If you want to keep your heart intact, give it to no one

A good friend of mine writes a monthly newsletter which she emails to her friends and business associate. In her latest issue, she cited a quote from one of our favourite authors, C.S. Lewis on love. I have reproduced it here:

To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless–it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.”

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~ by irwin on February 2, 2009.

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