The Quotable Lover : Words of Wisdom from Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, John Keats, Frank Sinatra, Robert Burns, Pepe LePew, and more

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9780071360647: The Quotable Lover : Words of Wisdom from Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, John Keats, Frank Sinatra, Robert Burns, Pepe LePew, and more

A delicious trove of more than one thousand alternately touching and comic sound-bites about those infinitely varied landscapes we call love and sex

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THE QUOTABLE LOVER [flaps]

Come live with me, and be my love, And we will some new pleasures prove Of golden sands and crystal brooks With silken lines, and silver hooks.--John Donn, The Bait, 1633

Poetic, passionate, and profound, The Quotable Lover offers a wealth of engaging and diverse reflections from an impressive lineup of writers, poets, public figures and celebrities on the world of love, ranging from attraction and infatuation to blind love and remorseful infidelity. Witty and engaging, this passionate literary reference is a smorgasbord of eloquent musings and revelations that continue to ring true for lovers throughout the ages.

A little house well filled, a little field well tilled, and a little wife well willed, are great riches.--Benjamin Franklin

Often we are left searching for words to express our feelings when it comes to love. Sometimes the deepest love is towards ones friends or the sweetest after years of marriage. The selections in The Quotable Lover cover every facet of the emotion to bring you the most apt, telling and poignant things people have ever said about love from literary geniuses and celebrities alike, capturing the essence of this life altering experience we all share.

The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it. --Ralph Waldo Emerson

Even the most private celebrities can be quite open and honest about their own experiences. While Richard Burton revealed his deep connection to Elizabeth Taylor after their second divorce "I might run from her for a thousand years and she is still my baby child ... Our love is so furious that we burn each other out", Marlene Dietrich has a somewhat amusing opinion about the end of love,"How do you know that love is gone? If you said you would be there at seven, you get there by nine and he or she has not called the police yet – it's gone." And Henry Miller paints us picture of one of the world's most romantic places; "One becomes aware in France, after having lived in America, that sex pervades the air. It's there all around you, like a fluid."

It's very hard to get your heart and head together in life. In my case, they're not even friendly.--Woody Allen

Whether you're looking for that perfect conversation starter, a touching ending to a love letter or just lively reading, editor Carol Turkington features a classic collection of quotes from such diverse voices as William Shakespeare, Alice Walker, and Katharine Hepburn. Be moved by Will Durant when he spoke of his wife on his 90th birthday: "The love we have in our youth is superficial compared to the love that an old man has for his old wife" and rediscover the rich poetry of William Blake:

Love seeketh not itself to please, Nor for itself hath any care, But for another gives its ease, And builds a Heaven in Hell's despair. The Quotable Lover is sure to be an unmatched addition to every reference collection.

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Open your heart and feed your mind The Quotable Lover And you thought the only people who wrote about love were romance novelists...


From famous literary figures such as William Shakespeare and Lord Byron to Woody Allen and Richard Nixon, The Quotable Lover is the ideal companion for romantics, scholars, poetry lovers, and fans of the eternal spirit of love. A passionate and moving tribute to past, present and future lovers alike from some of the most interesting and poetic minds in history.

Love at the lips was touch As sweet as I could bear; And once that seemed too much; I live on air.--Robert Frost, To Earthward, 1923

"And what do all the great words come to in the end, but that? – I love you-I am at rest with you – I have come home."-- Dorothy L. Sayers

"Only the really plain people know about love – the very fascinating ones try so hard to create an impression that they soon exhaust their talents."--Katharine Hepburn

"First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity."--George Bernard Shaw

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