Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (Novel written by Louis de Bernières) love passage/quote)

“Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake  and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises  of eternal passion. That is just being “in love”                       which any of us can convince ourselves we are.

Love itself  is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and  this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother  and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two.”

Louis de Bernières — British Novelist –(1954 -) In 1993 de Bernières was selected as one of the “20 Best of Young British Novelists”.

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