Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentine's day quotations

These are some of my favorite quotations about love. Why they're heavy on the eighteenth century and must begin and end with Oscar Wilde is not a mystery to those who know me well!

"Men always want to be a woman's first love - What (women) like is to be a man's last romance." - Oscar Wilde

"For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of our tasks; the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation." - Rainer Maria Rilke

"Everyone admits that love is wonderful and necessary, yet no one agrees on just what it is." - Diane Ackerman

"In men desire begets love, and in women love begets desire." -Jonathan Swift

"Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures." -Samuel Johnson

"To live is like to love - all reason is against it, and all healthy instinct for it." - Samuel Butler

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

"What will survive of us is love." -Philip Larkin

"Nothing in this world is single, all things by laws divine in one spirit mix and mingle; why not I with thine?" - Percy Bysshe Shelley

"Remember tonight, for it is the beginning of always." - Dante Alighieri

"The most powerful symptom of love is a tenderness which becomes at times almost insupportable." - Victor Hugo

"A happy marriage has in it all the pleasures of friendships, all the enjoyment of sense and reason - and indeed all the sweets of life." - Joseph Addison

"When a man says he had pleasure with a woman he does not mean conversation." -Samuel Johnson

"Love is the irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired." -Mark Twain

"Twenty years of romance makes a woman look like a ruin; but twenty years of marriage makes her something like a public building." -Oscar Wilde

I cleaned the bathrooms for my family for Valentine's day. Now that's love.

1 comment:

lemming said...

"Reader, I married him."

Jane Eyre