May we so love as never to have occasion to repent of our love!
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Essay on "Chastity and Sensuality" in letter, September 1852, to Harrison Blake, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 207, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
Even heaven would become hell if you were alone in it, or away from a loved one. And even if you were with your loved one, but in hell, eventually you would cry to have you and your loved one together in heaven. So to create your own heaven on earth, make sure you and your loved one are in a place you both LOVE, because what could be heaven for one, could be hell for the other.
To love one child and to love all children, whether living or deadsomewhere these two loves come together. To love a no-good but humble punk and to love an honest man who believes himself to be an honest mansomewhere these, too, come together.
(Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author, filmmaker. interview, repr. In Outside: Selected Writings (1984). "The Path of Joyful Despair," Le Monde (Paris, 1977).)