"I could not love thee, dear, so much
Lov'd I not honour more." – Richard Lovelace
- What it means: He loves a woman very much and he feels a need to stay with her because he loves her, but he feels a stronger need to go and fight in a war. Honour is the quality that makes him feel a need to go and fight in the war. He tells her that if he did not love the quality of honour more than he loves her, then he would not be able to love her as much as he does.