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  Quotations - Love  
[Quote No.52537] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[A poem: about love.]

'To My Valentine'

More than a catbird hates a cat,
Or a criminal hates a clue,
Or the Axis hates the United States,
That's how much I love you.

I love you more than a duck can swim,
And more than a grapefruit squirts,
I love you more than a gin rummy is a bore,
And more than a toothache hurts.

As a shipwrecked sailor hates the sea,
Or a juggler hates a shove,
As a hostess detests unexpected guests,
That's how much you I love.

I love you more than a wasp can sting,
And more than the subway jerks,
I love you as much as a beggar needs a crutch,
And more than a hangnail irks.

I swear to you by the stars above,
And below, if such there be,
As the High Court loathes perjurious oathes,
That's how you're love by me.

" - Ogden Nash

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[Quote No.52556] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem: about love, sex and making the most of the present.]

'His Coy Mistress'

Had we but world enough, and time,
This coyness, Lady, were no crime.
We would sit down and think which way
To walk and pass our long love’s day.
Thou by the Indian Ganges’ side
Shouldst rubies find: I by the tide
Of Humber would complain. I would
Love you ten years before the Flood,
And you should, if you please, refuse
Till the conversion of the Jews.
My vegetable love should grow
Vaster than empires, and more slow;
An hundred years should go to praise
Thine eyes and on thy forehead gaze;
Two hundred to adore each breast;
But thirty thousand to the rest;
An age at least to every part,
And the last age should show your heart;
For, Lady, you deserve this state,
Nor would I love at lower rate.
But at my back I always hear
Time’s wingèd chariot hurrying near;
And yonder all before us lie
Deserts of vast eternity.
Thy beauty shall no more be found,
Nor, in thy marble vault, shall sound
My echoing song: then worms shall try
That long preserved virginity,
And your quaint honour turn to dust,
And into ashes all my lust:
The grave’s a fine and private place,
But none, I think, do there embrace.
Now therefore, while the youthful hue
Sits on thy skin like morning dew,
And while thy willing soul transpires
At every pore with instant fires,
Now let us sport us while we may,
And now, like amorous birds of prey,
Rather at once our time devour
Than languish in his slow-chapt power.
Let us roll all our strength and all
Our sweetness up into one ball,
And tear our pleasures with rough strife
Thorough the iron gates of life:
Thus, though we cannot make our sun
Stand still, yet we will make him run.

" - Andrew Marvell
(1621 - 1678), well-known English politician, poet and satirist he held office in Oliver Cromwell’s government and represented Hull to Parliament during the Restoration.
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[Quote No.52557] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem: about undying love.]

'Put Out My Eyes'

Put out my eyes, and I can see you still,
Slam my ears to, and I can hear you yet;
And without any feet can go to you;
And tongueless, I can conjure you at will.
Break off my arms, I shall take hold of you
And grasp you with my heart as with a hand;
Arrest my heart, my brain will beat as true;
And if you set this brain of mine afire,
Then on my blood-stream I yet will carry you.

" - Rainer Maria Rilke

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[Quote No.52575] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem: the importance of love]

'Love is Not All' (Sonnet XXX)

Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink
Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain;
Nor yet a floating spar to men that sink
And rise and sink and rise and sink again;
Love can not fill the thickened lung with breath,
Nor clean the blood, nor set the fractured bone;
Yet many a man is making friends with death
Even as I speak, for lack of love alone.
It well may be that in a difficult hour,
Pinned down by pain and moaning for release,
Or nagged by want past resolution’s power,
I might be driven to sell your love for peace,
Or trade the memory of this night for food.
It well may be. I do not think I would.

" - Edna St. Vincent Millay
(1892 - 1950)
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[Quote No.52587] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem: about the beauty the lover sees.]

'She walks in beauty, like the night' [CLXXIII]

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies,
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meets in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellow'd to that tender light
Which Heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impair'd the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress
Or softly lightens o'er her face,
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek and o'er that brow
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent, -
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent.

" - Lord Byron
(1788 - 1824), George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, later George Gordon Noel, 6th Baron Byron, FRS, commonly known simply as Lord Byron, English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement.
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[Quote No.52595] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem: about love that is no longer shared.]

'I Loved You'

I loved you; and perhaps I love you still,
The flame, perhaps, is not extinguished; yet
It burns so quietly within my soul,
No longer should you feel distressed by it.

Silently and hopelessly I loved you,
At times too jealous and at times too shy.
God grant you find another who will love you
As tenderly and truthfully as I.

