the quarrel of lovers is the renewal of love

Cf. TERENCE Andria 1. 555 amantium irae amoris integratiost, lovers’ quarrels are a strengthening of love.

c 1520 Terence in English C1 The angers of louers renew love agayn.

1576 R. EDWARDES Paradise of Dainty Devises 42 Now haue I founde, the prouerbe true to proue, The fallyng out of faithfull frends, is the renuyng of love.

1624 BURTON Anatomy of Melancholy (ed. 2) III. ii. She would..picke quarrells vpon no occasion, because she would be reconciled to him againe... The falling out of lovers is the renuing of loue.

1754 RICHARDSON Grandison III. xviii. The falling out of the renewal of Love. Are we not now better friends than if we had never differed?

1874 TROLLOPE Phineas Redux II. xxix. She knew that ‘the quarrel of lovers is the renewal of love’. At any rate, the woman always desires that it may be so, and endeavours to reconcile the parted ones.

1905 Graphic (Christmas) 14 (caption) The quarrel of lovers is the renewal of love.

1980 M. GILBERT Death of Favourite Girl ii. Bear in mind, ladies, that a lovers’ quarrel sometimes signifies the rebirth of love.

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