The History and origin of Valentine's Day (情人節的歷史與由來)
On February 14around the year 278A.D., Valentine, a holy priest in Rome in the days of Emperor
Claudius II, was executed.
Under the rule of Claudius the Cruel, Rome was involved in many unpopular and bloody campaigns.
The emperor had to maintain a strong army, but was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his
military leagues. Claudius believed that Roman men were unwilling to join the army because of their
strong attachment to their wives and families.
To get rid of the problem, Claudius banned all marriages and engagements in Rome. Valentine, realizing the injustice of
the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret.
When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. Valentine was arrested and dragged
before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head cut off.
The sentence was carried out on February 14, on or about the year 270.
Legend also has it that while in jail, St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer’s daughter, who had
become his friend, and signed it “From Your Valentine.”
For his great service, Valentine was named a saint after his death.
In truth, the exact origins and identity of St. Valentine are unclear. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, “At least three
different Saint Valentines, all of them martyrs, are mentioned in the early martyrologies under the date of 14 February.”
One was a priest in Rome, the second one was a bishop of Interamna (now Terni, Italy) and the third St. Valentine was a
martyr in the Roman province of Africa.
Legends vary on how the martyr’s name became connected with romance. The date of his death
may have become mingled with the Feast of Lupercalia, a pagan festival of love. On these occasions,
the names of young women were placed in a box, from which they were drawn by the men as chance
directed. In 496 AD, Pope Gelasius decided to put an end to the Feast of Lupercalia, and he declared
that February 14 be celebrated as St Valentine’s Day.
Gradually, February 14 became a date for exchanging love messages, poems and simple gifts such as flowers.
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There are 3 words that take one second to say, one hour to explain, but one lifetime to prove：
I love you.
有三個字，用說的只要一秒鐘，解釋要一小時，證明卻要一輩子：我愛你。天外奇蹟 (Up), 2009
We feel sad not because love is over; we feel sad because everything is over, yet love remains.
難過不是因為愛結束了；難過是因為，一切都結束了，愛還在。愛．重來 (The Vow), 2012
The one you love the most, may not love you the most; the one that loves you the most,
you may not love the most; the one that lasts, is often just the right one who shows up at the right time.
能長久的，往往只是在對的時間出現的對的人。-藍色大門 (Blue Gate Crossing), 2002
Life is not the amount of breaths you take, it’s the moments that take your breath away.
生命重要的並不是你呼吸的次數，而是那些讓你屏息的時刻。全民情聖 (Hitch), 2005
The longer you wait for something, the more you‘ll appreciate it when you get it,
because anything worth having is definitely worth waiting for.
很多東西你等得越久，得到時你越會珍惜它。因為，值得擁有的，絕對值得等待。航站情緣 (The Terminal), 2004
Love is about understanding your past, believing in your future, and accepting you just the way you are.
愛，是願意理解你的過去，相信你的未來，接受你的現在。攻其不備 (The Blind Side), 2009
You don't smile because you're happy; you're happy because you smiled.
生活不是因為幸福才笑，而是笑了才幸福。逆光飛翔 (Touch of Light), 2012
You feel happy when you see the one you love dearly is happy.
看到最愛的人得到幸福，也是一種幸福。新娘大作戰 (Bride Wars), 2009
Those who truly love you may not always say so, but they always do so.
Love is holding an umbrella for her in your heart, even when she's making your eyes rain.
眼睛為她下著雨，心卻為她打著傘；這就是愛。傲慢與偏見 (Pride and Prejudice), 2005
Love can be late, as long as it's true.
愛情可以來的慢一些，只要它是真的。艾蜜莉的異想世界 (Amelie), 2001
The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.
世間最美的事，莫過於愛一個人，以及能夠得到對方以同等的愛回報。紅磨坊 (Moulin Rouge), 2001
Love is the forgiveness that came before the apology.
愛，就是不用等待道歉的原諒。瑞秋要出嫁 (Rachel Getting Married), 2008
If God didn't give you what you wanted, it's not because you aren't worth it, it's because you
deserve even better.
有時候，上天沒有給你想要的，不是因為你不配，而是你值得更好的。戀夏500日 (500 Days of Summer), 2009
The highest form of love, is to die for your loved ones, and to live well for them.
愛的最高境界，是為愛的人犧牲，以及為愛的人好好活著。鐵達尼號 (Titanic), 1997
Whatever happens tomorrow, we've had today.
不管明天如何，我們曾擁有過今天。真愛挑日子 (One Day), 2011
You're not alone; someone is working very hard trying to reach you.
你並不孤單；世上一定有那麼一個人，正努力的朝你走來。跳越時空的情書 (The Lake House), 2006
Live and cherish everyday as if it's the final day of your extraordinary, ordinary life.
There's no need to change anything, for you'd have no regret.
無需改變過去，因為你毫無遺憾。真愛每一天 (About Time), 2013
The one who likes you wants your present; the one who loves you, offers you a future.
喜歡你的人，要你的現在；愛你的人，會給你未來。真愛每一天 (About Time), 2013