We are not all the same.
Especially not on a day like today. There are probably two distinct categories of people on a day like today.
Two emotional gulfs, interspersed with trenches of doctored Instagram visuals and plagiarised texts from dead men and vast drylands of the ‘love yourself’ collective, who try a little too hard to completely dismiss the essence of the day.
If you haven’t gotten a clue as to what I am referring to by now, let me help you out of your hermitage.
Today is Valentine’s day and everyone is loving up or at least pretending to be.
Eateries will be packed with hand-holding, underaged love interests and flowers ( red roses preferably) will be spirited across the city to endless destinations.
Condoms will be fiercely wrestled from counters and everywhere else they are on display and the male-to-female visitation ratio will hit its peak today.
ATM Cards will be mysteriously maxed out while googly-eyed teenage girls blush in appreciation.
And yet in the midst of all that heightened love activity will be a few people who are lost out of the amoral festivity.
Probably because they have no established love affiliation or have been cleverly ousted out of it.
So in the spirit of the day ( it really can’t be portrayed as a season), here’s an ecclectic mix of love quotes from famous writers that cover a spectrum of amoral expressions from being single (loving yourself) to managing a boo.
“The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.”
“Life is the flower for which love is the honey.”
“There is no remedy for love but to love more.”
“‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”
“True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen.”
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
“A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea.”
Honore de Balzac
“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”
A. A. Milne
“If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than because he was he, and I was I.”
Michel de Montaigne
“A loving heart is the truest wisdom.”
“I like not only to be loved, but also to be told I am loved.”
“I was about half in love with her by the time we sat down. That’s the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty… you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are.”
J. D. Salinger
“We loved with a love that was more than love.”
Edgar Allan Poe
“The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough of is love.”
“I believe in the compelling power of love. I do not understand it. I believe it to be the most fragrant blossom of all this thorny existence.”
“How absurd and delicious it is to be in love with somebody younger than yourself. Everybody should try it.”
“The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.”
G. K. Chesterton
“To say ‘I love you’ one must first be able to say the ‘I’.”
“Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.”
“To love another person is to see the face of God.”
“The richest love is that which submits to the arbitration of time.”
“A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love.”
Henry David Thoreau
“The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved.”
“We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.”
W. Somerset Maugham
“Love: the irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.”
“To love someone is to see a miracle invisible to others.”
“We don’t see things as they are. We see things as we are.”
“Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species.”
W. Somerset Maugham
“Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.”
“There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.”
“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”
“We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.”
That’s it guys.
Regardless of what your situation is, try to have some safe fun today.