03 May 2010

Our Part in Great Relationships

I read this several years ago and it has stuck with me. I have thought of it often. It's a lovely perspective by which to be appreciative and grateful.

There is too little courtship in the world. For courtship means a wish to stand well in the other person's eyes, and, what is more, a readiness to be pleased with the other's ways; a sense on each side having had the better of the bargain; an under current of surprise and thankfulness at one's good luck.
Vernon Lee
In Praise of Courtship
Hortus Vitae (1904)

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