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Love her, love her, love her! If she favours you, love her. If she wounds you, love her. If she tears your heart to pieces – and as it gets older and stronger, it will tear deeper – love her, love her, love her!

Great Expectations
I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.

Great Expectations
When you're in love and trying to make someone love you back, you can hear the texture of your own footfalls, the whistling passage of your breath. Invisible eyes monitor you constantly: even at night something presides over the shape of your sleep. Every thought carries a tick or a cross.

Other People
Of all the forces, love is the strongest... Love can make a woman pick up a bus, or it can crush a man under the weight of a feather. Or it just lets everything go on as it was yesterday and will be tomorrow. That’s the kind of force love is.

London Fields
Maybe love will be like driving. When people move — when they travel—they look where they’ve come from, not where they’re going.

Time's Arrow
When you’ve lost all your play, guess what love becomes. Work. Work that gets harder every hour.

House of Meetings
When a man conclusively exalts one woman, and one woman only, 'above all others,' you can be pretty sure you are dealing with a misogynist. It frees him up for thinking the rest are shit.

House of Meetings
Love is an abstract noun, something nebulous. And yet love turns out to be the only part of us that is solid, as the world turns upside down and the screen goes black.

The Second Plane: 14 Responses to September 11
We are so lightly here. It is in love that we are made. In love we disappear.
The power of love is not properly gauged if it is estimated only by the object that inspires it, if the tension preceding it is not taken into account - that gloomy space of disillusionment and loneliness which stretches in front of all the great events of the heart.
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