Love Quotes in Honor of Valentines Day

One should never direct people towards happiness, because happiness too is an idol of the market-place. One should direct them towards mutual affection. A beast gnawing at its prey can be happy too, but only human beings can feel affection for each other,
– Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.
– Clive Staples Lewis, The Four Loves

Talk not of wasted affection; affection never was wasted.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807 – 1882

A slight touch of friendly malice and amusement towards those we love keeps our affections for them from turning flat.
– Logan Pearsall Smith, 1865 – 1946

We should measure affection, not like youngsters by the ardor of its passion, but by its strength and constancy.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106 – 43 BC

It is with books as with women, where a certain plainness of manner and of dress is more engaging than that glare of paint and airs and apparel which may dazzle the eye, but reaches not the affections.
– David Hume, 1711 – 1776

Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine, love, thou art every day my Valentine!  ~Thomas Hood

When love is not madness, it is not love.  ~Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Many are the starrs I see, but in my eye no starr like thee.  ~English saying used on poesy rings

Loving is not just looking at each other, it’s looking in the same direction.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand, and Stars, 1939

Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.  ~Albert Einstein

I don’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine’s Day.  When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon.  ~Author Unknown

For you see, each day I love you more
Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.
~Rosemonde Gerard

Love is a symbol of eternity.  It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end.  ~Author Unknown

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

I claim there ain’t
Another Saint
As great as Valentine.
~Ogden Nash

Trip over love, you can get up.  Fall in love and you fall forever.  ~Author Unknown

Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart.  ~Author Unknown

A hundred hearts would be too few
To carry all my love for you.
~Author Unknown

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”

We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.  ~Author Unknown

Must, bid the Morn awake!
Sad Winter now declines,
Each bird doth choose a mate;
This day’s Saint Valentine’s.
For that good bishop’s sake
Get up and let us see
What beauty it shall be
That Fortune us assigns.
~Michael Drayton

Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.  ~William Shakespeare

kisses are a better fate
than wisdom.
~e.e. cummings

If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?  ~Author Unknown

Who, being loved, is poor?  ~Oscar Wilde

In melody divine,
My heart it beats to rapturous love,
I long to call you mine.
~Author Unknown

Grow old with me!  The best is yet to be.  ~Robert Browning

Without love, what are we worth?  Eighty-nine cents!  Eighty-nine cents worth of chemicals walking around lonely.  ~M*A*S*H, Hawkeye

The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it.  You and you alone make me feel that I am alive.  Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough.  ~George Moore

We loved with a love that was more than love.  ~Edgar Allan Poe

Love is the magician that pulls man out of his own hat.  ~Ben Hecht

Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.  ~Henry Van Dyke

Are we not like two volumes of one book?  ~Marceline Desbordes-Valmore

A bell is no bell ’til you ring it,
A song is no song ’til you sing it,
And love in your heart
Wasn’t put there to stay –
Love isn’t love
‘Til you give it away.
~Oscar Hammerstein, Sound of Music, “You Are Sixteen (Reprise)”

I’ve fallen in love many times… always with you.  ~Author Unknown

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

What I need to live has been given to me by the earth.  Why I need to live has been given to me by you.  ~Author Unknown

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach.  ~Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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

Take away love and our earth is a tomb.  ~Robert Browning

Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.  ~Zora Neale Hurston

Love is a game that two can play and both win.  ~Eva Gabor

Without love, the rich and poor live in the same house.  ~Author Unknown

We don’t believe in rheumatism and true love until after the first attack.  ~Marie Ebner Von Eschenbach, Aphorism

I love thee – I love thee,
‘Tis all that I can say
It is my vision in the night,
My dreaming in the day.
~Thomas Hood

Love, and a cough, cannot be hid.  ~George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum, 1651

Love unlocks doors and opens windows that weren’t even there before.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966

Poetry spills from the cracks of a broken heart, but flows from one which is loved.  ~Christopher Paul Rubero

