C 2 · People, relationships & family

C1/C2 Sayings about love (or something of the kind)

A saying is an ‘expression/sentence’ that people often use to give advice or information about facts of life or experience. English, like most languages, is full of them. Some were used by English-speaking people like William Shakespeare, while others entered the English language such a long time ago that it is hard to know their exact origin. In fact, sayings have become so integrated in everyday communication, that any native speaker could easily use quite a few of them during a chat in front of a cup of tea to illustrate his or her take on any particular subject of conversation.

Synonyms for the word ‘sayings’ are: proverb, maxim and adage.

With St Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I could not keep myself from posting some sayings related to love, which I’ve sliced into two parts (pink cards and blue cards). Read the cards and match them to get the complete saying. After doing this, you can check your answers below. Once you have the whole proverb, try to guess its meaning. If you want to know if you were right, just go to the flipping card section at the bottom of this post.

Love never fails – The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of – When poverty comes in through the front door, love goes out through the window – The course of true love never did run smooth – Love is blind – Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.

 "Love never fails "

Although this saying comes from the Bible and is related to God's love, when not related to religion, the saying refers to unconditional love that will be preserved and cherished for a lifetime.

" Love is blind "

That when somebody is in love, they only tend to see the positive aspects of the loved one.

" The course of true love never runs smooth "

That even very well-matched couples are likely to face obstacles.

" Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all "

That it's better to be open to a romantic relationship, having in mind the possibility of losing that love, than not loving at all.

"When poverty comes through the front door, love goes out through the window"

Unfortunately, many relationships end when difficulties begin.

"The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of "

That not everything can be explained through the use of logic.

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