Happy Valentine's Day. Every February 14, across the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint, and where did these traditions come from? Find out about the history of this centuries-old holiday, from ancient Roman rituals to the customs of Victorian England at history.com.
"Love is the magician that pulls man out of his own hat." -Ben Hecht-
"Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity." -Henry Van Dyke-
"Are we not like two volumes of one book?"
"A bell is no bell 'til you ring it, A song is no song 'til you sing it, And love in your heart, Wasn't put there to stay -Love isn't love -Til you give it away."
"I've fallen in love many times...always with you."
"Love is much nicer to be in than an automobile accident, a tight girdle, a higher tax bracket, or a holding pattern over Philadelphia." -Judith Viorst-
"What I need to live has been given to me by the earth. Why I need to live has been given to me by you."
"I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach."-Elizabeth Barrett Browning-
"When you're in love you never really know whether your elation comes from the qualities of the one you love, or if it attributes them to her; whether the light which surrounds her like a halo comes from you, from her, or from the meeting of your sparks."
-Natalie Clifford Barney-
"Take away love and our earth is a tomb."
"Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place." -Zora Neale Hurston-
"Love is a game that two can play and both win." -Eva Gabor-
Without love, the rich and poor live in the same house."
"We don't believe in rheumatism and true love until after the first attack." -Marie Ebner Von-
"I love thee - I love thee, 'Tis all that I can say
It is my vision in the night, My dreaming in the day." -Thomas Hood-
"Love, and a cough, cannot be hid."
"Love unlocks doors and opens windows that weren't even there before."-Mignon McLaughlin-
"Poetry spills from the cracks of a broken heart, but flows from one which is loved."
-Christopher Paul Rubero-
"A man is not where he lives, but where he loves." -Latin Proverb-
"Tell me how many beads there are, In a silver chain Of evening rain, Unraveled from the tumbling main, And threading the eye of a yellow star: So many times do I love again."
-Thomas Lovell Beddoes-
"The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of."-Blaize Pascal-
"True love stories never have endings."-Richard Bach-
"Nobody has ever measured, even poets, how much a heart can hold."-Zelda Fitzgerald-
"Love is missing someone whenever you're apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you're close in heart."-Kay Knudsen-
"Ah me! Love can not be cured by herbs."
"We loved with a love that was more than love."
-Edgar Allen Poe-
"When love is not madness, it is not love."
-Pedro Calderon de la Barca-
"Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine, love, thou art every day my Valentine!" -Thomas Hood-
"Many are the starrs I see, but in my eye no starr like thee." -English phrase-
"Loving is not just looking at each other, it's looking in the same direction." -Antoine de Saint-Expuery-
"Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love." -Albert Einstein-
"I don't understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine's Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon."
For you see, each day I love you more
Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow."
"Love is a symbol of eternity. It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end."
"Love - a wildly misunderstood although highly desirable malfunction of the heart which weakens the brain, causes eyes to sparkle, cheeks to glow, blood pressure to rise, and the lips to pucker."
"I claim there ain't, Another Saint, As great as Valentine." -Ogden Nash-
"Trip over love, you can get up. Fall in love and you fall forever."
"Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart."
"A hundred hearts would be too few, To carry all my love for you."
"You have to walk carefully in the beginning of love; the running across fields into your lover's arms can only come later when you're sure they won't laugh if you trip." -Jonathan Carroll-
"We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love."
"Must, bid the Morn awake1
Sad Winter now declines,
Each bird doth choose a mate;
This day's Saint Valentine's.
For that good bishop's sake
Get up and let us see
What beauty it shall be
That Fortune us assigns."
"Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs."
"kisses are a better fate than wisdom."
"If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?"
"Who, being loved, is poor?"
"In melody divine,
My heart it beats to rapturous love,
I long to call you mine."
"Grow old with me! The best is yet to be."-Robert Browning-
"Without love, what are we worth? Eighty-nine cents! Eighty-nine cents worth of chemicals walking around lonely." -Hawkeye-
"The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it. You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough."
― Bob Marley-
“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you're going to mess up sometimes, it's a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you're going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends - they'll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything - they're your true best friends. Don't let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they'll come and go too. And baby, I hate to say it, most of them - actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can't give up because if you give up, you'll never find your soulmate. You'll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn't mean you're gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don't, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life's a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.”
― Marilyn Monroe-
“You may not be her first, her last, or her only. She loved before she may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters? She's not perfect—you aren't either, and the two of you may never be perfect together but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can. She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break—her heart. So don't hurt her, don't change her, don't analyze and don't expect more than she can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she's not there.”
― Bob Marley-
"I am," he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. "I'm in love with you, and I'm not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I'm in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we're all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I am in love with you.” ― John Green-
“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.”
― Robert Fulghum-
“People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that's what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.
A true soul mate is probably the most important person you'll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave.
A soul mates purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life, then introduce you to your spiritual master...”
― Elizabeth Gilbert
― Marilyn Monroe-
“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth.”
― William W. Purkey
“You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
― Dr. Seuss-
“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”
― Elbert Hubbard-
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.-
“We accept the love we think we deserve.”
― Stephen Chbosky-
“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”
― André Gide
“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”
― John Green-
“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche-
“The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.”
― Elie Wiesel-
“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.”
― Pablo Neruda-
“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.”
― Neil Gaiman-
“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.”
― Sarah Dessen-
“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”
― William Shakespeare-
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
― Lao Tzu-
“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”
― Robert A. Heinlein-
“You love me. Real or not real?" I tell him, "Real.”
― Suzanne Collins-
“I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I've led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I've loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough..”
― Nicholas Sparks-
“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”
― William Shakespeare-
“Love is like the wind, you can't see it but you can feel it.”
― Nicholas Sparks-
“If you can make a woman laugh, you can make her do anything.”
― Marilyn Monroe-
“I'm in love with you," he said quietly.
“The real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space.”
― Marilyn Monroe-
“You don't love someone because they're perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they're not.”
― Jodi Picoult-
“Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.”
― Anaïs Nin