“Anxiety is love’s greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic.”
– Anaïs Nin

Anxiety Is Love's Greatest Killer

“People like to say love is unconditional, but it’s not, and even if it was unconditional, it’s still never free. There’s always an expectation attached. They always want something in return. Like they want you to be happy or whatever and that makes you automatically responsible for their happiness because they won’t be happy unless you are … I just don’t want that responsibility.”
– Katja Millay

“The great tragedy of life is not that men perish, but that they cease to love.”
– W. Somerset Maugham

“It’s bullshit to think of friendship and romance as being different. They’re not. They’re just variations of the same love. Variations of the same desire to be close.”
– Rachel Cohn

“If you can capture a woman’s imagination, then you will have her. But imagination is a strange creature. It needs time and distance to function properly.”
– Kathleen Tessaro

“When you love someone, you say their name different. Like it’s safe inside your mouth.”
– Jodi Picoult

“Making love with a woman and sleeping with a woman are two separate passions, not merely different but opposite. Love does not make itself felt in the desire for copulation (a desire that extends to an infinite number of women) but in the desire for shared sleep (a desire limited to one woman).”
– Milan Kundera

“Anyone who loves in the expectation of being loved in return is wasting their time.”
– Paulo Coelho

“And what would humans be without love?”
RARE, said Death.”
– Terry Pratchett

“It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.”
– Roald Dahl

“I would like to be the air that inhabits you for a moment only. I would like to be that unnoticed and that necessary.”
– Margaret Atwood

“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“Moments, when lost, can’t be found again. They’re just gone.”
– Jenny Han

“That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is. Most people love you for who you pretend to be. To keep their love, you keep pretending – performing. You get to love your pretence. It’s true, we’re locked in an image, an act – and the sad thing is, people get so used to their image, they grow attached to their masks. They love their chains. They forget all about who they really are. And if you try to remind them, they hate you for it, they feel like you’re trying to steal their most precious possession.”
– Jim Morrison