the best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; the are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.
But the plain truth is this: Love is not a matter of getting what you want. The insistence on always having what you want, on always being satisfied, on always being fulfilled, makes love impossible. To love, you have to climb out of the cradle, where everything is ‘getting,’ and grow up to the maturity of giving, without concern for getting anything special in return. Love is not a deal, it is a sacrifice, a form of worship. | Thomas Merton