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The Seven Levels of Intimacy: The Art of Loving and the Joy of Being Loved

Matthew Kelly

Top 10 Best Quotes

“Love is the wanting, and the having, and the choosing, and the becoming. Love is the desire to see the person we love be and become all he or she is capable of being and becoming. Love is a willingness to lay down our own personal plans, desires, and agenda for the good of the relationship. Love is delayed gratification, pleasure, and pain. Love is being able to live and thrive apart, but choosing to be together.”

“In fact, the more each person can remove his or her ego from the discussion and focus on the subject matter, the more fruitful the conversation will be for all involved.”

“Freedom is not the ability to do whatever you want. Freedom is the strength of character to do what is good, true, noble, and right.”

“Withholding love is a bit like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”

“Life is about love. It's about whom you love and whom you hurt. Life's about how you love yourself and how you hurt yourself. Life's about how you love and hurt the people close to you. Life is about how you love and hurt the people who just cross your path for a moment. Life is about love.”

“We can never get enough of what we don't really need.”

“Never believe a promise from a man or woman who has no discipline. They have broken a thousand promises to themselves, and they break their promise for you.”

“The problem is that without an understanding for their meaning and purpose, most relationships quickly become little more than vehicles for the pursuit of selfish and individual goals. Disagreements then become a battle between conflicting interests, rather than a search for a mutually satisfying resolution.”

“Connecting with people in a powerful way is a skill that must be developed, nurtured, and practiced.”

“The most devastating form of loneliness is not to be without friends; rather, it is to be surrounded by friends and never to be truly known.”

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