„Suffering is the ancient law of love; there is no quest without pain; there is no lover who is not also a martyr.“

— Henrique Suso, Quoted in Evelyn Underhill, Mysticism: A Study in the Nature and Development of Man's Spiritual Consciousness (1912), p. 152
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