„I'm tired of living unable to love anyone. I don't have a single friend - not one. And, worst of all, I can't even love myself. Why is that? Why can't I love myself? It's because I can't love anyone else. A person learns how to love himself through the simple acts of loving and being loved by someone else. Do you understand what I am saying? A person who is incapable of loving another cannot properly love himself.“
Fonte: 1Q84 (2009-2010)
„He knew that I love you also means I love you in a way that no one loves you, or has loved you, or will love you, and also, I love you in a way that I love no one else, and never have loved anyone else, and never will love anyone else.“
— Jonathan Safran Foer, livro Everything Is Illuminated
Fonte: Everything Is Illuminated
„Who is the loving person? The loving person is the person who loves him or herself. I say this so often, and people say, "Oh yes, you're so right," but they don't do it! You will never be able to love anyone else until you love yourself. Even With your Fat Thighs!“
— Leo Buscaglia Motivational speaker, writer 1924 - 1998
Speaking Of Love (1980)
„I'm tired of watching you be in love with someone else someone who will never love you back, not the way I do.“
— Cassandra Clare, livro City of Glass
Fonte: City of Glass
„I just can't stop loving you,
I just can't stop loving you,
And if I stop, then tell me just what will I do?
'Cause I just can't stop loving you.“
— Michael Jackson American singer, songwriter and dancer 1958 - 2009
„All my life, I have made it complicated, but it is so simple. I love when I love. And when I love, I am myself.“
— Hugh Prather American writer 1938 - 2010
Fonte: Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person
„I will not fall in love with you," she said. "I can't let myself. I won't."
"That's all right. I'll love you enough for the both of us.“
— Jessica Bird, livro Lover Eternal
Fonte: Lover Eternal
„Why am I afraid to dance, I who love music and rhythm and grace and song and laughter? Why am I afraid to live, I who love life and the beauty of flesh and the living colors of the earth and sky and sea? Why am I afraid to love, I who love love?“
— Eugene O'Neill American playwright, and Nobel laureate in Literature 1888 - 1953
Fonte: The Great God Brown and Other Plays
„Infantile love follows the principle: "I love because I am loved."
Mature love follows the principle: "I am loved because I love."
Immature love says: "I love you because I need you."
Mature love says: "I need you because I love you.“
— Erich Fromm, livro The Art of Loving
Fonte: The Art of Loving
„Now I understand. When you love someone, you have to try things even if they don't make sense to anyone else.“
— Gennifer Choldenko, livro Al Capone Does My Shirts
Fonte: Al Capone Does My Shirts
„Can't you fall in love and not have a possessive relationship? I love someone and she loves me and we get married — that is all perfectly straightforward and simple, in that there is no conflict at all.“
— Jiddu Krishnamurti Indian spiritual philosopher 1895 - 1986
'Krishnamurti Foundation Trust Bulletin 3 (1969), and Krishnamurti Foundation Trust Bulletin 4, (1969)
Contexto: Can't you fall in love and not have a possessive relationship? I love someone and she loves me and we get married — that is all perfectly straightforward and simple, in that there is no conflict at all. (When I say we get married I might just as well say we decide to live together — don't let's get caught up in words.) Can't one have that without the other, without the tail as it were, necessarily following? Can't two people be in love and both be so intelligent and so sensitive that there is freedom and absence of a centre that makes for conflict? Conflict is not in the feeling of being in love. The feeling of being in love is utterly without conflict. There is no loss of energy in being in love. The loss of energy is in the tail, in everything that follows — jealousy, possessiveness, suspicion, doubt, the fear of losing that love, the constant demand for reassurance and security. Surely it must be possible to function in a sexual relationship with someone you love without the nightmare which usually follows. Of course it is.
„I always loved you, and if one loves anyone, one loves the whole person, just as they are and not as one would like them to be. -Dolly“
— Leo Tolstoy, livro Anna Karenina
Variante: When you love someone, you love the person as they are, and not as you'd like them to be.
Fonte: Anna Karenina
„I can't love it — what is there to love? It can't love me — or you either; it can't understand a single word you say to it, or feel one spark of gratitude for all your kindness. Wait till it can show some little affection for me, and then I'll see about loving it. At present it is nothing more than a little selfish, senseless sensualist, and if you see anything adorable in it, it's all very well — I only wonder how you can.“
— Anne Brontë, livro The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Fonte: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848), Ch. XXVIII : Parental Feelings; Arthur to Helen
— Jonathan Safran Foer, livro Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Fonte: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
„I still can't believe it. I don't want to believe it. It can't be so. He will live in my heart forever but it’s not enough. My life feels so empty. I don't think anyone knew how much we loved each other. The purest most giving love I've ever known.“
— Elizabeth Taylor British-American actress 1932 - 2011
As quoted in "Michael Jackson: Elizabeth Taylor Honors her good friend" by Dave Karger, Entertainment Weekly (26 June 2009)
„As soon as the love relationship does not lead me to me, as soon as I in a love relationship do not lead another person to himself, this love, even if it seems to be the most secure and ecstatic attachment I have ever experienced, is not true love. For real love is dedicated to continual becoming.“
— Leo Buscaglia Motivational speaker, writer 1924 - 1998