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Absence makes the heart grow fonder

It's love that makes the world go round
Translation of a French song

A lady's imagination is very rapid;
It jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a minute.

said by Darcy in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Wives are young men's mistresses;
Companions for middle age; and old mens nurses

Francis Bacon 1561-1626
From Of Marriage and the single life

He reputed one of the wise men that made answer to the question , when a man shold marry?  A young man not yet, an older man not at all.

Francis Bacon
From Of Marriage and the single life

Oh love will make a dog howl in rhyme

Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher
From The Queen of Corinth

Love ceases to be a pleasure, when it ceases to be a secret

Aphra Behn
from The Lovers watch, Four O'clock

Being a husband is a whole-time job.
That is why so many husbands fail
They cannot give their entire attention to it.

Arnold Bennet 1867-1931
from The Title

Never seek to tell thy love,
Love that never told can be;
For the gentle wind does move
Silently, invisibly.

William Blake 1757-1827
From Never seek to tell thy Love

If thou must love me, let it be for naught
Except for love's sake only.

Elizabeth Barrett-Browning 1806-1861
From Sonnets from the Portuguese

Alas the love of women! It is known
To be a lovely and a fearful thing

Lord Byron 1788-1824
From Don Juan

In her first passion woman loves her lover,
In all others all she loves is love.

Lord Byron

Friendship may, and often does, grow into love, but love never subsides into friendship.

Lord Byron

Oh she is the antidote to desire

William Congreve
From The way of the world.

I am not the rose, but I have lived with her.

Benjamin Constant

But what is woman?- only one of Nature's agreeable blunders.

Hannah Cowley
From who's the dupe.

For love, all love of other sights controls,
And makes one little room, an everywhere.

John Donne
From The Good-Morrow

Love all alike, no season knows, nor clime,
Nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of time.

John Donne
From The Sun Rising

I have been faithful to thee, Cynara! In my fashion.

Ernest Dowson

And love's the noblest frailty of the mind.

John Dryden
From The Indian Emperor

All heiresses are beautiful.

John Dryden
From King Arthur

All mankind love a lover.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hanging and marriage, you know, go by destiny.

George Farquhar

From The Recruiting Officer

Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea.

Henry Fielding
From Love in Several Masques

Love is like linen often changed, the sweeter.

Phineas Fletcher
From Sicelides

There is a lady sweet and kind,
Was never face so pleased my mind;
I did but see her passing by,
And yet I love her till I die.

Thomas Ford
From There is a Lady

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.

Robert Frost

I sighed as a lover, I obeyed as a son.

Edward Gibbon

Tell me, pretty maiden, are there any more at home like you?

Owen Hall
From Floradora

If men knew how women pass the time when they are alone, they'd never marry.

O. Henry
From Memoirs of a Yellow Dog

A sweet disorder of the dress
Kindles in clothes a wantonness

Robert Herrick
From Delight in Disorder

You say, to me-words your affection's strong;
Pray love me little, so you love me long.

Robert Herrick
From Love me Little, Love me Long

Only to kiss that air
That lately kissed thee.

Robert Herrick
From To Electra

Oh, when I was in love with you,
Then I was clean and brave.

A.E. Housman
From A Shropshire Lad

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Margaret Hungerford
From Molly Bawn

A sweeter woman ne'er drew breath
Than my sonne's wife Elizabeth.

Jean Ingelow

A woman's whole life is a history of the affections.

Wahington Irving
From The Broken Heart

Love is like the measles; we all have to go through it.

Jerome K. Jerome
From On Being Idle

Love's like the measles - all the worst when it comes late in life.

Douglas Jerrold
From A Philanthropist

Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures.

Dr. Johnson
From Rasselas

Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise.

Dr. Johnson

Come, my Celia, let us prove,
While we can, the sports of love.

Ben Jonson
From Volpone

Drink to me only with thine eyes
And I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kiss but in the cup,
And I'll not look for wine.

Ben Jonson
From To Celia

She cannot fade, though thou hast not thy bliss,
For ever wilt thou love and she be fair.

John Keats
From Ode on a Grecian Urn

For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.

Rudyard Kipling
From The Female of the Species

The silliest woman can manage a clever man; but it needs a very clever woman to manage a fool.

Rudyard Kipling
From Plain Tales from the Hills

Being kissed by a man who didn't wax his moustache was - like eating an egg without salt.

Rudyard Kipling
From Soldiers Three

As beautiful as a woman's blush, -
As evanescent too.

Letitia Landon

Two souls with but a single thought,
Two hearts that beat as one.

Maria Lovell
From Ingomar the Barbarian

Cupid and my Campaspe
At cards for kisses, cupid paid.

John Lyly
From Campaspe

And I will make thee beds of roses
And a thousand fragrant posies

Christopher Marlowe
From The Passionate Shepherd to his love

She's all my fancy painted her;
She's lovely, she's divine.

William Mee
From Alice Gray

She whom I love is hard to catch and conquer,
Hard, but O the glory of the winning where she won.

George Meredith
From Love in the Valley

No, there's nothing half so sweet in life
As love's young dream.

Thomas Moore
From Love's Young Dream

I do not love thee! - no! I do not love thee!
And yet when thou art absent, I am sad.

Caroline Norton
From I do not love thee

Her hair that lay along her back
Was yellow like ripe corn.

Dante Gabriel Rosetti
From The Blessed Damozel

Love rules the court, the campt, the grove,
And men below, and saints above;
For love is heaven. and heaven is love.

Sir Walter Scott
From The Lay of the Last Minstrel

True Love's the gift which God has given
To man alone beneath the heaven.

Sir Walter Scott
From The Lay of the Last Minstrel

But love is blind, and lovers cannot see
The pretty follies that themselves commit.

William Shakespeare
From The Merchant of Venice

Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity.

George Bernard Shaw
From Maxims for Revolutionists

One day I wrote her name upon the strand,
But came the waves and washed it away:
Again, I wrote it with a second hand:
But came the tide and mde my pains his prey.
Vain man, said she, that dust in vain assay,
A mortal thing to so immortalise.

Edmund Spenser
From Amoretti

In the Spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.

Alfred Lord Tennyson
From Lockslay Hall

I loved a lass, a fair one,
As fair as e'er was seen.
She was indeed a rare one,
Another Sheba queen.

George Wither
From A Love Sonnet

She was a phantom of delight when first she gleamed upon my sight

William Wordsworth
From She was a phantom of delight

'Tis said that some have died for love.

William Wordsworth
From 'Tis said some have died.

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