Affection Quotes

I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it.

Audrey Hepburn

Affection is the broadest basis of good in life.

George Eliot

Affection, mistress of passion, sways it to the mood of what it likes or loathes.

William Shakespeare

The fact is that people are good, if only their fundamental wishes are satisfied, their wish for affection and security. Give people affection and security, and they will give affection and be secure in their feelings and their behavior.

Abraham Maslow

Talk not of wasted affection; affection was never wasted.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

He makes a great mistake... who supposes that authority is firmer or better established when it is founded by force than that which is welded by affection.


This the curse of service: Preferment goes by letter and affection, and not by old gradation, where each second stood heir to the first.

William Shakespeare

Affection endeavors to correct natural defects, and has always the laudable aim of pleasing, though it always misses it.

John Locke

Affection without sentiment, authority without cruelty, discipline without aggression, humor without ridicule, sacrifice without obligation, companionship without possessiveness.

William E. Blatz

Romance is about building trust, affection, and harmony between two caring people.

Mitch Thrower

Nonsense and noise will oft prevail, When honor and affection fail.

Robert Lloyd

Chivalry!---why, maiden, she is the nurse of pure and high affection---the stay of the oppressed, the redresser of grievances, the curb of the power of the tyrant ---Nobility were but an empty name without her, and liberty finds the best protection in her lance and her sword.

Sir Walter Scott

Someone once said that every form of government has one characteristic peculiar to it and if that characteristic is lost, the government will fall. In a monarchy, it is affection and respect for the royal family. If that is lost the monarch is lost. In a dictatorship, it is fear. If the people stop fearing the dictator he'll lose power. In a representative government such as ours, it is virtue. If virtue goes, the government fails. Are we choosing paths that are politically expedient and morally questionable? Are we in truth losing our virtue? . . . If so, we may be nearer the dustbin of history than we realize.

Ronald Reagan

With affection beaming in one eye, and calculation shining out of the other.

Charles Dickens

A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

Albert Einstein
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