„If you love something so much let it go. If it comes back it was meant to be; if it doesn't it never was“
— Albert Schweitzer French-German physician, theologian, musician and philosopher 1875 - 1965
Source: A Voice in the Wind
„There is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.“
Rat, Ch. 1
Variant: There’s nothing––absolutely nothing––half so much worth doing as messing about in boats.
Source: The Wind in the Willows (1908)
Context: There is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. In or out of ‘em, it doesn’t matter. Nothing seems really to matter, that’s the charm of it. Whether you get away, or whether you don’t; whether you arrive at your destination or whether you reach somewhere else, or whether you never get anywhere at all, you’re always busy, and you never do anything in particular; and when you’ve done it there’s always something else to do.
„The knight's song and direction
I found new, but not confused;
He left our path,
but strode strongly and confidently.
When you want to evaluate, according to rules, something which doesn't follow your rules,
You have to forget your own ways,
And seek out its rules!“
— Richard Wagner German composer, conductor 1813 - 1883
Original: (de) Des Ritters Lied und Weise,
sie fand ich neu, doch nicht verwirrt;
verliess er unsre Gleise,
schritt er doch fest und unbeirrt.
Wollt ihr nach Regeln messen,
was nicht nach eurer Regeln Lauf,
der eignen Spur vergessen,
sucht davon erst die Regeln auf!
Source: Quotes from his operas, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Hans Sachs, Act 1, Scene 3
„And I never expected that you could have a broken heart and love with it too, so much that it doesn't seem broken at all.“
— Jodi Lynn Anderson American children's writer
Source: Tiger Lily
Pt. II, Lib. III, Ch. III.
Guzmán de Alfarache (1599-1604)
Source: The Misanthrope
— Jacques Lacan French psychoanalyst and psychiatrist 1901 - 1981
Source: Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story
— Elijah Wood American actor 1981
Quoted in M. Kumar, Dictionary of Quotations Page 136 http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=N0VKD37eY94C&pg=PA136&dq=%22In+the+absence+of+love,+there+is+nothing+worth+fighting+for%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=7ns3T6XuNI6n8gOnpaWqAg&ved=0CDEQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22In%20the%20absence%20of%20love%2C%20there%20is%20nothing%20worth%20fighting%20for%22&f=false
„Have you ever wanted something that you knew was bad for you? Something that you ached for so much you could think of nothing else? [Wren]“
— Sherrilyn Kenyon Novelist 1965
Source: Unleash the Night
Variant: It's all right to love someone who doesn't love you back, as long as they're worth you loving them. As long as they deserve it.
Source: Clockwork Angel
— Hilaire Belloc writer 1870 - 1953
"Dedicatory Ode", stanza 22
Context: From quiet homes and first beginning,
Out to the undiscovered ends,
There's nothing worth the wear of winning,
But laughter and the love of friends.
Source: Practical Magic
„The flattery of posterity is not worth much more than contemporary flattery, which is worth nothing.“
"Dead Men’s Dialogue"