PRECIOUS PLANT

We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant…. You’ve got to keep watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it. JOHN LENNON, ATV interview, Dec. 2, 1969

I NEED YOU

Immature love says: “I love you because I need you.” Mature love says: “I need you because I love you.” ERICH FROMM, The Art of Loving

MEASURE

I measured love by the extent of my jealousy. GRAHAM GREENE, The End of the Affair

MOMENT

Each moment of a happy lover’s hour is worth an age of dull and common life. APHRA BEHN, The Younger Brother

COMFORT

There is a comfort in the strength of love; ‘Twill make a thing endurable, which else Would overset the brain, or break the heart. WILLIAM WORDSWORTH, Michael

INCIDENT

To love and to live well is wished of many, but incident to few. JOHN LYLY, Euphues and His England

TRUE LOVE

We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness — and call it love — true love. ROBERT FULGHUM, True Love

GIVING AND RECEIVING

Giving and receiving love is vital to human existence. It is the glue that binds couples, families, communities, cultures, and nations. FRANK LAWLIS, Mending the Broken Bond

PASSION OF THE SOUL

As love is the most noble and divine passion of the soul, so is it that to which we may justly attribute all the real satisfactions of life, and without it, man is unfinished, and unhappy. APHRA BEHN, The Fair Jilt

FLOWER OF LIFE

Love was the flower of life, and blossomed unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it was found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration. D. H. LAWRENCE, The Rainbow