Things I Wish I’d Said About Love

“Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else.” George Bernard Shaw

“Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.” W.H. Auden

“Many a man in love with a dimple makes the mistake of marrying the whole girl.” Stephen Leacock

“He gave her a look you could’ve poured on a waffle.” Ring Lardner Lovesick kid

. . . . . . . . . . “for several virtues
Have I liked several women; never any
With so full soul, but some defect in her
Did quarrel with the noblest grace she owed,
And put it to the foil: but you, O you,
So perfect and so peerless, are created
Of every creature’s best!” — Ferdinand (Shakespeare)

“To be wise and love Exceeds man’s might; that dwells with the gods above.” — Cressida (Shakespeare)

“Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.” — Olivia (Shakespeare)

“A poet is an unhappy being whose heart is torn by secret sufferings, but whose lips are so strangely formed that when the sighs and the cries escape them, they sound like beautiful music . . . and then people crowd about the poet and say to him: ‘Sing for us soon again;’ that is as much as to say, ‘May new sufferings torment your soul.’” Søren Kierkegaard

“Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?” Marlowe

“Ô! être couchés côte à côte dans le même tombeau la main dans la main, et de temps en temps, dans les ténèbres, nous carresser doucement un doigt, cela suffirait à mon éternité.” Victor Hugo

“Love is merely a madness.” — Rosalind (Shakespeare)

“Sometimes even music can’t substitute for tears.” Paul Simon

“Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary.” Mark Twain

“The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that one is loved; loved for oneself, or better yet, loved despite oneself.” Victor Hugo

“My mind’s sunk so low, Claudia, because of you,
wrecked itself on your account so bad already,
that I couldn’t like you if you were the best of women,
–or stop loving you, no matter what you do.”Catullus

“Some people never say the words ‘I love you’
It’s not their style to be so bold.
Some people never say those words: ‘I love you’
But, like a child, they’re longing to be told.” Paul Simon

“. . .Nowhere
Lives a woman true and fair.
If thou find’st one, let me know. . .
. . . Though she were true when you met her,
And last till you write your letter,
Yet she
Will be
False, ere I come, to two or three.” John Donne

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind;
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.” William Shakespeare