- Western wind, when will thou blow,
The small rain down can rain?
Christ, if my love were in my arms
And I in my bed again!
New Oxford Book of Sixteenth-Century Verse (1991): ‘Western Wind’ (published 1790) in
- If equal affection cannot be,
Let the more loving one be me.
1907–73 English poet: ‘The More Loving One’ (1976)
- To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.
Other Inquisitions 1937–1952 (1964) ‘The Meeting in a Dream’ 1899–1986 Argentinian writer:
- He's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of his and mine are the same.
Wuthering Heights (1847) ch. 9 1818–48 English novelist and poet:
- If thou must love me, let it be for nought
Except for love's sake only.
Sonnets from the Portuguese (1850) no. 14 1806–61 English poet:
- How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach.
Sonnets from the Portuguese (1850) no. 43 1806–61 English poet:
- O, my Luve's like a red, red rose
That's newly sprung in June;
O my Luve's like the melodie
That's sweetly play'd in tune.
1759–96 Scottish poet: ‘A Red Red Rose’ (1796), derived from various folk-songs
- i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
(Edward Estlin Cummings) 1894–1962 American poet: ‘i carry your heart with me’ (1952)
- License my roving hands, and let them go,
Behind, before, above, between, below.
O my America, my new found land,
My kingdom, safeliest when with one man manned.
Elegies ‘To His Mistress Going to Bed’ (1595) 1572–1631 English poet and divine:
- The ones we choose to love become our anchor
when the hawser of the blood-tie's hacked, or frays.
v (1985) 1937– English poet:
- I can't get no satisfaction
I can't get no girl reaction.
1943– and 1943– English rock musicians: ‘(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction’ (1965 song)
- All you need is love. 1940–80 and 1942– English pop singers and songwriters: title of song (1967)
- The life that I have
Is all that I have
And the life that I have
The love that I have
Of the life that I have
Is yours and yours and yours.
given to the British secret agent Violette Szabo (1921–45), for use with the Special Operations Executive 1920–2001 English cryptographer and screenwriter: ‘The Life that I Have’ (written 1943)
- If I were young and handsome as I was, instead of old and faded as I am, and you could lay the empire of the world at my feet, you should never share the heart and hand that once belonged to John, Duke of Marlborough.
refusing an offer of marriage from the Duke of Somerset
Marlborough: His Life and Times vol. 4 (1938) 1660–1744: W. S. Churchill
- Love is never any better than the lover. Wicked people love wickedly, violent people love violently, weak people love weakly, stupid people love stupidly, but the love of a free man is never safe. There is no gift for the beloved.
The Bluest Eye (1970) 1931– American novelist:
- I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees. 1904–73 Chilean poet: ‘Every Day You Play’ (1969)
- By the time you say you're his,
Shivering and sighing
And he vows his passion is
Lady, make a note of this:
One of you is lying.
1893–1967 American critic and humorist: ‘Unfortunate Coincidence’ (1937)
- I find no peace, and I am not at war,
I fear and hope, and burn and I am ice.
Canzoniere no. 134 (1352) tr. Mark Musa (Francesco Petrarca) 1304–74 Italian poet:
- Ce n'est plus une ardeur dans mes veines cachée:
C'est Vénus tout entière à sa proie attachée.
It's no longer a burning within my veins: it's Venus entire latched onto her prey.
Phèdre (1677) act 1, sc. 3 1639–99 French tragedian:
- It were all one
That I should love a bright particular star
And think to wed it.
All's Well that Ends Well (1603–4) act 1, sc. 1, l.  (Oxford Standard Authors ed.) 1564–1616 English dramatist:
- Why so pale and wan, fond lover?
Prithee, why so pale?
Will, when looking well can't move her,
Looking ill prevail?
Prithee, why so pale?
Aglaura (1637) act 4, sc. 1 ‘Song’ 1609–42 English poet and dramatist:
- When you love someone, you love the whole person, just as he or she is, and not as you would like them to be.
Anna Karenina (1878) pt. 6, ch. 18 1828–1910 Russian novelist:
- If somebody says ‘I love you,’ to me, I feel as though I had a pistol pointed at my head. What can anybody reply under such conditions but that which the pistol-holder requires? ‘I love you, too.’
Wampeters, Fama and Granfallons (1974) 1922–2007 American novelist and short-story writer:
- When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.
Ephron 1989 film: written by Nora
- Why is it that the most unoriginal thing we can say to one another is still the thing we long to hear? ‘I love you’ is always a quotation.
Written on the Body (1992) 1959– English novelist and critic: