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I think J.K. Rowling got it right; love is one of the very real and arguably most powerful driving forces behind the Harry Potter books. How much of our culture and history is built upon the foundation of love? How many songs, books, films, lives have been created (and destroyed) from being held hostage by this strange, magical, irresistible concept? Is true love the not the most beautiful, the most pure experience that we humans can hope to achieve?

This article about love from brainpickings is probably one of the best web pages on the internet. In my humble opinion, anyway. Some of my favourite quotes about love that I wanted to share:

What is love but acceptance of the other, whatever he is.
— Anais Nin

Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get — only with what you are expecting to give — which is everything.
— Katharine Hepburn

Nothing is mysterious, no human relation. Except love.
— Susan Sontag

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

People sometimes say that you must believe in feelings deep inside, otherwise you’d never be confident of things like ‘My wife loves me’. But this is a bad argument. There can be plenty of evidence that somebody loves you. All through the day when you are with somebody who loves you, you see and hear lots of little tidbits of evidence, and they all add up. It isn’t purely inside feeling, like the feeling that priests call revelation. There are outside things to back up the inside feeling: looks in the eye, tender notes in the voice, little favors and kindnesses; this is all real evidence.
— Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawson in a letter to his ten year old daughter

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

Anyone who falls in love is searching for the missing pieces of themselves. So anyone who’s in love gets sad when they think of their lover. It’s like stepping back inside a room you have fond memories of, one you haven’t seen in a long time.
— Haruki Murakami (I had to include a quote from him)

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

Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion, it is not the desire to mate every second minute of the day, it is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every cranny of your body. No, don’t blush, I am telling you some truths. That is just being “in love”, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.
— Louis de Bernières

Love is the very difficult understanding that something other than yourself is real.
— Iris Murdoch


Some more from goodreads:

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
— Lao Tzu

One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.
— Paolo Coelho

This is a good sign, having a broken heart. It means we have tried for something.
— Elizabeth Gilbert

At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.
— Plato

“I have something I need to tell you," he says. I run my fingers along the tendons in his hands and look back at him. "I might be in love with you." He smiles a little. "I'm waiting until I'm sure to tell you, though."
"That's sensible of you," I say, smiling too. "We should find some paper so you can make a list or a chart or something."
I feel his laughter against my side, his nose sliding along my jaw, his lips pressing my ear.
"Maybe I'm already sure," he says, "and I just don't want to frighten you."
I laugh a little. "Then you should know better."
"Fine," he says. "Then I love you.”

— Veronica Roth, Divergent

For the two of us, home isn't a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.
— Stephanie Perkins

We’re all seeking that special person who is right for us. But if you’ve been through enough relationships, you begin to suspect there’s no right person, just different flavors of wrong. Why is this? Because you yourself are wrong in some way, and you seek out partners who are wrong in some complementary way. But it takes a lot of living to grow fully into your own wrongness. And it isn’t until you finally run up against your deepest demons, your unsolvable problems—the ones that make you truly who you are—that we’re ready to find a lifelong mate. Only then do you finally know what you’re looking for. You’re looking for the wrong person. But not just any wrong person: the right wrong person—someone you lovingly gaze upon and think, “This is the problem I want to have.”

I will find that special person who is wrong for me in just the right way.

Let our scars fall in love.
— Galway Kinnell

When love is not madness it is not love.
— Pedro Calderón de la Barca

Well, it seems to me that the best relationships - the ones that last - are frequently the ones that are rooted in friendship. You know, one day you look at the person and you see something more than you did the night before. Like a switch has been flicked somewhere. And the person who was just a friend is... suddenly the only person you can ever imagine yourself with.
— Gillian Anderson

Sometimes it's a form of love just to talk to somebody that you have nothing in common with and still be fascinated by their presence.
— David Byrne

We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.
— Tom Robbins

If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. If they don't, they never were.
— Gibran Khalil Gibran

If loving someone is putting them in a straitjacket and kicking them down a flight of stairs, then yes, I have loved a few people.
— Jarod Kintz (I just thought the imagery was hilarious)

When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.
— Arrigo Boito

Sometimes love means letting go when you want to hold on tighter.
— Melissa Marr

I love you also means I love you more than anyone loves you, or has loved you, or will love you, and also, I love you in a way that no one loves you, or has loved you, or will love you, and also, I love you in a way that I love no one else, and never have loved anyone else, and never will love anyone else.
— Jonathan Safran Foer
I'm in awe. In awe of love itself. If it's real, love will never die.

"After all this time?"

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