Pure love for another person, and what people call romantic love, are two different things. Pure love doesn’t manipulate the relationship to one’s advantage, but romantic love is different. Romantic love contains other elements—the desire to be loved by the other person, for instance. If purely loving another was enough, you wouldn’t suffer because of unrequited love. As long as the other person was happy, there wouldn’t be any need to suffer because you weren’t being loved in return. What makes people suffer is the desire to be loved by another person. So I decided that romantic love and pure love for a person are not the same. And that by following this you could lessen the pain of unrequited love.
I don’t do extra miles but for you I’d go round the fucking world. You’re not keeping me sane, but I’m keeping you tangible. Stay.
She imagines him imagining her. This is her salvation.
—Atwood, Margaret. The Blind Assassin. (via wordsnquotes)
If you could see across the devices that connect us, you’d see stifled smiles and irrepressible urges of laughter. You’d see closed eyes, behind which are images of you, involuntarily conjured by the one thing that has been utterly seized by none other than you - the entire being of my mind.