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derangedrhythms · 5 days ago
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How much does one know of someone till one has seen a corpse with them?
Alain de Botton, from 'Essays in Love'
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fhjtblr · 7 months ago
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thisdivorce · 8 months ago
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Essays in Love
The anxiety of loving Chloe was in part the anxiety of being in a position where the cause of happiness might so easily vanish... At the height of love, there appeared to be a temptation to end the relationship prematurely, so that either Chloe or I could play at being the executioner, rather than see the other partner, or habit, or familiarity end things. We were sometimes seized by an urge... to kill our love affair before it had reached its natural end, a murder committed not out of hatred, but of an excess of love – or rather, out of the fear that an excess of love may bring. Lovers may kill their own love story only because they are unable to tolerate their uncertainty, the sheer risk, that their experiment in happiness has delivered.
Hanging over every love story is the thought, as horrible as it is unknowable, of how it will end. It is as when, in full health and vigour, we try to imagine our own death, the only difference between the end of love and the end of life being at least in the latter, we are granted the comforting thought that we will not feel anything after death. No such comfort for the lover...
Alain de Botton
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elizabethanism · 11 months ago
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“Perhaps it is true that we do not really exist until there is someone there to see us existing, we cannot properly speak until there is someone who can understand what we are saying in essence, we are not wholly alive until we are loved.”
──Alain de Botton, Essays in Love.
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selene-child · 11 months ago
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methestarsandhim · a year ago
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The telephone becomes an instrument of torture in the demonic hands of a beloved who doesn't ring
Alain de Botton (Essays In Love)
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booksquoteslife · a year ago
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“Perhaps it is true that we do not really exist until there is someone there to see us existing, we cannot properly speak until there is someone who can understand what we are saying in essence, we are not wholly alive until we are loved.”
— Alain de Botton, Essays in Love
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derangedrhythms · a month ago
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Though love might never be painless and was certainly not wise, neither could it be forgotten. It was as inevitable as it was unreasonable – and its unreason was unfortunately no argument against it.
Alain de Botton, from 'Essays in Love'
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books-in-media · a year ago
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“Perhaps because I had finished reading it only a few days before, I found myself drawing an unlikely parallel between the plight of those described by Dr Nearly and the heroine of Flaubert’s great novel, the tragic Emma Bovary. Who was Emma Bovary?”
“Emma Bovary was ill because she could not stop hoping that these men would change and love her properly [...]”
“What if Madam Bovary had been able to discuss her problem with Dr Nearly?”
Essays in Love by Alain de Botton, (1993)
—Madam Bovary, Gustav Flaubert (1857)
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fhjtblr · 7 months ago
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risangdaru · a year ago
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hakcoeur · a year ago
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