Platonic love prances on the thin line between friendship and love.
Did You Know?
The term Platonic love is named after ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher Plato, who first tried to explain this form of love.
This little four-letter word called “love” is one of the most difficult emotions to explain in words; a feeling that has engulfed the hearts and vexed the minds of the entire world. It is often hard to explain this feeling because it comes in so many forms. For instance, young love is so heated that you can virtually see sparks emitting from the couple from miles away. While some are so overwhelmed by it that it becomes a part of that person and his very being―like the mother’s love for her child. There also exists the protective caring love that a man or father feels for his wife and children. And then there is Platonic love, which is the perfect combination of sincere d’amour (sincere love) and pure friendship.
Platonic love has a rare quality of being asexual as it revolves around the spiritual and emotional relationship between two people. Many have attempted to understand this beautiful relationship and, in their attempts at understanding it, have come up with their own theories.
PLATONIC, adj. Pertaining to the philosophy of Socrates. Platonic Love is a fool’s name for he affection between a disability and a frost.
― Ambrose Bierce
Besides mutual admiration, the first requisite of Platonic friendship is a subtle trace of disdain.
Even before I met you I was far from indifferent to you.
― Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
Love is something far more than desire for sexual intercourse; it is the principal means of escape from the loneliness which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives.
― Bertrand Russell
It is the true season of love, when we know that we alone can love, that no one could ever have loved before us and that no one will ever love in the same way after us.
Although our love is waning, let us stand by the lone border of the lake once more, together in that hour of gentleness when the poor tired child, Passion, falls asleep.
― William Butler Yeats
Platonic love is love from the neck up.
― Thyra Samter Winslow
I’ve been wondering if in fact ideal platonic love isn’t just an intensely concentrated form of what inspires the best teachers.
― Edmund Marlowe
Just because you know someone doesn’t mean you love them, and just because you don’t know people doesn’t mean you can’t love them. You can fall in love with a complete stranger in a heartbeat, if God planned that route for you. So open your heart to strangers more often. You never know when God will throw that pass at you.
― Heather Grove
But I think it is a serious issue to wonder about the other platonic absolutes of say beauty and morality.
― Roger Penrose
I’m pretty intense when it comes to relationships, platonic ones as well. If I feel a connection with someone, I’m willing to go there.
― Alexander Skarsgard
Show me a genuine case of platonic friendship, and I shall show you two old or homely faces.
― Austin O’Malley
In the absence of sexual tension and attraction, you get a chance to know the person for who he or she truly is, making this relationship as pure as they come.