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"Love is, above all, the gift of oneself."
-Jean Anouilh

'Paolo and Francesca da Rimini,' by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (detail)

"Love ever gives- forgives- outlives
and ever stands with open hands. 
And while it lives, it gives. 
For this is love's prerogative - 
to give and give and give."
-John Oxenham

"Giving is the soul of love."
-Les Vierges

"I'll tell you what real love is. 
It is blind devotion, unquestioning 
self-humiliation, utter submission,
trust and belief against yourself 
and against the whole world, 
giving up your whole heart and soul
to the smiter- as I did!"
-Charles Dickens

"There is abundant testimony that
if we choose love rather than self,
we gain immeasurably."
-Federico Fellini

"Tears are the thank you notes
of the soul...   Love is the gift."

"To shed joy around, to radiate happiness,
to cast light upon dark days, 
to be the golden thread of our destiny, 
and the very spirit of grace and harmony,
is not this to render a service?''
-Victor Hugo

"Love is priceless, 
therefore it must be free."
-Les Vierges

"It is better to have loved and lost, 
Than never to have loved at all."
-Alfred, Lord Tennyson

"Peace will come when the Love of Power 
is replaced with the Power of Love."
-David Landis

"Young love is a flame; very pretty, 
often very hot and fierce, but still 
only light and flickering. 
The love of the older and disciplined heart 
is as coals, deep burning, unquenchable."
-Henry Ward Beecher 

"Anyone can be passionate, 
but it takes real lovers to be silly."
-Rose Franken

"Love does not change its mind, 
only infatuation does that."
-"White Knight"

"He who has been smitten 
by the arrows of love
never again fears any other wound."
-Author Unknown

"I have found the paradox 
that if I love until it hurts,
then there is no more hurt, 
only more love."
-Mother Teresa

"Love cures people. 
Both the ones who give it 
and the ones who receive it."
-Karl Menninger

'The Wedding of St. George and the Princess Sabra,' by Rossetti (detail)

The world today is hungry
not only for bread, 
but hungry for love;
hungry to be wanted,
hungry to be loved..."
-Mother Teresa

"The heart has its reasons 
which reason does not understand."
-Blaise Pascal 

"Reason and love are sworn enemies."
-Pierre Corneille

"Love makes you beautiful."
-Les Vierges

"Love sought is good, 
but given unsought is better."

"The cure for all blunders, 
the cure for blindness, 
the cure for crime is. . . Love."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

"One word frees us 
of all the weight and pain of life: 
that word is love."

The heart survives on hope."

Trouble is a part of your life,
and if you don't share it, 
you don't give the person who loves you 
a chance to love you enough." 
-Dinah Shore

"When in love, sometimes it's worse 
to win a fight than to lose."
-Billie Holiday

"To achieve the ultimate love
takes the ultimate sacrifice.
I'd rather love without life,
than live without love."
-Les Vierges

"Some say love makes you
weak from vulnerability,
I say love makes you strong,
from surviving the fires of passion."
-Robin Dean

"Love can soothe what love can burn." 
-Amy Grant

The supreme happiness in life,
is the conviction that we are loved."
-Victor Hugo

"Love finds love, 
love seeks love
and love sees you,
not the other way around."

"Not all heroes walk 
in the glamour of the lights,
Not all angels have wings,
Love is the power 
that will open your eyes,
Love is the sight 
that lets you see these things."
-"Sir Pavio Writesalot"

"To love another person 
is to see the face of God." 
from Les Miserables 

"Know love, know happiness. 
No love, no happiness."
-Source Unknown

"It is wrong to think that love comes
from long companionship 
and persevering courtship. 
Love is the offspring of spiritual affinity 
and unless that affinity 
is created in a moment,
it will not be created for years
or even generations."
-Khalil Gibran

'First Kiss,' by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (detail)

"Three words... Two people... One soul."

"We two form a multitude."

"If there is heaven on earth, 
it is this... it is this... it is this!" 
-Shah Jahan (builder of the Taj Mahal,
for his beloved wife, Mumtaz-i-Mahal)

"...his heart was going like mad 
and yes I said yes I will yes!"
-J. Joyce

"Love is blinding.
That is why lovers like to touch."
-German Proverb

"Miracles occur naturally
as expressions of love.
The real miracle is the love 
that inspires them.
In this sense everything 
that comes from love is a miracle."
-Marianne Williamson

"A woman unsatisfied must have luxuries.
But a woman who loves a man 
would sleep on a board."
-D. H. Lawrence

"Never value something 
more than you value love,
else when you gain the former,
you find it worthless without the latter."

