Alain de Botton on Love


“…Love is something we have to learn, and we can make progress with. It's not just an enthusiasm; it’s a skill. It requires forbearance, generosity, imagination, and a million things besides… We must fiercely resist the idea that true love must mean conflict-free love, that the course of true love is smooth. It’s not. The course of true love is rocky and bumpy at the best of times. That’s the best we can manage as the creatures we are, that flawed humanity, the better chance we’ll have of doing the true hard work of love.”  - Alain de Botton (from On Being w Krista Tippett)


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