Quotations About / On: LOVE
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).)
Love wants to be confirmed with concrete symbols, but recklessness loves instability.
(Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Tetka, in Libussa, act 1 (1872).)
Do we mean love, when we say love?
(Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. Words in "Words and Music," one of the dramatic pieces in Cascando, p. 25, Grove Press (1968).)
We can only learn to love by loving.
(Iris Murdoch (20th century), Anglo-Irish writer. Ed. by Carolyn Warner. The Last Word, ch. 26 (1992).)
Love conquers everything [Amor vincit omnia]: let us, too, yield to love.
(Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro] (70-19 B.C.), Roman poet. Gallus, in Eclogues, no. 10, l. 69 (37 B.C.), trans. by Kate Hughes (1995).)
Jealousy is not so much the love of another as the love of ourselves.
(François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 324 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
To love an idea is to love it a little more than one should.
(Jean Rostand (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. repr. In The Substance of Man, p. 181 (1962). Carnets d'un Biologiste.)
I love money, but will money ever love me in return?
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).)
We always love those that admire us, but we do not always love those we admire.
(François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 294 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
Self-love is the source of all our other loves.
(Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Albin, in Titus and Berenice (Tite et Bérénice), act 1, sc. 3 (1670).)