" - Alexander Pushkin
(1799 - 1837), Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin, Russian author of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature. [Translation by Babette Deutsch. For other translations refer http://allpoetry.com/I-Loved-You ]
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[Quote No.52620] Need Area: Friends > Love
"It is strange how often a heart must be broken, Before the years can make it wise." - Sara Teasdale
'The Collected Poems'
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[Quote No.52622] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem: about not reciprocating someone's passionate love.]

I am not yours, not lost in you,
Not lost, although I long to be
Lost as a candle lit at noon,
Lost as a snowflake in the sea.

You love me, and I find you still
A spirit beautiful and bright,
Yet I am I, who long to be
Lost as a light is lost in light.

" - Sara Teasdale
Poet. Found in her poem collection, 'Love Songs'.
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[Quote No.52634] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem: about love, making all of life sparkling.]

As dew leaves the cobweb lightly
Threaded with stars,
Scattering jewels on the fence
And the pasture bars;
As dawn leaves the dry grass bright
And the tangled weeds
Bearing a rainbow gem
On each of their seeds;
So has your love, my lover,
Fresh as the dawn,
Made me a shining road
To travel on,
Set every common sight
Of tree or stone
Delicately alight
For me alone.

" - Sara Teasdale
Poet
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[Quote No.52658] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem:]

'Why Do I Love You?'

Why do I love you?
I love you not only for what you are,
but for what I am when I am with you.

I love you, not only for what you have made of yourself,
but for what you are making of me.

I love you for ignoring the possibilities
of the fool in me and for laying firm hold
on the possibilities of the good in me.

Why do I love you?
I love you for closing your eyes to the discords in me,
and for adding to the music in me by worshipful listening.

I love you because you are helping me to
make of the lumber of my life,
not a tavern, but a temple,
and of the words of my everyday, not a reproach, but a song.

Why do I love you?
I love you because you have done more than
any creed to make me happy.
You have done it without a word,
without a touch, without a sign.
You have done it by just being yourself.

Perhaps, after all, that is what love means.

" - Mary Carolyn Davies

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[Quote No.52675] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem: about when lovers are separated, for whatever reason.]

'Alone'

I miss you, my darling, my darling,
The embers burn low on the hearth;
And still is the stir of the household,
And hushed is the voice of its mirth;
The rain splashes fast on the terrace,
The winds past the lattices moan;
The midnight chimes out from the minster,
And I am alone.

I want you, my darling, my darling,
I am tired with care and with fret;
I would nestle in silence beside you,
And all but your presence forget.
In the hush of the happiness given,
To those who through trusting have grown,
To the fullness of love in contentment,
But I am alone.

I call you, my darling, my darling,
My voice echoes back on my heart;
I stretch my arms to you in longing,
And lo! they fall empty, apart.
I whisper the sweet words you taught me,
The words that we only have known,
Till the blank of the dumb air is bitter,
For I am alone.

I need you, my darling, my darling,
With its yearning my very heart aches;
The land that divides us weighs harder,
I shrink from the jar that it makes.
Old sorrows rise up to beset me.
Old doubts make my spirit their own,
Oh, come through the darkness and save me;
For I am alone.

" - Robert J. Burdette
Minster is an honorific title given to particular churches in England, most famously York Minster in York, Westminster in London and Southwell Minster in Southwell. The term minster is first found in royal foundation charters of the 7th century.
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[Quote No.52700] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem: about breaking-up.]

'April Love'

We have walked in Love's land a little way,
We have learnt his lesson a little while,
And shall we not part at the end of day,
With a sigh, a smile?

A little while in the shine of the sun,
We were twined together, joined lips forgot
How the shadows fall when day is done,
And when Love is not.

We have made no vows - there will none be broke,
Our love was free as the wind on the hill,
There was no word said we need wish unspoke,
We have wrought no ill.

So shall we not part at the end of day,
Who have loved and lingered a little while,
Join lips for the last time, go our way,
With a sigh, a smile.

" - Ernest Christopher Dowson
(1867 - 1900) English poet, novelist, and short-story writer, often associated with the Decadent movement.
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[Quote No.52701] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem: about breaking-up.]

'A Valediction'

If we must part,
Then let it be like this.
Not heart on heart,
Nor with the useless anguish of a kiss;
But touch mine hand and say:
'Until to-morrow or some other day,
If we must part'.

Words are so weak
When love hath been so strong;
Let silence speak:
'Life is a little while, and love is long;
A time to sow and reap,
And after harvest a long time to sleep,
But words are weak'.

" - Ernest Christopher Dowson
(1867 - 1900) English poet, novelist, and short-story writer, often associated with the Decadent movement.
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[Quote No.52703] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem: about breaking-up and the aftermath.]

