Does eternal love exist? It’s one of the persisting questions pertaining to matters of the heart, and one that philosophers and poets alike have been pondering for centuries. Our culture has an undeniable obsession with the very notion that love lasts forever — just look at all the "happily ever afters" in countless films and novels. There are even numerous quotes about everlasting love if you need further reassurance that it exists.
It’s OK to admit that you’ve seen The Notebook 15 times. It’s also totally fine to acknowledge that you watch it because it reinforces your belief in eternal love, a type of love that conquers all (even class differences, family disapproval, and Alzheimers). And while skeptics may scoff at that kind of love existing outside of fictional stories, scientists' findings suggest it can. In fact, a 2011 study conducted at Stony Brook University in New York revealed that some couples who have been together long-term experience just as much passion as those who are still in the early “honeymoon phase.” The researchers studied participants’ brain scans while showing them photographs of their partners, and what they found is that one in 10 of the couples who had spent 20 years together exhibited the same chemical reaction as people typically do in the beginning phase of a budding relationship. Clearly, eternal love is not merely for fairytales.
Still not convinced? Whether or not you’re a full believer, these quotes are sure to bring out your inner romantic.