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Nothing is so fierce but love will soften; nothing so sharp-sighted in other matters but it will throw a mist before its eyes.
      - Sir Roger L'Estrange

A warrior so bold, and a virgin so bright,
  Conversed as they sat on the green.
    They gazed on each other with tender delight,
      Alonzo the Brave was the name of the knight--
        The maiden's the Fair Imogene.
      - Matthew Gregory Lewis ("Monk Lewis"),
        Alonzo the Brave and the Fair Imogene,
        first appeared in his novel "Ambrosio the Monk"

Treasure each other in the recognition that we do not know how long we shall have each other.
      - Joshua Loth Liebman

In love it is only the commencement that charms. I am not surprised that we find pleasure in frequently recommencing.
      - Prince de Ligne, Karl Joseph

The heart of a young woman in love is a golden sanctuary which often enshrines an idol of clay.
      - Paulin Limayrac

There is no more delightful hour in life than that of an unconfessed but mutual love.
      - E. Lynn Linton

Love gives itself; but is not bought.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Oh, how beautiful is love! Even thou that sneerest and laughest in cold indifference or scorn if others are near thee,--thou too must acknowledge its truth when thou art alone, and confess that a foolish world is prone to laugh in public at what in private it reveres as one of the highest impulses of our nature; namely, love.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

There is nothing holier in this life of ours than the first consciousness of love, the first fluttering of its silken wings.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Ah, how skillful grows the hand
  That obeyeth Love's command!
    It is the heart and not the brain
      That to the highest doth attain,
        And he who followeth Love's behest
          Far excelleth all the rest.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Building of the Ship

Love contending with friendship, and self with each generous impulse.
  To and fro in his breast his thoughts were heaving and dashing,
    As in a foundering ship.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Courtship of Miles Standish
         (pt. III, l. 7)

Like Dian's kiss, unask'd, unsought,
  Love gives itself, but is not bought.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Endymion
         (st. 4)

Does not all the blood within me
  Leap to meet thee, leap to meet thee,
    As the springs to meet the sunshine.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Hiawatha--Wedding Feast (l. 153)

O, there is nothing holier, in this life of ours, than the first consciousness of love,--the first fluttering of its silken wings.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hyperion
         (bk. III, ch. VI)

It is difficult to know at what moment love begins; it is less difficult to know that it has begun.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Kavanagh
         (ch. XXI)

I do not love thee for what is done,
  And cannot be undone. Thy very weakness
    Hath brought thee nearer to me, and henceforth
      My love will have a sense of pity in it,
        Making it less a worship than before.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Masque of Pandora
         (pt. VIII, In the Garden, l. 39)

That was the first sound in the song of love!
  Scarce more than silence is, and yet a sound.
    Hands of invisible spirits touch the strings
      Of that mysterious instrument, the soul,
        And play the prelude of our fate. We hear
          The voice prophetic, and are not alone.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Spanish Student (act I, sc. 3, l. 109)

I love thee, as the good love heaven.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Spanish Student (act I, sc. 3, l. 146)

Love keeps the cold out better than a cloak.
  It serves for food and raiment.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Spanish Student (act I, sc. 5, l. 52)

How can I tell the signals and the signs
  By which one heart another heart divines?
    How can I tell the many thousand ways
      By which it keeps the secret it betrays?
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Tales of a Wayside Inn
         (pt. III, Student's Tale, Emma and Eginhard, l. 75)

To fall in love is easy, even to remain in it is not difficult; our human loneliness is cause enough. But it is a hard quest worth making to find a comrade through whose steady presence one becomes steadily the person one desires to be.
      - Anna Louis

I could not love thee, dear, so much, loved I not honor more.
      - Richard Lovelace

Tell me not, sweet, I am unkind,
  That from the nunnery
    Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind
      To war and arms I fly.
        . . . .
          Yet this inconstancy is such
            As you too shall adore:--
              I could not love thee, dear, so much,
                Loved I not honour more.
      - Richard Lovelace,
        To Lucasta, on going to the Wars

Two souls with but a single thought,
  Two hearts that beat as one.
      - Marie Anne Lacy Lovell,
        Ingomar the Barbarian,
        popular translation of lines from Bellinghausen's play, "Der Sohn der Wildniss"

Love lives on, and hath a power to bless when they who loved are hidden in the grave.
      - James Russell Lowell

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