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8 Love Adages to Ignore

  • “Distance makes the heart grow fonder.”

    This saying is true in the beginning of a long-distance romance—when you imagine your boyfriend is the perfect combo of all your favorite rom-com heroes. But, texting, emailing, and sitting on FaceTime can only last for so long before the novelty wears off. In general, long distance is the wrong distance.

  • “Opposites attract.”

    What’s true for magnets must be true for people, right?

  • “When love is not madness, it is not love.”

    Just about every romantic comedy is built on the notion that love should make you feel really crappy before it makes you feel good. There’s something to be said for skipping all the drama, though.

  • “All you need is love.”

    Wouldn’t it be nice if life was like your favorite pop song? It turns out, life is actually more work than that—and sometimes love just isn't enough (see previous slide on long-distance love).

  • “Marry a man who loves you just a little more than you love him.”

    This piece of sage advice was once meant to help women find husbands who wouldn’t beat them even though doing so was within their legal rights. Romantic, right? Today, this bit of conventional wisdom may not hold as sinister a meaning, but it does imply that women are better off if they protect themselves from inevitable heartache by not being fully invested in the relationship.

  • “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”

    The 1970 film Love Story may be lauded as one of the most romantic stories of all time, but every couple in the history of monogamy will probably tell you love means saying you’re sorry quickly and often. We’re pretty sure even couples from the caveman era apologized when they needed to.

  • “All's fair in love and war.”

    Is it really? At the very least, this idiom needs the added clause: Wage it wisely.

  • “Love is a friendship set to music.”

    This adage serves no purpose other than to irritate me about the fact that my life doesn’t have a soundtrack. 

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