The Nice Thing About Strangers

Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.

The Admirer

It is a weird thought that anyone is permitted to love anyone and in any way he pleases. Nothing in nature forbids it. A cat may look at a king, the worthless can love the good, the good the worthless, the worthless the worthless, and the good the good…

Love knows no conventions. Anything can happen, so in a way, a terrible terrible way, there were no impossibilities. Ah, I have thought of this too, my dear, and it has not been the least part of my suffering. You might have loved me. It was, alas, logically possible. But what made me go away was not simply my sense of the improbability of the conceivable, but my knowledge that my very great love was a very great destroyer.

If I had been the saint that I could be I would have loved you and let you know it and stayed near you and done you no harm at all, surrounding you like the harmless air and making you almost not notice how much I loved you.

–Iris Murdoch.Bruno’s Dream.

Lisbon, seeker, looking for someone

12 comments on “The Admirer

  1. longtooth77
    January 16, 2013

    Can feel the pain. It’s almost tangible. Good one, Paige. Here’s a quote for you, my friend.

    “One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.”
    ― Iris Murdoch

    Your posts are those small treats that give me happiness.

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      January 16, 2013

      Oh no, sorry it seemed painful! It’s where I am at the moment, but it’s leaving me feeling refreshed and pleased. 🙂 Alas. I love that one. She’s superfantastic.

      • longtooth77
        January 16, 2013

        she is! and everything to do with love seems painful to cynical me 😉

  2. petchary
    January 16, 2013

    This is wonderful. I also love that more cheering quote from Ms. Murdoch above! Thank you.

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      January 16, 2013

      🙂 Thanks for coming by so often, petchary. I appreciate it!

      • petchary
        January 16, 2013

        I really enjoy your posts. And they are also nice and compact. Mine are too long sometimes, I fear!!

  3. catbirdinoman
    January 16, 2013

    I love this passage. I just added Bruno’s Wish to my Goodreads list! 🙂

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      January 17, 2013

      Catbird: if you haven’t read Murdoch before, my favorite book to recommend is The Black Prince. More compact than some of her others, but equally witty, insightful, and philosophical. I loved Bruno, but I find something good in everything she writes, and Bruno was tough to find. 🙂

      • catbirdinoman
        January 25, 2013

        Thanks for the recommendation! I’ll add this one to my Goodreads list as well! 🙂

  4. ApplePieAndNapalm
    January 16, 2013

    Fantastic post! It hit me in quite the powerful way tonight. I think it came at the perfect time when I need to see it.

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      January 17, 2013

      I’m so pleased, Apple. It was speaking to me as well. Looking forward to the next encounter with love! 🙂

  5. Ash
    January 19, 2013

    So much talent in this blog…..I have nominated you for the Reality Blog Award. Your blog gives me peace 🙂 http://momentsofclarityandotherthings.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/reality-blog-award/

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