— Milan Kundera Czech author of Czech and French literature 1929
„We never love someone. We just love the idea we have of someone. It's a concept of ours - summing up, ourselves - that we love.“
— Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet
Original: Nunca amamos niguém. Amamos, tão-somente, a ideia que fazemos de alguém. É a um conceito nosso — em suma, é a nós mesmos — que amamos. Ibid., p. 125
— Woody Allen American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, author, playwright, and musician 1935
„The principal difference between love and hate is that love is an irradiation, and hate is a concentration.“
— Sydney J. Harris American journalist 1917 - 1986
Context: The principal difference between love and hate is that love is an irradiation, and hate is a concentration. Love makes everything lovely; hate concentrates itself on the object of its hatred. All the fearful counterfeits of love — possessiveness, lust, vanity, jealousy — are closer to hate: they concentrate on the object, guard it, suck it dry. "Love and Its Loveless Counterfeits"
— Karl Lagerfeld German fashion designer 1933 - 2019
— Thomas Fuller (writer) British physician, preacher, and intellectual 1654 - 1734
— Rob Payne Canadian writer 1973
Chapter 12, p. 103
„I could discern clearly, even at that early age, the essential difference between people who are kind to dogs and people who really love them.“
— Frances Power Cobbe Irish writer, social reformer, anti-vivisection activist and leading suffragette 1822 - 1904
The Confessions of a Lost Dog (London: Griffith & Farran, 1867), p. 19.