“Love isn’t something you find, love is something that finds you,” said Loretta Young. Has love found you? If yes, then you’ll know what love is. If not, then you’ll soon know.
When the question of defining love presents itself, it is extremely difficult to choose the right words to define this feeling that no human being can escape. Love has always been something that has transcended across every kind of boundary. Be it of time, race, age or gender!
A curious user asked a question on Quora. A simple question that stated, ‘What is love?’ Some of the answers the user, got were beautiful.
“There are 4 members in the family, and only 3 apples. And then mom says: “I don’t like apples. Love is that innocent lie,” says Quora user Pratik Jha. Another user, Anirban Accharya says, “She had a pocketful of stones and a big chunk of her gall bladder removed from her that day and was hardly in her senses, but all she cared about was MY stupid back pain. As soon as I said that it is alright, she went back to sleep again before I could say anything more. Anyway, I was too overwhelmed to say anything else. If that’s not love, what is?”
Amazing isn’t it? How these stories of love touch our heart?
Some of the famous persons in history have said something about love, which is also something you must read today.
1. “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
– Mother Teresa
2. “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.”
3. “The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard but must be felt with the heart.”
– Helen Keller
4. “Where does the family start? It starts with a young man falling in love with a girl – no superior alternative has yet been found.”
– Winston Churchill
5. “It is wrong to think that love comes from long companionship and persevering courtship. Love is the offspring of spiritual affinity and unless that affinity is created in a moment, it will not be created for years or even generations.”
– Kahlil Gibran
6. “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.
7. “Love never claims, it ever gives.”
8. “He who love touches walks not in darkness.”
9. “No, this trick won’t work. How on earth are you ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love?”
– Albert Einstein
10. “I seem to have loved you in numberless forms, numberless times, in life after life, in age after age forever.”
– Rabindranath Tagore
Another way of learning to understand love is through the most famous love stories in literature and the words that are used in those. Why? Because these words and acts of love have stood the test of time, repeatedly resonating with people of different generations. We’ll give you five, to ponder upon as we celebrate the spirit of love today:
1. Hamlet & Ophelia in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet:
“Doubt thou the stars are fire, (Doubt that the stars are fire)
Doubt thou the sun doth move, (Doubt that the sun does move)
Doubt truth to be a liar,
Never doubt I love.”
Hamlet and Ophelia’s famous dialogue from the play that has been used in various other works like movies, is different than the stories we have heard. It happens with war in the backdrop and is not the main plot of this play. But it still manages to leave an impact.
2. Romeo Montague & Juliet Capulet in Romeo & Juliet:
“Don’t waste your love on somebody, who doesn’t value it.”
The story of Romeo and Juliet is of love, of tragedy, of togetherness and separation. It talks about how one cannot survive without another – in that era it really happened.
3. Laila and Majnu:
“I pass by these walls, the walls of Layla
And I kiss this wall and that wall
It’s not Love of the walls that has enraptured my heart
But of the One who dwells within them…”
A leading medieval poet of Iran, Nizami of Ganje wrote a poem inspired by an Arab legend. Laila and Majnu is again a story about love that is unrequited.
4. Scarlet O’Hara and Rhett Butler in Gone With The Wind:
“Say you’ll marry me when I come back or, before God, I won’t go. I’ll stay around here and play a guitar under your window every night and sing at the top of my voice and compromise you, so you’ll have to marry me to save your reputation.”
Those who have read this classic novel will know why this pair finds a mention in this article. Not the usual love story, but Rhett’s famous dialogue, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn'” is unforgettable. Their story shows how both of them are never in sync with each other’s thoughts and hate each other at one time and love at another. Relatable?
5. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy in Pride And Prejudice:
“”Do not consider me now as an elegant female intending to plague you, but as a rational creature speaking the truth from her heart.”
This love story is about shunning mindsets, bringing about a perfect mix of freedom (Elizabeth) and conventionality (Darcy). It is also about realising your feelings. In this novel, Elizabeth rejects Darcy at first, who also doesn’t like Elizabeth when he first sees her. Eventually, they both realise that they are meant for each other.
Love is everything and yet nothing. The definition of love is that it is undefinable. You can’t express it, you can only feel it.