Quotes for
the Journey:

Intimacy


    
The deepest moments of intimacy
occur when you're not talking.

Patricia Love

   

All self-revelation and intimacy in friendship must be spontaneous and natural. It must come like the opening of a flower in the sunshine and cannot be forced.     -Bertha Conde

   
A person's life would be wretched and confined if it were to miss the candid intimacy developed by mutual trust and esteem.     -Edwin Dummer
   
The many faces of intimacy: the Victorians could experience it through correspondence, but not through cohabitation; contemporary men and women can experience it through fornication, but not through friendship.     -Thomas Szasz
    
Technologies of the soul tend to be simple, bodily, slow and related to the heart as much as the mind.  Everything around us tells us we should be mechanically sophisticated, electronic, quick, and informational in our expressiveness - an exact antipode to the virtues of the soul.  It is no wonder, then, that in an age of telecommunications - which, by the way, literally means "distant connections"--we suffer symptoms of the loss of soul.  We are being urged from every side to become efficient rather than intimate.      -Thomas Moore
  
Be courteous to all but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence; true friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to appellation.     -George Washington

    
True intimacy is a human constant. People of all types find it equally hard to achieve, equally precious to hold. Age, education, social status, make little difference here; even genius does not presuppose the talent to reveal one's self completely and completely absorb one's self in another personality. Intimacy is to love what concentration is to work: a simultaneous drawing together to attention and release of energy.     -Robert Grudin
  
The value of the personal relationship to all things is that it creates intimacy. . . and intimacy creates understanding. . .  and understanding creates love.     -Anais Nin
   
Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.     -Rollo May
  
For a marriage relationship to flourish, there must be intimacy.  It takes an enormous amount of courage to say to your spouse, "This is me. I'm not proud of it--in fact, I'm a little embarrassed by it--but this is who I am."     -Bill Hybels
  
Real intimacy is a sacred experience. It never exposes its secret trust and belonging to the voyeuristic eye of a neon culture.  Real intimacy is of the soul, and the soul is reserved.     -John O'Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
  
Physical intimacy isnít and can never be an effective substitute for emotional intimacy.     -John Green
  
Jason once told me that eye contact is the most intimacy two people can have--forget sex--because the optic nerve is technically an extension of the brain, and when two people look into each other's eyes, it's brain-to-brain.     -Douglas Coupland, Hey Nostradamus!
  
Intimacy is the capacity to be rather weird with someone--and finding that that's okay with them.     -Alain de Botton
  
Can the purpose of a relationship be to trigger our wounds? In a way, yes, because that is how healing happens; darkness must be exposed before it can be transformed. The purpose of an intimate relationship is not that it be a place where we can hide from our weaknesses, but rather where we can safely let them go. It takes strength of character to truly delve into the mystery of an intimate relationship, because it takes the strength to endure a kind of psychic surgery, an emotional and psychological and even spiritual initiation into the higher Self. Only then can we know an enchantment that lasts.     -Marianne Williamson, Enchanted Love: The Mystical Power Of Intimate Relationships
   
It's funny; in this era of e-mail and voice mail and all those things that even I did not grow up with, a plain old paper letter takes on amazing intimacy.     -Elizabeth Kostova, The Swan Thieves
  
It is not time or opportunity that is to determine intimacy;óit is disposition alone.  Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others.     -Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
  
  
One night when my two-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter was staying with me, we were at home taking a bubble bath together and singing, "Here we are taking a bubble bath, a bubble bath," etc.  All of a sudden, no one was singing and I experienced both of us looking deeply into each other's eyes and there was no sound at all.  It lasted but a few moments and I felt shivers up my spine.  That was intimacy.     -Lynn Moore
  
The opposite of Loneliness is not Togetherness, it's Intimacy.     -Richard Bach
  

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