Thou art to me a delicious torment.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is wrong to think that love comes from long companionship and
persevering courtship. Love is the offspring of spiritual affinity
and unless that affinity is created in a moment, it will not be
created for years or even generations.
I claim there ain't Another Saint
As great as Valentine.
To do him any wrong was to beget
A kindness from him for his heart was rich-
Of such fine mould that if you sowed therein
The seed of Hate, it blossomed Charity.
Frees us of all the weight and pain of life:
That word is love.
Sophocles 496-405 BC
Love is not 'blind' but visionary: it sees into the very heart of
its object, and sees the 'real self' behind and in the midst of the
frailties and shortcomings of the person.
It is love, and not German philosophy, that is the true explanation
of this world, whatever may be the explanation of the next.
Oscar Wilde 1854-1900
But to love is quite another thing: it is to will an object for
itself, to rejoice in its beauty and goodness for themselves, and
without respect to anything other than itself.
from The Gifford Lectures
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