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Romantic Love

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

To abide in love means to have open eyes, to be able to see something that only a few see, namely, the outstretched, begging hands of the others who are along the way, and now not be able to do anything else but to act, to help, to do one’s duty, using everything one has. That may be here or there. Most important is that, wherever it is, one can always allow oneself to be interrupted by God.

The Collected Sermons of Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Volume 2 (p. 31). Fortress Press.

Charlotte Brontë

“My future husband was becoming to me my whole world; and more than the world: almost my hope of heaven. He stood between me and every thought of religion, as an eclipse intervenes between man and the broad sun. I could not, in those days, see God for His creature: of whom I had made an idol.”

Jane Eyre, 1847.

David Brooks

Love is hunting for bigger game than happiness.

The Second Mountain, Random House Publishing Group, 2019, p.163.

Frederick Buechner

Romantic love is blind to everything except what is lovable and lovely. But Christ’s love sees us with terrible clarity and sees us whole. Christ’s love so wishes our joy that it is ruthless against everything in us that diminishes our joy. The worst sentence love can pass is that we behold the suffering which love has endured for our sake and that is also our acquittal. The justice and mercy of the judge are ultimately one.”

“Jesus the Judge,” Preaching Today, Tape No. 129.

G.K. Chesterton

There is the great lesson of “Beauty and the Beast”; that a thing must be loved before it is loveable.


E.M. Cioran

Love is an agreement on the part of two people to overestimate each other.

Alain De Botton

True love is a lack of desire to check one’s smartphone in another’s presence.

John Donne 

I am two fools, I know,

For loving, and for saying so.

The Complete English Poems

Thomas Lewis

[Romantic] Love may not be literally blind, but it does seem to be literally incapable of reason and the levels of appropriate negativity necessary for realism.

“Twenty-First-Century Love: The Neurological Underpinnings of Human Relationships,” San Francisco Medicine 82, no. 6 (July/August 2009):13.

John Milton [Adam & Eve]

“We are one/One flesh; to lose thee were to lose myself.”

Paradise Lost

Iris Murdoch

Love . . . is the extremely difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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

Jess C. Scott

“When someone loves you, the way they talk about you is different. You feel safe and comfortable.”

The Intern

William Makepeace Thackeray

To see a young couple loving each other is no wonder; but to see an old couple loving each other is the best sight of all.

J.R.R. Tolkien

“And he took her in his arms and kissed her under the sunlit sky, and he cared not that they stood high upon the walls in the sight of many.”

Return of the King

Oscar Wilde

The very essence of romance is uncertainty.

The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays

Source Unknown

I wish for you good health in each other’s arms.

George Washington

In the composition of the human frame there is a good deal of inflammable matter, however dormant it may lie for a time, and…when the torch is put to it, that which is within you must burst into blaze.

Kevin DeYoung

Pray less that God would show you who is the right husband or wife and pray more to be the right kind of husband or wife.

Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will (Moody Publishers, 2014)

Kevin DeYoung

The problem with the myth of “the one” is that it assumes that affection is the glue that holds the marriage together, when really it is your commitment to marriage that safeguards the affection. So ditch the myth and get hitched.

Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will (Moody Publishers, 2014)