Quotes From The People of The Past
What is Romance?
Romance is an essential part of living. Not just in the sense of a partnership that blooms into a romantic relationship between two individuals, but a connection that is pure and divine. Romance can be found everywhere- in nature and people. It is a wrong notion that romance has to be “romantic”. It doesn’t. You could romanticize nature, your surroundings, and even your emotions. However, today we shall only talk about how smitten a human can get by the mere touch of romantic love. And we shall do that through the eyes of the ancient civilizations and philosophers.
What Did Ancient Cultures Think of Romance?
Civilizations across the globe have romanticized the idea of love through marital bliss and romance. And they have done it for thousands of years. Some say that love has been around for longer than humans have been around to feel it. That is a very profound way of thinking about romance or love in general. Ancient Indian cultures believed that souls come in pairs and that one can only be truly fulfilled when one has found a spiritual partner.
In many cases (in these very civilizations) spiritual partners can take any shape- a man, woman, nature, or even God. Many cultures have recorded several priests and high priestesses who were said to be tied to a divine soul. This was in such a way that they can no longer find fulfillment by being with mortal souls.
In Celtic cultures, love was considered a mode of survival for many. A man was typically thought of as a brute hunter/gatherer who was weaker on the emotional end, he was said to ‘need’ a calming or caring force with him to survive. The same applied to women too. A woman was supposed to ‘need’ a man to have food, shelter, and protection. Even though most of these thoughts have become obsolete today, it is worth noting that the importance of ‘love’ and ‘romance’ was given, is incredible.
Think about it a time when morals served no one; when love or care for another being shouldn’t have been a mode of survival. Still, humans found ways to appreciate and enjoy the power of love and romance.
Given all of this evidence, it is difficult to not have faith in the idea of romance and love. Anyone who has ever been loved by anyone would tell you that love brings a sense of light into the otherwise grey meadows of life. That being said, let’s move on to discussing some quotes from the people of the past.
10 Ancient Quotes To Renew Your Faith in Romance
1. “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”- Lao Tzu
2. “At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.”- Plato
3. “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.”- Aristotle
4. “Selfishness doesn’t consist in a love to yourself but in a big degree of such love.”- Aristotle
5. “In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” – Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice)
6. “When the one man loves the one woman and the one woman loves the one man, the very angels desert heaven and come and sit in the house and sing for joy.” – Brahma Sutra
7. “There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.” – Nietzsche
8. “Where there is love there is life.” – Mahatma Gandhi
9. “To love is risky. Not to love is foolish.”- Maxime Lagacé
10. “The more I think it over, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”- Vincent van Gogh
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