Thursday, March 25, 2010

shakespeare and elder holland

Today in my Shakespeare class we watched part of a clip from a devotional entitled "How Do I Love Thee?" from Elder Holland given back in 2000. We only watched a brief part, where he discusses Othello, because that is the play we're currently discussing. But overall, his devotional is about love, and charity. I was inspired by his words and decided to look up the rest of the devotional. If you have a chance, you should definitely read it. It's very inspiring and eye-opening.

Some of my favorite lines:
The solutions to life's problems are always gospel solutions.

Real love is best shown in the "how"

I suppose no one is as handsome or as beautiful as he or she wishes, or as brilliant in school or as witty in speech or as wealthy as we would like, but in a world of varied talents and fortunes that we can't always command, I think that makes even more attractive the qualities we can command--such qualities as thoughtfulness, patience, a kind word, and true delight in the accomplishment of another. These cost us nothing, and they can mean everything to the one who receives them.

True love blooms when we care more about another person than we care about ourselves.

If you are just going for pizza or to play a set of tennis, go with anyone who will provide good, clean fun. But if you are serious, or planning to be serious, please find someone who brings out the best in you and is not envious of your success. Find someone who suffers when you suffer and who finds his or her happiness in your own.

Think the best of each other, especially of those you say you love. Assume the good and doubt the bad.

Believe that your faith has everything to do with your romance, because it does. You separate dating from discipleship at your peril.

1 comment:

Em said...

Isn't it amazing how when an apostle talks (and really, especially Holland) somehow every single word is just perfect? And carries so much meaning it almost blows your mind and takes multiple readings/listenings to wrap your brain and soul around?