Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.
—Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Remember that it is nothing to do your duty, that is demanded of you and is no more meritorious than to wash your hands when they are dirty. The only thing that counts is the love of duty; when love and duty are one, then grace is in you and you will enjoy a happiness which passes all understanding.
—W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil, 1925
We all carry around so much pain in our hearts. Love and pain and beauty. They all seem to go together like one little tidy confusing package. It’s a messy business, life. It’s hard to figure—full of surprises. Some good. Some bad. —Henry Bromel, Northern Exposure, The Big Kiss, 1991
May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live. —Robert A. Heinlein
Marriage is the union of disparate elements. Male and female. Yin and yang. Proton and electron. What are we talking about here? Nothing less than the very tension that binds the universe. You see, when we look at marriage, people, we’re are looking at creation itself. “I am the sky,” says the Hindu bridegroom to the bride. “You are the earth. We are sky and earth united…. You are my husband. You are my wife. My feet shall run because of you. My feet shall dance because of you. My heart shall beat because of you. My eyes see because of you. My mind thinks because of you and I shall love because of you. —Northern Exposure