'Beyond'

Love's aftermath! I think the time is now
That we must gather in, alone, apart
The saddest crop of all the crops that grow,
Love's aftermath.
Ah, sweet, - sweet yesterday, the tears that start
Can not put back the dial; this is, I trow,
Our harvesting! Thy kisses chill my heart,
Our lips are cold; averted eyes avow
The twilight of poor love: we can but part,
Dumbly and sadly, reaping as we sow,
Love's aftermath.

" - Ernest Christopher Dowson
(1867 - 1900) English poet, novelist, and short-story writer, often associated with the Decadent movement.
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[Quote No.52705] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem:]

'Love Compared'

I do not resemble your other lovers, my lady
should another give you a cloud
I give you rain
Should he give you a lantern, I
will give you the moon
Should he give you a branch
I will give you the trees
And if another gives you a ship
I shall give you the journey.

" - Nizar Qabbani
(1923 - 1998) Nizar Tawfiq Qabbani was a Syrian diplomat, poet and publisher. His poetic style combines simplicity and elegance in exploring themes of love, eroticism, feminism, religion, and Arab nationalism. [Translated by B. Frangieh And C. Brown]
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[Quote No.52709] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem: about love being both good and bad.]

'Upon Love: by Way Of Question and Answer'

I bring ye love. QUES. What will love do?
ANS. Like, and dislike ye.
I bring ye love. QUES. What will love do?
ANS. Stroke ye, to strike ye.
I bring ye love. QUES. What will love do?
ANS. Love will be-fool ye.
I bring ye love. QUES. What will love do?
ANS. Heat ye, to cool ye.
I bring ye love. QUES. What will love do?
ANS. Love, gifts will send ye.
I bring ye love. QUES. What will love do?
ANS. Stock ye, to spend ye.
I bring ye love. QUES. What will love do?
ANS. Love will fulfil ye.
I bring ye love. QUES. What will love do?
ANS. Kiss ye, to kill ye.

" - Robert Herrick
(1591 – 1674), 17th-century English lyric poet and cleric.
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[Quote No.52710] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem: about love being both good and bad.]

'The Shower Of Blossoms'

Love in a shower of blossoms came
Down, and half drown'd me with the same;
The blooms that fell were white and red;
But with such sweets commingled,
As whether (this) I cannot tell,
My sight was pleased more, or my smell;
But true it was, as I roll'd there,
Without a thought of hurt or fear,
Love turn'd himself into a bee,
And with his javelin wounded me; --
From which mishap this use I make;
Where most sweets are, there lies a snake;
Kisses and favours are sweet things;
But those have thorns, and these have stings.

" - Robert Herrick
(1591-1674) English poet
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[Quote No.52715] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem:]

'Now What Is Love'

Now what is Love, I pray thee, tell?
It is that fountain and that well
Where pleasure and repentance dwell;
It is, perhaps, the sauncing bell
That tolls all into heaven or hell;
And this is Love, as I hear tell.

Yet what is Love, I prithee, say?
It is a work on holiday,
It is December matched with May,
When lusty bloods in fresh array
Hear ten months after of the play;
And this is Love, as I hear say.

Yet what is Love, good shepherd, sain?
It is a sunshine mixed with rain,
It is a toothache or like pain,
It is a game where none hath gain;
The lass saith no, yet would full fain;
And this is Love, as I hear sain.

Yet, shepherd, what is Love, I pray?
It is a yes, it is a nay,
A pretty kind of sporting fray,
It is a thing will soon away.
Then, nymphs, take vantage while ye may;
And this is Love, as I hear say.

Yet what is Love, good shepherd, show?
A thing that creeps, it cannot go,
A prize that passeth to and fro,
A thing for one, a thing for moe,
And he that proves shall find it so;
And shepherd, this is Love, I trow.

" - Sir Walter Raleigh
(1552 - 1618) English aristocrat, writer, poet, soldier, politician, courtier, spy, and explorer and cousin to Sir Richard Grenville. He is also well known for popularising tobacco in England.
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[Quote No.52716] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem: about breaking-up]

'A Farewell to False Love'

Farewell, false love, the oracle of lies,
A mortal foe and enemy to rest,
An envious boy, from whom all cares arise,
A bastard vile, a beast with rage possessed,
A way of error, a temple full of treason,
In all effects contrary unto reason.

A poisoned serpent covered all with flowers,
Mother of sighs, and murderer of repose,
A sea of sorrows whence are drawn such showers
As moisture lend to every grief that grows;
A school of guile, a net of deep deceit,
A gilded hook that holds a poisoned bait.

