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In nine cases out of ten a women had better show more affection than she feels.
      - Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (ch. 6)

O you much partial gods! why gave ye men affections, and not power to govern them?
      - Lodowick Barry (Barrey)

Our sweetest experiences of affection are meant to be suggestions of that realm which is the home of the heart.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
      - Bible, Colossians (ch. III, v. 2)

The affections are immortal! they are the sympathies which unite the ceaseless generations.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

There is so little to redeem the dry mass of follies and errors from which the materials of this life are composed that anything to love or to reverence becomes, as it were, the Sabbath for the mind.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Alas! our young affections run to waste,
  Or water but the desert.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

How often a new affection makes a new man! The sordid, cowering soul turns heroic. The frivolous girl becomes the steadfast martyr of patience and ministration, transfigured by deathless love. The career of bounding impulses turns into an anthem of sacred deeds.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

A loving heart is the truest wisdom.
      - Charles Dickens

No affections and a great brain,--these are the men to command the world.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

The affections are the children of ignorance; when the horizon of our experience expands, and models multiply, love and admiration imperceptibly vanish.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Affection is the broadest basis of good in life.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

How cling we to a thing our hearts have nursed.
      - Catherine H. Waterman Esling

Affections injured by tyranny, or rigor of compulsion, like tempest-threatened trees, unfirmly rooted, never spring to timely growth.
      - John Ford

Even children follow'd with endearing wile,
  And pluck'd his gown, to share the good man's smile.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village
         (l. 183)

Caresses, expressions of one sort or another, are necessary to the life of the affections as leaves are to the life of a tree. If they are wholly restrained love will die at the roots.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

The objects that we have known in better days are the main props that sustain the weight of our affections, and give us strength to await our future lot.
      - William Hazlitt (1),
        Table Talk--On the Past and Future

There comes a time when the souls of human beings, women more even than men, begin to faint for the atmosphere of the affections they are made to breathe.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Who have riot saved some trifling thing
  More prized than jewels rare,
    A faded flower, a broken ring,
      A tress of golden hair.
      - Ellen C. Howarth ("Clementine")

Who hath not saved some trifling thing
  More prized than jewels rare,
    A faded flower, a broken ring,
      A tress of golden hair.
      - Ellen C. Howarth ("Clementine"),
        'Tis but a Little Faded Flower

A woman's life is a history of the affections.
      - Washington Irving

There are moments of mingled sorrow and tenderness, which hallow the caresses of affection.
      - Washington Irving

If the deepest and best affections which God has given us sometimes brood over the heart like doves of peace,--they sometimes suck out our life-blood like vampires.
      - Mrs. Anna Brownell Jameson

Talk not of wasted affection, affection never was wasted.
  If it enrich not the heart of another, its waters, returning
    Back to their springs, like the rain, still fill them full of refreshment;
      That which the fountain sends forth returns again to the fountain.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Evangeline
         (pt. II, st. 1)

A mixture of admiration and pity is one of the surest recipes for affection.
      - Andre Maurois

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