February 14

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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2004
True love is inexhaustible; the more you give, the more you have. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
2005
Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. ~ Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land
2006
Some things you don't need until they leave you; they're the things that you miss. ~ Rob Thomas (born 14 February 1972)
2007
When one has once fully entered the realm of love, the world — no matter how imperfect — becomes rich and beautiful, it consists solely of opportunities for love. ~ Søren Kierkegaard
2008
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. ~ Paul of Tarsus
2009

Suggestions

Remember only this of our hopeless love
That never till Time is done
Will the fire of the heart and the fire of the mind be one.

~ Edith Sitwell ~


How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints,— I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! — and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning ~

OR perhaps trimmed down to :

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways... ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning

OR

I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! — and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning ~

  • 3 Kalki 21:38, 13 February 2007 (UTC) for either the full verse or trimmed down to the ending, or the first four lines.
  • 3, with a preference for the full verse. - InvisibleSun 22:26, 13 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 4 for 1st line only Poetlister 22:36, 13 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 for the verse in its entirety Zarbon 22:20, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

If thou must love me, let it be for nought
Except for love's sake only. Do not say
"I love her for her smile —her look —her way
Of speaking gently,—for a trick of thought
That falls in well with mine, and certes brought
A sense of pleasant ease on such a day" -
For these things in themselves, Beloved, may
Be changed, or change for thee,—and love, so wrought,
May be unwrought so. Neither love me for
Thine own dear pity's wiping my cheeks dry, —
A creature might forget to weep, who bore
Thy comfort long, and lose thy love thereby!
But love me for love's sake, that evermore
Thou may'st love on, through love's eternity
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning ~

OR perhaps trimmed down to :

If thou must love me, let it be for nought
Except for love's sake only...
love me for love's sake, that evermore
Thou may'st love on, through love's eternity.

~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning ~

  • 3 Kalki 21:38, 13 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 3, with a preference for the trimmed version. InvisibleSun 22:26, 13 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 for the verse in its entirety Zarbon 22:20, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests and is never shaken...

~ William Shakespeare, Sonnet 116 ~

  • 3 Kalki 21:38, 13 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:26, 13 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 22:20, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.

If this be error and upon me prov'd,
I never writ, nor no man ever lov'd.
~ William Shakespeare, Sonnet 116 ~
  • 3 Kalki 21:38, 13 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:26, 13 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 22:20, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. ~ Paul of Tarsus

  • 2 Kalki 23:51, 13 February 2008 (UTC) 3 Kalki 21:38, 13 February 2007 (UTC)I would like to use this eventually, but would now trim the last sentence, at least if it was used as a Valentine's Day quote.
  • 4 InvisibleSun 22:26, 13 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 22:20, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Love all of God's creation, the whole of it and every grain of sand in it. Love every leaf, every ray of God's light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you have perceived it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day, and you will come at last to love the world with an all-embracing love. ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky

  • 3 Kalki 21:38, 13 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:26, 13 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 22:20, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Love does not dominate; it cultivates ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • 3 Kalki 21:38, 13 February 2007 (UTC) But tenuously, as I have not yet found a source for this.
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:26, 13 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 22:20, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Love, in the final analysis, is wisdom. ~ E. W. Kenyon

  • 3 Kalki 21:38, 13 February 2007 (UTC) (But there is not yet a page for this author, I will probably attempt to make one soon.)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:26, 13 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 22:20, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

  • 3 Kalki 21:38, 13 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:26, 13 February 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 22:20, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

For God's sake, hold your tongue and let me love! - John Donne