S. Austin Allibone, comp. Prose Quotations from Socrates to Macaulay. 1880.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Thou demandest, What is love? It is that powerful attraction towards all that we conceive, or fear, or hope beyond ourselves, when we find within our own thoughts the chasm of an insufficient void, and seek to awaken in all things that are, a community with what we experience within ourselves. If we reason, we would be understood; if we imagine, we would that the airy children of our brain were born anew within anothers; if we feel, we would that anothers nerves should vibrate to our own; that lips of motionless ice should not reply to lips quivering and burning with the hearts best blood. This is love. This is the bond and the sanction which connects not only man with man, but with everything which exists. We are born into the world, and there is something within us which, from the instant that we live, more and more thirsts after its likeness.