Thoughts on the challenges of love

March 22, 2016

The difficulties we encounter in loving others are just as important as the bliss we experience - they both make love stronger in different ways.  Here are quotes reflecting on the challenges that present an opportunity for love to deepen.


“Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.”
-- Rainer Maria Rilke


“It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know. We all know people who are so much afraid of pain that they shut themselves up like clams in a shell and, giving out nothing, receive nothing and therefore shrink until life is a mere living death.”
-- Eleanor Roosevelt


“You know it’s love when all you want is that person to be happy, even if you’re not part of their happiness.”
-- Julia Roberts


“To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow – this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.”
-- Elizabeth Gilbert


“Understanding someone’s suffering is the best gift you can give another person. Understanding is love’s other name. If you don’t understand, you can’t love.”
-- Thich Nhat Hanh


“Rather than accepting that we are the loving beings that God created, we have arrogantly thought that we could create ourselves, and then create God. Because we are angry and judgmental, we have projected those characteristics onto God. We have made up a God in our image. But God remains who God is and always has been: The energy, the thought of unconditional love.”
-- Marianne Williamson


“If you judge people, you have no time to love them”
-- Mother Theresa


“The course of true love never did run smooth.”
-- William Shakespeare


“Love me when I least deserve it, because that’s when I really need it.”
-- Swedish proverb



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