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Love…sustains the artist – Henri Matisse

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Love is an important thing,

the greatest good,

which alone renders light that which weighs heavy,

and bears with an equal spirit that which is unequal.

For it carries weights which, without it, would be a burden,

and makes sweet and pleasant all that is bitter.

Love wants to rise, not to be held down by anything base.

Nothing is more gentle than love,

nothing stronger,

nothing higher,

nothing larger,

nothing more pleasant,

nothing more complete,

nothing better

— in heaven or on earth —

because love is born of God

and cannot rest other than in God,

above all living beings. 

He who loves flies, runs, and rejoices;

he is free, and nothing holds him back.