Three passions have governed my life:
The longings for love, the search for knowledge,
And unbearable pity for the suffering of [humankind].
Love brings ecstasy and relieves loneliness.
In the union of love I have seen
In a mystic miniature the prefiguring vision
Of the heavens that saints and poets have imagined.
With equal passion I have sought knowledge.
I have wished to understand the hearts of [people].
I have wished to know why the stars shine.
Love and knowledge led upwards to the heavens,
But always pity brought me back to earth;
Cries of pain reverberated in my heart
Of children in famine, of victims tortured
And of old people left helpless.
I long to alleviate the evil, but I cannot,
And I too suffer.
This has been my life; I found it worth living.
adapted – Bertrand Russell
The good life is inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
– Bertrand Russell
I love thee, I love but thee
With a love that shall not die
Till the sun grows cold,
And the stars grow old…
If you have love in your life it can make up for a great many things you lack. If you don’t have it, no matter what else there is, it’s not enough.
Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.
I hold it true, whate’er befall;
I feel it, when I sorrow most;
‘Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.
The best and most beautiful things in this world
cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.
– Helen Keller
Love is a haunting melody That I have never mastered And I fear I never will.
– William S. Burroughs
Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking together in the same direction.
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Love is a wonderful thing.
You never have to take it away
From one person to give it to another.
There’s always more than enough to go around.
– Pamela de Roy