The purity men love is like the mists which envelope the earth, and not like the azure ether beyond.
Love does not analyze its object.
May we so love as never to have occasion to repent of our love!
In the love of narrow souls I make many short voyages but in vain - I find no sea room - but in great souls I sail before the wind without a watch, and never reach the shore.
Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
What is the singing of birds, or any natural sound, compared with the voice of one we love.
Ignorance and bungling with love are better than wisdom and skill without.
Enemies publish themselves. They declare war. The friend never declares his love.
Those whom we can love, we can hate; to others we are indifferent.
Many of the phenomena of Winter are suggestive of an inexpressible tenderness and fragile delicacy. We are accustomed to hear this king described as a rude and boisterous tyrant but with the gentleness of a lover he adorns the tresses of Summer.
All that man has to say or do that can possibly concern mankind is in some shape or other to tell the story of his loveto sing, and, if he is fortunate and keeps alive, he will be forever in love.
A farmer, a hunter, a soldier, a reporter, even a philosopher, may be daunted but nothing can deter a poet, for he is actuated by pure love. Who can predict his comings and goings His business calls him out at all hours, even when doctors sleep.
Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.
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