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There are no records of people feeling particularly lovey-dovey on February 14. Then, in 1382, Geoffrey Chaucer, a popular English poet wrote, “For this was Saint Valentine’s Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate.” Historian Jack B. Oruch finds this the first literary reference to Valentine’s Day and romance and concludes that Chaucer is probably the original mythmaker.

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What makes the myth more humorous is that another historian, Henry Ansgar Kelly, claims Chaucer was referring to May 3, the day for St. Valentine of Genoa, not the frosty February St. Valentine of Rome’s date.

Think about it. If you were a bird would you be frolicking in winter—or, spring?

 

Valentine’s Day Quotes

  • Love does not consist of gazing at each other but of looking together in the same direction.

  • There is no remedy for love but to love more.

  • The greatest love is a mother’s, then comes a dog’s, then a sweetheart’s
    –Polish proverb

  • Love is the reward of love.

  • If you would be loved, love and be lovable

  • Follow love and it will flee thee; Flee love and it will follow thee.

  • True love begins when nothing is looked for in return.
    –Antoine de Saint-Exupery, French writer (1900-44)

  • Falling in love is like falling down stairs—we never can tell exactly how the thing was done.
    –Josh Billings, American humorist (1818-85)

  • Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.
    –William Shakespeare, English playwright (1564-1616)

  • Where there is love, there is no darkness.

  • Faults are thick where love is thin.

  • True love never grows old.

  • Works and not words are the proof of love.

  • Absence sharpens love; presence strengthens it.

  • The best smell is bread, the best savor salt, the best love that of children. [no credit]

  • Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love.
    –Albert Einstein