Courage

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”

― Maya Angelou

No Man Is an Island: Love Parody

The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image.
If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them:
We only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them…
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―   Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island