“They had a year of joy, twelve months of the strange heaven which the salmon know on beds of river shingle, under the gin-clear water. For twenty-four years they were guilty, but this first year was the only one which seemed like happiness. Looking back on it, when they were old, they did not remember that in this year it had ever rained or frozen. The four seasons were coloured like the edge of a rose petal for them.”

T.H. White, The Once and Future King. (Guinevere and Lancelot)

“…you were my heart’s desire before you were known to me. I beheld your features with my soul, I saw them with my eyes; rumour, that told me of you, was the first to deal my wound.”

The concept of “love at first sight” as taken from the letters of Paris to Helen of Troy.

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Blue Lovers by Marc Chagall

“…for most men are unaware that what is in the power of magicians to accomplish, the heart can also accomplish by dint of love and bravery.”

― Joseph Bédier, The Romance of Tristan and Iseult

con·tem·pla·tion: /ˌkäntəmˈplāSHən/
noun
the action of looking thoughtfully at something for a long time.

“By doubting we are led to question, by questioning we arrive at the truth.”

Peter Abelard (via kushandwizdom)

Lady reading the letters of Abelard and Heloise

“And if I lose thy love, I lose my all.”

From the love letters of Abelard and Heloise.
(Eloisa to Abelard, Alexander Pope)

“I have long examined things, and have found that death itself is a less dangerous evil than beauty.”

Heloise, Letter IV, The Letters of Abelard and Heloise

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“God knows I never sought anything in you except yourself. I wanted simply you, nothing of yours.”

Heloise, The Letters of Abélard and Héloïse