Some Simple Thoughts on Love
I found these quotes on love in a drawer I was cleaning today. They were stunning. They took my breath away. When I clipped them many, many years ago and tucked them away into a barely used drawer full of this, that and other things, my motivation to keep them was more because they reminded me of the thrills of romantic love, that giddy feeling of new love, that naive sweetness. I had no idea then that Love would break me — that it would absolutely tear me asunder — that it would completely destroy any thread of serenity I had struggled hard to win — and that it would then build me back up again, this time to even greater heights of joy and strength.
What a grand thing to be loved! What a grander thing still, to love! ~ Victor Hugo, French novelist
Love awes us. It fuels our happiness, our affair with life, our longings and yearnings for that Other Place where love lives. Love does strange things to us. We often say “I fell in love” because the act of falling, of losing one’s balance and one’s footing, describes love aptly. We can’t control when it happens, when it strikes, when it arrives and when it leaves. “I fell out of love…” There is something about love that is mysterious…it comes and goes…it doesn’t really end. It just takes on a different form. We fall into it. We fall out of it. It strikes when we least expect it. We resist but isn’t it true we wouldn’t want it any other way?
At one glance I love you with a thousand hearts. ~ Mihri Hatun, Turkish poet
Love is the ultimate example of duality. Love makes us feel centered, serene, peaceful, contented, prized, and found. At the very same time, it can make us feel enthralled, invigorated, excited, thrilled, turned upside down. It can make our heart fly around the universe multiple times in a split second then settle it gently back into our chest. Love grounds us but also sets us free.
I love you — I am at rest with you — I have come home. ~ Dorothy L. Sayers, English scholar and novelist
Love sh0ws us what is in our spirit, our soul, the contents of our heart. Love illuminates our dreams, our hopes, and our deepest fears. Love makes the takers into givers and the givers into receivers. Love transforms us. Love ultimately helps define us, our values, our boundaries, our priorities. Love motivates us, pushes and nudges us, and eventually elevates us.
The pleasure of love is in loving. ~ Francois duc de La Rochefoucauld, French writer
If you have been touched by love, what could be more beautiful than that? Love shapes and molds you. Keep letting the love in. Keep putting your love out there. Love is our greatest teacher. It is also our hardest lesson to learn. Love teaches us about acceptance, tolerance, patience, forgiveness, kindness, and gentleness as well as fierceness, protection, connection, giving, receiving, letting go, trust, faith, and hope.
I came to love, I came into my own. ~ Theodore Roethke, poet
Love is out there for you. It’s everywhere all around you. You must trust that this is so.
What goes around comes around.