Il ne suffit pas d'aimer passionnément: il faut également aimer avec raison -> It is not enough to love passionately; you must also love well

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Il ne suffit pas d'aimer passionnément: il faut également aimer avec raison.
It is not enough to love passionately; you must also love well.

My children, it is not enough to love passionately; you must also love well. A passionate love is good doubtless, but a beautiful love is better. May you have as much strength as gentleness; may it lack nothing, not even forbearance, and let even a little compassion be mingled with it. You are young, fair and good; but you are human, and because of this capable of much suffering. If then something of compassion does not enter into the feelings you have one for the other, these feelings will not always befit all the circumstances of your life together; they will be like festive robes that will not shield you from wind and rain. We love truly only those we love even in their weakness and their poverty. To forbear, to forgive, to console, that alone is the science of love.
Anatole France, Honey-Bee


 

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