All the time I think I can never love you more than I already do. And then you do something or say something, and I love you more than ever. Like just now. Like now. How is it possible? Can you love someone more and more and at the same time, all the time, love them as much as it’s possible to love someone?
—Aidan Chambers in This is All
We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.
Fear of being alone is not a good reason to stay. Leaving this man you’ve been with for six years won’t be easy, but you’ll be okay and so will he. The end of your relationship with him will likely also mark the end of an era of your life. In moving into this next era there are going to be things you lose and things you gain. Trust yourself.
—Cheryl Strayed in Tiny Beautiful Things
Love sought is good, but given unsought, is better.
The love that lasts the longest is the love that is never returned.
I like not only to be loved, but also to be told I am loved.
It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one's neighbor.
Love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.
When people care about each other, they always find a way to make it work.
—Nicholas Sparks in True Believer
I wanted someone to love who would stay: stay and be there, always.
—Audrey Niffenegger in The Time Traveler’s Wife
Lovemaking is radical, while marriage is conservative.