Affection is a "disposition or rare state of mind or body" that is often associated with a feeling or type of love. It has given rise to a number of branches of philosophy and psychology concerning: emotion (popularly: love, devotion etc.); disease; influence; state of being (philosophy); and state of mind (psychology). "Affection" is popularly used to denote a feeling or type of love, amounting to more than goodwill or friendship. Writers on ethics generally use the word to refer to distinct states of feeling, both lasting and spasmodic. Some contrast it with passion as being free from the distinctively sensual element.
- All our "most sacred affections" are merely prosaic habit.
- Cesare Pavese, This Business of Living, 1938-06-12.
- A mixture of admiration and pity is one of the surest recipes for affection.
- André Maurois, Ariel (1923).
- There is no resource so firm for the Government of the United States as the affections of the people, guided by an enlightened policy; and to this primary good nothing can conduce more than a faithful representation of public proceedings, diffused without restraint throughout the United States.
- George Washington, Fifth Annual Address (1793) in Messages and Papers of the Presidents (1896), page 142.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 11-12.
- Even children follow'd with endearing wile,
And pluck'd his gown, to share the good man's smile.
- Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village (1770), line 183.
- The objects that we have known in better days are the main props that sustain the weight of our affections, and give us strength to await our future lot.
- William Hazlitt, Table Talk, On the Past and Future.
- Who hath not saved some trifling thing
More prized than jewels rare,
A faded flower, a broken ring,
A tress of golden hair.
- Ellen Clementine Howarth, 'Tis but a Little Faded Flower.
- Talk not of wasted affection, affection never was wasted.
If it enrich not the heart of another, its waters, returning
Back to their springs, like the rain, shall fill them full of refreshment;
That which the fountain sends forth returns again to the fountain.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie (1847), Part II, Stanza 1.
- Affection is a coal that must be cool'd;
Else, suffer'd, it will set the heart on fire.
- Of such affection and unbroken faith
As temper life's worst bitterness.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Cenci (1819), Act III, scene 1.