What is the difference between
I like you
I love you?
Someone beautifully answered it:
When you like a flower,
you just pluck it;
And when you love a flower,
you water it daily..
One believes in possession, while the other in veneration.
One who likes may harm unknowingly for own happiness;
but one who loves will never harm despite getting harmed for your happiness.
And the eternal truth is that love is not hereditary. It can be learnt by loving only.