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Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part.
Because this is what love is.
Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion.That is just being in love, which any fool can do.
Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.
Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.
– Louis de Bernieres
8 thoughts on “Wedding Readings ~ Love is a Temporary Madness, from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”
I love this quote and want to read it at my best friends wedding. Do you know which page it is on in Captain Corellis Mandolin?
Sadly Sara I don’t! I’m so sorry,
So beautifully written and so, so true….love explained in a nutshell!
This was written by St Augustine
Thank you! I have been looking for this quote! It’s so perfect as a wedding reading. Favourite author
Heard the Best Man read this out at the wedding ceremony of a friend this week and thought it was the most apt advice to give any couple starting out in the lifelong commitment of marriage. Thanks for printing this
My son read this, yesterday, at the marriage of his niece, my granddaughter. It was one of the wisest readings I have ever heard especially for a wedding. Beautiful,as was the bride.
Very wise words. I am reading this at my daughters marriage tomorrow.