Vulnerable Love

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To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside of Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell.

~C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

  • Adrian Waller

    Why is he so brilliant?!
    Thanks for sharing this quote, Alise. =)

  • Travis Mamone

    That is very true. Which is why I’m sometimes afraid to love, ’cause I’m opening myself up.

  • Eddy Damas

    I LOVE C.S. Lewis! Thanks for posting and sharing!

  • Renee Ronika Klug

    Oh. my. This makes me want to sing, in a small whisper, “Thank you, Jesus. Heal me. Heal me. Heal me.”

    Also, I’m putting this on my FB list of Lewis quotes.