„If thou must love me, let it be for nought
Except for love's sake only.“

— Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Context: If thou must love me, let it be for nought Except for love's sake only. Do not say "I love her for her smile —her look —her way Of speaking gently,—for a trick of thought That falls in well with mine, and certes brought A sense of pleasant ease on such a day" - For these things in themselves, Beloved, may Be changed, or change for thee,—and love, so wrought, May be unwrought so. Neither love me for Thine own dear pity's wiping my cheeks dry,— A creature might forget to weep, who bore Thy comfort long, and lose thy love thereby! But love me for love's sake, that evermore Thou may'st love on, through love's eternity. No. XIV
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„But love me for love's sake, that evermore
Thou may'st love on, through love's eternity“

— Elizabeth Barrett Browning English poet, author 1806 - 1861
Context: If thou must love me, let it be for nought Except for love's sake only. Do not say "I love her for her smile —her look —her way Of speaking gently,—for a trick of thought That falls in well with mine, and certes brought A sense of pleasant ease on such a day" - For these things in themselves, Beloved, may Be changed, or change for thee,—and love, so wrought, May be unwrought so. Neither love me for Thine own dear pity's wiping my cheeks dry,— A creature might forget to weep, who bore Thy comfort long, and lose thy love thereby! But love me for love's sake, that evermore Thou may'st love on, through love's eternity. No. XIV

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„For God's sake hold your tongue, and let me love.“

— John Donne English poet 1572 - 1631
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„Thou, only thou, pure Love...“

— Luís de Camões Portuguese poet 1524 - 1580
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„I will nought but as Thou wilt.“

— Julian of Norwich English theologian and anchoress 1342 - 1416
Context: These two desires of the Passion and the sickness I desired with a condition, saying thus: Lord, Thou knowest what I would, — if it be Thy will that I have it — and if it be not Thy will, good Lord, be not displeased: for I will nought but as Thou wilt.

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„To love for the sake of being loved is human, but to love for the sake of loving is angelic.“

— Alphonse de Lamartine French writer, poet, and politician 1790 - 1869
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„Once for all, then, a short precept is given thee: Love, and do what thou wilt: whether thou hold thy peace, through love hold thy peace; whether thou cry out, through love cry out; whether thou correct, through love correct; whether thou spare, through love do thou spare: let the root of love be within, of this root can nothing spring but what is good.“

— Aurelius Augustinus early Christian theologian and philosopher 354 - 430
Tractatus VII, 8 http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/170207.htm Latin: "dilige et quod vis fac."; falsely often: "ama et fac quod vis." Translation by Professor Joseph Fletcher: Love and then what you will, do.

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„Loved much, hoped little, and desired nought.“

— Torquato Tasso Italian poet 1544 - 1595
Context: She fair, he full of bashfulness and truth, Loved much, hoped little, and desired nought. Canto II, stanza 16 (tr. Fairfax)

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„If music and sweet poetry agree.
As they must needs (the sister and the brother),
Then must the love be great 'twixt thee and me,
Because thou lov'st the one, and I the other.“

— Richard Barnfield English poet 1574 - 1627
To His Friend, Mr. R. L., In Praise of Music and Poetry http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/poem/129.html, l. 1.

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„All for love
Just for the sake of love.“

— Kate Bush British recording artist; singer, songwriter, musician and record producer 1958

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„Love me tender, love me sweet,
Never let me go.“

— Elvis Presley American singer and actor 1935 - 1977
Love Me Tender (1956), the lyrics of this song are credited to Presley and co-writer Vera Matson, but were primarily written by Matson's husband, Ken Darby, who when asked why he credited his wife as co-writer with Presley replied ""Because she didn't write it either.""

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