„We can only learn to love by loving.“

— Iris Murdoch, The Bell (1958), ch. 19; 2001, p. 219.

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„Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.“

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„If thou must love me, let it be for nought
Except for love's sake only.“

— Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sonnets from the Portuguese
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