The Real Definition of Love

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I recalled this quote from a movie I watched almost 15 years ago before I ever knew that my life’s path would lead me to helping people find each other’s soulmates. Even way back then watching it as a teenager, so unripe with life experience, I knew the content of this message was special. This line always stayed with me because it’s a truth about love that many people just don’t understand, which is why some fail to find it, or fail to hold onto it. There is a significant difference between true love and being in love. And the following couldn’t explain it any better:

“Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have 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, it is not the desire to mate every second minute of the day, it is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every cranny of your body. No, don’t blush, I am telling you some truths. That is just being “in love”, which any fool can do. 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 BernièresCaptain Corelli’s Mandolin


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