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date: 18 October 2019


  1. I'll love you, dear, I'll love you
    Till China and Africa meet
    And the river jumps over the mountain
    And the salmon sing in the street,
    I'll love you till the ocean
    Is folded and hung up to dry
    And the seven stars go squawking
    Like geese about the sky.
    W. H. Auden 1907–73 English poet: ‘As I Walked Out One Evening’ (1940)
  2. There is no infidelity when there has been no love.
    Honoré de Balzac 1799–1850 French novelist: letter to Mme Hanska, August 1833
  3. It is better to be unfaithful than faithful without wanting to be.
    Brigitte Bardot 1934–  French actress: in Observer 18 February 1968
  4. The highest level of sexual excitement is in a monogamous relationship.
    Warren Beatty 1937–  American actor, film director, and screenwriter: in Observer 27 October 1991
  5. But I was desolate and sick of an old passion,
    Yea, all the time, because the dance was long:
    I have been faithful to thee, Cynara! in my fashion.
    Ernest Dowson 1867–1900 English poet: ‘Non Sum Qualis Eram’ (1896) (also known as ‘Cynara’); see Horace
  6. Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art.
    John Keats 1795–1821 English poet: first line of sonnet (written 1819)
  7. No, the heart that has truly loved never forgets,
    But as truly loves on to the close,
    As the sun-flower turns on her god, when he sets,
    The same look which she turned when he rose.
    Thomas Moore 1779–1852 Irish musician and songwriter: Irish Melodies (1807) ‘Believe me, if all those endearing young charms’
  8. Why fool around with hamburger when you have steak at home?
    when asked if he had difficulty staying faithful to his wife Joanne Woodward
    Paul Newman 1925–2008 American actor and film director: attributed
  9. But I'm always true to you, darlin', in my fashion.
    Yes I'm always true to you, darlin', in my way.
    Cole Porter 1891–1964 American songwriter: ‘Always True to You in my Fashion’ (1949 song)
  10. But true love is a durable fire,
    In the mind ever burning,
    Never sick, never old, never dead,
    From itself never turning.
    Walter Ralegh c.1552–1618 English explorer and courtier: ‘Walsinghame’
  11. Your idea of fidelity is not having more than one man in bed at the same time.
    Frederic Raphael 1931–  British novelist and screenwriter: Darling (1965)
  12. If I could pray to move, prayers would move me;
    But I am constant as the northern star,
    Of whose true-fixed and resting quality
    There is no fellow in the firmament.
    William Shakespeare 1564–1616 English dramatist: Julius Caesar (1599) act 3, sc. 1, l. 59 (Oxford Standard Authors ed.)
  13. My true love hath my heart and I have his,
    By just exchange one for the other giv'n.
    Philip Sidney 1554–86 English soldier, poet, and courtier: Arcadia (‘Old Arcadia’, completed 1581) bk. 3
  14. His honour rooted in dishonour stood,
    And faith unfaithful kept him falsely true.
    Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809–92 English poet: Idylls of the King ‘Lancelot and Elaine’ (1859) l. 871