Love is never having to say you re sorry
Quote by Erich Segal: “Love means never having to say youre sorry.”
'Love Means Never Having To Say You’re Sorry:' What Does The 'Love Story' Line Mean?
In Love Story, the most melodramatic love story ever, boy meets girl, girl gets leukemia, boy loses girl… to death. Yeah, bring the tissues. Before the whole death part, the couple gets into a fight, and when Oliver rushes to apologize, Jenny gives him the worst relationship advice ever: "Love means never having to say you're sorry. Be careful, though. The movie is based on a book, and the phrase was a little different in the book: "Love means not ever having to say you're sorry. You've heard this saying in a variety of relationship and self-esteem self-help articles, whether the author agrees with the sentiment or not.
For instance: Does love mean never having to say you're sorry because lovers never or should never disappoint each other? Or is it because apologies are unnecessary when two people love each other? What is so special about this line? And why is it so annoying? It may be annoying simply because it sounds like one person condescendingly telling another person what love means. And while it may be someone's idea of a philosophically beautiful definition of love, it also sounds kind of like a pointless rule or a scold.
What Happens In The Movie
The line is spoken twice in the film: once in the middle of the film, by Jennifer Cavalleri MacGraw's character , when Oliver Barrett O'Neal apologizes to her for his anger; and as the last line of the film, by Oliver, when his father says "I'm sorry" after learning of Jennifer's death. In the script the line is phrased slightly differently: "Love means not ever having to say you're sorry. The line proved memorable, and has been repeated in various contexts since. The line has also been criticized or mocked, for suggesting that apologies are unnecessary in a loving relationship. In the 34th episode of the second season of Small Wonder , entitled "You Gotta Have Heart," little robot girl Vicki's parents explain love to her as "love means never having to say you're sorry.
Or that apologies are unnecessary in a loving relationship. The reality however, as we all know, is a lot more complicated than that. Maybe he cheated or maybe he was never supportive of your goals and dreams. Maybe he was abusive physically or emotionally. On several occasions after my marriage ended I imagined giving my ex a piece of mind, finally saying all the things I had been too meek or too afraid to say during our marriage.