I collect quotes about love and romance (and aging and friendship). With the engagement of Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux, not to mention of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, it seems like a good time to share words of wisdom about matters of the heart.
"All you need is love" - John Lennon
"Give all to love; obey thy heart" - U.S. poet Ralph Waldo Emerson
"All love is sweet, given or returned" - Percy Bysshe Shelley
"Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence" - U.S. writer H.L. Mencken
"Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?" - Shakespeare in "As You Like It"
"The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost" - British writer G.K. Chesterton
"You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how" - the character Rhett Butler in "Gone with the Wind"
"Love means not ever having to say you're sorry" - the character Jennifer Cavilleri in the novel "Love Story"
"You'll be the prince, and I'll be the princess. It's a love story..." — Taylor Swift in "Love Story"
"We can only learn to love by loving" - British author Iris Murdoch
"Like everybody who is not in love, he imagined that one chose the person whom one loved after endless deliberations and on the strength of various qualities and advantages" - French author Marcel Proust
"There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved" - French author George Sand
"The course of true love never did run smooth" - William Shakespeare in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
"Love is supreme and unconditional; like is nice but limited" - U.S. musician Duke Ellington
"Love is the greatest refreshment in life" - Pablo Picasso
"It doesn't matter who you love or how you love but that you love" - U.S. poet Rod McKuen
"Love conquers all things. Let us also yield to love" - Virgil
"There are many females in the world, and some among them are beautiful. But where could I again find a face whose each feature, even every wrinkle, is a reminder of the greatest and sweetest memories of my life?" - Karl Marx
"To keep your marriage brimming with love in the loving cup, whenever you are wrong, admit it; whenever you are right, shut up" - Ogden Nash
"Take my heart, and please don't break it" - Nat King Cole
"Why have hamburger when you have steak at home?" - actor Paul Newman
"If you would be loved, love and be lovable" - Benjamin Franklin
"Love me tender, love me sweet, never let me go" - singer Elvis Presley
"How we need another soul to cling to" - author Sylvia Plath
"The course of true love never did run smooth" - William Shakespeare
"Kiss me. Kiss me as if it were the last time" - Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) in "Casablanca"
Finally, to acknowledge that romance isn't always easy, here are a few less rosy quotes about love:
"Pleasure of love lasts but a moment. Pain of love lasts a lifetime." - actress Bette Davis
"The best way to mend a broken heart is time and girlfriends" - actress Gwyneth Paltrow
"You gave away the things you loved, and one of them was me" - singer Carly Simon in "You're So Vain"
"You stole my heart, and that's what really hurt" - Rod Stewart in "Maggie May"
"You love her, but she loves him, and he loves somebody else, you just can't win, and so it goes till the day you love...Love stinks." - The J. Geils Band
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