David Whyte(November 02, 1955 -)
We name mostly in order to control but what is worth loving does not want to be held within the bounds of too narrow a calling. In many ways love has already named us before we can even begin to speak back to it, before we can utter the right words or understand what has happened to us or is continuing to happen to us: an invitation to the most difficult art of all, to love without naming at all.
Stendhal (Marie-Henri Beyle) (January 23, 1783 – March 23, 1842)
Indeed, half — the most beautiful half — of life is hidden from one who has not loved passionately.
Kahlil Gibran (January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931)
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself. Love possesses not nor would it be possessed: for love is sufficient unto love…Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.
Derek Walcott (January 23, 1930 – March 17, 2017)
The time will come
when with elation,
You will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,
and say, Sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your Self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.
Listen to “Love After Love” read by Jong Hwi Yoo here.
Xiaolu Guo (1973 -)
“Love,” this English word: like other English words, it has tense. “Loved” or “will love” or “have loved.” All these specific tenses mean Love is time-limited thing. Not infinite. It only exist in particular period of time. In Chinese, Love is (ai). It has no tense, no past, no future. Love in Chinese means a being, a situation, a circumstance. Love is existence, holding past and future.
Thich Nhat Hanh (October 11, 1926 -)
In a deep relationship, there’s no longer a boundary between you and the other person. You are her and she is you. Your suffering is her suffering. Your understanding of your own suffering helps your loved one to suffer less. Suffering and happiness are no longer individual matters. What happens to your loved one happens to you. What happens to you happens to your loved one.
…In true love, there’s no more separation or discrimination. His happiness is your happiness. Your suffering is his suffering. You can no longer say, “That’s your problem.”
Meghan O’Rourke (1976 -)
The people we most love do become a physical part of us, ingrained in our synapses, in the pathways where memories are created.