The descriptors of love would be so many, one could write pages just with the many variants. Quotes on this subject are incredibly diverse and fascinating.
Music that has been inspired by love and absence includes one of my favourite pieces: Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 26 Opus 81a, Les Adieux Sonata, which encapsulates Farewell, Absence and Return, written 1809-1810
Literature Absence: ‘When I died last, and, Dear, I die
As often as from thee I go.’
JOHN DONNE 1573-1631
From classical to popular music, love has been a constant.
‘Love, love me do’, the Beetles song suggests the yearning of youthful love. I’m sure you all have your favourite pop songs incorporating love.
Returning to quotations: Love: an addiction
‘One can find women who have never had one love affair, but it is rare indeed to find any who have had only one.’
Francois, DUC DE LA ROCHEPOUCAULD 1613-1680
‘This sex attraction, though it is so useful for keeping the world peopled, has nothing to do with beauty: it blinds us to ugliness instead of opening our eyes to beauty.’
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW 1856-1950
‘Who loves believes the impossible.’
ELIZABETH M. BROWNING 1809-1861
Love: in any case
‘It is best to love wisely, no doubt; but to love foolishly is better than not to be able to love at all.’
‘When Death to either shall come,
-I pray it be first to me.’
ROBERT BRIDGES 1844-1930
This is only the tip of the iceberg. Shakespeare alone has written masses on this subject. Our word love is so diverse; it captures the deep and meaningful as well as the frivolous and light. A subject for another day perhaps?
We each have many types of love relationships — parents, children, spouses, friends. And they’re not always with people; you may love an animal, or a place. Is there a single idea or definition that runs through all the varieties of “love”?