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Love…
…can come without notice filled with fire and passion that burn both day and night as two discover each other from the outside in. That’s risky. Or love can grow gracefully from friendship filled with intimacy and honesty as two come to know each other from the inside out; love’s best chance of lasting.

From “The Shack” by Canadian author W. Paul Young
So many
believe
it is love
that grows,
but it is
knowing
that grows
and love
simply
expands to
contain it.

Love Sees

Love…
…is not blind; love sees. It sees clearly the weak points and the faults of the other, but loves just the same. One does not love another’s faults. We love past them.

French novelist and playwright Henri De Montherlant
We
like
someone
“because”.
We
love
someone
“although”.

Most Authentic Version

Love…
…makes me want to be a better person for you; not different from I truly am but the best rendition of the real me. Love’s inspiration brings an intention to be the most authentic version of myself that I am capable.

Brazilian lyricist and novelist Paul Choelho
When we love,
we always strive
to become
better than we are.
When we strive
to become better
than we are,
everything around us
becomes better too.

It Is So Rare

Love…
… is not as simple as “I love you”. Those three words are an absolutely true statement about what I feel, but there is much more. I like you. I respect you. I believe in you. I admire you. I trust you. And more…

French Romantic composer Hector Berlioz
It is so rare…
to find a complete person,
with a soul, a heart
and an imagination;
so rare for characters
as ardent and restless
as ours to meet
and to be matched together,
that I hardly know
how to tell you
what happiness
it gives me to know you.

First Flash of Fire

Love…
…is in reality, quite new to me; not what I thought love was, but what I am learning love really is. I used to think passion was the first step but with you I am learning becoming true and real friends should come first. Without it, the first flash of fire is often a destroyer.

An anonymous caption found on a Flickr.com photo post
If you’re alone,
I’ll be your shadow.
If you want to cry,
I’ll be your shoulder.
If you want a hug,
I’ll be your pillow.
If you need to be happy,
I’ll be your smile…
But anytime
you need a friend,
I’ll just be me.

What Wind Is To Fire

Love…
…means I can go days not seeing you without growing restless or wondering if something is wrong. How often we communication does not really matter much either. What we share is the first time romantic love has not brought me a steady flow of anguish and intrigue.

French memoirist Comte DeBussy-Rabutin
Absence
is to love
what wind
is to fire;
it extinguishes
the small,
it enkindles
the great.

It Is So Rare

Love…
…is knowing I can depend on you. When I need help you’re always willing to lend a hand. When I need someone to listen you open your ears, heart and mind to me. As good as our love is, our friendship is even better.

French Romantic composer and writer Hector Berlioz
It is so rare…
to find a complete person,
with a soul,
a heart
and an imagination;
so rare for characters as ardent
and restless as ours
to meet
and to be matched together,
that I hardly know
how to tell you
what happiness
it gives me
to know you.

Silly and Serious

Love…
…should be silly and serious to the full extent possible so it is carved as deeply true as love is capable of becoming. Silliness and laughter is just as important as holding each other through the greatest of painful tragedies. The broader the scope of what can be easily shared, the greater the depth love will further grow to.

From the movie “The Mirror Has Two Faces”
We all want to fall in love. Why?
Because that experience makes us
feel completely alive,
where every sense is heightened,
and every emotion is magnified.
Our everyday reality is shattered
and we are flying into the heavens.
It may only last a moment, an hour,
or an afternoon,
but that doesn’t diminish its value,
because we are left with memories
that we treasure for the rest of our lives.

Love Makes Life Sweeter

Love…
… between two compatible people can improve happiness and enhance joy; lighten burdens and ease pain; bring solace to disappointment and consolation to failure. Like sugar in tea, love makes life sweeter.

Contemporary American Author of literature & fiction, Jodi Picoult
Love is not an equation,
it is not a contract,
and it is not a happy ending.
Love is the slate under the chalk,
the ground that buildings rise,
and the oxygen in the air.
It is the place you
come back to,
no matter where you’re headed.

Time Makes Love

Love…
…takes time and time makes love. Moving through its chapters, love is ever-changing and evolving. Even when lasting it’s constantly becoming less or becoming more at the same time. I wonder what our love will be like when we’re ninety?

From “Love and Age” by Thomas Peacock
…though first love’s impassion’d blindness
Has pass’d away in colder light,
I still have thought of you with kindness,
And shall do, till our last good-night.
The ever-rolling silent hours
Will bring a time we shall not know,
When our young days of gathering flowers
Will be an hundred years ago.