Dear Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old dear quotes, dear sayings, and dear proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

If you hold yourself dear, protect yourself well. Gautama Buddha
A man often pays dear for a small frugality. Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is one friend in the life of each of us who seems not a separate person, however dear and beloved, but an expansion, an interpretation, of one's self, the very meaning of one's soul. Edith Wharton
Dear is your heart and close your hand, I relinquish all to love's dysmorphic command. Isabel Yosito
A friend is a beloved mystery; dearest always because he is not ourself, and has something in him which it is impossible for us to fathom. If it were not so, friendship would lose its chief zest. Lucy Larcom
Home, the spot of earth supremely blest, A dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest. Robert Montgomery
It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them. Mark Twain
Nothing is cheap which is superfluous, for what one does not need, is dear at a penny Plutarch
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life. William Shakespeare
Dear Lover, Your laughter is warm rain, and you are the rainbow. Lori Jenessa Nelson
Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death! Patrick Henry
Oh! too convincing -- dangerously dear -- In woman's eye the unanswerable tear! Lord Byron
However near and dear to you may be your wife, children, friends, they are not you; they are outside of you. John Buchanan Robinson
There is more pleasure in loving than in being beloved. Thomas Fuller
Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other. Benjamin Franklin
A friend who is near and dear may in time become as useless as a relative. George Ade
So a maiden, while she remains untouched, remains dear to her own; but when she has lost her chaste flower with sullied body, she remains neither lovely to boys nor dear to girls. Catullus
What gift has providence bestowed on man that is so dear to him as his children? Marcus Tullius Cicero
A writer is dear and necessary for us only in the measure of which he reveals to us the inner workings of his very soul. Leo Tolstoy
To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter. Euripides
Remember that the most valuable antiques are dear old friends. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Is venison dear? Yes, to both and the third. Anthony T. Hincks
Sweets grown common lose their dear delight. William Shakespeare
The family – that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor, in our inmost hearts, ever quite wish to. Dodie Smith
The beautiful things of the earth become more dear as they elude pursuit. Thomas Hardy
Love! dearest, sweetest power! how much are we indebted to thee! How much superior are even thy miseries to the pleasures which arise from other sources! Percy Bysshe Shelley
It is generally a feminine eye that first detects the moral deficiencies hidden under the 'dear deceit' of beauty. T.S. Eliot
Love has not a value, though we treasure it dear, it's worth more than gold, that's why I keep you so near. Anthony T. Hincks
When you are older you will understand how precious little things, seemingly of no value in themselves, can be loved and prized above all price when they convey the love and thoughtfulness of a good heart. Edwin Booth