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LOVE
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One sweet, sad secret holds my heart in thrall;
  A mighty love within my breast has grown,
    Unseen, unspoken, and of no one known;
      And of my sweet, who gave it, least of all.
        [Fr., Ma vie a son secret, mon ame a son mystere:
          Un amour eternel en un moment concu.
            La mal est sans remede, aussi j'ai du le taire,
              Et elle qui l'a fait n'en a jamais rien su.]
      - Alexis Felix Arvers, Sonnet,
        translated by Joseph Knight in "The Athenoeum", Jan. 13, 1906

It is love that asks, that seeks, that knocks, that finds, and that is faithful to what it finds.
      - Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo)

Men who do not make advances to women are apt to become victims to women who make advances to them.
      - Walter Bagehot

What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork.
      - Pearl Bailey

Life is less than nothing without love.
      - Philip James Bailey

Love is the art of hearts, and heart of arts.
      - Philip James Bailey

None but the brave and beautiful can love.
      - Philip James Bailey

Respect is what we owe; love, what we give.
      - Philip James Bailey

The truth of truths is love.
      - Philip James Bailey

Ask not of me, love, what is love?
  Ask what is good of God above;
    Ask of the great sum what is light;
      Ask what is darkness of the night;
        Ask sin of what may be forgiven;
          Ask what is happiness of heaven;
            Ask what is folly of the crowd;
              Ask what is fashion of the shroud;
                Ask what is sweetness of thy kiss;
                  Ask of thyself what beauty is.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus
         (sc. A Party and Entertainment)

I cannot love as I have loved,
  And yet I know not why;
    It is the one great woe of life
      To feel all feeling die.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus
         (sc. A Party and Entertainment)

Love spends his all, and still hath store.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus
         (sc. A Party and Entertainment)

The sweetest joy, the wildest woe is love.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus
         (sc. Alcove and Garden)

Could I love less, I should be happier now.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus
         (sc. Garden and Bower by the Sea)

Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and now we cannot live within.
      - James Baldwin

The law of heaven is love.
      - Hosea Ballou

A great love is a credit opened in favor of a power so consuming that the moment of bankruptcy must inevitably occur.
      - Honore de Balzac

A woman in love has full intelligence of her power; the more virtuous she is, the more effective her coquetry.
      - Honore de Balzac

Any man, however blase or depraved, finds his love kindled anew when he sees himself threatened by a rival.
      - Honore de Balzac

Authentic love always assumes the mystery of modesty, even in its expression, because actions speak louder than words. Unlike a feigned love, it feels no need to set a conflagration.
      - Honore de Balzac

In love, what a woman mistakes for disgust is actually clearsightedness. If she does not admire a man, she scorns him.
      - Honore de Balzac

In the first woman we love, we love everything. Growing older, we love the woman only.
      - Honore de Balzac

Like hunger, physical love is a necessity. But man's appetite for amour is never so regular or so sustained as his appetite for the delights of the table.
      - Honore de Balzac

Love and work have the virtues of making a man pretty indifferent to anything else.
      - Honore de Balzac

Love based upon money and vanity forms the most stubborn of passions.
      - Honore de Balzac


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