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17 Times John Mayer Actually Knew A Thing Or Two About Love

Wise words from the king of breaking hearts.

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Some might consider him America's bad boy — but player or not, if you've been around the block a few times you probably learn a thing or two about l-o-v-e. In honor of John Mayer's 37th birthday, we present to you his greatest words of wisdom.

1. When he made you realize that the pain is worth the love:

2. When he knew what it felt like to both want and not want someone at the same time:

3. When he understood that sometimes you'll do anything for love:

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4. When he recognized that all you'll ever need is you:

5. When he knew that sometimes all you really need is a little cuddle:

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Preach, John. Preach.

6. When he understood that sometimes we can't help but make bad decisions:

#same

7. When he knew what it was like trying to let someone in:

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8. When he explained that actions are greater than words:

It's a verb, people.

9. When he understood that sometimes they're the only thing you can see:

10. When he knew what it was like to constantly have someone else in your head:

11. When he realized that when breaking hearts everyone loses:

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12. When he knew that sometimes a rebound is all ya need:

~On to the next~

13. When he understood that the greatest relationship you'll ever have is the one with yourself:

14. When he made you realize that it's okay to change your mind:

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15. When he recognized the beautiful father/daughter bond:

16. When he knew the struggles of falling in love with your best friend:

17. When he reminded you how much you hate the game:

Thank you, John Mayer, for all of your beautiful words of love and heartbreak that reach straight into our souls.