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idealization rate
(Adult / Slang)
The tendency to exaggerate the positive characteristics of a loved one, to over-value or idolize, while at the same time overlooking their imperfections. The phrase ' love is blind ' makes the statement that people in love tend to idealize their lovers and overlook their faults.


(1) William Shakespeare: ' Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind / And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.'

(2) Zouzou (Josephine Baker) in ZouZou (1934): ' All lovers are handsome.'

(3) Lucy Hill (Diana Lynn) in The Major and the Minor (1942): ' Love is a very astigmatic condition.'

(3) Merlin (Nicol Williamson) in Excalibur (1981): ' You're not listening. Your heart is not. Love is deaf as well as blind.'

(4) Divorce lawyer Gavin D'Amato (Danny DeVito) in War of the Roses (1989): ' If love is blind, marriage is like having a stroke.'

(5) Robert Reisner. Graffiti. Two Thousand Years of Wall Writing : ' Love is blind with sex in mind, but don't be resigned, it always takes two of a kind.'

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