"Never marry for money. 
Ye'll borrow it cheaper."
-Scottish Proverb

"Who, being loved, is poor?"
-Oscar Wilde

"Where love is, there is no lack."
-R. Brome

"If love was lost in the living;
then life was gained in the loving."
-Tristan Darcanian

"If a man is not willing to do anything 
for the woman he loves, 
he does not deserve to keep her."
-Obed Matus

"When a young man complains
that a young woman has no heart,
it is a pretty sure sign that she has his."
-Source Unknown

"There are two things 
a man can never hide:
that he is drunk 
and that he is in love."

"Whoso loves believes the impossible..."
-Elizabeth Barrett Browning

"Where love reigns 
the impossible may be attained." 
-Indian Proverb

"Love, to the outside observer,
is often mistaken for lunacy."
-Les Vierges

'Le Printemps,' by Pierre-August Cot (detail)

"I only wish to be the fountain of love
from which you drink, 
every drop promising eternal passion." 

"At the touch of love,
everyone becomes a poet."

"You may forget the friends 
you laughed with, 
but you will never forget
the friends you cried with."
-Michelle C.

"Only love can be divided endlessly
and still not diminish."
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh 

"To be able to say how much love, 
is love but little."

"Love is like the truth,
sometimes it prevails, sometimes it hurts."
-Victor M. Garcia Jr.

"Love is like pi - natural, irrational, 
and very important."
-Lisa Hoffman

"Gravity can not be held responsible 
for people falling in love."
-Albert Einstein

"The meeting of two personalities is like 
the contact of two chemical substances: 
if there is a reaction, both are transformed."
-C. G. Jung 

"I love you, with my heart and yours,
because they are the same."

"You know that it's love 
when you can't fall asleep 
because reality is better than your dreams."

"Love makes its presence known
from the inside out."
-Lena N.

"When you hug so tight 
you can barely breathe,
it's merely your hearts trying to touch."
-Chris Seitl

"Love is not blind, 
it is seeing things more clearly than before."

"Love does not say no, 
when it has the power to say yes."
-Les Vierges

"Love is when you take away the feeling, 
the passion, and the romance
in a relationship, and find out 
you still care for the person."
-Ja'Nea Bookman

"People who are sensible about love
are incapable of it."
-Douglas Yates

'Roman de la Rose,' by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (detail)

 "Of all the languages in the world,
love is my favorite."
-Nathan Silva

"People need loving the most 
when they deserve it the least."
-John Harrigan

"Faults are thick when love is thin."
-Jo Petty

"If you judge someone, 
you have no time to love them."
-Mother Teresa

"Love is stronger than justice."

"There is no disguise which can for long 
conceal love where it exists or
simulate it where it does not."

"Love surfeits not, lust like a glutton dies.
Love is all truth, lust full of forged lies." 

"Love is not just an emotion,
it is our very existence."

"Love not because of, but in spite of."
- Anonymous

"Any fool can love somebody who's perfect, 
somebody who does everything right. 
But that doesn't stretch your soul.
Your soul only gets stretched 
when you can still love somebody
after they've hurt you."
-Author Unknown

"The bottom line is that:
(a) people are never perfect but love can be,
(b) that is the one and only way that 
the mediocre and vile can be transformed, 
and (c) doing that makes it that. 
We waste time looking for the perfect lover
instead of creating the perfect love."
-Tom Robbins

"Do you want me to tell you 
something really subversive?
Love is really all it's cracked up to be.
That's why people are so cynical about it...
It really is worth fighting for, 
being brave for, risking everything for.
And the problem is, if you don't risk everything,
you risk even more."
-Erica Jong

"Man must evolve for all human conflict
a method which rejects 
revenge, aggression and retaliation. 
The foundation of such a method is love."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Love is the light that dissolves all walls
between souls, families and nations."
-Paramahansa Yogananda

"Love is the light to make the world beautiful."

