Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Love, Freedom and Love

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All my life, I thought of love as some kind of voluntary enslavement. Well, that’s a lie: freedom only exists when love is present. The person who gives him or herself wholly, the person who feels freest, is the person who loves most wholeheartedly.

And the person who loves wholeheartedly feels free.

In love, no one harm anyone else; we are each of us responsible for our own feelings and can not blame someone else for what we feel.

It hurt when I lost each of the various men I fell in love with. Now, though, I am convinced that no one loses anyone, because no one owns anyone.

That is the true experience of freedom: having the most important thing in the world, without owning it.

From Maria’s Diary in Paulo Coelho’s novel "Eleven Minutes"
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