Monday, 5 July 2010

Great acts of Love

One day I shall read this novel. One day when I go on a very long holiday. Until then here's a snippet that was read at a friend's wedding and I squirreled away.

'You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. The great acts of love are habitually performing small acts of kindness. Love is knowing that even when you are alone, you will never be lonely again. And the great happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. Loved for ourselves. And even loved in spite of ourselves.' Victor Hugo Les Miserables

How can we have Paris in July without some of the greats of French literature. There shall be more. Madame Bovary is waiting in the wings.


  1. That is SUCH a powerful statement! Thank you for sharing it!

  2. You quite probably know that Frances of Nonsuch Book is hosting a Madame Bovary read along this Fall? The details are on her blog ( or under my Read-Along heading in case you haven't joined, or want to. I've read Madame Bovary several times, but it's always worth a reread, isn't it?

  3. How true - Paris in July wouldn't be complete without the classics. Thankyou for sharing this beautiful quote and great photo.

  4. Thank you Bellezza I didn't know about the Madame Bovary read - I shall find out more...


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