What is love and what is like

The challenge to define what love is has challenged and perplexed thinkers and lovers since the beginning of time. While the dictionary defines love as "strong affection felt by people who have a romantic relationship," others offer more profound and insightful ways of looking at it.

According to These Great Minds, Love Is...

"One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love."—Sophocles

"Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing."—Goethe

"Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness."—Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence."—Erich Fromm

"Where love is, no room is too small."—Talmud

Writers and Poets on What Is Love

“Travel is like love, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.”—Pico Iyer

"Love liberates. It doesn't bind." — Maya Angelou

"We love because it's the only true adventure."—Nikki Giovanni