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Love And Love: The Definition Of Love

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I never understood what people meant when they’d say “there’s a fine line between love and hate”. I was taught love was “good” and hate was “bad”. Someone even tried to convince me that hate doesn’t exist. But just like “good” and “bad”, one cannot exist without the other. I have asked myself countless times how two words, or better yet feelings, that are supposed to be antonyms, opposites, are so similar.

What is love? What is that feeling that has inspired millions of songs and films? According to Oxford Dictionaries, love is ”an intense feeling of deep affection”. Novelist Louis de Bernières writes “Love is a temporary madness” and Iris Murdoch wrote that “Love is the very difficult understanding that something other than oneself is real”. Everyone has their own definition of love, as how everyone has their own way of expressing love.
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She said that I didn’t understand what it meant and that it was far too powerful. Now at 15, I’m not too proud to say I’ve hated and I understand what she meant. Hate is a pure waste of time that consumes one. According to Oxford Dictionaries, hate means “intense dislike”. William Shakespeare wrote “In time we hate that which we often fear”. In George Orwell’s novel “1984”, there’s an excerpt that portraits

hatred perfectly: “A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledgehammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one’s will into a grimacing, screaming
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