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“Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.” ~ Khalil Gibran
Dance as though no one is watching you. Sing as though no one can hear you. Love as though you have never been hurt before. Live as though heaven is on earth.
“Today I begin to understand what love must be... When we are parted, we each feel the lack of the other half of ourselves. We are incomplete like a book in two volumes of which the first has been lost.” ~ Edmond de Goncourt
This is the kind of love that is so romantic, and can stay with us through a lifetime of relationship. Goethe: "I am so glad that you are here... It helps me realize how beautiful my world is."
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ~ Lao Tzu
And Erica Jong: "Love is everything it's cracked up to be. That's why people are so cynical about it... It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more."
“I love you, not only for what you are but for what I am when I am with you.” ~ Ray Croft
And it works the other way round - someone said, "You don't love a woman because she is beautiful, but she is beautiful because you love her."
“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and a richness to life that nothing else can bring.” ~ Oscar Wilde
But we never own the loved one. As Leo F. Buscaglia says, "A loving relationship is one in which the loved one is free to be themselves - to laugh with me, but never at me; to cry with me, but never because of me; to love life, to love being loved. Such a relationship is based upon freedom and can never grow in a jealous heart."
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Here’s some further reading on this theme...

The Way to a Woman's Heart ~ by Becky Ruff

One cannot possibly expect another human being to fill every one of our needs or respond to all of our desires. Yet, Western culture focuses on individuality, and when we stop to think about it, we realize that our contemporary lifestyle, although rich with social interaction, is essentially a one-on-one type of existence. This means we almost set ourselves up for times when we feel lonely. Here's a reality check: It takes time to build a relationship. Perfect synchronicity of belief systems, backgrounds, etc., is both unrealistic and unavailable. Continues...
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