self-forgetfulness love



from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being self-forgetful.


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  • These are "self-forgetfulness" (the ability to become completely absorbed in something), "transpersonal identification" (the ability to feel connected to something larger than yourself), and "mysticism" (the ability to believe in things that may not be completely provable).

    Margaret Weinberg: Is God in Our Genes?

  • The German theologian Oswald Bayer once said that "self-forgetfulness" is the gift of faith.

    The Gift of Self-Forgetfulness

  • Each one attentive, tender, and consumed by a self-forgetfulness that only saints, really, are able to pull off.

    Tattoos on the Heart

  • For her, there was an active virtue to be found in self-forgetfulness, in saying “look at that” instead of “look at me”.

    Elizabeth Bishop, briefly « Tales from the Reading Room

  • As Sontag summed it up: "contemplation... entails self-forgetfulness on the part of the spectator."

    Arianna Huffington: Museums 2.0: What Happens When Great Art Meets New Media?

  • What is needed is really not shrewdness or craft, but what the politicians don't have: depth, humanity and a certain totality of self-forgetfulness and compassion, not just for individuals but for man as a whole: a deeper kind of dedication.

    What Kind of Man Are You, President Obama -- Another LBJ?

  • The premium set on generosity is so great when measured in terms of social prestige as to make any other behavior than that of utter self-forgetfulness simply not pay. . .

    Polanyi on the market

  • To question myself in the light of the mystery of God's justice revealed through the death of Jesus, to decide for self-sacrifice, whether as martyr or as monk, on the basis of the doctrine that self-sacrifice is the hidden law of all things, rooted in the self-forgetfulness of divine love, is a long way from questioning myself simply because nothing is secure, anywhere.

    Archbishop's Liverpool lecture: Europe, Faith and Culture

  • Do you grudge your father a moment of self-forgetfulness?

    John Gabriel Borkman

  • This time Winston was startled into self-forgetfulness.

    Nineteen Eighty-four


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