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LOVE
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When you loved me I gave you the whole sun and stars to play with. I gave you eternity in a single moment, strength of the mountains in one clasp of your arms, the volume of all the seas in one impulse of your soul. A moment only; but was it not enough? Were you not paid then for all the rest of your struggle on earth? . . . When I opened the gates of paradise, were you blind? Was it nothing to you? When all the stars sang in your ears and all the winds swept you the heart of heaven, were you deaf? were you dull? was I no more to you than a bone to a dog? Was it not enough? We spent eternity together; and you ask me for a little lifetime more. We possessed all the universe together; and you ask me to give you my scanty wages as well. I have given you the greatest of all things; and you ask me to give you little things. I gave you your own soul: you ask me for my body as a plaything. Was it not enough? Was it not enough?
      - George Bernard Shaw, Getting Married

The fickleness of the woman I love is only equalled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me.
      - George Bernard Shaw, The Philanderer
         (act II)

Love is free; to promise for ever to love the same woman is not less absurd than to promise to believe the same creed; such a vow in both cases excludes us from all inquiry.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley

What is Love? It is that powerful attraction towards all that we conceive, or fear, or hope beyond ourselves.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley

Love's Pestilence, and her slow dogs of war.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, Hellas (l. 321)

Nothing in the world is single;
  All things by a law divine
    In one another's being mingle:--
      Why not I with thine?
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, Love's Philosophy

Yet all love is sweet
  Given or returned. Common as light is love,
    And its familiar voice wearies not ever
      . . . .
        They who inspire it most are fortunate,
          As I am now: but those who feel it most
            Are happier still after long sufferings
              As I shall soon become.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, Prometheus Unbound
         (act II, sc. 5)

Love, one time, layeth burdens; another time, giveth wings.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

They love indeed who quake to say they love.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney),
        Astrophel and Stella (LIV)

My true-love hath my heart, and I have his,
  By just exchange, one for the other given:
    I hold his dear, and mine he cannot miss,
      There never was a better bargain driven.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney),
        My True Love Hath my Heart

The soul of woman lives in love.
      - Lydia Huntley Sigourney

To reveal its complacence by gifts is one of the native dialects of love.
      - Lydia Huntley Sigourney

Love is but another name for that inscrutable presence by which the soul is connected with humanity.
      - William Gilmore Simms

Priests, altars, victims, swam before my sight.
      - Edmund Neale Smith, Phaedra and Hippolytus
         (act I, sc. 1)

Thy fatal shafts unerring move;
  I bow before this altar, Love!
      - Tobias George Smollett, Roderick Random
         (ch. XL, st. 1)

As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.
  As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons.
      - attributed to Solomon, Bible,
        Song of Solomon (ch. II, v. 2-3)

Love is the road to God; for love, endless love, is Himself.
      - Sonnenberg

This is the great instrument and engine of nature, the bond and cement of society, the spring and spirit of the universe. Love is such an affection as cannot so properly be said to be in the soul, as the soul to be in that. It is the whole man wrapt up into one desire, all the powers vigor, and faculties of the soul abridged into one inclination.
      - Bishop Robert South

Take away love, and not physical nature only, but the heart of the moral world, would be palsied.
      - Robert Southey

The true one of youth's love, proving a faithful helpmate in those years when the dream of life is over, and we live in its realities.
      - Robert Southey

And when my own Mark Antony
  Against young Caesar strove,
    And Rome's whole world was set in arms,
      The cause was,--all for love.
      - Robert Southey, All for Love
         (pt. II, st. 26)

Cupid "the little greatest god."
      - Robert Southey, Commonplace Book
         (4th series, p. 462)

They sin who tell us Love can die:
  With life all other passions fly,
    All others are but vanity.
      In Heaven Ambition cannot dwell,
        Nor Avarice in the vaults of Hell.
      - Robert Southey, Cure of Kehama--Mount Meru
         (st. 10)

And all for love, and nothing for reward.
      - Edmund Spenser

Fresh spring the herald of love's mighty king.
      - Edmund Spenser


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