"The Beloved is all; the lover just a veil.
The Beloved is living; the lover a dead thing"
... Mathnawi, Mevlana Rumi
"To see the beauty of Laila, one requires the eyes of Majnun"
"I pass by these walls: the walls of Layla
And I kiss this wall and that wall
It’s not Love of the houses that has taken my heart
But of the One who dwells in those houses"
... Laila And Majnun, Nezami Ganjavi
"Whoever would find a place in that world must tread on the lusts of this world. This world is dust and is perishable. That world is pure and eternal... Commit yourself to love's sanctuary and at once find freedom from your ego. Fly in love as an arrow towards its target. Love loosens the knots of being, love is liberation from the vortex of egotism. In love, every cup of sorrow which bites into the soul gives it new life. Many a draft bitter as poison has become in love delicious... However agonizing the experience, if it is for love it is well"
... Follow Your Heart, JT Coker