A man is not where he lives, but where he loves.  ~Latin Proverb

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

The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of.  ~Blaise Pascal, Pensées, 1670

At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.  ~Plato

True love stories never have endings.  ~Richard Bach

The eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love.  ~Margaret Atwood

Nobody has ever measured, even poets, how much a heart can hold.  ~Zelda Fitzgerald

Love is missing someone whenever you’re apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you’re close in heart.  ~Kay Knudsen

Ah me! love can not be cured by herbs.  ~Ovid

Soul meets soul on lovers’ lips.  ~Percy Bysshe Shelley

I need the starshine of your heavenly eyes,
After the day’s great sun.
~Charles Hanson Towne

Love is the silent saying and saying of a single name.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

Love would never be a promise of a rose garden unless it is showered with light of faith, water of sincerity and air of passion.  ~Author Unknown

Sometimes we make love with our eyes.  Sometimes we make love with our hands.  Sometimes we make love with our bodies.  Always we make love with our hearts.  ~Author Unknown

The eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love.  ~Margaret Atwood

You know when you have found your prince because you not only have a smile on your face but in your heart as well.  ~Author Unknown

Love puts the fun in together, the sad in apart, and the joy in a heart.  ~Author Unknown

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

Candle light, moon light, star light,
The brightest glow is from love light.
~Grey Livingston

A baby is born with a need to be loved – and never outgrows it.  ~Frank A. Clark

Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly.  ~Rose Franken

Love is like dew that falls on both nettles and lilies.  ~Swedish Proverb

I love you like crazy, baby
‘Cuz I’d go crazy without you.
~Pixie Foudre

How did it happen that their lips came together?  How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill?  A kiss, and all was said.  ~Victor Hugo

It is astonishing how little one feels alone when one loves.  ~John Bulwer

Love is not singular except in syllable.  ~Marvin Taylor

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 me and the world is mine.  ~David Reed

Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.  ~Robert Frost

Love is the poetry of the senses.  ~Honoré de Balzac

Come live in my heart and pay no rent.  ~Samuel Lover

True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights.  If you hear bells, get your ears checked.  ~Erich Segal

Love is what you’ve been through with somebody.  ~James Thurber, quoted in Life magazine, 1960

Love is being stupid together.  ~Paul Valery

For twas not into my ear you whispered
But into my heart
Twas not my lips you kissed
But my soul
~Judy Garland

As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words.  ~William Shakespeare

My heart to you is given:
Oh, do give yours to me;
We’ll lock them up together,
And throw away the key.
~Frederick Saunders

Love is the greatest refreshment in life.  ~Pablo Picasso

What the world really needs is more love and less paper work.  ~Pearl Bailey

Give me a kisse, and to that kisse a score;
Then to that twenty, adde a hundred more;
A thousand to that hundred; so kisse on,
To make that thousand up a million;
Treble that million, and when that is done,
Let’s kisse afresh, as when we first begun.
~Robert Herrick, “To Anthea (III)”

Falling in love is so hard on the knees.  ~Aerosmith

Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.  ~Voltaire

The most beautiful view is the one I share with you.  ~Author Unknown

The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them.  ~Stephen King

My whole heart for my whole life.  ~French saying used on poesy rings

Like I’ve always said, love wouldn’t be blind if the braille weren’t so damned much fun.  ~Armistead Maupin, Maybe the Moon

Love is metaphysical gravity.  ~R. Buckminster Fuller

If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden.  ~Attributed to Claudia Ghandi

“Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds.”-Shakespeare

“If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you’ve made me smile, the entire evening sky would be in
the palm of my hand.”-Unknown

“You don’t marry someone you can live with – you marry the person who you cannot live without.”-Unknown

“Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.”
-Saint-Exupery

“A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.”
-Ingrid Bergman

“I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love.”
-Henry Ward Beecher

