There are many not-so-great sayings about life in general, but one thing is certain: love clichés are the most annoying of them all.
Some are meant to lend a helping hand during break-ups or forever-single situations, and some are general love-praising bs. But all of them are thrashy.
Let’s take a look at these 14 love cliches and the more appropriate versions we came up with.
14. Time heals all wounds
If you say this to someone who has just broken up, you might get punched in the face.
This old, hackneyed phrase is simply unhelpful. Furthermore, it is wrong.
All wounds do not heal with time. You simply learn to live with the pain, which isn’t the same.
Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that amnesia heals all wounds. Or maybe alcohol?
13. Love Is All You Need
Of course, we all need love, but it is far from our only necessity.
Having friendships and genuine people around us is crucial for normal living. Solid romance is a great thing to have, but it isn’t the greatest.
What you need for real is money, health, family, and at least one “until the wheels fall off,” buddy. That’s all you need, hun.
Can someone update the dictionary definitions with this quote, please?
12. It’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all
Only those who have never experienced actual love pain would agree with this one. Perhaps.
Others who have been through a breakup and have spent months (or even years) obsessing over their ex will never agree with this saying. No way!
The reason is simple: they wish they had never met the person who has brought them so much misery.
It makes more sense that the saying goes like this: It’s better to love someone who deserves you than never to recognize who or what is a good fit for you.
Now it makes sense.
11. Absence makes the heart grow fonder
Why the heck would anyone want to be separated from their loved one? It just doesn’t make any sense.
When you’re in love, you want hugs, touch, warmth, kisses, and intimacy. No one wants a dildo or an artificial vagina rather than the real deal.
Gather your wits and stop using these worn-out phrases because we have a new one: The absence of a soulmate makes you anxious and miserable.
10. There are plenty more fish in the sea
There is no fish, shark, whale, octopus, rye, or anything else from the sea which could replace the pig that caused you pain. At least not shortly after the split. Pathetic but true.
When you’re going through a rough patch, the last thing you need is another person who can harm you.
Thanks, but no thanks.
This phrase can be rephrased as: There are plenty of cocktails by the beach to help compensate for what that jerk did to you.
9. You’ll Find Love When You’re Not Looking For It
Not looking for love? Been there, done that. All of us did. Whether it was because we were desperate at home binge-watching TV shows, or we just gave up on love.
And no, no love felt from the sky at our doorstep.
Dating apps, online dating sites, and friendly matchmakers are unlikely to get you a significant other, but neither will the Universe.
You’ll find true love when you stop whining about your exes and how miserable and single you are. Instead of that, start respecting yourself and loving life more. That’s what it should say.
8. It was love at first sight
Have you ever heard anyone say that they fell in love with someone at first sight? But for real?
Exactly, you didn’t.
At first sight, you notice the smile, haircut, manners, apparel; you don’t even get to a sense of humor, among other things. You’re either going to look at boobies or package. That’s what happens at first sight. Not love.
It’s just a bunch of garbage fabricated by film directors and writers to make money off depressed, heartbroken whiners. Like we’ve all been at some point.
This one can say: It started as cringe at first sight, but after some time, it became comfortable.
7. You Can’t Buy Love
That’s true. There’s no price tag on love. But there is on other lovely things.
Makeup, skincare, junk food, ice cream, parties, traveling: it all requires money. And they’re some kind of love too. Right?
That is to say: you can buy some love or pay for a good therapist. You can use it to help you get through some challenging times.
Then let’s rephrase this expression: You can’t buy love, but you can buy chocolate. It’s the same.
Just for giggles: this cliche was probably invented by the poor.
6. Love hurts
It hurts at times, whether it’s a one-month-old love or one that lasts a lifetime. It can be torturous.
Is that all love-marketplace has to offer? Absolutely not.
Christina Ross, the best-selling writer of romance books once said:
Everyone uses that awful cliché that love hurts, but that’s not true. Real love doesn’t hurt. Real love is wonderful. It’s the loneliness that hurts. And rejection. And losing someone close to you hurts. Everyone confuses these things with love, but in reality, love is the only thing in this world that covers up all the pain and makes us feel wonderful again.
The point is that love doesn’t offer you only pain and suffering; it can also turn your life into a fairy-tale. Every story has an ending, whether it is at the end of life or six months of dating. Don’t blame it on love.
Love is painful, but it also heals. Now this sounds much better.
5. Opposites attract
You can find several of another person’s characteristics appealing, even though they are opposite from yours. It can be amusing at times. What matters the most is what the “opposites” are.
It’s easy to love someone who prefers vanilla ice cream over your favorite strawberry flavor. Or to be in love with someone who enjoys partying more than anything, and you’re more like a “staying indoors” type of person.
Those are just stuff that one can easily deal with. A few of the others are tough to digest.
You can’t love someone who is a jerk (if that’s not what you prefer), you can’t love someone who is a control freak if you’re a laid-back person, and it’s impossible to love someone who hates animals if you are an animal lover.
Plus and minus are suitable at times, but only to a certain extent.
This is how the old saying should go: Opposites attract with limitations.
4. Everything happens for a reason
There’s nothing that happens without reason.
When it comes to love and relationships, we can’t just blame bad luck for everything that goes wrong. It’s all up to us and our choices.
Everything happens as a consequence of our choices and actions. That is how the saying should be.
3. Love conquers all
It is often said that love is the greatest thing in the world and that love conquers all. This last statement can also be interpreted as meaning that love makes anything seem less significant.
Should we agree, or do we need to modify it? Let’s try to improve this aphorism.
Why would there be far too many unsuccessful relationships if love conquers all?
How can love lead to so much misery, sadness, and despair if love conquers everything?
The truth is that love cannot bridge vast gaps between different values people appreciate. This means: Love conquers a lot.
2. When You Find The One, You’ll Know
You’re unsure how you’re going to figure it out. You’ve lost all capacity to distinguish between a decent future beau and a loser. That’s the direct consequence of your horrible dating experience.
The other reason why you can’t accomplish the ”you’ll know” part is because you believe it is naive to expect someone to be your potential lifelong partner just because your guts say so.
So, how the heck are you going to know? By no means. So let’s edit this saying a little bit.
It should sound something like this: Once you grow old together, sit on the porch, drink tea, and reminisce about your youth, you’ll realize you’ve found the one.
1. It’s All About Compromise
You understand that in every partnership, compromise is necessary because relationships are meant to be two-sided streets.
It’s all about giving and receiving. If you can’t do so, you’re not emotionally stable enough to bond with anyone.
Yet, many people are annoyed by this expression. Here is why.
You won’t be thinking about who has adapted to whom the most or who has pleased whom the most if you’re in a healthy relationship. It wears down and kills the vibe.
There’s something about compromise and even more about the fact that you’re made for each other. Better? Better.
Other popular cliches
Guys love it when you make food for them. They hate it too if you are a kitchen dummy. And at the same time, some of them enjoy cooking for you.
Your soulmate is out there. Maybe it is, maybe it’s not. Perhaps ‘out there’ refers to the other side of the globe.
Patience is a virtue. A wonderful virtue, but we don’t have a hundred lives to sit and wait for love.
You never know… behind which corner hides the one who will mess you up for good.
Love means never having to say you’re sorry. Yeah sure. Good luck with that one.
Love is kind. And often a vicious bitch who knows exactly how to push your buttons.
Love is blind. Keep your eyes wide open, though. And, as previously said, love can be a major pain in the behind.
Kiss and make-up. This is nice, but some things may not deserve to be forgiven.
Which one of these is your “favorite”? Did we miss a quite obvious saying? Let us know!