Valentine's Day
We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.
                                                                   --Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Valentine's Day Discussion Topics
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Quotations for Discussion

Greater love hath no man than this,
that a man lay down his life for his friends.

                                                           --John 15:13

"Where love is, no room is too small."

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind;
And therefore is winged Cupid blind.

                                                           --William Shakespeare

We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.
                                                           --Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.
                                                           --Victor Hugo

"Love is the irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired."
                                                           --Mark Twain

Love doesn't make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.

Discussion Questions

  • Do people celebrate Valentine's Day in your country? If so, how? If not, does your country have a holiday similar to Valentine's Day?

  • Is Valentine's Day primarily a day for children or for adults, for the single or the married? Why?

  • In what ways has Valentine's Day been commercialized?

  • How would a child's Valentine's Day differ from an adult's?

  • List ways that you could show your love for an individual on Valentine's Day.

  • Flowers, candy and cards can be nice on Valentine's Day, but real love should be demonstrated in countless more practical ways every day. Identify in which you show your love for others and in which others show their love for you on a daily basis.

  • What does the word "love" mean to you?

  • How do the following types of love differ:
         -- a parent's love for a child?
         -- a child's love for a pet?
         -- a boyfriend's love for a girlfriend?
         -- a wife's love for her husband?
         -- a grandchild's love for a grandparent?
    How are they the same?

  • Who might you give gifts to on Valentine's Day?  What kinds of gifts would you give?

  • Who might you receive gifts from on Valentine's Day? What kinds of gifts might you receive?

  • Describe the best Valentine's Day you've ever had.

  • Describe the worst Valentine's Day you've ever had.

  • Imagine a perfect Valentine's Day. Who would you be with? Where would you go? What would you do? How would you feel? Describe it.

  • At what age do most people in your country marry? At what age did you/do you want to get married?

  • If you are not married, what kind of person would you like to marry?

  • How do people in your country meet future mates?  Are marriages arranged by parents? Are introductions arranged by friends or by a matchmaker? Do young people date casually to find someone they would like to marry?

  • Are there any special customs surrounding courtship and marriage in your country? If so, what are they?

  • Describe a typical wedding ceremony in your country.

  • What are some of the advantages of dating? What are some of its disadvantages?

  • Do you think arranged marriages are a good idea? Why or why not?

  • What changes does marriage require of a man?  What changes does marriage require of a woman?

  • Do you think its better to be single or married? Why?

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