As we hurry around this Valentines Day sending flowers, buying chocolates and searching for that perfect wardrobe accent in red, it’s good to take a moment to reflect on what the fuss is actually all about. What are we celebrating really and what is the point of it all?
Valentines Day need not only be an occasion for lovers. It can also be the vehicle for expressions of deep sentiment towards family and friends, pets and acquaintances. It can be the expression of all that is joyous in life, the conviction that we ourselves are loved and deserving of it, and the deep gratitude that such a thing as love exists.
Pretty much everything that’s ever been experienced in love as already been expressed. Some express it better than others.
Here are ten great ideas on the subject that will get you thinking this Valentines Day.
- Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. Aristotle
- There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved. George Sand
- The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. Victor Hugo
- 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
- Love is when you meet someone who tells you something new about yourself. Andre Breton
- There is no disguise which can hide love for long where it exists, or simulate it where it does not. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
- Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction. Antoine de Saint-Exupery
- True love is eternal, infinite, and always like itself. It is equal and pure, without violent demonstrations: it is seen with white hairs and is always young in the heart. Honore de Balzac
- Life is the flower for which love is the honey. Victor Hugo
- I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul. Jean Cocteau
Vow this Valentines Day to find love in all its beautiful and many-layered dimensions.