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True Romantic Love

Ovine [Publius Ovidius Naso], 43 B.C. - A.D. C 18 Ibid. II,107

"To be loved, be lovable."


Love is a friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad. It settles for less than perfection, and makes allowances for human weakness. Love is content with the present. It hopes for the future and it doesn't brood over the past. It's the day-in and day-out chronicle of irritations, problems, compromises, small disappointments, big victories, and working toward common goals. If you have love in your life, it can make up for a great many things you lack. If you don't have it, no matter what else there is, it is not enough, so search for it, ask God for it, and share it!

Author Unknown

Sooner or later we begin to understand that love is more than verses on valentines
and romance in the movies. We begin to know that love is here and now, real
and true, the most important thing in our lives. For love is the creator of our favourite
memories and the foundation of our fondest dreams. Love is a promise that is
always kept, a fortune that can never be spent, a seed that can flourish in even the
most unlikely of places. And this radiance that never fades, this mysterious and
magical joy, is the greatest treasure of all - one known only by those who love.

Thomas a Kempis, 1379-1471

Love is a great thing, yea, a great and thorough good. By itself it makes what is
heavy light; and bears evenly all that is uneven.

It carries a burden which is no burden; it will not be kept back by anything low and
mean; it desires to be free from all wordly affections, and not to be entangled by any
outward prosperity, or by any adversity subdued.

Love feels no burden, thinks nothing of trouble, attempts what is above its strength,
pleads no excuse of impossibility. It is therefore able to undertake all things, and it
completes many things, and warrants them to take effect, where he who does not love would faint and lie down.

Though weary, it is not tired: though pressed it is not straightened; though alarmed, it
is not confounded; but as a living flame it forces itself upwards and securely passes
through all.

Love is active and sincere, courageous, patient, faithful, prudent and manly.

Sir Hugh Walpole, 1884-1941

The most wonderful of all things in life is the discovery of another human being with whom one's relationship has a growing depth, beauty and joy as the years increase.
This inner progressiveness of love between two human beings is a most marvellous thing; it cannot be found by looking for it or by passionately wishing for it. It is a sort
of divine accident, and the most wonderful of all things in life.

William Shakespeare,
1564 - 1616

Love comforteth like sunshine after rain. l. 799

Doubt thou the stars are fire; doubt that the sun doth move; doubt truth to be a liar; but never doubt I love you.
II, ii, 115

I love thee, I love but thee with a love that shall not die. Till the sun grows cold and the stars grow old.

Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro],
70 - 19 B.C., Ibid. l. 69

Love conquers all things; let us too surrender to love. Omnia vincit amor: et nos cedamus amori.

George Sand [Amandine Aurore Lucile Dupin, Baronne Dudevant], 1804 - 1876, Letter to Linda Calamatta
[March 31, 1862]

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

Algernon Charles Swinburne,
1837 - 1909, A Match [1866], st. 1

If love were what the rose is, and I were like the leaf, our lives would grow together in sad or singing weather.

Elivis Presley,
1935 - 1977, Love Me Tender [1956]

Love me tender, love me sweet, never let me go.

Henry Drummond

You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.

Rainer Maria Rilke

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

Mahatma Gandhi

Where there is love there is life.

Aphra Behn

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

Christopher Marlowe

Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?

La Bruyere

We perceive when love begins and when it declines by our embarrassment when alone together.

St. Augustine

Better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all.

Les Miserables

To love another person is to see the face of God.

Alexander Smith

Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Sympathy constitutes friendship; but in love there is a sort of antipathy,or opposing passion. Each strives to be the other, and both together make up one whole.

Charles Caleb Colton

Friendship often ends in love; but love in friendship - never.

Lawrence Durrell

The richest love is that which submits to the arbitration of time.


A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love.


There is no remedy for love but to love more.

Leo F. Buscaglia

Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time... It tells us to tell each other right now that we love each other.

Dr. Karl Menninger

Love cures people - both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.

William M. Thackeray

To love and win is the best thing. To love and lose, the next best.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh, b. 1906

When you love someone, you do not love them all the time, in exactly the same way, from moment to moment. It is an impossibility. It is even a lie to pretend to. And yet this is exactly what most of us demand. We have so little faith in the ebb and
flow of life, of love, of relationships. We leap at the flow of the tide and resist in terror its ebb. We are afraid it will never return. We insist on permanency, on duration, on continuity; when the only continuity possible, in life as in love, is in growth, in fluidity - in freedom, in the sense that the dancers are free, barely touching as they pass, but partners in the same pattern.

The only real security is not in owning or possessing, not in demanding or expecting, not in hoping, even. Security in a relationship lies neither in looking back to what was in nostalgia, nor forward to what it might be in dread or anticipation, but
living in the present relationship and accepting it as it is now. Relationships must be like islands, one must accept them for what they are here and now, within their limits - islands, surrounded and interrupted by the sea, and continually visited and abandoned by the tides.

