“Love is the feeling we have for those we care deeply about and hold in high regard. It can be light as the hug we give a friend or heavy as the sacrifices we make for our children. It can be romantic, platonic, familial, fleeting, everlasting, conditional, unconditional, imbued with sorrow, stoked by sex, sullied by abuse, amplified by kindness, twisted by betrayal, deepened by time, darkened by difficulty, leavened by generosity, nourished by humor, and “loaded with promises and commitments” that we may or may not want or keep. The best thing you can possibly do with your life is to tackle the motherfucking shit out of love.”From Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
— Albert Einstein
— John Ciardi
— From Invest Like a Guru – How to Generate Higher Returns at Reduced Risk with Value Investing P. 39
… he projected his first slide, the key to a successful marriage, which showed just one phrase:
‘Love each other, forever.’
Participants started to shake their heads and said the sentiment was hard to put in practice. Then the marriage counselor put up his second slide, which said:
‘If you cannot do that, now you need to follow these four rules: (1) Compromise, tolerate, and forgive. (2) Make it a habit to compromise, tolerate, and forgive. (3) Pretend to be a fool. (4) Make that a habit, too.’
The participants grew more vocal, saying the four rules are impossible to follow. Waiting until they quieted down, the counselor put up his third slide, which said:
‘If you cannot follow these four rules, now you need to do these 16 things right: (1) Don’t lose your tempers at the same time. (2) Don’t yell unless it is an emergency. (3) When getting into an argument, let your spouse win. (4) Don’t let an argument last overnight. (5) Always be ready to apologize …’
After reading these, some laughed and some sighed. The counselor then showed his fourth slide, which said:
‘If you still cannot follow 16 rules, now you need to do these 256 things right…’
— David Roberts of Puyallup Washington from Guideposts
— Kahlil Gibran From ‘The Prophet’ p. 8
And the priests and the priestesses said unto him:
Let not the waves of the sea seperate us now, and the years you have spent in our midst become memory.
You have walked among us a spirit, and your shadow has been a light about our faces.
Much have we loved you. But speechless was our love, and with veils has it been veiled.
Yet now it cries aloud onto you, and would stand revealed before you.
And ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.”