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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1132
AUTHOR: Robert Green Ingersoll (1833–99)
QUOTATION: Love is the magician, the enchanter, that changes worthless things to joy, and makes right royal kings and queens of common clay. It is the perfume of that wondrous flower, the heart, and without that sacred passion, that divine swoon, we are less than beasts; but with it, earth is heaven, and we are gods.
ATTRIBUTION: ROBERT G. INGERSOLL, “Orthodoxy,” lecture, The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, vol. 2, p. 420 (1929, reprinted 1978).