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Quotations About / On: LOVE

  • 51.
    May we so love as never to have occasion to repent of our love!
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Essay on "Chastity and Sensuality" in letter, September 1852, to Harrison Blake, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 207, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 52.
    None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but licence.
    (John Milton (1608-1674), British poet. repr. In Complete Prose Works of Milton, ed. Ernest Sirluck (1959). The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates (1649).)
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  • 53.
    To love one child and to love all children, whether living or dead—somewhere these two loves come together. To love a no-good but humble punk and to love an honest man who believes himself to be an honest man—somewhere these, too, come together.
    (Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author, filmmaker. interview, repr. In Outside: Selected Writings (1984). "The Path of Joyful Despair," Le Monde (Paris, 1977).)
  • 54.
    Friendship is the perfection of love, and superior to love; it is love purified, exalted, proved by experience and a consent of minds. Love, Madam, may, and love does, often stop short of friendship.
    (Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. letter, Sept. 30, 1751, to Hester Mulso. Selected Letters of Samuel Richardson, ed. John Carroll (1964).)
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  • 55.
    ... to a poet, the human community is like the community of birds to a bird, singing to each other. Love is one of the reasons we are singing to one another, love of language itself, love of sound, love of singing itself, and love of the other birds.
    (Sharon Olds (b. 1942), U.S. poet. As quoted in Listen to Their Voices, ch. 18 (1993). On why writing poetry, though "always difficult," is easier than not writing it.)
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  • 56.
    Self-love depressed becomes self-loathing.
    (Sally Kempton (b. 1943), U.S. author. "Cutting Loose," Esquire (New York, July 1970).)
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  • 57.
    The exhibitionist loves to flirt with shame.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).)
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  • 58.
    Love requited is a short circuit.
    (Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First published in 1938. Neary, in Murphy, p. 5, Grove Press (1959).)
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  • 59.
    Love is a scandal of the personal sort.
    (Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. The Piano Player, Works, vol. 4, p. 206, "Nauka" (1976).)
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  • 60.
    Self-love seems so often unrequited.
    (Anthony Powell (b. 1905), British novelist. The narrator (Nicholas Jenkins), in The Acceptance World, ch. 1 (1955).)
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