Different meanings of the word Love:

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

Love: blind

‘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.’


Love: faith

‘Who loves believes the impossible.’


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.’

W.M.THACKERAY 1811-1863

Love: cowardice

‘When Death to either shall come,

-I pray it be first to me.’


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”?








15 thoughts on “Different meanings of the word Love:

  1. Outlier Babe

    Yes: I believe the common thread is putting other ahead of self–at least at times. It is in this test where I believe that most males, in their socially-conditioned narcissism (no latest study needed!) fall short of ever experiencing or delivering true love. Gifts given are those convenient to give, favors granted those with hopes of reciprocation.

    Happy the friends, couples, parent-child combos, who experience selfless love, where both parties wish happiness of the other, even when this may mean occasionally sacrificing their own primary wishes.

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      O. Babe, it seems you have been burnt by love, and I’m sorry for that. LOVE can be so many things, but women usually are more selfless and practise unconditional love. Love can change the world! ❤

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      It’s a shame that this word too has been abused! It is a wonder we haven’t filtered the essence and given it far more individual words. It’s such an important concept. ❤


  2. yprior1

    well front he title I expected this to the different gReek meanings for love – agápe, éros, philía, and storgē. – and how eros is romantic whereas agape is unconditional – anyhow, tour literature take was simple- yet succinct and shows your broad background – and love John Donne – anyhow, really enjoyed this ❤


    1. bkpyett Post author

      Thank you for your kind comment. I felt everyone would do the Greek meanings, so decided to look at some of the other! Such a wide selection to draw from!!
      Glad you enjoyed it Priorhouse! 🙂

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