Humorous quips and quotes for the cynical romantic, or the romantic cynic. Just in time for Stupid Cupid Day.
When there’s marriage without love,
there will be love without marriage.
Love is the star men look up to as they walk along,
and marriage is the coal-hole they fall into.
When love was strong, we could have made
our bed on a sword’s blade:
now, when it has become weak,
a bed of sixty cubits is not large enough for us.
What a strange arithmetic is marriage that
can make of two loving people
one unloving couple.
Love never dies of starvation, but often of indigestion.
N. de l’Enclos
First love is only a little foolishness
and a lot of curiosity.
Women are made to be loved; not to be understood.
Marriage is a romance in which
the hero dies in the first chapter.
Love is the most fun you can have
I am a lover and have not found my thing to love.
Love is like the measles; we all have to go through it.
You gave me the key to your heart, my love,
then why did you make me knock?
Women in love consist of a little sighing,
a little crying, a little dying—and a
great deal of lying.
Men always want to be a woman’s first love.
That is their clumsy vanity. We women have
a more subtle instinct about things. What we
like is to be a man’s latest romance.
The magic of our first love is the ignorance
that it can ever end.
If I love you, what business is that of yours?
The only victory over love is flight.
Love in France is a comedy; in England a tragedy;
in Italy an opera aria; and in Germany a melodrama.
A man in love mistakes a hairlip for a dimple.
A man can be happy with any woman
as long as he doesn’t love her.
There are people in the world
who would never have been in love
if they had never heard of love.
To offer a man friendship when love
is in his heart is like giving a loaf
of bread to one who is dying of thirst.
Love is the only game that is not
called on account of darkness.
One man’s mate is another man’s passion.
He who marrieth for love, without money,
hath good nights and sorry days.
(Definition of a second marriage:)
the triumph of hope over experience.
One does not fall into love; one grows
Into love, and love grows in him.
I had rather live and love where death is king,
than have eternal life where love is not.
There is but one salvation for the tired soul:
love for another person.
Jose Ortega y Gasset
Love is born of faith, lives on hope,
and dies of charity.
Love withers under restraint:
its very essence is liberty:
it is compatible with neither obedience, jealousy, not fear.
A man is not where he lives,
but where he loves.
Friendship is Love without his wings.
Perfect love sometimes does not come till the first grandchild.
Love consists in this: that two solitudes protect
and touch and greet each other.
Only a wise man knows how to love.
Love blinds us to faults, hatred blinds us to virtues.
It is not the perfect, but the imperfect,
who have need of love.
Love is the flower; marriage is the fruit.
He alone knows love who loves without hope.
In love, pain and pleasure are always at war.