A fortress foiled, which reason did defend,
A siren song, a fever of the mind,
A maze wherein affection finds no end,
A raging cloud that runs before the wind,
A substance like the shadow of the sun,
A goal of grief for which the wisest run.

A quenchless fire, a nurse of trembling fear,
A path that leads to peril and mishap,
A true retreat of sorrow and despair,
An idle boy that sleeps in pleasure's lap,
A deep mistrust of that which certain seems,
A hope of that which reason doubtful deems.

Sith then thy trains my younger years betrayed,
And for my faith ingratitude I find;
And sith repentance hath my wrongs bewrayed,
Whose course was ever contrary to kind:
False love, desire, and beauty frail, adieu!
Dead is the root whence all these fancies grew.

" - Sir Walter Raleigh
(1552 - 1618) English aristocrat, writer, poet, soldier, politician, courtier, spy, and explorer and cousin to Sir Richard Grenville. He is also well known for popularising tobacco in England.
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[Quote No.52724] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem: about giving up on love after a failed romance.]

'The Resolve'

In Imitation of An Old English Poem

My wayward fate I needs must plain,
Though bootless be the theme;
I loved, and was beloved again,
Yet all was but a dream:
For, a her love was quickly got,
So it was quickly gone;
No more I'll bask in flame so hot,
But coldly dwell alone.

Not maid more bright than maid was e'er
My fancy shall beguile,
By flattering word, or feigned tear,
By gesture, look, or smile:
No more I'll call the shaft fair shot,
Till it has fairly flown,
Nor scorch me at a flame so hot; -
I'll rather freeze alone.

Each ambush'd Cupid I'll defy,
In cheek, or chin, or brow,
And deem the glance of woman's eye
As weak as woman's vow:
I'll lightly hold the lady's heart,
That is but lightly won;
I'll steel my breast to beauty's art,
And learn to live alone.

The flaunting torch soon blazes out,
The diamond's ray abides;
The flame its glory hurls about,
The gem its lustre hides;
Such gem I fondly deem'd was mine,
And glow'd a diamond stone, But, since each eye may see it shine,
I'll darkling dwell alone.

No waking dream shall tinge my thought
With dyes so bright and vain.
No silken net, so slightly wrought,
Shall tangle me again:
No more I'll pay so dear for wit,
I'll live upon mine own,
Nor shall wild passion trouble it, -
I'll rather dwell alone.

And thus I'll hush my heart to rest, -
'Thy loving labour's lost;
Thou shalt no more be wildly blest,
To be so strangely crost;
The widow'd turtles mateless die,
The phoenix is but one;
They seek no loves - no more will I -
I'll rather dwell alone.'

" - Sir Walter Scott
(1771 - 1832) Scottish author and novelist
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[Quote No.52725] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem:]

'The Loss Of Love'

All through an empty place I go,
And find her not in any room;
The candles and the lamps I light
Go down before a wind of gloom.
Thick-spraddled lies the dust about,
A fit, sad place to write her name
Or draw her face the way she looked
That legendary night she came.

The old house crumbles bit by bit;
Each day I hear the ominous thud
That says another rent is there
For winds to pierce and storms to flood.

My orchards groan and sag with fruit;
Where, Indian-wise, the bees go round;
I let it rot upon the bough;
I eat what falls upon the ground.

The heavy cows go laboring
In agony with clotted teats;
My hands are slack; my blood is cold;
I marvel that my heart still beats.

I have no will to weep or sing,
No least desire to pray or curse;
The loss of love is a terrible thing;
They lie who say that death is worse.

" - Countee Cullen
(1903 – 1946), African-American poet who was a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance.
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[Quote No.52744] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem: about breaking-up.]

Since the majority of me
Rejects the majority of you,
Debating ends forthwith, and we
Divide.

" - Philip Larkin
(1922 – 1985) Philip Arthur Larkin, CH, CBE, FRSL was an English poet, novelist, and librarian.
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[Quote No.52755] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem:]

'Love'

I love you
Not only for what you are,
But for what I am
When I am with you.

I love you,
Not only for what
You have made of yourself,
But for what
You are making of me.

I love you
For the part of me
That you bring out;

I love you For putting your hand
Into my heaped-up heart
And passing over
All the foolish, weak things
That you can't help
Dimly seeing there,

And for drawing out
Into the light
All the beautiful belongings
That no one else had looked
Quite far enough to find

I love you because you
Are helping me to make
Of the lumber of my life
Not a tavern
But a temple.

Out of the works
Of my every day
Not a reproach
But a song.

