one cannot love and be wise

one cannot love and be wise

proverb People often become irrational or foolish about the person with whom they fall in love, overlooking or failing to notice problems with or flaws in their partner, relationship, or situation. A: "Does Tom not see that Sarah is being kind of a manipulative jerk to him?" B: "He's just smitten and doesn't want to ruin the illusion he's created. One cannot love and be wise." A: "I just feel like they're rushing into having a baby together, and I don't know that they'll be able to support themselves." B: "Jack really pressured Mary into having kids right away, and she let her devotion to him cloud her judgment. One cannot love and be wise."
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One cannot love and be wise.

Prov. People often fall in love with someone with whom they are not compatible or behave foolishly when they are in love. My son and his girlfriend have decided to get married in the spring. I don't think that's wise, since they won't have enough money saved by then to set up house. But then, one cannot love and be wise.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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