There is not only need for tenderness, there is also need to be tender for the other: we shut ourselves up in a mutual kindness, we mother each other reciprocally; we return to the root of all relations, where need and desire join. The tender gesture says: ask me anything that can put your body to sleep, but also do not forget that I desire you - a little, lightly, without trying to seize anything right away.
—  Roland Barthes, Tenderness. In: A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments
Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.

Kahlil Gibran (via OptimisticallyAstray)

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