Herald Journal Columns
Feb. 4, 2002

The genuine pursuit of a lifetime


Being February and all, I thought that I'd dig out some romantic notions.

I'm still holding my breath for spring (I've got about 800 tulips in the hopper), so bear with me while I try to divert our (my) attention to other things.

The best romantic notion I remember as a young girl was a friend of mine who quoted from the book Wind in the Willows, in a card addressed to his future wife.

Inside the card to her, in neat script, was written the following.

Silly boyish amusement. I've given that up long ago. Sheer waste of time, that's what it is.

No, I've discovered the real thing, the only genuine pursuit for a life time. I propose to devote the remainder of mine to it, and can only regret the wasted years that lie behind me, squandered in trivialities.

Wind in the Willows was beautifully written by Kenneth Grahame at the turn of the century (the other one).

If you never read it, do. If you did already, do it again. I thought I remembered it, and ended up re-reading the whole book, end-to-end looking for this verse.

Here are some other quotes about love that I found on the Internet.

Love never dies of starvation, but often of indigestion.

­ Ninon de Lenclos

Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction.

­ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I've ever known.

­ Walt Disney

A book of verses underneath the bough, a jug of wine, a loaf of bread ­ and thou, beside me singing in the wilderness ­ Oh, wilderness were paradise now!

­ Edward Fitzgerald

"The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam"

Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.

­ Robert Frost

A man in love is incomplete until he has married. Then he's finished.

­ Zsa Zsa Gabor

Never judge someone by who he's in love with; judge him by his friends. People fall in love with the most appalling people.

­ Cynthia Heimel

Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.

­ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Here are some quotes about kissing. Do married couples remember what that is? Hmmmmmmm. . .

"Where should one use perfume?" a young woman asked.

"Wherever one wants to be kissed," I said.

­ Coco Chanel

A man snatches the first kiss,

pleads for the second,

demands the third,

takes the fourth,

accepts the fifth ­

and endures all the rest.

­ Helen Rowland

Where one drop of blood drains a castle of life, so one kiss can bring it alive again. 

­ The Sleeping Beauty

I have found men who didn't know how to kiss. I've always found time to teach them.

­ Mae West

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous. 

­ Ingrid Bergman

If you are ever in doubt as to whether or not to kiss a pretty girl, always give her the benefit of the doubt.

­ Thomas Carlyle

You may conquer with the sword, but you are conquered by a kiss.

­ Daniel Heinsius (1580-1655)

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