“You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; in just the same way, you learn to love by loving.”
Basil, rosemary, marjoram, hyssop, cloves, cinnamon,
lemons, and musk, joined together unbroken, form a very
agreeable perfume by the mingling of their various scents,
but not nearly so good as the water distilled from them, in which the sweetness of all these ingredients combines more
perfectly into a very exquisite perfume, that penetrates
the sense with a much keener delight than when their fragrance is inhaled in the other way.
Even thus love may be fostered in unions in which both corporal and spiritual affections are mingled together,
but never in such perfection as when minds and hearts alone, separated from all sensual affections, are joined together
in pure spiritual love. For the fragrance of affections thus commingled is not only sweeter and better, but more vivid, more active, and more solid.