But look on the bright side: without Adam and Eve there would never have been Posh and Becks.Adam and Eve were a source of fascination for Twain, incidentally, who also said that chat up lines were easier for the first man: "How lucky Adam was.George Bailey: 'And all's fair in love and war, right?' Ma Bailey: 'Well, I don't know about war' (It's A Wonderful Life, film) HELEN OF TROY, the face that launched a thousand ships, has been mythologised as the most beautiful woman in the world (above, Greek painter Zeuxis has the arduous task of choosing the ideal of beauty to represent Helen, in this 1885 painting by Edwin Long called The Search for Beauty).Here's the story of love and romance, from Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden to swiping for love on smart phone apps.Gallery compiled by Martin Chilton "Adam lacked character.' but those big old lumbering prehistoric lovers are still worth their place in the gallery (above, the dinosaur lovers Aladar and Neera from the sweet 2000 Disney film Dinosaur).
Love can be heaven, love can be hell and "at the touch of love everyone becomes a poet", said Plato.
So what better way to tell the story of love down through the ages than in quotes?