Thursday, June 14, 2012

thoughtful thursday: several kinds of love

There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you—of kindness and consideration and respect—not only the social respect of manners but the great respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak, but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had. ~Steinbeck: A Life in Letters, edited by Elaine Steinbeck and Robert Wallsten

1 comment:

Ruthie said...

So true, the kind of love I seek is the kind of love that helps me expand and become more than I am. Selfish love diminishes. I love these thoughtful posts of yours Christine!