“Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“What is love but acceptance of the other, whatever he is.” – Anaïs Nin

“There is no safe investment. To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket — safe, dark, motionless, airless – it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell.” – C.S. Lewis

“Nothing is mysterious, no human relation. Except love.” – Susan Sontag

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.” – Shakespeare

“Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.” – Bertrand Russell

“What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Love is an untamed force. When we try to control it, it destroys us. When we try to imprison it, it enslaves us. When we try to understand it, it leaves us feeling lost and confused.” – Paulo Coelho

“Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.” – James Baldwin

“The more one judges, the less one loves.” – Honoré Balzac

“You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.” – E.M. Forster

“Love is the very difficult understanding that something other than yourself is real.” – Iris Murdoch

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