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Love is strong in its passion; affection is powerful in its gentleness.
      - Jules Michelet

How sacred, how beautiful, is the feeling of affection in pure and guileless bosoms! The proud may sneer at it, the fashionable may call it fable, the selfish and dissipated may affect to despise it; but the holy passion is surely of heaven, and is made evil by the corruptions of those whom it was sent to bless and to preserve.
      - Charles Mordaunt, Lord Peterborough

Let the foundation of thy affection be virtue, then make the building as rich as glorious as thou canst; if the foundation be beauty or wealth, and the building virtue, the foundation is too weak for the building, and it will fall: happy is he, the palace of whose affection is founded upon virtue, walled with riches glazed with beauty, and roofed with honor.
      - Francis Quarles

Universal love is a glove without fingers, which fits all bands alike, and none closely; but true affection is like a glove with fingers, which fits one hand only, and sits close to that one.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Why doth Fate, that often bestows thousands of souls on a conqueror or tyrant, to be the sport of his passions, so often deny to the tenderest and most feeling hearts one kindred one on which to lavish their affections? Why is it that Love must so often sigh in vain for an object, and Hate never?
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Generous as brave,
  Affection, kindness, and the sweet offices
    Of love and duty, were to him as needful
      As his daily bread.
      - Samuel Rogers

Affection, mistress of passion, sways it to the mood of what it likes or loathes.
      - William Shakespeare

I have givens suck, and know how tender it is to love the babe that milks me.
      - William Shakespeare

The poor wren, the most diminutive of birds, will fight, her young ones in her nest, against the owl.
      - William Shakespeare

Affection is a coal that must be cooled;
  Else, suffered, it will set the heart on fire.
      - William Shakespeare, Venus and Adonis
         (l. 387)

Such affection and unbroken faith as temper life's worst bitterness.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley

Of such affection and unbroken faith
  As temper life's worst bitterness.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Cenci
         (act III, sc. 1)

No decking sets forth anything so much as affection.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

It is sweet to feel by what finespun threads our affections are drawn together.
      - Laurence Sterne

Loving souls are like paupers. They live on what is given them.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

It is comparatively easy to leave a mistress, but very hard to be left by one.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

The affection of young ladies is of as rapid growth as Jack's beanstalk, and reaches up to the sky in a night.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

A solitary blessing few can find,
  Our joys with those we love are intertwined,
    And he whose wakeful tenderness removes
      The obstructing thorn that wounds the breast he loves,
        Smooths not another's rugged path alone
          But scatters roses to adorn his own.
      - Unknown

Affection is a garden, and without it there would not be a verdant spot on the surface of the globe.
      - Unknown

If there is anything that keeps the mind open to angel visits, and repels the ministry of ill, it is human love.
      - Nathaniel Parker Willis

Fathers alone a fathers heart can know
  What secret tides of still enjoyment flow
    When brothers love, but if their hate succeeds,
      They wage the war, but 'tis the father bleeds.
      - Edward Young

There are few mortals so insensible that their affections cannot he gained by mildness, their confidence by sincerity, their hatred by scorn or neglect.
      - Johann Georg von Zimmermann

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