Who, being loved, is poor?

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God's law is only Love

Hester: You know I have loved him always.

Mrs. Arbuthnot: But we were very poor.

Hester: Who, being loved, is poor? Oh, no one. I hate my riches. They are a burden. Let him share it with me.

Mrs. Arbuthnot: But we are disgraced. We rank among the outcasts. Gerald is nameless. The sins of the parents should be visited on the children. It is God’s only law.

Hester: I was wrong. God’s law is only Love.

by Oscar Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900)
from A Woman of No Importance, Act 4

Happy Birthday, Oscar Wilde

I wanted to post a little something for Oscar Wilde’s birthday. This one spoke to me today because I am very, very poor right now, or rather, I am feeling poor. I need to fix or replace a washing machine, buy a new car, get my cat to the vet for booster shots, yadda yadda yadda ad infinitum. On top of it, there are only 24 hours in a day and I need to budget eight of them for at least trying to sleep. Oh, the humanity!

And yet, here is Oscar, glibly reminding us that there are different kinds of rich and poor… and I am richer for having read this snippet today.

I hope you are smiling, or at least that those of you who came in frowning now have a face in the shape of a question mark.

Embrace your blessings! Embrace the embracing of blessings!

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7 Responses to “Who, being loved, is poor?”

  1. Christine Says:

    What a beautiful quote and passage to wake up to. Thank you.

  2. Clarissa McFairy Says:

    I agree with Christine. And I also love your musings below the quote, Elizabeth. And the thought of having “a face in the shape of a question mark”. I suppose that would be a quizzical face. These are deep sea waters indeed that you have chanced upon, Christine. I have kept my favourites of Quote Snack in my Notes, but there are so many more worthy of note šŸ™‚ Happy deep sea diving!

  3. E. A. Able Says:

    You guys are making me smile!

  4. Karen Says:

    Sending you a virtual hug you sound like you could use one. Your daily posts uplift many, so here is an uplift for you.
    This is one of my favorite God quotes: “and this too shall pass.”
    Things pile up, but they are afterall ~ just things ~ remember?
    Things, like laundry and dishes that will always need attention. Give them less credence. Could be a $100.00 repair instead of a $600.00 machine. Give it a good checkup, maybe it needs a bigg hug (attention) and she may just be ok for a while longer and kitty-well you know ~ all over the world our fur friends have survived, and well might I add, without any shots at all. Your fur friend will be ok too. I hope this uplifts you and helps relieve some pressure. You know, our backs are to help us walk not laydown and pile stone on it as we all seem to do too often. Smiling at you and thanks again for the good stories I see each day when I open my email. Embrace your blessings, right? Even those that mean to inspire, might on occassion need a knee up. ā˜ŗ

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  6. Michael deCamp Says:

    Thank you so much for your efforts here, I very much enjoy them and am enriched by the musings they evoke.

  7. E. A. Able Says:

    Thank you. šŸ™‚