If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were lov’d by wife, then thee;
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me, ye women, if you can.
I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold,
Or all the riches that the East doth hold.
My love is such that rivers cannot quench,
Nor ought but love from thee, give recompense.
Thy love is such I can no way repay,
The heavens reward thee manifold I pray.
Then while we live, in love let’s so persever
That when we live no more, we may live ever.
-- Anne Bradstreet, from “To My Dear and Loving Husband”
If I know what love is, it is because of you.
-- Hermann Hesse
Yet everything that touches us, me and you,
Takes us together like a violin’s bow,
Which draws one voice out of two separate strings.
Upon what instrument are we two spanned?
And what musician holds us in his hand?
Oh, sweetest song.
-- Rainer Maria Rilke, from “Love Song,” translated by Stephen Mitchell
The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was.
Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.
-- Rumi, “The Minute I Heard My First Love Story,” translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne
Because I love you truly,
Because you love me, too,
My very greatest happiness
Is sharing life with you.
-- Minna Thomas Antrim
My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.
-- William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act II
Love is what you’ve been through with somebody.
-- James Thurber
May we love as long as we live, and live as long as we love.
To love a person means to agree to grow old with him.
-- Albert Camus
Your words dispel all of the care in the world and make me happy...They are as necessary to me now as sunlight and air...Your words are my food, your breath my wine -- you are everything to me.
-- Sarah Bernhardt
Your life and my life flow into each other as wave flows into wave, and unless there is peace and joy and freedom for you, there can be no real peace or joy or freedom for me. To see reality -- not as we expect it to be but as it is -- is to see that unless we live for each other and in and through each other, we do not really live very satisfactorily; that there can really be life only where there really is, in just this sense, love.
-- Frederick Buechner, from The Magnificent Defeat
With one glance
I loved you
With a thousand hearts.
-- Mihri Hatun, from “At One Glance,” translated by Talat S. Halman
Come the wild weather
Come sleet or come snow,
We will stand by each other,
However it blow.
-- Simon Dach
Our kindred spirits love and are loved like the sun and moon shining in together from all sides.
-- Turkish saying
A long time
I have been waiting for you
To come over
Where I am.
-- Chippewa song
My fellow, my companion, held most dear,
My soul, my other self, my inward friend.
-- Mary Sidney Herbert
Love me, sweet, with all thou art,
Feeling, thinking, seeing --
Love me in the lightest part,
Love me in full being.
-- Elizabeth Barrett Browning, from “A Man’s Requirements”
I am not sure that Earth is round
Nor that the sky is really blue.
The tale of why the apples fall
May or may not be true.
I do not know what makes the tides
Nor what tomorrow’s world may do,
But I have certainty enough,
For I am sure of you.
-- Amelia Josephine Burr
His mouth is sweetness itself; he is all delight.
Such is my lover, and such is my friend,
O daughters of Jerusalem.
-- Song of Solomon
We are custodians, keeper of each other’s hearts and secrets.
We treasure them with tenderness and fidelity.
There is always risk when one is dealing with priceless treasures.
But we...prefer to take that risk.
-- Lionel A. Whiston, from For Those We Love
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