The one who forgets himself ...

"... the one who in love forgets himself,

forgets his suffering in order to think of someone else's,

forgets all his misery in order to think of someone else's,

forgets what he himself loses in order lovingly to bear in mind someone else's loss,

forgets his advantage in order lovingly to think of someone else's --

truly, such a person is not forgotten.

There is One who is thinking about him: God in heaven ...

The self-lover is busy; he shouts and makes a big noise and stands on his rights in order to make sure he is not forgotten - and yet he is forgotten.

But the one who loves,

who forgets himself,

is recollected by love.

There is One who is thinking of him ..."

(Soren Kierkegaard)

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