Perhaps a great love is never returned. Had it been given warmth and shelter by its counterpart in the Other, perhaps it would have been hindered from ever growing to maturity.
It "gives" us nothing.
But in its world of loneliness it leads us up to the summits with wide vistas - of great insights.
Source: Markings, The Enduring Spiritual Classic, translated from the Swedish by Leif Sjoberg & W. H. Auden, pg. 32
Contributed by: bajarbattu