I just began reading this narrative account of a Dutch woman who became involved in the underground effort to help Jews escape during World War II. These quotes are taken from the first five chapters of the book.
“Happiness isn’t something that depends on our surroundings. It’s something we make inside ourselves.”

” ‘Do you know what hurts so very much? It’s love. Love is the strongest force in the world, and when it is blocked, that means pain. There are two things we can do when this happens. We can kill the love so that it stops hurting. But then of course part of us dies too. Or, we can ask God to open up another route for that love to travel.
‘God loves Karel – even more than you do – and if you ask Him, He will give you His love for this man, a love nothing can prevent, nothing destroy.
‘Whenever we cannot love in the old, human way, God can give us the perfect way.’

” I did not know, as I listened to Fathers footsteps winding back down the stairs, that he had given me more than the key to this hard moment. I did not know that he had put into my hands the secret that would open far darker rooms than this – places where there was not, on a human level, anything to love at all.”

“And so I learned that love is larger than the walls which shut it in.”

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