I’ve been thinking a lot about love lately, in its real-est, most unconditional form. Love in general is obviously a common if not obsessive topic of thought (I would hope) for all of us. In the era of instant gratification, “gotta-have it/you/everything all at once,” I think most of us forget the kind of love that often takes some time to settle in and ripen, but transforms us and motivates most if not all of our life’s most important decisions and experiences.
So, a few quick quotes on love:
“In spite of death, he felt the need of life and love. He felt that love saved him from despair, and that this love, under the menace of despair, had become still stronger and purer. The one mystery of death, still unsolved, had scarcely passed before his eyes, when another mystery had arisen, as insoluble, urging him to love and to life.” — Leo Tolstoy (from Anna Karenina, which is, incidentally, my favorite novel of all time)
“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” — A.A. Milne
“Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.” — Bruce Lee