Wednesday, 28 July 2010

From Shadow to Sunlight

I've chosen this quote for today as it links to Friday's quote about believing and hopefully the scars do heal...

'One day you find it' repeated Rodolphe; one day, quite suddenly, just when hope seems lost. And the horizon opens up it's like a voice crying 'Behold'. You feel you must tell this person the secrets of your life, give them everything, sacrifice everything for them. Nothing is actually said, you just know. You have seen each other in your dreams. There it is at last, the treasure you have sought so long, there right in front of you; shining, sparkling. Though you still have doubts, you dare not believe it; you stand there dazed, just as if you stepped from shadow to sunlight.' Gustav Flaubert Madame Bovary

I have a little bit of a moral dilema. It happens with Anna Karenina too. Saving quotes about passion and love when the couple are having an affair. Hurting others. Does it decrease their love? Or does it just mean that for us the reader, reading it out of context it's bittersweet. And oh I have so many love quotes that are between lovers should I then not use them? What are your thoughts?


  1. My thoughts are that love is love and just because its complicated and messy and often hurts others, the feelings involved are nonetheless genuine.

  2. Unfortunately human beings just aren't straight-forward and things can get mixed up and messy and people do get hurt. It's not pretty but the emotions involved are still valid and often the most moving of any ever written.
    Which isn't advocating, but understanding!

  3. I've never thought of it that way! I agree with potterjotter though - love is love <3

    Anna Karenina is a fave of mine, took me a year to get through it but I did!


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