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Love Is… ( 5 favorite love quotes)

It’s Valentine’s week (let’s be honest – more like Valentine’s month) and while having a day dedicated to celebrating love is really nice, thoughts of love and its mysterious ways are more of an all year round kind of thing.

“I want to know what love is”, is one of the greatest anthems ever, it is also a sentiment most of us experience and profess during our life time. For each, the answer to that question is different.

When I was a teenager I loved those dramatic passionate famous love quotes, used to have them scribbled on notebooks and marked in books. Fittingly, my “love life” at that age looked much the same, dramatic, heart wrenching and yes – romantic. There’s just something about the emotional highs you reach with your first loves that you can’t really recreate later on with maturity (and well – being less hormonal).

These days, however,  the love-centered quotes I like and collect,  are a little less fiery, a  little less of the burning all-consuming passion and yet they are  filled with the promise of an enduring and long-lasting kind of  love, these are my top 5 favorite “Love is” quotes:My Favorite love quotes

“Love possesses not nor will it be possessed, for LOVE IS sufficient unto love”
Khalil Gibran

That is the quote I think every couple starting their joint journey should memories. There never is a reason or a place for possessiveness within a relationship. To me love is a choice, once you choose to love each other, there is no need to hold on so tight in fear of losing each other – as long as you keep choosing each other through thick and thin, then your choice will sustain your love.

“For true LOVE IS inexhaustible; the more you give, the more you have” Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I consider love, true heart on my sleeve kind of love, to be an act of bravery and trust. It’s not easy to give love freely, especially in this day and age when so many of us have walls up when so many of us get jaded in the quest for love. Once you find him/her, don’t be stingy with your love, it will come back to you many times over. I truly believe that if you love openly and freely you will get the same, love given with an open heart brings back a wealth of emotion and feelings.

“LOVE IS union with somebody, or something, outside oneself, under the condition of retaining the separateness and integrity of one’s own self”
Erich Fromm

When you fall in love, the temptation and the tendency to immerse yourself wholly into your new partner’s life, is hard to resist. How many of you ladies and gentleman had the “disappearing friend”, the one that ghost themselves out of your life when she/he has a new love interest? During my twenties, I had quite a few of those. Love wholeheartedly, love fully, but remember that your new boyfriend/girlfriend fall in love with YOU – the person you were when they met you, don’t give up on what makes you who you are, no reason for it,  maintain the integrity of your own self and you will maintain your love.

“LOVE IS friendship set on fire
Jeremy Taylor

Be each other friends, foremost and always. It is so easy to fall into what I call “petty accounting” after the first glow of that romantic falling in love/honeymoon period, is behind you when real life set in. But if you remember to be friends first lovers/spouses second, then you will have an easier time getting over those humps. Friendship is an enduring force, how many friends do you have since childhood? Since grade school etc.? How many boyfriends/girlfriends came and went during that same time? Do the math. Be each other friends, it is the best gift you can give each other.

“Our first and last LOVE IS self-love”
Christian Nestell Bovee

LOVE YOURSELF! Be kind to yourself, embrace all of your gifts because you have many, love yourself and others will see that and love you in the way the beautiful person you are deserve to be loved.

 

Happy Valentine to all of you!  May you love wholly, joyfully, fiercely and be loved back in the same way.

  

 

 

17 thoughts on “Love Is… ( 5 favorite love quotes)

  1. I love, love, love this post! I’ve been with my partner for nearly five years and am still blown away by how easy love comes to you when you’re with the right person. I am so lucky to be with my best friend who loves me more than I ever thought anyone ever would. This is a beautiful post!

    1. I’m so happy for you Indya, and yes, just this week I told a friend how my relationship with my husband when I met him was the easiest drama free thing ever. when you both choose to be together and truly are friends, it’s that easy.

  2. This is such a (for lack of a better word) lovely post!
    I really like how you combined the individual quotes with your own thoughts and how they’re all about love yet so distinct! I especially like the ones by Khalil Gibran and Erich Fromm – the idea of keeping your own self instead of projecting every single aspect of your life on your partner, and being selfless at the same time. (I know that “disappearing friend” phenomenom all too well!)
    Perfect read before Valentine’s Day. <3

    1. Thank you so much Evelyne! and yes they are two of my favorite man of wisdom too. Kalil Gibran for everything in life, and Eric Fromm when it comes to relationships. and the disappearing friend thing is sad – I “lost” a few goods ones along the way.

  3. I loved this so much. It was beautiful and thoughtful. My boyfriend is truly my best friend and everything you said all I could picture was him. Thanks for posting this! ❤️❤️

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Erin, I’m so glad you enjoyed it, having a partner who is your best friend is the greatest thing, so happy for you.

  4. Oh my goodness i cannot love this blog post enough and i’m so happy you shared it on Valentines Day. Every point you made is so true and it’s so easy to forget these simple steps when you’re engrossed in a relationship.

    Thank you for sharing.

  5. Very well written. I like these quotes. I too like love quotes, all kinds. Firey ones, more realistic ones (like the ones in this post), anything I can get my hands on. I think these kinds of quotes give a certain reassurance that we can all be loved, even though perhaps no one ever has.

    1. Thank you – I feel the same and also I feel like they let us know it’s okay if love at times is not all smooth sailing sunshine and unicorns, but I do still like fiery quotes:)

  6. This was a great post. ‘Love is friendship set on fire’ is my favourite quote – friendship is key to make any love relationship work. My fiancé is my best friend and before we got to where we were our friendship is what had to develop first. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you – I agree with you, and I knew I was with the right person when we developed such an easy friendship in no time at all.

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