To abide in love means to have open eyes, to be able to see something that only a few see, namely, the outstretched, begging hands of the others who are along the way, and now not be able to do anything else but to act, to help, to do one’s duty, using everything one has. That may be here or there. Most important is that, wherever it is, one can always allow oneself to be interrupted by God.
“My future husband was becoming to me my whole world; and more than the world: almost my hope of heaven. He stood between me and every thought of religion, as an eclipse intervenes between man and the broad sun. I could not, in those days, see God for His creature: of whom I had made an idol.”
Love is hunting for bigger game than happiness.
Romantic love is blind to everything except what is lovable and lovely. But Christ’s love sees us with terrible clarity and sees us whole. Christ’s love so wishes our joy that it is ruthless against everything in us that diminishes our joy. The worst sentence love can pass is that we behold the suffering which love has endured for our sake and that is also our acquittal. The justice and mercy of the judge are ultimately one.”
“Jesus the Judge,” Preaching Today, Tape No. 129.
There is the great lesson of “Beauty and the Beast”; that a thing must be loved before it is loveable.
Love is an agreement on the part of two people to overestimate each other.
Alain De Botton
True love is a lack of desire to check one’s smartphone in another’s presence.
[Romantic] Love may not be literally blind, but it does seem to be literally incapable of reason and the levels of appropriate negativity necessary for realism.
Love . . . is the extremely difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.
Jess C. Scott
“When someone loves you, the way they talk about you is different. You feel safe and comfortable.”
William Makepeace Thackeray
To see a young couple loving each other is no wonder; but to see an old couple loving each other is the best sight of all.
Where love is, there is the eye.
I wish for you good health in each other’s arms.
In the composition of the human frame there is a good deal of inflammable matter, however dormant it may lie for a time, and…when the torch is put to it, that which is within you must burst into blaze.