Picks and Pans Review: The Lover's Quotation Book

updated 03/17/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/17/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

edited by Helen Handley

Let's say you're stuck for just the right words to convince her or him of how passionate you are. Or can't decide how to make her or him feel bad for rejecting your passion. Here's help. Some of the quotes in this book could be dredged up out of a Bartlett's, but Handley, who teaches English at the Chapin School in New York, has made it more convenient by collecting a nice sampling of comments about love. Plato, for instance: "Love is a grave mental disease." Søren Kierkegaard: "If you marry, you will regret it; if you don't marry, you will also regret it." Lyndon Johnson: "I have learned that only two things are necessary to keep one's wife happy. First, let her think she's having her way. And second, let her have it." Maurice Chevalier: "Many a man has fallen in love with a girl in a light so dim he would not have chosen a suit by it." Jayne Mansfield: "Men are those creatures with two legs and eight hands." Chico Marx: "I wasn't kissing her, I was whispering in her mouth." Isak Dinesen: "No woman should allow herself to be possessed by any male but the devil." Walt Disney: "I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I've ever known." Virginia Woolf: "Why are women so much more interesting to men than men are to women?" Dorothy Parker: "Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song/A medley of extemporanea/And love is a thing that can never go wrong/And I am Marie of Roumania." (Pushcart Press, $10.95)

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