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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.


  • It's affection always,
    You're gonna see it someday
    My attention's on you
    Even if it's not what you need
  • All our "most sacred affections" are merely prosaic habit.
  • I would regard meanings
    given by others so far
    as refreshing boon,
    I would still be enamored of rose
    or any heartless flower's smell
    if tender tides of your affection
    had not suffused
    the pollens of my heart
    with loving aroma.
  • Wonder Woman: The only way you can rule anybody Steve, is the way we women do it -- by inspiring affection!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Who hath not saved some trifling thing
    More prized than jewels rare,
    A faded flower, a broken ring,
    A tress of golden hair.
  • 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.
  • Of such affection and unbroken faith
    As temper life's worst bitterness.
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