„Some say cavalry and others claim
infantry or a fleet of long oars
is the supreme sight on the black earth.
I say it is
the one you love. And easily proved.
Didn't Helen, who far surpassed all
mortals in beauty, desert the best
of men, her king,
and sail off to Troy and forget
her daughter and her dear parents? Merely
Aphrodite's gaze made her readily bend
and led her far
from her path. These tales remind me now
of Anaktoria who isn't here,
would rather see her warm supple step
and the sparkle in her face than watch all
the chariots in Lydia and foot soldiers armored
in glittering bronze.“
„The irony of her story is merely that her love became, in the end, her motive rather than her goal, the doorway rather than the house.“
— Tanith Lee British writer 1947 - 2015
Chapter 22 (p. 192)
„What, for instance, induced me, when so far distant from my country, voluntarily to devote myself to her cause? Her commerce? I neither knew nor cared any thing about it. Her funds? I was so happy as hardly to understand the meaning of the word. Her lands? I could, alas! lay claim to nothing but the graves of my parents.—What, then, was the stimulus? What was I proud of? It was the name and fame of England. Her laws, her liberties, her justice, her might; all the qualities and circumstances that had given her renown in the world, but above all her deeds in arms, her military glory.“
— William Cobbett English pamphleteer, farmer and journalist 1763 - 1835
Political Register (27 October 1804).
„The chessboard was reflected in her eyes.
Eager to beat her, first I looked on her eyes.
I made a Spanish move, an ancient one,
and broken was the red rank of pawns in her light eyes.
Then I lowered my eyes from that chessboard
and Love said, "Oh not her; conquer the king if you can."“
— Paul Goodman American novelist, playwright, poet and psychotherapist 1911 - 1972
"A Chess Game" St. 1, Collected Poems, Random House, 1973, .
„Her public monument is the work of her pen in her labors as an historian; her abiding memorial, for all who knew her best, is her strenuous intellect, her singleness of purpose, her transparent affections, and aspiring mind.“
— Frances Fuller Victor American writer 1826 - 1902
Reverend Thomas Lamb Eliot, in his eulogy, as quoted in John Terry article (ibid.)
„Florentine was now no more than a bright patch on the platform. He managed to see her take out her compact and wipe away the few traces of her tears. He closed his eyes and, as if he were already very far away, cherished that image of Florentine and her powder puff. Then he searched the crowd one last time for her thin, small face and her burning eyes. But she had already turned her back to leave before the train was out of sight.“
— Gabrielle Roy French Canadian fiction writer 1909 - 1983
Her by her sight; her pure, and eloquent blood
Spoke in her cheeks, and so distinctly wrought,
That one might almost say, her body thought.“
— John Donne English poet 1572 - 1631
Of the Progress of the Soul, The Second Anniversary
„I met a lady in the meads,
Full beautiful — a faery's child,
Her hair was long, her foot was light,
And her eyes were wild.“
— John Keats English Romantic poet 1795 - 1821
„If India adopted the doctrine of love as an active part of her religion and introduced it in her politics. Swaraj would descend upon India from heaven. But I am painfully aware that that event is far off as yet.“
— Махатма Ганди pre-eminent leader of Indian nationalism during British-ruled India 1869 - 1948
"A Word of Explanation" in Young India (January 1921)
— Jorge Luis Borges, The Aleph and Other Stories