This quote is drawn from a novella that is the most widely translated book of its native language: French. The story tells of a narrator, a Prince, and a fox. The fox speaks this line to the little prince, after the prince tames the fox.
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This quote is spoken of by the Chorus of the play, which here was made up of married women. They are here speaking of the sometimes overwhelming power of love. The lines continue, "...of those he would destroy. I pray that love may never come to me with murderous intent." While shocking, the quote displays how much power love has over us.
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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.
The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus (1604) Act V Scene I
The tragic play Doctor Faustus tells the story of a man who sells his soul to the devil, for power. The complete quote reads, "Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss," referencing Helen of Troy and the "face that launched a thousand ships."