5 notes for my common place book

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    Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible be found in us.-pema chödrön
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    And yet while heartbreak has this immense spiritual value we still treat it like a problem to be solved rather than like the psychoemotional growth-spurt that it is.-Maria popova
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    And yet the redemption of this perennial dissatisfaction, Browne argues, is that by so intensely throwing ourselves into a love that can never be fully requited, we master the difficult art of unselfish love — a love we can then direct at anyone, free of expectation of return.
    Browne puts it simply: He that can love his friend with this noble ardor will, in a competent degree, affect all.-Maria popova
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    When we seek for another to be our everything, he suggests, we doom ourselves to continual despair and disappointment, because the most anyone can ever give us is still less-than-everything, which to the heart that longs for everything — for a complete merging of natures — feels like a sorrowing incompleteness next to nothing. He writes: I love
    my friend before myself, and yet methinks I do not love him enough: some few months hence my multiplied affection will make me believe I have not loved him at all. When I am [apart] from him, I am dead till I be with him; when I am with him, I am not satisfied but would still be nearer him. United souls are not satisfied with embraces, but desire to be truly each other; which being impossible, their desires are infinite, and must proceed without a possibility of satisfaction.-Thomas Browne
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    One soul in two bodies. For though indeed they be really divided, yet are they so united, as they seem but one, and make rather a duality in two distinct souls. There are wonders in true affection; it is a body of enigmas, mysteries, and riddles, wherein two so become one, as they both become two.-sir Thomas Browne