„love doesn't follow the rules… nothing is worth having so much as something unattainable.“

Source: My Sister's Keeper

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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.

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„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,
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„The wise man's rule is worth much more to him than the fool's revenue.“

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—  Chuck Klosterman, book Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story

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„In the absence of love, there is nothing worth fighting for.“

—  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

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„Church of painful love - unfulfilled, unrequited & unattained“

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„It's okay to love someone who doesn't love you back, as long as they're worth loving.“

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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.
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Out to the undiscovered ends,
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—  Alice Hoffman, book Practical Magic

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