“I don’t understand,” she said, “you do or you don’t think that there’s such a thing as true love?”

“I’m saying it’s very subjective. You can’t suppose that there’s one quality called ‘love’, people mean such different things by the word. It’s tricky to distinguish between passion and love, infatuation and love–”


“But seriously, if you asked most people whether they believed in love or not, they’d probably say they didn’t. Yet that’s not necessarily what they truly think. It’s just the way they defend themselves against what they want. They believe in it, but pretend they don’t until they’re allowed to. Most people would throw away all their cynicism if they could. The majority just never get the chance.”

[excerpt: essays in love, de botton]


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