"Where there is love there is life."
-Mahatma Gandhi

"Love lights more fire than hate extinguishes."
-Ella Wilcox

"Soft words hold more power
than strong hands."
-Source Unknown

"Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it.
Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it.
Hatred darkens life; love illumines it."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

"People won't remember what you did. 
People won't remember what you said. 
But, people will remember how 
you made them feel."

"If my only love was to spend eternity in hell
and I in heaven, I would gladly give thee
one day in heaven for eternity in hell." 
-Casey Laine

'Dance in the Country,' by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (detail)

"Love is great when you find
someone to give it to."
-Chris Myrick

"An act of love that fails 
is just as much a part of the divine life
as an act of love that succeeds,
for love is measured by fullness,
not by reception."
-Harold Loukes

"We are never so helplessly unhappy 
as when we lose love." 

"Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter
quite like unrequited love."
-"Charlie Brown"

"Love is like pizza,
when it's good, it's really good.
When it's bad, It's still pretty good."
-Source Unknown 

"Pains of love be sweeter far
than all the other pleasures are."
-John Dryden

"Absence is to love what wind is to fire; 
It extinguishes the small, it enkindles the great."
-Comte DeBussy-Rabutin 

"Neither a lofty degree of intelligence, 
nor imagination, nor both together 
go to the making of a genius.
Love, love, love, that is the soul of a genius."
-Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

"The lover knows much more 
about absolute good and universal beauty
than any logician or theologian,
unless the latter too, be lovers in disguise."
-George Santayana

"He who is in love is wise 
and is becoming wiser,
sees newly everytime he looks 
at the object beloved,
drawing from it with his eyes and his mind 
those virtues which it possesses."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Beware you be not swallowed up in books!
An ounce of love is worth
a pound of knowledge."
-John Wesley

"Loving, knowing that you are going to get hurt,
is like living knowing that you are going to die.
But, not loving so you don't get hurt,
is like killing yourself before you die."

"Love can be scary, 
but love can not be based on fear."
-Long Dinh

"There are only two real choices to be made.
You can choose between love and fear."
-Author Unknown

"If we deny love that is given to us, 
if we refuse to give love 
because we fear pain or loss,
then our lives will be empty, our loss greater."

"Every day I live, I am more convinced
that the waste of life lies
in the love we have not given, 
the powers we have not used,
the selfish prudence that will risk nothing 
and which, shirking pain, 
misses happiness as well."
-Mary Cholmondeley

"In a full heart 
there is room for everything
and in an empty heart
there is room for nothing."
-Author Unknown

"He that falls in love with himself
will have no rivals."
-Ben Franklin

'Love's Shadow,' by Anthony Frederick Sandys (detail)

"To love and win is the best thing. 
To love and lose, the next best."
-William M. Thackeray

"Lovers may break our hearts, 
but only love can truly heal it."
-Les Vierges

"There is no remedy for love but to love more."

"To continue loving someone 
when there is no promise of that love thriving-
that is romance." 

"Some people will die for love,
some will die because they lost it."

"Not many men will be willing 
to die for love these days, 
but you can't escape the fact that millions
are dying daily from the very lack of it."
-Author Unknown

"One Heart. One Whole. One Love. 
I can't live... With or without you."

"Oh, innocent victims of Cupid,
Remember this terse little verse;
To let a fool kiss you is stupid,
To let a kiss fool you is worse."
-E.Y. Harburg

"People who throw kisses 
are mighty, hopelessly lazy."
-Bob Hope

"Kissing is a means of getting two people
so close together that they can't see
anything wrong in each other."
-Rene Yasenek

"Love is bright photosynthesis, bringing 
affection to light with a well watered kiss."

"The soul that can speak through the eyes,
can also kiss with a gaze."
-Gustavo Adolfo Becquer

"A kiss when all is said, 'Tis a secret;
told to the mouth instead of the ear."
-Author Unknown

"On Earth, no one knows what love is.
All we see and know is the effect of  love."
-"White Knight"

"Love is something eternal; 
the aspect may change, but not the essence."
-Vincent Van Gogh

"Love exists, not merely to make life possible,
but to make life good."

"Life is the flower for which love is the honey."
-Victor Hugo

"A friend is one who knows us,
 but loves us anyway."
-Fr. Jerome Cummings

"If you should die before me, 
ask if you can bring a friend."
-Scott Weiland

'A Romantic Interlude,' by Julius Stewart (detail)

"The best way to love, is like a child,
pure, innocent, and without hesitation."

