you wear shoes with your banana pudding. (This statement also defines my political beliefs).”
― Jarod KintzThis Book is Not for Sale

 

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Quotes About Love

Quotes tagged as “love” (showing 181-210 of 3,000)
Oscar Wilde

“Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.”
― Oscar Wilde
Haruki Murakami

“I think you still love me, but we can’t escape the fact that I’m not enough for you. I knew this was going to happen. So I’m not blaming you for falling in love with another woman. I’m not angry, either. I should be, but I’m not. I just feel pain. A lot of pain. I thought I could imagine how much this would hurt, but I was wrong.”
― Haruki MurakamiSouth of the Border, West of the Sun
Henry Rollins

“It hurts to let go. Sometimes it seems the harder you try to hold on to something or someone the more it wants to get away. You feel like some kind of criminal for having felt, for having wanted. For having wanted to be wanted. It confuses you, because you think that your feelings were wrong and it makes you feel so small because it’s so hard to keep it inside when you let it out and it doesn’t coma back. You’re left so alone that you can’t explain. Damn, there’s nothing like that, is there? I’ve been there and you have too. You’re nodding your head.”
― Henry RollinsThe Portable Henry Rollins
Lauren Oliver

“I love you. Remember. They cannot take it”
― Lauren OliverDelirium
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.”
― Fyodor DostoyevskyThe Brothers Karamazov
Stephenie Meyer

“It’s not the face, but the expressions on it. It’s not the voice, but what you say. It’s not how you look in that body, but the thing you do with it. You are beautiful.”
― Stephenie MeyerThe Host
Edna St. Vincent Millay

“They say when you are missing someone that they are probably feeling the same, but I don’t think it’s possible for you to miss me as much as I’m missing you right now”
― Edna St. Vincent Millay
Nicholas Sparks

“The saddest people I’ve ever met in life are the ones who don’t care deeply about anything at all. Passion and satisfaction go hand in hand, and without them, any happiness is only temporary, because there’s nothing to make it last.”
― Nicholas SparksDear John
Sarah Dessen

“I like flaws. I think they make things interesting.”
― Sarah DessenThe Truth About Forever
Haruki Murakami

“Anyone who falls in love is searching for the missing pieces of themselves. So anyone who’s in love gets sad when they think of their lover. It’s like stepping back inside a room you have fond memories of, one you haven’t seen in a long time.”
― Haruki Murakami
Pablo Neruda

“I crave your mouth, your voice, your hair.
Silent and starving, I prowl through the streets.
Bread does not nourish me, dawn disrupts me, all day
I hunt for the liquid measure of your steps.

I hunger for your sleek laugh,
your hands the color of a savage harvest,
hunger for the pale stones of your fingernails,
I want to eat your skin like a whole almond.

I want to eat the sunbeam flaring in your lovely body,
the sovereign nose of your arrogant face,
I want to eat the fleeting shade of your lashes,

and I pace around hungry, sniffing the twilight,
hunting for you, for your hot heart,
Like a puma in the barrens of Quitratue.”
― Pablo Neruda

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.”
― Fyodor DostoyevskyThe Brothers Karamazov
Oscar Wilde

“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”
― Oscar WildeAn Ideal Husband
Richelle Mead

“Stop fighting me!” he said, trying to pull on the arm he held.

He was in a precarious position himself, straddling the rail as he tried to lean over far enough to get me and actually hold onto me.

“Let go of me!” I yelled back.

But he was too strong and managed to haul most of me over the rail, enough so that I wasn’t in total danger of falling again.

See, here’s the thing. In that moment before I let go, I really had been contemplating my death. I’d come to terms with it and accepted it. I also, however, had known Dimitri might do something exactly like this. He was just that fast and that good. That was why I was holding my stake in the hand that was dangling free.

I looked him in the eye. “I will always love you.”

Then I plunged the stake into his chest.

It wasn’t as precise a blow as I would have liked, not with the skilled way he was dodging. I struggled to get the stake in deep enough to his heart, unsure if I could do it from this angle. Then, his struggles stopped. His eyes stared at me, stunned, and his lips parted, almost into a smile, albeit a grisly and pained one.

“That’s what I was supposed to say. . .” he gasped out.

Those were his last words.”
― Richelle MeadBlood Promise

Chuck Palahniuk

“You know how they say you only hurt the ones you love? Well, it works both ways.”
― Chuck PalahniukFight Club
Jodi Picoult

“You know it’s never fifty-fifty in a marriage. It’s always seventy-thirty, or sixty-forty. Someone falls in love first. Someone puts someone else up on a pedestal. Someone works very hard to keep things rolling smoothly; someone else sails along for the ride.”
― Jodi PicoultMercy
Chuck Palahniuk

“If you love something set it free, but don’t be surprised if it comes back with herpes.”
― Chuck Palahniuk
Susan Polis Schutz

“Love is . . . Being happy for the other person when they are happy, Being sad for the person when they are sad, Being together in good times, And being together in bad times.
LOVE IS THE SOURCE OF STRENGTH.

