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Everything I Know About Love I Learned From The Movies

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Until recently, I had never been in a serious, adult relationship. Somehow, between my quest for independence and shortening attention span, true love just slipped away. So when I finally found "It," the only manual I had to fall back on was the movies I so diligently watched on my stay-at-home Friday nights. Turns out, even the kitschiest of films can provide a wealth of knowledge.

Timing is everything.

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If you don't express in words what you want, no one but you will know what you want.

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Karma is a real thing, so dump people kindly.

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The least appropriate person will confess his love for you at the least appropriate time.

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You will likely fall for the man you least expected to fall for.

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Love means always having to say you're sorry (when you're wrong) ...

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And letting go of past fights for the sake of a better future.

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Grand gestures are overrated.

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Smaller ones, though, go a long way.

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First kisses are magic.

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Everyone comes with baggage, and you either choose to accept it or you don't. But if you do, you can't make them feel bad for it.

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Exes are the devil incarnated.

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Flirting is not cheating.

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You can't change people, save yourself the trouble of trying.

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Open and honest communication will help you avoid 90 minutes of a scripted mess.

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You really are your most beautiful when you're happy.

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And everyone around you suddenly looks more beautiful, too.

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Bad boys are a tired cliche.

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And you deserve better.

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If he's not answering his phone, he's probably asleep. Or in the shower. Not dead, not sleeping with someone else, not breaking up with you.

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Games are for kids.

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That said, a little teasing never hurt nobody.

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Be generous with your feelings. If you're into it, give it your all.

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A partner who encourages you to be kinder to your parents is a keeper.

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When you make a complete fool of yourself and he's still there, know you're on to something.

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You're fabulous by yourself, but you can be better with him. That's when you know.

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