"The heart has its reasons that reason knows not of." – Balise Pascal, in Les Pensées (1670)
"Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same." – Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights (1847)
"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach."
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sonnets From the Portuguese (1850)
"Before we love with our heart, we already love with our imagination." – Louise Colet, in Marilyn Gaddis Rose, tr., Lui, A View of Him (1859)
"Love is repaid by love alone." – St. Therese of Lisieux (1897) in John Clark, tr., Story of a Soul (1972)
"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, with the same person." – Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook (1966)
"In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing." – Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook (1966)
"Love is a fruit in season at all times." – Mother Theresa, A Gift for God (1975)
"The little unremembered acts of kindness and love are the best parts of a person's life." – (attrib. to William Wordsworth)
"Love is a condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own." – (attrib. to Robert Heinlein)
"What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down." – It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
"When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible."
- When Harry Met Sally (1989)
"You make me want to be a better man."
- As Good As It Gets (1997)
"True love is your soul's recognition of its counterpoint in another." - Wedding Crashers (2005)
"We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over. So in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over." – James Boswell, Life of Johnson (1904)
"Friends are the family we choose for ourselves." – Edna Buchanan, Suitable for Framing (1995)
"A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature." - Emerson
"A true friend is one soul in two bodies." – Aristotle
"To my first Love, my mother, on whose knee
I learnt love-lore that is not troublesome."
-Christina Rossetti in Mildred P. Harrington and Josephine H. Thomas, Our Holidays in Poetry (1929)
"A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path." - Agatha Christie in "The Last Seance," The Hound of Death (1933)
"What 's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."
- William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act II Scene 2