On Love

In the words of four writers, and one cartoon character

Love is essentially self-communicative; those who do not have it catch it from those who have it. Those who receive love from others cannot be its recipients without giving a response which, in itself, is the nature of love.

True love is unconquerable and irresistible. It goes on gathering power and spreading itself until eventually it transforms everyone it touches.

—Meher Baba
Discourses, 7th ed, pp. 8–9, Sheriar Foundation, 1995


We must shock this nation with the power of love. We must shock this nation with the power of mercy. We must shock this nation and fight for justice for all.

—Reverend William Barber
“The Reverend Dr. William Barber II: Reviving the Heart of Our Democracy,” Beacon Broadside, July 29, 2016


geohaptics (geo: relating to the earth; haptics: relating to the sense of touch): describes the extreme intimacy of ecological entanglement, via the air, water, and matter we take in and continually rebecome. The nature of this contact is closer than any other as it touches the body at every moment. . . . Akin to Tennyson’s description of God as “closer . . . than breathing, and nearer than hands and feet”. . . .

—Erin Robinsong
Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing within the Anthropocene, edited by Linda Russo and Marthe Reed, p. 39, Wesleyan University Press, 2018


Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love.

—Charlie Brown (Charles M. Schulz)
December 15, 1964; in Peanuts: A Golden Celebration, edited by David Larkin, p. 56, Harper Collins, 1999


Love is not consolation, it is light.

—Simone Weil
Gravity and Grace, translated by Emma Crawford and Mario von der Ruhr, p. 14, Routledge Classics, 2002