Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Quotes on Love

On Keeping Your Heart Safe From Pain
To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable. –CS Lewis

The Heart’s Filter  
We accept the love we think we deserve. –Stephen Chbosky

Being Present
You can’t love anyone unless you can be sure of his presence when you need him. –Goethe

Words of affection and endearment are wonderful. All I can truly know of your love, however, is what you show me. –Monte

The Greatest Happiness
The greatest happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved, loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. --Victor Hugo

What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love. 

Do you love me because I am beautiful,
or am I beautiful because you love me?

Being Romantic
Being romantic” means treating the relationship as important, behaving in ways that underscore its importance. Flowers can be a lovely gift, or a meaningless gesture. There are people who know how to be romantic in a hovel; there are people who do not know how to be romantic in a palace. --Nathaniel Branden

Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are!
Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place. –Zora Neale Hurston

Yours, Mine, or Ours?
Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. –Aristotle

Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same. –Emily Bronte

He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began.  --Leo Tolstoy

If she's amazing, she won't be easy. If she's easy, she won't be amazing. If she's worth it, you wont give up. If you give up, you're not worthy. ... Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for. –Bob Marley

Better Than Your Dreams
You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. –Dr. Seuss

Love is Now
What is love? 'Tis not hereafter;
Present mirth hath present laughter;
What's to come is still unsure:
In delay there lies not plenty …
   --Shakespeare, Sonnet 91

Love is Eternal
It isn’t possible to love and to part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal. –E. M. Forster, A Room With a View

Affection and Happiness
Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives. –CS Lewis

The Test of Absence
Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires. --Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The Triggering of Human Vitality
Love is that splendid triggering of human vitality the supreme activity which nature affords anyone for going out of himself toward someone else. –Jose Ortega y Gasset

Tripping Over v Falling in Love
When you trip over love, it is easy to get up. But when you fall in love, it is impossible to stand again. –Einstein

Get Me Right
It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not. –Andre Gide

What Love Does and Doesn’t Do
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. –St Paul

The Power of Love
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength,
While loving someone deeply gives you courage.
--Lao Tzu

Fear + Caution = Fatality
To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.

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

--Bertrand Russell

Why Do You Need Me?
Immature love says: “I love you because I need you.” Mature love says, “I need you because I love you.” –Eric Fromm

Love Sucks
After writing Love is Not A Thing, I ran across these two quotes. I wish I had used these rather than the two I did when juxtaposing the two opposing perspectives on romantic love!

There is always one woman to save you from another and as that woman saves you she makes ready to destroy – Charles Bukowski

Cupid is a sadist.


  1. I just want to share what I think is the best among thousands of love quotes out there because I think this one perfectly describes what real love truly is -

    “When you fall in love its like a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being "in love" which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident."

    It is from Corelli's Mandolin.