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[ Also see Admiration Affection Constancy Enthusiasm Fidelity Gallantry Hate Love Piety Prayer Reverence ]

Devotion, when it does not lie under the check of reason, is apt to degenerate into enthusiasm.
      - Joseph Addison

To feel, to love, to suffer, to devote herself, will always be the text of the life of woman.
      - Honore de Balzac

Devotion is like the candle which Michael Angelo used to take in his pasteboard cap, so as not to throw his shadow upon the work in which he was engaged.
      - Phillips Brooks

Man may content himself with the applause of the world and the homage paid to his intellect, but woman's heart has holier idols.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

The best part of a woman's love is worship; but it is hard to her to be sent away with her precious spikenard rejected, and her long tresses, too, that were let fall, ready to soothe the wearied feet.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

The days of chivalry are not gone, notwithstanding Burke's grand dirge over them; they live still in that far-off worship paid by many a youth and man to the woman of whom he never dreams that he shall touch so much as her little finger, or the hem of her robe.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

A woman whom we truly love is a religion.
      - Madame Delphine Gay de Girardin

Those who make use of devotion as a means and end generally are hypocrites.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

All is holy where devotion kneels.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Real inward devotion knows no prayer but that arising from the depths of its own feelings.
      - Wilhelm von Humboldt

All who wait upon the Lord shall rise higher and higher upon the mighty pinions of strong devotion, and with the unblinking eye of faith, into the regions of heavenly-mindedness, and shall approach nearer and nearer to God, the Sun of our spiritual day.
      - John Angell James

Oh, only those whose souls have felt this one idolatry can tell how precious is the slightest thing affection gives and hallows.
      - Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Mrs. George MacLean)

Complete self-devotion is woman's part.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

The perfect disinterestedness and self-devotion of which men seem incapable, but which is sometimes found in women.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

One grain of incense with devotion offer'd
  'S beyond all perfumes of Sabaean spices.
      - Philip Massinger

I find no quality so easy for a man to counterfeit as devotion, though his life and manner are not conformable to it; the essence of it is abstruse and occult, but the appearances easy and showy.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

The secret heart is fair devotion's temple; there the saint, even on that living altar, lights the flame of purest sacrifice, which burns unseen, not unaccepted.
      - Hannah More

The life of a devotee is a crusade of which the heart is the Holy Land.
      - Louis Charles Alfred de Musset

Devotion's self shall steal a thought from heaven.
      - Alexander Pope

That fabric rises high as heaven whose basis on devotion stands.
      - Matthew Prior

The woman who too easily and ardently yielded her devotion will find that its vitality, like a bright fire, soon consumes itself.
      - Antoine de Rivarol, Comte de Rivarol

Love without reverence and enthusiasm is only friendship.
      - George Sand (pseudonym of Mme. Armandine Lucile Dupon Dudevant)

Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds; love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, but bears it out even to the edge of doom.
      - William Shakespeare

Private devotions and, secret offices of religion are like the refreshing of a garden with the distilling and petty drops of a water-pot; but addressed from the temple, are like rain from heaven.
      - Jeremy Taylor

There are other books in a man's library besides Ovid, and after dawdling ever so long at a woman's knee, one day he gets up and is free. We have all been there; we have all had the fever--the strongest and the smallest, from Samson, Hercules, Rinaldo, downward: but it burns out, and you get well.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

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