The definition of love is highly subjective, influenced by culture, orientation and experiences. All the same, several interpretations of the emotion have stood out over centuries. Here are seven of the most remarkable.
“What is love but acceptance of the other, whatever he is.” – Anaïs Nin
“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.” – William Shakespeare
“Love is an untamed force. When we try to control it, it destroys us. When we try to imprison it, it enslaves us. When we try to understand it, it leaves us feeling lost and confused.” – Paulo Coelho
“Anyone who falls in love is searching for the missing pieces of themselves. So anyone who’s in love gets sad when they think of their lover. It’s like stepping back inside a room you have fond memories of, one you haven’t seen in a long time.” – Haruki Murakami
“Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.” – Louis de Bernières
“You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.” – E.M. Forster
This video from Jubilee Project gives a glimpse into a child’s definition of true love. From repulsion at the thought to blushing, these kids talk about the “pretty simple” action of showing you care for someone.
How do you define love? Let us know in the comments.