"My love for you has no strings attached. I love you for free."
- Tom Robbins, Still Life With Woodpecker
"Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion, it is not the desire to mate every second minute of the day, it is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every cranny of your body. No, don’t blush, I am telling you some truths. That is just being “in love”, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident."
- Louis de Bernières
"Because, if you could love someone, and keep loving them, without being loved back… then that love had to be real. It hurt too much to be anything else."
- Sarah Cross (via 36974
"Commitment is the component of love. Short term commitment is the decision that one loves someone. The long term aspect is the commitment to maintain that love."
- Robert Steinberg
"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 last romance."
- —Oscar Wilde,”A Woman of No Importance”
"The worst thing: to give yourself away in exchange for not enough love."
- Joyce Carol Oates
“Maybe, sometimes, it’s easier to be mad at the people you trust because you know they’ll always love you, no matter what.” - Ann Brashares
"You deserve someone who loves you with every single beat of his heart, someone who thinks about you constantly, someone who spends every minute of every day just wondering what you’re doing, where you are, who you’re with, and if you’re okay. You need someone who can help you reach your dreams and protect you from your fears. You need someone who will treat you with respect and love every part of you, even your flaws. You should be with someone who could make you happy, really happy, dancing on air happy."