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Avoid all entanglements

Thursday July 17th 2008

by Paul Armstrong

Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in a 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.


C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves




Comments for "Avoid all entanglements"

wow, paul...stunning words. i had to read them twice to really get the full impact of what he was saying (i wasn't fully vested in reading the first time), but it is so true. keeping your heart to yourself does protect you from invasion, from disappointment, from break, but it truly does change, and you miss all the great joy that can come from the very activities that expose it to risk: love, passion, service. thanks!

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