Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command.
To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving in all others.
Perhaps the feelings that we experience when we are in love represent a normal state. Being in love shows a person who he should be.
Anton Chekhov (1860 – 1904)
To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.
Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970), Marriage and Morals (1929) ch. 19
Love is not enough. It must be the foundation, the cornerstone – but not the complete structure. It is much too pliable, too yielding.
Bette Davis (1908 – 1989)
Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what it loves.
Blaise Pascal (1623 – 1662)
The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.
Carl Jung (1875 – 1961)
Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love.
Charles M. Schulz (1922 – 2000), Charlie Brown in “Peanuts”
To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.
David Viscott, How to Live with Another Person, 1974
There’s a lot to be said for self-delusionment when it comes to matters of the heart.
Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, Northern Exposure, First Snow, 1993
Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,
A medley of extemporanea;
And love is a thing that can never go wrong;
And I am Marie of Romania.
Dorothy Parker (1893 – 1967), Not So Deep as a Well (1937), “Comment”
All love that has not friendship for its base, is like a mansion built upon sand.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox, O Magazine, February 2004
Love is everything it’s cracked up to be…It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for.
Erica Jong, O Magazine, February 2004
When love is in excess it brings a man nor honor nor any worthiness.
Euripides (484 BC – 406 BC), Medea, 431 B.C.
There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 – 1900), “On Reading and Writing”
What else is love but understanding and rejoicing in the fact that another person lives, acts, and experiences otherwise than we do…?
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 – 1900)
Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
H. L. Mencken (1880 – 1956)
Sometimes when you look back on a situation, you realize it wasn’t all you thought it was. A beautiful girl walked into your life. You fell in love. Or did you? Maybe it was only a childish infatuation, or maybe just a brief moment of vanity.
Henry Bromel, Northern Exposure, The Big Kiss, 1991
There is no remedy for love but to love more.
Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862), Journal, July 25, 1839
Just because you love someone doesn’t mean you have to be involved with them. Love is not a bandage to cover wounds.
Hugh Elliott, Standing Room Only weblog, February 16, 2004
Love is, above all else, the gift of oneself.
Jean Anouilh (1910 – 1987)
Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.
Is love supposed to last throughout all time, or is it like trains changing at random stops. If I loved her, how could I leave her? If I felt that way then, how come I don’t feel anything now?
Jeff Melvoin, Northern Exposure, Altered Egos, 1993
True love brings up everything – you’re allowing a mirror to be held up to you daily.
Jennifer Aniston, O Magazine, February 2004
Love is the delightful interval between meeting a beautiful girl and discovering that she looks like a haddock.
John Barrymore (1882 – 1942)
‘Tis the most tender part of love, each other to forgive.
Gravity. It keeps you rooted to the ground. In space, there’s not any gravity. You just kind of leave your feet and go floating around. Is that what being in love is like?
Josh Brand and John Falsey, Northern Exposure, The Pilot, 1990
How we treasure (and admire) the people who acknowledge us!
Julie Morgenstern, O Magazine, Belatedly Yours, January 2004
To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven.
Honesty is the only way with anyone, when you’ll be so close as to be living inside each other’s skins.
Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign, 1999
When you give each other everything, it becomes an even trade. Each wins all.
Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign, 1999
Love is an exploding cigar we willingly smoke.
Real love is a permanently self-enlarging experience.
M. Scott Peck, O Magazine, February 2004
To be brave is to love someone unconditionally, without expecting anything in return. To just give. That takes courage, because we don’t want to fall on our faces or leave ourselves open to hurt.
Madonna (1958 – ), O Magazine, January 2004
Love is the big booming beat which covers up the noise of hate.
Margaret Cho, weblog, 01-15-04
Think about a woman. Doesn’t know you’re thinking about her. Doesn’t care you’re thinking about her. Makes you think about her even more.
Martin Sage and Sybil Adelman, Northern Exposure, The Bumpy Road to Love, 1991
Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra and then suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come.
Matt Groening (1954 – ), “Life in Hell”
Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all.
Michael Masser and Linda Creed
Fall not in love, therefore; it will stick to your face.
National Lampoon, “Deteriorata”
The first duty of love is to listen.
Paul Tillich (1886 – 1965), O Magazine, February 2004
Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.
Peter Ustinov (1921 – 2004)
Love is not blind – it sees more, not less. But because it sees more, it is willing to see less.
Rabbi Julius Gordon
For one human being to love another; that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 – 1926)
He who is in love is wise and is becoming wiser, sees newly every time he looks at the object beloved, drawing from it with his eyes and his mind those virtues which it possesses.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882), Address on The Method of Nature, 1841
I believe love is primarily a choice and only sometimes a feeling. If you want to feel love, choose to love and be patient.
Real Live Preacher, RealLivePreacher.com Weblog, December 16, 2002
I don’t think anyone can DO anything that would make him worthy of love. Love is a gift and cannot be earned. It can only be given.
Real Live Preacher, RealLivePreacher.com Weblog, January 20, 2003
You can’t love anyone until you understand that you can’t love everyone.
Real Live Preacher, RealLivePreacher.com Weblog, October 20, 2003
Before I met my husband, I’d never fallen in love, though I’d stepped in it a few times.
Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.
Robert Frost (1874 – 1963)
One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.
Sophocles (496 BC – 406 BC)