10 Unconventional, Entertaining ~Love~ Quotes That Perfectly Capture How We Date Now

We hear that love is patient and love is kind, and we repeat it in our heads until we believe it to be the pinnacle of possibility, the only way that ‘real’ love can be at its best. But the truth is that love is not constantly anything—sometimes it is hilarious, weird, sad, anxious, embarrassing, an ever-changing ‘whatever’ of an enjoyable mess. Here are a few quotes that encapsulate the—more nuanced, less patient, frustratingly unclear, but always pretty worth it—aspects of what it’s like to deal with love today. TC mark

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“It’s not just about Jen,” he said. “It’s about the entire romantic system. Ninety-nine percent of men are in love with the top one percent of women. And yet they often refuse to date us. It’s a complete injustice.”

—Simon Rich, The Last Girlfriend on Earth: And Other Love Stories

2.

“…the happy weight of secret love is just as heavy as sadness.”

—Kathleen Hale, No One Else Can Have You

3.

“There’s no class you can take or books you can read or movies to watch. There is only one thing: you must be tolerant and willing to learn. That’s all I can ask from my boyfriend—and, thankfully, that’s what he’s giving me in return.”

Jazmine Hughes

4.

“We all have the potential to fall in love a thousand times in our lifetime. It’s easy. . .They all count. But there are certain people you love who do something else; they define how you classify what love is supposed to feel like. These are the most important people in your life, and you’ll meet maybe four or five of these people over the span of 80 years. But there’s still one more tier to all this; there is always one person you love who becomes that definition. It usually happens retrospectively, but it happens eventually. This is the person who unknowingly sets the template for what you will always love about other people, even if some of these loveable qualities are self-destructive and unreasonable. The person who defines your understanding of love is not inherently different than anyone else, and they’re often just the person you happen to meet the first time you really, really, want to love someone. But that person still wins. They win, and you lose. Because for the rest of your life, they will control how you feel about everyone else.”

—Chuck Klosterman, Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story

5.

“You ask everybody you know: How long does it usually take to get over it? There are many formulas. One year for every year you dated. Two years for every year you dated. It’s just a matter of will power: The day you decide it’s over, it’s over. You never get over it.”

—Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her

6.

“Sometimes we say that we met people at the wrong time. But maybe we meet them when we are the wrong person, when we have not yet met and fallen in love with ourselves. We are only half of a thing—even if we can imagine that there is a better version of us out there—and we are hoping that someone else will fill in the missing parts so that we don’t have to.”

—Chelsea Fagan

7.

[on someone taking a week to text you back] “This is how long super lazy people avoid doing dishes. So yeah, conversation with you is the equivalent of a sink full of dirty dishes. They finally responded for the same reason you eventually wash a crusty bowl: because you might need it again some day.”

—Christopher Hudspeth

8.

“I don’t believe I’m inherently ‘unsweetened’ now, but I’ve developed somewhat of an acerbic tinge. I won’t shy away from expressing my opinion (unless I’ve predetermined that my opponent will likely refer to out-of-context talking points that they picked up from Rush Limbaugh – in that case, I won’t waste my breath). I am a master of dirty looks, the silent treatment, and making apparent when someone’s actions are unacceptable. I can, at times, be a raging bitch.
These two polarizing aspects of my personality (along with many others) coexist peaceably. I try to be thoughtful, I do nice things for other people because I want to, I am genuine when expressing emotion (OMG I know, earnestness, gross!). But I also won’t take your crap, and if you give me enough of it, I will peace out of your life and I will not regret it. Count on that. I am capable of being a warm blanket of golden light, but I’m also capable of being a laser beam that will effing cut you. In other words, I am the nice guy. And I am the asshole. We all are, to some degree.”

Stephanie Georgopulos

9.

“We often present the idea of relationships in terms of two halves coming together to make a whole. But I think a much more apt description would be a venn diagram: two complete circles overlapping and making something even more impressive in the middle.”

―Chelsea Fagan

10.

“We don’t have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I could say that’s what I want in life.”

―Marina Keegan, The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories

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