Unformatted text preview: des, and colors. The love which one feels
for parents, or children is quite different from that which one feels for one’s sweetheart. The one is mixed with the emotion of sex, while the other is not.
The love which one feels in true friendship is not the same as that felt for one’s
sweetheart, parents, or children, but it, too, is a form of love.
Then, there is the emotion of love for things inanimate, such as the love of Nature’s
handiwork. But the most intense and burning of all these various kinds of love,
is that experienced in the blending of the emotions of love and sex. Marriages,
not blessed with the eternal afﬁnity of love, properly balanced and proportioned,
with sex, cannot be happy ones-and seldom endure. Love, alone, will not bring
happiness in marriage, nor will sex alone. When these two beautiful emotions are
blended, marriage may bring about a state of mind, closest to the spiritual that
one may ever know on this earthly plane.
When the emotion of romance is added to those of love and sex, the obstructions
between the ﬁnite mind of man and Inﬁnite Intelligence are removed.
Then a genius has been born! What a different story is this, than those usually associated with the emotion of sex. Here is an interpretation of the emotion which
lifts it out of the commonplace, and makes of it potter’s clay in the hands of God,
from which He fashions all that is beautiful and inspiring. It is an interpretation
which would, when properly understood, bring harmony out of the chaos which
exists in too many marriages. The disharmonies often expressed in the form of
nagging, may usually be traced to lack of knowledge on the subject of sex. Where
love, romance and the proper understanding of the emotion and function of sex
abide, there is no disharmony between married people.
Fortunate is the husband whose wife understands the true relationship between
the emotions of love, sex, and romance. When motivated by this holy triumvirate,
no form of labor is burdensome, because even the most lowly form of effort takes
on the nature of a labor of love. 177 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH It is a very old saying that “a man’s wife may either make him or break him,” but
the reason is not always understood. The “making” and “breaking” is the result of
the wife’s understanding, or lack of understanding of the emotions of love, sex,
and romance. Despite the fact that men are polygamous, by the very nature of
their biological inheritance, it is true that no woman has as great an inﬂuence on a
man as his wife, unless he is married to a woman totally unsuited to his nature. If
a woman permits her husband to lose interest in her, and become more interested
in other women, it is usually because of her ignorance, or indifference toward the
subjects of sex, love, and romance. This statement presupposes, of course, that
genuine love once existed between a man and his wife.
The facts are equally applicable to a man who permits his wife’s interest in him
to die. Married people often bicker over a multit...
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