101. Quotes: Chesterton, Shakespeare, and Zacharias on Love’s Binding

by jfjudah

“They have invented a new phrase that is a black-and-white contradiction in two words — ‘free love.’ As if a lover had been, or ever could be, free. It is the nature of love to bind itself, and the institution of marriage merely paid the average man the compliment of taking him at his word.”

—G.K. Chesterton, As I Was Saying

“Love is not love when it has been manufactured for the moment. Love is the posture of the soul, and its entailments are binding. [. . .] If we do not understand this, all we do is transfer a pathetic self-centeredness masquerading as love. [. . .] Love and sacrifice go together.”

—Ravi Zacharias, Can Man Live Without God

“There’s beggary in the love that can be reckon’d.”

—William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra (Act 1, Scene 1)

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