Quotations About / On: LOVE

  • 61.
    To love with the spirit is to pity, and he who pities most loves most.
    (Miguel de Unamuno (1864-1936), Spanish philosophical writer. The Tragic Sense of Life, ch. 7 (1913).)
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  • 62.
    ... in order to be a true revolutionary, you must understand love. Love, sacrifice, and death.
    (Sonia Sanchez (b. 1934), U.S. poet. Black Women Writers at Work, ch. 10, by Claudia Tate (1985).)
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  • 63.
    Where there's marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.
    (Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), U.S. statesman, writer. Poor Richard's Almanac, May (1734).)
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  • 64.
    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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  • 65.
    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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  • 66.
    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).)
  • 67.
    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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  • 68.
    ... 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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  • 69.
    Misery loves company.
    (Donald Freed, U.S. screenwriter, and Arnold M. Stone. Robert Altman. Richard Nixon (Philip Baker Hall), Secret Honor, to Whitaker Chambers (1984). Fictional play based on Richard Nixon.)
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  • 70.
    Love is the victim's response to the rapist.
    (Ti-Grace Atkinson (b. 1938?), U.S. feminist writer. Quoted in Sunday Times Magazine (London, September 14, 1969).)
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