Five Days, Five Quotes: Day Three

Recently I was invited to participate in an exercise which involved posting a fresh quotation on each of three days and also tagging three more folk each day. Here is a sequel, but with a difference. The quotation bit remains the same but I won’t be burdening anyone else. 🙂 And this time there will be five days rather than three.

This is Day Three.

“Love is a temporary madness; it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of eternal passion. That is just being in love, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.”
– Louis de Bernieres.

About Ben Naga

The Spirit that graces me with its passing has no name and stems not from thoughts and words, though it gathers them up as it flows, but from feeling.

Posted on January 30, 2016, in Quotations and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Quiet reflection on that one.

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  2. Reblogged this on On the Homefront and commented:
    could not have conceived of this myself, but it is so true………..

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  3. I do so enjoy the journey I am taking through the pieces of your mind you have so generously shared. The truth of this quote speaks strongly to me. I find myself touched particularly by this one because I feel often to be hurt by the love that never lasted in all that have left my life.

    Being a difficult person to bear witness to means that I have only a couple people who have been able to tolerate the whole of my existence. Most have come and laid their roots upon my heart and then left to create a life without me in it. Still I nurture the roots that have been left before the blossoming, always feeling the pain of not being with the ones I love.

    I carry my hurt heart heavily and I think I carry that baggage into every new relationship I attempt to enter. Because I am constantly seeking one who will stay and help me carry the weight of all those who didn’t care enough to love me the way I loved them. I think I scare lovers of the soul away before I ever give them a chance to see the me I wish they would love.

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  4. Interesting. I am drawn to the One unique I as opposed to the Embodiment of ALL.

    This interests me now that the lightbulb clicked because deep within me my heart is torn between the Great I AM and the Actual Living Legend that is my husband in reality. So deep I ponder which blessing makes me happier, that which gave me the blessing in my every moment or the very blessing that makes my every moment able to be enjoyed.

    For I think that if it is the ALL that I prefer above the Great I AM, then I am setting myself up for great disappointment. For no matter the fairytale, ALL always has an ending. But I AM is eternal. And so therefore should be the one that is the basis of the blessings of which I am grateful for.

    Hmm, seemed to have worked through my own little dilemma there.

    Thanks for the mental inspiration and guidance. I love the divine providence that brought me to your site in this moment. I appreciate your contribution to my mental bliss and peaceful poetic pondering.

    I hope you are finding yourself in a similarly blessed peace of mind.

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