I know everyone’s super excited about Valentine’s Day and all, but really? If you really care about someone, why not show them every day? Why save all your love for just one day? That’s a bit silly, yes? Before you go and judge me and think I’m being bitter, I’m not. I’m just being realistic. I love being in love just as much as the next girl, but I don’t see the point of making a spectacle of it. Love is beautiful, profound, and very personal.
Why is Valentine’s Day supposed to be THE DAY to show it? How come the only way to prove your love is with overpriced roses, a ridiculously busy restaurant reservation, and chocolates that don’t really taste that good? If you’re really in love with someone, show them you care by doing something personal for them every day. Believe me, when push comes to shove, they’ll remember the little gestures with more love and fondness than the huge gestures. Why you ask? Because the little gestures are intimate. They’re personal. They’re everything that your relationship is made up of. The big gestures are society’s ideas of what love should be like. No one can truly understand your love the way you do, so why celebrate in such a conformed way?
Ack, maybe I’m just in a bad mood today. Regardless, here are some quotes about love for all those lovers out there. May you always be as in love with your significant other as you are today.
“Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being “in love” which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two.”
“To lose balance sometimes for love is part of living a balanced
“L’amor che move il sole e l’altre stelle.
The love that moves the sun and the other stars.”
“The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.”
“You have to walk carefully in the beginning of love; the running across fields into your lover’s arms can only come later when you’re sure they won’t laugh if you trip. “
-Jonathan Carroll, “Outside the Dog Museum”
“Infatuation is when you think he’s as sexy as Robert Redford, as smart as Henry Kissinger, as noble as Ralph Nader, as funny as Woody Allen, and as athletic as Jimmy Conners. Love is when you realize that he’s as sexy as Woody Allen, as smart as Jimmy Connors, as funny as Ralph Nader, as athletic as Henry Kissinger and nothing like Robert Redford – but you’ll take him anyway.”
-Judith Viorst,Redbook, 1975
“Love is a symbol of eternity. It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end. “
(And my personal favorite)
“Love is as strong as death, as hard as Hell. Death separates the soul from the body, but love separates all things from the soul.”