“Love is that splendid triggering of human vitality... the supreme activity which nature affords anyone for going out of himself toward someone else. “
- Jose Ortega Gasset (1883 - 1955)
THE POETIC HEART
LOVE & FRIENDSHIP POEMS
SONG LYRICS AND QUOTES
"Even a small star shines in the darkness."
- Finnish Proverb
"Love feels no burden, thinks nothing of trouble, attempts what is above its strength, pleads no excuse of impossibility; for it thinks all things lawful for itself, and all things possible." - Thomas à Kempis
“I have learned not to worry about love, but to honor its coming with all my heart.” - Alice Walker
“Hatred paralyses life; love releases it. Hate confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hated darkens life; love illumines it.”
- Martin Luther King, JR.
A true conception of relation of the sexes will not admit of conqueror and conquered; it knows of but one great thing; to give of one’s self boundlessly, in order to find one’s richer, deeper, better.”
- Emma Goldman
“The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic that to love others.”
- Vincent Van Gogh
"We love only that which we do not own entirely."
- M. Proust
"Love just doesn't sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread, re-made all the time, made new."
- Ursula Le Guin
The warmth of another's eyes, the fresh scent of rain on a hot summer's eve ? Moments like these renew in us a heartfelt appreciation for life.
- Gwen Weising
This done, he took the
bride about the neck,
And kiss’d her lips with
such a clamorous smack,
That, at the parting, all
the church did echo.
How did the party
go in Portman Square?
I cannot tell you;
Juliet was not there.
And how did Lady
Gaster’s party go?
Juliet was next me and
I do not know.
- Hilaire Belloc
My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips' red;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damask'd, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
I grant I never saw a goddess go;
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:
And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
As any she belied with false compare.
“Love is a great beautifier.”
- Louise May Alcott
“Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding.”
- Diane Arbus
“To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.” - Jorge Louis Bourges
“When you love someone all your saved-up wishes start coming out.” - Elizabeth Bowen
“The richest love is that which submits to the arbitration of time.” - Lawrence Durrell
“The greatest things in life are unseen that's why we close our eyes to... kiss and dream.” - Author Unknown
"If you love something... set it free.
If it returns... you never lost it.
If it disappears and never comes back.
It was never yours to begin with."
- Author Unknown
"The real marriage of true minds is for any two people to possess a sense of humour or irony pitched in exactly the same key."
- Edith Wharton
“We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can't just leave it in the cupboard and think it's going to get on by itself. You've got to keep watering it, to really look after it and nurture it."
- John Lennon
"Life in a Love"
by Robert Browning
While I am I, and you are you,
So long as the world contains us both,
Me the loving and you the loth,
While the one eludes, must the other pursue.
My life is a fault at last, I fear:
It seems too much like a fate, indeed!
Though I do my best I shall scarce succeed.
But what if I fail of my purpose here?
It is but to keep the nerves at strain,
To dry one's eyes and laugh at a fall,
And baffled, get up to begin again,--
So the chase takes up one's life, that's all.
While, look but once from your farthest bound,
At me so deep in the dust and dark,
No sooner the old hope drops to ground
Than a new one, straight to the selfsame mark,
I shape me--