Romance is dead it was acquired

Romance is dead – it was acquired in a hostile takeover by Hallmark and Disney, homogenized, and sold off piece by piece.  ~Lisa Simpson, The Simpsons

In this horror of solitude need to

In this horror of solitude, this need to lose his ego in exterior flesh, which man calls grandly the need for love.  ~Charles BaudelaireCUL

Part of the reason that men seem

Part of the reason that men seem so much less loving than women is that men’s behavior is measured with a feminine ruler.  ~Francesca M. Cancian

Without love what are we worth eighty nine

Without love, what are we worth?  Eighty-nine cents!  Eighty-nine cents worth of chemicals walking around lonely.  ~Laurence Marks, M*A*S*H, "Love Story," original air date 7 January 1973, spoken by the character Hawkeye

Love withers under constraints its very essence

Love withers under constraints: its very essence is liberty: it is compatible neither with obedience, jealousy, nor fear: it is there most pure, perfect, and unlimited where its votaries live in confidence, equality and unreserve.  ~Percy Bysshe ShelleyQueen Mab notes, MHC

It would be impossible to 34love34 anyone

It would be impossible to "love" anyone or anything one knew completely.  Love is directed towards what lies hidden in its object.  ~Paul Valéry, Tel quel, 1943PMB

Life has taught us that love does

Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand and Stars, 1939, translated from French by Lewis GalantièreGPA

No one can understand love who has

No one can understand love who has not experienced infatuation.  And no one can understand infatuation, no matter how many times he has experienced it.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960CDN, TPV

When youre in love you never really

When you’re in love you never really know whether your elation comes from the qualities of the one you love, or if it attributes them to her; whether the light which surrounds her like a halo comes from you, from her, or from the meeting of your sparks.  ~Natalie Clifford Barney

Tell me how many beads there are

Tell me how many beads there are
In a silver chain
Of evening rain,
Unravelled from the tumbling main,
And threading the eye of a yellow star: –
So many times do I love again.
~Thomas Lovell Beddoes

I was half in love with her

I was half in love with her by the time we sat down.  That’s the thing about girls.  Every time they do something pretty, even if they’re not much to look at, or even if they’re sort of stupid, you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are.  ~J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, 1945TPV

Men love because they are afraid of

Men love because they are afraid of themselves, afraid of the loneliness that lives in them, and need someone in whom they can lose themselves as smoke loses itself in the sky. ~V.F. CalvertonCUL

There is no hope for us in

[T]here is no hope for us in this painful, mysterious world save in giving ourselves to love. ~Byron Caldwell Smith, letter to Kate StephensTPVgb, Smith b.1849-d.1877, Stephens b.1853-d.1938; Smith was Professor of Greek Language and Literature at the University of Kansas from 1872-1875

You have to walk carefully in the

You have to walk carefully in the beginning of love; the running across fields into your lover’s arms can only come later when you’re sure they won’t laugh if you trip.  ~Jonathan Carroll, "Outside the Dog Museum"

Love is much nicer to be in

Love is much nicer to be in than an automobile accident, a tight girdle, a higher tax bracket or a holding pattern over Philadelphia.  ~Judith Viorst, Redbook, 1975

True love is a discipline in which

True love is a discipline in which each divines the secret self of the other and refuses to believe in the mere daily self.  ~William Butler YeatsCUL

Will you love me in december as

Will you love me in December as you do in May,
Will you love me in the good old fashioned way?
When my hair has all turned gray,
Will you kiss me then and say,
That you love me in December as you do in May?
~James J. WalkerQSO

Love is not a matter of what

Love is not a matter of what happens in life.  It’s a matter of what’s happening in your heart.  ~Ken Keyes

I am so tired tired see

I am so tired – so tired.
I see too many people,
Read too many books.
Do too many things.
I hate the theaters,
I hate my work,
I want you, – only you….
Come to me between the cool sheets
And let me burrow my head in your shoulder….
~Pauline Cohn, "Rest"

You learn to like someone when you

You learn to like someone when you find out what makes them laugh, but you can never truly love someone until you find out what makes them cry.  ~Author Unknown

And whats romance usually a nice little

And what’s romance?  Usually, a nice little tale where you have everything as you like it, where rain never wets your jacket and gnats never bite your nose, and it’s always daisy-time.  ~D.H. Lawrence

We are not the same persons this

We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love.  It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.  ~W. Somerset Maugham

When one is in love always begins

When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving oneself, and one always ends by deceiving others.  That is what the world calls a romance.  ~Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

A man reserves his true and deepest

A man reserves his true and deepest love not for the species of woman in whose company he finds himself electrified and enkindled, but for that one in whose company he may feel tenderly drowsy.  ~George Jean Nathan

Im far from perfect but ill be

I’m far from perfect, but I’ll be perfect for that imperfect person that’s perfect for me.  ~Amanda Bynestwitter.com/amandabynes/status/4565987386

Who would give a law to lovers

Who would give a law to lovers?  Love is unto itself a higher law.  ~Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy, A.D. 524WLBUQ

The heart is a small thing but

The heart is a small thing, but desireth great matters.  It is not sufficient for a kite’s dinner, yet the whole world is not sufficient for it.  ~Francis Quarles, Emblems

Theres no denying that the only real

There’s no denying that the only real unhappiness in life is losing a man…. Death isn’t nature’s greatest mistake – falling in love is.  If we didn’t do that, all the misery in life would be cut right out of it.  Oh my goodness, so would all the fun.  So, what are you gonna do about it.  ~When Ladies Meet, 1941 movie written by Rachel Crothers, John Meehan, Leon Gordon, S.K. Lauren, and Anita Loos, spoken by the character Bridgie Drake  (not sure if this is also in the 1933 movie or 1932 play – anyone know?)TPV

When youre attracted to someone it just

When you’re attracted to someone it just means that your subconscious is attracted to their subconscious, subconsciously, so what we know as fate is two neuroses knowing that they’re a perfect match.  ~Jeff Arch, Nora Ephron, and David S. Ward, Sleepless in Seattle

They who meet on an april night

They who meet on an April night are forever lost in love, if there’s moonlight all about and there’s no moon above.  ~E.Y. "Yip" Harburg and Fred Saidy, dialogue just before the song "Old Devil Moon" in the musical Finian’s Rainbow  (Thanks, Katherine!)

Love a wildly misunderstood although highly

Love – a wildly misunderstood although highly desirable malfunction of the heart which weakens the brain, causes eyes to sparkle, cheeks to glow, blood pressure to rise and the lips to pucker.  ~Author Unknown

Desire creates havoc when it is the

Desire creates havoc when it is the only thing between two people, or when it is what’s missing.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960CDN