I could see / the whole span of human love / and its precipitous edges. / When someone slips over such an edge / he finds it very hard to get back, / and wanders alone below the road he should be on.Karol Wojtyla, The Jeweler’s Shop, 53
We only love truly if we love in a sphere which is superior to us.Jean Guitton, Human Love.
“Statesmen, my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for Liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People in a greater Measure than they have it now, They may change their Rulers and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty. They will only exchange Tyrants and Tyrannies.”John Adams, Letter to Zabdiel Adams, 21 June 1776.
Do not say / “I love her for her smile — her look — her way / Of speaking gently, — for a trick of thought / That falls in well with mine, and certes brought / A sense of pleasant ease on such a day” — / For these things in themselves, Beloved, may / Be changed, or change for thee, — and love, so wrought, / May be unwrought so.Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sonnets from the Portuguese, XIV
The only gift is a portion of thyself. Thou must bleed for me. Therefore the poet brings his poem; the shepherd, his lamb; the farmer, corn; the miner, a gem; the sailor, coral and shells; the painter, his picture; the girl, a handkerchief of her own sewing. This is right and pleasing, for it restores society in so far to its primary basis, when a man’s biography is conveyed in his gift.Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essay V
The epicure Gassendi used to offer Descartes the humorous greeting: ‘O Soul!’ And Descartes would reply: ‘O Flesh!’ Yet it is neither the spirit alone nor the body alone that loves: It is man, the person, a unified creature composed of body and soul, who loves.Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est, 5