"I have not spent a day without loving you; I have not spent a night without embracing you; I have not so much as drunk a single cup of tea without cursing the pride and ambition which force me to remain separated from the moving spirit of my life."
Excerpt from Napoléon Bonaparte's letter to Josephine as it appears in Love Letters of Great Men and Women (paperback by Pan MacMillan)
"She walks in beauty, like the night / Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright / Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellowed to that tender light / Which heaven to gaudy day denies."
George Gordon, Lord Byron poem in Penguin's Poems for Love (paperback by Penguin Books)
“If cynicism and love lie at opposite ends of a spectrum, do we not sometimes fall in love in order to escape the debilitating cynicism to which we are prone? Is there not in every coup de foudre a certain willful exaggeration of the qualities of the beloved, an exaggeration which distracts us from our habitual pessimism and focuses our energies on someone in whom we can believe in a way we have never believed in ourselves?”
Excerpt from Alain de Botton's Essays About Love (paperback by Picador Classic)
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