Adam Smith's Simplified Theory of Moral Sentiments, Part 1, Section 2, Chapter 2: The Feelings from the Imagination

Chapter 2: The Feelings from the Imagination

Romantic love is natural but is not commonly expressed because it might be odious or ridiculous

15The passions from the imagination which are habitual are perfectly natural.   16 Despite this, we may have conceived the same kind of passions and we readily enter into: His passion interests us as a situation which creates other passions which interest us.   17 Hence, in some modern tragedies and romances, this love appears so wonderfully interesting.   18 The reserve which the laws of society impose on women renders it more distressful to them.  

19 Of all the passions which are so disproportioned to the value of their objects, romantic love is the only one that appears to have anything graceful or agreeable in it.

  20 Because of this, a certain reserve is necessary when we talk of our own friends, our own studies, or our own professions. Words: 965
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