„But this beyond their wit know I:
Man loves a little, and for long shall die.“
„I love thee, I love but thee,
With a love that shall not die
Till the sun grows cold,
And the stars are old“
— Bayard Taylor, The Poems of Bayard Taylor
Context: I love thee, I love but thee, With a love that shall not die Till the sun grows cold, And the stars are old, And the leaves of the Judgment Book unfold! Context: From the Desert I come to thee On a stallion shod with fire; And the winds are left behind In the speed of my desire. Under thy window I stand, And the midnight hears my cry: I love thee, I love but thee, With a love that shall not die Till the sun grows cold, And the stars are old, And the leaves of the Judgment Book unfold! "Bedouin Song" (1853), in The Poetical Works of Bayard Taylor (1907), p. 69.
„I am ending the course of my life, but the world will bear witness how I have loved my country; I have returned not only to die on her bosom, but to die with her!“
— Luís de Camões Portuguese poet 1524 - 1580
Letter to Don Francisco de Almeyda, 1579; written after "the disaster of Alcácer-Kebir when the mad King Sebastião's mammoth invasion of Morocco ended in his death and the destruction or enslavement of all but one hundred of his army of over 20,000. [Camões] died on 10 June 1580, just before the throne passed to Philip II of Spain", as reported by Landeg White in The Lusiads (Oxford World's Classics, 2001), p. x; quoted as Camões' last words in The Yale Literary Magazine, Vol. VIII (January, 1843), No. 3, "Luis de Camoëns", p. 115.
„Wine comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That's all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
I lift the glass to my mouth,
I look at you, and I sigh.“
— W.B. Yeats Irish poet and playwright 1865 - 1939
A Drinking Song http://poetry.poetryx.com/poems/1399/
„That's the way it is when you love. It makes you suffer, and I have suffered much in the years since. But it matters little that you suffer, so long as you feel alive with a sense of the close bond that connects all living things, so long as love does not die!“
— Hermann Hesse German writer 1877 - 1962
„Thus, whether it be wit or beauty that a man’s in love with, there are no great hopes of a lasting happiness; beauty, with all the helps of arts, is of no long date; the more it is, the sooner it decays; and he, who only or chiefly chose for beauty, will in a little time find the same reason for another choice.“
— Mary Astell English feminist writer 1666 - 1731
Reflection upon Marriage, as quoted in Astell: Political Writings, p. 42, by Mary Astell, Editor Patricia Springborg. Editorial Cambridge University Press, 1996. ISBN 0521428459.
„You know, I think everybody longs to be loved, and longs to know that he or she is lovable. And, consequently, the greatest thing that we can do is to help somebody know that they're loved and capable of loving.“
— Fred Rogers American television personality 1928 - 2003
Fred Rogers: America's Favorite Neighbor (television documentary), 2003.
„Man is too thoroughly an egoist not to be also an egotist; if he love, the object shall know it. During a lifetime he may conceal it through stress of expediency and honour, but it shall bubble from his dying lips, though it disrupt a neighbourhood. It is known, however, that most men do not wait so long to disclose their passion.“
— O. Henry American short story writer 1862 - 1910
Context: Man is too thoroughly an egoist not to be also an egotist; if he love, the object shall know it. During a lifetime he may conceal it through stress of expediency and honour, but it shall bubble from his dying lips, though it disrupt a neighbourhood. It is known, however, that most men do not wait so long to disclose their passion. In the case of Lorison, his particular ethics positively forbade him to declare his sentiments, but he must needs dally with the subject, and woo by innuendo at least. "Blind Man's Holiday"
— David Gemmell British author of heroic fantasy 1948 - 2006
Context: Live or die, a man and a woman need love. There is a need in the race. We need to share. To belong. Perhaps you will die before the year is out. But remember this: to have may be taken from you, to have had never. it is far better to have tasted love before dying than to die alone. Ch. 6
„I know not where His islands lift
Their fronded palms in air;
I only know I cannot drift
Beyond His love and care.“
— John Greenleaf Whittier American Quaker poet and advocate of the abolition of slavery 1807 - 1892
The eternal Goodness, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)