A mixture of admiration and pity is one of the surest recipes for affection.
A slight touch of friendly malice and amusement towards those we love keeps our affections for them from turning flat.
A woman's life is a history of the affections.
Affection, like melancholy, magnifies trifles; but the magnifying of the one is like looking through a telescope at heavenly objects; that of the other, like enlarging monsters with a microscope.
Caresses, expressions of one sort or another, are necessary to the life of the affections as leaves are to the life of a tree. If they are wholly restrained, love will die at the roots.
Don't be afraid of showing affection. Be warm and tender, thoughtful and affectionate. Men are more helped by sympathy than by service. Love is more than money, and a kind word will give more pleasure than a present.
I love to hold people's hands when I visit hospitals, even though they are shocked because they haven't experienced anything like it before, but to me it is a normal thing to do.
I never met a man I didn't like.
If you value a man's regard, strive with him. As to liking, you like your newspaper — and despise it.
In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more affection than she feels.
It's not till sex has died out between a man and a woman that they can really love. And now I mean affection. Now I mean to be fond of (as one is fond of oneself) –to hope, to be disappointed, to live inside the other heart. When I look back on the pain of sex, the love like a wild fox so ready to bite, the antagonism that sits like a twin beside love, and contrast it with affection, so deeply unrepeatable, of two people who have lived a life together (and of whom one must die) it's the affection I find richer. It's that I would have again. Not all those doubtful rainbow colors.
Most people would rather give than get affection.
One should never direct people towards happiness, because happiness too is an idol of the market-place. One should direct them towards mutual affection. A beast gnawing at its prey can be happy too, but only human beings can feel affection for each other, and this is the highest achievement they can aspire to.
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. [Colossians 3:2]
Talk not of wasted affection; affection never was wasted.
The affections are like lightning: you cannot tell where they will strike till they have fallen.
The moment we indulge our affections, the earth is metamorphosed, there is no winter and no night; all tragedies, all ennui s, vanish, all duties even.
The two qualities which chiefly inspire regard and affection [Are] that a thing is your own and that it is your only one.
Yes, I do touch. I believe that everyone needs that