A SECOND OPINION: “Love Conquers All”

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 “There is the Courtly Love of the Middle Ages, and the uncourteous love of today.
But True Love is always a celebration”

By Mary Foran


LOVE…a beautiful word in all languages. A state of beauty that most people seek. It would be hard to imagine a world without it.

The trouble comes when love turns to hatefulness and spite, just when you think that everything is going right!

The counterbalance to all hate is too profound to cogitate!

Love usually comes unexpectedly and can’t be cured so easily… Sometimes the harm that’s done a heart is so deeply felt, it ruins Art.

One can say: “My heart is yours” or even “Your heart is mine”. Or just to be upbeat: “Have a hearty bowl of soup” on a grayish, rainy day!

You can have a hearty laugh, a hearty cocido, or a heartfelt talk.

Then there’s the diagnosis of “Congestive Heart Failure” which should be watched closely by Medical Personnel! But not too closely, or they “rain on your parade”.

Marriage is a sign of love; divorce can also be a sign of love, if you really think about it. (Although the hitching post of life is often full of strife.)

“Let’s kiss afresh, as when we first begun”

Searching for the words to say on another sweet Valentine’s Day, here are a few adages found on the never-ending Subject of Love:

According to the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, Third Edition, copyright 1979 by the Oxford University Press, (all rights reserved and printed in the U.S.A.), a writer known as Catullus(87-54? B.C.) said:

“Odi et amo: quare id faciam, fortasse requiris. Nescio, sed fieri et excrucior. (Translation into English: “I hate and I love: why I do so you may well ask. I do not know, but I feel it happen and am in agony.”)

Then I found a quote that really explains love, by Robert Herrick, that goes: “Give me a kiss, add to that kiss a score; then to that twenty, add a hundred more. A thousand to that hundred: so kiss on, to make that thousand up a million. Treble that million, and when that is done, let’s kiss afresh, as when we first begun. (from “To Anthea: Ah, My Anthea!”)

There is also the famous quote from the Bible that says: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

There is the Courtly Love of the Middle Ages, and the uncourteous love of today.

But True Love is always a celebration, and we hope it will stay that way!

May the Love Bug bite you this Romantic Holiday!