Thoughts on Love for St. Valentine’s Day

Scott Robertson, Managing Editor

Scott Robertson, Managing Editor

By Scott Robertson

Ah, February. When a young man’s heart turns to thoughts of snow removal.

But in the midst of the coldest month, we find the day that celebrates the warmest of all emotions, love. As is my wont on or around holiday observances, I’ll step aside from this space today to allow those who are far more intelligent, witty, wise and thoughtful to address the topic of the holiday, which in this case is love.


Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.

Robert Frost


Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.



…Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself…

Mark 12:31


Don’t forget to love yourself.

Soren Kierkegaard


Love is when he gives you a piece of your soul, that you never knew was missing.

Torquato Tasso


Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love.

Francis of Assisi

‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

Alfred Lord Tennyson


The first duty of love is to listen.

Paul Tillich


Love does not consist merely in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery


Love conquers all.



Love and a red rose can’t be hid.

Thomas Holcroft


A man is already halfway in love with any woman who listens to him.

Brendan Behan


If you wished to be loved, love.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca


If you want to be loved, be lovable.


The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough is love.

Henry Miller


There is no remedy for love but to love more.

Henry David Thoreau


Love is the noblest frailty of the mind.

John Dryden


I am happier when I love than when I am loved. I adore my husband, my son, my grandchildren, my mother, my dog, and frankly, I don’t know if they even like me. But who cares? Loving them is my joy.

Isabel Allende


Love him and let him love you. Do you think anything else under heaven really matters?

James A. Baldwin


Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop.

H. L. Mencken


To love another person is to see the face of God.

Victor Hugo


Love is blind.

Geoffrey Chaucer


Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.

Peter Ustinov

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.

Mignon McLaughlin


True love stories never have endings.

Richard Bach


We are most alive when we’re in love.

John Updike


Love is more just than justice.

Henry Ward Beecher


Whom we love best, to them we can say the least.

John Ray


Affection should not be too sharp-eyed, and love is not to be made by magnifying glasses.

Sir Thomas Browne


A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity. The order varies for any given year.

Paul Sweeney


May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.

Robert A. Heinlein


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