"To love and to be loved 
is to feel the sun from both the sides."
-David Viscott

"You cannot make someone love you. 
All you can do is be 
someone who can be loved."
-Author Unknown

"You never truly love a person until 
the mere thought of you hurting that loved one 
is enough to break your own heart!"
-Author Unknown

"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional
love will have the final word in reality."
-Martin Luther King, Jr

"The first duty of love is to listen."
-Paul Tillich

"Why is it that the only one who 
can stop you from crying,
is the one that is making you cry?"

"Women were created to drive men crazy.
Whether it's crazy in a good way, or a bad way,
is the question."
-Les Vierges

"To see you is what my eyes long for,
to touch you is what my body longs for,
but to love you, my heart has done already
for a long time."
-Lena Nemke

Love is like being naked in the daylight 
instead of just having
your clothes off in the dark."
-Ashley Wood

"See how in their veins all becomes spirit: 
into each other they mature and grow. 
Like axles, their forms tremblingly orbit, 
round which it whirls, bewitching and aglow. 
Thirsters, and they receive drink, 
watchers, and they receive sight.
Let them into one another sink 
so as to endure each other outright." 
-Rainer Maria Rilke

"Your life and my life flow into each other 
as wave flows into wave, and unless there is 
peace and joy and freedom for you, 
there can be no real peace or joy 
or freedom for me.  To see reality-- 
not as we expect it to be, but as it is--
is to see that unless we live for each other
and in and through each other, 
we do not really live very satisfactorily; 
that there can really be life only where 
there really is, in just this sense, love."
-Frederick Buechner

"Anything less than mad, passionate, 
extraordinary love is a waste of time. 
There are too many mediocre things in life, 
and love should not be one of them."

"We love because it's the only true adventure."
-Nikki Giovanni

"You love simply because you cannot help it." 
-Kim Anderson

'The Visit of Venus to Vulcan,' by Francois Boucher (detail)

"A joyful heart is the inevitable result 
of a heart burning with love."
-Mother Teresa

"Age does not protect you from love
but love to some extent protects you from age."
-Jeanne Moreau

"You never lose by loving. 
You always lose by holding back."
-Barbara DeAngelis

"Love will find a way
while everything else finds an excuse."
-Author Unknown

"To love someone deeply gives you strength.
Being loved by someone deeply 
gives you courage."
-Lao Tzu

"Alone we dare not climb, 
with love we reach new heights."
-Author Unknown

 "A house is made with walls and beams; 
a home is built with love and dreams." 
-Ralph Emerson

"Where there is marriage without love,
there will be love without marriage."
-Benjamin Franklin

"Many a man that could rule
a hundherd millyon sthrangers
with an ir'n hand, is careful to take off
his shoes in the front hallway 
whin he comes home late at night."
-Finley Peter Dunne 

"Choose a wife by your ear than your eye."
-Thomas Fuller, 1732

"To keep your marriage brimming, 
with love in the wedding cup,
whenever you're wrong, admit it; 
whenever you're right, shut up."
-Ogden Nash

"Love is not the one you can picture
you are going to marry. 
But the one you can't live without."
-Stephen Bearden

"Many a man owes his success to his first wife
and his second wife to his success."
-Jim Backus

"There is nothing nobler or more admirable 
than when two people who see
eye to eye keep house as man and wife,
confounding their enemies 
and delighting their friends."

"Love alone is capable of uniting beings
in such a way as to complete and fulfill them,
for it alone takes them and joins them 
by what is deepest in themselves"
-Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

"Why is it that we spend a lifetime 
trying to define what love is... 
what love means...
yet we know in an instant if we are in it?"
-Shawn Standbridge

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  "Heavenly Love Conquering Earthly Love" by Giovanni Baglione, "The Visit of Venus to Vulcan" by Francois Boucher, "Paolo and Francesca da Rimini (detail)" by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, "Dance in the Country" by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and "First Kiss" by William-Adolphe Bouguereau courtesy of CGFA.
  "A Romantic Interlude," by Julius Stewart, courtesy of The Master's Collection.
  "Le Printemps," by Pierre-August Cot, courtesy of The Ye Old Market Gallery.
  "Roman de la Rose" and "The Wedding of St. George and the Princess Sabra" by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and "Love's Shadow" by Anthony Frederick Sandys, courtesy of WebMagick.
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