Thursday, February 15, 2007

Kierkegaard on Love

This is, in belated honor of the ever-appreciated Valentine's Day, a little quote from Søren Kierkegaard's Works of Love:
Your friend, your beloved, your child, or whoever is the object of your love, has a claim upon its expression also in words when it really moves you inwardly. The emotion is not your possession but the other's. The expression of it is his due, since in the emotion you belong to him who moves you and makes you conscious of belonging to him. When the heart is full you should not grudgingly and loftily, short-changing the other, injure him by pressing your lips together in silence; you should let the mouth speak out of the abundance of the heart; you should not be ashamed of your feelings and still less of honestly giving to each one his due.

Well... maybe not such a little quote.


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