There is only one happiness in life: to love and be loved.
George Sand, 1804-1876, French writer, Letter to Lina Calamatta
Love is Happiness; Only love gives meaning to life
Whether life is or is not worth the pain of being lived, or, rather, whether it is worth the pain and the pleasure of being live depends, first and foremost on one’s capacity for love.
Happiness is to be happy in love, unhappiness is to be unhappy in love, or to have no love at all.
It is love which keeps us alive, since it alone makes life loveable. It is love which saves; it is therefore love which must be saved.
Andre Comte-Sponville, French philosopher, The Little Book of Philosophy, Vintage
Only the soul that loves is happy.
Johann Goethe, 1749-1831, German writer, Egmont
Even if I speak all the languages of men and of angels, if I don't have love, life became sounding brass, and a clanging cymbal.
We human beings are animals dependant on love.
Humberto Maturama, in E. Morin Method V
The poetry of life, with the love it contains and that contains it, is the only response to death.
Love makes us tolerate destiny, and makes us love life.
Love is the great poetry in the prosaic modern world.
E. Morin, French philosopher and sociologist, Method V
The two wings of our souls, immune to any gust of wind, are true love and faith.
Attributed to Stanislas-Xavier Touchet, 1848-1926, French religious
Life is sown with miracles that only people who love can wait for.
Marcel Proust, 1871-1922, French writer, In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower
You might say that love is friendship gone mad.
Seneca, Roman philosopher and politician, Letters to Lucilius
Brotherly True Love & Meaning
The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater our own sense of well-being becomes. Cultivating a close, warm-hearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease.
The need for love lies at the very foundation of human existence. It results from the profound interdependence we all share with one another.
Dalai Lama, Tibetan political and spiritual leader, Voices from the Heart
I see God in every human being. When I wash the leper's wounds, I feel I am nursing the Lord himself.
Mother Teresa, 1910-1997, Roman Catholic missionary, Guardian 6/9/97
THE meaning of LOVE
WE ALL ARE HELOISES AND ABELARDS
Big romantic loves aren’t only a creation of our minds and dreams. They are also a creation of our societies, as Heloise and Abelard’s love vividly illustrates.
Would Heloise and Abelard’s love be possible nowadays?
We can uphold the yes-thesis. And even maintain that it could be a yet bigger love, a truer one. Freed from the constraints of medieval society, Abelard and Heloise could have offered much more to one another, without falling into separation and a monastic life.
But we can see things from a distinct angle. Would Abelard and Heloise, in our time, without the repressions and conventions of the French twelfth century, felt and loved the way they did? And would they have written the letters which have immortalized them? Obviously no. Heloise and Abelard's love isn’t a twenty-first century love.
And we can even postulate a more cynical argument, and plead that their love would very probably end in divorce, or at least in a banal love. It was the Middle Age society and its religious and repressive environment that created Abelard and Heloise’s love.
In some sense we all are Abelards and Heloises. In the millions of couples whose love falls into banality and turns into divorce, there are many thousands of Abelards and Heloises whose love could have been heroic and majestic, had they been born in French castles, surrounded by monasteries where men discussed the Aristotelian logic and scholarly philosophy that turned Abelard famous, and had they had the powerful uncles engaged in defending their niece’s honour sending men to «cut off those parts of the body» with which Abelard had done that «which was the cause» of his «sorrow».