“Distance makes the heart grow fonder.”
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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.
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“When love is not madness, it is not love.”
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“All you need is love.”
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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.”
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“Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”
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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.”
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Is it really? At the very least, this idiom needs the added clause: Wage it wisely.
“Love is a friendship set to music.”
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This adage serves no purpose other than to irritate me about the fact that my life doesn’t have a soundtrack.