What Is Love?

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Ahhh yes… love is in the air. Valentines Day – that day you either eagerly await, dread, or are just plain indifferent to – has rolled around again. Personally, I think it is nice to have a day where you do a little bit extra to show your partner how much you love and appreciate them (assuming, of course, that you have a partner).

So what is love? Many a great mind (and probably a few poor ones too) have contemplated this question. I doubt there is any other topic more written about, whether in the form of a story, a poem or a song. So for today’s article I went in search of some of the best quotes on the subject. The following are 10 quotes that each, in my opinion, give a little insight into what love really is:

Love is mysterious

“To live is like love, all reason is against it, and all healthy instinct for it.” – Samuel Butler

Must be given away

“The love we give away is the only love we keep.” – Elbert Hubbard

Is the honey of life

“Life is the flower for which love is the honey.” – Victor Hugo

Can overcome obstacles

“Love, like a river, will cut a new path whenever it meets an obstacle.” – Crystal Middlemas

A special connection with someone (Hi Kathryn :) )

“You know you are in love
when you see the world in her eyes,
and her eyes everywhere in the world.” – David Levesque

Should be spread everywhere

“Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor… Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.” Mother Theresa

Something we should all experience

“Better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all.” – Saint Augustine

Is needed for peace

“We look forward to the time when the power to love will replace the love of power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.” – William Gladstone

May not involve finding a perfect person

“We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.” – Sam Keen

Is all you need

“All you need is love.” – The Beatles

So, what does love mean to you? Or, if you have a favorite quote regarding love please share it below in the comments…