Famous quotes explained: « To love is to know how to say ‘I love you’ without speaking. » Victor Hugo

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Famous quotes explained: « To love is to know how to say ‘I love you’ without speaking. » Victor Hugo. (Aimer c’est savoir dire je t’aime sans en parler)

This quote from Victor Hugo paints a definition of love. It presents a paradox with the verb « to say » and the expression « without speaking. » So what does this apparent antithesis conceal?

First of all, it doesn’t elaborate, it doesn’t go into detail about what loving is. The most intense, pure and complex feeling, love can never be fully defined. It gets straight to the point, to the manifestation of love, to how it is manifested. How to say « I love you »? In the end, without saying it: it’s knowing how to say « I love you » without speaking.

We can understand that saying « I love you » doesn’t go through words. They seem vain to express so many emotions. They can’t describe, communicate this fullness that overflows from the soul. No, words are insignificant for the poet, yet a man of words. The attention, the looks, the gestures say « I love you. » The loss of self, the abandonment, the infinity between two beings say « I love you. » The hate, the anger, the unreason say « I love you. » The meeting of looks, bodies, characters say « I love you » much more than words. Saying without speaking is expressing through all the pores of our skin, our mind, and our heart this feeling above all values. Loving doesn’t argue, doesn’t think, it’s lived.

The second interpretation that can be made of this elegant quote is the emptiness of words in a couple. We only hear what we want to hear. Love words finally serve little. Actions count much more. And by talking about love, it’s not lived. Especially, talking about love, when you love, comes down to talking about an obvious thing. Love exists or doesn’t exist, it can’t find its place in speeches. Loving someone is an essence between two beings and not an explanation. You can love someone who doesn’t speak (like your servant), you can love someone who speaks a lot. You don’t love the words of the person, you love the person themselves.

I may have written many poems. I may have an easy pen (not necessarily beautiful). Nothing can express what I feel like a look, a gesture, the thread of my life. Loving is giving yourself, and this gift goes beyond declarations. However, Hugo wrote so much about love. However, poems, novels, songs, movies frequently take up this theme with frequency and effusions. However, saying, writing, talking to the person you love about the love you have for them seems so beautiful and natural, that you also have to know how to say « I love you » by speaking. For my part, I didn’t say it enough when it was…

To love is to know how to say ‘I love you’ without speaking. (Aimer c’est savoir dire je t’aime sans en parler)

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