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.
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.
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
(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.
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.