Love is giving something you don't have to someone who doesn't want it  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Love is giving something you don't have to someone who doesn't want it” is a dictum by Jacques Lacan first uttered in Seminar XII (March 1965).

In original French: "L'amour, c'est donner ce qu'on n'a pas à quelqu'un qui n'en veut pas."

It is misquoted by Adam Phillips in On Flirtation as "love is giving something you haven't got to someone who doesn't exist."

Dutch

"Liefde is iets willen geven wat je niet hebt, aan iemand die het niet wil."


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