From the Dragonriders of Pern series
“There are many ways of loving”–F’lar rider of bronze Mnementh in Dragonquest by Anne McCaffrey.
“Love is never going to come easy. Yes, it is scary and it’s messy as hell but it cannot be an option. So when true love does come along you need to fight to hold it…Because it may never come around agan”–Dr. “Ducky” Mallard in “Everything Starts Somewhere” from NCIS
From Star Trek:
“Love sometimes expresses itself as sacrifice”–Captain James T. Kirk in “Metamorphosis” from Star Trek: The Original Series
“I believe in honest relationships myself”–Captain James T. Kirk in “Wink of an Eye” from Star Trek: The Original Series
“I prefer to be acquainted with the women that I kiss”–Captain Jean-Luc Picard in “Captain’s Holiday” from Star Trek: The Next Generation
“When you get involved with another person, there’s always a risk of disappointment, of getting hurt”–Commander William T. Riker in “In Theory” from Star Trek: The Next Generation
“You can’t be open to love if you don’t risk pain”–Counselor Deanna Troi in “The Host” from Star Trek: The Next Generation
“There’ll be others, but every time you feel love it will be different. Every time, it’s different.”–Guinan in “The Dauphin” from Star Trek: The Next Generation
“I don’t think you can analyze love. It’s the greatest mystery of all. No one knows why it happens or doesn’t. Love is a chance combination of elements. Any one thing might be enough to keep it from igniting. A mood, a glance, a remark. And if we could define love, predict it, it would probably lose its power”–Neelix in “Unforgettable” from Star Trek: Voyager.
“Never hide who you are. That’s the only way relationships work”–Lieutenant Paul Stamets in “Magic To Make The Sanest Man Go Made” from Star Trek: Discovery
“Love is a choice…and one doesn’t make that choice once. One makes it again and again.”–Admiral Katrina Cornwall in “The Red Angel” from Star Trek: Discovery
Odo: What if I…what if she….
Dr. Bashir: Rejects you? She might. But you can’t go through life trying to avoid a broken heart. If you do, it’ll just break from loneliness anyway. So you might as well take a chance. If you don’t, she’ll move on and you’ll never know what you might have had. And living with that is worse than having a broken heart, believe me.
–Security Chief Odo and Dr. Julian Bashir in “A Simple Investigation” from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Vic: C’mon, do I really have to connect the dots? Your crazy about the broad but you’re afraid to do anything about it. And she? Well, you know.
Odo: No. Go on.
Vic: It’s the oldest story in the book. She thinks of you as a friend.
Odo: I wouldn’t call that a secret.
Vic: But women have been known to change their minds. You just have to give them a reason.
Odo: You make it sound so easy.
Vic: That’s because it’s not that hard. The girl already likes you. That means your halfway home.
–Vic Fontaine and Security Chief Odo in “His Way” from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Laas: I knew you would come. This is a new beginning for us, Odo. A new beginning for our people. You and I are about to embark on the adventure of our lives. What’s wrong?
Odo: I’m not going with you.
Laas: Why are you there?
Odo: I came to say goodbye.
Laas: Don’t be a fool. What are you holding onto? Kira? Even she knows this is what’s best for you. Why else would she have helped me to escape?
Odo: You really don’t know, do you? You don’t have any idea what it means to love someone enough to let them go.
–Security Chief Odo and Laas in “Chimera” from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Neelix: Er, er, er, have you, er, but have you ever been jealous?
Chakotay: Of course.
Neelix: You have?
Chakotay: I imagine most people who have been in love have been jealous at one time or another.
Neelix: I see. It’s a perfectly normal response. Then why, why is it so unpleasant?
Chakotay: Jealousy’s about the fear of losing someone we love. There’s no greater pain than that. Neelix, are you afraid you’re going to lose Kes to someone?
Neelix: No. I mean, I don’t think so. At least, I certainly hope not. It just can’t seem to stop these awful feelings.
Chakotay: Nothing makes us more vulnerable than when we love someone. We can be hurt very easily. But I’ve always believe that what you get when you love someone is greater than what you risk.
–Neelix and Commander Chakotay in “Twisted” from Star Trek: Voyager
Doctor: Hypothetically, if one develops romantic feelings for another person, how does one usually go about expressing them? It’s for one of Seven’s lessons.
Ensign Paris: Ah. I recommend the direct approach.
Doctor: What if the feelings aren’t mutual?
Ensign Paris: Well, that’s the risk you always take.
–The Doctor and Ensign Tom Paris in “Someone To Watch Over Me” from Star Trek: Voyager
From Star Wars:
“Purpose must come before feelings”–Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker in “The Soft War” from Star Wars: The Clone Wars
“Love often doesn’t make sense”–Princess Leia Organa in Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure by Jason Fry
“Mates are life, what one lives for. What better way to turn away from death than to think of mates, present and distant”–Runt in Star Wars: X-Wing 6: Iron Fist by Aaron Allston
“Love is a powerful tool to employ against the dark side”–Jedi Master Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: I, Jedi by Michael A. Stackpole.
“You’re always going to be too young for something important to you, too old for something else, and the timing is just not going to be right for a third set of things. That’s life, and you can make yourself crazy dwelling on that. Or, you can figure out what you are the right age for, and what the timing is right for, and celebrate those things. Where do you suppose happiness lies?”–General Wedge Antilles in Star Wars: X-Wing 9: Starfighters of Adumar by Aaron Allston
“He saw it as a great truth–that he could love, but have no wish to possess. That he could trust, but not resent those who let him down”–Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars: Secrets of the Jedi by Jude Watson
“None of us is completely in control of our heart. We do what we can, what we will, what we must…guided by our ethics and responsibilities. It can be lonely.”–Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Clone Wars: The Cestus Deception by Steven Barnes
“A warrior who cannot dance? Clumsy in both war and peace, he is”–Jedi Master Yoda in Star Wars: Clone Wars: The Cestus Deception by Steven Barnes
“Choices of the heart are never easy”–Padawan Barriss Offee in Star Wars: Clone Wars: Medstar I: Battle Surgeons by by Michael Reeves and Steve Perry
Droma: I’ve lost friends and loved ones to tragedy. And I’ve tried to do exactly what you’re doing.
Han Solo: What I’m doing?
Droma: Trying to beat tragedy by outracing it. Filling your life to the brim, even when it puts you in danger. Burying your heartache under as much anger as you can muster, without realizing that you’ve shoveled love and compassion into the same grave. We live for love, Han. Without it we might as well jettison everything.”
–Droma and Captain Han Solo in Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse by James Luceno