Here’s to the Heart

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Sky-tree heart. Flickr, giacomo.nodari

Ten days and three ceremonies from now, two of my closest friends will both be married. My, how life happens! Big congratulations to Emmy & Shaun (celebrating August 3 & 4) and Terra & Chulmin (celebrating August 10).

In honor of my friends’ relationships—not to mention partnership, commitment, and all that a life of love rewards and demands—I thought I’d indulge the cheeseball within (not to be confused with the cheesehead within) and gather a collection of my favorite love quotes. Below, I’ve shared some of the love-ideas that, in particular, have been on my mind lately.

Of course, no short list of quotes could ever sum up love (and perhaps no words could ever? Shakespeare: “As soon go kindle fire with snow/as seek to quench the fire of love with words”).

So let’s make this collection bigger. What are your favorite thoughts on love and relationships—quotes, lyrics, personal observations? Feel free to make a comment to share.

James Baldwin:

Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is growing up.

Rainer Maria Rilke:

Loving….is a high inducement for the individual to ripen, to become something in himself, to become world, to become world in himself for the sake of another person; it is a great, demanding claim on him, something that chooses him and calls him to vast distances.

e.e. cummings:

somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond
any experience,your eyes have their silence:
in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,
or which I cannot touch because they are too near

….[read this whole wonderful poem here]

(i do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens;only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody,not even the rain,has such small hands

Angelica, the bartender in Win a Date with Tad Hamilton:

Everybody is Tad Hamilton to somebody, Pete.

Louis Adamic:

My grandfather always said that living is like licking honey off a thorn.

Terry Tempest Williams:

I told my husband life is an act of faith. He said no, it is a choice.

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6 comments on “Here’s to the Heart

  1. ZachB says:

    “For it is true we can seldom help those closest to us. Either we don’t know what part of ourselves to give or, more often than not, the part we have to give is not wanted. And so it is those we live with and should know who elude us. But we can still love them – we can love completely without complete understanding.” -Norman Maclean

    “Walter, I love you, but sooner or later, you’re going to have to face the fact you’re a goddamn moron.” -The Dude

  2. allie says:

    Apropos of both this post and our recent conversations: “Love can sweep you off your feet and carry you along in a way you’ve never known before. But the ride always ends, and you end up feeling lonely and bitter. Wait. It’s not love I’m describing. I’m thinking of a monorail.” – Jack Handey

  3. Cosmos M'Presario says:

    Here’s one from Wayne Dyer while I’m looking for another. “Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you.”

  4. Cosmos M'Presario says:

    M. Scott Peck discerns differences between being “in love” and love. He notes that love is not a feeling, but an activity, and defines it as “the willingness to extend oneself for the purpose of nurturing one’s own and another’s spiritual growth.”

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