Emerson wrote this quote in an essay about friendship. The line that follows is, "Thine ever, or never." As a passionate, intellectual man, we see here in this quote a sharp tendency to state in no uncertain terms his intense feelings.
The author's Journal, excerpted from The Thoreau you don't Know... (2009) by Robert Sullivan, page 87
Deeply in love with a woman named Ellen, whom his own brother John also loved, Henry David Thoreau penned this line in his journal in 1839. He later proposed to her in 1841, as did his brother, and both were rejected.
The Little Book of Bathroom Philosophy : Daily Wisdom from the Greatest Thinkers (2004) by Gregory Bergman, p. 50
The original, full quote reads "Quantum in te crescit amor, tantum crescit pulchritudo; quia ipsa charitas est animae pulchritudo," and was fully translated as "Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul." Here Augstine points out the inherent beauty that takes root within us when we love.
Holland was often exasperated at the people in his life, and frustrated at the lack of respect given to a woman's heart. The sentence following the quote is, "Why some graceful and amiable women whom I know will persist in loving some men whom I also know, is more than I know."
Letter to Virginia Woolf (21 January 1926), quoted in Love Letters : A Romantic Treasury (1996) by Rick Smith, p. 78
Sackville-West wrote this letter to Virginia Woolf, with whom she had an affair. Woolf returned her affection in the form of the novel Orlando, which many recognize as a direct outpouring of Woolf's love. The letter also contains the line, "...you have broken down my defences. And I don't really resent it."