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Food For Thought: A Quote on Love

“Love is a temporary madness.

It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision.

You have to work out whether your roots have become 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.

That is just being “in love” which any of us can convince ourselves we are.

Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.

Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two.” 

This quote has been attributed to multiple people. I’m not sure who said it first, but it is definitely one of the most profound statements I’ve ever read on love.


About goatgirlbookworm

My name is Toni Clegg, and I was raised on a farm in the far north of the United States. I love to read and write and I hope to use those hobbies in a greater way in the days to come. One of my passions is using whatever influence I have to make a difference in the world.

2 responses to “Food For Thought: A Quote on Love

  1. slpmartin

    Nice qoute thanks for sharing.

  2. @dam

    This is the most heartfelt and romantic description of what love is, it struck a chord with me as soon as I read it.

    I’d not actually given it too much thought, but this really nails it, however I’m addicted to the intoxicating ‘In Love’ part of life; I’ve never felt so alive as the time when I fell in love.

    Like many, I’ve fallen a few times and for me it’s such an amazing feeling that to not feel that intensity daily leaves me a little jaded, but that’s life I guess.

    Thanks for this beautiful post!
    Respect and Peace!

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