Quotes about Affection

Entire affection hateth nicer hands.

Edmund Spenser

Then let thy love be younger than thyself,
Or thy affection cannot hold the bent.

William Shakespeare

'T is the curse of service,
Preferment goes by letter and affection,
And not by old gradation, where each second
Stood heir to the first.

William Shakespeare

I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions?

William Shakespeare

The man that hath no music in himself,
Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils;
The motions of his spirit are dull as night,
And his affections dark as Erebus.
Let no such man be trusted.

William Shakespeare

You say to me-wards your affection's strong;
Pray love me little, so you love me long.

Robert Herrick

Of manners gentle, of affections mild;
In wit a man, simplicity a child.

Alexander Pope

What will not woman, gentle woman dare,
When strong affection stirs her spirit up?

Robert Southey

Alas! our young affections run to waste,
Or water but the desert.

George Gordon Noel Byron, Lord Byron

My fond affection thou hast seen,
Then judge of my regret
To think more happy thou hadst been
If we had never met.

Thomas Haynes Bayly

Talk not of wasted affection! affection never was wasted;
If it enrich not the heart of another, its waters returning
Back to their springs, like the rain, shall fill them full of refreshment.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I announce the great individual, fluid as Nature, chaste, affectionate, compassionate, fully armed;
I announce a life that shall be copious, vehement, spiritual, bold,
And I announce an end that shall lightly and joyfully meet its translation.

Walt Whitman

Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth.

New Testament

[O]n the contrary, love is not love at all if a girl desires to marry a man for his money alone, but that, in her opinion, riches were a vain thing, and true love only the affection which can stand the test of separation...

Leo Tolstoy

Talk not of wasted affection; affection never was wasted.


One must not be mean with the affections; what is spent of the fund is renewed in the spending itself.

Sigmund Freud

A difference of taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.

George Eliot

We should measure affection, not like youngsters by the ardour of its passion, but by its strength and constancy.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is in deep solitude that I find the gentleness with which I can truly love my brothers. The more solitary I am the more affection I have for them. Solitude and silence teach me to love my brothers for what they are, not for what they say.

Thomas Merton

Be yourself and do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Max Ehrmann

Most people would rather give than get affection.


In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more affection than she feels.

Jane Austen

Affection, like melancholy, magnifies trifles; but the magnifying of the one is like looking through a telescope at heavenly objects; that of the other, like enlarging monsters with a microscope.

Leigh Hunt

A difference of tastes in jokes is a great strain on the affections.

George Eliot

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