Help me identify my wedding reading!
August 21, 2014 11:27 PM Subscribe
This quote is all over the internet with conflicting attributions. Can you help me identify the original source? "You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving..."
posted by purplevelvet to Writing & Language (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Here is the quote, which is attributed to Victor Hugo's Les Mis or Robert Louis Stevenson, depending on where you look, but I haven't been able to confirm that it is actually from either of them.
"You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness. We pardon to the extent that we love. Love is knowing that even when you are alone, you will never be lonely again. And great happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. Loved for ourselves. And even loved in spite of ourselves."
I tried searching through some online copies of Les Mis and works from Robert Louis Stevenson, but haven't been able to locate it.