Happy Valentine’s Day! I have written out some thoughts that some folks have had about Love (copied from a little book fittingly given to me by one of the people I love most, Kim) and thought it a lovely way to share some of that emotion today.
I have one request: please leave a comment/send an email to me and let me know which one(s) is/are your favorites or add some of your own favorites.. I like # 1 & 9.
Go forth and love one another!
1. Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit
- Peter Ustinov b.1921
2. Love, as told by the seers of old, Comes as a butterfly tipped with gold. Flutters and flies in sunlit skies, Weaving round hearts that were one time cold.
- Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909)
3. Each moment of a happy lover’s hour is worth an age of dull and common life.
- Aphra Behn (1640 – 1689) from “Younger Brother”
4. We are all born for love; it is the principle of existence and its only end.
- Benjamin Disraeli (1804 – 1881) from “Sibyl”
5. The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.
- Victor Hugo (1802 – 1885)
6. To be a lover is not to make love, but to find a new way to live.
- Paul La Cour
7. … And when Love speaks, the voice of all the gods makes heaven drowsy with the harmony. Never durst poet touch a pen to write Until his ink were temper’d with Love’s sighs.
- William Shakespeare
8. We feel it as we feel the warmth of the blood, we breathe it as we breathe the air, we carry it in ourselves as we carry our thoughts… it is an inexpressible state indicated by four letters…
- Guy de Maupassant
9. For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.
- Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 – 1926)
10. Familiar acts are beautiful through love.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 – 1822) from “Prometheus Unbound”
11. The sweetest joy, the wildest woe is love.
- P.J. Bailey (1816 – 1902) from “Festus: A Love and Garden”
12. Love is a universal thirst for a communion, not merely of the senses, but of our whole nature, intellectual, imaginative and sensitive.
- Benjamin Disraeli (1804 – 1881)
13. ‘Tis love that makes me bold and resolute, Love that can find a way where path there’s none, Of all the gods the most invincible.
- Eupipides (480 – 406 BC)
14. One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.
- Sophocles (496 – 406 BC) from “Oedipus at Colonus”