Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Different Scents

I've joined a new book club, friends from printmaking invited me. Tonight we're discussing The Glass Room by Simon Mawer
This is my favourite quote from the book.

'Love seems a relative quality, not a unitary thing that can exist independent of an object. Love for, love of, never just love. There are different grades of love, different shades of love, different scents and tastes of love. It is not like happiness or misery, qualities that seem dull and limited. Love is limitless, she feels. You can love one person one way and another person another way and your store of love, all the different loves, is never diminished.' Simon Mawer The Glass Room



  1. That's quite thought provoking ... I agree that love is limitless, and wish that happiness could be the same, but the thought of limitless misery is pretty horrifying!

  2. I adored that book, I think it was one of the best of 2009. And I got so engrossed it in that I stayed up all night to finish it.

  3. potter - pondering on your comment - oh so true.
    Indie - Hello! I was glad to be reading it over Christmas when I could snuggle up on the sofa for long periods of time.

  4. I like the idea that our store of love is never diminished no matter how many people we love in how many different ways. I think love is the only thing that you can give and give and never run out of, nothing else is like that. I've never really thought about that before, but it is so true.

  5. What a beautiful quote! Enjoy your new book club.

  6. hip hip - I suppose that's also what they say about parental love for siblings... it's never diminished.
    JoAnn - why thank you. It was a good evening. Next book Sense and Sensibility.


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