I love you
Because you have done
More than any creed
Could have done
To make me good.
And more than any fate
Could have done
To make me happy.

You have done it
Without a touch,
Without a word,
Without a sign.

You have done it
By being yourself.
Perhaps that is what
Being a friend means,
After all.

" - Roy Croft

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"[Poem:]

'Miss you'

I miss you in the morning, dear,
When all the world is new;
Knowing the day can bring no joy,
Because it brings not you.
I miss the well-loved voice of you,
Your tender smile for me,
The charm of you, the joy of your
Unfailing sympathy.

The world is full of folks, it's true,
But there was only one of you.

I miss you at the noontide, dear;
The crowded city street
Seems but a desert now, I walk
In solitude complete.
I miss your hand beside my own
The light touch of your hand,
The quick gleam in the eyes of you,
So sure to understand.

The world is full of folks, it's true,
But there was only one of you.

I miss you in the evening, dear,
When daylight fades away,
I miss the sheltering arms of you,
To rest me from the day.
I try to think I see you yet
There where the firelight gleams -
Weary at last, I sleep, and still
I miss you in my dreams.

The world is full of folks, it's true,
But there was only one of you.

" - Unknown

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[Quote No.52954] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem: about being in love]

'Many Things'

O, there be many things
That seem right fair, below, above;
But sure not one among them all
Is half so sweet as love.

" - Oliver Wendell Holmes
(1809 – 1894) Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., American physician, poet, professor, lecturer, and author based in Boston. A member of the Fireside Poets, his peers acclaimed him as one of the best writers of the day.
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[Quote No.52982] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem: about how false love is blind, but true love alone can open a person's eyes to see the inner person and their real potential. Unfortunately often only time and deed will reveal whether love has been false or true.]

'True Love'

I think true love is never blind,
But rather brings an added light,
An inner vision quick to find
The beauties hid from common sight.

No soul can ever clearly see
Another's highest, noblest part;
Save through the sweet philosophy
And loving wisdom of the heart.

Your unanointed eyes shall fall
On him who fills my world with light;
You do not see my friend at all;
You see what hides him from your sight.

I see the feet that fain would climb;
You but the steps that turn astray;
I see the soul, unharmed, sublime;
You, but the garment and the clay.

You see a mortal, weak, misled,
Dwarfed ever by the earthly clod;
I see how manhood, perfected,
May reach the stature of a god.

Blinded I stood, as now you stand,
Till on mine eyes, with touches sweet,
Love, the deliverer, laid his hand,
And lo! I worship at his feet!

" - Phoebe Cary
(1824 – 1871) American poet, and the younger sister of poet Alice Cary (1820–1871). The sisters co-published poems in 1849, and then each went on to publish volumes of her own. After their deaths in 1871, joint anthologies of the sisters' unpublished poems were also compiled.
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[Quote No.52986] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem: about how love is a two edged sword for not only do those we love bring us our greatest joys, they too can with a thoughtless word or careless act hurt us more than any other as we expect better from them. They say 'familiarity breeds contempt' but really we should express our love for those we are closest to and whom we are likely to see the most of throughout our lives by trying our hardest to please and respect them above all others.]

'Life's Scars'
(This poem is also known as 'Those We Love the Best')

They say the world is round, and yet
I often think it square,
So many little hurts we get
From corners here and there.
But one great truth in life I've found,
While journeying to the West -
The only folks who really wound
Are those we love the best.

The man you thoroughly despise
Can rouse your wrath, 'tis true;
Annoyance in your heart will rise
At things mere strangers do;
But those are only passing ills;
This rule all lives will prove;
The rankling wound which aches and thrills
Is dealt by hands we love.

The choicest garb, the sweetest grace,
Are oft to strangers shown;
The careless mien, the frowning face,
Are given to our own.
We flatter those we scarcely know,
We please the fleeting guest,
And deal full many a thoughtless blow
To those who love us best.

Love does not grow on every tree,
Nor true hearts yearly bloom.
Alas for those who only see
This cut across a tomb!
But, soon or late, the fact grows plain
To all through sorrow's test:
The only folks who give us pain
Are those we love the best.

" - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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[Quote No.53023] Need Area: Friends > Love
"The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart." - Helen Keller

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[Quote No.53030] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem: about people's differing ideals, values, goals, desires, greatest happiness, etc.]

'Ideals'

Some men deem
Gold their god, and some esteem
Honor is the chief content
That to man in life is lent;
And some others do contend,
Quite none like to a friend;
Others hold there is no wealth
Compared to a perfect health;
Some man's mind in quiet stands
When he is lord of many lands:
But I did sigh, and said all this
Was but a shade of perfect bliss;
And in my thoughts I did approve
Naught so sweet as is true love.

