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Quotations about Being in Love
& Falling in Love

Anne went in with cheeks of flame and her heart beating to her finger-tips. Her soul was full of romantic thrills. ~L. M. Montgomery, Anne of the Island, 1915

Her cheeks burned; a strange new life was in all her veins. ~Amelia E. Huddleston Barr, A Rose of a Hundred Leaves: A Love Story, 1891

[M]y inexperienced heart was stormed. I... for a week or so lived on thought and tea. But who has not fasted thus long when first absorbed by the universal passion! ~"Diary of a Surgeon," in The Library of Fiction, or Family Story-Teller; consisting of Original Tales, Essays, and Sketches of Character, Vol. I, 1836

Wind power, water power, coal power — How great would it be if you could harness the power of a young man in love? ~Richard Dahm, The Middle, "A Tough Pill To Swallow" [S8, E2, 2016, Frankie narrating]

Helen Barnet knew all about love. Had she not lisped its praises in odes to the moon in her high-school days? It had to do with flowers and music and angels. ~Eleanor H. Porter, "Frosted Cakes and Shotguns," The Road to Understanding, 1917

He that is in love desires it to be known. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882

It's the great joy of being in love, that logic flies out the window... To find one curve of one cheek the loveliest line in the world, to see in the mirrors of two eyes the very best you are or ever hoped to be — and to believe that they are not mirrors at all, but clearest glass — to have a heart that will start, and stand still, and leap again, at the sound of just one step... To know... never to doubt, that this one thing that you have is good, is the best, is the one thing always to hold to, to keep, forever and forever, against all the winds of time and chance — By gosh, enthusiasm stirs once more in my old bones! Yes, you're right. Being in love is something to thank God for. (There's also a great deal to be said for being out of love. But never mind…) ~Rose Wilder Lane, letter to Dorothy Thompson, 1928, edited by William V. Holtz

All the world was quiet. She was caught in the enchantment of his nearness, yielding to the hypnotic magic spell he cast about her. His beautiful words echoed in her bedazzled mind. ~Cid Ricketts Sumner, Sudden Glory, 1951  [a little altered —tg]

She has wound herself around my soul!... Happiness is inseparable from her! ~Charles Gibbon, The Flower of the Forest, 1882

I'm so in love, every time I look at you my soul gets dizzy. ~Terri Guillemets

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

But, oh, how much a heart can hold. ~Coventry Patmore, "Rejected," The Angel in the House, 1854

Nobody has ever measured, even the poets, how much a heart can hold. ~Zelda Fitzgerald (1900–1948), as quoted in Nancy Milford, Zelda, 1970

If I had a single flower for every time I think of you, I could walk forever in my garden. ~Claudia Adrienne Grandi, 1992  [Thank you,! —tg]

Our hearts beat so near
      That when your heart stirs,
            Mine will hear it.
Our hearts speak so loud
That all the world must know.
~Mary Carolyn Davies, "Love-songs," 1915

Aside from communication and honesty, which are the must-haves, two words to describe the type of relationship I'd want: adventurous, and raw. Where we just love everything about each other, the good and the bad. It's the one person you feel like you are the most comfortable being your true self around. ~Nick Viall, to Danielle Lombard, on The Bachelor, season 21, episode 7, 2017

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind;
And therefore is wing'd Cupid painted blind
~William Shakespeare, Midsummer Night's Dream, c.1595  [I, 1, Helena]

Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart. ~Author unknown

A purple light hovers round my head. The air of love is in the room... The flowers of Hope and Joy springing up in my mind, recall the time when they first bloomed there. The years that are fled knock at the door and enter... I am as when my life began. The rainbow is in the sky again... Oh! if I am deceived, let me be deceived still. Let me live in the Elysium of those soft looks; poison me with kisses, kill me with smiles... ~William Hazlitt, "On Great and Little Things," Table-Talk, 1822  [The footnote to this passage: "I beg the reader to consider this passage merely as a specimen of the mock-heroic style, and as having nothing to do with any real facts or feelings." —tg]

When first we fall in love, we feel that we know all there is to know about life, and perhaps we are right. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1963

For, you see, each day I love you more,
Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.
~Rosemonde Gérard (1871–1953), translated from French

Love is a symbol of eternity. It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end. ~Germaine de Staël, unverified

Without love, what are we worth? Eighty-nine cents! Eighty-nine cents worth of chemicals walking around lonely. ~M*A*S*H, "Love Story," 1973, written by Laurence Marks  [S1, E14, Hawkeye]

The hours I spend with you I look upon as a sort of perfumed garden.... Other men it is said have seen angels but I have seen thee and thou art enough. A light, a beauty, a grace — how often I have used these words. Divine vision, if not divine to all men divine at least to me... ~George Moore, letter to Maud Cunard

Thou perchance art thinking now
      As I think of thee,
And our thoughts in heaven above
      Meet invisibly.
~J.J. Britton (1832–1913), "To C.E.S.: A Thought"

When you really love someone, you can't be with anyone else. ~Stacy A. Littlejohn & K.J. Steinberg, Mistresses, "Love Is an Open Door" [S3, E6, 2015, Joss]

But we loved with a love that was more than love... ~Edgar Allan Poe, "Annabel Lee," 1849

Love is the magician that pulls man out of his own hat. ~Ben Hecht

Hours fly,
Flowers die:
New days,
New ways:
Pass by!
Love stays.

Time is
Too Slow for those who Wait,
Too Swift for those who Fear,
Too Long for those who Grieve,
Too Short for those who Rejoice;
But for those who Love,
Time is not.
~Henry Van Dyke, "Katrina's Sun-Dial," Music and Other Poems, 1904

When you're in love you never really know whether your elation comes from the qualities of the one you love, or if it attributes them to her; whether the light which surrounds her like a halo comes from you, from her, or from the meeting of your sparks. ~Natalie Clifford Barney (1876–1972), translated from French by Anna Livia

Love is not singular except in syllable. ~Marvin Taylor

My heart beat so hard when I was near him, I feared he could hear my secret longing for him. ~Terri Guillemets, journal, 1988

Ah me! why may not love and life be one? ~Henry Timrod

Take away love, and our earth is a tomb! ~Robert Browning, "Fra Lippo Lippi," Men and Women, 1855

Fools in love —
Well, are there any other kind of lovers?...
~Joe Jackson, "Fools in Love," 1978,

He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began. ~Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, 1877, translated by Constance Garnett

Love me and the world is mine. ~David Reed & Ernest R. Ball

They who meet on an April night
Are forever lost in love,
If there is moonlight all about
And there's no moon above.
~E.Y. "Yip" Harburg & Fred Saidy, Finian's Rainbow

Love and a cough cannot be hid. ~Jacula Prudentum, George Herbert, 1640

I need the starshine of your heavenly eyes,
      After the day's great sun!
~Charles Hanson Towne, "At Nightfall," The Quiet Singer and Other Poems, 1908

Didst thou but know the inly touch of love,
Thou wouldst as soon go kindle fire with snow
As seek to quench the fire of love with words.
~William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona, c.1594  [II, 7, Julia]

...skipping, and picking
wildflowers along
the trail of love...
~Terri Guillemets

Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs. ~William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, c.1594  [I, 1, Romeo]

Fall in love a little
and if you are
feeling very brave…
fall in love a
whole [f@%'ing] lot.
~Cleo Wade,

Trip over love, you can get up. Fall in love and you fall forever. ~Author unknown

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