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The most poignant quotes
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Note: Throughout history the rich and famous and wise have said things that have been recorded in the form of quotes. It is the study of these quotes that give insight into life.


"Love, love, love--that is the soul of genius." ~ Amadeus Mozart

To be loved is very demoralizing. ~ Katharine Hepburn

The art of love... is largely the art of persistence. ~ Albert Ellis

It is not how much we do, but how much love we put into doing it. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving. ~ Mother Teresa

Like a mountain whirlwind punishing the oak trees, love shattered my heart. ~ Sappho

Romantic love is one of the most exciting and fulfilling kinds of love and I think there is potential for it at any stage of your life. ~ Harrison Ford

Love makes us poets and the approach of death makes us philosophers. ~ George Santayana

Those alone are wise who know how to love. ~ Senecca

I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love. ~ Mother Teresa

It is the true season of love when we know that we alone can love; that no one could ever have loved before us and that no one will ever love in the same way after us. ~ Johann von Goethe

Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all. ~ G. K. Chesterton

I have for the first time found what I can truly love-- I have found you. You are my sympathy--my better self--my good angel--I am bound to you with a strong attachment. ~ Charlotte Bronte

Love is not weakness. It is strong. Only the sacrament of marriage can contain it. ~ Boris Pasternak

"The loving are the daring." ~ Bayard Taylor

Love is born with the pleasure of looking at each other, it is fed with the necessity of seeing each other, it is concluded with the impossibility of separation. ~ Jose Marti

Love is the vital essence that pervades and permeates, from the center to the circumference, the graduating circles of all thought and action. Love is the talisman of human weal and woe--the open sesame to every soul. ~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton

I can't put bars on my insides; my love is something I can't hide. ~ Keith Carradine

Whatever you do, love those who love you. ~ Voltaire

The second greatest pleasure after love is talking about it. ~ Louise Labe, Debate on Folly and Love, 1555

Your task is not to seek for love, But merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. ~ Jalaluddin Rumi

Who can doubt that we exist only to love? Disguise it, in fact, as we will, we love without intermission... We live not a moment exempt from its influence. ~ Blaise Pascal

Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit. ~ Peter Ustinov

Two persons love in one another the future good which they aid one another to unfold. ~ Charlotte Perkins Gillman

Love is like playing checkers. You have to know which man to move. ~ Jackie "Moms Mabley

"All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love." ~ Leo Tolstoy

Next to God, love is the word most mangled in every language. The highest form of regard between two people is friendship, and when love enters, friendship dies. ~ Richard Bach

Men do not settle down. Men surrender. ~ Chris Rock

Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding. ~ Diane Arbus

Love much. Earth has enough of bitter in it. ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Hold fast to whatever fragments of love are left, for sometimes a mosaic is more beautiful than an unbroken pattern. ~ Dawn Powell, Locusts Have No King, 1996

Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime, therefore we must be saved by hope. Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore, we must be saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore we must be saved by love. ~ Reinhold Niebuhr

An act of love, a voluntary taking on oneself of some of the pain of the world, increases the courage and love and hope of all. ~ Dorothy Day

If we do not love, we are nothing. And, if we are not loved ourselves, we are nobody. ~ Bernard S. Raskas

Can there be a love which does not make demands on its object? ~ Confucius

Love is a chain of love as Nature is a chain of life. ~ Truman Capote

"One does not fall in love; one grows into love, and love grows in him." ~ Karl Menninger

I love you. You are closest to my heart, closer than any other human being. You are my extension. You are my prayer. You are my belief in God. For better or worse you inherit me. ~ Anne Sexton,

Just for the hell of it, try to love someone as unlike you as possible. ~ William T. Vollmann

Love is proud of itself. It leaks out of us even with the tightest security. ~ Merrit Malloy

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

I don't think you can look for love. All you can do is get yourself in a situation where you don't discourage something that may be rather nice. ~ Linda Ronstadt

I can't even believe it--with you it's like having every dream I ever wanted come true. ~ Marty Balin

When love kicks you in the teeth, it is telling you to grow up and to get rid of the small pitiful parts of yourself that belittle and betray you. It is reminding you not to settle for the abusive, the superficial, or the trivial in yourself or in your relationship. ~ Adele Britton

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

Girl trouble, for me, is when you fall in love. ~ Colin Farrell

I want this music and this dawn and the warmth of your cheek against mine. ~ Jalaluddin Rumi

Go on loving what is good, simple, and ordinary. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Love is extravagant in the price it is willing to pay, the time it is willing to give...and the strength it is willing to spend. ~ Joni Eareckson Tada

Love is more pleasing than friendship. The feeling of friendship is like that of being comfortably filled with roast beef; love, like being enlivened with champagne. ~ Samuel Johnson, Life of Samuel Johnson

To love our neighbor as ourself is such a fundamental truth for regulating human society, that by that alone one might determine all the cases in social morality.- John Locke

If grass can grow through cement, love can find you at every time in your life. ~ Cher, People

It's the same struggle for each of us, and the same path out: the utterly simple, infinitely wise, ultimately defiant act of loving one thing and then another, loving our way back to life. ~ Barbara Kingsolver

Love is not measured by how many times you touch each other but by how many times you reach each other. ~ Cathy Morancy,

There is a garden in her eyes, where roses and white lilies flow. ~ Thomas Champion

Who would live and not love? ~ Rachel Russell

All loves should be simply stepping stones to the love of God. So it was with me; and blessed be his name for his great goodness and mercy. ~ Plato

Love is a rock against the wind. Not soft like silk and lace. ~ Etheridge Knight

Someone once said, "There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved. It is God's finger on a man's shoulder." ~ Brownie Wise

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