Wise Words (…or Words of Wisdom )

L O V E

What an annoying mad thing love is! (Emanuel Schikaneder)

In jealousy there is more of love to oneself than to another.(Françoise de la Rochefoucauld)

Something desired through reason alone is never passionately desired (François de la Rochefoucauld)

If you love, you may act as you please (St. Agostino)

A lawful kiss is never worth a stolen one (Guy de Maupassant)

Love is the noblest weakness of the mind (J. Dryden)

People happy in love have an air of profound intensity (Stendhal)

Not loving is like a long dying (Wu Ti)

Love is a sudden revelation: a kiss is always a discovery (Anonymus)

First, one has to find the ability to love. Then, to learn that body and soul are one (Hugo von Hofmannsthal)

When you don’t love too much, you simply don’t love enough (Bussy-Rabutin)

Shouldn’t there exist a complete need, … such as love, life in common with the beloved ones? (Novalis)

Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction ( A. de Saint- Exupéry)

Everyone loves the one who loves (R.W. Emerson )

All I can remember was that we were together; I have forgotten all the rest… (Walt Whitman)

True love has never known any limits (Properzio)

And I’ll be damned, if this is not what they call Love (Ovidio)

Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly1 of the wise (S. Johnson)

Hide me inside you, where the sweetest things are hidden, between the roots of roses and spices (A.C. Swinburne)

Kissing is like drinking salted water: the more one drinks, the thirstier one becomes (Chinese proverb)

Let’s enjoy love, for we cannot live without it (E. Schikaneder)

Love is a credulous2 creature (Ovidio)

One does not judge the ones one loves (Jean Paul Sartre)

Love is like the moon; if it does not grow bigger, it will grow smaller (Chinese proverb)

Pure love does not betray (Jaufré Rudel)

FRIENDSHIP

There is no joy in possession without sharing (Erasmo da Rotterdam)

When two friends understand each other completely, the words are soft and strong like an orchid’s perfume (Kung Tse)

The only true friendship is said to be the one at first sight, exactly like love at first sight (Herman Melville)

One’s friends are neither many nor few, just sufficient (Hugo von Hofmannsthal)

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