“True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen.”
-La Rochefoucauld

“Better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all.”
-St. Augustine

“To love another person is to see the face of God.”
-Les Miserables

“Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.”
-Alexander Smith
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“Sympathy constitutes friendship; but in love there is a sort of antipathy, or opposing passion. Each strives to be the other, and both together make up one whole.”
-Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“The richest love is that which submits to the arbitration of time.”
-Lawrence Durrell

very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love.”
-Stendhal

“There is no remedy for love but to love more.”
-Thoreau

“Love cures people – both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.”
-Dr. Karl Menninger

“To love and win is the best thing. To love and lose, the next best.”
-William M. Thackeray

“If you love someone, let them go. If they return to you, it was meant to be. If they don’t, their love was never yours to begin with…”
-Unknown

“True love never dies for it is lust that fades away. Love bonds for a lifetime but lust just pushes away.”
-Alicia Barnhart

“Who says love never lives? Maybe we’ve never lived.”
-Unknown

“Some love lasts a lifetime. True love lasts forever.”
-Unknown

“If love is great, and there are no greater things, then what I feel for you must be the greatest.”
-Unknown

“The Eskimos have 52 words for snow because it is so special to them; there ought to be as many for love!”
-Margaret Atwood

“Love is like playing the piano. First you must learn to play by the rules, then you must forget the rules and play from your heart.”
-Unknown

“Within you, I lose myself. Without you, I find myself waanting to be lost again.”
-Unknown

May love hold you in the palm of its hand



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Smile and the World Smiles With You

Thought I would pass on some of my collection of quotes about smiles. There are a lot of them here.

Today, give a stranger one of your smiles.  It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.  ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

A smile confuses an approaching frown.  ~Author Unknown

People seldom notice old clothes if you wear a big smile.  ~Lee Mildon

A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.  ~Phyllis Diller

Smile.  Have you ever noticed how easily puppies make human friends?  Yet all they do is wag their tails and fall over.  ~Walter Anderson, The Confidence Course, 1997

The world always looks brighter from behind a smile.  ~Author Unknown

Start every day with a smile and get it over with.  ~W.C. Fields

Before you put on a frown, make absolutely sure there are no smiles available.  ~Jim Beggs

A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks.  ~Charles Gordy

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.  ~Mark Twain, Following the Equator

A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you’re at home.  ~Author Unknown

If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it.  ~Andy Rooney

If you smile at someone, they might smile back.  ~Author Unknown

Life is like a mirror, we get the best results when we smile at it.  ~Author Unknown

Always remember to be happy because you never know who’s falling in love with your smile.  ~Author Unknown

Everyone smiles in the same language.  ~Author Unknown

If you don’t have a smile, I’ll give you one of mine.  ~Author Unknown

I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.  ~Author Unknown

Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles.  ~George Eliot

She gave me a smile I could feel in my hip pocket.  ~Raymond Chandler

Smiling is infectious,
You can catch it like the flu.
Someone smiled at me today,
And I started smiling too.
~Author Unknown

A smile appeared upon her face as if she’d taken it directly from her handbag and pinned it there.  ~Loma Chandler

A laugh is a smile that bursts.  ~Mary H. Waldrip

Smile – sunshine is good for your teeth.  ~Author Unknown

The shortest distance between two people is a smile.  ~Author Unknown

If you don’t start out the day with a smile, it’s not too late to start practicing for tomorrow.  ~Author Unknown

Smiling is my favorite exercise.  ~Author Unknown

Wear a smile – one size fits all.  ~Author Unknown

No matter how grouchy you’re feeling,
You’ll find the smile more or less healing.
It grows in a wreath
All around the front teeth –
Thus preserving the face from congealing.
~Anthony Euwer

Every day you spend without a smile, is a lost day.  ~Author Unknown

Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.  ~Mother Teresa

A friendly look, a kindly smile, one good act, and life’s worthwhile.  ~Author Unknown