" - Robert Greene

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[Quote No.53044] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem: about someone deeply in love fearing that one day she'll discover her lover doesn't feel the same way]

'The Rose'

I took the love you gave, ah, carelessly,
Counting it only as a rose to wear
A little moment on my heart no more,
So many roses had I worn before,
So lightly that I scarce believed them there.

But, Lo! this rose between the dusk and dawn
Hath turned to very flame upon my breast,
A flame that burns the day-long and the night,
A flame of very anguish and delight
That not for any moment yields me rest.

And I am troubled with a strange, new fear,
How would it be if even to your door
I came to cry your pitying one day,
And you should lightly laugh and lightly say,
'That was a rose I gave you -- nothing more.'

" - Theodosia Pickering Garrison
(1874–1944)
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[Quote No.53050] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem:- about being patient and persistent in your search for love, whether for a partner, vocation-career or passionate avocation-hobby]

'Hungering Hearts'

Some hearts go hungering thro' the world
And never find the love they seek.
Some lips with pride or scorn are curled
To hide the pain they may not speak.
The eyes may flash, the mouth may smile -
And yet beneath them all the while
The hungering heart is pining still.

For them does life's dull desert hold
No fountain's shade, no gardens fair,
Nor gush of waters clear and cold,
But sandy reaches wide and bare.
The foot may fail, the soul may faint,
And weigh to earth the weary frame,
Yet still they make no weak complaint
And speak no word of grief or blame.

O eager eyes, which gaze afar,
O arms which clasp the empty air,
Not all unmarked your sorrows are,
Not all unpitied your despair.
Smile, patient lips, so proudly dumb -
Have Faith! Before life's tent is furled
Your recompense shall come,
O hearts that hunger through the world!

" - Unknown

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[Quote No.53087] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem: about true love]

'To Chloe: Who for his sake wished herself younger'

There are two births; the one when light
First strikes the new awaken’d sense;
The other when two souls unite,
And we must count our life from thence:
When you loved me and I loved you
Then both of us were born anew.

Love then to us new souls did give
And in those souls did plant new powers;
Since when another life we live,
The breath we breathe is his, not ours:
Love makes those young whom age doth chill,
And whom he finds young keeps young still.

" - William Cartwright
(1611 – 1643) English poet, dramatist and churchman.
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[Quote No.53097] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem: about the pain that love can bring sometimes]

'Heart Wounds'

Cold steel may penetrate the flesh,
The wound may throb and smart,
But far more painful are the wounds
Inflicted on the heart.

Soothing balm may cease the pain
That body-blows impart
But what can heal the deep-cut wounds
Inflicted on the heart?

Yes – marks upon the flesh will fade,
Forgotten with the pain,
But when the heart is wounded thus,
The scar – will long remain.

" - Claire Richcreek Thomas

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[Quote No.53099] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem: about learning about the grief that 'false' love brings and so developing the eternal hope for its opposite - 'True Love'!]

'Life's Lesson Book'

Life is a ponderous lesson-book, and Fate
The teacher. When I came to love's fair leaf
My teacher turned the page and bade me wait.
'Learn first,' she said, 'love's grief';
And o'er and o'er through many a long tomorrow
She kept me conning that sad page of sorrow.

Cruel the task; and yet it was not vain.
Now the great book of life I know by heart.
In that one lesson of love's loss and pain
Fate doth the whole impart.
For, by the depths of woe, the mind can measure
The beauteous unscaled summits of love's pleasure.

Now, with the book of life upon her knee,
Fate sits! the unread page of love's delight
By her firm hand is half concealed from me,
And half revealed to sight.
Ah Fate! be kind! so well I learned love's sorrow,
Give me its full delight to learn tomorrow.

" - Ella Wheeler Wilcox
[Conning = from the Archaic Middle English connen - to know = --1. To study, peruse, or examine carefully. --2. To learn or commit to memory.]
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[Quote No.53100] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem: about being in love but the other person falling out of love with you.]

'Ebb'

I know what my heart is like
Since your love died:
It is like a hollow ledge
Holding a little pool
Left there by the tide,
A little tepid pool,
Drying inward from the edge.

