"For those who love... time is eternity..."
Henry Van Dyke
"It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death."
"In endowing us with memory, nature has revealed to us a truth utterly
unimaginable to the unreflective creation, the truth of immortality....The
most ideal human passion is love, which is also the most absolute and
animal and one of the most ephemeral."
"Reason in Religion"
"He who has followed the path of love's initiation in the proper
order will on arriving at the end suddenly perceive a marvelous beauty,
the source of all our efforts."
Plato from the Symposium,
where the wise Diotima speaks to Socrates
"Through love we steal from the time
that kills us a few hours which we turn now into paradise and not into
hell. In both ways time expands and ceases to be a measure. Beyond
happiness and unhappiness, though it is both things, love is intensity:
it does not give us eternity but life, that second in which the doors
of time and space open just a crack: here is there and now is always.
In love, everything is two and everything strives to be one."
The Double Flame: Love and Eroticism
"And now these three remain: faith,
hope and love. But the greatest of these is love... It always protects,
always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
1 Corinthians 13
"But soon we shall die and all memory
of those five will have left the earth, and we ourselves shall be loved
for a while and forgotten. But the love will have been enough; all
those impulses of love return to the love that made them. Even memory
is not necessary for love. There is a land of the living and a land
of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning."
The Bridge of San Luis Rey
"As long as there is one heart on Earth where I still live, my memory
will not die."