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The Best Love & Relationships Advice Comes From These Writers

Painting by  Susannah Martin

Painting by Susannah Martin

1. Women wish to be loved not because they are pretty, or good, or well bred, or graceful, or intelligent, but because they are themselves – Henri Frederic Amiel

2. Kiss me, and you will see how important I am. –  Sylvia Plath

3. No one wants to be alone: there’s too much time for reflection. And the more you think, the more you become smarter, hence the sadder Frederic Beigbeder

Image via R J Poole

Image via R J Poole

4. Holding hands, for example, is a way to remember how it feels to say nothing together. Nicole Krauss

5. Let us forget with generosity those who cannot love usPablo Neruda

Artwork by Sergio Garcia

Artwork by Sergio Garcia

6. Perhaps we are in this world to search for love, find it and lose it, again and again. With each love, we are born anew, and with each love that ends we collect a new wound.Isabel Allende

7. Tenderness is a deeper instinct than seduction, which is why it is so hard to give up hopeMichel Houellebecq

8. The woman who thinks she is intelligent demands equal rights with men. A woman who is intelligent does not.Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Imagery by The Wade Brothers

Imagery by The Wade Brothers

9. Every fall into love involves the triumph of hope over self-knowledge. We fall in love hoping we won’t find in another what we know is in ourselves, all the cowardice, weakness, laziness, dishonesty, compromise, and stupidity. We throw a cordon of love around the chosen one and decide that everything within it will somehow be free of our faults. We locate inside another a perfection that eludes us within ourselves, and through our union with the beloved hope to maintain (against the evidence of all self-knowledge) a precarious faith in our species. Alain De Botton

Painting by Soey Milk

Painting by Soey Milk

10. Don’t worry about boys
Don’t worry about disappointments
Don’t worry about pleasures
Don’t worry about satisfactions. – F. Scott Fitzgerald, in a letter to his 11 year old daughter.

Photo by Reylia Slaby

Photo by Reylia Slaby