A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.  ~Washington Irving

Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.  ~Charles Reade

A smile is the universal welcome.  ~Max Eastman

Keep smiling – it makes people wonder what you’ve been up to.  ~Author Unknown

You’re never fully dressed without a smile.  ~Martin Charnin

A smile can brighten the darkest day.  ~Author Unknown

It takes seventeen muscles to smile and forty-three to frown.  ~Author Unknown

Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.  ~Janet Lane

All the statistics in the world can’t measure the warmth of a smile.  ~Chris Hart

If you would like to spoil the day for a grouch, give him a smile.  ~Author Unknown

Smile – it increases your face value.  ~Author Unknown

Peace begins with a smile.  ~Mother Teresa

A smile is a powerful weapon; you can even break ice with it.  ~Author Unknown

Most smiles are started by another smile.  ~Author Unknown

A smile is something you can’t give away; it always comes back to you.  ~Author Unknown

A smile costs nothing but gives much.  It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give.  It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.  None is so rich or mighty that he cannot get along without it and none is so poor that he cannot be made rich by it.  Yet a smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away.  Some people are too tired to give you a smile.  Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.  ~Author Unknown

It takes a lot of work from the face to let out a smile, but just think what good smiling can bring to the most important muscle of the body… the heart.  ~Author Unknown

~ All people smile in the same language. ~
Proverb

~ Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles. What do we live for if not to make the world less difficult for each other? ~
George Eliot

~ Nobody needs a smile so much as the one who has none to give. So get used to smiling heart-warming smiles, and you will spread sunshine in a sometimes dreary world. ~
Lawrence G. Lovasik

These last few are some of my favorites, possibly because we have a saying in our family that you never let your enemy know that they have gotten the better of you if you smile at them.

And we have a personality quirk that only those close to us know; if we smile at you when we are angry, you are about to have your head removed. I believe that comes from our Native American ancestry. I have read many accounts of Indians smiling at their enemies while in combat.

~ Anyone who has a continuous smile on his face conceals a toughness that is almost frightening. ~   Greta Garbo

~ If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work. ~
Thich Nhat Hanh

*The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.  ~William Shakespeare, Othello
~ Beauty is power; a smile is its sword. ~
John Ray

Picture Your Future

What would you like your future to be like.  I recently received a prompt in my email that asked just this question.

Hope is what keeps us going, one foot in front of the other.  Why do people only attempt suicide? Because we are born with an inherent desire to live and the hope that tomorrow will be better. People are only able to commit suicide when they have either lost that hope, or when they feel that they have done all there is here for them to do, or when they have the bad luck of not being able to change their mind at the last moment.

I have been depressed, but I have never yet lost my hope for tomorrow.

Here are the hopes that came to mind today:

My Ideal Future

In the future, I would like to be in a place where my health issues and my husbands were not so much a part of every waking moment.  I would like to be in a more stable financial position and not have to worry about how much the economy as it is now, might effect my quality of life. I also have the fear that the economy will place others in a posiion of needing help and I will be unable to help, friend and stranger alike.  I would like for my extended family to have better health, too.

Some of my family have personal issues in their lives that are very painful for me to watch them struggle through, being totally helpless to help them.

I would like to re-establish a good relationship with my Mother before she dies.  I want to be a better Christian.  My two main faults are that I can’ figure out a way to go to church without leaving my husband alone on the times that he is ill and I am well.  Obviously, it is because I fear what might happen when I leave.

And I use profanity too often. I never used to do that, but when my kids started picking it up in high school, I fell into the very bad habit.  I am not exactly foul mouthed, but I could do better. My Dad used to say that Profanity was the attempt of a feeble mind to express itself. I do not have a feeble mind, so I need to better express my frustration.  The problem is that I am surrounded by people who are not impressed when you say, “I am really annoyed with you and the situation, and am at my limit.”

I guess that would mean that as well as cleaning up my act, I need to impress upon others, that I deserve a certain measure of consideration.