Which is stronger love or hate?

There really is only one question about the future of civilization: Which is stronger love or hate? If the answer is hate we are all doomed.

The Pleasures of Love

The pleasures of love are for those who are hopelessly addicted to another living creature. The reasons for such addiction are so many that I suspect they are never the same in any two cases. It includes passion but does not survive by passion; it has its whiffs of the agreeable vertigo of young love, but it is stable more often than dizzy; it is a growing, changing thing, and it is tactful enough to give the addicted parties occasional rests from strong and exhausting feeling of any kind.

Robertson Davies: The Pleasures of Love

Love isn't love till you give it away

The Love in your heart wasn't put there to stay. Love isn't love till you give it away.

To Be in Love

To be in love is merely to be in a state of perceptual anesthesia -
to mistake an ordinary young man for a Greek god or an ordinary young woman for a goddess.

H.L. Mencken

Lay your sleeping head, My Love

Lay your sleeping head, my love,
Human on my faithless arm;
Time and fevers burn away
Individual beauty from
Thoughtful children, and the grave
Proves the child ephemeral:
But in my arms till break of day
Let the living creature lie,
Mortal, guilty, but to me
The entirely beautiful.

W.H. Auden: ‘Another Time’
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