Love and Be Loved


“The most outlandish people can be the stimulus for love. A man may be a doddering great-grandfather and still love only a strange girl he saw in the streets of Cheehaw one afternoon two decades past. The preacher may love a fallen woman. The beloved may be treacherous, greasy-headed, and given to evil habits. Yes, and the lover may see this as clearly as anyone else — but that does not affect the evolution of his love one whit. [.] It is for this reason that most of us would rather love than be loved.”

~ Carson McCullers, The Ballad of the Sad Cafe

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