" - Edna St. Vincent Millay
(1892–1950)
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[Quote No.53105] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Love: almost inexpressibly passionate, fantastically engrossing and all-consuming] It’s you and me in this room, on this floor. Beyond life, beyond morality. We are gleaming animals painted in moonlit sweat glow. Our eyes turn to jewels and everything we do is an example of spontaneous perfection. I have been waiting all my life to be with you. My heart slams against my ribs when I think of the slaughtered nights I spent all over the world waiting to feel your touch. The time I annihilated while I waited like a man doing a life sentence. Now you’re here and everything we touch explodes, bursts into bloom or burns to ash. History atomizes and negates itself with our every shared breath. I need you like life needs life. ...You are all I see. You are the only one I want to know." - Henry Rollins
(1961 - ), American musician, writer, journalist, publisher, actor, television and radio host, spoken word artist, comedian, and activist.
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[Quote No.53150] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem: about 'true love']

'Alone'

There should be two words, dearest, one made up
Of all glad sounds that ever breathed on earth;
Of all the ecstasies that fill joy's cup,
Of love, and peace, and happiness, and mirth.

The other, like a weary, wailing sigh,
Full of sad tones in longing, hungry strain,
Hopeless, despairing, just a baffled cry
Of love and loneliness and blank, numb pain.

One I would love - the other I would fear,
These two words, chosen with consummate art;
One meaning we're alone together, dear,
The other meaning we're alone - apart.


" - Carolyn Wells
(1862 – 1942) American author and poet.
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[Quote No.53170] Need Area: Friends > Love
"Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and touch and commune with each other." - Rainer Maria Rilke

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[Quote No.53190] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem: about how people need to be cared for and loved all the time to feel their best]

'Need of Lovin''

Folk need a lot of loving in the morning;
The day is all before, with cares beset -
The cares we know, and they that give no warning;
For love is God’s own antidote for fret.

Folk need a heap of loving at the noon-time -
In the battle lull, the moment snatched from strife -
Halfway between the waking and the croon-time,
While bickering and worriment are rife.

Folk hunger so for loving at the night-time,
When wearily they take them home to rest —
At slumber song and turning-out-the-light time -
Of all the times for loving, that’s the best.

Folk want a lot of loving every minute -
The sympathy of others and their smile!
Till life’s end, from the moment they begin it,
Folks need a lot of loving all the while.

" - Strickland Gillilan
(1869–1954) American poet and humourist.
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[Quote No.53213] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem: about the fickleness of the joy of love especially if the object of the love does not feel, or no longer feels, the same]

'Sonnet'

This hurt within my breast that men call love
Is not summed-up in soft words like adore;
Has little in kind with velvet cloak or glove,
Or moonlight spilling white across the floor.
Some other woman may contrive to wear
Passion as if it were a sequined gown.
Or pin love like a ribbon in her hair.
Or bear its weight as if it were a crown:
But I have found that love exacts its due.
Is not cast off as silver shoe or dress,
Is not allayed as may be eased the press
Of bright tiara - so I come to you
Bearing the ache of it as might be borne
Within the flesh a deep-imbedded thorn.

" - Leona Ames Hill
The Saturday Review, January 16, 1954, p. 40.
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[Quote No.53214] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem: about the fickleness of the joy of love especially if the object of the love does not feel, or no longer feels, the same]

'My Love'

My love was never a roof above your head,
Nor ever a coat to keep you from the rain,
Nor food to still your hunger, nor a bed
To rest your weariness, nor balm for pain:
My love is petal frail and mountains strong;
Kisses not kissed and words not said; the stone
Sharp ache of dreams the heart knows when the long
Black shadow of the night lies dark and lone
Across the far hills on the feather grasses;
My love is still wind in the evening trees;
Brief songs and bitter music, frail as glass is,
Frail as the dew: yet more and less than these --
In essence hard as an athlete waiting trial,
Being nourished on the stern bread of denial.

" - Leona Ames Hill
The American Mercury, April 1947, p. 447.
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[Quote No.53215] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem: about love]

'The Gift'

What do I bring you? Nothing, nothing at all --
No proud or fine or lovely thing, indeed --
No gift of bonds or gold that you can call
Your own against a time of sudden need.
But for the secret hunger in your heart
And for your hidden dreams I bring you this:
The knowledge, surer than a seaman’s chart,
That I am yours. And when the black storms hiss
Against your window, and the year grows cold,
And you are tired, and nothing worth the cost,
Remember that one day, long gone and lost,
I gave you all the love my heart could hold,
Open, unasking, free of all design,
Direct as streams that plunge through rock and pine.

" - Leona Ames Hill
The American Mercury, August 1945, p. 154.
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"[Poem: about love]

Come to me in my dreams, and then
By day I shall be well again.
For then the night will more than pay
The hopeless longing of the day.

