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If you want to learn English well, you have to practice speaking English! Use these sentences to help you start interesting conversations in English.

"It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all."
- Samuel Butler

This is one of the most famous sayings about love. Even if we feel pain when we lose our love, it is a good thing for us. I am not sure I agree with this! How about you?
"Love doesn't make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile."
- Franklin P. Jones

"Love makes the world go round" is a common saying. It means that everything, even the whole world, depends on love. This man disagrees. Maybe love is not so important. Still, without love, the "ride" in the "car of life", or the "train of life", has no meaning. Just how important is love, in your opinion?

"Love possesses not nor will it be possessed, for love is sufficient unto love."
- Kahlil Kibran

This is very poetic. In a conversation, you might say the first half only, and ask your friends if they agree. I wonder if this kind of love is really possible. We often say "This is MY girlfriend" or "This is MY wife". Is love enough by itself, or do we need to possess our love?

"Darkness can not drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
- Martin Luther King Jr.

Do you think it's truly possible to follow in Dr. King's footsteps? What can ordinary people do to "drive out hate"? Does it matter how we live our daily lives or should we wait until we're important people in society?

"True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen."
- Maxime de la Rochefoucauld

Do you think you have ever been TRULY in love? Why do people "fall in love"? Why do some people "fall out" of love? Are there different kinds of love? How can we find "true" love?

"The fate of love is that it always seems too little or too much."
- Amelia E. Barr

Have you ever loved somebody who didn't love you in return? If so, what was it like? Have you ever been loved by somebody that you didn't love? If so, how did that feel to you?

"Love is a temporary insanity curable by marriage."
- Ambrose Bierce

What a shocking thing to say! Why do you think he said it? How is love "cured" by marriage? And if love is a disease, do we really want to be cured? How can we keep love alive even after marriage?

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