From Les Misérables, by Victor Hugo

Les Misérables, by Victor Hugo

Chapter IV. A Heart beneath a Stone

To love is the only thing that can occupy and fill up eternity. Love partakes of the soul itself.  It is of the same nature.  Like the soul, it is a divine spark; it is incorruptible, indivisible, imperishable.  It is a point of fire within us, which is immortal and infinite, which nothing can confine and nothing can extinguish.  We feel it burning even in the marrow of our bones, and we see it radiate in the depths of heaven.

O love!  Adorations!  Light of two minds that understand each other, of two hearts intertwined, of two glances that penetrate each other!  You will come to me, won’t you, happiness?  Walks together in the solitudes!  Blessed and radiant days!  Occasionally I have dreamed that from time to time hours detached themselves from the life of the angels and came down to traverse the destinies of men.

What a great thing, to be loved!  What a greater thing still, to love!  The heart becomes heroic through passion.  It is no longer composed of anything but what is pure; it no longer rests on anything but what is elevated and great.  An unworthy thought can no more spring up in it than a nettle on a glacier.  The lofty and serene soul, inaccessible to common passions and common emotions, rising above the shadows of this world, its follies, its falsehoods, its hatreds, its vanities, its miseries, inhabits the blue of the skies, and no longer feels anything but the deep subterranean commotions of destiny, as the summit of the mountains feels the quaking of the earth.

A shorter version:

To love is the only thing that can occupy and fill up eternity. Love partakes of the soul itself.  It is of the same nature.  Like the soul, it is a divine spark; it is incorruptible, indivisible, imperishable.  It is a point of fire within us, which is immortal and infinite, which nothing can confine and nothing can extinguish.  We feel it burning even in the marrow of our bones, and we see it radiate in the depths of heaven.

O love!  Adorations!  Light of two minds that understand each other, of two hearts intertwined, of two glances that penetrate each other!  Occasionally I have dreamed that from time to time hours detached themselves from the life of the angels and came down to traverse the destines of men. What a great thing, to be loved! What a greater thing still, to love!

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