23. A Spark
Yes, love indeed is light from heaven;
A spark of that immortal fire.
With angels shared, by Alla given,
To lift from earth our low desire.
(Lord Byron, The Giaour, 1813)
24. A Flame
There lives within the very flame of love
A kind of wick or snuff that will abate it.
(William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1600?)
25. A Fierce Flame
And love's flame is superior to physical law in that, the less ventilation it has, the more fiercely it burns.
(Paul Leicester Ford, Janice Meredith, 1899)
26. A Blaze
Just so, thought I, the love of youth, which succeeds the crackling blaze of boyhood, makes a broader flame, though it may not be so easily kindled.
(Donald G. Mitchell, Reveries of a Bachelor, 1850)
27. A Flame and Burning Coals
Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable."
(Henry Ward Beecher, quoted by Augusta Moore in Notes From Plymouth Pulpit, 1859)
28. A Fire
Love is a fire.
It burns everyone.
It disfigures everyone.
It is the world's excuse
for being ugly.
(Leonard Cohen, The Energy of Slaves, 1972)
29. A Fire
My faultless breast the furnace is,
The fuel wounding thorns;
Love is the fire, and sighs the smoke,
The ashes, shame and scorns.
(Robert Southwell, "The Burning Babe," 1595)
30. A Fire
Love's fire, if it once goes out, is hard to kindle.
31. Friendship on Fire
I heard once that love is friendship on fire. That's how I feel about you.
(Ben Feldman as Adam Forrest in The Perfect Man, 2005)
32. A Lasting Fire
But true love is a lasting fire,
Which viewless vestals tend,
That burnes for ever in the soule,
And knowes nor change, nor end.
(Anonymous, "As Ye Came From the Holy Land," 16th-century English ballad)
33. A Light
Love must be as much a light as a flame.
(Henry David Thoreau, letter, 1852)
34. A Volcano
Love unbridled is a volcano that burns down and lays waste all around it: it is an abyss that devours all--honour, substance and health.
(Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Psychopathia Sexualis, 1886)
35. An Exploding Cigar
Love is an exploding cigar we willingly smoke.
36. A Bird
Love's wing moults when caged and captured,
Only free he soars enraptured.
(Thomas Campbell, "Love's Philosophy," 1810)
37. A Hawk with Velvet Claws . . .
Love is a hawk with velvet claws;
Love is a rock with heart and veins;
Love is a lion with satin jaws;
Love is a storm with silken reins.
(from "The Kiss," a sonnet composed by a computer in Kurt Vonnegut's short story "EPICAC," 1968)
38. An Archer
[Love] is chary of using pointed shafts, and most of his target practice is done with heavy round-tipped arrows that leave an ugly black bruise where they strike, but do not draw the generous blood.
(F. Marion Crawford, Doctor Claudius, 1883)
39. A Hunter
The sharpest-sighted hunter in the universe is Love, for finding what he seeks, and only that."
(Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Beauty," 1860)
40. A Weapon
Love is the weapon which Omnipotence reserved to conquer rebel man when all the rest had failed. Reason he parries; fear he answers blow for blow; future interest he meets with present pleasure; but love is that sun against whose melting beams the winter cannot stand. There is not one human being in a million, nor a thousand men in all earth's huge quintillion whose clay heart is hardened against love.
(Martin Farquhar Tupper, "Crock of Gold," 1844)
41. An Outlaw
Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won't adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is to sign on as its accomplice. Instead of vowing to honor and obey, maybe we should swear to aid and abet.
(Tom Robbins, Still Life With Woodpecker, 1981)
42. A Loaded Gun
One down, one to go,
Just another bullet in the chamber.
Sometimes love's a loaded gun . . .
And it shoots to kill.
(Alice Cooper, "Love's a Loaded Gun," 1991)
43. A Treaty
And love is then no more than a compromise?
An impermanent treaty waiting to be signed,
By the two enemies?
(Thom Gunn, "To His Cynical Mistress," 1954)
44. A Battlefield
We are young,
heartache to heartache we stand.
No promises, no demands.
Love is a battlefield.
(Holly Knight and Mike Chapman, "Love Is A Battlefield," 1983)
45. A Battle
Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up."
(James Baldwin, "In Search of a Majority," 1960)
Love is a kind of warfare.
(Ovid, The Art of Love, 1 BC)
47. A Perky Elf With a Machine Gun
Love is a perky elf dancing a merry little jig and then suddenly he turns on you with a miniature machine gun.
(Matt Groening's interpretation of Kierkegaard's view of love, Love Is Hell, 1985)
48. An Ogre
Virtue and Love are two ogres: one must eat the other.
49. A Brute
Passion's a good, stupid horse that will plough six days a week if you give him the run of his heels on Sundays. But love's a nervous awkward overmastering brute; if you can't rein him, it's best to have no truck with him.
(Lord Peter Wimsey in Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers, 1935)
50. A Magician
Love is the magician, the enchanter, that changes worthless things to joy, and makes right royal kings and queens of common clay.
(Robert Green Ingersoll, "Orthodoxy," 1884)
51. The Wild Card
Love is the wild card of existence.
(Rita Mae Brown, Animal Magnetism: My Life with Creatures Great and Small, 2009)
52. A Game
Love is a game at which one always cheats.
(attributed to Honoré de Balzac)
53. A Game
And if young love is just a game
Then I must have missed the kick off.
(Blink-182, "Going Away To College," 1999)
54. A Losing Game
For you I was the flame,
Love is a losing game.
Five-story fire as you came,
Love is a losing game.
(Amy Winehouse, "Love Is a Losing Game," 2006)
55. A Promise
Love is a promise delivered already broken.
(The Older Man in Steve Martin's play The Zig-Zag Woman, 1996)
56. The Poetry of the Senses
Love is the poetry of the senses.
(Honoré de Balzac, The Physiology of Marriage, 1829)
57. A Concerto
Harmony is pure love, for love is a concerto.
(Lope de Vega)
58. A Mix Tape
Love is a mix tape.
(Rob Sheffield, Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time, 2006)
59. A Work of Art
Love is a wondrous work of art,
But your love, oh your love, your love . . .
Is like a giant pigeon, crapping on my heart.
(Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe in the pilot episode of Friends, 1994)
60. A Canvas
Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.
Concluded on page three
See also: 100 Sweet Similes