There is no love where nothing is loved

“When I, who contemplate this matter, love someone, there are three things involved—I myself, the one whom I love, and love itself.  For I do not love love; rather, I love a lover. For there is no love where nothing is loved. Therefore, there are three things—the one who loves, the one who is loved, and love itself.”

–Augustine of Hippo, On the Trinity, 9.2.2.

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