Love is . . . Being honest with yourself at all times, Being honest with the other person at all times, Telling, listening, respecting the truth, And never pretending.
LOVE IS THE SOURCE OF REALITY.

Love is . . . An understanding so complete that you feel as if you are a part of the other person, Accepting the other person just the way they are, And not trying to change them to be something else.
LOVE IS THE SOURCE OF UNITY.

Love is . . . The freedom to pursue your own desires while sharing your experiences with the other person, The growth of one individual alongside of and together with the growth of another individual.
LOVE IS THE SOURCE OF SUCCESS.

Love is . . . The excitement of planning things together, The excitement of doing things together.
LOVE IS THE SOURCE OF THE FUTURE.
Love is . . . The fury of the storm, The calm in the rainbow.
LOVE IS THE SOURCE OF PASSION.

Love is . . . Giving and taking in a daily situation, Being patient with each other’s needs and desires.
LOVE IS THE SOURCE OF SHARING.

Love is . . . Knowing that the other person will always be with you regardless of what happens, Missing the other person when they are away but remaining near in heart at all times.
LOVE IS THE SOURCE OF SECURITY.
LOVE IS . . . THE SOURCE OF LIFE!”
― Susan Polis Schutz

Elizabeth Gilbert

“To lose balance sometimes for love is part of living a balanced
life.”
― Elizabeth GilbertEat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
Jonathan Safran Foer

“If there is no love in the world, we will make a new world, and we will give it walls, and we will furnish it with soft, red interiors, from the inside out, and give it a knocker that resonates like a diamond falling to a jeweller’s felt so that we should never hear it. Love me, because love doesn’t exist, and I have tried everything that does.”
― Jonathan Safran FoerEverything Is Illuminated
Chuck Palahniuk

“Ok. You fuck me, then snub me. You love me, you hate me. You show me a sensitive side, then you turn into a total asshole. Is this a pretty accurate description of our relationship.”
― Chuck PalahniukFight Club
Sophie Kinsella

“sometimes you don’t need a goal in life, you don’t need to know the big picture. you just need to know what you’re going to do next!”
― Sophie KinsellaThe Undomestic Goddess
Elinor Glyn

“Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze. ”
― Elinor Glyn
Stephenie Meyer

“Even more, I had never meant to love him. One thing I truly knew – knew it in the pit of my stomach, in the center of my bones, knew it from the crown of my head to the soles of my feet, knew it deep in my empty chest – was how love gave someone the power to break you”
― Stephenie MeyerTwilight
William Shakespeare

“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father refuse thy name, thou art thyself thou not a montegue, what is montegue? tis nor hand nor foot nor any other part belonging to a man
What is in a name?
That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,
So Romeo would were he not Romeo called retain such dear perfection to which he owes without that title,
Romeo, Doth thy name!
And for that name which is no part of thee, take all thyself.”
― William Shakespeare
Gordon B. Hinckley

“True love is not so much a matter of romance as it is a matter of anxious concern for the well-being of one’s companion.”
― Gordon B. HinckleyStand a Little Taller
Katharine Hepburn

“Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get – only with what you are expecting to give – which is everything”
― Katharine HepburnMe: Stories of My Life
Tom Robbins

“The highest function of love is that it makes the loved one a unique and irreplaceable being.”
― Tom RobbinsJitterbug Perfume
William Goldman

“Just because you’re beautiful and perfect, it’s made you conceited.”
― William GoldmanThe Princess Bride
Sarah Dessen

“Wherever you will go,
I will let you down,
But this lullaby goes on.”
― Sarah DessenThis Lullaby

 

Quotes About Love

Quotes tagged as “love” (showing 211-240 of 3,000)
John Green

“I’m in love with you,” he said quietly.

“Augustus,” I said.

“I am,” he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. “I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”
― John GreenThe Fault in Our Stars

Emily Brontë

“If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.”
― Emily BrontëWuthering Heights
Greg Behrendt

“If he’s not calling you, it’s because you are not on his mind. If he creates expectations for you, and then doesn’t follow through on little things, he will do same for big things. Be aware of this and realize that he’s okay with disappointing you. Don’t be with someone who doesn’t do what they say they’re going to do. If he’s choosing not to make a simple effort that would put you at ease and bring harmony to a recurring fight, then he doesn’t respect your feelings and needs. “Busy” is another word for “asshole.” “Asshole” is another word for the guy you’re dating. You deserve a fcking phone call.”
― Greg Behrendt
Paulo Coelho

“If pain must come, may it come quickly. Because I have a life to live, and I need to live