Anyone you meet, from famous philosophers to the ordinary person on the corner, will tell you that nothing in life is more important than love. There certainly is no more powerful emotion; human beings will move heaven and earth to find that one special person. The poets talk about climbing the highest mountain to prove their devotion and they tell us love will sustain us until the end of time.
When we are in love the world is wonderful and every moment is a joy. When we are not, but we wish we were, life can become a search for an elusive goal. When we lose a sweetheart, either from a breakup or death, our days may become tragic and sad. Love is the primary emotion in our lives, although hen the flame of our passion burns brightest, we may take it for granted and when our ardor is diminished, we will do anything to find it again.
Over the centuries, many famous quotes about love have been recorded for posterity. The great Scottish poet, Robert Burns , who led a turbulent life with many women, wrote a poem on the subject that many people consider the greatest statement about romantic bliss ever written in the English language .
By Robert Burns
O my Luve’s like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve’s like the melodie
That’s sweetly play’d in tune.
As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry:
Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun
I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.
And fare thee well, my only Luve
And fare thee well, a while!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho’ it were ten thousand mile.
Another interesting quote comes to us from the late rock musician and poet, Jim Morrison of the band The Doors. Morrison, who projected the image of a carefree wild-man, actually had a clear understanding of the need for friendship and tolerance in a relationship.
“Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself – and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is.”
Loss of love is always on our minds. Keeping the affection of another is not an easy task; it requires patience, understanding and devotion in equal measure. Even after a long and happy life, couples worry about leaving their partner behind when they pass into the great unknown. The British author A.A. Milne , creator of Winnie The Pooh, spoke with eloquence about love and loss in old age.
“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.”
Love is the ultimate journey. It begins with our parents who cradle us tenderly in their arms when we are born. If we are lucky, we grow up in a happy home, pursue fleeting teenage infatuation, and find a caring romantic partner as a young adult. We may end several relationships over the course of our lives, but we always manage to bounce back and try again. If we are truly blessed, we will have the affection of a good companion to comfort us in our old age. Someone to sit with on the porch and joyfully remember the days of our youth. Someone who will look in our eyes with appreciation and compassion when the final curtain falls.
Reflect on the words of Barbara Bush , wife of President George H.W. Bush ; a wise woman who understands the true importance of love. Live a passionate life and may you find a true soul mate to accompany you to the end of your days.
“At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.”
Remember also that there is no need to end on a sad note. Instead, let us all reflect on the joy that life and love may bring. Consider the words of the first Prime Minister of India , Jawaharlal Nehru .
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”
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