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A supreme love, a motive that gives a sublime rhythm to a woman's life, and exalts habit into partnership with the soul's highest needs, is not to be had where and how she wills; to know that high initiation, she must often tread where it is hard to tread, and feel the chill air, and watch through darkness.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

I like not only to be loved, but to be told that I am loved.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

It is not true that love makes all things easy; it makes us choose what is difficult.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

Love supreme defies all sophistry.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

But is it what we love, or how we love,
  That makes true good?
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        The Spanish Gypsy (bk. I)

'Tis what I love determines how I love.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        The Spanish Gypsy (bk. I)

Women know no perfect love:
  Loving the strong, they can forsake the strong;
    Man clings because the being whom he loves
      Is weak and needs him.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        The Spanish Gypsy (bk. III)

Love is supreme and unconditional; like is nice but limited.
      - Duke Ellington

For this is Love's nobility,--
  Not to scatter bread and gold
    Goods and raiment bought and sold;
      But to hold fast his simple sense,
        And speak the speech of innocence,
          For he that feeds men serveth few;
            He serves all who dares be true.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Give all to love; obey thy heart.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

He that loveth maketh his own the grandeur he loves.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have heard that whoever loves is in no condition old.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

It happened once that a youth and a maiden beheld each other in a public assembly for the first time. . . . The youth gazed with great delight upon the beautiful face until he caught the maiden's eye. . . . The mysterious communication that is established across a house between two entire strangers, by this means moves all the springs of wonder.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love, and you shall be loved.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

No love can be bound by oath or covenant to secure it against a higher love.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The accepted and betrothed lover has lost the wildest charms of his maiden in her acceptance of him. She was heaven whilst he pursued her as a star,--she cannot be heaven if she stoops to such a one as he.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The solid, solid universe
  Is pervious to Love;
    With bandaged eyes he never errs,
      Around, below, above,
        His blinding light
          He flingeth white
            On God's and Satan's brood,
              And reconciles
                By mystic wiles
                  The evil and the good.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Cupido

A ruddy drop of manly blood
  The surging sea outweighs;
    The world uncertain comes and goes,
      The lover rooted stays.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        Essays--First Series--Epigraph to Friendship

Love, which is the essence of God, is not for levity, but for the total worth of man.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays--Of Friendship

All mankind love a lover.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays--Of Love

Venus, when her son was lost,
  Cried him up and down the coast,
    In hamlets, palaces, and parks,
      And told the truant by his marks,--
        Golden curls, and quiver, and bow.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        Initial, Demoniac and Celestial Love
         (st. 1)

But one always returns to one's first loves.
  [Fr., Mais on revient toujours
    A ses premieres amours.]
      - quoted by Henri Etienne (Estienne),
        Joconde (act III, 1)

Love's all in all to women.
      - Euripides

When love is in excess it brings a man no honor nor worthiness.
      - Euripides

Venus, thy eternal sway
  All the race of men obey.
      - Euripides, Iphigenia in Aulis

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