The Legal Side of Love: Quotes from the Supreme Court

On Valentines Day this 14 February 2021, words from the Supreme Court on that little thing called love, to ponder on:

“The heart has reasons of its own which reason does not know.” —Chua-Qua vs. Clave, G.R. No. L-49549, Aug. 30, 1990

“There can be no love where respect is gone.” —People vs. Rivera Nov. 17, 1999

“Love is useless unless it is shared with another. Indeed, no man is an island, the cruelest act of a partner in marriage is to say ‘I could not have cared less.’ This is so because an ungiven self is an unfulfilled self. The egoist has nothing but himself.” — Chi Ming Tsoi vs. Court of Appeals and Gina Lao- Tsoi, GR No. 119190, Jan. 16, 1997

“One of the ironic verities of life, it has been said, is that sorrow is sometimes a touchstone of love.” — Libi v. Intermediate Appellate Court, G.R. No. 70890, Sept. 18, 1992

“We cannot castigate a man for seeking out the partner of his dreams, for marriage is a sacred and perpetual bond which should be entered into because of love, not for any other reason.” — Patricia Figueroa vs. Simeon Barranco, Jr., GR No. 97369, July 31, 1997

“Statistics never lie, but lovers often do, quipped a sage. This sad truth has unsettled many a love transformed into matrimony. Any sort of deception between spouses, no matter the gravity, is always disquieting.” — Antonio v. Reyes, G.R. No. 155800, March 10, 2006

“She unconditionally laid herself prostrate to his charms, too much enamored of him to care about anything else. For, as philosopher Blaise Pascal has so pithily stated of the profundity of human love, ‘love has reasons that reason cannot explain.” —Abaigar vs. Paz – Sept. 10, 1979

Happy Valentines Day!