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He that is in love, faith, if he be hungry, is not hungry at all.
  [Lat., Qui amat, tamen hercle si esurit, nullum esurit.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Casina
         (IV, 2, 16)

Love has both its gall and honey in abundance: it has sweetness to the taste, but it presents bitterness also to satiety.
  [Lat., Amor et melle et felle est foecundissimus:
    Gustu dat dulce, amarum ad satietatem usque aggerit.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus),
        Cistellaria (I, 1, 71)

Find me a reasonable lover against his weight in gold.
  [Lat., Auro contra cedo modestum amatorem.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Curculio
         (I, 3, 45)

He who falls in love meets a worse fate than he who leaps from a rock.
  [Lat., Qui in amore praecipitavit pejus perit, quam si saxo saliat.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Trinummus
         (II, 1, 30)

A lover's soul lives in the body of his mistress.
      - Plutarch

At fourteen I married My Lord you.
  I never laughed, being bashful.
    Lowering my head, I looked at the wall.
      Called to, a thousand times, I never looked back.
        At fifteen I stopped scowling,
          I desired my dust to be mingled with yours
            Forever and forever and forever.
      - Li Po (Li Pai or Li T'ai-po),
        The River Merchant's Wife: A Letter,
        (translated by Ezra Pound)

Love seldom haunts the breast where learning lies.
      - Alexander Pope

No woman ever hates a man for being in love with her, but many a woman hates a man for being a friend to her.
      - Alexander Pope

Ah! what avails it me the flocks to keep,
  Who lost my heart while I preserv'd my sheep.
      - Alexander Pope, Autumn (l. 79)

Is it, in Heav'n, a crime to love too well?
  To bear too tender or too firm a heart,
    To act a lover's or a Roman's part?
      Is there no bright reversion in the sky
        For those who greatly think, or bravely die?
      - Alexander Pope,
        Elegy on an Unfortunate Lady

Of all affliction taught a lover yet,
  'Tis true the hardest science to forget.
      - Alexander Pope, Eloisa to Abelard (l. 189)

One thought of thee puts all the pomp to flight;
  Priests, tapers, temples, swim before my sight.
      - Alexander Pope, Eloisa to Abelard (l. 273)

Love, free as air, at sight of human ties,
  Spreads his light wings, and in a moment flies.
      - Alexander Pope, Epistle to Eloisa
         (last line)

Ye gods, annihilate but space and time,
  And make two lovers happy.
      - Alexander Pope,
        Martinus Scriblerus on the Art of Sinking in Poetry
         (ch. XI)

O Love! for Sylvia let me gain the prize,
  And make my tongue victorious as her eyes.
      - Alexander Pope, Spring (l. 49)

Compulsion hardly restores right; love yields all things.
      - Jane Porter

The platform or the altar of love may be analyzed and explained; it is constructed of virtue, beauty, and affection. Such is the pyre, such is the offering; but the ethereal spark must come from heaven, that lights the sacrifice.
      - Jane Porter

A man does not entreat for love. It is the irresistible impulse towards each other of two souls, a union in which there is neither conscious giving nor receiving.
      - Mrs. Campbell Praed (Rose Caroline Praed)

Love manufactures every man into a poet while the fever lasts.
      - Mrs. Campbell Praed (Rose Caroline Praed)

Men and women existed before creeds; love is the only religion.
      - Mrs. Campbell Praed (Rose Caroline Praed)

Love is so simple.
  [Fr., C'est tellement simple, l'amour.]
      - Jacques Prevert, Les Enfants du Paradis,
        in a movie

Everybody in love is blind.
  [Lat., Scilicent insano nemo in amore videt.]
      - Sextus Aurelius Propertius, Elegioe
         (II, 14, 18)

The life of a woman may be divided into three epochs; in the first she dreams of love, in the second she makes love in the third she regrets it.
      - St. Prosper of Aquitaine (a/k/a Prosper Tiro)

In reality, in love there is a permanent suffering which joy neutralizes, renders virtual, delays, but which can at any moment become what it would have become long earlier if one had not obtained what one wanted, atrocious.
      - Marcel Proust

It's odd how a person always arouses admiration for his moral qualities among the relatives of another with whom he has sexual relations. Physical love, so unjustifiably decried, makes everyone show, down to the least detail, all he has of goodness and self-sacrifice, so that he shines even in the eyes of those nearest to him.
      - Marcel Proust

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