About a year and a half ago, I was the maid of honor in a close friend’s wedding, which involved giving a toast. Speech-writing has never been a strength of mine, so I scrolled through quotes online for inspiration.
As it turns out, lots of much-beloved quotes about love are so… dramatic. I kept reading things like “I’ll love you until the last stars in the universe burn into the ether” and “a life without you would be a miserable, abysmal darkness.”
I mean, I get it. The first stages of infatuation are a pretty wild ride. But what about steady, long-term love? The bond of intimacy is incredibly strong, but it never really leads to two people fusing into a singular, ecstatic Borg. (Nor should it! That would be terribly creepy.)
Here’s how I see it: the real strength of romantic love lies in steady companionship, mutual support, and complimentary individuality. (And lots and lots of listening.) Here are a few relevant quotes I enjoyed:
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