„A wise lover values not so much the gift of the lover as the love of the giver.“

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—  Avner Strauss Israeli musician 1954
Birds of the Mind and Chameleons of the Heart (1978).

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„However dead a past love may be, new lovers are much…upset by them.“

—  Javier Marías Spanish writer 1951
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„All mankind love a lover.“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882
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„Lovers' quarrels are the renewal of love.“

—  Terence Roman comic playwright -185 - -159 a.C.
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„Lovers she hated, though she loved their love.“

—  Torquato Tasso Italian poet 1544 - 1595
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„Even the most blockheaded bureaucrat,
Provided he loves peace,
Is a greater lover of the arts
Than any so-called art-lover
Who loves the arts of war.“

—  Bertolt Brecht German poet, playwright, theatre director 1898 - 1956
Context: Firebugs dragging their gasoline bottles Are approaching the Academy of Arts, with a grin. And so, instead of embracing them, Let us demand the freedom of the elbow To knock the bottles out of their filthy hands. Even the most blockheaded bureaucrat, Provided he loves peace, Is a greater lover of the arts Than any so-called art-lover Who loves the arts of war. "Freedom for Whom", as translated in Brecht on Brecht : An Improvisation (1967) by George Tabori, p. 18

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„The lover becomes the thing he loves“

—  Luís de Camões Portuguese poet 1524 - 1580
Context: The lover becomes the thing he loves By virtue of much imagining; Since what I long for is already in me, The act of longing should be enough.

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„I am not a dog lover. A dog lover to me means a dog that is in love with another dog.“

—  James Thurber American cartoonist, author, journalist, playwright 1894 - 1961
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„A lover without indiscretion is no lover at all.“

—  Thomas Hardy English novelist and poet 1840 - 1928
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