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In plain English To feel love is not to ex­pe­ri­ence delir­ium; it is rather to find a sim­ple, joy­ful con­tent­ment. Ori­gins A line from Amer­i­can Erich Se­gal, au­thor of 1970s novel Love Story. It might be true Just look at your grand­par­ents. They know that love has no sirens or son­nets, but is wak­ing up and not want­ing to ask the per­son next to you: “Are you still here?” Dr Kanafani agrees. “Peo­ple come to me and say ‘Our re­la­tion­ship is strug­gling be­cause we have lost all the pas­sion’. I say ‘No, your re­la­tion­ship is ma­tur­ing’.” It might not be “When love is not mad­ness,” said 17th-cen­tury drama­tist Pe­dro Calderón de la Barca, “it is not love.” He may have a point. If there were no flash­ing lights, burning pas­sions, deadly sword fights, night­time run-aways or sui­ci­dal pacts, wouldn’t Romeo and Juliet just have been about a cou­ple of whiney teenagers? The ver­dict As the Bri­tish nov­el­ist Louis de Bernières noted, any fool can be in love, but love it­self is an­other mat­ter en­tirely: “It is what is left over when be­ing in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a for­tu­nate ac­ci­dent.”

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