What’s the difference between love and obsession?

“What’s the difference between love and obsession? Didn’t both make you stay up all night, wandering the streets, a victim of your own imagination, your own heartbeat?

Didn’t you fall into both, headfirst into quicksand? Wasn’t every man in love a fool and every woman a slave?

Love was like rain: it turned to ice, or it disappeared.

So, what does it mean “to fall in love”?

Now you saw it, now you couldn’t find it no matter how hard you might search. Love evaporated; obsession was realer; it hurt, like a pin in your bottom, a stone in your shoe. It didn’t go away in the blink of an eye. A morning phone call filled with regret. A letter that said, ‘Dear you, good-bye from me’.

Obsession tasted like something familiar. Something you’d known your whole life. It settled and lurked; it stayed with you.” 
― Alice Hoffman, The Ice Queen

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