-->''The only place outside {{Heaven}} where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is {{Hell}}.''

'''''The Four Loves''''' is a nonfiction work by CSLewis analyzing [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin four types of love.]]

* [[ThickerThanWater Storge]] (Affection/Family) - This is fondness through familiarity, especially among family members or people who have [[TrueCompanions otherwise found themselves together]] by chance.
* [[TrueCompanions Phi]][[PlatonicLifePartners leo]] (Friendship) - Friendship is a strong bond existing between people who share a common interest or activity. This includes what Lewis calls companionship; that is gregariousness of the kind which is found in a GoodGuyBar or LocalHangout; as well as friendship proper which is between HeterosexualLifePartners, PlatonicLifePartners and the like but often starts as companionship.
* [[LoveInterest Eros]] (Romance) - This is love in the sense of 'being in love'. (This is distinct from sexuality.) This kind of love longs for the emotional connection with the other person. According to C.S. Lewis, sexuality is called "Venus." It can be part of "Eros," but on its own, it is not one of the loves, just desire (not to be confused with {{Lust}} which is this desire expressed in a sinful way ).
* [[UndyingLoyalty Agape]] (Unconditional Love) - This is the love that brings forth caring regardless of circumstance. The essence of ''agape'' love is self-sacrifice. It is also a decision, not fueled by pure emotions (theoretically).

TropeNamer for TheFourLoves, [[CaptainObvious obviously]].

!!Tropes included
* AFriendInNeed: Friendship will help, and not even care.
* AllTakeAndNoGive: Dealt with repeatedly
* CommonalityConnection: The start of friendship.
* CrustyCaretaker: Children can love him even though he does nothing because he's familiar
* DysfunctionJunction: What could be ''more'' natural than children to feel no love for an unloveable parent?
* EtTuBrute[=/=]IHaveNoSon: Affection is so naturally jealous that any deviation from the ethos of home, whether falling below it or rising above it, often feels like a betrayal to the rest of the family.
* FeminineWomenCanCook: "Mrs. Fidget" (an example of self-serving generosity) always cooked for her family; even when they were happy with a cold meal.
* GreenEyedMonster: Common with ''eros'' and ''storge''.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Needs ''agape'' even if the other loves are present.
* LoveHurts: All love. Even that that doesn't go evil. There's no escape except in {{Heaven}} -- and {{Hell}}.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Discussed for all the first three types, though the means differ.
* MistakenForGay: HeterosexualLifePartners and PlatonicLifePartners may cause insinuations of HoYay, but according to Lewis that's the fallacy of mistaking other kinds of love for ''Eros.'' (They're heterosexual and platonic, after all.)
* MisterMuffykins: Very hard luck for the animal.
* MyBelovedSmother: Parental affection can lead to this.
* NatureLover: Analyzed in the course of dealing with the subhuman before the human.
* PatrioticFervor: Analyzed along with nature love as one of the most notable loves of the subhuman. Lewis describes five forms, in descending order from the very good to the very bad to a form sunk so low that it isn't even a love anymore.
* PetTheDog: Love for anthropomorphized beings such as pets and dolls is treated under affection rather then love of the subhuman.
* TextileWorkIsFeminine: Mrs. Fidget made things for her family out of a need to be "sacrificial."
* ThinkNothingOfIt: A mark of friendship.