Wedding Reading Wednesday: Inspired by Literature

Timeless love.

Timeless love.

If you are looking to give your wedding a timeless quality—romantic, enduring, thoughtful, finding that perfect passage from literature is a lovely way to do that. In an age where everything lives on the internet, I can’t promise that these aren’t out there, but here are few that are a bit off the beaten path:

From Adam Bede, by George Eliot

 “What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life–to strengthen each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?”

From The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm

 “Love is a decision, it is a judgment, it is a promise. If love were only a feeling, there would be no basis for the promise to love each other forever. A feeling comes and it may go. How can I judge that it will stay forever, when my act does not involve judgment and decision.”

 From To Have or To Be by Erich Fromm 

“Can one have love? If we could, love would need to be a thing, a substance that one can have, own, possess. The truth is, there is no such thing as love. Love is an abstraction, perhaps a goddess or an alien being, although nobody has ever seen this goddess. In reality, there exists only the act of loving. To love is a productive activity. It implies caring, knowing, responding, affirming, enjoying: the person, the tree, the painting, the idea. It means bringing to life, increasing his/her/its aliveness. It is a process, self-renewing and self increasing. . .

To say ‘I have a great love for you’ is meaningless. Love is not a thing that one can have, but a process, an inner activity that one is the subject of, I can love, I can be in Love, but in love I have…. nothing. In fact, the less I have, the more I can love.”