Soren Kierkegaard

Don't forget to love yourself.

Alicia Barnhart

True love never dies, for it is lust that fades away. Love bonds for a lifetime but lust just pushes away.

Abraham Crowley

A mighty pain to love it is, and 'tis a pain that pain to miss; but of all the pains, the greatest pain is to love, but love in vain.

John Donne

Love built on beauty, soon as beauty, dies.

Benjamin Franklin

He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.

Henry Ward Beecher

I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love.

Joseph Conrad

Woe to the man whose heart has not learned while young to hope, to love - and to put its trust in life.

Don Byas

You call it madness, but I call it love.


He who loves 50 people has 50 woes; he who loves no one has no woes.

Ingrid Bergman

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.

Will Moss

Love is not blind - It sees more and not less, but because it sees more it is willing to see less.

Margaret Atwood

The eskimos have 52 words for snow because it is so special to them; there ought to be as many for love!

Kaleel Jamison

Relationships--of all kinds--are like sand held in your hand. Held loosely, with an open hand, the sand remains where it is. The minute you close your hand and squeeze tightly to hold on, the sand trickles through your fingers. You may hold onto some of it, but most will be spilled. A relationship is like that. Held loosely, with respect and freedom for the other person, it is likely to remain intact. But hold too tightly, too possessively, and the relationship slips away and is lost.

Karen Casey

Truly loving another means letting go of all expectations. It means full acceptance, even celebration of another's personhood.

H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.

Oscar Wilde

Who, being loved, is poor?

Ashleigh Brilliant

There is one pain I often feel, which you'll never know. It's caused by absence of you.

George Elliot

That farewell kiss which resembles greeting; that last glance of love which becomes the sharpest pang of sorrow.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.

Helen Keller

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.

Charles Augustin Sainte-Beauve

Tell me who admires and loves you, and I will tell you who you are.

Francois do La Rochefoucauld

We forgive to the extent that we love.

True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen.

When we are in love we often doubt that which we most believe.

There is no disguise which can hide love for long where it exists, or simulate it where it does not.

D.H. Lawrence

Those that go searching for love only make manifest their own lovelessness, and the loveless never find love, only the loving find love, and they never have to seek it.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

He who is devoid of the power to forgive, is devoid of the power to love.

Victor Hugo

The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved.

Louisa May Alcott

Love is a great beautifier.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love and you shall be loved.

Anonymous quotes on love

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.

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

If you love someone, let them go. If they return to you, it was meant to be. If they don't, their love was never yours to begin with...

Love is hard work; and hard work sometimes hurts!

Who says love never lives? Maybe we've never lived.

Some love lasts a lifetime. True love lasts forever.

If love is great, and there are no greater things, then what I feel for you must be the greatest.

Love is like playing the piano. First you must learn to play by the rules, then you must forget the rules and play from your heart.

If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you've made me smile, the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand.

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

Never underestimate the power of love.

The way to love anything is to realize it may be lost.

The heart has its reasons that reason does not know at all.

Music is love in search of a word.

Mother Theresa

It is easy to love people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start.

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.

Paul Tillich

The first duty of love is to listen.

The Best Portion Of A Good Man's Life,
William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

The best portion of a good man's life,
His little, nameless, unremembered acts,
Of kindness and of love.

Mark Twain, 1835-1910

When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain.

George Sands, 1894-1876

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

Henry David Thoreau, 1817-1862

There is no remedy for love than to love more.

From the film Don Juan DeMarco, 1995

"There are only four questions of value in life, Don Octavio.
What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made?
What is worth living for? What is worth dying for?
The answer to each is the same. Only love."

Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790

If you want to be loved, love and be loveable.

William Shakespeare, 1564-1616

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind...

Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881

The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can never end.

Plato, c. 428-348

Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the gods.

Robert Browning, 1812-1889

Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be.

Plautus, c.254-184 BC

Spice a dish with love and it pleases every palate.

Sophocles, c. 496-406 BC

One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life; that word is love.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882

The only gift is a portion of thyself.

Voltaire, 1694-1778

Love those who love you.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery, 1900-1944

Life has taughts us that love does not consist of gazing at each other, but looking outward in the same direction.

John Keats, 1795-1821

You are always new,
The last of your kisses was ever the sweetest.

Thomas Campion, 1567-1620

Never love unless you can bear with all the faults of man!

Edmund Spenser, 1552-1599

And all for love, and nothing for reward.

William Shakespeare,

If music be the food of love, play on...

Samuel Butler, 1612-1680

God is love - I dare say,
But what a mischievous devil Love is!

John Ray, 1627-1705

I love thee like puddings; if thou wert pie I'd eat thee.