" - Matthew Arnold
(1822-1888)
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[Quote No.53318] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem: about true love]

But true Love is a durable fire
In the mind ever burning;
Never sick, never old, never dead,
From itself never turning.

" - Sir Walter Raleigh
(1552-1618), also spelt Ralegh - British explorer, poet and historian.
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"[Poem: about true love, admiration and empathy]

'Love is Not'

Love is not just a function of the eyes.
Beautiful objects will, of course, inspire
Possessive urges – you need not despise
your taste. But when insatiable desire
Inflames you for a girl who’s out of fashion,
Lacking in glamour – plain, in fact – that fire
is genuine; that’s the authentic passion.
Beauty, though, any critic can admire.

" - Marcus Argentarius
Marcus Argentarius (Argentarii in Latin are bankers, money changers) is the author of about thirty epigrams in the 'Greek Anthology', most of which are erotic, and some are plays on words. We may infer from his style that he did not live before the time of the Roman empire, but nothing more is known of his age. This is the most famous of his poems.
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[Quote No.53322] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem: about false lovers and false friends, attracted to you for what you have and can do for them, rather than for who you are and your pleasant company.]

'The Old Story'

Like many a one, when you had gold
Love met you smiling, we are told;
But now that all your gold is gone,
Love leaves you hungry and alone.

And women, who have called you more
Sweet names than ever were before,
Will ask another now to tell
What man you are and where you dwell.

Was ever anyone but you
So long in learning what is true?
Must you find only at the end
That who has nothing has no friend?

" - Marcus Argentarius
(Argentarii in Latin are bankers, money changers) is the author of about thirty epigrams in the 'Greek Anthology', most of which are erotic, and some are plays on words. We may infer from his style that he did not live before the time of the Roman empire, but nothing more is known of his age. This is the most famous of his poems.
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[Quote No.53326] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem: about the dangers of wealth and influence includes false lovers, attracted to you for what you have and can do for them, rather than for who you are and your pleasant company.]

'The Poor Man Is Not Loved'

Yes, you were loved, Sosicrates, when rich; but now in her
Love's dead: the drug of poverty's to blame;
She called you 'dear Adonis' once; she found you very myrrh,
And now she dares to ask you -- 'what's your name,
And whence you come and where you live?' O don't you know, good Sir,
That 'penniless' and 'loveless' are the same?

" - Marcus Argentarius
(Argentarii in Latin are bankers, money changers) is the author of about thirty epigrams in the 'Greek Anthology', most of which are erotic, and some are plays on words. We may infer from his style that he did not live before the time of the Roman empire, but nothing more is known of his age.
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[Quote No.53327] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem: about love]

'In My Sky At Twilight'

In my sky at twilight you are like a cloud
and your form and colour are the way I love them.
You are mine, mine, woman with sweet lips
and in your life my infinite dreams live.

The lamp of my soul dyes your feet,
the sour wine is sweeter on your lips,
oh reaper of my evening song,
how solitary dreams believe you to be mine!

You are mine, mine, I go shouting it to the afternoon's wind,
and the wind hauls on my widowed voice.
Huntress of the depth of my eyes,
your plunder stills your nocturnal regard as though it were water.

You are taken in the net of my music, my love,
and my nets of music are wide as the sky.
My soul is born on the shore of your eyes of mourning.
In your eyes of mourning the land of dreams begin.

" - Pablo Neruda
(1904 – 1973), Pablo Neruda was the pen name and, later, legal name of the Chilean poet-diplomat and politician Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basoalto. In 1971 Pablo Neruda won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
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[Quote No.53328] Need Area: Friends > Love
"[Poem: about love often not being returned by the one loved]

'Untitled'

She who is always in my thoughts prefers
Another man, and does not think of me.
Yet he seeks for another's love, not hers;
And some poor girl is grieving for my sake.
Why then, the devil take
Both her and him; and love; and her; and me.

" - Bhartrihari
(circa 5th century CE) Sanskrit author and poet. The poetry constitute short verses, collected into three centuries of about a hundred poems each. Each century deals with a different rasa or aesthetic mood; on the whole his poetic work has been very highly regarded both within the tradition and by modern scholarship.
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"[Poem: about falling in love]

'Sweet Maid'

Sweet maid, you perform a singular feat
With the archer's bow.
You pierce hearts without arrows,
But with strands of your beauty.

" - Bhartrihari
(circa 5th century CE) Sanskrit author and poet. The poetry constitute short verses, collected into three centuries of about a hundred poems each. Each century deals with a different rasa or aesthetic mood; on the whole his poetic work has been very highly regarded both within the tradition and by modern scholarship.
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