Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says: ‘I need you because I love you.’
– Erich Fromm
I was about half in love with her by the time we sat down. Every time they do something pretty, even if they’re not much to look at, or even if they’re sort of stupid, you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are.
– J. D. Salinger
I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes
– James Joyce
Like everybody who is not in love, he imagined that one chose the person whom one loved after endless deliberations and on the strength of various qualities and advantages.
– Marcel Proust