I used to think Romeo and Juliet was the greatest love story ever written. But now that Im middle-aged I know better. Oh Romeo certainly thinks he loves his Juliet. Driven by hormones he unquestionably lusts for her. But if he loves her its a shallow love. You want proof Soon after meeting her for the first time he realizes he forgot to ask her for her name. Can true love be founded upon such shallow acquaintance I dont think so. And at the end when he thinks shes dead he finds no comfort in living out the remainder of his life within the paradigm of his love at least keeping alive the memory of what they had briefly shared even if it was no more than illusion or more accurately hormonal. Yes those of us watching events unfold from the darkness know she merely lies in slumber. But does he seek the reason for her life-like appearance No. Instead he accuses Death of amorousness convinced that the lean abhorred monster endeavors to keep Juliet in her present state cheeks flushed so that she might cater to his own dissolute desires. But does Romeo hold her in his arms one last time and feel the warmth of her blood still coursing through her veins Does he pinch her to see if she might awaken Does he hold a mirror to her nose to see if her breath fogs it Once twice three times a no. His alleged love is so superficial and so selfish that he seeks to escape the pain of loss by taking his own life. Thats not love but infatuation. Had they wedJuliet bearing many children bonding growing together the masks of the star-struck teens they once were long ago cast away basking in the love born of a lifetime togetherand she died of natural causes would Romeo have been so moved to take his own life or would he have grieved properly for her loss and not just his own.J. Conrad Guest author of Backstop A Baseball Love Story in Nine Innings The Cobb Legacy Januarys Paradigm One Hot January Januarys Thaw A Retrospect in Death forthcoming and 500 Miles to Go forthcoming
Famous Quotes about compromise
In that house you will find my heart. You must break in Henri and get it back for me.Was she mad We had been talking figuratively. Her heart was in her body like mine. I tried to explain this to her but she took my hand and put it against her chest.Feel for yourself.
The other day I woke up to find my girlfriend already gone from the house and a sticky note on the fridge that said I love you. Oh my God I thought. Somebodys obsessed with me and they kidnapped my girlfriend just to get closer to me.
Love is giving up control. Its surrendering the desire to control the other person. The twolove and controlling power over the other personare mutually exclusive. If we are serious about loving someone we have to surrender all the desires within us to manipulate the relationship.
Then he almost but didnt say the two sentence hed been meaning to say for years part of me is made of glass and also I love you
A loving relationship is one in which the loved one is free to be himself -- to laugh with me but never at me to cry with me but never because of me to love life to love himself to love being loved. Such a relationship is based upon freedom and can never grow in a jealous heart
But youve slipped under my skin invaded my blood and seized my heart.
With her Florentino Ariza learned what he had already experienced many times without realizing it that one can be in love with several people at the same time feel the same sorrow with each and not betray any of them. Alone in the midst of the crowd on the pier he said to himself in a flash of anger My heart has more rooms than a whorehouse.
Two separate beings in different circumstances face to face in freedom and seeking justification of their existence through one another will always live an adventure full of risk and promise. p. 248
A joyful heart is the normal result of a heart burning with love. She gives most who gives with joy.