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  • Alas...I too have known love, that ruler of hearts, that soul of our soul: it's never brought me anything except one kiss and twenty kicks in the rump. How could such a beautiful cause produce such an abominable effect on you?
    (Voltaire, "Candide")
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  • Love is like breathing, you take it in and let it out.
    (Wally Lamb, "She's Come Undone")
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  • A realization that the founding principle of existence is what we call love, which works itself out sometimes not clearly, not cleanly, not immediately, nonetheless ineluctably.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")
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  • I know this love, that sovereign of hearts, that soul of our souls; yet it never cost me more than a kiss and twenty kicks on the backside. How could this beautiful cause produce in you an effect so abominable.
    (Voltaire, "Candide")
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  • Where is the woman who has ever really torn from her heart the image that has been once fixed in it by a true love? Books tell us that such unearthly creatures have existed - but what does our own experiences say in answer to books?
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")
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  • But once a dead God, always a dead God, even resurrected. The Son must have the taste of death forever in his mouth. The Trinity must be tainted by it; there must be a certain stench at the right hand of God the Father. The horror must be real. Why would God wish that upon Himself? Why not leave death to mortals? Why make dirty what is beautiful, spoil what is perfect? -- Love. That was his answer.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")
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  • It is love; love, the comfort of the human species, the preserver of the universe, the soul of all sentient beings, love, tender love.
    (Voltaire, "Candide")
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  • She loved him not only in spite of but because he himself was incapable of love.
    (William Faulkner, "The Sound and the Fury")
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  • I've never forgotten him. Dare I say I miss him? I do. I miss him. I still see him in my dreams. They are nightmares mostly, but nightmares tinged with love. Such is the strangeness of the human heart. I still cannot understand how he could abandon me so unceremoniously, without any sort of goodbye, without looking back even once. The pain is like an axe that chops my heart.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")
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  • When a man is in love, jealous, and just whipped by the Inquisition, he is no longer himself.
    (Voltaire, "Candide")
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  • He was the mighty Fezzik, lover of rhymes, and you did not give up, no matter what.
    (William Goldman, "The Princess Bride")
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  • You are afraid of it because it is stronger than you; you hate it because you are afraid of it; you love it because you cannot subdue it to your will. Only the unsubduable can be loved.
    (Yevgeny Zamyatin, "We")
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  • Don't forget that in the midst of all your pain and heartache, you are surrounded by beauty, the wonder of creation, art, your music and culture, the sounds of laughter and love, of whispered hopes and celebrations, of new life and transformation, of reconciliation and forgiveness.
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")
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  • I love you, I know this must come as something of a surprise, since all I've ever done is scorn you and degrade you and taunt you, but I have loved you for several hours now, and every second, more. I thought an hour ago that I loved you more than any woman has ever loved a man, but a half hour after that I knew that what I felt before was nothing compared to what I felt then. But ten minutes after that, I understood that my previous love was a puddle compared to the high seas before a storm.
    (William Goldman, "The Princess Bride")
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  • Greeting cards routinely tell us everyone deserves love. No. Everyone deserves clean water. Not everyone deserves love all of the time.
    (Zadie Smith, "White Teeth")
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