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What is The Universal Language of Love?

Updated on May 17, 2012

The Universal Language of Love (a contrived definition.)

Love is love is love is love... right? But is love universal? I've done a little research, a little begging from other authors and have gotten the inside scoop from some well-read and well-loved writers.

So, based on my research, the definitions that are in the right column below, The Universal Language of Love, could be defined as:

A way to communicate ideas or feelings of strong affection or attraction, limitlessly.

But is that right?

I suppose that it could be, but I really don't know! Can the Universal Language of Love be defined? It's universal. So the very idea of being universal, is being limitless. Hmm...

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A definition of Universal

"including or covering all or a whole collectively or distributively without limit or exception ; especially : available equitably to all members of a society"

universal. (2009).

In Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.

Retrieved January 21, 2009, from

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/universal


Love is universal, so I have to show a picture of our universe!

Source: ESA and NASA
Source: ESA and NASA

A definition of Language

"a systematic means of communicating ideas or feelings by the use of conventionalized signs, sounds, gestures, or marks having understood meanings"

language. (2009).

In Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary .

Retrieved January 21, 2009, from

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/language


Languages have been around for a VERY long time.

Source: Library of Congress
Source: Library of Congress

A definition of Love.

"(1): strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties <maternal love for a child> (2): attraction based on sexual desire : affection and tenderness felt by lovers (3): affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interest"

love. (2009).

In Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary .

Retrieved January 21, 2009, from

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/love


What do other writers think?

I first asked Ryan Hupfer (Hup), the former marketing guru of HubPages the following question:

"Will you please define in simple terms and with no dictionary reference, the word, universal?"

His response was:

"having the ability of being applied to many different things, situations or people"

Pretty good, Ryan! Or at least I think so...

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Then I asked Shirley Anderson, a professional content writer that is wonderfully accurate with her verbiage and also a great friend:

"Will you please tell me what language is, in an easy to understand manner?"

She said:

"language...hmmm, the first thing that comes to mind is.... a method of communication to relay ideas, concepts, feelings, etc.


a way to describe thoughts and feelings


bringing what's inside out and expressing it to someone else


a common method (verbal, written, language of love between people who speak different verbal languages - for example) of sharing meaning between two or more people


symbiotic communication between two or more people"

Hmm... Shirley didn't put "language of love" in bold -- I did. Why? Because I find it oddly interesting that she has those exact words in there without knowing what my hub was about other than language.

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Next on my quest I thought that I should ask a woman who has recently been shot with Cupid's arrow: gamergirl about love. Look at what she said:

"Love, to me, has something of a jaded definition - as a divorced woman about to get married to the man of her dreams, I can honestly say that the person you first fall in love with may not be the one you're supposed to spend your life with.


At it's core, I define love as the connection you make with a person whereby you can look past their problems - be they physical or mental - and still give that wistful smile, get that twitter in your belly, that catch of breath."

Got it... wistful smile... twitter... catch of breath! Whew!!!

Note: gamergirl has also has come up with this wonderfully creative exercise for all of us writers, called "I love..." which we should all be participating in!!! :)

Hey gamergirl, when's that knot gettin' tied?

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Well there ya have it, folks! Webster's, Ryan's, Shirley's, gamergirl's and my little contrived attempt at defining and understanding the Universal Language of Love. You're welcome to define the Universal Language of Love as well... just leave your definition as a comment below.

Best wishes & Happy Valentine's Day!

ProCW


The heart, from what I hear, is a universal symbol for love.

Source: ProCW
Source: ProCW

Great LOVE quotes are below for your language-loving, universally (or at least world-wide) read, viewing pleasure!

~~~ The following quotes have been reformatted. ~~~

Source: apochromatic.eu
Source: apochromatic.eu

A rose is a rose --- is a rose.

What's in a name? That
      which we call a rose
By any other name
      would smell as sweet

~ William Shakespeare,

Romeo and Juliet, 2.2

The quote is over... now it's me...

Whether you choose to call a rose a violet, an orchid or a daisy, it's still a rose.

I'm absolutely... positively... without an eensy weensy bit of doubt... sure that the same reasoning would apply to love.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning - Don't you just LOVE her poetry?

Source: Public Domain. Red tinting: ProCW
Source: Public Domain. Red tinting: ProCW

How do I love thee?

Let me count the ways.

I love thee to the depth
and breadth and height
My soul can reach,
when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being
and ideal Grace.

I love thee to the level
of everyday's
Most quiet need,
by sun and candle-light.
 I love thee freely,
as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely,
as they turn from Praise.
 I love thee with a passion
put to use
In my old griefs,
and with my childhood's faith.
 I love thee with a love
I seemed to lose
With my lost saints,

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I love thee
with the breath,
 Smiles, tears, of all my life!

---

and,

if God choose,
 I shall but love thee
better after death.

~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

How much can someone love another someone?

Start counting the ways!

I love the verses of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, but bet you can do just a well, if not better! Try your hand at a verse or two of love. Click here.

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If you feel an unbridled love for this hub, please help to promote it, universally! :)
If you feel an unbridled love for this hub, please help to promote it, universally! :)

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    • Triplet Mom profile image

      Triplet Mom 

      9 years ago from West Coast

      Wonderful hearing the different perspectives. Great hub. And can you please tell my hubby that I want that $14,000 necklace its purty.

    • ProCW profile imageAUTHOR

      ProCW 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks, SweetiePie.

      Love is many splendored thing! :)

      :) Happy Valentine's Day! :)

      &hearts; ProCW

    • SweetiePie profile image

      SweetiePie 

      9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      What a wonderful hub about the theme of love and Valentine's day. Glad you also included some fun pictures and great poetry.

    • ProCW profile imageAUTHOR

      ProCW 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks dayzeebee! :)

      Happy Valentine's Day to you too!! :)

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      Anna Marie, thank you for the compliment! :)

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      HubMobsters: will be makin' 'rounds to all of this week's HubMobs soon! :)

      ---

      ProCW

    • Anna Marie Bowman profile image

      Anna Marie Bowman 

      9 years ago from Florida

      Congrats to Gamergirl!!! This was a delightful hub!! I LOVED how you got information and ideas from other hubbers!! Great job!

    • dayzeebee profile image

      dayzeebee 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Love is .... getting your friends together and producing a hub that honors them by featuring their takes on love:)LOL. Way to go ProCW;) Happy Valentine's Day!

    • ProCW profile imageAUTHOR

      ProCW 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      :) CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!! :) (and thanks for telling us what love is!!!)

      Meeeeeeeeeee 2! :)

      Ain't love grand? :)

      ProCW

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      Kiz 

      9 years ago from Antioch, TN

      May 25th!! I love... hubs about love!

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