- 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.
1907–73 English poet: ‘As I Walked Out One Evening’ (1940)
- There is no infidelity when there has been no love. 1799–1850 French novelist: letter to Mme Hanska, August 1833
- It is better to be unfaithful than faithful without wanting to be.
Observer 18 February 1968 1934– French actress: in
- The highest level of sexual excitement is in a monogamous relationship.
Observer 27 October 1991 1937– American actor, film director, and screenwriter: in
- 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.
Horace 1867–1900 English poet: ‘Non Sum Qualis Eram’ (1896) (also known as ‘Cynara’); see
- Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art.
1795–1821 English poet: first line of sonnet (written 1819)
- 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.
Irish Melodies (1807) ‘Believe me, if all those endearing young charms’ 1779–1852 Irish musician and songwriter:
- Why fool around with hamburger when you have steak at home?
when asked if he had difficulty staying faithful to his wife Joanne Woodward 1925–2008 American actor and film director: attributed
- But I'm always true to you, darlin', in my fashion.
Yes I'm always true to you, darlin', in my way.
1891–1964 American songwriter: ‘Always True to You in my Fashion’ (1949 song)
- But true love is a durable fire,
In the mind ever burning,
Never sick, never old, never dead,
From itself never turning.
c.1552–1618 English explorer and courtier: ‘Walsinghame’
- Your idea of fidelity is not having more than one man in bed at the same time.
Darling (1965) 1931– British novelist and screenwriter:
- 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.
Julius Caesar (1599) act 3, sc. 1, l. 59 (Oxford Standard Authors ed.) 1564–1616 English dramatist:
- My true love hath my heart and I have his,
By just exchange one for the other giv'n.
Arcadia (‘Old Arcadia’, completed 1581) bk. 3 1554–86 English soldier, poet, and courtier:
- His honour rooted in dishonour stood,
And faith unfaithful kept him falsely true.
Idylls of the King ‘Lancelot and Elaine’ (1859) l. 871 1809–92 English poet: