— Elizabeth Barrett Browning English poet, author 1806 - 1861
„You ask yourself "What is love? Am I in love?", when what you should be asking is, "What is not love?", ma petite. What is it that this man does for you that is not done out of love?“
— Laurell K. Hamilton Novelist 1963
Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series, Incubus Dreams (2004), Vampire Jean-Claude, to Anita; p. 176
„I am what I am
I was made this way
When I want to laugh
Yes I shriek with laughter
I love those who love me
It's my fault
If they're not the same
That I love everytime
I am what I am
I was made this way
What more do you want
What do you want from me“
— Jacques Prevért French poet, screenwriter 1900 - 1977
Je Suis Comme Je Suis - I Am What I Am
„I don't blame you for this and I don't think there's anything you could have done to stop it. I am what I am, which is an Alcoholic and a Drug Addict and a Criminal, and I am whats I am because I made myself so. You did the best you could with me, and you loved me the best you could, and that's all I could have ever asked for from you. I have no excuses for what I've done or for who I am or for what I put you though all these years.“
— James Frey, livro A Million Little Pieces
A Million Little Pieces (2003), page 251
— Jonathan Safran Foer, livro Everything Is Illuminated
— Meher Baba Indian mystic 1894 - 1969
General sources, Context: To love Me for what I may give you is not loving Me at all. To sacrifice anything in My cause to gain something for yourself is like a blind man sacrificing his eyes for sight. I am the Divine Beloved worthy of being loved because I am Love. He who loves Me because of this will be blessed with unlimited sight and will see Me as I am. Final Message (6 January 1969).
— Riiko Sakkinen Finnish visual artist 1976
"Riiko Sakkinen" at riikosakkinen.com
„Do you love me?
I love you. I don't know if I trust you.
Maybe you shouldn't do either.
Maybe I'm the one who should decide!“
— Joss Whedon American director, writer, and producer for television and film 1964