Quotations About / On:
Love wants to be confirmed with concrete symbols, but recklessness loves instability.
(Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Tetka, in Libussa, act 1 (1872).)
We love but once, for once only are we perfectly equipped for loving.
(Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 1 (1944, revised 1951).)
A woman one loves rarely suffices for all our needs, so we deceive her with another whom we do not love.
(Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. "Time Regained," vol. 12, ch. 1, Remembrance of Things Past (1927), trans. by Stephen Hudson (1931).)
Murder is born of love, and love attains the greatest intensity in murder.
(Octave Mirbeau (1850-1917), French journalist, author. "The Manuscript," The Torture Garden (1899).)
In every form of womanly love something of motherly love also comes to light.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 267, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Human, All-Too-Human, "Woman and Child," aphorism 392, "An Element of Love," (1878).)
About children's caregivers ... you want someone who is loving but not so loving you're displaced.
(Kathleen Christensen (20th century), U.S. professor, environmental psychology. Wall Street Journal (May 21, 1993).)
There are people who would never have been in love, had they never heard love spoken of.
(François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 136 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
Sensuality without love is a sin; love without sensuality is worse than a sin.
(José Bergamín (1895-1983), Spanish writer. El cohete y la estrella (The Rocket and the Star), p. 38, Madrid, Biblioteca de Indice (1923).)
It is almost always a fault of one who loves not to realize when he ceases to be loved.
(François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 370 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
Selfish persons are incapable of loving others, but they are not capable of loving themselves either.
(Erich Fromm (1900-1980), U.S. psychologist. Man for Himself, ch. 4 (1947).)