Posted by Henry on April 23, 2003
In Reply to: Fixing typo posted by ESC on April 23, 2003
: : : Can you please help me figure out where/how this phrase originated? Thank you...Sax
: : LOVE CONQUERS ALL - "Love conquers all things; let us too surrender to Love." Eclogues, X. l. 69. Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro) 70-19 B.C. From "Barlett's Familiar Quotations," seventeenth edition, by John Barlett and Justin Kaplan, general editor (Little, Brown and Co., Boston, 2002).
In Chaucer's Canterbury tales, the prioress wore a brooch saying Amor vincit omnia - Love conquers all.
Ful fetys was hir cloke, as I was war;
Of smal coral aboute hir arm she bar
A peire of bedes, gauded al with grene,
An theron heng a brooch of gold ful sheene,
On which ther was first write a crowned A,
And after Amor vincit omnia.