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  • All really great lovers are articulate, and verbal seduction is the surest road to actual seduction.

  • They had quarreled about this single, solitary sore point: their life.

  • Dr. Lavendar had reached that degree of wisdom which knows that successful interference in love affairs must come from the inside, not from the outside.

  • Scratch a lover, and find a foe.

  • Take me or leave me; or, as is the usual order of things, both.

    • Dorothy Parker,
    • "A Good Novel, and a Great Story," in The New Yorker ()
  • The man she had was kind and clean / And well enough for every day, / But, oh, dear friends, you should have seen / The one that got away!

    • Dorothy Parker,
    • "Tombstones in the Starlight: The Fisherwoman," Death and Taxes ()
  • For a young man to start his career with a love affair with an older woman was quite de rigueur ... Of course, it must not go on for too long. An apprenticeship was a very different thing from a career.

  • All discarded lovers should be given a second chance, but with somebody else.

    • Mae West,
    • in Joseph Weintraub, ed., The Wit and Wisdom of Mae West ()
  • I've always had a weakness for foreign affairs.

    • Mae West,
    • in Joseph Weintraub, ed., The Wit and Wisdom of Mae West ()
  • [On a lover getting a doctor for her:] His mistake was the doctor he called was as excitin' and magnetic as himself. So I needed the doc's services quite often 'n' my recovery was unusually slow. Naturally I didn't get a bill, know what I mean?

    • Mae West,
    • in George Eells and Stanley Musgrove, Mae West ()
  • It was love on the run with half the buttons undone. The results were like a high-speed film — blurred but excitin'.

    • Mae West,
    • in George Eells and Stanley Musgrove, Mae West ()
  • ... when we live with our lovers, more is sometimes less. There's more of him, of course. But there's less of just about everything else: privacy, autonomy, and closet space.

  • If I had to live with a man, did I have to ... get hooked on one who calls my three best friends 'Dopey,' 'Mopey,' and 'Ghastly'?

  • ... they acted and reacted on one another, deceiving and deceived, with that strange, unconscious hypocrisy of lovers.

  • I am not convinced that men and women were ever meant to share the same house, though some people can do it beautifully.

  • Sometimes idiosyncrasies which used to be irritating become endearing, part of the complexity of a partner who has become woven deep into our own selves.

  • A woman should not take a lover without the consent of her heart, nor a husband without the consent of her reason.

  • Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly.

  • [The word] lover ... seems more active than 'wife.' One becomes a lover by loving and being loved. One hardly becomes a wife by wifing and being wifed.

    • Ida VSW Red,
    • in Margaret Cruikshank, The Lesbian Path ()
  • It is possible for a spinster to be disappointed in lovers, but only the married are ever disappointed in love.

  • ... it is the way of lovers to think that none can bless or succour their love but their own selves. And there is a touch of truth in it, maybe more than a touch.

  • Elizabeth is old enough to know that one woman's demon lover is another's worn-out shoe.

  • It is the illusion of all lovers to think themselves unique and their words immortal.

  • I'm not sure there can be loving without commitment, although commitment takes all kinds of forms, and there can be commitment for the moment as well as commitment for all time. The kind that is essential for loving marriages — and love affairs, as well — is a commitment to preserving the essential quality of your partner's soul, adding to them as a person rather than taking away.

  • ... lovers, it is well known, carry the art of tautology to its utmost perfection, and even the most impatient of them can both bear to hear and repeat the same things times without number, till the sound becomes the echo to the sense or the nonsense previously uttered.

  • It is universally allowed that, though nothing can be more interesting in itself than the conversation of two lovers, yet nothing can be more insipid in detail — just as the heavenly fragrance of the rose becomes vapid and sickly under all the attempts made to retain and embody its exquisite odor.

  • ... taking the bull by both horns he kissed her violently on her dainty face. My bride to be he murmered several times.

  • Bernard placed one arm tightly round her. When will you marry me Ethel he uttered you must be my wife it has come to that I love you so intensly that if you say no I shall perforce dash my body to the brink of yon muddy river he panted wildly. O dont do that implored Ethel breathing rather hard.

  • Let us now bask under the spreading trees said Bernard in a passiunate tone. Oh yes lets said Ethel and she opened her dainty parasole and sank down upon the long grass. She closed her eyes but she was far from asleep.

  • The quarrels of lovers are like summer storms. Everything is more beautiful when they have passed.

  • It is not so much true that all the world loves a lover as that a lover loves all the world.

  • Lovers re-create the world.